Tucker and Daisy's mom here. Tucker went to the vet on Wednesday because he has had a cough for a couple of weeks that I wanted to get checked out, and Wednesday he didn't really want his breakfast. Initial tests were not good, it looks like he has cancer metastasized in his lungs. We haven't figured out of he just has lung cancer or another tumor somewhere else. I am having real trouble getting him to eat, and if we can't solve that problem his already not good prognosis gets much worse. His vet did put him on medication today to try and stimulate his appetite, I hope it works. We hope you will please send us good thoughts and vibes and the power of the paw. Poor Tucker is only 8 and he really needs it.
Daisy is home from the hospital, and seems mostly to be her normal perky self, though she is resting now. Just after eating the meal the vet said she should have when she got home, she passed a piece of corn cob about 2 inches long, as well as at least one smaller piece. Hopefully that was all that was causing her problems and she will continue to improve. Thank you for all the kind words and good thoughts. We are so glad she didn't need surgery.
Please keep our Daisy in your thoughts. She is at the emergency hospital tonight, x-rays showed a possible intestinal blockage, but her ultrasound showed it may be passing on it's own, so she is staying overnight to be monitored, hopefully she will not need surgery. We will know more in the morning.
Just talked to the vet. She is perky this morning and hopefully everything is passing through. They are going to give her some food and see how it goes, hopefully she can come home tonight. Thank you for the kind thoughts and words, please keep the good thoughts going until we are safely home.
Tucker and Daisy's Mom here today. I received an e-mail from a representative for Barbara Lampert, author of "Charlie: a love story", asking me to feature this book on our blog. I agreed if I could have a copy for review, as I didn't want to feature a book I didn't read. Below is a synopsis of the book
Charlie: A Love Story tells of the beautiful love between Charlie, a Golden Retriever, and
his best friend Barbara. When Charlie turned eleven and started having some
health problems, a gardening journal Barbara was keeping quickly became mostly
about Charlie. His story is told in journal form while it is taking place, and
because it was not meant for publication, it is an intimate look at an
incredible connection between a canine and a human. The story of that
connection is told by Barbara, a psychotherapist who specializes
Charlie’s story is
far more than a depiction of his struggles against illness. Those years
revealed the depth of his character, the wisdom he had gathered over his
lifetime. And those years contained some of Charlie and Barbara’s most memorable
times together, the culmination of their connection.
First up, the fact that Charlie is dead is not a spoiler in any way. The events in this book start in 2002, when Charlie is already eleven. With that said, I did not really enjoy this book. The journal format of this book means that we don't get Charlie's whole life story. Ms Lampert does go back and give a short recap of how Charlie became part of her family, but there is not a lot of detail about how Charlie became her heart dog. We are just expected to believe it because she tells us it is so, though to be fair you can feel how much she loved Charlie from the way she writes about him. However, if I am going to read a dog book that is going to make me cry, I want to share in the dog's whole life, not just a little time at the end. The book was not awful, but not great either.
However, your mileage may vary. So if you wish to read this book, I will be happy to share my copy. If you want to be entered to be the new owner of my copy of this book, leave a comment on this post. I will draw a winner if more than one person wants it. United States residents only, please.