The vet just called. Izzie is complaining about being caged. When they let her out to walk and pee and such, her tail wags and wags. She wants to be around people. In the cage "she vocalizes." I assume that means she's either whimpering or barking. Probably both and she's very likely pawing the bottom of the cage. The vet said she would be better off at home since she's walking pretty well. They will give me instructions on her care.
Instead of going to church, I'm going to go get her, even though I love the First Sunday of Advent. I finished Morning Prayer an hour ago, so that will have to do.
UPDATE: Sunday evening. Well she's home. I had to wait a bit to pick her up. I have no idea what they were doing. The vet tech told me they had separated Izzie out from the other dogs and that she was quite a character. She just needs to be around people. I was shown how to do physical therapy with her. We tried it out at the hospital and Izzie was less than cooperative. Mainly it's massaging her back and back legs and working her legs four times a day. She has two medicines she has to take. One is prednisone and the other an antibiotic. You should see her. She has a rectangular bald patch on her back with seven staples in the middle. I just took this picture of her battle scar. You will have to click on it to see it in its full g(l)ory.
We took a little nap after we got home and now she's resting after a bit of food. She won't let me out of her sight. Her activities are supposed to be restricted, but mine are too. She's worth it. Right now she's resting on the floor at my feet.
When I was ordained in 2000, my son joked "my mother is a father." So the name. I worked as a scientist for over 30 years, first in Boston, then LA, San Francisco area, Denver, D.C, Vienna and back to San Fran. Good training for an interim who has served in Eastern Michigan, Wyoming, California and now Maine.
Isabelle, the little white dog, better known as Izzie has her own blog now.
Rob Voyle has been instrumental in my work as an interim. I highly recommend Appreciative Inquiry as a way of looking at life in a parish, or for life in general.
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Science and Religion
"Yet its [science] enthralling account is not sufficient by itself to quench our thirst for understanding, for science describes only one dimension of the many-layered reality within which we live, restricting itself to the impersonal and general, and bracketing out the personal and unique." In the preface to "Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion" by John Polkinghorne
Icon of Our Lady of Vladimir
wrote this icon under the direction of Alekandr Kharon. It sits in the Lady Chapel of All Saints, San Francisco
New things happen in regimes that we have learned to identify as being 'at the edge of chaos.' Too far on the orderly side of that frontier and things are too rigid for there to be more than a shuffling rearrangement of already existing entities. Too far on the disorderly side and things are too haphazard for any novelties to persist.
John Polkinghorne, Exploring Reality: The Intertwining of Science and Religion.
wrote this also under the direction of Aleksandr Kharon. Given to Bp. William Swing, California at his last visit to All Saints'