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Thank you for eveyones nice comments about Sprocket.  As you know by now my animals mean the world to me.  If you have not ever been over to Daisy’s Blog you might wnat to check it out too:)

It’s kind of a mixed blessing.  I loved that little dog, but I was basically providing hospice care for him for the last year or two.   I have not gone anywhere over night, i.e. vacation, because I had no one to leave him with, and boarding was not an option.  He required to much care.  So now I can actually  go somewhere.  Plan a vacation, go to a conference, get out of Dodge.  I almost feel guilty about that. 

For years it was the same with Natalie. I was the caregiver, and leaving her for more than a couple days was very difficult.   Alot of people would have said why would I do what I did for Sprocket?  Because he did alot for me, I was so used to “taking care” of someone it was second nature for me to just do it.  So doggy hospice was what I did.  He never suffered, he had everything he needed, and when it became clear it was his time I made sure he did not suffer or linger.  BARK magazine had a good article on Doggy hospice care this last issue. 

So now I am thinking of taking a little trip.  Just for a few days this fall.  My favorite time of year. I would probably go alone, so I don’t want to stay too long.  But I am not sure where to go that I could find things to do, nature and scenery within driving distance.

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R.I.P.

Mmmmm! Biscuit Please!

Mmmmm! Biscuit Please!

On Friday my little Sprocket had another stroke.  He had one last year in about October, but recovered.  I took him into the vet and they gave him a good dose of Valium to stop his spasms and watched him for the afternoon.  I brought him home on Friday night and he had some pumpkin and wet food for dinner and a very long drink of water.   He slept ok, I kept him in bed with me for much of the night, and the next morning I thought that perhaps he would again recover but it was clear he had lost control of his bladder and mid morning he started to spasm again. The sedation had probably finally left his system.  I took him back to the veterinarian and prayed there was something else they could do, but deep in my heart I knew it was time to say good bye.  Sleep well sweet friend.   You will always be in my heart.

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My version of Cioppino
My version of Cioppino

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The Bear

I live in a hillside canyon area above the City a bit and we get lots of wildlife.  I really enjoy seeing the raccoons and coyotes, all the birds and yes even the bear.  We have a bear that makes the rounds several times a week,  tripping trash cans and meandering about.  He usually only comes out late in the evening, although I did see him once sleeping under a tree on a hillside behind one of the houseshere.  Yesterday at 7:30 pm in broad daylight there he was, right across the street from me.  I went out on my porch and he stood up looking the other way in the yard of a neighbor in front of the recently dumped trash cans, the garbage man came that morning.  Poor guy I am sure he is old and hungry and has come to rely on the trash as a food source. Fortunately most of the neighbors here just live with it, we pick up the trash he spreads from his antics and try to bungee cord the cans closed. But we don’t complain to the police, or at least I hope we don’t.  He is more afraid of us, and really not a threat.  The cans right across from me get hit several times a week since there are about 10 lined up along a fence which are for several homes on a very narrow steep road, so they just keep them all there.  Its kind of a smorgasbord for him, the bear.  Mine have only been hit once  lately. They are close to the house in the driveway, he is leery about coming so close, but the porch light was off that night.

One night I drove in my driveway with a friend after a late dinner and my neighbor called out to me,  careful the bears here. And sure enough I would have almost walked into him.  he shone his flashlight on the guy snacking away on the trash 10 feet from me.  I stood there and watched, it is amazing and awesome to be so close to something so powerful yet not feel scared or threatened.

I wish I had got a picture yesterday, but I wasn’t thinking when I went outside other than to see him.  He really did look like a giant teddy bear.

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