Thursday, December 24th, 2009

….sort of a long story, but I’m currently stranded in Breezewood, Pennsylvania. My car broke down on the Interstate last night. No rental cars in town. My car was towed to a dealer in Frederick about an hour away. Any ideas?

Oh yeah, I have the two dogs with me. And one of them is dying. Harper was diagnosed with a nasal tumor yesterday. She probably has about a week or two left. She’s not doing well.

So yeah. Christmas Eve. And I’m stuck in a cheap roadside motel room watching my dog die. Add a drug-addicted whore and a hangover and I’ve got the opening scene to a Bukowski novel. A really bad one.

MORE: The Enterprise branch in Bedford had a last-minute cancellation. So I should be getting a car shortly.

MORE II: Finally arrived in Indiana. I was able to get a script for some steroids for Harper, which won’t help with the tumor, but seems to have already helped with the inflammation–and with her mood. Hopefully she’ll sleep, now. She hasn’t slept for a few days. I, on the other hand, have had some bourbon. After the last 48 hours I’ve had, that will definitely help me sleep.

Thanks for all the kind wishes, offers to help, and sweet emails about your own dogs, Agitatortots. Y’all are great. Have a terrific holiday.

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109 Responses to “So…”

  1. #1 |  Baylen | 

    So sorry to hear about Harper.

  2. #2 |  Charles | 

    Terribly sorry to here about Harper, and may her last days be painless ones.

  3. #3 |  anne | 

    Looks like you are in the company of loving family and friends by now, but I send my sympathies for Harper, and to a much lesser extent (of course) the loss of your wheels as well. Glad you posted about your situation – it makes it much easier to bear such a lousy cirsumstances when you know folks out there care for you – and we do! Keep up the great work you do in 2010!

  4. #4 |  Sky | 

    #81 “we could take a trip to Starkville, they have one of the best veterinary schools/clinics in the country at Mississippi State.”

    I am the biggest softie in the world for animals and can’t stand to see them hurt or suffering but I can’t help but think how sad it is that the best thing to come out of Mississippi is a great veterinary school yet, there is so little regard for human life. (i.e.) Cory May and others like him because of folks like Hayne and West who practice bogus science.

  5. #5 |  Bronwyn | 

    I came late to the news, Radley. I’m sorry about Harper. She knows you love her, and I hope that helps smooth her way.

  6. #6 |  Nicola | 

    I’m so sorry about your dog.

  7. #7 |  Instapundit » Blog Archive » Here’s today’s photo of the day, taken in Breezewood, Pennsylvania last December. I don’t recommend … | 

    […] photo of the day, taken in Breezewood, Pennsylvania last December. I don’t recommend getting stranded in […]

  8. #8 |  mishu | 

    I’m so sorry about Harper. I hope her last days are in comfort.

  9. #9 |  Astro | 

    Just curious as to why this was posted on Instapundit on May 20, when the original was from Dec. 24 or last year. An update would have been helpful. Perhaps Harper lasted longer than 2 weeks, and finally passed away? Sad in any event.
    Why, too, was that odd, awful photo the ‘photo of the day’?

    Reply to #9: Breezewood has bars? Last time I was there, a few years ago, I was told the county was dry. The restaurants there are all crappy because they can’t sell booze; not even beer.