Scoutie hasn’t been feeling well for the past few days. She hasn’t been interested in food. I’ve had to entice her with special things like rice and eggs. She’s been a bit agitated and not like herself. We ended up taking her to the Vet yesterday. She’s been put on some antibiotics and some blood work is being done. Unfortunately, she threw up everything not long after I gave her her first pill. So I’m going to try again this morning. We’re not sure what’s going on. She has fluid swellings on her rear legs which we’ve known about and have been keeping an eye on. She breathes more heavily as she’s aged and she definitely could stand to lose some weight. It could be anything and that’s what has me worried.

I was on the phone with the doctor a few times yesterday. Found out she has Lyme again, as well. That means she’ll be on two antibiotics. I’m worried about her. She’s slowed down a bit in the last few years but for a 13 year old dog, she has been amazingly peppy. Please say a prayer for her, my friends. We need your positive thoughts.

Not to make this about me, but there is so much on my plate right now in terms of ‘life decisions’ that I am completely overwhelmed. I seem to exist in a state of worry and tension and fear and that isn’t good. I know. I always try to acknowledge my blessings but there are times when I can’t see them. Ironic, during this Thanksgiving week. I try to keep this blog a fairly happy place but, friends, it’s a tough time for us.

Trying to stay positive.

Happy Monday.


  1. Patti says

    Oh Claudia, you sound like me the past few months. I had been the same way and all the worry and stress will wear you down. I am a natural born worrier and that is something I have to fight everyday. It’s in my DNA. I try to turn off the tapes in my head that catastrophize every single scenario that I imagine. It’s not easy but I do know that if I give myself the chance, things to do have a way of working themselves out. We also have to know we have no control over the circle of life be it our beloved pets or our much loved family. When things get too overwhelming I repeat to myself “let go and let God”. It really seems to help. Hang in there!~ xo, Patti

  2. Rita says

    Good Morning Claudia,
    Since our pets are our family we worry so about them. I have a young cat in being spayed this morning and she is only 4 1/2 pounds so it is a concern but she has been in a strong heat. The other cats just want to play and even though she is just a kitten at 4 and a half months old this heat needs to be taken care of. I pray she will be alright. She is so much fun and the 2 other cats just love her. I keep fixing up a house I’ll be moving into soon. I want to move but I don’t want to have no idea where some of my things are and that always happens. Thankfully, I’m only moving a couple of miles away. Hugs for Scoutie. I pray she will be better as the day goes on. I love a good vet so I’m not actually complaining but our vet’s prices have gone higher and higher. That is another concern. A new vet also came in and I do not know her well and she seems to be uninterested in her work. :( Lots to worry about. I do my best to give it to God throughout the day. ~ Rita

  3. SueZK says

    Your blog brings such joy to so many. The least we all can do is send you prayers and positive thoughts and an inner peace while you go through your life decisions. Peace and love
    Please keep us updated

  4. says

    Bless your heart, sometimes life does overwhelm us and it’s near impossible to focus on the thankfulness – and that’s okay. Poor Scout, I’ll be praying for him, and for you, too. Let me know if I can do anything else to help. Hugs ~ Mary

  5. Cheyenne says

    I’ve only been a reader for a short few months but, I wanted to offer prayers and wishes for better days. ((hugs))

  6. says

    I don’t understand it, Claudia. But when it rains, it pours! Just when you think you can’t handle one more crisis… Hang in there. My best to you and Scout.

  7. says

    Dear one, my thoughts and prayers are with you, and of course Don, as you do your utmost to help sweet Ms. Scout get well again. I know how much you love her, and she you, and how you all miss Riley still so much. I know your parents health issues and many other things are weighing on your mind right now……………please try to find some little ways to make the days easier………I worry that you have so much to bear at present.
    Sending love and wishes for better times ahead.
    Mary X

  8. Susie says

    Claudia, I know that you and Don have had way more than your share of woes. I pray for all of you. You have amazing friends Claudia, so you have to know you are in the thoughts and prayers of many people who care about you. Please stay strong. xoxo, Susie

  9. says

    Claudia I know this is another worry on you already full plate! I am praying for you, Don and Scout! Hang in there and I hope the love of prayers being sent your way uplift you today. Big Hugs, Linda

  10. Kris says

    Good morning Claudia. I am sorry to hear that Scout is not feeling well. I hope it is only a matter of getting the right meds to turn him around.
    As for having so much worry, and such a full plate, I think it helps to blog about it. It lightens our load to express our fears, and you have many who care about you, out here in blogland, and in your every day life as well, I am sure. Prayers for you today my friend.
    xo Kris

  11. Barbara H says

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I read your blog daily and thank you for it. I will pray that things get better for all of you and most especially for Scout!

  12. says

    Poor old Scout. I hope she has a full recovery. And I am praying for you, that all your worries will be groundless, your anxiety will be resolved, and that you will be at peace.

  13. says

    Claudia, there are so many words and thoughts I could share, but I can sum them by telling you I am holding you close in my heart and my prayers. Sending love from me to you, dear friend.♥

  14. says

    Oh, Claudia…I’m so sorry your heart is heavy and full of worry right now. I will pray for your sweet Scout…that all will be well with her. Peace and blessings to you.

  15. GinaE says

    I hoped you would write today about Scout. I woke up thinking about you and her. You and Scout are in my thoughts and prayers. I can relate to having so much on your plate lately. Please know I want to hear from you anytime. I also know, like me, you don’t sleep well and that only adds to the stress when you are tired. I care about what’s happening. Sending virtual hugs to you and your sweet girl. Gina

  16. Jan says

    Oh I pray Scoutie will be OK. We love our pets they’re our children in every sense of the word. Keep us posted and we’ll continue praying.

  17. says

    Hi Claudia,

    I’m so sorry to hear that Scout is having such a hard time, poor thing. But she has great caregivers, who love her very very much and are doing absolutely everything in their power to get her feeling like herself again. Life can be very hard sometimes and difficult and worrying situations can take their toll on us. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers, especially today.

    Take care.


  18. says

    It’s so frustrating and scary when our pets get sick since they can’t “tell us” what’s wrong. I hope the blood tests give the vet an idea of how to treat poor Scout. Keep us posted.

    It sounds like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. Know that so many of us are going through bad times and just don’t share it. It’s so easy to feel alone with your problems, especially when everyone sounds so cheery getting ready for the holidays. I hope you know we are there for you and are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.


  19. says

    Claudia, sorry to hear about Scout. Life transitions can certainly become overwhelming especially when too many changes happen at once. I try to be happy and positive most days but sometimes verbalizing my fear is part of the process of moving through life challenges. It helps me get through each situation. Sometimes situations in life just plain suck! Journaling helps me too. Life is hard and being in denial and putting on a happy face when I’m not feeling happy doesn’t feel right for me. Thank god I have a hubby and a couple of friends who honor my process. They give me the space and listen to me without trying to fix. I’ve learned to do that for the people in my life. My motto in life is Free to Be! That gives me the space to be totally honest with myself without judging. I try to catch myself when inserting the “should” word. Someone told me should is self abuse. So cry, get angry, feel whatever you need to feel.

    I come here and read your blog because you share so much of yourself. This blog is about you, Don, Scout and dear Riley. It’s about sharing your insights, your joys and sorrows. It’s about life, art, gardening and crafts with your unique spirit and insights wrapped around it. You are a beautiful kind soul with a wicked sense of humor. We your readers accept and love all parts of you! Sending kind loving thoughts your way…. There are storm clouds now, but the sunshine is briefly obscured and will shine brightly…… It always does eventually and for that I’m truly grateful.

  20. says

    Oh, dear! Claudia, I am so very sorry that Scoutie is ill. There is no point in telling you not to worry, I know that is not possible. Heck, I am worried about her myself! But she is getting good care, she knows she is loved, and I am praying she will be fine, and quickly. As for trying to keep the blog a happy place, this is a home and family, of sorts. I do not believe any of us want you to “put on a happy face” when your heart is hurting. The blogs I love most are the ones that are honest, with real people behind them, people who welcome me into their little world online, and make me feel we are friends. I am honored to know that you have shared your heartbreaks, as well as your joys, with us. Sending gentle hugs, give Scoutie one for me, and know that I am keeping you all in thought and prayer.

  21. annette says

    I’m praying that Scout will get get well. I’m also sending up prayers that your worries will be lifted.

  22. says

    Our four legged creatures are very much a part of our family and home!! Hope that improves and is back to his ole self. Happy Thanksgiving!

  23. Donnamae says

    I’m sending all the positive vibes and prayers I can muster for Scout, Don and you! Hang in there my friend! 😉

  24. says

    I am sure Scout will do well with all your loving care and her good vet. Try not to worry as Scout will absorb your concerns.. think of the good things and all your friends and your sweet home and wonderful husband..
    ((hugs)), Teresa

  25. says

    Prayers for you, Don and Scoutie. Prayers that is completely fixable or at least not painful.
    Like you between work and Murphy I am so teary. Life can be so hard sometimes. I hope things start settling down for you. You need a break from worry. Something great to happen!

  26. says

    Oh Claudia, I’m so sorry that Scout isn’t feeling well. Of course I will pray for him and for you. I know just by your words that you have been worried for awhile now. (Life and things)
    When we had just gotten our Piper he got parvo. I took him to a doctor and he said he had a 50/50 chance. He didn’t give me any medicine. All he gave me was a can of Rx Science dog food. I would give him a little of the food and stand there and add pedialite to the food as he ate it. I got online and asked for help. Someone also suggested giving him pumpkin for an upset stomach. That did help and he liked it. But that would be a mess if he threw it up. Good luck. Hope he will be okay..

  27. Charlotte MacDiarmid says

    Claudia, you, Don and your sweet Scout are in my prayers. I know after losing your sweet Riley, this is only that much more devastating.. If only our pets could tell us where they hurt or how they feel.
    We lost our one and only kitty on the 25th of October.. Our house is like an empty shell without our pet..
    I know you and your Vet will do everything possible to help Scout get better.. That’s just what pet parents do.
    Know that I will be thinking about and praying for your total situation to get better.. I don’t know all of the details but whatever they are may God fix “it” for you.
    Hugs from Virginia,

  28. says

    I will certainly say a prayer for Scout and for you and Don. I’m sorry she is sick and pray that she has a speedy recovery and that the situation that is causing anxiety willl be resolved in your favor.

    Please know I’m thinking of you. I’m feeling a bit anxious, too, because I’m so tired and can’t seem to kick myself into gear for the holidays. So we are going to back out of plans and be together, just the two of us for Thanksgiving. I’m really looking forward to it. I am craving some down time with my sweetie of 34 years. I can’t believe I’ve been married that long and am that old!



  29. says

    Claudia I am so very sorry Scout isn’t feeling well. Its been a tough year at your home and you, Don and Scout are in my thoughts and prayers. Hope the medicines help Scout feel better. Its not easy to get dogs to swallow something when they need to.

  30. says

    I know how much you love Scout and of course you are worried about her. It’s perfectly fine to share your worries and fears because that’s what friends do. I will keep Scoutie in my prayers, and you as well.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  31. says

    Dear Claudia,
    seing your headline, I was at once worried it had something to do with your loved
    dog, and I was right. I dearly hope for you, it is something that she can be helped with,
    and also hope for you, your other worries and fears, will be flown away in the dayes to come, so you again
    can smile and feel blessed.

  32. LuvWheaties says

    So sorry to hear about Scout, and hope that she starts to feel better soon. I have a 13-year-old girlie, too, and they are just so dear at this age. I am sending healing light and thoughts of peace to you, Don and precious Scout.

  33. Julie Shaw says

    Dear Claudia – all my prayers are for you and Scout and Don! Take deep breaths and take care, J

  34. says

    Hugs from across oceans for you, Don and Scout. I’m struggling with some dilemmas of my own so I know how tough it cab be to keep it all in. Sincerely hope Scout will be all better soon and your tough times will soon be behind you xxx

  35. Karen says

    I’ll be waiting to hear, Claudia. I emphathize completely and absolutely. Sending good wishes your way.


  36. says

    I am so sorry your baby is not feeling well. It is always so worrisome with pets and I know you just suffered a loss a short time ago.
    I am praying for you, Claudia. I know that there have been some hard issues in your life lately. I wish I could help and just know that I am a listening ear if you ever need one…and have done my share of counseling over the years. Sometimes it is hard to believe that old adage that God doesn’t give us more than we can bear because we just feel overwhelmed by it all. Bless you and know that you are loved and prayed for– xo Diana

  37. says

    Claudia – So sorry that Scout is not feeling well. We get so attached to these precious babies that we feel their every ache and pain, When they hurt, we hurt. Hope he’s feeling better real soon.


  38. says

    I’m sorry Claudia. About everything that is worrying you. I will put up a special prayer tonight for you and for Scout. I think in general, the holidays can be a very sad time for some people. I hope things get better. Ann

  39. Lori says

    My heart goes out to you, Don, and, especially Scout. Your blog is such a special part of my day and something I look forward to reading along with my morning cup of coffee. Please don’t feel as though it’s “all about you” when you share your pain and worry. I’m sure it’s helpful to be able to journal your thoughts and receive positive energy over the internet… Prayers and good thoughts across the miles,,, :)

  40. says

    My 13 year old girl, CoCo, and I shall hold a special place in our hearts, & say prayers, for dear Scout – and Scout’s mommy, too <3

  41. Charlene says

    Claudia, I’m sorry Scout isn’t feeling well. Hopefully the meds will do the trick and she will be better soon. You, Don and Scout are in my prayers just like always.

  42. says

    Claudia, sorry to hear that your sweet Scout is feeling poorly. The meds are bound to kick in and perk her up. I am picturing her right this second with a healing white light around her, embracing, comforting, protecting.
    Good luck with everything that is going on. Answers can often be found in the most unexpected places.

  43. Deb says

    Hugs to you Claudia. You, Scout – and all of your worries – are in my thoughts and prayers. Remember – tough times don’t last, tough people do. You are tough. Hang in there my friend.

  44. says

    Prayers on their way. I hope Scout is just picking up on the worrying that you are feeling and not that there is anything wrong with her. I hope things get better for you Claudia and that those Life Decisions come with the assurance that things will be alright. sending you lots of good thoughts and sending up prayers for you and Scout.
    Feel better,
    Blessings, Joanne

  45. says

    Hi Claudia, I’m so sad to see you feeling blue. Sometimes the weight of all the cares together is just too much, but then an unexpected relief will come. As for pretty Miss Scout, I hope the Lyme meds perk her up! I know Lyme really gets Nellie down, but the antibiotics help. I am wondering how you celebrate Thanksgiving? I think you are a vegetarian (?) Do you have a special meal? I hope if you do the celebration will uplift your spirits. Linda

  46. Tana says

    I also am praying for Scout to get better very soon. I am sure she is missing Riley, are as you and Don. And then to feel awful on top of that! You all need a quiet and peaceful Thanksgiving and that is my pray for you. Happy Birthday and blessings for a good day.

  47. says

    I’m behind in reading and answering posts, Claudia, but I hope Scout has improved and that you had a warm and lovely Thanksgiving. Keeping you in my thoughts.

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