Charlie’s Therapy & Hyacinth Bean Vine

The last couple of nights it has been pretty cool. Kind of surprising that this time last week I was trying to keep this place cool with two window air conditioners. And now it’s cooling off at night at least.

See the hyacinth bean vine beginning to bloom. It blooms little lavender flowers, then the bright purple seed pods develop. If you save the pods after they dry, you will have seeds to plant next year.

Yesterday at Charlie’s land therapy they weren’t having much success with his exercises. Poor thing’s front legs shake so much because of his back and neck. They were trying to get him to use certain muscles on a blown up pillow they have. But he was having none of it.

So the two techs called the vet in the next room and asked her what to do. She said have mom step out of the room. See if he responds better. She felt Charlie thought I would rescue him from the exercises.

I stood out in the hall for a bit. Then they called me back in. They said he refused to do anything at all when I wasn’t there where he could see me, so would I please come back into the room.

My poor Charlie. His front legs have shaken when he stands for several years anyway. Now he’s got to use those front legs to help him with his back legs.

When he could get loose and a door to the room was open he’d run to the front door as if to say: “Okay Mom, I’ve had enough. Let’s go home now.”

I felt so sorry for him. But if he doesn’t use these muscles they will continue to atrophy. The discs in his neck and back are keeping him from really feeling the sensations in his legs. So they have to keep him up on his exercises to keep him mobile.

So hard when you watch your pets getting old and having such a tough time. Sometimes I just want to cry watching him try to do what he used to do so effortlessly.

I switched things up a bit on the living room wall behind the couch. I brought two paintings from the closet where they were stored and added them back to the wall.

And the round place mats with the wood flowers are no longer placed exactly even on each side of the quilt behind the couch.

It is nice and sunny out. Temps will rise and I’ll still have to water this evening.

I don’t open the windows due to allergies, so the air unit stays on until it’s switched over to heat.

Occasionally I will open the windows for an hour or so just to air the place out.

I think I might sort out a closet today. Maybe get out and go somewhere.


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  1. So sad about Charlie. I hope he will be ok for a long, long time. :0( . I understand your concerns..our pets are our babies, for usre………..Your wall switch up looks great..the macrame is pretty……and .hope you had a great adventure on your outing to tell us about….. I understand about allergies…mine get worse and worse each day with A G E .. wow. One Day at a Time. :0) Be Blessed…

  2. I do feel for Charlie, poor baby. And for you, too, Brenda, as I know how hard it is to watch or beloved fur babies struggle with aging and health problems. I know you are doing all you can to help him. I think you have to take it one day at a time and not focus too much in the future to keep your equilibrium in dealing with the situation. I hope tomorrow is a good day for both you and Charlie. Give him pats from me and tell him what a good, good boy he is.

    Glad you are getting a bit of cooler weather at night. Maybe that signals a break into Fall. Hope so for your comfort.

    I like your changes on the living room wall. That piece of macrame is really beautiful. Did you make it? Or are there two of them? I can’t remember. Anyway the new arrangement looks nice.

    Take care and be good to yourself.

  3. Brenda, You had me crying with this post. It is so very sad, to see our dear pets get old and have health problems. Charlie is sure hanging in there, like a real trouper. I feel so bad for you, I know how much it hurts. But the Love you share, brings happiness to you both, for as long as you have each other. Hang in, dear Brenda, You and Charlie and Ivy too, are always in my prayers. Big hugs from WI

  4. Brenda,

    This picture of Charlie is so special. You know he has my heart. You are both often in my thoughts.

  5. It is so hard watching our fur kids get old. I found it so difficult seeing my orange tabby becoming frailer. Charlie is very blessed to have someone love him as much as you do. The exercises sound hard but necessary. You are doing what is in your power to do in order to help him.
    It must be a relief to have a break in the heat.

  6. Age is not a friend to man or beast. To live takes courage and you and Charlie are exemplary at it. He’s fighting and trying God bless him. He is a little trooper. Love that boy.

  7. Poor Charlie. I feel so bad for him. It has cooled down a lot from last week here. It feels great. I am going to try and get out and walk outside now, xo Laura

  8. Feeling helpless is the worst – knowing there’s so little you can do to help Charlie with aging and the infirmities aging brings to all of us in various ways. You are a good mommy, you make him as comfortable as he can be, you feed him well, you care for him well, you are with him nearly all the time and when you do have to leave him and Ivy at home, you are never gone for very long. I hope you went for a nice ride and took Charlie along so he could feel the air on his face. We have to enjoy nice weather as much as possible while we have it! Along with seemingly everything else these days, one can no longer depend upon the seasons to act like they should!

  9. Poor Charlie. I feel bad for him just reading about him and his aging problems. Clementine went to the vet again yesterday, too. She started some new holistic therapy for her anxiety and obsessive skin chewing. Four different medications from the vet dermatologist didn’t work, so we’re now taking a different approach.

    I like the textures of the things on your wall. Very pretty.

  10. Sweet ❤ Charlie.
    Sorry your little guy is suffering. I know firsthand what you are going through. We had to put our beloved pooch Gidget down this summer. Things are not the same here. A deep sadness. Our other sweetheart Missy is having lonely issues with Gidget no.longer with us. Very sad for all of us. Hopeful, to rescue a (older) pooch soon. Missy needs a brother or sister. Thsnks for shsring Brenda.All the best …….

  11. Since it is a beautiful day out….go out and enjoy the sunshine! You can clean closets when the winter weather sets in. Sorry to hear Charlie is having a hard time.

  12. Sorry for poor Charlie…so hard to grow old!! I am watching essentially the same with my husband!! Youth was so fleeting…take care of yourself!!

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