I have received several e-mails asking that I continue blogging. I can’t do it. Since my negligence in May, it’s only gotten worse.
We lost Gertie in June, not due to her age, but from ongoing complications of a leg abscess that wouldn’t heal.
We lost Angus in July. He didn’t eat his dinner on a Sunday. That Monday x-rays showed a tumor in his abdomen and another against one of his lungs. While the abdominal tumor was operable, and Angus was healthy enough for surgery, the one against his lung wasn’t. 23 days later we had to say goodbye. The only blessing we had is that Angus was an old man for only 23 days.
We’re still taking it day by day with Emmi. Whether or not the brain mass is gone is irrelevant. The herniation of her brain out the back of her skull, and the resulting complications, won’t go away.
John, at the time, I couldn’t imagine anything worse than losing 2 so close together as you did with The Man and Chienne (sp?). I’ve lost 4, 3 I couldn’t control, 1 wholly and completely my fault, and I’m now watching helplessly as a 5th slowly fades away.
I can’t blog any more. Reality hurts too much. I hope you all understand.
Instead, I’m creating a new reality, in the form of a series of children’s books.
In Tales of the Woof Pack, they will all, even our always loved Maude, lost in 2014, live again and exist in a world where none of them will have any of the physical disabilities or health problems they did in life. None will ever be subjected to human cruelties or negligence. All problems will have solutions and every day will be an adventure.
Here’s how it started:
We forgot to tell Gertie, when we said Goodbye, not to send another dog to us. Gertie knew how I felt about the prospect of any other dog in our home – I don’t deserve the company of the dogs I have after what I did to Vito. But Gertie didn’t think about what I wanted and put me on a collision course with a street dog with a lump on one side of her head and a rotting eye on the other.
The rotting eye was removed that night. Near total blindness due to a detached retina, most likely related to the lump on her head, diagnosed in the other eye 10 days later. The separated and reversed femur which may need major surgery in her later years found a week or 2 after that. Do you want this dog? I know I didn’t. What do you do?
Crabby named her Katie.
Katie was a stress I really didn’t need. But somewhere along the way, she gave me something back: A way to make my dogs immortal. She became the conduit which took my dogs to a place where they would always have fun, always be safe, never be alone and most importantly, live forever. Katie gives me the way to introduce my dogs to children everywhere.
Book 1 of Tales From the Woof Pack, currently with the working title, subject to change, “Finding KatieDid”, illustrated by the amazing Nnasco Akwu, KatieDid goes from being a stray with a rotting eye to sister to Hector and Sarah in a new forever home.
In Book 2, “Dog Park”, KatieDid meets the rest of the dogs, who live with various diverse families in a world where differences are celebrated, not argued over. At the end, KatieDid takes the oath of The Woof Pack, a promise to live by morals that we as humans seemed to have lost.
In Book 3, “Dog Derby and Mutt Show”, well, I can’t give you anything on this one without spoiling it. This is my favorite so far.
Writing these stories isn’t the same as social media. Children need short sentences. All I have to do is watch my dogs and the lines write themselves. I carry an old school notebook with me and when one of the dogs does something that creates or helps continue a story, I only look away for a few seconds to write that line down, then I’m back to playing with the dogs. The laptop Crabby got for me means I can lay in bed at night and transcribe my notes with a blanket of dogs to keep me warm.
Run A Muck Ranch is over. Tales From The Woof Pack is just beginning. Hopefully you will come along for the adventures.
Book 1, Finding KatieDid will be available in print and e-book by Christmas 2016. The Spanish version, if not at the same time, will be available soon after.
Follow the publication process on Facebook at Tales From the Woof Pack.