This weekend was a real high. My two classes at Paper and Metal Scrappers were awesome...so glad I brought extra kits! It was so fun to have their customers pull into the parking lot wanting to know if we were on a field trip (while we were outside aging copper), getting excited about what we were doing and then signing up for the afternoon class or buying a kit to go! There is so much enthusiasm in that store, starting with Brenda and Barb, the owners and then filtering down to the customers. Love it...can't wait to go back later this year.
Vern and Ashley (and the horses) ended up coming up there with me. They took the horses on a trail ride that exhilarated and challenged all of them...a real high for them and a real sense of accomplishment as well.
Today, on the other hand, was definitely a down day. Our almost 13 year old Bouvier, Thatcher, became suddenly disoriented this morning, started losing his balance and walking like a drunk, eventually couldn't walk and generally looked unwell. By the time they reach that age, you know that each day is a gift and that it is inevitable that one day, you are going to have to make that very, very difficult decision.
After watching him for a little bit, we thought that today would have to be the day. I have to tell you that I spent most of the morning crying, remembering the good times with him, hugging on him, etc. We called Ashley at school and she came home early from classes. One of us stayed with him all morning long and watched over him.
Eventually, he got up and went outside. He began moving around a little more normally, was interested in our lunch food, and definitely had more energy and focus. Right now, he's eating his dinner...with lots of enthusiasm. We think that he may have had a stroke. Our research indicated that dogs recover from strokes much faster than humans do...and he does seem to be recovering. We're going to keep a close eye on him...and, for sure, we don't want him to be suffering or in pain. We will appreciate the moments we have with him...what happened this morning was a certain reminder that life is fragile.