Alle Oops

She’s almost 13 years old, and she is giving us fits, over here – more problems this morning.

But I think, finally, after busting the budget, we’re turning a corner.

What we won’t do for our dogs…

Isn’t she pretty?

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Barbara Bronson

    What a beautiful dog! She looks every bit as sweet as you say. I hope she will be in good health and continue being part of your family and a faithful companion. Know what you mean about the expense, I’ve done it and it’s worth it.

  • Judith L

    Worth. Every. Penny.

    Get well and stay well, Alle!

  • Sarah Rolph

    She is beautiful! Even from her photograph you can tell how smart she is.

    Our 19-year-old cat is expensive. He’s diabetic–we give him two shots a day. He also eats special food now for his kidneys (I recommend this–his kidney values have stayed remarkably stable since we started him on this food). To us it is totally worth it. We are delighted to be able to have him with us a few more years. Three cheers for medical science!

  • Last Sphere

    She’s a beautiful little girl Anchoress!

    What is money compared to our wonderful four-legged kids?

    People spend far more on much less everyday in this shallow world.

    I’m glad to hear things are finally looking up. I’m so very happy for you and your family.

    Praise God!

  • NanB

    She is a beautiful dog, Anchoress. Am glad to hear she is doing better.

  • Joe

    I am glad your dog is getting better.

  • Andrew B

    Alle is a lovely looking pup! I know what lengths we will go to for our beloved animals. My Jack, when just outgrowing his puppy phase, was in the habit of eating pebbles, which caused blood poisoning. He went from the picture of health to death’s door in about 6 hours, and it was touch and go for a few days.

    Now, years later, we are still paying the bills. And I don’t regret it for an instant.

  • Estrella

    She’s so beautiful!!!!

  • Elsie Jay

    Thanks for the update on Alle, Anchoress. I was thinking about the both of you over the weekend. Yes, she is a lovely lady and looks like a fine companion. I had a Cocker once; they are supposed to live 10-12 years but mine lived to be 18. He was blind and deaf, but he got around and his tail still went 100 mph. Blessings upon your house.

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  • AMDG

    Glad to hear she is on the mend…

  • Dustin

    That is a magnificent dog.

  • Gapeseed

    She’s family. You bust the budget for family, no regrets.

    And she’s beautiful.

  • saveliberty

    I am so glad for your good news.

  • Christine

    I have been praying for you and your precious girl. I just lost my wonderful scottish terrier, Morgan, just about 4 weeks ago. At 10 years of age, he began having sudden and frequent seizures. They diagnosed him with a brain tumor and we put him to sleep. It all happened so quickly. My heart is broken because he was the funniest and sweetest little guy around, just like Ally. Since he was just a dog (my perfect, special little guy who I will miss ad nauseum) I did buy my other dog a companion just two weeks ago. She is another Scottie and she is a crazy little puppy who is starting to show some of the same traits as my little Morgan. I am glad that I got back on the saddle quickly. My other dog, Angus, the vivacious Westie, is happy again, and so is the rest of the family.

  • Candace

    I periodically tell my diabetic cat that he needs to get a job to pay for all these vet bills. He hasn’t done so yet and has me wrapped around his tail.

  • Manny

    She is lovely. I hope they found the problem. Is it serious and curable?

  • DeLynn

    So glad she is getting better. She is a lovely dog.

  • Cathy

    That’s a fine dog you have there, Miss Lizzie!! Prayers continue …

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  • Myssi

    She’s lovely. I hope she continues to improve.

  • gemma

    So glad that things are a bit better. She is so lovely and we do everything we can for those we love no matter how many legs they have. That’s the way we roll.

  • Western Chauvinist

    She is pretty and looks as good natured and intelligent as you say.

    The hubby and I are on our fourth dog (first corgi) in 25 years of marriage. We used to have Samoyeds, but with the kids and our aging bodies struggling to keep up we’ve decided to downsize. Our dogs have taught us and our kids important life-lessons about love and joy and loss. They’re lives are always too short, but we’ve learned that’s why it is so important to love them and enjoy them while we have them. Something we should apply to our human relations too. Hope you have your Alle to enjoy at least a bit longer.

  • Okie

    Absolutely gorgeous!

    Been keeping you and Alle in mind all weekend . . . good luck!

  • Jay Dee

    Sending virtual behind-the-ear skritches to Alle.

  • newton

    What a cute doggie! Petting ya in the belly right now!

  • Kensington

    Quick, breed her with Lileks’s dog Jasper while there’s still time!

  • Alex Gonzalez.

    You consoled me when my Brando passed suddenly and now I understand how you have that consideration. Alle’s beautiful eyes tell us about you and your love for God’s creatures.

  • Anniebird

    The spectacles make her even more lovable. Is anything more noble than a greying muzzle? Good health to you, alle girl.

  • Polly

    I am so happy for you. I had to rush my 9-year old cat to the hospital a few hours ago and it doesn’t look good. Anchoress, please pray for me, that I can be peace with whatever the outcome is. I am not married and don’t have children. He is my baby. On top of it, I’m turning 40 on Friday and I can’t think of a worse present. :-(

    [I will pray for you. I understand how it feels to have one thing after another happen, and then to dread losing a pet, besides. -admin]

  • mb

    Awwwwww, sweet!

  • Jeanette

    She’s beautiful and you can’t put a price on what she offers you.

    Our little chocolate cocker got anal gland cancer a few years ago. We were referred to a university veterinary teaching hospital for evaluation and treatment.

    She went through surgery, chemo and radiation and instead of paying the hourly rate for her to be kenneled there we rented a small corporate apartment. It worked out to be less and that way she got to be with her family every night.

    She went back for her final chemo treatment and then every couple of months for exams.

    In the meantime, it was decided the constant ear infections could no longer be treated and she was probably deaf anyway so we took her to a different specialist and had her ear canals removed.

    All in all we spent about $10,000, but we kept her an additional three years…years that were productive and enjoyable.

    In the end her cancer had spread to her brain and we had to have her put to sleep. What a horrible time I had with that and swore I’d never get another dog because losing them hurt too much. “I’m too old” etc. were my excuses, but about a year later I just had to have a puppy. I knew I didn’t want another cocker because I’d be comparing the new one to Silky. Ended up with a miniature schnauzer who is the most loving and playful dog and gives us great pleasure. It must be hard for a puppy to live with a couple of old fogies, but she keeps us active and young, along with her big sister, a shepherd-mix.

    Enjoy every minute with Alle so there are no regrets later. Anyone who loves a dog is a special person. That’s why I like you so much! :)

  • sam’smom

    She is a darling girl! Such soul filled eyes. I am so glad to hear that she is improving. Thank you for the update.

  • claudio

    Much relieved by the news.
    Best wishes!

  • Gayle Miller

    Alle is a gorgeous girl, with a kind and intelligent face. So glad she has started to turn the corner. To the lady with the diabetic cat – you have my sympathies. It’s a lot to deal with – I’ve had 2 diabetic cats myself. There’s a special cat box that you can use for the cat that separates liquid from solid so that you can test the cat’s urine several times per day! Since I no longer need it, I’ll happily give it as a gift to someone who needs one and who lives in the Stafford County, Virginia area! It’s a blessing in many ways. My gift would be in memory of Sam the Wonder Cat who succumbed to a heart attack in February.

  • Gayle Miller

    Ah Polly – I feel your pain in a very special way. I will be praying for your sick baby and wishing you a happy birthday present of your young man back home in good health! And Polly, speaking as one who has been there a couple of times, find a rescue organization nearby (look online, there’s a ton of them) and give some needy babies a good home in honor of your young fellow, if the worst comes to pass. I know it sounds callous but doing that helped my heart to heal when Sam died in February. He has been the light of my life for 10 years and was an entertaining and altogether delightful, protective and hilariously funny cat who suffered strangers not at all. And when your young man comes home in good health, give thanks by volunteering for a rescue group – even if it’s just knitting little warm blankies for the babies.

  • Stephanie

    Aww, she is a beautiful dog. Glad to hear she’s doing better!

  • Laura

    So happy to hear the good news about Alle! And I’ll join in those prayers for Polly and baby… that is so hard to go through.

    find a rescue organization nearby (look online, there’s a ton of them) and give some needy babies a good home in honor of your young fellow, if the worst comes to pass. I know it sounds callous but doing that helped my heart to heal when Sam died in February.

    Gayle – us too. We recently had to put our cat to sleep. The next day we went to the pound, where 2 out of 3 animals are euthanized, and took home Lucy. We couldn’t save Tiger, but we could save Lucy, and that was a comfort.

  • Elaine T

    So glad to hear Alle’s doing better.

    And, yeah, I hear you about busting the budget. What we’ll do for our pets and our children…!

    Polly, prayers for your cat.

    Our daughter loves cats, but she’s highly allergic (of the throat swells and she can’t breath type), so we have guinea pigs. We love our little furry friends that God has blessed us with.

  • Maureen

    If anybody is interested in a dog or cat, the various rescue organizations could certainly use your help. I talked the other day to the state rescue person for our relatively obscure dog breed, and they’d had to place 47 dogs since last Halloween. (Mostly for economic reasons, not abuse; although a lot came all at once from a bad breeder who finally decided to get out of the business. There were also two dogs from some genius who left them in his foreclosed house with a little food and a bathtub of water, not realizing that the bank doesn’t necessarily come to visit that same day. Worried people have trouble thinking straight.)

  • Marcie

    May God bless your dear girl! Are you familiar with Tom T Hall’s great ballad, “Old Dogs and Children and Watermelon Wine”? It’s a sweet reference to the real valuables in life.

  • Polly

    Hello Anchoress and fellow animal lovers. I have to put my beloved baby boy Pooky to sleep in the next hour. He has lymphoma all over his body. He lived a wonderful life and was the sweetest, most loving cat. I used to call him my puppy because he seemed more like a dog. Thank you for your prayers; you can’t imagine what they mean to me.

    [Sorry, Polly...condolences..-admin]

  • Marilyn


    I am so sorry for your loss. Your sweet Pooky sounds precious. I know you will be going through a difficult time. I will pray for you.

  • Pat the Protestant

    Alle is such a pretty dog. I am glad she is better. May you have her for at least a few more years and eventually see her again in Heaven.

  • F

    Prayers to Anchoress and Polly.

    Polly, Happy 40th Birthday!

    I’m amazed at all the love, care and finances dedicated to pets. I hope we’re all doing as much for the baby humans.

  • Piano Girl88

    After 3 days with no electricity in the DC area, I’m finally back on-line and feel like I will never catch up!
    Elizabeth…I’m so glad to hear that your precious Alle is doing better!
    Polly ~ I feel your pain so acutely ~ I lost my last kitty just a few months ago. At this time, getting another cat or two is not an option, but I do hope you will be able to open your heart to a new one or two just as Gayle did…be sure to click on her name and travel over to her blog to see Buddy & Rusty! And please find a way to celebrate your birthday by doing something special for yourself ~ you deserve it!

  • cathy

    To POLLY — I am so sorry about Pooky. If anything like my Muffin (had him 15 years) he was not only your baby, but confidante and playmate. I know you will miss him terribly, but please believe that the pain that is so sharp now will, bit by bit, be replaced with the comfort of your happier memories. For now, you might find some comfort in visiting the kittens at a shelter near you — it’s good for the kittens to be played with, both for the stimulation, and the socialization with people, though not all shelters are set up for it. God bless.

  • wendy ann

    Your sweet girl is a gift from God (btw, God spelled backward is “dog”)!

  • J

    Out here in MA, the vets and animal hospitals have a connection to a credit company that will let you charge the vet/hospital fee and give you 3-6-or 12 months to pay it off, interest free. It has certainly helped us, look into it. Prayers for you and your darling family (and, of course, that includes Alle).