I cannot believe that close to a month has passed since I last posted to my site. That is highly uncharacteristic for me. Summer seemed to fly by this year, and was filled with numerous bouts of out-of-town company, in addition to several unexpected events. If you are like me, then the pets that you have become part of the family. You don’t view them solely as animals, but rather as an extensive of your household. My house is never quiet as I have two Airedale Terriers and one Cavachon (though she thinks that she is a big dog). Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, my eldest Airedale, Maggie, became very ill. It was told to us that the vet suspected her kidneys had begun to shut down and that there was little more they could do for us at our local vet. That was an incredibly painful day for us as we tried to mentally prepare ourselves for the loss of our ten-year old dog. Towards the end of the day, our vet decided to try one last thing which required referring Maggie to a Vet Hospital that had around-the-clock care. They took fabulous care of her, as she spent several days in their ICU. With each passing day at the facility, she regained small signs of her old spunky attitude. For the first time that we discovered she was ill, we saw a small light at the end of the tunnel. After countless tests and hours of worry, the emergency vet believed that they had an answer to what had caused the ominous kidney values.
The theory was that a UTI had been present in Maggie for quite some time. Due to her not displaying any of the characteristic signs it went undetected, morphing into a kidney infection. Due to the infection that was present, her kidneys began to suffer. Luckily, the infection was something that was easily treatable. I can now happily state that our beloved Maggie is back in all her glory: unrolling the toilet paper, being vocal at every opportunity and running around the backyard. This is far from my typical post. However, it is a situation that I have been facing for the past few weeks and that I feel privileged to share. Too often, by the time we realize that our furry friends are gravely ill, there is little that can be done. I feel incredibly blessed that, that was not the case for Maggie. Therefore, I would like to dedicate this post to her, as I share with you some classic film stars who loved their dogs as well.
Though they were not married in real life, Nick and Nora Charles (aka William Powell and Myrna Loy) were an iconic film couple brought to life by their dog Asta.
Jimmy Stewart with Princess (Mixed Breed): Unfortunately could not find a picture of his Golden Retriever Beau and him.
Jean Harlow with Oscar (Pomeranian)
Glenn Ford with one of his beloved dogs
Lucille Ball with her Crocker Spaniels
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall with Harvey (Boxer)
Carole Lombard and her Sheepdog (Beau Brummell)
Cary Grant and his Dog (Sealyham Terrier)
I will end this post by sharing a unique poem I found. Unfortunately, the author is listed as anonymous so I cannot give the credit that is deserved to its creator.
A FAITHFUL DOG
A Faithful Dog Will Play With You
And Laugh With You -Or Cry-
He’ll Gladly Starve To Stay With You
Nor Ever Reason Why,
And When You’re Feeling Out Of Sorts
Somehow He’ll Understand
He’ll Watch You With His Shining Eyes
And Try To Lick Your Hand.
His Blind, Implicit Faith In You
Is Matched By His Great Love-
The Kind That All Of Us Should Have
In The Master, Up Above.
When Everything Is Said And Done
I Guess This Isn’t Odd
For When You Spell “Dog” Backwards
You Get The Name Of God.