Now… we’re always up for supporting our doggy bloggy friends or any good cause, but canine epilepsy has touched my life too. When I was ten, I awoke one Sunday morning to my cocker spanial in the throes of a grand mal seizure. Thankfully, my father had been a medic and my mother, a pediatric nurse, so they quickly managed the crisis and we were soon at our vet’s, even though they didn’t offer Sunday or emergency hours. Hem.
Sadly, our aged pet’s body wasn’t up for a big fight and given that the story is set in 1980, medicine – human and pet – hadn’t made all the strides it has today. She lived in relative comfort for a few more months, and I learned about hospice first-hand; my parents and I were both there when the end came.
Gulp… moving on…
Gretchen also hinted that I might explain today why we made the change from Dogs on Thursday to Thorsday when the great gentledog giant crossed the bridge, and I think that’s a fabulous idea. Given that I’m still a little wrapped up in Nevernever and many of the twists on faerie lore within, I’m going to paraphrase something I read in one of those books.
There’s a notion that Puck (yes, from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream) and the Wolf (we know him as the Big Bad Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood and more) and other immortal residents of Nevernever (or Faerie, or whatever you might know it as) live on because we keep talking about them. When they fall from popular conversation, they begin to fade and when they cease to exist in pop culture, they … cease to exist.
Now, being a fan of Shakespeare and fantasy and faeries, I’m pretty sure that isn’t a new concept, but this is the first time I’ve really “chewed” on that concept. I certainly didn’t have any such deep philosophy in mind when I was moved to rename Dogs on Thursday as Thorsday; it just seemed obvious. (In case not everyone is a little obsessed with myths and trivia, Thor is a god of yore and Thursday is indeed named after him.) Never mind that all of this also happened around the time that Dogs on Thursday languished. (Disclaimer: I am also a former administrator of DoT. There just aren’t enough hours in a day, and I mean no disrespect at all.)
So, there you have it. I’ll likely blog about dogs on Thursdays for as long as I blog, and given the Thor/Thursday thing, it is forever Thorsday for me. I know Thor is gentledog enough that he shares his remembrance day with my own Fred, Mugsy, Soot, Mopsy (the seizure-sufferer), Stinger… and all of the other dogs dear to me and to you whom have crossed the bridge already.
Thankful Thursday? I’m thankful for books and friends who make me think. I did major in philosophy, but I’ve been fascinated by myths since elementary school. (I seriously wish I had a photo of 4th grade Athena at Halloween for you…) I love stumbling across things that make me go “hmmm…” in unexpected places, although I shouldn’t be surprised anymore than I find powerful themes in Harry Potter or evidently, even in a Harlequin Teen series.
What has left you thinking lately?