October 8, 2013
Wally - Featured

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” ~ Anatole France

Wally and Z 10

Photo Credit: Wally & Z – Ames Pet Resort

Life Lesson #6321 ..

Just when you think you have a plan ..

You don't

I have lots of things I was going to write about this afternoon .. So many good recipes to post .. things from around the web

But my heart and mind are in other places

This am .. I woke up & looked out the window .. a beautiful blue sky .. colored leaves on the maple & walnut trees .. a beautiful kitty cat by my pillow .. Wally .. the pug .. at my feet

I gathered my things .. in a hurry .. today was my first day food swapping with my favorite challengers at exercise class. Typically the puppies come along .. this am .. I asked The Chef ..

“Will you please let them out for me instead?”

“Of Course”

Autumn leaves 3

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On my way back .. a text  “Hurry home .. we need you”

Heart in my throat .. Wally was lying the floor .. he couldn't move .. shaking like he was cold .. he looked at me .. in a way that only an animal you've loved for the better part of 10 years can

Ok big guy .. we've done hard .. we'll do it again .. I don't know what ok looks like .. but we'll figure it out

I promise

“Whatever you do .. hold it together .. “

After our vet .. said in no uncertain terms .. DM .. animal ER .. specialty doc that knows what he's doing .. here's a map .. go. We listened to possible options .. there weren't many words that sounded good .. especially when said all together in sentences.

Wally - Photo Credit:  Wally - Ames Pet Resort

Photo Credit: Wally – Ames Pet Resort

I mean .. please .. we've chased UPS trucks .. been scratched by kitty cats .. bitten by scary dogs .. leapt from moving car windows with a single bound .. played hide & seek in Target parking lots

But this .. this was different .. this was a game changer .. and we all knew it

“Whatever you do .. hold it together .. “

The Chef handed me a tissue .. or three

“I'll be right back .. “

As the nice lades with funny surgical hats took him for surgery .. our eyes locked until the last possible moment .. they say he has a good chance of many quality years ahead .. with physical therapy and a whole lot of luck thrown in for good measure.

“I love you big guy .. come home soon. I don't know what ok looks like .. but we'll figure it out

I promise”


(ps:  I'll make you some homemade treats .. it's what I do)

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  • Reply Kathy Dubansky October 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Thinking of you Ali. Ugh, this stuff is the worst. He’s in good hands down in DSM. Stay strong!


    • Reply SexyVeggie October 8, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      Ahhh .. thanks .. my friend


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