19 March 2010

When We Get Bored, Bad Things Happen

Scarecrow is having hardware issues. His office at Bob's Books is right above the room that houses the Adult Day Care Center, so I can hear the crashing and thumping and muffled, but discouraging, words. It might be a bad time to remind him that he needs to call the vet to make an appointment for Ernie.

There's no mistaking when Scarecrow's mad. He has a crashing, thumping, hollering, foot-stomping temper. It can be quite the spectacle, but it never lasts long and when it's over, it's over.

Me, I'm one for the slow burn. When I'm mad, I'm surly and quiet. I'm slow to forgive, and I never forget. Scarecrow's way is better, really. It's easier on everybody. But everybody in my family was a sulker. I never learned any other way.

Anyway, Ernie has two new lumps on his leg where we recently had the latest one removed. We knew they were likely to regrow, but these came up really fast. His leg didn't seem to hurt before, but now it obviously does. His hind legs are weak. He has slipped and fallen on the hardwood floor a couple of times recently, and has trouble getting up. He has even left a few kibbles in his bowl, which is not at all like our boy. We always said that if Ernie ever turned down food it was time to call the vet because he must have one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.

He is 12 years old, and I don't want to keep carving on him, but I don't want him to hurt. So we need to talk to the vet and see what we can do for him.

In the meantime, it's looking like a nice weekend and he still enjoys lying in the sun. As long as the dog bed isn't infested with whippets.

Um. About the bored thing. I've been messing around with my blog template. Let me know if I broke anything, OK? To borrow a phrase from every software developer I've ever known, 'It works on my machine.'


  1. Decisions concerning elderly fur family are hard. Buddy Boxer had those growths too. We had them removed several times and he did super well for a few year till other age related things caught up with him.
    Lita on the other hand a German Shorthair that our cat brought home did not fair as well. Cutting them out off her leg again would not leave enough skin for her to move without pain.
    And less pain for her was decided upon.

    I am a tantrum type muttering and tossing LOL KRP is the surly and quite one.

    I like the new background!

  2. New background? I thought I was seeing stars!

    Poor Ernie. I know you'll do what's best for him, whatever that may be.

  3. Stars was the intended effect, but I was afraid it looked more like dandruff. I'll leave it up for a while and see how it wears.

    Ernie goes into the vet Monday morning. We'll see what she says, and go from there.

  4. Blog looks fine. I'm asceered to mess with mine. Poor Ernie. Yeah, I am Irish Aries, I get mad, let it out, then it's gone. Hurt lasts forever unless I am made whole.

  5. Yep it looks like stars -- dandruff never would have occurred to me! I like it. Gives me a hanging out with Zoom suspended in space feel.

    Sorry about Ernie.