Monday Musings ~ November 21, 2023

Greetings, mates. Norman here. Welcome to Monday of Thanksgiving week in the US. Remember us? We apologize for being absent for so long. Mum decided to get sick with COVID so I’ve been busy making lots of hospital rounds to make sure she gets well. She finally turned the corner under my and Elsa’s special care though she’s still very tired most of the time and it will likely take some time for her to get back to full strength. At least she no longer sounds like a barking seal coughing so there is that in the plus column.

Here I am this morning during one of my many daily rounds, taking her vital signs.

Norman
“Ah, let’s see, while your blood pressure looks good…just remember I haven’t released you for work yet, Mum. You need to go back to bed and continue to rest. Dogtor’s orders!”

May I just say, we’ve missed you all and hope to start visiting  all of your blogs and hope you’ll be patient as we catch up. Any comments will likely be small, but our Thanksgiving week wishes will be huge as you celebrate the howl-iday with your friends and family. We’re so grateful for you all.

As you can see Mum finally opened her computer, and lo and behold, she found out I’m the Pet Therapy Dog of the Month at Lutheran. Too bad we won’t be able to visit my hospital friends this month until Mum is cleared to go back to work. I was so hoping I’d be able to hear all their congratulations but hopefully they’ll still be glad to see me the next time we go back to visit. As this is my first time being honored, I’m quite chuffed.

Norman

And lastly, in other news, we’re pausing for a moment of respect to honor Mexico’s beloved search and rescue dog, Frida, the Golden Lab, who recently passed away. Frida worked earthquakes and natural disasters in Mexico, Haiti and Ecuador. You may recall hearing about her brave rescue work during the Mexico City earthquake in 2017. You can read a bit about her amazing rescue work here. We’re sure our beloved Sam greeted her at the gates of the Rainbow Bridge with a furiously wagging tail, welcoming this amazing dog whose work brought respect to dogs throughout Mexico. Well done, Frida. Good girl.

With that, we wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday week.

Live, love, bark! 🐾

81 thoughts on “Monday Musings ~ November 21, 2023

    1. Thank you. He’s providing me the very best care and I’m feeling better because of it.

    1. Many thanks. They’re both providing the very best healthcare and making me feel better with each day.

  1. Just now able to catch up a little while the Zs play here in the kitchen. Hope the COVID is pretty much gone by now and that you’re much better! Congrats Norman on your Therapy Dog of the Month! I say you should get it for the year, too!

    1. You’re too kind on the therapy dog of the month. It made me smile but I’m just a teeny bit biased. 🤣

      Getting better with each day. Boy that virus is a real bugger!

  2. Concatulations sweet Norman! We love your smile😸Glad you’re feeling better, Monika. Here come some Healing Pawkisses just for you to feel your old…eh young self again soon🐾😽💞

    1. Many thanks for the healing Pawkisses. We’ll take any kind of help to get over this virus.

  3. Glad you are feeling better! Hope you get Back to tip top shape fast.
    It’s been a rough year, hasn’t it? Rough couple of years, actually.

  4. Rest In Peece deer Frida Poochie! You were so wunderfull <3 <3
    Miss Monika wee are so furry sorry you cott nasty Covid!
    Pleese rest alot an let Dogtur Norman an Ninja Elsa take care of you!
    Concatulations Sweet Norman on yore Award!! PAWTASTICK!!!!!
    Wee send POTP an purrayerss an healin vibess to you Miss Monika!
    **nose bopss** an **paw kissess** BellaDharma an {{{huggiess}}} an <3 BellaSita Mum

    1. Thank you for your kind message of comfort. Mum is in good paws as she recovers. Hugs and tail wags from us all. 💙

    1. Thank you. Being sick is bad enough, but getting COVID is truly awful. Hope you and yours have a great Thanksgiving.

  5. Lulu: “Oh no! We’re sorry to hear about your mom, Norman! We’re glad she has you and Elsa to give her top-notch care!”
    Java Bean: “Ayyy, as a dog from Mexico myself, I am sorry to hear that Frida has crossed the Rainbow Bridge. ¡Corre gratis, Frida!”

    1. Thanks, Lulu. We hope you, Java Bean, the Hipsters and your ‘pawrents’ have a furbulous Thanksgiving.

    1. Many thanks for the kind thoughts. We appreciate it. Hope you and Chester have a ‘wagnificent’ Thanksgiving.

  6. Congratulations, Norman! And I have to say that you are very photogenic. Sorry your Mum has COVID. Hopefully she’ll have more energy soon.

    1. Thank you. Yeah, it’s been a couple of miserable weeks but we’re hoping she’s on the way to getting over it soon. Have a terrific Thanksgiving.

  7. You take care of yourself, Monika! Norman, you and the Ninja make sure she does, okay?
    Sending lots and lots of love and healing vibes from Montreal.
    And much respect to that brave Friday. May she rest in peace after all her heroic work.
    Hugs and kisses!

    1. Thanks for those healing vibes. Our Mum can use them and we’ll be sure to pass them along.

  8. Norman, you’re a good dogtor and a good reporter.
    Monika, just last night, when I had recovered enough from a wicked cold to actually think, I realized I hadn’t seen any emails saying you had a new post out, and thought I’d lost my “follow.” This is worse! All I can say is you have made me grateful I just had a knock me into bed for 3 days cold, and not COVID! I’m glad you’re starting to feel better. Wish I was closer and cold help out. Oh wait, we’d probably make each other sick! Your friend, Amy

    1. Your too kind, Miss Amy. These bugs floating around are doggone dreadful. Glad yours was not the COVID. It’s beastly unpleasant. I’m fortunate to have such excellent Dogtors to make me feel better.

      Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Oh no your poor Mom!! Hoping she is MUCH better now!! I had it in April and it sucks!!!!!! Norman congratulations on being therapy dog of the month!! You have to be soooo proud!! Tell Mom to please feel better soon!!! xoxo

    1. Thank you Caren. Yes, it’s doggone miserable to get sick especially this time of year. We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  10. Norman congratulations on that fabulous honor! You SOOOOOO deserve it too. We’re so sorry that your Mom got Covid but we know you have been the best possible nurse and “Cheer-upper” she could have. We read about sweet Frida – what a wonder dog she was…..special and amazing. But then SO ARE YOU NORMIE!

    Hugs, Teddy and Mom Pam

    1. Thanks to both you and your sweet Mum. I’m doing my best to get Mum better. Must say she can be a difficult patient at times. 😉 Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. Congratulations, N. What an honor. And congratulations to your mom, too on turning the corner and getting herself better. You seem to have a great bedside manner when checking your patient’s vitals. #fluffyinsteadofscary

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

    1. Thanks, Cupcake. I have a good bedside manner that probably helped Mum on her road to recovery. We hope you and your Mum have a wagnificent Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks Frank. It’s gonna be a while before she’s beer ready but I’ll let her know when she can resume that kind of hydration. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  12. We are happy that your Mom has turned the corner and is feeling better. It is a lit of work for us when our Peeps get sick! And we KNOW that you are the bestest cartakers ever! Norman, concatulations on being the therapy dog of the month! You guys do such great work. When our Dad was in the hospital he loved the therapy dog visits. He really missed us (and Cinnamon). We are ourraying your Peep is fully recovered soon! Purrs Marv

    1. Boy you know it! Thanks, I’ll let Mum know you sent good wishes. We hope you all have a super Thanksgiving.

  13. Monika, I hope you feel 100% as soon as possible. I know you are in good hands with the Ranch hands. A salute to Norman for his honor, and to Frida for her service. Have a safe, enjoyable, and healthy Thanksgiving week!

  14. I’m sorry mom got sick, but I’m glad mom is on the mend. I know you two are taking good care of her. Good for you.

    Way to go, Norman. Being the pet therapy dog of the month is a huge deal.

    I linked this post to Awww Mondays.

    Have a fabulous day and week. Scritches to the pups, a smooch to Norman and healing hugs to mom. ♥

    1. Thank you, Sandee. We’re both taking good care of Mum. We just wish she’d rest more. 😉 Happy Thanksgiving.

  15. omd, I had no idea! It’s so virulent and prevalent. You’re the lesson for people of just how contagious it is and dangerous.
    Still. even though everyone wants to believe it’s gone, it’s not.
    Take time to rest lots while fighting it off….

    1. People need to understand the latest strain is definitely around (and likely increasing). It’s weird because Mum is religious about mask wearing but have have not washed her hands as much. Sigh. Hope you, Drew and Milo have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thanks, sadly number of cases continue to go up. I think this is going to be a rough winter between COVID, flu and RSV. Stay safe and have a happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank you, Millie and Walter. It’s times like these where we truly realize how lucky we are to have such great friends. Happy Thanksgiving.

  16. The like is for Norman’s award, not for Covid! Glad you are on the road to recovery. Fortunately you have a great care team in the ranch hands. Take care, get well, and have a cough free and healthy Thanksgiving.

    1. Thank you; she’d been so careful and coming down with the ‘Rona was a surprise to say the least.

  17. Oh Monika I promise that I didn’t mean to send you my Covid germs! So sorry you got hit with Covid, but glad you turned the corner. Take Care lady and Get Well! Rest, though you get tired of resting, I know! (((Hugs))) to you and belly rubs to Norm and Elsa. Congrats Norm on being Pet Therapy Dog of the month, that is Awesome!! ❤

    1. Thank you, Carolyn. It’s ironic how we both caught it at around the same time from different parts of the country proving it’s everywhere. Still. Sigh. We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🦃

  18. So sorry Covid got you. I hope you recover as quickly as possible. Glad you’ve got pet therapy right there at home to help you get through. Sending our best Thanksgiving wishes to you, Marley, the pups and the kitties.

    1. Thank you, Debra. Yes, Mum is getting the best therapy care possible and I’ll make sure she gets the necessary rest, even if I have to lay on her. 😉

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