Wednesday, January 17, 2007
A Warm Spot
In the Winter, especially on a day like yesterday, this is my favorite spot to sit and think, or read. Just next to the fireplace, I can listen to the stereo, look out of the windows and onto the deck. I had Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall playing as I watched the snow lightly dust the covered table and chairs that silently await warmer days. The Grandfather clock gently ticked off the minutes as I tried to read my new book, Julia Child's, "My Life In France". Sadly though, my thoughts were too distracted to concentrate on this delightful story. My doggie niece was at the vet's office for evaluation and, I am heart broken to report, the diagnosis is not good. She has a cancerous tumor in several places on her body. It is not the first time we have heard this but surgery and treatment a few years earlier seemed to remedy her ills. This time though, she is just past 10 and, as a large dog, considered well into old age. The decision now is whether to have her undergo more surgery which may or may not help, or, allow her to enjoy a few more months and then, before pain and sickness envelope her, let her peacefully go. I have recommended the later to my brother and sis in law. Haley is not one to be still and quietly recuperate as we saw after her last bout with cancer. It was difficult for her and for us, who love her, to see how unhappy she was. For now, she is happy and feels good. I hope we can shower her with attention and love, chicken and steak, ice cream and games of catch....and then gently say goodbye. It hurts to see how torn up my sis in law and brother are and I wish I could help in some way. Haley was never an *easy* dog but I have such sweet memories of her and have always loved her.