I know there’s so much in the world I could write about today, but I’m just not ready to write about things in Ukraine, the MAGA cult’s desperate attempts to hang on to relevance, Lizzo’s awesome flute playing, or Trump’s ridiculous bullshit. Today, I want to write about our sweet Arran, who apparently did fine at the Hundepension.
Bill went to get Arran and Noyzi last night at the appointed pick up time. I’m sure he was nervous about what he was going to find out when he got the boys, or the condition Arran was going to be in. But, as it turned out, Arran did fine. He had diarrhea one day, and wasn’t all that interested in his food that day. After that, he was more like himself. He does look like he might have lost some weight, which he needed to do anyway. For so many years, Arran was a very fit dog, but in the past year, he’s put on some weight. It could be the cancer doing this, but it’s nice to see him with more of a figure, even if it’s temporary.
Bill said Arran really liked the male caretaker at the pension– someone we don’t know yet. The pension has recently changed ownership, although the same staff is there. I get the sense that the old owner is up there in years and ready to retire, and maybe he sold the business to someone younger who worked there. I don’t know, but I’m grateful that they took good care of our boys. Noyzi absolutely adores Natasha. He goes nuts when he sees her.
Both dogs were excited when Bill showed up, and it took a few minutes to get them on leashes because of the reunion happy dance. When they got home, Arran was running around the house, rubbing against all the furniture, no doubt marking it with his scent. He ate some food quite eagerly, said hello to me, then jumped up on the bed for a nap.
Obviously, Arran still has cancer, and he’s going to probably get test results today. That will determine what, if any, treatment he’ll get. We’re both thinking we’d like to make him comfortable, given his advanced age. What that will mean remains to be seen. He’ll go see the vet tomorrow. I know we don’t have much time left, but it made me feel so much better to see that he did okay during our trip. He’s our little ass kicker, much like our old dog, Flea, was.
This morning, Arran even got up with Bill and ate all of his breakfast. He went outside, did his business, and is now sprawled out on Bill’s side of the bed, sleeping. He’ll probably come in here in a few hours and ask for a walk. This is the most bittersweet part of having a dog in your life. For years, he’s rewarded us with loyalty, devotion, and undying love for us. It’s a privilege to make sure he ends his extraordinary, but too short, life in the best way… for as long as it takes.
And actually… now that I’ve written about our amazing Arran, I do want to make a statement about Lizzo and her crystal flute performance. I managed to hear the whole thing yesterday, and I thought Lizzo played beautifully. I am excited to see her igniting passion for music in young people. At least one of my friends reported that thanks to Lizzo’s historic turn with a 209 year old crystal flute, once owned by President James Madison, her daughter wants to learn how to play the flute. That is priceless!
It saddens me to read so many awful comments about Lizzo– everything from body shaming to comments about how she’s a “mediocre” flute player and shouldn’t be allowed to play such a “special” instrument. That flute was meant to be played, and Lizzo is far from being a “mediocre” musician. I think the issue is, a lot of uptight, conservative, white people want to see people like Lizzo kept down in what they think is her “place”. They should all go fuck themselves until they’re dead. Check out some of these disgusting reactions!
Why is she wearing that! I think it’s great that she’s proud of her obesity but now I’m blind!
There are many great flute players who have never even touched that instrument. Why her? She is at best mediocre. This instrument should have been left alone. It’s an American heirloom, a gem, that should be where all other historical items belong – protected and preserved.
Special talent? Ummmm you know there’s thousands of kids playing this in band right?
BUT THE DISRESPECT SHE GENERATES IS NO FUN AT ALL. KEEP YOU KIDS AWAY FROM HER!!!!
Have some class and stop twerking all the time especially with a classy peice of history
And it goes on and on… People have the right to their opinions, of course, but I think it’s sad that they have to show everybody how awful they are on social media. Personally, I thought Lizzo was amazing on the flute. I don’t follow her career, but I have a lot more respect for her now than I might have before I heard her play that flute. She made a positive difference for a lot of people– especially young people. So the assholes who think she shouldn’t have played the flute should all go play in traffic. Preferably nowhere near where I live, thank you VERY much.
Now to get back to my travel blog… I’m about halfway done.
4 thoughts on “Arran did fine! I think he was determined to come home…”
If it had been a slim, conventionally pretty, fair-skinned, and conservative woman who looks like a presenter on Fox News or Newsmax, the folks that posted those horrible comments would have been fine with someone playing an “American heirloom.” This “outrage” is on par to the flak the right fired at former President Obama for wearing a tan suit or at his wife for wearing a dress that revealed – horrors! – her bare arms!
(Unironically, these self-appointed crusaders of morality and defenders of American heirlooms also include many men and women who stated on social media that Melania Trump, who posed nude more than once during her career as a model, was the classiest, most beautiful First Lady ever. I don’t criticize Melania for those photos; I subscribed to Playboy magazine and enjoy looking at nudes…I love the female form….but I both disagree with the opinion that she was the most beautiful or classiest First Lady – Jackie Kennedy holds that place, in my view – and the hypocrisy, which is race-based, in criticizing Michelle Obama for wearing a sleeveless dress.)
Most importantly, it warms my heart to see that Arran was in good spirits when you and Bill got back home. I hope his cancer can be treatable and that he’ll be with you guys for a little while longer. I know that no matter what the prognosis is, Arran will be lavished with love, care, and affection till he crosses that Rainbow Bridge.
My best to you, Bill, and your “boys.”
Aw… thanks for the thoughtful comment, Alex. I am really tired of political bullshit, but at least I don’t live in the US. I’m sure it’s reaching a fever pitch right now.
Arran was happy to scarf down his dinner tonight and take a short walk. He was really happy to sleep with us, too, and was snuggled next to Bill’s feet all night. I hate the idea of losing Arran, because he’s such a special soul. But, unfortunately, this is part of life. Loretta Lynn passed away today at 90 years old. Talk about a legend!
In any case, this does open up the chance for us to give a home to another deserving dog at some point… but I think it might take awhile.
I am glad to hear that Arran is feeling better. I hope they will be able to do something for him.
He is a very resilient dog, much like his predecessor, Flea was.