Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pooches: On What Makes a Dog Your Dog

I know sometimes-or maybe many times-we get frustrated with our pups.
Like this whole post.
Especially one morning, while I was still pregnant and carrying the pups' heavy food bowls, and nearly 12 year-old Miss M thought it would be a great idea to leap in the air and sample the food before I could even set it down.
I remember asking E if we would ever just have a normal dog.
A dog that didn't have to stare down our every move.
A dog who wouldn't cry to wake us up each morning:
A dog who didn't creep around and follow our every move.
Then, just like that moment in Big after they saw the fortune teller, it happened.
The vet told us Miss M had sprained something in her back.
But she completely changed.

She wouldn't look us in the eye.
She wouldn't respond to her name.
She didn't want to lay with Mr. B, or even come upstairs to go to bed for the night. I found her downstairs laying sprawled on the hardwood floor.
And we really knew something was wrong with her because she didn't want to eat any of her food.
In our whole 10 years together, Miss M has never rejected food.
Not even lettuce.
Her entire personality was gone. She was a complete shell of herself, and it made me understand how people know when it's time to let go of their pups.
At the time, I really thought I had lost my best friend.
Though luckily for us, it does turn out to have a happy ending.
Her back got better.
And we found out a lot of the symptoms were caused by the medication she was on.
So even when we get frustrated with some of the things she does, we realized, that's what makes Miss M, Miss M.

When I thought Miss M was ugly
Best friends.

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OG said...

You are SO LUCKY! SO LUCKY! What a wonderful realization you had! And Miss M does it again :)
My beloved Petey left us on April 30th. He was himself to the end, happy, wagging his tail, greeting friends and making new ones, but he couldn't really walk...and I didn't want him to be an unhappy dog ever

Anonymous said...

It's not easy to love them for all of their moments (take it from a mom of a diaper dog) but it is easier to do when we step back and take a moment to realize that they love us for all of our moments. Glad she is going to be ok!

Unknown said...

So very glad Miss M is back to herself again. I know it was very sad and scary seeing her taken over by something, in this case side effects of the medication. I hope she will continue to get better!

Andrea Joy said...

xoxox Ms. M!

Jacquelin Cangro said...

I understand just where you're coming from. I had a similar incident with Reggie last year where he wasn't himself. It was so scary. I'm so fortunate that he came through it, just like Miss M. It reminded me how precious our time is and I wouldn't want him to be any other way.

Laura said...

Miss M is so funny & such a beautiful pup! Wonderful to hear that she is back to being Miss M! <3

The Daily Pip said...

So glad her back is improving!

I have certainly had a few moments over the years where I've wondered why can't our animals be normal. But, of course, some of the very same quirks are also what I love the most about them.

PKBrandon said...

Hi, I'm so glad Miss M is feeling better. Sometimes it takes a scare to make us remember how important the pooches are to us even though they can be a pain. I admire the effort you both put into integrating Baby K into the dogs' routine. Like you said - so many people just dump their dogs when babies come along and it makes me sick. I foster for a rescue and have run into this more times than I can count.

Love your blog!!!

Unknown said...

Such cute dogs! Love the pictures, thanks for the post!

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