By lookimadeahat on Dog Shadow
Oh, man. This is tough. This piece perfectly sums up why I get so emotional about dogs - they don't understand when bad things happen. I'm a wreck when my family dog even looks confused when she gets dropped off at the kennel for a weekend, because I can't explain that we're coming back. But even if they don't understand pain or mortality, the thing that I love about dogs is that they DO understand when people are good to them. You, Kira, and your family, are clearly good to Kip. He understands that, and you know it because he returned the favor when you needed it. So he might not understand the scary things, but he understands that. If there is anything fair in the universe at all, the afterlife for Kip will be a big fluffy couch with an armrest for his head and an endless supply of fortune cookies, so he'll have somewhere nice to be while he's waiting for you. But that doesn't make it any easier. I'll be thinking of him and you.
By magpie on Dog Shadow
Kira, my heart broke into a million pieces while reading this. As a fellow puppy mama and former Cancerland resident, your story is so close to my heart. I'm sending boatloads of love and healing energy to you and Kippy.
By datalass on Dog Shadow
Thank you, this is so lovely.
The pets, how do they know? When I came home from my biopsy (Hodgkins lymphoma), my snooty, aloof, bad queen cat suddenly turned nursemaid. And stayed that way for the 9 months I was in treatment. Then one day, she went back to looking at me like I was dim, and I knew I was out of the woods. This was nearly 10 years ago. These days, she's only nice to me when she wants something or is punishing my husband (who she adores).
By Angry Panda on Dog Shadow
I am so sorry. Nearly 5 years ago, I moved back home and went through cancer treatment and had a "Kip" for company too (he let me share the couch). Two years later he passed away after a brief illness, and although I miss him every day I am glad I was at home with him at that time. Dogs' lives are too short. Please give him a hug from me.
@The Lady of Shalott I was going to say. I originally got red sheets so I could drink wine in bed but they are multi-purpose.
@kefuoe I think you just inspired a new tote:
"Sometimes, it's okay to stab someone if you don't get ice cream."
"Air conditioners are the 'cool' part of life."
"Sweat is the orgasm of the skin."
@NeverOddOrEven I did. I felt so dehumanized. Nurses, OTOH, are fucking heroes.
@wee_ramekin and everyone, here's an idea that came from a smarter brain than mine: You can choose to give an "honorary gift" to PP and have a nice card sent to someone of your choice. My choice? Karen Handel, Senior VP of Komen. PP gets money and Komen gets the message--win win!
If you'd like to do this, here's the address for the card (you'll input this info on the PP page):
c/o Susan G. Komen Foundation
P.O. Box 650309
Dallas, TX 75265
By JoanTition on Woman Not a Fan?
"Creepy dolls were objects of ongoing fascination"
@ginalouise I talk to my cats, too, like, "Why don't you ever do the dishes, assholes? I do the job-having, the poop-scooping, the food-making (or pouring) and the sleeping in weird angles because you want the middle of the bed and I get what, some cuddles? A swipe of your paw if you're feeling cranky? I love you, bitch cats."