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Getting back to Tuesday…

Bodhi and I got to the dog park about 6:10 pm. Bodhi found a playmate right away – a 7 month old English Bulldog. Have you seen these dogs?

Cute, right? But even at 7 months, this is a stocky dog, not a runner. The one we met had the old “bowling ball” approach to life – roll in to whatever is in your way and knock it down. He didn’t dash or race about, he meandered.

Bodhi spent most of his time following that dog around. He also attempted to drink all the water anyone poured into any bowl – something that he normally does at the dog park. His behavior did not seem abnormal in anyway at that time.

After about an hour, I decided it was time to go. As I was getting ready to go I stopped to talk to a friend, and Bodhi lay down. This was somewhat unusual, but not completely. I mean, I knew he was tired.

We headed for home at a slow rate – a mere 4 miles an hour. Bodhi was not in any hurry, and neither was I. As we got about a mile from home, I heard one of Bodhi’s feet drag the ground. This was not normal either, and I slowed and stopped. I looked at Bodhi and walked the bike forward a few steps to see if he was limping. He did not appear to be limping, so I biked another few feet when I heard the dragging sound again. I stopped again. This time, Bodhi looked wobbly to me. He sat and then lay down, pretty fast. I mean, he flopped over, panting. Now I was worried.

After a minute or two, I sat down beside him. He wasn’t going anywhere. Of course I wasn’t carrying a phone, and besides, no one was home at my house – my roomie was out of town. I decided to wait.


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