Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Is It Something in The Water?

Ever since Cocoa exhibited signs of blockage (he still does, but the vet can find nothing wrong on the x-rays or blood tests and we haven't yet committed to the expense of an endoscopy, to search for masses, and then biopsies, etc., because, frankly, we're not inclined to treat an older dog for cancer), he's also become crippled like his brother Smokey. Not as bad yet, but he is definitely limping and favoring his back legs. Aussies are known for their hip problems (not as bad as German Shepards though), but Cocoa hadn't exhibited any such discomfort until the baby came home and we accused him of nursing it for all it was worth. Now, I'm not so sure it's not something in the water. Because now? Well, now, the goldfish that "died" and returned to life on April 15th is struggling to stay afloat and even the stray mouse that we've seen scurrying about once in awhile, eating bird seeds off the floor (hey, we live in the country, these things are inevitable and we don't dare put out poison for fear the dogs will eat a poisoned mouse), is crippled. Last night, he was hobbling about near my feet. If he had scurried I would have screamed like a little girl and put my feet up, but as he hobbled about I felt bad for him. I even moved my foot closer to see if he would scurry, hoping he would not. Then I poked him with a stick. But no. He's either become a domesticated pet, or he is too uncomfortable to care. Poor guy.

Then, my husband woke up complaining of back pains this morning, suggesting we need a new mattress (ours is only a few years old).

So far, the horse and the two caged birds are the only ones not exhibiting signs of impending death. Well, okay, my husband is not yet, but still, back pains are never good.

Sheesh, as if taking care of an infant and in immature teenage mother who cry all the time is not enough. This is just a test, right?



At 11:13 AM, September 09, 2008, Blogger Lynellen said...

All of life is a test, unfortunately. BUT, I agree that SOMETHING is going on here! I hope you can figure it out soon!

At 12:03 PM, September 09, 2008, Blogger Gwynne said...

Yes, it is, but I'm starting to see those squiggly testing patterns, you know? ;-)

At 12:05 PM, September 09, 2008, Blogger Lynellen said...

As in, "This life is a test. Had it been an actual life, you would have been given instructions"? :)

At 12:22 PM, September 09, 2008, Blogger Gwynne said...

Heh. Yes. :-)

At 1:59 PM, September 09, 2008, Blogger beth said...


Ditto the hoping you figure it out!

At 7:27 PM, September 09, 2008, OpenID beauspeaks said...

Strange animal behavior means beware of rabies.... But in this case, mice rarely get rabies.

At 6:29 AM, September 10, 2008, Blogger Sisiggy said...

Ya know how when you're playing a video game -- any game, solitaire, whatever -- and suddenly things turn for the worse and just keep getting worse and you can't see any way of salvaging the game, but you can't bear to follow it to its inevitable conclusion? What do you do? You push the reset button, right?

Don't you wish life came with a reset button? When I find mine, I'll let you know.

At 10:22 PM, September 10, 2008, Blogger Janie said...

Ditto Beau...that's exactly what I thought.

Keep your chin up, girl.


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