Monday, March 09, 2009


Herbie's not great. I think I've discovered CV247 too late. I think "just too late" are the saddest words in the English language (a novelist friend, asked the same question, said "posthumous acclaim". It's the same thing). He's become more plodding, and reluctant to walk downhill, because that means on the way back, he'll have to go uphill. He's still eating, and yesterday evening he was happy that I'd come upstairs to bed, and was rolling on his back, waving his legs in the air (aka roaching). Even so, he's somehow fading.

We'll carry on with the CV247, since it's not supposed to have any side-effects (I tasted it though, it tastes oddly metallic). It's the first time I've tested one of his medicines, but it has been used on humans, and is meant to be safe.

The only spot of light relief has been my father, who kindly offered to fetch a variety of tins of catfood from the supermarket, for my sister's already fussy Maine Coon cat. He announced that he'd got one of everything, even the supermarket's own "Guts in Gravy".

My sister, who is very protective of her cat, rushed off to inspect the tin, while I thought, "That's remarkably honest of them". She came back and said "Were you wearing your glasses?" "No".
"It says 'Cuts in Gravy'. " But it's too late, the damage has been done. Tinned pet food is now known in our family as guts in gravy.


Linda Seid Frembes said...

There are plenty of us "out here" who are pulling for Herbie. You and he are in my thoughts. I am sending you love, hugs and strength from across the pond!

And guts in gravy... I love it.

Aoj and The Hounds said...

Keeping Herbie in my thoughts. {{hugs}} for you all

Ari_1965 said...

I think "Guts in Gravy" would make a good band name.

I'm sorry about Herbie.

Lesley Rigby said...

I ended up laughing so much at your "Guts in gravy".
Herbie - I just feel so very, very sad. He deserves all the love in the world and I am sure he will get it. Wouldn't it be lovely if we could all stroke him and love him?

Anonymous said...

Oh Herbie, we are all pulling for you here in Seattle, hoping this is just another bump in the road as you go on your way toward getting better with these new meds. We haven't lost hope yet!

Bridget, Ben and I are sending you lots of hugs and love!

P.S. I nearly fell off my chair laughing at your "Guts in Gravy"! I can only imaging the advertising campaign on that one!!!

Take care.

Graham, Prince & Tilly said...

Bugger. Sorry to hear that Herbie's having a particularly rough patch. He's suprised us all before with his resilience, so let's hope he does it again. We're all thinking about you.

G, P & T xxx