Yeah, I’m shouting.   The Knight has been fussing for a while about me being too loud at times.  I’d had some ringing in my ears a few weeks ago, but it went away.  Long story short, my doctor is much more interested in the fluid behind my ear than my allergies.  It’s all being treated with Flonase and eye drops.  Of course, I don’t have either in hand yet, so we’ll see…

I just don’t have it in me to write much today.  Aside from feeling icky, we learned this morning that Uncle’s Sissy the very senior basset, with a tumor much too much like Fred’s, died last night.  It was a blessing, but it’s still sad.  In the same breath, Uncle told us that last week, our Sissy’s father charged through his invisible fence after a deer, was hit by a car and died. 

You wont see us hanging out in the front yard anymore

You won't see us hanging out in the front yard anymore

So, the Knight and I are quite done fooling ourselves  pretending  with all efforts to teach Sissy to deny her inner hunter.   We have a nice fenced pen in the back yard, and after next weekend, the Knight and most likely CP, Neighbor Guy and Nephew will add steps to our back deck so we can let the girls out into the pen from inside.

I hate to restrict them.  They both love to race and run and hunt, but it’s just not worth it.  Maybe when we get around to the addition (you know, the one I really thought we’d build this spring, before the economy bottomed out and the Knight became chief?), we’ll fence in much more of the yard so they have more room to run.

The pen we have now will afford them room to chase each other and it is on the edge of the woods, so birds and squirels will entice them, but trust me, the pen is VERY secure, and high enough even Sissy can’t get out of it.  It just makes me sad, all of it.

Uncle’s Sissy and her tumor ripped the scab off my heart.   Fred suffered because of missed signs and symptoms.  No one will ever convince me otherwise, and I hold myself as responsible as anyone, but it scares me that two unrelated bassets died so similarly.

Sorry I’m just a big ol’ grump today.  Tomorrow will be better.  Maybe the nose spray and eye drops will help, but at the very least, I’ll have an evening at home with the Knight and the fur-girls for the first time since …  I’m not sure when.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is the last day for the contest.

22 comments on “GO FIGURE!

  1. Sue says:

    Invisible fence is no good for PWDs. They’ll take the shock to chase whatever they’re after or to be with their people.

    I feel that I missed something with Monty. It all happened too fast. Dr B talked with me last week and told me he was sure I didn’t miss any signs, but I’m not convinced.

    Sorry the day is a downer.

  2. Bubblesknits says:

    I hate to hear that. 😦 Invisible fences never worked with any of our dogs either.

    Hope you get to feeling better. This time of year seems to be hell on everybody. ((hugs))

  3. Barbara S. says:

    Maybe the fluid in your ears is caused by allergies?
    Simon ran through an electric fence once the neighbors had set up to keep the deer out of their garden and was ready to go back through. That was two days after we moved into the house. That convinced us that we were going to be stuck with having them on chains. We hate that they don’t get to run free like they did in our large fenced yard in SLC, but they are a lot safer. Safe is good we keep telling ourselves. A friend tells us to take them to a dog park so they can “run free.” Right, we just aren’t so sure about all the “stuff” that could be pass on to them, plus Sadie afraid of dogs she doesn’t know. That comes form being attacked by the neighbors dog when she was a puppy. (Fortunately Simon was behind the fence; I am not sure I want to know what he would have done to protect her, given all the fuss and noise he made without being able to reach her.)

  4. gaylen says:

    You made me cry. I’ll definately give mine more hugs tonight. My guys are allowed in the front yard, and Abby knows how to look for cars – it’s really cute. But they are old and slow and the only thing they hunt anymore is the neighbor’s cat.

    I’m so sad for your uncle, and the adult Sissy and her poppa. And for the Fred wounds and everything else.

    Hope the evening gives you what you need. g

  5. grace says:

    I can only send you love and hugs and pray for a better tomorrow for you!!! XOXOXX

  6. AlisonH says:

    I’m glad you’ve got those two adorable faces to look up at you with big eyes to cheer you up.

  7. Nancy says:

    hugs to you, my friend.

  8. Dawn says:

    So sad to hear about your Uncle’s dog. Sending you lots of hugs to feel better! Rest and knit…best medicine in the world!:)

  9. Dianne says:

    So sad about the two recent losses. I’ve never trusted an invisible fence, either.

    Please don’t beat yourself up about any possible missed signs or anything. You know in your heart that you did everything you could to give Fred a good life. He knows it, too, I’m sure. As my vet once told me, their lives are never long enough, so all we can do is love ’em while we have ’em.


  10. Kathy says:

    Oh, I am so sorry(:-. They will adjust to the fence and trust me, they will find plenty to bark at:) Just ask Mr. Bettis……..LOL

    There’s something in the air here too. I’m hacking a lung, I have a headache and my eyes are itcy and watering. One of the reasons I don’t like spring. Hope you’re feeling better soon and it’s okay if you’re grumpy, you’re entitled once in a while.

  11. Nannette says:

    So sorry to hear the awful news. **HUGS**

    Hope you are feeling better soon.

  12. Sonya says:

    I am so sorry to hear the losses. It is hard enough to deal with one loss.

    Spring is a terrible time around here too. Sniffling, sneezing the works. I hope tomorrow is a much better day.

  13. Bad/sad puppy news almost always brings back that feeling of loss to greater freshness, doesn’t it? Here’s hoping you, the girls, and the Knight have a wonderful evening together, and that your body cooperates with the plan for alleviating allergies.

  14. Marjie says:

    Sorry for the losses of your quadruped friends. And you surely know why my entire property is fenced, for dogs and kids, with a smaller area for when Thor’s outside alone.

  15. Sue J. says:

    I’m so sorry you feel so lousy and had to receive such sad news on top of it. You are absolutely doing the right thing about fencing in the yard. You are saving your girls, not hurting them. You are being a responsible pet owner. No guilt there. And please don’t beat yourself up about Fred. I did that about Wolfie for the longest time. It just wrung me out like a dishrag. You did the best you could. That’s all any of us can do.

  16. Mary says:

    Sorry that you are unwell and that you have too many losses weighing heavy on your heart. Take care of yourself. Hope you feel better soon.

  17. Anita says:

    Sorry to hear about Uncle’s Sissy, so sad.

    And it’s better that they are safe, your girls.

    You’ve had too much to do lately, you need some rest & those meds. Hugs!

  18. Boo, sometimes these creatures we love so much bring great heartache.

  19. nichole says:

    Sorry to hear about both doggy losses… very sad.

    I’ve never trusted an invisible fence – esp with large dogs. Our Sophie is the hunter and I think she too, even timid and shy, would charge right thru if the opportunity posed itself.

  20. Jan says:

    Wanted to let all you dog lovers know about a new etsy site. They sell “dog bone” stained glass as a remembrance or for your new puppy to glow in everyones windows.

    Please check out:

    Thanks for checking it out.

  21. Natalie says:

    Oh my goodness. What a horrible day for news. I will pray for you. Im so sorry!

    I think it’s best to keep her secure and safe than let her free to wander.

    God bless you and yours.

  22. I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle’s Sissy and Sissy’s father. Very sad, but I think the backyard steps is a great idea. Better safe than sorry… and at least Uncle’s Sissy is no longer suffering.

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