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Well, two nice birthday presents for me:

1. The dog who will heretofore be referred to as Ms. Keller for obvious reasons, had a bad turn last night (why do these things always happen just after closing time on a weekend?). She suddenly became disoriented, terrified to go down the stairs to 'go potty'. I let her sit for a while and regain her composure. Then her eyes started rolling in her head, she lost the ability to stand, one leg was twitching uncontrollably, she lost bowel and bladder control, and she started drooling like a leaky faucet.

Of course, we immediately thought "stroke", because the vet had put her on hormone replacement therapy to control her leaky episodes (she's and OLD LADY and has her DIFFICULTIES). Well, in humans, hormone replacement has among its most common side effects "blood clots". So we put two and two together and expected the worst. We called a cab and took her across town to the only animal hospital that takes after-hours events. There, they reassured us that this was "canine vestibular syndrome" which always looks like a stroke, and often looks like epilepsy. The human equivalent is chronic vertigo. Treatment? Well, there's a drug like Gravol that keeps the nausea down, but there's no treatment. It just "goes away" in seven to ten days. Grateful, we went home and bedded her down in the kitchen.

This morning, she was up, if a little circulating and unsteady, but she managed the stairs and kept her composure. Needed a little guidance to get back in the house, but... she's blind and deaf. That's the problem.

This is what they say about Australian Cattle Dogs. They never get sick, they live forever, and when they have trouble, they get over it quickly. So the parts wear out, but they keep ticking.

2. I got the proofs back from The Future Fire for my story "Arrow", which will be released in a few days. And I discovered that they had commissioned artwork specifically for it. It has two watercolours by a Swiss artist. The civet cat is particularly fine; she's captured the personality of "Civet" and the moment. It's a moment that was earlier cut from the story at a colleague's suggestion, but I'm happy to have it back. It cements the story together.

I'll have to say, it's been a pleasure working with Djibril, and it's a great venue. I'm so glad to see it's doing well again, and not just because it gave a home to a very-hard-story-to-place-yes-indeed.

3. Actually, three presents. There's a huge thunderstorm brewing outside this morning. I love me some thunderstorm.

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sartorias
Sep. 8th, 2012 08:57 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! I am so glad the poor dog is recovering.
barry_king
Sep. 8th, 2012 09:02 am (UTC)
She's a tough little sheila.
marshallpayne1
Sep. 8th, 2012 09:22 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday Barry!!

barry_king
Sep. 8th, 2012 09:22 am (UTC)
Thanks!
asakiyume
Sep. 8th, 2012 10:21 am (UTC)
So, so glad they took that story. It seems *just right* for them. I love them for lots of reasons, not least because when they rejected one story of mine, they said some very kind things about my writing.

Can you link to the pictures, or are they staying under wraps for now?

And glad Ms. Keller is still with you for a bit longer. And happy birthday!
barry_king
Sep. 8th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
Under wraps until unveiled, sorry. And Ms. Keller is doing even better this afternoon.
acwise
Sep. 8th, 2012 10:31 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! I'm glad to hear the pup is on the mend. Commissioned artwork to go with your words - that's very exciting! Congratulations!
barry_king
Sep. 8th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, a very pleasant surprise, both of those.
peadarog
Sep. 8th, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to you and your Bewley twin.
barry_king
Sep. 8th, 2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
Well, he was wax, so he could scream and still relax.... Better believe it.
arwensouth
Sep. 10th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found a good home for "Arrow". Can't wait to see the artwork, when you're able to share it with us!
barry_king
Sep. 10th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
Reload your friends' page ;)
arwensouth
Sep. 11th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
Found it on Facebook, actually. Very nice! Congratulations!
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