Sunday, November 24, 2019
The hospital on a Sunday a cold, clinical place. Overnight the storm has stripped the last of the leaves from the trees that shade the car park.The skeleton staff close up at lunchtime. Bob has had a walk but is refusing to eat. ' We need to be realistic about things ' says the duty vet.
I suggest the logical next step. ' The Font ' makes it extremely clear that the hospital is not where the next stage of his journey will take place.
We'd bring him home now but all our vets are away until Monday morning. We discuss the logistics. There is a reason dogs go to hospital. It is finally decided that there is no point in imposing a night of pain. Bob will stay in the hospital on the drip overnight. Tomorrow he'll be collected early and brought home to familiar surroundings and friendly faces. This decision is revisited many times over in the following hours but is the right one. Journeys should always begin from home.