Periodically over the years during one dog crisis or another I found myself wishing that things would just get back to normal. But what is normal?
It wasn’t until the morning after I let Maggie go that I realized how involved and time consuming our normal had become. That morning it took me just 10 min to give Tani her pill and eye meds and feed her breakfast. Over the past three months Maggie’s breakfast routine had evolved into 30 min or more. Getting pills in her, figuring out what she might eat on her own, syringe feeding her and cleaning her up. And that was just breakfast, dinner was the same routine, and there were the sub-Q fluids every other day also.
Normal is really relative. I had gotten so used to the marathon of meds and feeding that it became our norm. I even had the alarm set 15 min earlier so I wouldn’t be too late for work.
When I think about it the state of normal is constantly changing for us. I have, after all, been owned by pugs for eleven years. Here are some random thoughts about our ever evolving definition of normal.
When you have a pug it is normal if:
Your dogs go to the eye doctor more often than you do.
You have more business cards in your wallet for vets than your own doctors.
When you have a cancer or otherwise sick dog it is normal if:
There are more than 10 kinds of dog food, baby food, meat, and cheese in your refrigerator- all for the dog.
There are more meds and supplements for your dog than for you.
You do a load of wash per day when you are single and have no kids.
You cook more for your dog than you do for yourself.
You have to wear an apron when you feed your dog.
When you call the vets office you don’t have to give your name, they recognize your voice.
You track the amount of food you get into your dog by the teaspoon.
Part of the back room decor is a pole rigged to hang the bag of lactated ringers.
You shop in the incontinence aisle of the drug store before you turn 50.
All of your furniture makes crinkle sounds when you sit on it because it is lined with incontinence pads.
When you have a Tripawd it is normal if:
You don’t have just one throw rug as an accent piece on your hard floors; they are covered with a mish mash of rugs.
You have a stroller in the garage.
You ask for a discount at the groomer because there are only 12 nails to trim.
You can discuss the pros and cons of the Ruff Wear harness vs. the Help ‘em Up Harness vs. the AST Get A Grip Harness.
You consider ice cream the answer to all good news.