Saturday, October 11, 2008

Difficulties and renewal

Such a roller coaster week. So many sick patients! There was very little in the way of simple issues.... it made for a challenging week. You sometimes get used to a flow of the easy in and out... the lacerations, the gi upsets, the itchies.... all things that have easy fixes. This week was more of the serious things that require research and diagnostics and aggressive treatment to make a difference.... unexplained kidney failure in a 3 year old.... a cat unable to have a bowel movement - for 2 weeks! .... a prostatic abcess that ruptured.... a routine UA that led us down the path of searching for cancer .... a bitch not known to be pregnant suddenly having puppies... a dog eating dental floss - container and all! A dog, abandoned by its owners, diagnosed with an expensive to treat disease and trying to find a home.. Throw in a power outage in the middle and no wonder I am tired! Our blood analyzing machines, ultrasound and digital xray all worked their hearts out this week, that is for sure!!

And then there was the dog whose whole life had been a tortured existence. The last four months of his life were with the greatest people who could have had him. He is the first dog I have ever met that was crying, actual tears running down his face, dripping from his eyes like mine eventually did, when we were putting him down.

So this weekend I hope to have a good renewal... the dogs have asked for a good run and I will give it to them. It will be good to do.

Sometime when you have the chance, take your dog out and watch him explore his world. My dogs just go ape when they get to run and explore to their hearts content. They run and sniff here, dig there, pee on that tree and just flit and fly where ever their fancy takes them. I am jealous of that kind of happiness. It is what they are good at ... living in the now. What is happing right now is the absolute most important thing in the world to a dog.... whether that be dinner, or a cookie, or a ride in a car or a romp in the park... they are unabashedly happy about it! I envy that!

I will take the time this weekend to meld into my dogs and hope their 'in the moment' lifestyle rubs off on me, even if for just a few hours....

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