Tomorrow morning Lacy will go to stay with her groomer, at whose home she always has a good time; Tamara and her family treat my girl like royalty. Tamara says that when her husband knows Lacy is coming he prepares a chicken just for her! Anyway, I feel comfortable leaving her there as they're Standard Poodle people who live on a ranch-type property where she has kids, other pets and plenty of room to keep her occupied and happy.
A few years ago, while I was traveling in South America, Lacy awoke Tamara in the middle of the night because she was in great pain and exhibiting a very bloated abdomen. Tamara immediately recognized the symptoms (it's a somewhat common malady in Standards) and they took her to the emergency pet hospital at 4 in the morning where she underwent surgery for a critical condition called intussusception, in which the bowel slips in on itself, a life-threatening occurrence. I'm thankful they recognized what it was and got her into the operating room in time. Of course, the whole episode cost me an arm and a leg, but she recovered quickly and was good as new in no time!
Although she has the energy of a puppy, Lacy is now 8 ½ years old; Standards have a life expectancy of about 12-13, so I consider her in middle age. Losing her will be traumatic - oh, I don't want to think about it! She's a certified Therapy Dog who visits hospitals and convalescent homes and loves people. Yesterday at Starbucks, she was much more interested in visiting people than the four or five dogs there. She visits, always keeping my whereabouts in sight, just to make sure I haven't disappeared from the scene. When I go inside the store to place my order she sits right outside the door until I return, then she ventures out to visit others.
Thought I'd attach a map of the Holy Land - Then and Now: The BLACK are Testament Times and RED Modern Times: