Murdo Girl…Do I smell food?

Our twelve year old golden retriever, Cyndie, has been having some serious health issues. She was at the vet for three days last week being treated for pancreatitis and kidney problems. She’s home now, and though not quite as spunky as usual, she seems to be enjoying life and all of the attention she’s been getting.

She’s on a special diet.

Yesterday, I made scrambled eggs with little pieces of chicken I had boiled, and sweet potatoes for her breakfast, lean ground turkey with rice, peas, and carrots for lunch, and for dinner, she got round steak that I had been slow cooking in the crock pot all day with some low sodium beef broth and rice as a side dish. Kip caught me eating a chunk of the roast. I told him I just couldn’t stand it any longer. (We had microwaved pizza.)

I haven’t cooked so much since 2010. I fear our two cocker spaniels are plotting to leave home. They have drooled so much, we now have them stand on a towel while their sister eats like a queen. (It’s okay, I stand with them unless it’s my turn to hand feed Cyndie.)

We went back to the vet yesterday to get some canned dog food a friend reccomended. It’s specially made for dogs with Cyndie’s problems. We were told they would give us a couple of cans, but when she was there, she wouldn’t eat it. “Did you try throwing it on the BBQ grill for a couple of minutes first?” I asked.

My refrigerator is full of Cyndie leftovers packed in little plastic containers. We bought ten in different sizes and labeled them with what they contain, the date, and how long they should be warmed in the microwave, only to discover that Cyndie doesn’t really like leftovers.

Oh well…you do what it takes, right? I have started to feel guilty about making my youngest child survive on Kraft mac and cheese his last year at home. We did take him out to eat occasionally, but how do you take your dog to a drive-up and order low sodium pizza, hold the spices and cheese?

I have to run to the store for eggs, now. I hear Cyndie stirring and she’s going to want breakfast.

5 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…Do I smell food?

  1. sanjuan831 July 9, 2019 / 11:12 pm

    You’re such sweet kind pet owners. Can you sneak some of her food when she’s asleep?
    Sorry Cyndie isn’t feeling well.


  2. Mary Erb Arrigo July 8, 2019 / 5:34 pm

    Mary, do you remember when Timmie had pancreatits? Sean came home from college Easter weekend and Katie was home. The vet had told me that when people go
    t pancreatitis they wouldn’t let them watch tv in case they saw food advertisements and they couldn’t have magazines because of all the recipes and anyone who came to visit them in the hospital was told not to talk about food because it would make their stomach juices churn and make the pancreatitis worse. SO, I told the kids they could take their bowls of cereal outside without the dog and we ate out the entire weekend so my sweet dogs stomach juices didn’t churn! Maybe that will work for CIndy too!!


    • Mary Francis McNinch July 8, 2019 / 9:43 pm

      I do remember that Mary! She’s getting old and her kidneys aren’t doing well, either. We’re blending all the food which has to be bland now and she eats from a syringe. She acts much better, but that’s the only way we can get her to eat.


  3. scoper07 July 6, 2019 / 7:21 am

    Does Cyndie have to be on the special diet long term? It may just take a few days for her to get used to left overs. Sounds like you are doing the right approach though. Lucky doggie to have owners like you guys. Good job!

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