Happy Dog

I was leaving work, sitting in my car waiting for traffic to clear so I could pull out into the road. As car after car went by, a large pickup truck caught my eye. A man was driving but it was the passenger’s side that I noticed. There was a large dog in the seat wearing a large cone that you get when you have been to the vet’s office. The dog appeared to be happy, almost smiling. As I looked closer, I could barely see a woman in the half seat, twisted sideways, barely able to fit in the small space behind the passenger’s seat. Poor dog had a tough morning but he got to sit up front in her seat going home. It made me smile.



Peppie has not been well since February. The vet said she had pancreatitis and with her last blood work, it had cleared up, but she still feels bad. The doctor thought she might have a thyroid issue, but that was normal. Now they are leaning towards inflammatory bowel disease. Ashley took her to the vet again on Thursday for another shot for vomiting. Ashley mentioned that according to her chart, she has moved from being elderly to geritric. She is coming upon her 16th year.

Ashley was in high school when she bought the tiny little kitten home. It was all scrapped up and could barely stand up. Ashley said, “Momma, do something!” I seriously did not think the little kitty would survive the night. I went to the medicine cabinet and dug around and found a sample bottle of infant Tylenol liquid and squirted it into her mouth. At that point, I didn’t feel like it would hurt her. The kitten slept for the rest of the day and night. When she woke up, the was a happy bouncy kitten who loved us instantly.

I was not a cat person and really didn’t want a cat in my house, but this kitten seemed to realize that we had “saved” her. I was allergic to cats and she would want to sleep wrapped around my neck. I sneezed, wheezed and took daily Benadryl for around three months then the symptoms slowly went away.

The kids grew up and moved away so it is just the two of us now. She is a loyal companion and is thrilled when I come home each evening.

The vet says that it might be a good idea to feed her moist canned food instead of the dry food that she had eaten for 15 years now. She ate her first can yesterday and wanted more. This morning she woke me up wanting more food. I think she loves it. Jennifer said for me to give her a little pumpkin and coconut oil in her food and that would help her stomach as well. She feels 100% better today. I want to make sure she is happy, however many days that she has left with us. She is a good kitty.

Second Life

I had a Japanese penpal to tell me that he had finally reached his “second life.” I did not know what that meant, so he explained to me that when a person reaches 60 years old, he begins a new circle of life. Of course, I had to Google to learn more. The Japanese people use a lunar calendar and when you reach age 60, you have made a complete circle and have come back around to where you were born. This is called kanreki and is a very big celebration. Your achievements are celebrated and it is a time to reflect. A father will step down from his business and turn it over to his oldest son. My penpal said that now he has to decide what to do next. I can relate it to retirement.

I have not reached 60 years old yet, but I feel like I have reached second life. There have been big changes in my life in the past couple of years. My two kids are both grown and have moved away with their spouses, leaving me at home with an elderly, vomiting cat. I lost my sweet daddy last April and it has been the worst thing that has ever happened to me. So what do I do to begin my second life now?

I have taken a couple of painting classes and have started taking photographs of everything to post on Instagram. I volunteer at a local concert venue. My daughter insisted that I get a smart phone so I can check email and facebook. I still don’t understand all of the rules yet, but I am enjoying it. My daughter in law is going to bring me some soap nuts and teach me how to make my own chemical free shampoo. Maybe I can learn to make my own soap as well. I have wanted to write stories my whole life, so maybe I can become a blogger. I talked to a guy about learning how to grow my own garlic. I have never had a garden before but I can keep my houseplants alive. I kept a Poinsettia alive for 10 years and threw it out because it was the size of a small bush. Growing garlic might be a good place to start with gardening. Maybe I can take my garlic to the Farmer’s Market and be the garlic lady! I would prefer to be the garlic lady over the crazy cat woman. Instead of a bucket list, I want to work on my second life list.