It has been a while since my last post and to be honest I have been very busy with The Owner, it has been a tough couple of months with a prolapsed disk. For once however Mr Parkinson is taking a back seat, he still sticks his head in the door three times a day with the little yellow pills, the big white ones, and the other white ones, etcetera, etcetera… I could go on!! His surgery is scheduled for 14th of May and believe me, it cannot come quickly enough. He is such a grump!! Not just with me mind, but with everyone!! The family had friends for dinner last weekend (no leftovers!!) and I heard this sound I didn’t recognise. The Mother leaned over to me and said “It’s okay Jack, I think he is laughing.”
Now I don’t know about you, but there is only so much a dog can deal with in a day. “Down Jack”, “Stop sniffing the Cat Jack”, “Food or love Jack?” and my personal favourite “I don’t care what the other dogs do, please don’t wee on your food bowl!!” Regardless of how grumpy he is with me, he knows I love him so, very, very much, but boy can he make it difficult. When I wake up in the morning it’s a fresh start for me so, love, honour and obey (well maybe not all of the obey bit.) For family and friends it is a bit more difficult to get over harsh words and short answers.
He had his pre-op assessment last week, and I think it opened his eyes to other people’s pain. In 4 weeks time he will be back on his feet and pain free. The older gentleman sitting beside him, unable to cry, such was the shock and grief he was experiencing. He had lost his wife of 47 years that morning. She was his whole life and he will never get another second of the life with her back. Two strangers sitting side by side, one offering inadequate sympathy and the other sound advice. “No matter how difficult the day before was, wake up in the morning, tell your wife you love her so, very, very much, and give her every opportunity every day to love you.”
I think what he was trying to say was that no matter how tough your illness is, be it Parkinsons or something else, you must give the people that love and care for you every opportunity to love you. Don’t allow pain, uncertainty and doubt to consume you, let them know that you love them so, very, very much and say goodbye to Mr Grumpy. Oh yes, the answer to the question Food or Love? Easy… Love (unless of course I am hungry!!)