A Dog’s Life By Elli The Norweigan Elkhound

February 21, 2010


It certainly has been a long time for my woofing news and here I am to catch you up.  Right now I am outside keeping an eye on my bone.  This is a very important job for a dog and time-consuming, though, I like consuming time it is what I do best!  And, speaking of bones they are always the best.  I don’t understand why an organic bone is better than a regular bone; overhead my mistress saying this is all they had left at Whole Foods and $7.00 for two organic beef bones is a joke; Elli deserves to have a couple so I will go ahead and get them.  Now do I feel special or what!  Al I know is I am perfecting the fine art of “gnawing,” and it’s  my dog thing!

My speed has changed some since we last woofed.   Sometimes I can pace along like I always do and then I put one paw in front of the other moving slowly.  I can still spot  a good smell and give my guardian a yank now and then.  I didn’t do so well a couple of weeks on our morning walk and started to shake forgetting where I was.  Tiffany was able to guide me safely home which luckily was not too far.  Then she  picked me up and placed me in the car on the road to the San Francisco

A "glowing" Elli with Carol

A Christmas Woof with my Guardian!

Fireside Relax Mode

A memory moment! Woof!

Caught me ready for action!

"Bring on the chow!"

veterinary Specialists to see my favorite doc Dr. Fong.  We arrived via emergency which was a little longer than I expected checking me out.  My owner was not happy to see a black spot in my eye.  That means dead cells showing up which is not good news.  Dr. Fong was able to take a moment and come downstairs to see me and that made Tiffany feel much better. After taking my blood and getting the results back it appears my liver is failing.  Now, being a dog I live in the moment and really not too aware of what is going on, except when I have difficulty breathing which is happening a lot more causing me to really pant and cough trying to get my breath  and twice I have found myself on the floor.  The first time I hit the floor upstairs and my guardian came running up the stairs to figure out what had happened.  It appears I am having mini-strokes.  I had another one the following nite downstairs and that really upset my mistress as it took me longer to get up and start moving.  Today,  Sunday and yesterday though I am doing pretty good; my owner not so good as sometimes I catch her crying and also trying to catch her breathe.  We have been together for a pretty long time and in dog years we are almost the same age!  My owner does have her happy moments like when the VPI Pet Insurance folks go the extra mile to help her;  taking some  time to review her claims and sending her some “due money.”  Now, that made her very happy.   And,  a few things that make me happy; walked by my favorite pet walker Carol with Critter Care service;  she has been walking me now going on 8 years.  My mistress calls her “Aunt Carol,” as she is part of the family and gives me such excellent care so here is a picture of us in the kitchen after my walk.  And, here are more pictures of me doing my stuff!

Well, the rain is still coming down and I hear my mistress calling me to come in which I am not doing since I am still on “bone duty!”  Woof until next time!

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