Red On the Mend

Friday evening, Jon sat outside with Red trying to get him to eat.

We stopped at a roadside hotdog stand for lunch and Red looked interested in our hotdogs.  So we bought him one and he ate it.

Later that day we figured we’d go with what we knew worked and Jon cooked up a hot dog and broke it into small pieces and fed it to Red outside.

I took this Polaroid of them through the window.   Red still wasn’t eating at that point and looking at Jon and Red sitting together, I could feel Jon’s worry and Red’s apathy.  I think the photo also picks up the connection between them, even though Red isn’t looking directly at Jon.

It’s a connection of body and space.  A language of emotion,  knowing and  trust.

On Saturday, Jon brought Red a meatloaf lunch from The Burger Den, a diner near us.  Jon cut it up into small pieces and Red wolfed it down.   It was the first time he ate with such enthusiasm in  a week or so.  Jon bought Red another lunch and I made a whole meatloaf for him.

It seems the doxycycline is working.  Red has his appetite back and is acting more like himself everyday.

It’s been a long week, but it seems Red is on the mend.

9 thoughts on “Red On the Mend

  1. Hi Maria Nice shot .I am so happy Red appears to be on the mend. You Jon and fur family feels like you are part of my family too. I read all of his and our posts and have read a few of Jon’s book.

  2. We have been nursing a Doxie though another round of degenerate disk symptoms. He becomes sullen, stops eating and “screams” in pain when moved. We have to restrict his movement so he spends most of his day/night safely tucked away in a kennel, for forced bed rest. We know we have turned the corner when he resumes eating, then have to adjust pain meds when he becomes bolder in his movements. It is like a dance that we do. I am glad Red is better. His vet will learn from this since it is unusual for a dog to have all the illness you guys have told us. Hope your hearts are healing too. I know how scary it can be.

  3. Hi Maria,
    I am happy to see that Red is feeling better. I am sure you and Jon have gotten all kinds of advise on what to feed Red. So if you don’t mind I will add my 2 Cents worth.
    Boiled chicken and rice.. with a spoonful of Pumpkin.. just the plain stuff not the pie mixture.
    Warm hugs to you all.. and an extra kiss for Red.

    Sincerely
    Jan

  4. I KNOW WHAT IT IS TO HAVE A DOG ( OR TWO, THREE, OR EVEN MORE). IT SEEMED WE WERE COLLECTING THEM. ONE HAS A WAY OF GETTING ATTACHED TO THEM. —- NOW THERE IS JUST ONE DOG REMAINING. THERE IS ALSO A CAT, DON’T GET ME STARTED WITH CATS, THEY ALSO GROW IN NUMBERS. WE LOVE OUR PETS, BUT WHEN THEY PASS ON — I BELIEVE WE SHALL BE PETLESS. WELL, THAT’S HOW WE FEEL RIGHT NOW. WELL, AT LEAST THAT IS WHAT WE TELL EVERYONE.

  5. This is wonderful news. All of you have had such a worrisome and tiring time. Red is definitely on the mend, and it is heartwarming to see.

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