"I am playing with myself,
I am playing with the world's soul,
I am the dialogue between myself and el espiritu del mundo.
I change myself, I change the world."

Gloria AnzaldĂșa

29 November, 2008

Self Medication

This Thursday I received a lovely note from my friend, BipolarLawyerCook, who wished me a good Thanksgiving, no matter what substances I had to take in order to get through it.

Well, this has been a rough month. I've had stomach and other related illnesses, I've had to change my antidepressant because it wasn't working anymore, and, of course, I ended my relationship and moved back to my old house--largely by myself. So, when I think about self medicating, I'm serious. On Wednesday, I decided it was either heroin or this:

This is Bess.

Bess is four months old and almost 14 pounds. The folks at the humane society thought she was a 10 week old Lab, but she is not. She has tiny ears, a short nose, and a tail that curls up. She is also quite small. I am not at all sure what she is, except darling. Any thoughts?

25 comments:

allmycke said...

What a wise decision!
Bess will give you unconditional love, lots of puddles to start with, she'll lick your face and hands just because, know when you're sad and demand nothing more than food and walks from you.
Having gone through a separation myself recently, I know where you're at and I can tell you that the first month is the worst.
It does get better...

Mike Golch said...

getting that cutie is good. they give love unconditionally.besides when you are by yourself a cuddly warm puppuy is fun to have.
I hope you have a blessed day.
self medication is not a good Idea. even though I'm heading that way myself.

Lisa Milton said...

Looks like good medication to me.

Hope you are enjoying the new addition.

so NOT cool said...

Well, if I had to pick a drug of choice ... Bess would be it.

I hope she brings hope and happiness to your days and nights.

the sandwich life said...

oh, I don't know what she is other than adorable.....

Best wishes for both of you....

bipolarlawyercook said...

She's Fuzzy Soft Love. That's definitely a breed. Wishing you lots of good times with her, now and into the future.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

I'm thinking that Malia, Sasha, and Professor J all have something in common . . . a puppy in the house!

I'm glad you and Bess have each other. Hang in there . . .

K. said...

Yeah, I'm going to go with darling. Darling doggie. Bess is a great name. It was a good choice for self medication.

Much love to you.

Ginaagain said...

Bess is beautiful medication. Dogs are my drug of choice too.

Pearl C. Pritchard said...

Oh oh oh oh oh ... she's precious. Oh she will put a smile on your face at least twice a day. Pickles does that for me. As you know, animals are great companions and they bring such joy to our lives.

Good on you Professor J.

PS -- there's a cute cartoon on my blog that might make you laugh, too.

love, Kim

Jozet at Halushki said...

Puppies. Highly addictive.

I hope you have a good support group.

I suggest a warm blanket, a pull toy, and ten pounds of kibble.

What a doll. I likes them kind of mood enhancers. :-)

Sojourner said...

Excellent choice, dear friend! Much better than heroin, and the high will last longer, and it's probably a bit cheaper. I don't know what she is- but she is freakin' adorable! She has such an intense look on her little face! Lucy can't wait to meet her little baby cousin!

Anonymous said...

Hey J -
Do it yourself DNA tests for pets are widely available and inexpensive. Check on line or with your vet. You'll be amazed at the results!
-Figgy, Sacramento

Professor J said...

Figgy,
Do you have a blog?

phd in yogurtry said...

I'd say she is cute as a button and very lucky to have found such a good home.

Mrs. G. said...

Oh, Prof, she is adorable. And I bet she doesn't cause annoying hand tremors. Does she come in capsules?

Saucy said...

Bess is the perfect antedote for what ails. Perfect.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

She would definitely be good for whatever ails you--she's precious.

apathy lounge said...

Suh-sweet Baby Moses, but how could anyone have resisted that face? Better than heroin, my friend. Totally better.

Scout said...

I have no idea what she is, but she' is beautiful and looks like she means business. And she has a great name.

Zenmomma said...

Just the cutest widdle puppy ever. Yes she is. Yes she is. Who's a good girl? Who's a good widdle girl?

Oh sorry, puppies and babies do that to me. She's wonderful!

JCK said...

Bess is adorable.

I'm so sorry about your relationship ending. I missed that somehow until now. Sending big hugs your way.

I hope you are feeling better - stomach illness wise.

ms. changes pants while driving said...

most certainly, she is of the Adorable Breed. sorry you're going through the crapper. i like your self medication method. i'm sure the new puppy breath is soothing to the soul.

ms. changes pants while driving said...

oh, and i found you through mary alice's blog from the frontlines. =)

Maugrim said...

My sister has one, she's a lab/chow/cocker spaniel mix, they look a lot alike.