Last Thursday I posted that our dog, Shyla, had returned from a three-day vet stay after having eaten one of the baby’s large burp cloths. She wasn’t home long, and returned to the vet after her surgical staples broke and she started bleeding.
She returned home again last night and spent the night in our kitchen. She’s severely restricted for the time-being, and isn’t supposed to be doing stairs or climbing onto couches. The stairs thing, unfortunately, isn’t optional for us as we have stairs at both entries to our home, and Shyla isn’t a very good listener and has already been up onto the couch more than once… resulting in me turning up all the cushions (she seems to perceive them as obstacles when they’re on end like that, and won’t mess with them).
She has some sort of drainage tube too which is a somewhat messy affair now that she has started to get her bandages off. I’m not kidding when I say that this dog causes her own suffering — she just doesn’t know any better I guess, poor thing.
She hasn’t eaten anything but continues to drink and urinate at regular intervals. I have to imagine she’s just too uncomfortable to eat… something I hope will change soon.
Right now she’s laying about on a towel on our living room floor. She’s alert, even barking as people walk by the house, and has been wagging her tail like crazy (which means wagging most of her body, which probably accounts for the bandages coming off) when she’s on her feet.
We’re hopeful things will continue to improve… hard to imagine that a burp cloth could cause so much chaos.
Seeing her so helpless brings to my mind that nothing is promised to us and we can be whisked away from this life by any number of seemingly small and random events. Some we control, others… well not so much. I try to remember this daily, but it comes more easily when considering something in terms of a pet or family member rather than as a subject of abstract thought.
I think this impermanence needs to be a subject of contemplation for all of us, even if we aren’t trying to look at it from the perspective of the spiritual. There is certainly great insight to be gained therein.
Be well, friends. I will post again soon.