Sunday, November 10, 2019

Musings From Mississippi: Health And Dogs

Hello out there to anyone who is still with me these days! I've been busy playing nurse to Wild Bill. 

His legs gave out on him a few weeks back, and I had to call 911. The firemen got him up and wanted to take him to the ER, but he insisted only his pride was hurt.

I called the cardiologist office as he didn't look good with labored breathing and all. Luckily the nurse said there's usually an underlying problem when a person suddenly can't do what they normally can. In Wild Bill's case it was use his legs. 

The nurse said to call an ambulance to take him to the ER...even if he didn't want to go. Turned out he had a bad case of pneumonia! He spent 6 days in the hospital and another week in physical rehab. He's home now and doing well.

Hope our experience will help you too in the future. Just remember what the nurse said: There's usually always an underlying reason!

Thinking today about the sweet family dogs our extended family has had the fortune of adopting through the years, and to be honest, shedding more than a few tears...blame it on the rain!

Back in a 2010 blog post, I asked the question: Do dogs smile?

I used this sweet picture of Bailey Girl and Wrigley with a family friend to prove my point. To me, both dogs always seemed to be smiling, especially Mr. Wrigs on the right. 

Everything made Wrigley happy...a car ride with wind in his golden locks...a smuggled cheeseburger from Grammy...sneaking into the front seat to try to help drive the car! He was a scamp in so many ways, but his family loved him with all their heart.

Thanks for dropping by!


  1. Oh my, that must have been frightening. So happy to hear he is feeling better.

    Are you enjoying your new home?

  2. Thanks for catching us up. So good to hear that things are improving and Wild Bill is recovering. Hope you will write again.

  3. Oh, I am always happy to see a post from you. I am so glad Bill is much better now. That picture is adorable. Sure looks like big smiles on their faces to me.

  4. Oh my, thankfully you got your husband to the hospital and he is better now.

    I think dogs just naturally smile or is it us that are smiling because they make us so happy.

  5. Ok so happy you called the nurse and she gave you the best advice to get him in to the ER. Thankful for you calling and asking for help. As a nurse I know too that anytime anything is not as usual there is usually like your nurse said something wrong somewhere. Just happy he is home and doing better. Pneumonia is not for sissys!!!! Love the doggie picks and I think they smile too. Too sweet. Have a good week.

  6. Rivercrest Cottage,
    Bless your hearts. . .
    Yours & Wild Bill's!
    Goodness. . .glad that Wild Bill is on the mend from that episode.
    I have been watching , nearly daily, for a post from you.
    So~o~o. . .YES! I'm still with you!
    Keep us updated and keep posting. . .
    I'll keep the little prayer wheel a turnin'!

  7. It's good to hear from you again. You and Wild Bill remain in my prayers and I'm glad he is back home.

  8. Good to see you here. It sounds totally grim but a major catastrophe averted. I'm so glad you called and took action.

  9. Still with you! Glad you got Wild Bill to the hospital. And that the internet is coming to your subdivision soon! Life isn't easy, but it's good.