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The Week That Was

Oof.

Last Thursday (nine days ago) my sweet Boxer, Beasley Ralph, had a stroke and then a seizure. I thought he was a goner, but folks at the emergency vet clinic pulled him back from the jaws of death, stabilized him, put him on blood pressure meds, and he is home now, acting like nothing happened at all. Meanwhile, I am still a bit of a blubbering mess.


He is my boo. He is my buddy and my travel companion. That dog has logged about 20,000 miles with me over the past four years, and he is so patient about it. I've made him live in a van, for criyi, and moved him away from his pack out here where it is so dry his paws crack. Of course, we figured out coconut oil helps that (and is a yummy treat to lick) and he found a new pack, a bunch of adorable chihuahuas that he was terrified of at first and then suddenly became fiercely protective of.


The bill for doggy ICU and tests was thousands. Thousands. But, as I told a friend, I owed him that, and if for no other reason than because he lets me glue blue silicone covers over his toenails and doesn't even hate me for it. That boy is the epitome of patience.


I've been a dog person all my life. My mom tells me when I was a baby and we lived in Atlanta, I liked to crawl over to our Boxer Herkimer's dish and try to steal his kibbles. She even gave me dog biscuits to teethe on. (Okay, that also tells you something about my mom...)


Our Boxer Moose went with me everywhere on our farm up in northeastern Ohio. We tromped all over those eighty acres, into the woods, through the fields, over streams, up hills. He had a head like a lion and weighed over a hundred pounds, but he was as soft as room temperature butter on the inside.


And don't get me started with Emily and Connor. I tear up just thinking about those two loves.


I know you all have stories, too, of the dogs that were your BFFs. How do they do that? Worm their way into our hearts and make us flat-out crazy about them? There is just so much goodness in a good dog, isn't there? They own us, heart and soul.


Anyway, that was the week that was, and good riddance to it. Yesterday Beasley had his blood pressure checked, and it is within normal range, which means the dosage of meds prescribed are working just fine.


I know this boy won't live forever. I'm just so very glad he is with me now, and I hope he sticks around for a long, long while.


Stay, Beasley. Stay. Good boy.








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pastorfritz
pastorfritz
Oct 04, 2021

Dogs surely are one the Lord's most magnificent creations and gifts! Yes, stay Beasley. :)

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Rebecca
Oct 04, 2021
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Fond memories of your sweet doggos!

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dorismeowcat
dorismeowcat
Oct 04, 2021

I'd really like to chip in a few dollars toward the doggy bill. Do you have a paypal account or can I send a check? My kids are all cats and my 17 year old Katy is my baby. Can't imagine life without her.😸

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Rebecca
Oct 04, 2021
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You are the kindest person ever. Thank you so much for this offer. I was able to pay for it all, but I'm so aware that people are returning animals to shelters after having adopted them during the pandemic, and so many shelters are overwhelmed right now and budgets are stretched. I would dearly love it if you made a donation to an animal shelter in Mr. Beasley Ralph's name. Wishing you and your sweet kitties all the best, and thank you again for thinking of us. So very kind.

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jlamneck
Oct 03, 2021

Beasley is so lucky to have you as his human! I feel like I also grew up with your lovable boxers, Moose and Casey. We can’t imagine life without a dog. Coco and her humans send their best wishes to Beasley for a full recovery! Lots of love and doggy kisses! Jill

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jlamneck
Oct 03, 2021
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I remember you and your parents used to call your Moose, Mooserug! Coco has been properly kissed!

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cdunkle20145
Oct 03, 2021

So glad he is okay. Feel your thousands! my Lucy had three cancer surgeries (and just finished chemo about a month ago) during the time my partner was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died a year ago August. Could not lose them both. Thank you for sharing your stories. ❤️🙏🐩

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Rebecca
Oct 03, 2021
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Oh, no, I'm so, so sorry. Yes, hang onto sweet Lucy. Peace to you.

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jmpianoplay
Oct 03, 2021

Yea Beasley. You gave your momma quite a scare, but it's obvious how much you and Mom love each other. My pal, Rudy is hoping that you're okay for a loooooonnnnng time. arf



PS, I've been reading your blog since the Huffpost article. I love your writing and your thoughts about your faith. I'm a ELCA church musician in Knoxville and recently followed your lead and took two weeks in the southwest. My gosh, NM is amazing. I can see those mesas in your writing.


Blessing, light, whatever, 😎

Joan

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Rebecca
Oct 03, 2021
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Hello, Rudy, and thanks, Joan! For reading and following and for your kind comments. And, yeah, NM really IS the Land of Enchantment! All best to you.🎶🎵

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