Asleep at the wheel

Published 11:19 pm Thursday, October 16, 2014

Please don’t let the title of this article fool you, there hasn’t been any accident and no one actually fell asleep while driving.  I wish to apologize for missing my column last week but I did say that might happen now and then.  The truth of the matter is that I’m simply drained and I feel weak and sleepy all the time.  Lately, I feel like I’m sleeping 16 hours a day and it is not enough.

My dogs and cats love it though, each time I lay down (or is it lie down), Charma my boxer lies beside me, Pablo the long hair Chihuahua/Papillion mix is by my head, Carmella our new kitten is at my feet and the two older cats, Tony and Carol, are beside me or on top of me.  This may sound silly but my pets feel like a security blanket to me.

Our white Shepherd, Schnitzel, is coming along beautifully and her pups are also playing and thriving.  Due to my illness I cannot walk her far but she takes whatever I can give her and adores the attention. The same goes for Isaac the black and tan doby mix I spoke of a few weeks back.  His circle wag is still in action and visiting with him lifts me up more than I him.  His joy of life is infectious and he has everyone he meets wrapped around his paw.  His hip problem will need to wait another month before we tackle it because his heartworm count is still a bit too high at this time.  In the meantime he’ll just have to keep charming all the staff and volunteers at FHS.

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The story I was going to write last week was about Elle, a sweet 19-year-old silver grey Cocker Spaniel.  I won’t go into reasons why but Elle’s dad is in a wheelchair and was set to have a leg removed.  The little girl had a fatty tumor hanging from her side the size of a grapefruit. When Elle’s dad came home from New York he found his beautiful girl alive and active with the fatty tumor totally removed.  Thanks to my good friends Jeb and Al from Jeb’s Grooming for bringing her to my attention and the great team at Landrum vet for the wonderful job they did for Elle.

As we speak a 10-year-old Cockapoo was brought to Landrum vet and placed in my name.  It’s a long story, which I’ll probably tell next week but in the meantime I’ve enlisted Dana Mayer and Randy Grobe for assistance.

I guess I’m trying to let my readers understand though, I’m feeling a bit weak and tired, so long as the Lord gives me strength when it comes to my kids, I will not fall asleep at the wheel.

God bless you all, thanks for the prayers and …

Thanks for listening.