Rarely do we take only one dog anywhere. So Lucy was quite surprised when my husband took Ellie and left her behind.
She looked at her leash hanging there, confused because she didn't go with Ellie.
She ran to the dining room window as my husband backed out of the garage. He stopped briefly.
Hooray! He's coming back to get me!
Her smile faded just as quickly. My husband had stopped only long enough to adjust the rear camera as he backed out.
Oh dear! He is really leaving me behind.
Her eyes followed as they drove down the street, looking sadder and sadder as they left.
I cannot believe it!
Ellie was headed to the veterinarian. That morning we had discovered a very small "hot spot" on her right hip. Goldens are particularly vulnerable to these reactions to irritation or insect bites. Once begun, the areas can increase at an unbelievable rate and become more difficult to treat. And given their double coats and long hair, the spots can be overlooked in Goldens until they become quite large. We were very lucky on two fronts: 1) my husband spotted the area when it was the size of a quarter; and 2) our vet managed to squeeze us in that afternoon. The area had already increased in size by the time she saw the vet.
The usual treatment...shave the area and apply ointment. Because she had a mild temperature elevation, She was given antibiotics to take at home. Fortunately Ellie is not one of those dogs who would continually lick the area so she did not have to wear a cone.
It's amazing how quickly these areas can spread.
Ellie was very happy to be home. And Lucy was glad we were all together again.
We are still having much cooler than average temperatures. Fortunately, the Golden Girls thrive in cooler weather. The leaves are beautiful with promise of better color to come.
Another political debate is over and next week our state will allow for early voting. There was a time when I bypassed early voting...I love the excitement of being at the polls on election day. But this year, my vote is too important to risk anything that might keep me from casting my ballot. So I will vote early. (And I wish I could vote often.)
I am finding it difficult to understand how there could be undecided citizens among us so if you are one, please enlighten me. The platforms are so different, the approach to the welfare of others so different, the methods of improving our economy are so different, the energy policies are so different, and concern for the ecology is so different that there should be compelling reasons to vote for one candidate or the other. I urge all of you to exercise that precious right and vote for the candidate of your choosing. The stakes are high. The vote you cast this year may effect the decisions of the Supreme Court for decades to come.
Our political quote this week comes from Voltaire, a man before his time. During the 1700s, he advocated free speech, civil liberties, and separation of church and state.
...so long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so;
for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious or otherwise,
to put shackles upon sleeping men.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE!!!