Tales from the Bush in Quebec

Saturday, April 12, 2014

UNACCEPTED LIVER BARTER

Well now – I was booted off Blogit again for a week, until I could get some things caught up. Needless to say that Smooch’s healthcare is costing a bundle. He is worth every penny, of course. I can’t understand why Blogit wouldn’t take some of the chopped liver, of which there is plenty in my... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

PEE PROUD!

I am SOOO proud of my boys!! This is the first time in his life that Smooch has ever spent over 5 hours without a human being around to open the door and let him go out. What’s more, the heavy doses of cortisone make him drink a lot, and he pees like a small horse when he gets outside, so I was... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 7, 2014

AUTHORIZED HOOKY

I’m at home. Morpheus made himself scarce last night, showing up only at 4:30 AM, one whole hour before the alarm would go off to give Smooch his medication. Helen and her son had departed in the late afternoon, so I was alone with the beasties. Dogs are very sensitive to change, and I don’t know if... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

BUT YOU'RE ONLY A HUMAN...

“His white blood cells are still far too high, but his red cells are multiplying too, you see?” The vet pointed to the chart showing the results of Smooch’s blood test this week. “We seem to be on the right track. How is his eating?” “Good,” I answered. “Liver and salmon and kale, plenty of it. And... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

AND LAST YEAR...

My foster grandmother handed me the gift when I was 8 years old. I can remember how I cherished that little hard covered book with all its white pages, the tiny key hanging by a ribbon from the top. “It’s a diary,” she told me. ‘You write whatever you want to in there.” It was the first of many,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

LOVING THE OFFSPRING!

My great granddaughter, Léna. Although my grandson’s house is only a hop and a skip from where I live, I very rarely see him and his little family. Fred’s work takes him away all week, and Léna’s mommy, quite talented with her camera-phone, makes sure that daddy doesn’t miss a day of his daughter’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

JUST A NOTE...

My Dunany Demons are making a grand exit – the wind was howling and snow was falling and blowing when I got up this morning at 5, and still at it when I left around noon to go to the village. Smooch’s special dog food was running low. The cortisone he is taking can cause stomach ulcers if we’re not... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

I'LL TAKE TRAUMA...

This week Smooch’s 4th blood test was disappointing, to say the least. Although his red blood cells are growing, they are still what the vet calls ‘babies’, and his white blood cell count had gone up again. He has been on antibiotics for at least three weeks now, so that puts paid to infections, the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

THOSE PLEASANT SURPRISES...

One of my responsibilities when working as a Recreation Director was to organize and assist meetings and events. I enjoyed it at the time, but after 10 years it became ‘too much of a good thing’, so I was less than enthusiastic when I was told that yes, I was obliged to attend a kick-off reunion... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"IT"S NOW MAKE HIM OR BREAK HIM...

...that’s where we’re at.” I had asked her to be straight with me, and even while the vet’s voice was matter-of-fact, her eyes told me she knew what effect her words would have on any pet lover. I felt my stomach hit my feet. Smooch’s condition was worse than I had even imagined. The word ‘cancer’... Sign in to see full entry.

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