I took Emma to the vet today; nothing important, just the annual jabs.
He was amazed at how good she looks for her age.
She’ll be 9 this month.
For a big girl like Emma (she has such a pretty face) that’s about 85 in human years.
Our little, brown dog, Sedi, who we think is 11 or 12, is also about 85 in human years according to our vet. (The difference in the calculation is due to their breeds)
Emma can still chase bunnies, leap into the car without effort and face down the local farmer on his tractor.
She thinks and acts like a dog half her age.
Sedi, on the other hand, still thinks she’s a puppy.
Unfortunately, her hips don’t allow her to act like a puppy. Seven years ago we were told to limit her walking in the mountains and going up and down stairs.
We decided not taking a dog with us when we went walking in the mountains was absolutely no way to treat a dog!
As to the stairs…. We lived in a vertical house (7 levels). There was no way to keep her from climbing.
She did just fine.
Five years ago we moved to flat France and life has been easier on the old girl.
Lately, though, she’s been getting a bit stiff. Today, when I went out to take them on their afternoon constitutional, she couldn’t get up.
We laughed, we coaxed, we helped….
We finally got her on her feet but she was shaking so badly I had to hold her.
We thought (hoped) maybe she just had a paw ‘fall asleep’.
Now I’m thinking to go get the neighbor’s dog…. If anything can get her up, that will!
I’m so sad.
Even when we know it’s coming we’re still not ready to lose these 4-footed members of our family.
Maybe she’ll be better tomorrow.
I think I’ll give her an extra chewy tonight…. That will help!
And I’ll look the other way if she snitches more walnuts…..
Poor old girl….
On a brighter note – still have some tomatoes in the garden?
Getting tired of slicing them, putting them into salads, eating them on sandwiches?
How about baking them?
In England they serve plain baked tomatoes for breakfast. We like them, stuffed, as a first course. They also make a lovely, vegetable side dish, especially now, as we move into fall.
2 large tomatoes, suitable for stuffing
1 tsp herbes de provence
2 tbs grated parmesan
2 tbs dried bread crumbs
Slice the tops off of the tomatoes and scoop out the pulp and seeds leaving a hollow shell. In a small bowl mix herbs, cheese and bread crumbs. Spoon mixture into tomatoes. Put into a small, shallow baking pan and bake at 400F for 15 – 20 minutes, until tomatoes are hot and juicy. Remove and serve.
In addition to the above, for the week of October 2 we have Leek and Ham Gratin, Sole with Lemon, Pasta with Chicken, Red Beans and Peppers, Grilled Sweet Potatoes, Stuffed Acorn Squash….
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