If you are a frequent visitor to this blog, you know I hold a certain someone with extreme affection, admiration, and adoration. Yes, of course, I am talking about my lovely wife, Mrs. Shife. But the other person I hold pretty close to my heart is our dog, Quincy. The fat basset has been with us for almost 7 years, and I can’t imagine life without him. Well, unfortunately, we almost had to deal with that scenario recently. Our beloved basset was experiencing major discomfort and he was diagnosed with a bladder infection. Well a few days later he was still hurting, and now he could hardly walk. He was dragging his hind legs like he had two flat tires in the rear. Well it turns out that Captain Furry Pants did not have a bladder infection but he had some bulging discs pinching his spinal cord, which resulted in him losing feeling in his hind legs. His condition had deteriorated so rapidly that he was rushed into surgery after the prognosis was made. Three days later Quincarelli came home and the doctors say he has about a 90% recovery to make a full recovery. But for the next month, Quincy dog has to be confined to a play pen and we have to help him whenever he needs to go outside to do his business. Right now we are not getting a lot of sleep taking care of the big guy, but I am just glad he is home with us and he is going to get better. So I probably won’t do much blogging until after the new year but I just wanted to explain to everyone my absence. Mrs. Shife and I are extremely grateful to have our furball home, and we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.