TGIF: My Senior Dog

Most of my thoughts this week are on my pup, Amber. We rescued her 9 years ago, when she was found wandering around with a partially-healed broken leg. At 3.5 years old, she was already a sweetie that wanted nothing more than to be around people.

She's our old lady now, grumpy at time, but still a laid-back people lover. But over the last few weeks, she's been walking around three-legged. We knew she had arthritis, but now it seems she has torn (shredded as the vet said) most the ligaments in her left rear knee. 

Unfortunately, the corrective surgery just isn't feasible. And I hate, hate, hate that. The vet assured me that many owners with senior dogs have made the same decision to not elect for the surgery, including her own parents, but I still hate we are now at the point in her life when we are measuring her quality of life. I'm so not ready.

On my nightstand

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

This is Where You Belong: Finding Home Wherever You Are by Melody Warnick

What I read this week

Did you hit 40 and wonder why life seems not so great? Don't worry, for most people feel better by 50

Confused by all the nutrition? Here's all you need to know

The racism of US gun control laws and law enforcement

Is it possible to create a society based on gender equality?

Favorite podcasts of the week

My Effing First Amendment by This American Life