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Nov 04


First morning at the new place. So much quieter here — except for the chatty birds. Effie loves it.

She spent the day at doggie-daycare yesterday. In an executive decision, and after consulting with the surgeon and her staff, we decided that a day (in the recovery room) there would provide some normalcy to an otherwise chaotic couple of weeks: Between my trip out of town, then her getting a small (benign) adenoma removed, then the broken leg — and days of confusion and pain, and then office visits and radiograms and blood work and then surgery and waking up in an unfamiliar place without us anywhere to be seen or heard — it’s been a tough seventeen days for The Effer.

Plus, it allowed us to do all the packing and moving required to get essentials and valuables carted to the new place (without causing her further stress). The decision was clinched after we noted (1) her panting and drooling at the sight of me organizing and (2) that she made a beeline (as best she could) to the car, as if going to daycare. We called the surgical technician, to confirm it was a safe and healthy choice, and made our way over.

The welcome she received when we arrived brought tears to my eyes. (But I kept it together! I swear!) They took such amazing amazing care of her yesterday, through a few bouts of anxiety and/or pain: It is clear that their work is a passion and mission for them, and that they’ve grown to love her too. So we slept here for the first time last night, after a long day (plus sixteen) for us all.

The morning walk in the yard was uplifting. I had originally hoped we’d take that walk on the 28th. (She broke her leg while running to the car from the front apartment door on the 28th. C was at work at the time. I was taking her over to the new place on my lunchbreak. I was so excited for her to run the yard for the first time, to wander around and take in the atmosphere.)

But that broken leg turned out to be a blessing: It was removed before any clear signs of metastasis. So this morning was a peaceful and a thankful one. Looking forward to more like it.

6 comments so far

  1. Lyssa Coleman
    2:45 pm - 11-4-2016

    Happy you are home Effie!

  2. megstamum
    7:29 pm - 11-4-2016

    Happy New Home, Effie! Lovely pic xxx

  3. otisandtess
    7:55 pm - 11-4-2016

    What a great post! And so nice that you are able to get her back to her normal routine. That means so much to our dogs, especially since they don’t really realize that they are ill – they just want to be dogs!

  4. Effie's Grampa
    2:11 am - 11-5-2016

    Well I thought I was first post the other night, but I guess my phone didn’t work correctly.

    I am so glad to hear that she’s doing well.

    I hope that the Boozer and I will be able to visit over the holidays.

    I’m sure Effie will continue her mothering ways with Boozer. 😉



  5. Effie's Grampa
    2:19 am - 11-5-2016

    And that picture was really well done.

    I just wish I could compose like that.

    Effis looks great!

  6. benny55
    5:08 am - 11-5-2016

    That photo….OMD!! So beautiful!! So poignant!!

    Yep, Effie is looking forward and ready to get on with living life to the fullest! 🙂

    So glad things are settling down for you and Effie too! Jist s@lw and easy for now. Some turmy rubs, treats, couch snuggling and sunbathing. A d, of course, loving and spoiling like crazy!!

    Hugs to all!!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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