Dog days

Our visitor is still here with his dog. It’s great to have a good friend to stay and the dog is lovely. She’s a wee Spanish rescue dog and is very affectionate, quiet, and well behaved. It’s really nice to have a dog in the house again, the first time we’ve had a dog to stay since Ginger died a few days after I had the stroke in October 2020. I have really missed having a dog, but much as I have loved having our friend’s dog to stay, sadly it has made me realise that I will never be able to get another dog of my own. I can’t walk a dog at all as I need my good hand for my walking stick and even a small and well behaved dog could very easily pull me over or trip me up over its lead. Another major issue is that I can’t bend down to clean up dog mess while holding a dog on a lead. The other big problem is that even a calm and well behaved dog like our friend’s is a big trip hazard and I could very easily fall over it and do myself and the dog some damage.

I’m a bit down in the dumps as what most motivated me during the recovery period after the stroke was the hope of getting well enough to get another dug one day. I now know that’s not going to happen as  I am no longer recovering any lost function. I will be fine, but I need a bit of time to process things and deal with this realisation, so I am taking a few more days off.

In the meantime there is more than enough going on to keep you all occupied. I’ll be back soon.


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