much-loved Cavalier spaniel, Dion DiPoochy,
is having serious health issues.
|DION, 2010, looking guilty about something.|
Every few days for the past two weeks,
I have thought it was curtains for our boy.
But every few days, he has rallied.
|DION, on Alida and Josh's wedding day, June 25, 2011.|
The most recent crisis was yesterday.
I took him to the vet,
afraid I would not be taking him home.
|DION at the vet on Friday July 20, 2012.|
But the vet had different ideas. She started him
on a doggy NSAID and it's giving him comfort, and more strength.
He is walking, eating and drinking again.
|DION, with Lily, 2007, in our old kitchen.|
Can we have a guarded Hooray?
|DION in 2010|
In comparison to the horror and searing grief of the
Colorado theater shootings, our little dog's health is insignificant.
Our hearts ache for the victims, their families,
that community, and our country,
and our minds boggle at the randomness of evil.
But hearts and minds are limitless,
with room for all manner of sadness and joy, including the sadness
of watching this most sweet and gentle and funny of dogs,
our good boy Dion,
slowly lose his grip on Life.
|DION, Friday July 20, 2012, doing what he now does most of the time -- rest.|
Dion's lust for life is deserting him; he is so very tired,
and even food -- which he worshiped -- is no longer of much interest.
We would not keep him with us if he were in distress
but he is calm and seems comfortable.
Thank you, Joanne, for your breeding that produced this special dog.
Thank you, Jane, for your gift of him to our girls.
|1999 -- DION (in the lead of this Conga line) with his 3 sisters, nicknamed The Belmonts.|
We are cherishing every moment we have with Dion.
I know that many of you have traveled this same road;
thanks for listening. -- Cass