My Old Friend Duke is Having a Very Bad Day

My Old Friend

My old friend Duke is having a very a rough day. He collapsed and couldn’t get up this morning. I rushed him to the veterinarian. His red blood cell count is 18% of normal. The vet referred him to a specialist who believes the problem is neurological. Duke is spending the night at the animal hospital and in the morning is going to have a CT/CAT scan. The link above is to a song I wrote in his honor a few years ago.Β Actually, I wrote the lyric. Kevin Harris wrote the music and sang the song. I thought it would be a good time to share it with those of you who’ve not heard it before. It’s my way of introducing him to you. I’ve listened to it a couple of times tonight and am thinking of my old friend and how he’s always been there for me. He lays at my feet when I work and when I sleep. I’ll miss him a lot when he’s gone. He is high on my list of blessings. My eyes aren’t seeing too clearly as I type this.Β 

With Love,


About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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25 Responses to My Old Friend Duke is Having a Very Bad Day

  1. Tanya Cliff says:

    Best wishes your way, Russ.

  2. strokedtolife says:

    Thinking of you dear friend.

  3. utesmile says:

    I am sorry to read this and I am thinking of you and pray they can do something for your trusted companion. Wish Duke all the best!

  4. mimijk says:

    πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»hopes and prayers…

  5. Joan says:

    Lit a candle for Duke’s health and comfort

  6. lisakunk says:

    I’m so sorry. Hope tomorrow/today holds answers and ease.

  7. quiall says:

    My prayers are with you both!

  8. Cathy Ulrich says:

    I’m so sorry, Russ. Sending healing energy for you and Duke.

  9. Wish Duke well. ❀ ❀ ❀

  10. Holding you and Duke in the light! ❀

  11. ksbeth says:

    i’m so sorry, russ and hope that duke will be back in good health very soon. hugs to both of you )

  12. Val Boyko says:

    Love, light and gentle hugs to both of you πŸ™

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