Morning Meanderings… A Little Heavy Hearted

Good morning.

A little heavy hearted this morning as I write this. 

Our dog (companion, friend…) of 15 year has been struggling lately with his breathing off and on.  I think he has tumors in his throat, I feel little marble size lumps.  Yesterday afternoon when it was dinner time he would not eat which forced me to do the thing I have been dreading… call our vet.

We have an appointment for this afternoon at 4:40 and I am trying to be optimistic…. knowing very well the odds are against me.  I have pretty much turned into a teary eyed weepy version of myself.  I have never had to do this before, we live near a busy highway and all of our dogs from me growing up here to moving here with my husband, have met their demise on that highway….

Not Elmo.  Although he too has been on that road, all 8 pounds of him survived.  He is our miracle dog.

This is last Christmas when both boys were home: R: Brad, Elmo, and Justin. Both of my boys currently have this as their Facebook profile pic



SO … that is current.  Moving on to something lighter, I worked out at Group Power yesterday morning and feel really good.  I can not wait to get back into a routine- NEED to get back into a routine. 

Today I have a busy day at work, we are cleaning a large storage area so I will be busy and keeping my mind off later today and that will be a good thing.  Bookish wise… I have not made a dent…. but audio has been flowing as I am almost done with my two current audio, Snow Flower and The Secret Fan and We The Animals.

I hope everyone has a great day 🙂

29 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… A Little Heavy Hearted

  1. Ohh, Sheila! It’s so hard! I haven’t been through it personally yet, but my parents did just 2 years ago with the family dog. I think being a sad, weepy version of yourself is pretty normal.

  2. I know how you must feel. Our dog is almost 16 and had an incident a few months ago and I cried like a baby. Thankfully she’s okay now, but I still know I need to be preparing myself for the inevitable. I’m sending hugs your way.

  3. Patty

    Oh…I am so sorry…I think we all try to prep ourselves for this but…it never works…the second a beloved animal gets I’ll or old…sadness just overwhelms us…ill not I’ll…self correcting iPads…

    Take care…

  4. Suzanne Miles

    What a handsome dog Elmo is! I have three shih tzus (17, 12 and 11) and they are the love of my life. I hate that we have to come to this point and my heart is aching for you. You, Elmo and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Oh, I’ve lost many pets over the years (many to the roads), but there is nothing sadder than watching a pet weaken and struggle. I hope it works out…

    Have a great day, and enjoy what’s on your schedule.

  6. Bless Elmo’s heart. It’s so hard when our precious furbabies aren’t doing well. I’m sending a ton of good thoughts your way, Sheila. Wrapping my arms around you. XO!

  7. Sending good thoughts for Elmo, and for you and your family too.

    I understand about the busy street. We live off of one and that’s the reason we don’t have a dog. I’ve watched too many neighbors lose their pets.

  8. Esme

    Sheila, my heart is with you. This is such a hard situation to be in. However at least it is humane when the time comes.

  9. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. It is so hard to lose an animal or when they are sick and can’t tell you what is wrong. Great picture though.Handsome boys! Elmo too!

  10. Hopefully its not as bad as you fear. We lost our first Weim to cancer about 10 years ago, and it took him fast.

    I was a wreck when my first cat got sick, its just hard

  11. I am so sorry your dog is sick! It is never easy. Even when I found out my dog had a stomach tumour a couple years ago and I knew she was going to have to be put down… It was still a very hard decision. I also still have not replaced her, but I am starting to become obsessed with other people’s dogs, so it is probably going to happen soon!

  12. Oh I am so sorry to hear about Elmo’s health. That is by far the worst part of pet ownership…I’ve been there. There are really no words IMO that offset that pain. I keep you both in my thoughts today as you go to the vet appointment.

  13. I hope that appointment goes as well as your optimistic self hopes it will be, and if it doesn’t, I know you have strength to make it through. *hugs*

  14. Angie S.

    Thinking of you and little Elmo! What a tough thing to have to go through. I don’t have a pet myself put I can certainly empathize with anyone who has to watch a beloved member of the family age and struggle with quality of life. Hugs!

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