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These are a few of my favorite things

More specifically, two pounds of my favorite things. Or (according to the label) approximately 200 pieces of my favorite things — those being nice, tart, puckery, juicy California dried apricots. A rare treat.

Thank you AG & LG! That oughta keep me going for a good long while.


Don’t ask Ava if it was a day of favorite things. If she could cuss, she’d give you an earful. After a blowy, rainy, miserable walk, I put her through the further indignity of another visit to Furrydoc.

Ava thinks Furrydoc is just fine when we’re hiking in the woods. Ava thinks Furrydoc is great when we’re riding in Furrydoc’s truck. But her opinion of office visits is something else.

And today, Furrydoc confirmed my pup’s secret conviction that vets are vampires; she drew blood out of Ava’s neck — right in the front where vampires suck. Poor Ava!

This round of blood is for a more precise test of those failing canine kidneys. The first blood test, two weeks ago, hinted that my girl has only 20-35% kidney function. But a urine test looked less dire. So with RW’s Christmas gift, we’re going for a more definitive test.

Ava’s still sporting shaved patches on all four legs from where the doc tried and mostly failed to place IVs in flat veins before Christmas. So the neck was the place to go. Vampiric vet care!

Ava didn’t twitch — and couldn’t have twitched much, the way the vet tech was holding her. But boy, did she give me The Look.

She got a dried liver treat from the tech, though, and salmon snackies at home. I may be forgiven someday.

Speaking of someday, Furrydoc says not to expect results for 7-10 days. That’s an eternity in dog time. But I’m hoping for the best.


And (still ) speaking of favorite things, Furrydoc and her husband took an anniversary trip last weekend and returned with a whole case of our mutually favorite salad dressings, which can be bought only at one specialty shop in one small town where I never go. I bought six bottles and shared in their nice case-lot discount. Mmmmmmmmm what a delicious lunch I had when Ava and I got home. Green leaf lettuce, mushrooms, chopped pecans, herb croutons, and that terrific blue cheese vinaigrette dressing. With AG’s dried apricots and MJ’s dried tart cherries for dessert.

Alas, now it’s back to reality. At least I’m well fortified this afternoon for beating up on politicians, smacking social-justice pecksniffs, and seeking out fellow freedomistas.


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  1. Mike
    Mike January 3, 2019 7:06 pm

    It’s the little things in life that get a person through the day. While I’m not a big fan of apricots, I’m lucky we are close to cranberry country and I love ’em on my cereal.

    Poor Ava, I’m hoping for the best too. After all the things that have recently happened with Ava, I’m hoping the coin will flip to the good luck side. Poor girl deserves some good luck for a change.

  2. Comrade X
    Comrade X January 4, 2019 9:26 am

    Ava will be added to my prayers!

  3. Claire
    Claire January 4, 2019 7:45 pm

    Thank you, Mike and Comrade X.

    For a dog who’s supposedly slowly dying, Ava’s doing amazingly well. Today a neighbor came over and Ava was so happy she was like a puppy again.

  4. AG
    AG January 11, 2019 11:08 pm

    Glad they made it okay. Should be something else arriving, as well.

    Give Aves an extra hug on our behalf.

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