Thursday, 25 June 2015

Caring for Jake

It is confirmed that my flat-coated retriever neighbour (and erstwhile foe) Jake has a horrid cancer in his leg and shoulder. He is receiving something called 'palliative' care. That means he needs lots of pals to care for him, right?

I saw him in the park today and gave him a goodwill sniff.

I think he appreciated it, but he also indicated he wanted to be left alone, which is OK, 'cos there's a whole world out there to sniff, isn't there pups?

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  1. Yikes, dat cancer sounds nasty.

  2. Sorry to hear about Jake....even though he injured you. No one deserves cancer.

    But you're right, there is so much out there to explore and leave your mark.

  3. Poor Jake and poor Jakes owners of course. He looks like he's doing OK for the moment.

  4. Bertie I would like to be one of the pals for that kind of therapy... and I send POTP to Jake and a big Weimaraner hug...
    easy rider

  5. You showed great empathy there Bertie, I'm sure Gail was very proud of you.
    Poor Jake, it's going to be hard for him and his family
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  6. Bertie we are so sorry about Jake....and send purrs to him and his family. I would like to purrsonally give you a kitty kiss for you act of kindness toward him....
    Hugs madi your bfff

  7. Awwwww Bertie we are so sorry to hear about Jake...
    You were a good furend to him... Just a sniff and then allowed him to do his thingy... HIS Way...

  8. Hari OM
    Bertie lad, you are a very sensible 'pallia' indeed... it is so good that Jake was happy to let you say hello and then move along. I shall add him to my POTP list - no one needs to have the sickies like that. Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  9. Oh Bertie your description of palliative care is just wonderful hugs to you and Jake

    retro rover

  10. I love how you define "palliative" care! If only everyone could think of it this way...the world would be a better place. I am glad you got to say hello to Jake even if he wanted to be left alone.

  11. Sorry to hear about your furiend Jake! We will be putting our paws together and sending him good vibes.

    xoxo, Ginger, Matt & Matilda

  12. Poor Jake. :( I think palliative care definitely means pals, and he might come to appreciate you more after he's had a little time to adjust to the news.

  13. We are sorry to hear about your friend
    Lily & Edward

  14. sigh - that mean old cancer should leave us doggies alone :(

  15. We are also sorry to hear about Jake's sickness and are sending POTP to his peeps....

    Looks like you have lots of fun places to sniff!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  16. Howdy Bertie. We are sorry to hear about Jake's cancer. He is doing the right thing though. Enjoying every sniff and snuffle in each day. Glad you are there to support him mate. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory