A bit of a Stumble, but then a long run!

Start of our Evening Walk

Beginning our walk

Last night during our evening walk, I took some photographs, and made several movies of my little lady.

The first movie shows Divinity stumbling a bit, even after she reaches the non-rocky edge of the driveway.

 

 

 

The second movie shows Divinity enjoying the the longest run I’ve seen her have in months! When Divinity runs now, it’s always on the return trip.

Note: This morning Divinity is feeling the after effects of her long run; she is completely exhausted.

On the Return Trip

Very tired, but almost home

 

To view the movies of Divinity, click HERE, and HERE.

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Divinity’s Eye Infection Returns

Sleeping on the way to the VetsYesterday, Divinity’s right eye infection flared up again, so this morning I called the clinic, and asked for a refill of the antibiotic that had been prescribed for this infection.

In June, Dr. Steve gave Divinity Neopolydex eye drops. Those drops seemed to clear up the infection. However, after a month, the infection returned. This time, Dr. Heather prescribed Bacitracin ointment.

Dr. Heather is the wife of the world famous Dr. Steve, and is the co-veterinarian at Kivisto Vet Clinic in Princeton, Minnesota.

While we were talking, I took the opportunity to ask Dr. Heather about my assumption that as her cancer progressed, Divinity would increasingly develop various infections, that never quite go away. Dr. Heather confirmed my suspicion.

My little lady is sleeping more as the days go by, and her illness takes its toll. Divinity slept for most of the ride to the vets this morning. As you can see, my little lady rested her head on her dad’s arm.

As usual, you can click on the photo to see a larger version.

A trip to the St. Croix River

Enjoying her RideYesterday, Divinity & I went for a ride to Wisconsin, to see the St. Croix River.

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We stopped at an overlook, just north of the Taylor Falls.

Divinity at the Overlook

Here is the view of the St Croix River looking North

St Croix River

Here is the view of the St Croix River looking South

St Croix River

Divinity enjoyed the ride, but at an hour each way, it seems to have been too much for her.

Totally Beat

After more than five years of traveling around Minnesota, and maybe six, or more trips to both Wisconsin and South Dakota, two trips to Canada and North Dakota, and one trip to Iowa, it seems that our days of long odysseys together are over. From now till Divinity’s passing, we’ll keep to rides around our local area.

To view the movie of Divinity enjoying the ride in the car to the St Croix River, click HERE.

 

Lost in Space

Lost in SpaceToday, during our mid-morning walk, Divinity stopped, and just stared into nowhere. This lasted for more than five minutes before she decided to move.

Along with cancer, Divinity also suffers from dementia, etc, etc, etc. All of Divinity’s medical problems are increasing in intensity as time goes on.

After waiting patiently for five minutes, I walked up to my little lady, picked up her front half, and asked her if she was OK. Divinity’s answer was a nice “nibble-kiss” on my nose that she does when she is especially affectionate.

This is a very difficult time for dad. I don’t want to do the deed too soon, but then I don’t want to wait too long either, and have Divinity in pain.

Tomorrow, if the weather cooperates, we’ll be taking a nice day-trip that I’ll write about after. If not tomorrow, then hopefully we’ll be going no later then Monday.

Lost in Space

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Lost in Space

A weakening in her hind legs

This morning as I was dressing her, Divinity sat back on her bottom, seemingly unable to stand.

Several times this past week, Divinity’s had trouble lifting herself up onto my bed, which is all of seven inches off the floor. Yes, I actually sleep on a futon on the floor. Sleeping on the floor makes it easier for Divinity to climb in, and out of bed as she pleases.

Divinity’s cancer is generally situated in her lower half, and I’m attributing her recent difficulty in standing, to her gradually weakening condition.

However, as usual, once we were outside, my lady gave a little run. Not far mind you, but enough to show her dad that she’s still got it in her.

Divinity is one tough little lady!

Going Barefoot

Going BarefootAs an experiment, Divinity went for a walk without wearing her boots. I wanted to see if my little lady would stumble, and trip without them.

Unfortunately, Divinity stumbled, and tripped nearly as much with her boots off, as she does with them on. However, she did manage to keep herself upright, though she’s tripped several times, but hasn’t fallen for a few days.

Divinity wears boots all the time, as her feet are very sensitive from standing on wire cage bottoms for her first nine years. Boots allow Divinity to feel comfortable, as she finds walking barefoot, even on grass, to be uncomfortable.

Going Barefoot
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Going Barefoot

Going Barefoot

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