Chaos in Musetteville

My darlingests…


I got nuthin’.  Except a shrieker of a headache and claws where my hands should be, from hanging on to the steering wheel of the pickup in 30mph crosswinds…

…you won’t believe this..but BRUNO is in the hospital.  Seriously!  This has got to be some cosmic joke.  Right after Carmine died, Bruno’s eyes started getting red – well, the weather’d broken and I was thinking ‘allergies’ – usually around this time of year his eyes redden, he starts sneezing, etc….

…then he stopped eating.  Which I put down to delayed grief.  He would a very little bit of food, if I starved him throughout the day – his energy levels were still good, so I figured as long as he ate something…

..then yesterday, we went down to Peoria to run errands – he was sort of quiet but, in general, okay.  I stopped at Culver’s drive thru, gave him a few fries; he loved them.  Got home and decided to give him another couple…and that’s when I realized he couldn’t SEE the french fry.  Then he walked into the cabinet door and my whole world tilted.  His eyes full of blood, my baby dog had gone BLIND!  I rushed him over to the vet (thank Floyd they were still open)  but his vet was gone for the day…Lynn, the vet on call, treats cows and pigs and was unprepared for what happened next: fearing onset glaucoma he told me to take him to the Peoria Emergency Clinic.  At which point I said, point-blank, NO! YOU fix him.  FIX HIM NOW! PLEASE! and then I burst into tears.  Poor Lynn.  Large animal guys rarely get pig farmer guys shrieking and bursting into tears.  I would’ve felt way sorrier for him than I already did, except I was in the midst of a full-court meltdown.   Jennifer got me a glass of water and called El O;  he got there pdq and I have never been so happy to see that evil bassid in my life!   Then the young new got back to the office and she and Bear attended to Bruno so I could stop shaking and crying.  I would be embarrassed but, frankly, I’m too tired to care.

This morning I drove  3 hrs to the excellent U of IL Veterinary School so they could do the opthalmic tests, etc.  He’s staying there tonight because…hey!  guess what?  The eye-blood is not the disease!  It’s symptomatic of Something ElseTheyDon’tKnowWhatYetSoTheyAreRunningaBatteryofTests…….at this point they are trying to save his life; blindness seems to be the least of his worries.  Platelets should be at 200K.  His are at 25K.   No sign of poisoning.  Testing for bacterial infection or spontaneous auto-immune issues.

Really?  Thanks, Floyd!

But he’s in good hands and I see no reason to wear myself out with dumb anxiety, so I’mo have a glass of wine and go to bed.


But ..because I am perverse, I did take the time to notice that his attending doc looks PERSACKLY like Arwen from the LotR books.   A gorgeous young  Frenchwoman with eyelashes that are otherworldly (you know the kind that shouldn’t exist in Nature – but do?  Yeah, those)…..her perfect porcelain skin covers a narrow elvish head…and her perfect little diamond-studded ears are (wait for it) POINTED. Truly.  And she had the little elven plait in her hair.   All that was missing was her royal raiment, which would’ve looked weird covered in dog hair and spit, so the scrubs will have to do.

See, it’s the little things….

I wore vintage No5 because it’s my go-to for these types of things…but I decided to mix it up a bit for tonight.  I’m awash in Carnal Flower EVERYTHING!


  • peppermoon says:

    Oh dear, I’m a huge animal lover so it hurts my heart to hear that your dog is not doing well. I used to work at a vet’s office and don’t worry, a lot of people freak out when it comes to their pets. It’s only natural!

  • fanny says:

    I am sorry, I can very well understand your feelings, I think.
    The health of my dog is everything to me.
    Wishing Bruno will be fine soon and home again with you, let us know please..!

  • Solanace says:

    My heart is with you, Musette. Hoping everything will turn out ok for Bruno.

  • Martha says:

    I am so sorry this is happening to Bruno. My thoughts are with you. Best wishes to you and your family.

  • Mariekel says:

    So glad Bruno is home where he should be. Snuggle that big baby for me. I’ll be thinking of you both.

  • Ingeborg says:

    Sending a big hug across the Atlantic!

  • Lauren says:

    Healing prayers for (((Bruno))) and prayers for strength for yoy.

  • FearsMice says:

    Per your update, I’m glad to know that Bruno will be back at home with you soon. You’ll both feel better. Hoping for a full and speedy recovery for him (and you, too!).

  • Jackie b says:

    Your poor honey! Hugs and pats and hugs and pats from here. Please let us know when he is out of the woods…

  • Liz K says:

    Wow. This is the last thing you need. Freaking out at the vet’s office – totally fine. I think my vet stocked up on tissues every time I came in while Mika was ailing (and I know they scheduled me at slow times so I wouldn’t scare normal patients). Glad he is sorta ok but I will say a prayer for y’all and load the kitty-boys up with tuna so they send cat prayers too.

  • Beth says:

    I’m really sorry Musette. My prayers are with you and Bruno. Just saw your update and I’m so happy to hear it’s somewhat better!

  • Musette says:

    You are all just so….wonderful! Thank you SO much! Update: they have NO idea what’s up with him…except we can (mostly) rule out cancer and some terrifying infectious disease that would kill us all in our sleep or something. He’s still as blind as a bat but he’s Bruno and, like Honey Badger, He Don’t Care. The antibiotics they are giving him may even help him get his vision back! He’s on his way home tonight!


    • foxbins says:

      Mostly ruling out cancer and doggie Ebola or whatever is good! Glad he will be back with you in familiar surroundings tonight. Bruno, get well soon–your people need and love you. Thanks for the update–

  • minette says:

    your approach is a good one. as someone recently told me, no amount of worry is going to change things. and you have done the best thing you could – put him in excellent hands. but if he transitions sooner rather than later, you could consider this: it might just be because he and your other beloved dog travel together on their missions of love throughout the universe.

    all is well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.

    love to you and your fur baby.

  • Kandice says:

    My prayers are with you and Bruno. I hope they find an answer soon. By-the-way, most vets understand how attached we are to our pets. It’s the people who don’t love their pets that they don’t get. I had a similar meltdown at an emergency clinic with my pet after weeks of daily health issues and daily trips to the vet. In the middle of the night at the emergency clinic, I just lost it. The very kindly vet gave me a hug and let me cry on her shoulder. Most vets are very special people full of compassion and understanding. I’m sure Bruno is in good hands. Hang in there.

  • Mariekel says:

    Oh my dear girl, this is too much. Hals just gave me a snuggle, which I am sending on to you and Bruno, plus all the good thoughts and hope I can can muster. Huge hug.

  • Tom says:

    I am so sorry! Sending hugs!

  • Dina C. says:

    Oh no! So sorry to hear this report, and I’m praying for Bruno, you and El O…courage for all of you and healing for Bruno. Long-distance hugs to you, Anita!

  • Janice says:

    Sending all good wishes for Bruno, and I’m so glad that you’ve got all the resources and expertise of the University’s Veterinary School to figure this out—it sounds like he couldn’t be in better hands.

  • einsof says:

    my lil manx cat said she would come snuggle with you if you thought maybe something furry would help. *hug*

  • rosarita says:

    Oh, darlin, bless your heart. This is just too much to bear. Sending hope, healing and hugs hugs hugs <3

  • Portia says:

    Hugging you like crazy from here.
    Some days are SHIT. I would be a basket case too.
    Hope your puppy gets well and that you are OK too.
    Portia xx

  • Mary K says:

    So sorry to hear of Bruno’s health issues! You & Bruno will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sure hope they can figure out what is going on with him & that they can get him all better soon.

  • ponyboi says:

    Double darn, I’m really sorry that this happened to your family! I hope everything works out just fine with Bruno. I love reading your posts because you really share what you feel and think. Its funny, in the middle of all this craziness you imagine one of the doctors as elf royalty. LOL. Oh the love of a beautiful imagination! I will be wearing carnal flower today to show my support:)

  • Laurels says:

    Poor Bruno, and poor Musette. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  • Sherri says:

    Oh, I am so sorry to hear about Bruno, esp. after just losing Carmine! I hate that you are having to go thru this. Sending hugs your way.

  • jirish says:

    Saying a quick prayer for you that this is quickly diagnosed and resolved. Having Arwen as a vet has to be a good sign, right?

  • Lynne Marie says:

    oh, man Musette, this is more than a body should have to bear. Poor Bruno! I’m sending him healing thoughts and sending you energy, strength and calm. Hang in there!

  • Tiara says:

    You certainly have been dealt a horrible hand lately but I see your sense of humor is still intact. As is your perfume cabinet and thank heavens for those 2 blessings. Hope knowing that there are so many of us keeping you in our thoughts and prayers helps.

  • Nemo says:

    Perhaps having Arwen in charge is a good sign? Elves do have extra special hearing powers, if I remember correctly…all half joking aside, though, I hope they can help Bruno so he can come home soon.

  • TeaInTheGarden says:

    Best of luck to all of you; he’s in excellent hands!

  • malsnano86 says:

    Sending hugs to you and sweet doggy… may all be well.

  • kizzers says:

    So sorry to hear this. It’s just not fair after everything you’ve been through. Wishing Bruno well, my thoughts are with you.

  • Ann says:

    Oh, no, sweetie — so sorry to hear this. You all are in my thoughts and prayers always, but especially now, asking the Lord for quick diagnosis and a speedy recovery. Take comfort that he’s in the best possible hands right now. Sending you big comforting hugs …

  • Poor Bruno! I do hope he will be all right. And you, dear dear dear Musette: you don’t got “nuthin'”, you got some worries. I go crazy when any of my cats are sick or injured, especially because they can’t explain what they are feeling–not in words, anyway, although I could swear they understand what I say to them. Sending virtual hugs, waves of good wishes and healing to you and Bruno right now!

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  • Tena says:

    Prayers and caring from me and my zoo crew to you and yours.

  • poodle says:

    You poor thing! And poor Bruno. I hope they get to the bottom of it and can fix him up quick for you. I feel for you. When it rains it pours it seems. I don’t blame you for having a mini meltdown at the vet. You’ve been through too much lately. A glass of wine? Stick a straw in the darn bottle.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Bruno. *hugs*

  • jilliecat says:

    This is truly awful, But it is so weird that in the middle of the ghastliness we notice things …. similar strange thought processes go through my head when I am at the vet. It’s a bit like an out of the body experience.

    Much love to you and dear Bruno.


  • zazie says:

    Dear Musette, a big hug to you and Bruno – may everything turn out fine!!!!
    I will be thinking of you both.

  • thinkingmagpie says:

    Oh, so sorry Musette… After what you’ve been through… I’ll be praying for Bruno and sending you a big thought hug.
    BTW, you know, I have pointy ears too!

  • SallyM says:

    This is just too horrible. I just feel awful that you have to got through this so soon after Carmine. I’m sending positive thoughts to Bruno and you (and ElO) – hoping for the very best.

  • Undina says:

    Musette, warmest thoughts to you and wishes of health to Bruno.

  • tammy says:

    Well for God’s sweet sake…. enough, already. I can’t take it, I don’t know how YOU are handling it!

    Low platelets can cause broken blood vessels in human eyeballs, so maybe sweet doggie eyes, as well? Thrombo something or other. Has he been gimping around? Joint pain often goes along with it, again, in humans.

    God bless and keep all y’all. I’m thinking some smug sticks may be in order.

  • Sarah says:

    Oh Musette-my Bruno br healed right quick.

  • foxbins says:

    I am keeping you and Bruno in my thoughts, hoping that whatever he has is readily treated so that he can come home soon. So sorry that you are scared again for one of your furry ones.

  • spiker says:


    I’ll be praying for Bruno and you tonight. I just went through a scare with my Emily and it was awful. I hope that Bruno improves and is back home with you and feeling better soon.

  • Elena says:

    Oh no. Thinking of you, and I hope all goes as well at it can.

  • molly l says:

    Oh dear. I can’t think of anything helpful to say except I am sorry and I hope hope hope everything comes out OK. My animals own my heart too.

  • Suzy Q says:

    Oh no. I couldn’t believe what I was reading: this can’t be happening!! I’m sending you hugs, dear Musette. Hugs hugs hugs.

  • Kitty says:

    I am so sorry. It’s so hard when our dogs are not well. I will be thinking of Bruno & you.

  • Sonia says:

    Prayers for Bruno – and for you too.