Today is the last day Little will be a four-legged lady and I have so many emotions. The kids said “bye” before school and gave her some extra scratches on her right side. I picked some extra pain meds for her this morning so she can have a restful day and cried all the way home from the vets office.
I called my dad to give me a good laugh on the way — he reminded me of the Robert Redford movie Jeremiah Johnson. The scene goes something like this… Jeremiah and Bear Claw Chris Lapp approach some elk and get off of their horses and crouch down a little to hide. Jeremiah says to Bear Claw, “won’t he see my feet?” and Bear Claw says, “Elk don’t know how many feet a horse has!”.. thus explaining that Little has no idea how many feet she has, or how many she’s supposed to have for that matter. It’s a good “dad-joke way” of looking at things.
My husband, smart and witty man that he is says “even though she’ll only have three legs, that’s still more legs than we have”. Laughing has been a great way to deal with the what-if’s I’ve had over the last week, watching her limp to and from the food bowl to our bed.
I’ll spend the day giving her EXTRA love and try to drown myself in work. Tomorrow, I’ll take all of my crazy anxiety out on cleaning all the floors and bedding so she can sleep in all of her favorite spots. My kids pitched in and cleaned off the stairstep drawer system in their room so she can use it as a ladder to get to the top bunk. It’s pretty adorable how everyone is ready to get her back to normal immediately and love on her.
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