"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Wednesday, October 09, 2013


Paddy here. I know I haven't posted here for a while but I've been busy keeping all those pesky squirrels out of the back garden. Well, someone's gotta do it!
But now, we seem to have another problem. Jake.
In a nutshell, he's had two infections this year and has been having a lot of trouble going to the toilet. I would say it's his age, but actually, he's a lot younger than me, only middle aged really. Sometimes he has had an 'accident' in the house. At first, I thought he was  being lazy and I made sure Jenny knew it wasn't me, but now I think he just can't help it.
Anyway, things came to a head with his last infection and all the shouting he was doing when he went to the toilet. He was back and forth to the vet's and I think, although he is much better behaved there than I am, the novelty was beginning to wear off. Eventually, after various tests, the vet told Jenny he has something called 'transitional cell carcinoma' (I'm quite proud of myself for remembering that mouthful!) and that they could give him medication to keep him comfortable but they couldn't make it go away.
Funny thing is, since he's been on this medication, he seems to have had a new lease of life - he's even been up for the odd wrestle with me, something he hasn't wanted to do for a long time, but he still has to keep going to see the vet and whenever Jenny is around, he looks at her all the time, as if he is willing her to make him better.
But I don't think she can do that.


Cro Magnon said...

Any chance of getting me the name of those pills, I could use the occasional wrestle myself. Not that I suffer with the other problem!!

Flighty said...

I'm sorry to see that Jake hasn't been too well. Flighty xx

Helsie said...

What a shame. I hope the medication continues to keep him comfortable.

Jennyta said...

Actually, one of the painkillers is Tramadol, Cro.

Jennyta said...

They can't cure him, Flighty. This is palliative care.

Jennyta said...

Thanks, Helsie

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Aw! Poor little Jake! Let's hope that as he trots towards doggie heaven , he isn't wracked with pain. Please give my personal thanks to Paddy for unveiling this difficult story.

Jennyta said...

Will do, YP.


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