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My Dog’s Life.

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Minnie, our lovely terrier, had to be put to sleep yesterday.

She had been gamely battling multiple health conditions since the Summer of last year and had finally run up against the limits of treatments which our vet could administer – as her quality of life had deteriorated so much, we took the difficult and absolutely heart-breaking decision to end her life quickly and as peacefully as possible.

A sign of her decline was provided by her last visit to the vet – where the waiting area normally made her tense and eager to get the hell out of there as soon as possible, this time around we couldn’t help but notice that she wasn’t reacting in any way to the place.

We feel that she may have been much older than our best guesses for her age – as she was a rescue dog and previously a stray, there’s so much about her history which we were never privy to, and her previous medical history was a complete blank.

Though we knew little about her, we fell in love with her from our first meeting with her.   She came to us from Rotherham Dog Rescue, an animal charity in the town adjacent to Sheffield, and was the skinniest little thing we had ever seen – one of the first joys of our far too brief time with her was to see her gain weight and muscle tone.

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She loved to run, as all dogs do, and changed so much when out walking with us and our other dog, Golden Retriever and Occasional Diva, Ella.  Initially, Minnie was quite protective of us and herself – when another dog tried to sniff her or play with her, Minnie would give her sternest growl and warn the other pooch off in no uncertain terms.  Over time, she mellowed and allowed other dogs around her and around us.

There is no easy way to approach days like the one we had on Saturday – there’s a little comfort to be taken from knowing that your beloved pet is no longer experiencing pain and is at some kind of peace.  Being an atheist, I can’t really take succour from God or an afterlife, so I have to derive comfort from memories of Minnie at her happiest and from the absolute delight and glee that her simplest sneeze or wag could give me.

I think I will remember her best this way – waiting behind the kitchen door for me when I came home of an evening, her tail zipping rapidly and merrily from side to side, delighted (a little bit) to see me and overjoyed (a lot more) because she knew that she was about to have her tea.

We miss you little girl – but we thank you for the utter happiness that you gave us.

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Canine update…

A small dog always follows her nose...

She’s not quite out of the woods yet, but the outlook for Minnie is perhaps a little brighter than it was yesterday.

Our Vet x-rayed Minnie today and thinks that she might have arthritis localised to her back – perhaps due to an old injury sustained when she was a stray or in her past.  She’s going to be on anti-inflammatory medication for the next few weeks in the hope that this makes her current leg problems improve.

Thanks for the good wishes, nice internet folk – and I hope that I have even better news for you in the weeks to come.

 

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Light posting for the next few days

Hey look - it's the cutest terrier in the world.

As the heading suggests, I’m probably not going to be around for the next few days.  Simply put, my dog Minnie isn’t very well – surgery is a possibility – and I’m not really in the best place to do much writing until I know when she’s going to be better.

What's going on just out of way of the camera's lens?

I’m sure that my absence won’t make a dent in your daily routine, but I wanted to let you know in case you think that I’ve summarily ditched the blog for 2012.  That’s not my kind of New Year’s resolution.

Get well soon, little lovely pup.

I hope to be back into things by the end of the week – and I hope you’ll understand why I have other things on my mind at the moment.

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A morning on the tiles – a D.I.Y. work in progress.

Our hallway, prior to the commencement of hostilities...

What do you write for a 200th post?  Do you talk about the past, muse on the future or thank people for reading?  Or do you take the blog format to its logical conclusion and tell people about what you’re doing right at this moment?

I am on holiday next week and have decided with Mrs Rolling Eyeballs to make a start on a job which we have been putting off for far too long – tiling our hallway floor, with quarry tiles leading from the kitchen and some grey ceramic tiles proceeding from the quarry tiles, along the hallway to the vestibule which leads to the front door.

Sounds quite grand but it really isn’t, to be honest.

Our splendidly dusty kitchen floor, with tiles and supplies

Don’t misunderstand me – I am not Mr D.I.Y.  Far from it – I only get involved in this kind of home improvement caper predominantly because it saves a bit of cash and there’s a curious satisfaction to be derived from planning, carrying out and living with a D.I.Y. project that you’ve seen from inception to fruition.

Pretty quarry tiles, all in a row

The current state of play as you read this is that the tiles are now applied in a row of four across the wooden floorboards – a slightly dull and nasty red carpet previously sat in situ in the hallway and succeeded primarily in making a dark and dull space that bit more dingy and gloomy than it really had to be.

One fringe benefit of this project won’t even be felt by me – when the hallway is tiled, it’s going to be the ‘go-to’ spot for our dogs to lay their heads in the hot summer weather.  I don’t think that I’ve ever met a dog who didn’t like to lie on a cool ceramic tile in the middle of July and get their canine recline on.

Where's my tiled floor? I want to make with the lying down already.

Not that Minnie’s the major client on this job.  At least, I don’t think she is…

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