“No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.”

The house is still chilly from the air conditioning being on all last night even though some windows and the two doors are now opened; however, it will be a hot day so I expect to be behind closed doors and shut windows for most of the afternoon. The sun was around earlier but has since disappeared behind grey clouds. We are going to have a partial eclipse, but it seems unless things change, we won’t even see that.

Last night the temperature was in the high 60’s so movie night was pleasant, even a bit chilly because of the high humidity. We watched Monster on the Campus. Oops, I’m really sorry. I should have warned you that was a spoiler. I just gave the whole plot away. The movie was released in 1958 so we did chuckle quite a few times at the special effects and the plot twists. The cars were as big as boats. The women all wore dresses, kind of ugly dresses, and accessorized with white gloves. The men, of course, wore their suits and fedoras. Troy Donahue had a small role. We applauded at the end not because it was over but because the monster had engineered its own demise. Such is the lot of monster in 50’s science fiction movies.

Gracie had a really bad night. She was sleeping in her crate. I was on the couch. It was around 4:00 when I was awakened by the sound of her paws frantically scraping over and over against the mat in her crate. I guessed she was trying to stand up but couldn’t. I raced to the kitchen. Gracie was lying on her side, her eyes huge, and she was scared. She tried again to get up but couldn’t. I grabbed her halter and lifted and pulled her out of the crate. I was scared that her back legs had given out, but when I pulled her upright, she stood. She was also wet. I figured that had been triggered by her fear. I dried her and we went to the couch. She jumped on it but sat upright for a while before she finally fell asleep. This morning everything is fine with her, but not with me. When I walk, I resemble a question mark because of the pain in my back. Poor Gracie and me!

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4 Comments on ““No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does.””

  1. greg washington Says:

    best to you, and gracie….our animal friends sure can scare the crap out of us when they don’t feel well.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Greg
      I was so discombobulated I yelled Shauna, I’m coming. She was my boxer two dogs ago. Gracie seems to be just fine. She’s napping on the couch. I, however, am still hurting and haven’t moved much. I’m very nervous every about her back legs.

      You’re so right about them scaring the crap out so us!

  2. Birgit Says:

    Could you see the eclipse?
    In 1999 when I was still young and crazy and had a car I drove to France to see the total eclipse. Half of the country drove southwards and back and it was the worst traffic jam ever but it was worth it.
    Folk music Monday today, it was fun to see a Berlin band I hadn’t heard of before.
    Get well soon! May be a silly question, I understand that Gracie wanted to get up but why did she had to get up in this situation?

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I saw 65% of the full eclipse. My neighbor had glasses and brought a pair to me so I could see the eclipse. It was amazing. The next one will be closer to us so we should see almost the full eclipse.

      Gracie stands up so she can change her position in her crate. She usually gets up and turns around a few times then she settles in her new spot. When she couldn’t get on her feet, she panicked and kept trying. I was sleeping, but Gracie’s frantic attempts broke through. I was so relieved when I got her out off the crate, and she could stand up.

      I’ve been taking Aleve, and it has helped.


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