Stories of Charley

Wednesday morning, I was supposed to go to Pilates, but Charley sat shivering in our bed. He hadn’t eaten supper last night and on Friday night when I was gone to the church women’s retreat, he hadn’t eaten then either.  The only breakfast Wednesday morning was a tiny bit of canned food.


I’d already decided to take in a stool sample to the vet, but then when Bob petted Charley while they were cuddled on the hearth, Charley yelped. We discovered a large swelling on his left hip. Well, that meant a trip to the vet, for sure.

Now by the time, we saw the vet, the swelling was down and mostly the shivering had stopped. The vet felt Charley all over and found no tender spots. We’re guessing it was a spider bite. I did find a small one on the bed this morning. Charley is a small pup, so it wouldn’t need to be a large spider to do him some damage.IMG_0860We’ve had extremely cold temps and Charley burrows. 

Charley was excited to get out of the vet; his tail was up as usual, and I felt relieved to bring him home. He did leap out of my chair to bark at the folks checking the propane tanks and he barked at our wonderful handyman, but mostly he just wants to sit on my lap.IMG_0842 Two sweaters and a jacket, but enjoying sniffing every scent he can find. 

How many of you have typed with a pet on your lap? It is something of a challenge. But typing with him on my lap is easier than making soup while holding him. I need to make the soup soon to take to the Ash Wednesday service at church tonight.

IMG_0857 Cuddled next to Bob, trying to stay warm.

I’m going to give Charley soft food for supper tonight and fingers crossed, he’ll eat.

Do you have a dog? A cat? A bird? My caps are stuck on!!! (So they are not here. So glad!)

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10 responses to “Stories of Charley

    • Hey, Julie. Thank you. He was really pitiful yesterday, The Vet called today to check on Charley and I really appreciated that.
      btw, HAPPPY BIRTHDAY! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


    • Hey, Vicki. Pups are like small children, They can’t tell us what’s really bothering them. We just know something’s not right. Glad to hear Jones is okay. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  1. Spider bites can be nasty to humans and like you say he’s such a small dog. It’s so hard when you know they’re hurting and you don’t know why. Fortunately Charlie has you to baby him. It’s too bad they don’t have pet carriers like the baby ones they had that you could strap on your stomach or back. Then at least you’d have your hands free. Hugs to Charlie.

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    • Hey, Pat. Oh my gosh! What a great idea. A pet carrier like for babies. Wonder why no one has done this? Or they probably have, and I’m just unaware. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.


  2. Hi Marsha, I’m so sorry to hear about Charley. Glad to hear he’s on the mend now. Dogs are such a worry. If only they could say what was wrong! Our own dear Lexi has been off her food and acting very depressed for weeks. We took her to the vet’s but he had no clear answer for us. As you may know, we’re in the process of moving house. We wondered if that was upsetting her. Then someone said that sometimes a whole bag of dried dog food can be off. For weeks I’ve been trying to persuade her to eat it!! I gave her canned food recently and that seems to be going down much better. What a worry! I hope Charley recovers well.

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    • Hey, Helena. Yes, thanks, Charley is better. I’m so sorry to hear about Lexi.I feel certain the move is affecting her. Charley was nuts when we were packing up. It was a good month or more of stuff being crazy. We’d find Charley sitting in a box or our luggage. He was afraid we would leave him. 😦 Glad to hear the canned food is helping and hope you get settled soon. Thanks for stopping by.

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    • Hi Helena. I think Marsha’s right. It’s the move. He knows somethings up and it makes him nervous and upset. He’s probably wishing he could talk to his humans and know what they were doing.


  3. Glad to read Charley is better. Those pets just wind themselves into our hearts, so I understand your worry and fear he is in pain. Thank goodness for vets! We have no pets now, but we have had and I understand your love and concern for Charley.


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