I was looking at the dogs’ passports the other day (of course they have passports – duh!) and realized it was time to take Sedi in for her annual jabs.
For those who don’t know, this is Sedi:
In her younger days, 2 years ago… Before she had a stroke.
I decided I wasn’t going to take her to the vet.
She’d have to get in and out of the car. The last time she jumped down from the car she couldn’t walk for two days. Her back legs are getting very fragile. I don’t think there’s anything holding the leg bones in the hip sockets anymore.
Somehow, at this stage in her life, I don’t think the annual vaccinations are terribly important.
But she’s not giving up.
She has frequent, unexpected ‘sits’. Her hips just collapse and there she is, sitting tall, surveying her world with a silly grin on her face, probably wandering how she got there.
She’s getting very strong, muscular front legs and starting to resemble a bulldog. Since her back legs are almost worthless she pulls herself up with her front legs and kind of swings the back feet under her hips to walk.
This feat is not always easy, especially when she forgets to lay on a rug. When she’s on the tile floor she spins in circles a few times whilst trying to get her feet under her.
Since she has so little control over her back legs, her feet drag when she walks. This morning one paw got turned under and I had to stop her to straighten it out.
Sounds pathetic, doesn’t she?
She jumped up for a treat yesterday and fell right over on her back. She forgets that the back legs won’t support her.
She got up…. And tried jumping again.
When we go outside she does a few laps around Emma; does a few hops; runs a few paces to chase the bunny that waits to tease her; she goes in and out a dozen times a day to patrol the garden and do her share of barking duty and she follows me or mon mari everywhere we go… At least to the doorways.
And she never complains or cries or whimpers.
This, from a dog that used to yelp if she scratched herself to hard with her own paw!
She’s always excited to do the next thing and still tries to turn circles when she see me pick up my walking stick.
One can learn a lot from an old dog.
And so Emma doesn’t feel neglected, here’s her photo….
On to the food.
I love the French word for sunchokes, aka Jerusalem artichokes: Topinambour
I also love eating them…. I can’t believe it took me so many years to discover these gnarly roots!
They don’t get crispy, like potatoes so be a bit careful when taking
them off the baking sheet. A nonstick baking sheet will work best.
Parmesan Sunchokes Slices
3 – 4 sunchokes, aka Jerusalem artichokes
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs Parmesan
Mix olive oil and Parmesan in a bowl. Peel sunchokes, keeping the peeled sunchokes in a bowl of water as you work as they discolor quickly. Cut each sunchoke into 1/4 inch thick slices. Add slices to oil / Parmesan as you work, stirring to coat. Lay on a nonstick baking sheet with a lip. Put in a 400F (200C) oven and bake for 25 minutes. Serve.
In addition to this, for the weekly menu for March 12 we have Mushroom Mini Frittatas, Pork Tenderloin with Red Onions and Greek Olives, Turned Potatoes, Carrot Ginger Soup, Chicken Spinach and Feta Pasta….
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