Update on Pony the greyhound:
I had mentioned in a comment here somewhere yesterday how we are experiencing some dog health problems. As a result, I've been detached from the news of Bush and his administration's latest impact on the Earth.
And these appear to be exciting days. I did hear Bush made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on his way to India. Surprise visits are the only way Bush can safely show his face in that part of the Middle East that he's secured for those budding democracies there. Later, I thought I caught a glimpse of some protests of Bush's visit to India. But it was nice to see him seal a deal to share nuclear technology with the Indians. I'm just wondering if he'll do the same for their perennial rivals, the Pakistanis, when he visits there next. The irony of Bush proliferating nuclear capability here and deterring it there must be real amusing to him.
And then I missed much of the hoopla over the tapes some MSM entity released they've been sitting on for awhile. That really wasn't much of a story so much as confirmation of everything Bush was lying to us about as far as his pre-Katrina knowledge. So no big deal there, really. Some medium was stone walling release of Katrina information many Americans would have found interesting as historical footnote into the operating efficiencies and motives of this administration. But in all fairness to the president, Katrina did strike at a terribly inopportune time for its victims because our president still had a few days left on his five week vacation. I'm sure, had Katrina just waited til after Labor Day, hundreds of more lives could have been saved!
So I regret missing all that's going on in the news and the fact I may have missed the opportunity to see our president in a turbin. But what I regret far more is what's been going on with our greyhound, Pony. So, to those who expressed their kindest thoughts and wishes for her, let me just give a brief update.
Old Po' is still very stressed this morning. BUT...she had a better night because she was able to get some rest. A trip to the vet yesterday began her on some pain meds, anti-inflammatory and an antibiotic. Her first night with this, she was able to lie down for one two hour stint and that came only as a result of sheer exhaustion.
Yesterday, I began putting her down, i.e., picking her up and lying her down. This appears to be the same problem she first exhibited about a year ago which was diagnosed as a neck problem. We've had her on muscle relaxants off and on for the past year, using 'em as needed when needed. The hardest part of the past year for ol Po' was placing her favorite haunts off limits to her. Places like her favorite bed and loveseat. This we did to prevent her from further damaging her neck jumping up or down on them. There are still days when I catch her looking up at those old haunts longingly.
But this time her problem is far, far worse, and the inch or two rise from the patio into the house is a major obstacle for her. But last night she was able to get rest because I have begun putting her down thus enabling her to get some shallow breathing, panting sleep. I'm hopeful today will show further improvement as the meds begin to take hold. We shall see.
Thanks for everyone's concern and well wishes. Will keep you updated.