Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Poorly Dog And Some Happy News


"You need to get down to her level to know what the problem is", someone said. So I did and, if the truth is told, I had difficulty getting back up again. Amy was off colour last week. Not her normal self. Her tail wasn't wagging, the doorbell would be rung without her leaping up, there were piles of decaying debris on her daily walk left unsniffed and unexplored. So we took her to the vet who examined her, prodded her, listened to her heartbeat, felt her lymph nodes and concluded that she was "off colour". He gave her the canine equivalent of a bottle of Wincarnis and told her to come back in a few days.

I had my own theory about the cause of her malady : I strongly suspected it had a psychological origin. You see Amy likes to be the centre of attention, and for a week or two she had been coming a close second in the attention stakes to The Lad. It was The Lad's final exams and we were nervously waiting to find out whether he had passed, whether he had become a doctor, and whether he was due to cease being a storm drain on the family budget. Finger nails were being bitten and corridors were anxiously being paced. And Amy was being ignored. So she threw a sickie and had to be taken to the vet.

By last Friday the news came through that the Lad had passed and nothing now stands between him and his job as a Junior Doctor starting in August. We could relax and spare a moment to tickle Amy under her chin and feed her a sausage. She immediately perked up and started bouncing around like a teenager again. I would have liked to include a picture of The Lad and The Girlfriend taken on the day the news of their success came through. But Amy might see it and get jealous again. Perhaps if I make it a very small picture tucked away at the very end of this post, I might just get away with it. 

21 comments:

  1. They are so attuned to our world.

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  2. Congratulations, and I am very pleased to hear Amy is back to her old self again :)

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  3. That is so great he has made the next step. Our older dogs has days of digestion problems and then comes back out of it. A droopy do worries everybody and I am glad that Amy is back at it again.

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  4. How happy the youngsters look. Good for them on every count. Amy is probalby better already.

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  5. Good news all round.

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  6. Poor Amy! However could you ignore that sweet face. Congrats to your Lad now you will have someone to take care of you in your old age:)

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  7. Congratulations! Graduation and all that fun to come yet, Amy will have to hang in there a bit longer before she's the center of attention again!

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  8. Congratulations to The Lad for his success (The Lad, M.D.?) And congratulations to you for surviving the process, which you clearly could not have done without Amy's help...

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  9. Congratulations to The Lad and "Good girl" to Amy (I wouldn't want her to start feeling neglected again!).

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  10. Congratulations on the Lad's success. Give Amy a hug from she is a cutie.

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  11. Congratulations to your son for a great achievement. I'm sure Amy will be proud of him too.

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  12. Congratulations to "The Lad". I love to hear that expression. Takes me back to my Yorkshire roots. I'm sure the lad has had a gruelling few years of it and some still to come. It would probably do him good to go for a long walk with Amy and find some good old smelly muck to roll around in with her, just so he knows the world is still here.

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  13. Typical girl...thrives on attention. :)

    That's great news about Alex! Love the storm drain reference. I can totally relate! hahaha.

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  14. Congratulations to Alexander! And please give Amy a cuddle, too.

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  15. Fantastic news about 'The Lad', Alan. Congratulations! In a former incarnation, I witnessed many young medics treading the long road to qualification. They certainly knew how to celebrate in style when the results were through! Good to hear that Amy is back on 'form' as well.

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  16. Congratulations to the lad. Who said dogs don't know what's going on. Give Amy a treat.

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  17. Great news - the Lad did well. Now the hard work starts - ha! He'd better make the most of the time from now til August. Glad that Amy is back on form too.

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  18. It's a worry when one of the family is off colour. From now on everything will run smoothly again for Ami. Glad the Lad has passed, congratulations.

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  19. Congratulations to the Lad, glad to hear Amy is feeling more spry. I have a picture of Footprints in the Snow, (yours and Amy's), I have it hanging at the bottom of the stairs in my new place. I see that winter scene every morning on my way to breakfast.No doubt there will be a celebration for you, the Goodly Wife, the Lad, and his girlfriend, and, of course Amy in the very near future over this good news!

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  20. Allan, Amy was just as worried about the lad as you were. How could you misinterpret her anxiety like that? She was fretting his long case might be Von Recklinghausen's or something equally obscure. If she'd been pining for attention why did she perk up immediately she heard the great result?

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