January 13th, 2010

hound of heaven

Update on Sassafras

Our doggy is home from the vet. She's basically sleeping off the operation and anaesthetic, etc. She barely responded when I petted her. She has to have someone with her at all times today.

The right side of her face has been shaved, of course, and her eyelids sewn shut. It ain't nice to look at, but Sassy is still a beautiful dog, and nothing can change that.

She's been needing an appointment with the groomer. I suppose we'll have to wait until her stitches have healed to get her a bath and a trim. But I think she'll feel better after she gets cleaned and prettied up a bit.

I suppose it's a failing in me that I get far more emotional about my pets than I do about most people. But, then, the big fact about pets (as with very small children) is that you can't explain anything to them. When they hurt, you can't discuss their hurts with them. You just have to hold them and love them. And the love and trust they return to their caretakers is very humbling.

Jesus said we were worth many sparrows, but he didn't say the sparrows were worth nothing. So the important thing is to love each person, pet, or thing in the right way and to the right degree. Ordinate loves is what to aim at; the problem we have is that we fill our lives with inordinate loves. We love what we shouldn't, or we love too much or too little or in the wrong way.
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Neat new word -- or, rather, neat old word

In the Old English version of John's Gospel, disciple is translated as leorningcniht, which I think is just an absolutely groovy word. It consists of two elements: cniht, the ancestor of modern knight, means "youth, boy, young warrior, attendant," etc.; leorning, becomes modern learning.

So, the OE for disciple could be translated as "assistant in training." Sounds good to me.
hound of heaven

Prayers, please!

Sassy ate a good dinner. I took her outside for a brief walk, and she did her business well. Then, she just stopped. She seemed to retch a few times, and was reluctant to move. I finally coaxed her back inside, where we could see that she was bleeding bright red blood from her mouth.

Deanne has taken her back to the vet.
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Sassy is spending the night at the vet's, where she can get a Vitamin K shot and be watched. It may simply have been that the effort of moving her bowels caused a flow of blood. Anyway, keep her in your prayers, and we'll hope she can come home to stay tomorrow.