Doting On Daisy

Dogs only have one fault. They just don't live long enough. I know that part of the purpose of their abbreviated lives is to teach us to appreciate what we have when we have it. I'm honestly trying to learn the lesson. But just the thought of one day saying goodbye to this face places a huge lump in my throat and tears to my eyes. She's my "Sissy Girl" and will always hold my heart. She was scheduled for some dental surgery today (cleaning and removal if necessary) but my primary concern was the pain she's been in the last few days. I know Dauschunds are prone to back injuries so I was convinced she had hurt herself somehow. She's never had issues before but at 8 1/2 years old, she's beginning to show her age. Today Daisy endured: Teeth cleaning and one removal, an anal gland cleaning (yuck), a nail trim, numerous x-rays and a cortisone shot. The good news is that her blood work and x-rays were normal. The bad news is that sometimes issues with the vertebrae does not show up on x-rays. Doctor is hopeful that she'll just recover from whatever she injured. The cortisone shot is doing it's job and she's much perkier tonight. However, sometimes the shot can mask the real pain and with full mobility she won't have a chance to heal. So she's on strict orders to "lay low" for 10 days. Then we'll go back to re-evaluate the pain.

I'm looking on the bright side of this... Knowing that she is healthy for a dog her age. I am extremely thankful.

Give your pets a little extra love today. Take a moment to thank God for the gift and appreciate their presence in your life.

And I will be doing the same.