"Love follows knowledge."
"Beauty above all beauty!"
– St. Catherine of Siena

Monday, November 18, 2013

Music Tuesday: Dog and Butterfly by Heart, for My Yellow Lab, Brandi

This is a very pretty song, probably unknown to most people.  It’s by the group Heart, led by the Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy, and the song is about looking back to the simpler time of the female narrator’s childhood.

I post this song for my dog Brandi, who today was surgically opened up for a biopsy on her liver.  Brandi’s liver enzymes for the past four months have been getting higher and higher.  A year and a half ago she had a similar liver problem and after IV at a doggy hospital and antibiotics and special diet she recovered.  It was a near death experience for her back then.  I think I blogged about it, but that was at the J’s Café blog, which is no longer available for me to provide a link.  We never did identify the cause back then, but since she recovered, we moved on, though monitoring her liver through blood tests.

This time she has not recovered from the same medication, and so we decided that we needed to do a biopsy.  When they opened up her belly, the only unusual thing they noticed was that her spleen had several nodules on it, and so they removed it.  I guess one can live without a spleen.  Otherwise the biopsy went well.  She is currently recovering.  It will take a few days before we learn the results.  Yes, the past couple of years have been expensive, but Brandi is a love and joy.  All we can do right now is pray.

Here’s this wonderful song.



Here’s Brandi and yours truly, back in 2006 when Brandi was three.  She just turned ten.


St. Francis of Assisi, please pray for Brandi.



  1. Oh I do know that song, Manny! I used to sing and play my guitar from my most beloved Heart songbook. Great song.
    More importantly, my best wishes for your dear friend Brandi's full recovery! She looks like a beautiful dog. Yellow labs are among my favorite breeds.
    I also really like the image of St. Francis you chose. I never saw that one before!
    God Bless poor Brandi.

  2. If a person can live without a spleen, well then a dog can surely do it better.

  3. Dogs are truly men's best friend especially when we're kind to them and for what it is worth, I'm glad that I was born in the year of the dog. :)

    Yes St. Francis of Assisi, please pray for Brandi.

  4. Sending prayers! My co-worker's dog had a liver problem and there was something missing that they could correct with surgery. I hope you can get this under control quickly.

  5. Thank you all. Still haven't heard about the results. Brandi spent a second night at the Animal Hospital. My wife went to visit her today. She stil isn't eating but she seems to be comfortable. She'll be coming hom tomorrow.

  6. What a lovely golden labrador. They are so well tempered and gentle. Praying for her recovery and for you and your family.

    God bless.