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A Quiet 4th

4 Jul

We are having a quiet 4th of July here. Fiona is not feeling well. Her back legs are giving her trouble and she walks like a drunken sailor. She’s eating, but not in the shark-like manner she used to.


Until this week, when we went for walks, we always went out the back and down the steep & narrow steps to the sidewalk. For the last few weeks, she’s been hesitant, so we now go out the from, where she can maneuver the wide and broad stoop at the front door, and the wide and less steep from steps to the sidewalk. I carry her up the front steps now.

Most years, the girls sleep through the fireworks, but one year Fiona was panicky and we spent the evening on the bathroom floor, with the radio playing loudly. Most people I know with dogs, dread tonight. Last night, one of my friends did a test run with the sedative her vet gave her for tonight. Her dog has a very hard time with all the explosions.

Last night was pretty quiet in my neighborhood. I guess I’ll have to wait and see how bad it is tonight. Tomorrow morning I will worry about the girl touching all the debris people leave on the streets and sidewalks.

I’m hoping it will be hot enough tonight to run the window air conditioner in my bedroom. I don’t often wish for this, but it  is loud enough to cover the noise. Then the girls and I can snuggle up and I can finish my Lucy socks. I’ve already knit Fiona socks.


These are knit in “Basset Hound” from Ancient Fibre Arts WOOF collection. Because Lucy is a tricolor, I chose “Saint Bernard” for her.


However you celebrate it, I hope you have a safe 4th of July.

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