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Archive for October 31st, 2008

Good times and bad

Posted by indigodream on 31 October, 2008

I hope that Sue’s posts come over as cheerful. We love being on the water, yes sometimes things go wrong, sometimes the infrastructure is not up to scratch but being on the water is just great. The glass is always half full, well actually it gets emptied pretty fast but I am sure you know what I mean (and Sue counts the units completely incorrectly – I am sure it is a minimum dose).

SInce Sue started writing a blog we have gradually found other blogs and thoroughly enjoyed their adventures. Regulars for us include the cheerful and clever ones such as caxton, dogs on tour, sanity and sometimes even the big daddy grannybuttons though his glass is sometimes half empty.

This post is going to be a sad one.

As you read about more people’s adventures you also read about their dogs. Sadly they do not live as long as we do and when you read the accounts they can be a bit gut-wrenching. So earlier this month Will Chapman of Save our Waterways fame wrote on the uk.rec.waterways usenet group a post entitled “Goodbye Timber, dear friend”. Even some of the nuttier brigade on usenet were moved to sympathise.

nb Daniel Oakley’s blog is currently describing how one dog has cancer and the other kidney failure. We have had both with past dogs but never both at the same time, that is more than anyone should cope with. Indie towards the end was on some cat medicine to reduce blood pressure in her kidneys, kidney diet and then I had to stick her with a huge needle and pop a load of fluid under her skin on a regular basis to keep a decent quality of life going. Honey had a triple mastectomy but they never managed to achieve sufficient margin so the cancer came back after 6 months. The bad times are still vivid in my memory but I have to say that I have so many wonderfully good memories of all our dogs. Even from the bad times there are good memories. Very very shortly before we had to make that trip to the vet, Honey had the most fantastic chase after a rabbit barking away with sheer joy. I have a video on an old phone of Indie doing this fantastic joyful run across a park despite the arthritis, kidney failure etc.

Daniel Oakley’s blog is fantastically well written but oh so so sad. I recommend having a look at their dogs’ good times here. Unfortunately we’ve not been able to leave a comment on their blog but if the crew of the Daniel Oakley happen to read this then you have our absolute sympathy and understanding. As we’ve all rationalised at some time, “They’re only dogs”, who are we kidding 🙂

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