Mum is worrying about Alfie. He has become very very clingy and doesn’t really want her out of touching distance. He is needing to be cuddled all the time. He has said his neck doesn’t feel right and sometimes swallowing seems a little more difficult. He is due for his quarterly blood test at the vet so Mum is going to ask them to feel his neck as well. He has had thyroiditis for a long time and his thyroids are swollen, but he is on medication for it and that is supposed to keep it under control. Mum thinks the swellings are worse so it may just be that his medication needs adjusting. He always gets like this when he doesn’t feel well. I guess at his age you just can’t be too careful.
Mum was talking to Dad about how she doesn’t think she will cope when anything happens to Alfie. On the bright side for me it is likely to involve lots of long walks, but I don’t think I’ll be any substitute really. Alfie still means the world to her and that’s something you can’t replace. She wishes she could bottle his smell and keep it with her always. She says something about the way that Alfie smells makes her completely relax. They are just so in tune with each other. Of course, the others of us do have very special relationships with her too, but each in our own way. However many of us are part of her life, Alfie will always be the dog she always dreamed of having when she was a child. For Mum, he will always represent the perfect dog. I just hope he can live forever so she never has to face being without him.
Dogs and humans are so lucky to have the great bond that we do.
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