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Life With Sharon, or, How Much Can a Dog Take?

What a Difference a Year Makes...

July 4th 2010 10:57 pm
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It's the Fourth of July and firecrackers have been going off in the neighborhood for hours. Fortunately, for me, it's no big deal, but they're starting to get on Mom's nerves. ENOUGH, ALREADY!!

Tomorrow is a very special day for me - it's my adoption day! One year ago Mom and I met for the first time and now it seems like we've been together forever.

I can't really say it was love at first sight, but she looked all right to me - I thought she'd do. I had the right qualifications for her; I was a black and white shih tzu, albeit a little worse for wear. I wasn't very happy when she put me in a crate in her van, however; I put up with this indignity for a few minutes, but then I started to get a little panicky and tried to scratch my way out. Mom pulled over, opened the crate door and I burst out and covered her with kisses! That was when the love began. I never had to go in a crate again until it was my own choice. Now I love my crate, doesn't have a door on it.

We've been through a lot this year - swim therapy, losing Tanner, my scary "walk-about" and now my arthritis flare-up, but all this just brings us closer. I show her every day how happy I am with my wiggles, twirls and squeals. She shows me how much she loves me with hugs, belly rubs and play-times.

Tomorrow I have to go back to the vet for another shot that is supposed to make my arthritis hurt less; the problem is that the shot hurts - A LOT! And I have to have two a week for three weeks. I've even heard Mom say that I might have to go to swim therapy again. That was NOT my favorite experience.

The vet told Mom I should limit my activity for at least a week. I keep trying to entice her to play bunny with me, but she just keeps telling me that we have to stay quiet and can't play for awhile. I dangle the bunny's legs in front of her and whisk it away when she reaches for it; my eyes twinkle and I dance away, keeping just out of her reach as she admonishes me to "settle." Rrrr, it's going to be a long, hard week.


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