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Oh Bob! - Sing With Me If It's Just For Today...
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Oh Bob!
Yesterday I woke up and things felt wrong. Very wrong. Maybe it was the dream that shook me out of my sleep. It was something about an impending accident on Tuesday that will make me cry. But once I slunk from the bed and my feet touched the floor, I felt as if I were sinking into a soft, unstable ground. I stumbled to the bathroom to pee and noticed Bob was on the living room couch looking back at me.

I gave a good scrub to my teeth and face hoping to wash away the ick. When I walked back through the living room, Bob was still looking at me and he didn't appear very happy. I thought maybe because I slept until nine thirty that he was angry at being made to wait. I threw on some sweats and a long sleeve t-shirt. I went into the kitchen and opened the door to the magic cabinet, the place where Big Business bags are kept and the final signal for Bob that a walk is in his near future.

When he rounded the corner into the kitchen, I froze. His front leg was not working enough for him to keep balance. He looked scared and pleading. I fell to my knees and hugged him all the while reassuring him we would go to the doctor. I had planned on making an appointment anyway because for the last few days, he's had trouble assuming the Big Business position.

Billy's and my greatest shared fear was losing Bob. We adopted him when he was five but we always knew there would come that time as it did with our Vinyldog. Whenever the thought would push itself into the forefront of my mind, I always took comfort in knowing Billy would be with me and we would rest Bob near Vinyldog in the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery. With Billy in the Witness Protection Program where I can no longer speak with him, Bob's stock has risen even higher in my life.

We made a hesitant and painful walk around the block while I called the vet on my cell phone. After his half-eaten breakfast, I lifted him into the front seat, a task both of us find embarrassing. The moment we stepped into the vet waiting room, he started to shiver. I wrapped my arms around his big thick neck and kissed the top of his head, cooing in his ear. We went into the exam room and waited. As soon as Dr. Elliot walked in, Bob was up and mobile and as happy as a puppy. I shot him daggers.

After blood work was taken and his nails clipped, we walked out less three hundred dollars in our pocket. I find out about his blood results tomorrow but anticipate nothing wrong. Next time when he is limping, I won't even make an appointment. I will simply drive to the vet's office and show him. It seems to be the elixir that works.

Current Mood: slobbered

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ruralrob From: ruralrob Date: June 23rd, 2003 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Those BOB's are all alike . . . .

I know we've had similar experiences with one Bailey. The shivering is a sign that something is up; either a pain or a sprain or something similar can set that off. But likely as not these things just go away. Hope that's the case with your Bob anyway. He's a sweetie (just like his dad.)
among_the_stars From: among_the_stars Date: June 23rd, 2003 04:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow...isn't that strange though?!?! I mean, something must have been wrong... I can't imagine a dog faking an injury for attention. hehe
From: danman869 Date: June 23rd, 2003 05:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Glad to know it turned out that nothing seems to be really wrong with big, bad Bob Slobbers! Of course, wouldn't it have been nice if you could've found that out WITHOUT having to pay $300? *sigh* Dogs! I dunno what's wrong with these dogs today? *wink*
raptusanxieux From: raptusanxieux Date: June 23rd, 2003 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

Bob!

Ah, the Lassie Limp. Do you think he's just creaky and was limbered up by the time he saw the doctor? Maybe he could start on a daily dose of aspirin to help keep that soreness at bay.
Peenit gave me a scare about six months ago when she was acting funny in the litter box, and a chicken teriyaki stick had been chewed to bits. X-rays showed all clear, that'll be $260.
creamycambot From: creamycambot Date: June 24th, 2003 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Talk about a huge rollercoaster. Terry, I think you should cut down on his treats for a week. Remember, Bob thinks he is in charge. We both know he is, but we can't let on....

Creamy
ubermunkey From: ubermunkey Date: June 24th, 2003 07:07 am (UTC) (Link)
great googaly moogaly. dammit 300$ bucks eh, well at least you got his nails trimmed while you were there.

uh guysterrules I have some questions for you but don't know how to ask em? Is there a less public forum I could submit them to? don't want to pry and don't mean to intrude but I am curiosity without bounds. my actual email is desertbear77@yahoo.com feel free to drop a line, or not. ;-)
jdjdjd From: jdjdjd Date: June 24th, 2003 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
A question here. If Bob was limping did they take any x-rays?
They should have. How old is Bob again? If you're willing to make the drive, the Vets at my practice are excellent. Oh..and let me know how the lab work turns out. ;)
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: June 24th, 2003 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
They had taken x-rays, which are a fortune, about 8 months ago. It showed his hip dysplasia was not as bad as it could have been given his age. I go to the VCA in the Marina. Where are your offices?
jdjdjd From: jdjdjd Date: June 24th, 2003 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

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We're in Yorba Linda. A long haul from you. As far as the x-rays go, well, I would have been inclined to do them again. Things change. But I didn't see Bob, so maybe it wasn't called for. How is he today? And what did the lab work come back as? Should have those results today.
guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: June 24th, 2003 09:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
He seems to be very chipper today. I incresed his Rimadyl to twice daily per the vet's suggestion and I get the results back tomorrow. Hopefully all is well. I'll let you know and thank you so much for caring for Bob and all of the other fur friends we have.
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