“Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.”

This morning I was up at the crack of dawn, around 6:30, as I had a dental appointment at 8. I hate that alarm. To wake up to it again was jarring. It was almost a leap out of bed reaction. I tried to ignore it but couldn’t so I got up, got dressed, retrieved my papers and had a cup of coffee which salved the pain.

I got home around 8:30, had more coffee, finished the crossword puzzle then went back to bed. I sleep another couple of hours.

I have a tale of Miss Gracie and ice, but the story has to be from my perspective though I’d love to know what Miss Gracie thought.

On Tuesday night, the little snow we had turned to ice. I didn’t realize how slippery it was when I let Gracie out. She slid on the top step right outside the door and kept sliding to the stairs where she tried unsuccessfully to get her footing. I tried but couldn’t catch her so I watched helplessly and afraid as she lost the battle to get her footing and tumbled and rolled down the last 4 or 5 stairs. When she hit the driveway, she rolled a couple of more times. When she got up, she was almost falling from one side to the other. I yell her name over and over as I made my way down the stairs as quickly as I dared, got to her and held on to her for a while. I then held and walked her to the stairs. She didn’t want to go up, and I totally understood, but we had to get into the house. I lifted her to each step with my arms around her body and her legs on the stairs. For the last few steps she was okay by herself. She ran inside and I was quick to follow. I checked every bit of her, but she seemed fine. I wasn’t all that fine. I was still scared after watching that fall and her tumbling. I think the leaning from side to side when she first got up was from her being dizzy with all the rolling. I gave Gracie her treat then she turned around and went right back outside and down the stairs to the yard. I figured she wanted to finish her business, but I found it amazing she wasn’t afraid to go down those stairs again.

I immediately hauled the bag of paw friendly deicer up from the cellar and tossed it on the two steps outside the door and the stairs to the yard. The next morning, I could see the sun and the deicer were working their magic when I let Gracie out. I expected her to be sore and limping but nope, nothing. She was perfectly fine. That whole incident was terrifying for me as I had to watch and could do nothing, but she seems just fine for which I am grateful.

Usually I spread around and talk about many things, but today had to be Gracie’s day.

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10 Comments on ““Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    Dogs, even older ones, seems to take those falls much better than us humans. Both Orvar and Hector slid down the stairs here inside the cottage several times (until I glued anti-slip thingus on the stairs) but never seemed worried about walking them up and down just minutes after. I was terrified but they just didn’t care 🙂

    So cold here this morning and just as cold here now but it will stop on Sunday. The roads will be slippery but hopefully all snow will melt away since the warmer weather will stay for quite some time.

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      This is the first time she has ever fallen. The stairs are quite high and are off the second floor of my house. Standing there just watching was awful. It took me a long time to be fine, but not Gracie.

      Freezing here too with storm due on Saturday.

      Have a nice evening!

  2. Hedley Says:

    Maggie the Westie has entered her late years and the change has been very discernible over the past 12 months. Steps and the household stairs have become a challenge. Her vision isn’t what it used to be and she has very little interest in going for a walk. Her temperament remains good but we look after her as she has always looked after our family.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      My boxers never got older than 8. They are supposed to have a life span of 8 to 10 but I wanted my dogs to live forever. When Gracie turned 8, I watched her all the time, but she seemed fine. She is now 10, at the top end but seems fine and the vet agreed.

      I feel exactly the same. I look after Miss Gracie as she takes great care of me.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Phew! I’m glad to read she’s fine, seeing just today’s title quote in the feed reader was scary. I hope you both can enjoy Gracie’s day.

    • katry Says:

      Had something happened with Gracie, I think I would have curled up in a ball for a long while.

      While she was falling, I was in panic mode and thinking how I would get her to the emergency vets. I noticed my neighbors had no lights on so yelling wouldn’t work. I figured I’d have enough adrenalin to carry her to the car, all 67 pounds. When she hit bottom, I raced to her. She was far better than I was.

  4. sprite Says:

    I’m glad that Gracie is okay, and that you are, too, because that quote had me worried before I could click through to the heart of the text!

    • katry Says:

      I didn’t think about reactions to the quote. I should have. I just wanted to honor her love and affection.

  5. Coleen Says:

    My goodness! The thought occurs that she is not that much different than people who take a tumble (been there, did that, and try not to…)

    I am glad she is OK, and hope you are hunkered down for the nor’easter…

    I will probably be waving hello from a BIG snowbank tomorrow…


    • katry Says:

      The steps face the stairs. There are two steps from my house then there is the deck to the right and the stairs across from the steps and the door. It is quite a fall as the kitchen is on the second floor and the deck is off that second floor (because of a walk-in cellar). I too have fallen but that was before a second raining was added. I fell to the ground and was knocked out. I woke up, found my glasses and went back up the stairs.

      She is just fine though I do keep checking her.

      I may be waving back from a snowbank as well!!

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