Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What We Do for Dogs

Casper Doodle, age 15, is stiff with arthritis. She has so much trouble getting up and down now that I set her food up on a milking stool so she won't have to bend to reach into the pot. And of course it's right next to the rainbarrel so she doesn't have to go far to quench her thirst while she's eating. If I don't stay there, the two smaller, younger dogs will chase her from her bowl, and she will let them, and go hungry and get skinny. This had already happened this past winter by the time we realized she wasn't standing up for herself and tuning those little whippersnappers in. So now I have to stay near her, or hoe weeds from my flower beds nearby, until she finishes. If I walk away, all three dogs will leave their food and follow me, no matter how hungry they may be. Wouldn't want to miss anything! And then the voracious magpies come in and quickly make off with any dog food left out. Can't have that, so I stand guard over Casper to make sure she gets her fill.


  1. Hurray! I can read you in my reader feed-er! Although I'm not at work today. But still - thank you!!!

  2. Oh, poor Casper. I'm so happy she's with you, you super kind-hearted being! I've done the same...becoming the protector of my former protector, who got too old and feeble to fight off others.

    Funnily enough, I miss seeing the magpies. I've only seen one in my whole time here. But you are right. They're the most voracious birds and love dog food! xx

  3. Just in case, what are you doing 10 years from now? I might need a guard.

  4. Its wonderful you take such good care of your pups.


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