Every Day Gravy

My trusted friend Hickory, my old man golden retriever, had major surgery.  He has an incision running the length of his belly.  It makes it hard for him, in his recovery, to lie down in his favorite spot on the carpet by my desk.  Instead, he stands.They took out a tumor the size of a small watermelon, and it seems that the cancer has already spread to his liver.  I don’t know why I’m experiencing so many animal loss issues right now, but that seems to be the way of it.I asked the veterinarian how much time Hickory has left.  He shrugged, knowing that death can rarely be accurately predicted.  “Could be months . . . or weeks,” he sighed,  “Just consider every day gravy.”  Yes, isn’t that true for each one of us when we really stop and consider the precariousness of life?And so we’re doing a lot of dog snuggling, patting, and nuzzling.  Hickory is getting table scraps and the fancy biscuits.  There’s not a moment to take for granted when every day is gravy.To receive Ashley’s weekly blog via email Click Herewww.ashleydavisbush.com

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4 thoughts on “Every Day Gravy

  1. dmurgido

    So sorry to hear of Hickory and what he and you are going through at this time. Pets play a very important role in our lives and are so much a part of our families.


  2. csmith

    So very sorry to here of your beloved Hickory. I can only imagine what you are going through. It’s devastating to know you may lose your best friend and I so dread the day when I lose my dog, Cody. Cody is 10 1/2 and already has severe arthritis in his lower back, but acupuncture every 6-8 weeks works wonders. He’s still very active. He recently received 2 obedience title and is a Certified Therapy dog and is going towards his 3rd working title. He loves visiting residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He was there with me when my parents died and gave me the emotional support I couldn’t even get from my husband. He’s always there for me. He literally can read my mind. Dogs are so special and unique. So every day I am grateful he is still with me. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this very difficult time. Spend as much quality time as you can with him.

    Take care,

  3. admin

    Thanks so much for your thoughts and concerns. Beloved pets touch the lives of so many of us. I know that I am not alone.

    In connection,

  4. vickytrema07@aol.com

    Im sorry about hickory.I know how you feel after i lost my dad . I felt like dying i was in bed not eating crying just felt like there was nothing to go on for. My dog tahji. was something eles he was not even a year yet got him at 6 weeks. he was the best he found a way to make me smile everyday. he saw me threw my darkest hour . sadly in oct he caught parvo and tahji left me . i wanted to die . wiht my dad being sick i didnt take him in to get his shots. i felt guilty and horrible. tahji was the best dog ever and i will never forget him . Now my dad is playing fetch with him .

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