Dog Friendly

It’s been a bit of a roller coaster day today.
We were all organised for Hubby’s endoscopy appointment, planning to go early so as to walk the dog, do some banking business and I wanted to check out some picture frames in one of the larger stores.
We were just loading up the dog in the car when my mobile rang.
It was the hospital.
Had Hubby had an INR test in the last 3 days.
Could he please go to his surgery and get one done today.
Our surgery doesn’t do that at the drop of a hat as INR blood tests are only done one day a week (Thursday) so booked weeks in advance determined by what the reading is.
Could we please come at least an hour early then and they would try to squeeze him in for an INR at the hospital.

There was no mention on his appointment letter about this. If there had been, we could have arranged one yesterday.
It’s an hour’s drive, and his appointment was at 4. It was 2pm.
Thought: The impossible we do at once, Miracles take a little longer.

Maggie had to forego her intended stroll along the beach, and we were cutting it fine anyway so a stop along the road was out too. Bless her, all four legs were probably crossed.
We arrived at the hospital at 10 to 3. I dropped Hubby off armed with all his paperwork, consent forms, INR book etc, then went on into town to do the banking business.
I parked up by the old post office and took Maggie into the park where she relieved herself so much, the smile stretched from ear to ear.

Leaving her in the car, I went to the bank. Everything is fine there and we are still solvent.
Then I went into The Stump.
Photo: taken as we were coming in on the A16  a few weeks ago.

Hubby and I used to go here a lot when we lived in Lincolnshire before.
It’s a most restful place, and we lit a lot of candles here. We brought Mum here several times too when she came up for a holiday, so it was only right that I lit a candle for her today.
I noticed a bowl of water for dogs in the lobby and asked the clergyman who was seeing to the bulletin board if dogs were allowed inside. He said yes, and proudly added that they had just been awarded the title of most Dog Friendly Church of 2018.
All those years and we never knew we could take Maggie inside. She will be very pleased as not only is there water but dog biscuits too!
It is so good to know as we now have a place to go to light our candles as there is nowhere around here that we could take her or feel comfortable in.

They’ve changed the layout inside and the candle lighting area is now on a raised part of the church. I lit three today, one for each of the Dads and placed one for Mum in between them. I choked up so didn’t stay long, but paid my respects and asked that they looked after her.

I then went on to look up the photo frames but couldn’t remember the correct size

so made my way back to the hospital.
The A16 is a nightmare at the best of times, and coming from this direction is three times
worse than going the other way. However, I got back to the hospital just after 4 and went up to Endoscopy. Hubby had been sorted with his INR and was in the process of being seen.
An hour later, he was in recovery, and twenty minutes after that I was called in to finish up the paperwork. We have pictures of the inside of his throat and there is some inflammation there. They’ve also taken a sample for a CLO test to see if there’s a problem with his stomach. We should get the results in a couple of weeks.
As he’d been knocked out, he couldn’t drive, so that was down to me.

It is not a pleasant drive, especially when you’re aware of having ditches either side of the road and can be blinded by drivers coming the other way forgetting to dip their lights.
I took things steady though, and we arrived home safe and sound just after 6.40.
Hubby had a glass of water to test his throat, and as everything was OK he was able to eat and drink normally.

We gave Maggie a belated walk round the park and have now retired to bed.
I have snoring in stereo as I type this.
It’s actually been a good day.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Dog Friendly

  1. Sounds like you got a lot done , I did also I had the caregiver take me to a one stop shopping stote. I got a lot of things done. My husband had is procedure They will replace a value in this heart. yesterday and it went okay. Next month he will have the operation. He will 3 days in the hospital.

  2. Michael says:

    Snoring in stereo, love it. Glad to hubby is back on the knife and fork again Di. I’m having both ends done in May…..TMI?

  3. MrsCraft says:

    Hope hubby’s results come back ok. My home town is an interesting place! I took my daughter into the stump last year as she spotted it as we parked up to go shopping and asked to go in. My grandad sells his paintings at the Stump too! Glad the change of plans didn’t throw you too much.

  4. DM says:

    That was a full day! Glad the driving went OK. Snoring in stereo….funny. Thanks for the update! DM

  5. JoAnna says:

    Maggie is a good dog. I’m glad she got to go into the church. We do that here when we have the Blessing of the Animals on St. Francis day. But I don’t think there would be much objection to dogs coming into church at other times if needed. Glad you all got home safe and sound. 🙂

    • Thank you. Next time we’re in Boston, we shall take her inside for the first time. We used to take her to the Abbey on a regular basis when we lived on the boat in the marina. She was always so well behaved.

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