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A little touch of obesity — 16 Comments

  1. Seems that Penny and I have more in common than I had previously thought.
    I get the impression that neither of us is too concerned about our current state.

    • I don't think she's that concerned all right.  At the moment she's following a fly around the room.  Though I should explain – she's lying on the couch swiveling her eyes at a fly.  Less effort involved.

  2. Get her started on smoking Gitanes, my wife says the French women are so slim because of their diet of Gitanes and espressos.

    • Do not be fooled!  French women being skinny is a myth although there are a few boney stick insects who look like they'll blow away in a light breeze.  There are some right porkers as well.  The book "French Women Don't Get Fat"  or something like that was some French Hen's way of making money for a diet book and is a load of old bollox.

      We used to have a dog who we took for her MOT and got the same message as you Grandad – she's too fat and needed to lose a couple of kilos.  She didn't overeat and liked her walks so we were a bit miffed.  She was a great hairy beastie so before her next check-up we took her to the dog barbers and had her clipped.  At her next weigh-in a few weeks later she'd "lost" 2 kilos and was now her ideal weight! 🙂

  3. We do love our hounds. Our beloved Chloe went for her annual health check 6 months ago. As she was getting on (14 years) the vet performed a blood test. The upshot was that Chloe had liver disease of unknown cause. The vet could not be specific as to why. It could be due to a tumour or idiopathic. He advised against further testing as it would not alter the treatment or outcome. She soldered on for another 4 months in seemingly good health before suddenly dying. Sadly we were on holiday at the time. We miss her so much and the sadness has not diminished. 

    • I confess that when I wrote the above I looked back to the post about Sandy and my eyes got a little moist!  Losing a faithful pet is the hardest thing and at the time I swore no animal could ever replace Sandy.

      However, against my better judgment I was coerced into visiting a rescue centre where we found Penny.  Now Penny could never replace Sandy, but she more than filled that hole in my life, and I swear that Sandy somehow picked Penny for us as she is virtually the perfect dog.  As I said to the vet yesterday – in four years I have never ever had to scold her for anything.

      While I will always remember Sandy with love [I still miss her], Penny more than filled the void that was left.  If anything should ever happen to Penny [God forbid], I'd be straight down to the rescue centre again.

      • Thank you, Grandad. Your view helps me to question mine – and therefore might lessen the horror of one day losing my irreplacable dog. I always think: no other dog will ever be able to replace him. But to think about another animal maybe being able to fill the void he will leave … might help.

        So, again: Thx for offering this way of thinking. I'll move it through my head for the time being … 😉

        • Afterwards Herself and the daughter admitted they had conspired to get me down to the rescue centre, as they said I looked so miserable!  It really was the best thing to do, and I would really recommend that course for anyone who has lost a dear pet.

          • I second that!  I went into a deep depression for 6 months after my previous rescued dog passed away.  The family had decided we weren't going to have another one as they are very tying and we thought we'd like to travel a bit as our old lad had health problems and we wouldn't leave him with anyone else.  In the end I said bugger that and went and got another two!  There is nothing like a dog to keep you amused and they give something back that other humans struggle to give – unconditional love.

            • I know what you mean, but I don't think it's unconditional, that love. You can bring a dog do follow your every word and gesture even if you treat him horribly. The love you have to earn by treating him well. So it's not unconditional – but priceless and one of the most beautiful things to earn.

              • The telling gesture is to raise your hand to the dog.  If the dog flinches that's a bad sign!

                I'm delighted to say that our Penny reacts to a raised hand with a grin and a wag of the tail, before rolling to get her tummy tickled.

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