Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Vets


The twelve year old vet examined Winnie in the car park.
He agreed that the sudden lump on the old girl's neck looked nasty, especially as she has lost weight recently . He was also surprised when she gave him a wet kiss as he knelt in front of her.
" She's a friendly old gal" he said in an broad Irish brogue
" You will never know!" I told him
Winnie went off with him without looking back.
I had already agreed that we were not doing any heroics if things looked bleak.

I've not long picked her up
No cancer this time
Antibiotics and cream and a vague worry of future deterioration is a bonus as she is already on borrowed time and making the most of the necessary trip over the Welsh Hills we stopped briefly at an isolated  beauty spot layby and shared a shop bought sandwich

Our sides touching firmly like only old buddies can do.


87 comments:

  1. Oh, that face! Glad it was something treatable with ointment.

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  2. I'm glad there is a bit more time.Enough to cope with right now.Hope it's filled with good days and easy nights.Take care.

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  3. well, John, turned out to be a good day. worry about growths is always a concern. our dog, Lily, who is a rescue pooch had terrible skin problems prior to our adoption. she continuously has new bumps and lumps. always worrisome. Myself, am waiting for a telecall w/ my surgeon about scheduling a biopsy for a lump...however, debating as to whether to risk going in to have one at this time. oh well, things can always be worse. thanks for the good news this morning. hugs.

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  4. Glad she has a bit more time John. I know you will make the most of every single moment of it.

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  5. Wonderful news. I was almost afraid to read the post. I fully understand the heartbreak involved when our pets get to that age and difficult decisions have to be made. Thankfully Winnie has been granted some more time. XXXXX

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  6. Good news. Glad to hear she has borrowed a bit more time. x

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  7. Margaret B4:40 pm

    Such a blessing that the old darling lives to fight another day. You take such wonderful care of your animals.

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  8. OH GOOD! we need more winnie pix during this time.

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  9. Relief! I bet you both really enjoyed the sandwich, as well as the precious time alone together. xx

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  10. Whew! I'm glad mere antibiotics are the answer.

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  11. I imagine you stomach had flipped when you found that lump. Glad it is nothing nasty and by gum, I bet you both enjoyed that sarnie and just "being out" . . .

    I note it's not just policemen that look young these days . . .

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  12. "Our sides touching firmly like only old buddies can do" If your going to get me teary eyed, you better be prepared to hug me then!!! That's a beautiful sentiment.

    Buster too a couple weeks ago had one of those pop up on his paw. It too not a worry and was removed. My vet said a older dog thing, like our moles and such, I suppose.

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  13. 'Goodish'news about the beautiful Winnie methinks. That little face, she's gorgeous and I'm so pleased she has time for more outings, walks and shared sandwiches. I'm missing the Welsh hills an awful lot and my brother and sister-in-law who live amongst them and who are self-isolating for 12 weeks. Thanks for the encouraging remark, much appreciated.

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  14. Anonymous5:20 pm

    What good news! I can only imagine your relief, and how precious time spent with Winnie must feel these days. -Mary

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  15. Good to know Winnie is soldiering on.

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  16. Glad it was not bad news. Longer time for a few more adventures with your lovely pal x

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  17. Anonymous5:29 pm

    Good news! about the old lady, in what feels like a sea of misery, (sorry having a wobble today)
    Last time l worried about Winnie l was having a house valuation conducted by a 12 year old estate agent who was wearing a suit 2 sizes too small for him topped off with brown pointy lace up shoes, er fashion l think.
    Anyway, how time flies, so glad she is okay and back home
    Tess xx

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  18. Oh, Winnie! Heartbreakers, aren't they?

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  19. Anonymous5:33 pm

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  20. Happy to hear she is staying strong, and still flirting with the men.
    I love that face, bless her.
    Jo

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  21. I needed some good news this morning. Thank you.

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  22. I love that face xx

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  23. She is such a sweet thing. I hope she plods on for a while. Thank you for your daily, or more posts, they are a comforting reminder of the old normal.

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  24. So glad Winnie is ok shes a beautiful looking dog. She sounds so lovely and friendly.

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  25. I am so pleased Winnie has returned home where she belongs xx

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  26. Dear Winnie, sending her and you a big hug x

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  27. omg this is killing me. i can handle anything but sick pets do me in. i named my winnie after your. i hope she hangs in there for a while longer.

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  28. Oh, that face. I'm swooning. Sending love and best wishes.

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  29. We all need Winnie right now. Relief.

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  30. A reprieve - thank goodness. Animals just live, live, live until they die, no worries. In a way it would be easier to be like that, wouldn't it, taking each day as it comes. I'm so glad Winnie is home again and this was not *the* day.

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  31. Glad to hear this is treatable. It sounds like she liked that young doctor too. But oh how special to share a treat with her Dad on the trip home.

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  32. Hi John, please do let this comment stand for a minute - even if it's mine - just long enough for Winnie to read. And maybe to show your readers another dimension. It's meant sincerely. No bull, as it were.

    I think bulldogs like Winnie amazingly ugly. Truly ugly. However, and it's a big HOWEVER, Winnie's story shows that even the ugly can be loved. That's humbling. A comfort to all those humans who are ugly, maybe even revolting to some. Insert smiley.

    Anyway, good for you, Winnie: You are tenacious. You won't give up. That's the one thing you and I have in common. Hope you won't succumb to the inevitable any time soon. In the meantime I'll lend you my best hanky to wipe good old John's tears.

    Hang on in there,
    U

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    1. She thinks you've got a face like a bag of spanner, but is too polite to say

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    2. Or a dropped pie, lol!

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    3. Or maybe the face of a chameleon?x

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    4. Anonymous2:01 pm

      Thank you John for providing a good laugh. You often lift my spirits. Denise

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  33. So glad that Winnie is okay.

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  34. That's a relief, John. xxx
    What we all want is more time.
    Take care xxx

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  35. A relief, even though you know that she is on borrowed time. Ursula that is a lovely comment...from the heart. I salute you

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  36. Oh God John I was crying real bad then...

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  37. She's such a lovely old broad, so pleased the young vet managed to sort her out. Her face says it all.

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  38. I have just come back with Winston from the vet also. Two ACL in the back legs and a mangling (?) of nerves in the front right leg armpit.
    No surgery now but, , , We adore them and they love us back and then they make us cry.
    Winnie is so lovely and what a character. The vet wore a uniform right ? and we know she like them, So happy she got to spend some one on one time with you. I just adore her and her squishy face.
    parsnip xx

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  39. Glad your dog is still going on. we cannot afford to loose any friends right now.

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  40. Good to hear, cherish each day. Stay well,

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  41. Hugs. So pleased for you. Jxx

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  42. Yay for Winnie and yay for you. This news made me happy too, she is such a dear.

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  43. What a lovely old girl she is. Glad she has got a bit longer.

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  44. With her teeth bared in the back of Bluebell, Winnie looks for all the world like Ann Widdecombe.

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    1. Ann Widdecombe is not nearly so good looking.

      LX

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    2. You are probably right Lettice and I guess that Winnie's breath smells sweeter too!

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  45. I am glad that the door didn't slam shut this time.
    Sending non-infectious hugs to both of you (though I would prefer that neither of you licked my face).

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  46. These are rough times indeed.

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  47. Winnie doesn't look like her usual smiling self in the back there. I hope she has a restful night with Dorothy and Mary and you.

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  48. Your good news has made me teary at the thought of what may lie ahead. Wishing all of you the very best, John. Her friends must have been elated to have her back home. The photo tugs at my heart in ways I can't express. Such devoted innocence, trusting you with her whole being.

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  49. Ok, you really got me with that post, John. It was hard, but beautiful. So glad the diagnosis was not cancer.

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  51. Yup, she's posing. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

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  52. Barbara Anne8:55 pm

    I'm elated to find out that sweet Winnie's lump is benign and hope the meds. heal the area quickly and help Winnie feel good for as long as possible.

    What love and trust are in Winnie's eyes. Was the photo taken before or after the shared sandwich? If before, she might be asking for a special treat and if after, she might be asking for more!

    You're a good doggie daddy, John.

    Hugs!

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  53. Eyes smarting. Hugs to the old girl.

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  54. Beautiful old Winnie, so trusting and tenacious; I'm so happy the old girl has been loaned more time. It's difficult to imagine what she enjoyed more... the sandwich or alone time to sit and ponder with Dad. After I finished reading this post I realised I was holding my breath!

    Jo in Auckland

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  55. Best buds. Winnie is hanging on in there. 💕 XXXX

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  56. oh so glad for the news on dear Winnie- i know how you must have felt. My sweet Beatrix (basset hound) had 2 lumps removed last month and we were delivered the bad news of 2 different types of cancer. We are not telling her as she has recovered from the surgery and is acting like her old self - we decided we will love her for all of her days but not put her through any more surgeries. stay well John, i so enjoy your blog posts.

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  57. Darling Winnie! I know you will nurse her with love, I'm so relieved it wasn't cancer.

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  58. Awww bless you Winnie. Even though it was not an exciting day out I am glad you got to enjoy a snack with your dad.

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  59. So glad Winnie is okay and has more time to enjoy with you!
    Be safe dear John and give lots of hugs to those wonderful pets of yours.
    XO

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  60. Anonymous2:21 am

    Good on Winnie, what a tough old broad....with a big smile and a big heart. xx for her.

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  61. So glad that Winnie enjoyed the day oblivious to your anxiety hey John.

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  62. Thank goodness she's OK. Enjoy your time together.

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  63. Luv you to bits, Winnie dear.

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  64. I adore Winnie. (And you.)

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  65. Anonymous11:38 am

    Dear John,
    you are a wonderful, beautiful soul and I read your posts everyday. I actually thank god for you and bless you as well. Thank you God, for John, he is wonderful and lifts my spirits.

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  66. PHEW!!

    I thought she had lost quite a bit of weight when I saw her in your YouTube clip sunbathing in the garden with Dorothy. I'm glad it was nothing too worrying this time. Enjoy your days, and your shared sandwiches. They are what memories are made of.

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  67. Anonymous12:05 pm

    Dear John, I have been following your blog but have not been brave. This is my first time commenting. You bring joy and happiness to my everyday life. Thank you for being empathic and vulnerable in this very public space. You are amazing and I admire you so much. I love your puppy dog family too, they are all adorable. John, thank you for your humility and for the work you do. My mother is in a nursing home and I wish she had someone like you to take care of her and make her smile. She would love you so much, just like her very own sons. Bless you John. and Thank You! With Love.

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  68. Thanks for letting us all know that Winnie will, indeed, live to see another day ... week ... month ... and, hopefully, the total of 2020!

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  69. I love Winnie. Has she lost weight because of a shortage of sausages and scotch eggs whilst you are on 12 hr shifts?

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  70. Big hugs for the canine Margaret Rutherford xx

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