So…

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 |  SoupNazzi | 

    Well, if this had happened to you in Dallas, TX, I’d be more then happy to invite you into my home or loan you my vehicle. Unfortunately, you aren’t.

  2. #2 |  ktc2 | 

    Wow dude, sorry. That really, really sucks.

    Maybe there’s some agitatortots nearby that can come by and make you family for a while, at least till your cars fixed.

    Otherwise on my occasional holidays alone I rely on Wild Turkey straight up. Not that I can recommend it much.

  3. #3 |  perlhaqr | 

    Yeah, same as above. Next time you break down on Christmas Eve with a dying doggie, make it near Albuquerque, and I’ll come get you.

    As it is, I recommend the application of beer. Being in PA, you should be able to get stuff from both Weyerbacher and Dogfish Head. Personally, I recommend the Blasphemy from Weyerbacher. It’s an oak aged quadruppel, and it’s amazingly delicious. It’s also hard to beat the 90 minute IPA from Dogfish Head.

  4. #4 |  perlhaqr | 

    Oh, and sorry to hear about your dog, dude.

  5. #5 |  Tim Worstall | 

    1) Car busted.
    2) Dog dying.

    You know, I’d be looking around for what the third thing to go wrong will be.

    As with #1 and #3. If it had happened in Portugal would have been delighted to help.

  6. #6 |  Eric | 

    She’s a good dog, Radley. I’m really sorry to hear about her troubles.

  7. #7 |  Kristen | 

    Oh gosh Radley – I’m so sorry.

  8. #8 |  J sub D | 

    My sincerest sympaties go out to you, Radley.

  9. #9 |  Mike Healy | 

    Very sad to hear about Harper.

    And it could be worse – one Thanksgiving I was stranded in Lagrange IN. For four days. At least Breezewood has bars.

    Your car will get fixed and the bad stuff will pass. Chin up!

  10. #10 |  Michael Chaney | 

    At least Lagrange has a theme song. Of course, Breezewood is only one of two places in the US where a stretch of interstate highway isn’t built to standard. Not a lot of consolation in the current circumstance.

    I’d help you if you were near Nashville, Radley, but, then, you wouldn’t need my help :-/

  11. #11 |  Number 6 | 

    That’s absolutely awful, Radley. You have my sympathy, and if I were a religious man, you’d have my prayers. Of course, if you were anywhere near Kansas City, you and your dogs would be more than welcome at my home.

  12. #12 |  COD | 

    I got nothing to offer that will help – except my sympathies for your dog and your current predicament. Maybe the dealer can scrounge up a rental / loaner for you?

  13. #13 |  Dave Krueger | 

    That’s why I’ve always had a backup dog. To comfort me when the primary dog dies. Coming home to an empty house would just be too much.

    When the body that lived at your single will,
    With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!)
    When the spirit that answered your every mood,
    Is gone – wherever it goes – for good,
    You will discover how much you care,
    And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

    – Rudyard Kipling -

  14. #14 |  Lisa K. | 

    Oh, my. Merry Christmas.

    If you were in Maine, you could bring everyone to my house. But I know that does nothelp you now. Just know that we are with you in spirit, and hope you have the name of a really good local vet.

  15. #15 |  Windypundit | 

    Ah, sorry to hear all that. Sorry about your dog, and good luck with the car. Here’s wishing you get home soon. Take care.

  16. #16 |  Dan | 

    Radley, just give the word and I’ll contact my Ham Radio operator friends out in PA and if at all possible, they will find a warm hearth and an extended family for you tonight.

  17. #17 |  Dan | 

    I was going to tell you about Breezewood’s biggest industry (aside from hotels) – prostitution – but I see you’ve already discovered that for yourself. It’s like Bedford Falls without George Bailey.

  18. #18 |  Tom Meyer | 

    Wish I had something substantive to offer. Until then, all my sympathies.

  19. #19 |  Trevor | 

    I am so sorry to hear about your dog. Try calling Enterprise rent a car. They advertise they pick you up, maybe they can send someone. That way you can at least get where you are going for xmas.

  20. #20 |  Trevor | 

    There is an Enterprise in Bedford, PA about 20 miles or so away. (814) 623-2889. They close at 2p today.

  21. #21 |  Radley Balko | 

    …but I see you’ve already discovered that for yourself.

    Er, no. Hope I didn’t give that impression. I was being facetious about the “drug-addicted whore.”

  22. #22 |  Jo3sh | 

    So terribly sorry about your dog, Radley. They love so unconditionally it’s impossible to think of their time ever being up. I’ve hated it intensely when I’ve lost dogs, and I don’t imagine it’s any easier for you.

    All I can suggest is to spend as much time as you can with her so that she will know she is loved. Also, if this is not exclusive, find some other humans and spend some time with them – this time of year, you may find some new friends and build your own Christmas in an unexpected location.

  23. #23 |  Rimfax | 

    You’ve got my dearest sympathies. I lost my best friend, who was also a dog, last year. It is good that you are with her for her last days, and it is bitter consolation that you are not having to arbitrarily choose what her last year will be though you will probably face the choice of her last day.

    Loss of a dog offers little closure, since they can’t talk, so plan on mourning her for a few minutes every day for at least a month and a half to help you. I recommend using a candle or some other ritual token to help you observe that time. I’m serious about this. It helps.

  24. #24 |  Nipplemancer | 

    Radley – sorry about Harper. Cherish the remaining time you have with her. I had to put my dog down last year after his kidney’s failed. That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I cried like a little girl. Hell, I’m getting a little teary now just thinking about your ordeal. Good luck friend, i hope you get to your family soon. As noted by others, if you were near me in Jersey, i’d gladly lend a hand.

  25. #25 |  Tokin42 | 

    #13 Dave, I know the feeling. My spouse and I had been looking for another dog when my female was diagnosed with bone cancer, she didn’t make it a week. The day after she died I got an email from a rescue down south wanting to know if I was interested in a pup. I couldn’t stand coming home w/o a dog to greet me so I picked it up that day.

    Radley, that sucks ass. I live in Indianapolis if you need someone to come get you and take you to G’field I’d be happy to do it. You have my email and it comes straight to my phone. I checked and you’re about 7hrs away.

  26. #26 |  Robert | 

    I’m sorry to hear about your dog. I assume that nothing can be done. When my dog died of antifreeze posioning, it was quite a loss. If a stray cat had not shown up on the exact same day, begging for food (and happy to get alpo dog food) I probably would have been even more depressed. The cat is still with me (but doesn’t eat dog food anymore). Hope things get better quickly.

  27. #27 |  Gibbles T. Chimp | 

    I’m sorry to hear about your woes on this holiday.
    Losing a dear friend is never easy, but being stuck alone in a motel on top of that? Wow.
    My sincere wishes that your trip improves.

    Best wishes from Chicagoland,
    Gibbles T. Chimp

  28. #28 |  MattinCincy | 

    So sorry to hear this Radley. At least Harper had the opportunity to have a loving owner, and a great life. I’d come and get you as well but it’s just too far away considering everything else going on tonight.

    Best wishes and Merry Christmas.

    Matt in Cincy

  29. #29 |  K. Larson | 

    My condolences, Radley. Losing a dog is always a tragedy.

  30. #30 |  Gospazha | 

    Ditto to all of the above. Had this happened in Seattle, I’d be happy to make sure you got where you needed to go.

    So sorry about Harper. If only we could get the “losing” out of the way first with pets.

  31. #31 |  Nicholas weininger | 

    Terribly sorry to hear it. A dear friend of mine lost a beloved dog recently; it’s a tough thing, I know. Sorry I am not in driving range to help, and I hope all works out well with rental cars and mechanics and such.

  32. #32 |  James F | 

    My deepest condolences mate.

  33. #33 |  pegr | 

    Radley,

    Perhaps it would be helpful to indicate where you intend to go. Back to DC I presume? I would be glad to help, but you’re just too far from me, I’m afraid.

    Good luck, my friend.

  34. #34 |  Jerri Lynn Ward | 

    Radley,

    I am so sorry about your dog and predicament. My yellow lab died 2 weeks ago and I know how you feel. I found out that she had cancer the day she died, so I had little time to focus on her. The only upside to this stranding is that you can cuddle and love on Harper as you wait. You are spending time with her while she LIVES, rather than just watching her die.

  35. #35 |  Matt D | 

    Man that sucks. My last dog died years ago, sometime around my freshman year of high school or just before. Got back from a vacation in Hawaii and had to put her down within a couple days as her kidneys had given out at the kennel. I’m like 28 now and it’s still kind of a challenge not to cry when thinking about it.

    I’d say that I hope things work out for you but I’m not sure that sentiment is really applicable here. A good life is about all any of us can hope for, though, so I do hope you can find some comfort in having given her that. Merry Christmas, eh?

  36. #36 |  Cappy | 

    Sorry to read about the fates twined. My condolences and sympathies.

    Radley, you ever break down in my neck of woods, just drop the line, I’ll be there with tools in hand.

  37. #37 |  history guy | 

    Go for the Enterprise and get out of the motel. We’ve rescued Great Danes for 25 years. They don’t live long, so I know how you feel.
    When you get where you need to be, a good bourbon is in order.

  38. #38 |  Sky | 

    Radley, Yesterday you wrote “Saddest Christmas story you’ll read about today”. Well, I think you’ve topped that one!!

    And….you’ve made me cry!

  39. #39 |  MTB | 

    I’ll be driving through Breezewood Sat or Sun (probably Sat) to Alexandria, if you’re still stranded let me know and I can pick you up.

  40. #40 |  the friendly grizzly | 

    “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.”

    Or the average “kuntreh” “sawng”.

    VERY sorry to hear of the dog. My heart is out to you both.

  41. #41 |  billy-jay | 

    FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-

  42. #42 |  Brendan | 

    I’m in Pittsburgh, if I can be of any assistance let me know.

  43. #43 |  Jon | 

    So sorry to hear about that, Radley. Hopefully, you will find a solution… and find some joy and peace for you and your pups.

  44. #44 |  BMB | 

    Other than the dog dying, I got a real sense of deja vu from this. Knowing that glitches in the matrix are extremely rare, I would suggest making parallel travel plans from now on:

    http://www.theagitator.com/2007/06/24/welcome-to-st-clairsville/

  45. #45 |  Bee | 

    I’m so sorry, Radley. I’m sure that lots of readers, including me, are wishing they were close enough to help.

  46. #46 |  Scared Stiff | 

    Breezewood… the world’s biggest town of population zero! I was actually stranded along I-70 in Ohio on Christmas day once when I was a kid… I joked at the time that we’d have to eat roadkill, since nothing was open. We ended up eating stale sandwiches from 7-11. After reading your story, I realize, man, coulda been much worse. Sorry to hear you’re having such a rough time of it.

  47. #47 |  AJs | 

    Radley – We lost our dog in May to cancer, for people who are not dog-owners, it is really hard to understand that it is just like losing any other member of your family. They really are part of your family. You have my deepest sympathies – your love of dogs is clear and she clearly has had a wonderful life with you.

  48. #48 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    You’re not still driving that Saab, are ya? BMB is right, I saw that cat twice..

    My heart goes out to poor Harper. :(

    Hang in there, Radley.

  49. #49 |  Radley Balko | 

    I think the parallel lesson in the stories is that I need a new car.

  50. #50 |  Chance | 

    My sympathies as well, and sorry we couldn’t be of assistance. At least you can be with her at this time, cruel comfort though it is. I’ve lost pets while on the road, that sucks when you can’t be there.

  51. #51 |  Tom G | 

    Radley, I’m up in the Albany area, so I can’t do much besides offer sympathy. Hope your New Years turns out better than Christmas Eve seems to be. This past year we lost 2 cats and our first dog…very upsetting to both of us. We have 2 dogs now, a giant schnauzer and a lhasa apso, both of whom turned me into a dog lover after never grown up with any.

  52. #52 |  Disneychick | 

    I can do nothing for you but send good thoughts your way. I’m so sorry to learn about Harper’s illness. Take care of yourself.

  53. #53 |  Tom G | 

    read that as “never having grown up with any.”

  54. #54 |  Windy | 

    I am so sorry to hear about Harper’s impending death. I empathize with you, I understand what such a diagnosis of a beloved animal companion does to one because I’ve been through it myself. May the end be peaceful and pain free, and may your sorrow quickly evolve into happy memories.

  55. #55 |  Jacob Grier | 

    Sad to hear about Harper, Radley. She’s a great dog.

  56. #56 |  Devin McCullen | 

    Very sorry to hear about your dog. Hope you get the car and the rest of your travels are uneventful.

  57. #57 |  Brent Allen | 

    Breezewood? At least there are plenty of convience stores/truck stops around. Sorry about Harper. I nearly lost one of my dogs in an accident a month ago, and it’s not easy to take however it comes.

  58. #58 |  Pam in Taos | 

    I’m sorry that a member of your family(Harper) is ill. All of us pet owners share your pain.

  59. #59 |  Brent Allen | 

    #5
    1) Car busted.
    2) Dog dying.

    You know, I’d be looking around for what the third thing to go wrong will be.

    On the positive side, Radley will have the makings of solid country song lyrics when he recovers.

  60. #60 |  David | 

    Man. That sucks.

    Good luck. I hope her passing is comfortable.

  61. #61 |  Psion | 

    I’m so sorry about your dog, Radley. The car’s a pain-in-the-ass, but can be fixed or replaced. Good luck getting where you’re going.

  62. #62 |  ORourke | 

    I’m having your hangover for you, but somebody else is going to have to pick up the responsibility for the rest of the script. If you were anywhere close to sunny Southern Cali I’d invite you to have a headache of your own, as I have four gallons of homebrew on the kitchen table that I need to bottle in the next couple of days. I also have the tag ends of a killer mead around here some place, but I don’t recommend driving for a couple of days after imbibing.

    I am truly, down-to-my-toes sorry to hear about Harper. Like so many here I have had to deal with the loss of a furry family member. It’s difficult to have to settle for typing out mere words of comfort when what I really want is the ability to give you a working vehicle and a healthy Harper. Damn this lack of Godlike powers (on the other hand, given my social/political proclivities, it’s probably just as well.)

  63. #63 |  Scott | 

    Very sorry to hear that Radley. Merry Christmas to you and yours anyways. I also know what it’s like to lose a pet, so my heart goes out to you. I hope you get home safely.

  64. #64 |  BamBam | 

    This helped me when my wife and I had to end the life of our yellow Lab Zinger 2 years ago (holding his paw while his life ended broke my soul) …

    A Dog’s purpose – from a 4 year old

    A vet was called to examine a family’s dog. He found the dog was dying of cancer, and told the family that nothing could be done, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

    As arrangements were made, the parents told the vet they thought it would be good for their four-year-old son to observe the procedure. They felt as though their son might learn something from the experience.

    The vet felt the familiar catch in his throat as the family surrounded the dog. Their son seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that his parents wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, the dog slipped peacefully away. The little boy seemed to accept his dog’s transition without any difficulty or confusion.

    The family sat together for a while after their dog’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

    Their four-year-old son, who had been listening quietly, piped up, “I know why.”

    What came out of his mouth next stunned everyone. A more comforting explanation has never been heard.

    The boy said, “People are born so they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?” The four-year-old continued, “Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have to stay as long.”

  65. #65 |  Muffy | 

    Radley, I almost lost my cat this week – got him to the vet on time to have surgery. It’s a sucky time of year to have to deal with your pets being ill.

    I think George Carlin said that while dogs don’t live as long as people, at least you get to have a whole assortment over your lifetime. Makes life more interesting.

    Try to have a merry Christmas anyway!

  66. #66 |  db | 

    Radley,
    My sympathies to you. I hope you get home safely and can make her comfortable until her time comes.

  67. #67 |  max | 

    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.

    I think the entire nation is stuck in a Coen Bros. comedy about a guy that makes snuff porn.

    I’m really sorry your Xmas has sucked like this. I commiserate with you, sir.

    max
    [‘I will cross my fingers for spontaneous remission.’]

  68. #68 |  Claire | 

    It’s hard to think of much worse. I can only add to the sorries.

    Good friends of mine lost their five-year-old pup to a very aggressive nasal tumor. He was just turning into a real, great dog — and then … gone in a week or two. We just lost two dogs in our own extended family within the last three months, also. So I know how it breaks your heart.

    And I know how much you love those dogs. They always look great together in your dog-blogging pix, too.

    Next year. It’s bound to be better.

  69. #69 |  Ex-Long Island | 

    Sorry to hear that about Harper. I’ve enjoyed watching her grow up here on The Agitator.

  70. #70 |  Leah | 

    I am so sorry to hear about Harper. I’m glad you finally were able to get back on the road – I hope she has a wonderful last couple weeks with you.

  71. #71 |  Cappy | 

    For Harper, may I recommend she gets to eat whatever she wants? When one of my dogs died (I killed him before it got too bad) from cancer, he ate Burger King and had steak every single day for a week and a half.

  72. #72 |  claude | 

    :*( Harper

    (get a second opinion)

  73. #73 |  David in Balt | 

    Sorry to hear about all this. I would say I would have been more then happy to come get you but my fiancée has our car down in Carrol county. If your still stuck there in a few hours, you have my email, so shoot me a message and I can probably get you.

  74. #74 |  Rob Robertson | 

    Thoughts and prayers are with you, Radley. I’m off to be with family and friends soon, and I’ll raise a toast to you and those you love.

    Merry Christmas, and thank you for everything you’ve done. When I think of the heroic people during these troubling times, you’re at the top of my list.

  75. #75 |  Angie | 

    So sorry to hear bout the bad luck and especially bout your dog.

  76. #76 |  Andrew Williams | 

    :hugs: to you and Harper. Esp. Harper. : (

  77. #77 |  Lorraine Sumrall | 

    So sorry to hear about Harper. I had no idea she was sick. Makes me want to cry.

  78. #78 |  dmoynihan | 

    That sucks, man.

    Glad you’re getting out of Breezewood, at least.

  79. #79 |  kinyah | 

    update for concerned agitators ?

    hope all is well. you are in my prayers.

  80. #80 |  Blanks | 

    Very sorry to hear about Harper, man.

  81. #81 |  Freedonian | 

    I am sorry to hear about your troubles, Radley…I wish that you were down here around Jackson, we could take a trip to Starkville, they have one of the best veterinary schools/clinics in the country at Mississippi State. My best wishes to Harper!

  82. #82 |  TJIC | 

    So sorry about the dog.

    I lost one last year to the same disease. I had four months warning, and cried many times during those final four months.

    Losing a dog is a terrible thing, with only one upside: there’s another dog, somewhere, out there, that needs a home, and it will soon live with you, and bring joy to every day.

    Best of luck to you in this time of pain.

  83. #83 |  Saint Zero | 

    Losing a dog is one of the worst things you can endure. Cars can be fixed or replaced.

  84. #84 |  Frank | 

    Sorry about Harper and your car. Breezewood is not exactly my choice of locations for Christmas Eve. Neither is Albany NY.

    But thanks to MARC for deciding that no one needed the last train to Martinsburg WV at 7:35, forcing me to try for the 5:35 train. Or even for the 6:00 train to Brunswick MD.

    And thanks to AMTRAK for making train 83 half an hour late into Penn station NYC. Thank god I didn’t get on that train, or I would be spending Christmas Eve and Christmas sleeping in Union Station DC. Assuming I could get a seat on the 4:00 to Chicago stopping at the aforementioned Martinsburg WV. Actual arrival of AMTRAK train 83 was 6:20.

    Merry F-ing Christmas to all the government transit employees that decided they didn’t have to work today.

    To err is human. To really screw things up requires a government agency.

  85. #85 |  Kevin | 

    Radley,

    I don’t know what to say other than I feel your pain. Shower Harper with love and appreciate this chance to really get to say goodbye. That’s the only bright spot I can see – when ones you love die unexpectedly, you don’t get to say goodbye and show them how much you love them first.

  86. #86 |  Ilya Somin | 

    Radley,

    I am very sorry that you had to go through this, and even more sorry for the loss of your dog.

    I hope you have as happy a holiday season as is possible under the circumstances.

  87. #87 |  otto e mezzo | 

    “Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” -Mark Twain

  88. #88 |  D Van Dekar | 

    I’m very sorry to hear about Harper, brother. Stay strong.

    Thanks for the awesome work you’ve done this year, too.

  89. #89 |  Carlyle Moulton | 

    Sorry to hear about Harper. At least she has had a good life. Dogs make such good friends but their lives are so short, about 12 or 13 years although I know of a couple that lived to 19.

    When a dog dies it is not like losing a member of one’s family, it is losing a member of the family.

  90. #90 |  Lucy | 

    Sorry you had a rough Christmas Eve, and even sorrier about your dog. That’s always very hard, and you clearly love both yours very much. I hope you have an okay rest of the holiday as best you can.

  91. #91 |  Mike H | 

    You do so much for people – most of whom you’ve never even met. Aw, Radley…you deserved better on Christmas Eve.

  92. #92 |  Andrew S. | 

    Sorry to hear about your dog, and your day. Hopefully your Christmas Day goes better.

    Merry XMas, Radley. Thanks for everything you do.

  93. #93 |  Marty | 

    we think of you as a friend- I wish we could help bear some of the burden.

    I hope you find comfort in your family and friends and Harper doesn’t suffer.

  94. #94 |  john | 

    So terribly sorry about your dog, Radley. all the dog lovers here know what you’re going thru.

  95. #95 |  FIREhat | 

    I’m awfully sorry to hear about your pup but glad you got back on the road. I hope your Christmas gets better.

  96. #96 |  Chris B. | 

    Sorry to hear about your sad news. Not the best holiday you’ve ever had I imagine. Please accept my condolences.

  97. #97 |  v | 

    Hey Radley. Hope things are better now that you’re in Indie. Sorry about Harper. Your travails did make me want to read Raymond Chandler though.

  98. #98 |  MattH | 

    Not sure what your status is now, but I wish you the best holiday you can make of it.

  99. #99 |  Fritz | 

    I hope you had a good Christmas day back in your hometown. So sorry to hear about Harper. My dog died on Christmas day when I was nine, which made me hate Christmas for a long time. I hope you can make the best of your holidays and get lots of snuggle time with Harper.

  100. #100 |  Chris | 

    Sorry to hear about your dog Radley.

  101. #101 |  Baylen | 

    So sorry to hear about Harper.

  102. #102 |  Charles | 

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

  103. #103 |  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!

  104. #104 |  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.

  105. #105 |  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.

  106. #106 |  Nicola | 

    I’m so sorry about your dog.

  107. #107 |  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 […]

  108. #108 |  mishu | 

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

  109. #109 |  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.

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