Friday Night Walter Update

Debit writes:

He went in for blood work last weekend and the results came back: no lingering anemia and no damage to his organs from the Rimadyl. According to my vet, “All is well on Planet Walter.” He’s going in again this Saturday for his first dose of Adequan, and so I can be shown how to do the injections myself. I also want his tumors biopsied and to discuss their possible removal. The one along his rib cage seems like it might be causing him discomfort since he scratches at it sometimes.

His weight is holding steady right at 88 pounds, and he seems to be feeling pretty good. I have caught him sleeping on the sofa in the living room, so for sure he’s feeling good enough to scramble up there.

It’s now been just about a month since he came to me. Here’s a video I took tonight of him in the back yard looking for the elusive squirrel. It’s hard to believe he’s the same dog you found at the start of August.


That’s not the same dog that left my house a month ago. I think Debit is selling herself short here. Here’s a sweet pic of Walter and Ellie sitting in front of the fire place:


And finally, a bonus video of the old married couple holding hands while warming their old bones:

All together now, “Awwwwwwww.”

66 replies
  1. 1
    amk says:

    Give him the damned squirrel already.

  2. 2
    Irony Abounds says:

    Hard to believe that Cole and Debit are the same species as Donald Trump.

  3. 3
    Keith G says:

    I don’t know if you seen this clip from ABC News showing President Obama trying to get Air Force One off the ground but for one traveler lagging behind.

    I am going to see if it works because my mobile device has trouble with the link button.

    Check out @jeneps’s Tweet:

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    laura says:

    Wishing Walter continued good life, health and happiness.
    Who’s a good boy? Walter’s a good boy, that’s who . . .

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    Miss Dashwood says:

    That’s splendid. Go Walter!

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    ruemara says:

    I’m so happy for him.

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    Keith G says:

    I don’t know if you seen this clip from ABC News showing President Obama trying to get Air Force One off the ground but for one traveler lagging behind.

    I am going to see if it works because my mobile device has trouble with the link button.

    Edit ….Well God damn it. You will have to find the clip yourself. This is the only site where my tablet doesn’t work linking other websites.

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    amk says:

    @Keith G: yeah, bill being his usual dickish self.

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    Irony Abounds says:

    @amk: And some people wonder why other people think the Clintons have a sense of entitlement. Of course, Bill is Bill and Hillary is Hillary, but she’s tied too close to him to fully escape collateral damage.

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    jnfr says:

    I am loving you all so much tonight.

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    trollhattan says:

    Awww, Walter and Ellie. In their honor, some Nick Drake.

    Our new pup had more than doubled in size and trouble since we brought him home. Here he is with his mum.

  12. 12
    Suzanne says:

    Thanks, debit. It’s been a rough day and Walter is definitely helping.

  13. 13
    divF says:

    I just got in from a flight across the country, with spotty wifi. Walter cheered me right up.

  14. 14
    Aleta says:

    Every time I see this black dog he chases the blues out the yard. Walter = love wins after all. Thanks debit and john and all you pals.

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    Joy in FL says:

    This is a good way to conclude my day. Walter is so dear, and so are Ellie and Debit and Mr. Cole : )

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    Emma says:

    Now I can go to sleep happy.

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    Ya done good, Cole. Now you just need to find someone to adopt yourself. Someone has to keep you from fucking yourself up every other month in one calamity or another. Jeezus.

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    West of the Cascades says:

    @Irony Abounds:

    Hard to believe that Cole and Debit are the same species as Donald Trump.

    I wasn’t aware that Cole and Debit were rodents?

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    @Irony Abounds: I wasn’t aware that billionaire ex-presidents could have a sense of unearned entitlement.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Keith G: Hilarious.

    “Get up here, you big dawg you! That’s a good Bill!”

    (in keeping with the tenor of the thread)

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @amk: The only person on the plane who could order Bill around is Barack.

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    seaboogie says:

    Yay Walter!!! And Debit and John and Ellie too!

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    🐾BillinGlendaleCA says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Bill was just schmoozing, I think the President was this close to telling Bill that they were going to take off without him.

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    piratedan says:

    and in terrible news for the Clinton campaign, supposedly Newt Gingrinch has had a break with the Trump campaign…. as he rebuked Mr. Trump for his late night twitter tirade… apparently Newt is upset that it didn’t happen in prime time…. Clinton could really suffer if Newtie and Rudy aren’t there to guide Trump.

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    @piratedan: sounds like great news for John McCain!

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    Irony Abounds says:

    @West of the Cascades: not all ratfuckers are rats.

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    Joyce H says:

    Interesting vocals. Does Walter bark at all?

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    Mary G says:

    Awww, Walter and Ellis holding paws in front of the fire. Such a happy ending. It’s been a good day, starting off with the ferrethead tweeting his foot into his mouth and closing with healthy Walter.

    Thanks debit and John. I hope the work on your new house is proceeding well.

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    eclare says:

    What a sweet boy, good news always makes me happy

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    SIA says:

    Walter and Ellie holding paws redeemed my week which included a dead hard drive and back problems. Best thing on the net. Thanks debit and John. #LoveWins.

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    Origuy says:

    Best tweet ever:

    .@realDonaldTrump u up?— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) October 1, 2016

  32. 32
    Pete Downunnder says:

    Trump is breaking up relationships. Interesting and apparently true. This is from the Sydney Morning Herald.

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    scav says:

    This one I really like. Be very frightened — your kale may be at risk.

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    Ruckus says:

    Very nice to see Walter getting that second, or third lease on life. John and Debt, ya done good.

    And as I haven’t said this enough lately, Fuck Fucking Cancer.

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    Starfish says:

    @Joyce H:

    Today they diagnosed him with a moderate case of laryngeal paralysis. It’s not a super huge thing, but it was another reason he was not a good candidate for the injections trial, as that required anesthesia and laryngeal paralysis complicates matters. It also explains the excessive panting and his lack of barking.

    from the archives

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    🌷 Martin says:

    California has passed a few new laws:

    Mandatory minimum sentences for raping someone when they are drunk
    Removing the statute of limitations on rape
    Students can be expelled for cyberbullying
    Mandate that all single occupancy bathrooms public or in businesses be designated as ‘all gender’
    It’s now illegal to distribute secret recordings like the Planned Parenthood videos (publisher was a CA company)
    Cities and counties can now create small-donor public financing programs for elections (citizen funded).

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    raven says:

    Atta boy Walter, you keep after those buggers!

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    JPL says:

    It’s so nice to see Walter prancing around

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    MazeDancer says:

    Just wonderful to see Walter so happy. Lifts the spirit, warms the heart. Continued immense gratitude to debit and John.

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    J. says:

    Aaaaw. These Walter posts are among the few things putting a smile on my face this year. Thanks for sharing.

  41. 41
    Mobil RoonieRoo says:

    There is nothing better than waking up in the morning, going to Balloon juice and finding a Walter update.

  42. 42
    Auntie Anne says:

    Walter updates just warm my heart. Thank you, Debit and John.

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    rikyrah says:

    Walter updates prove one thing :
    Cole and debit are good people. 😃😘😗😉

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Irony Abounds:


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    Pogonip says:

    Except for the bald patches, you can’t see any evidence of his ordeal.

    That tumor is pretty big, he probably does find it annoying. I hope it’s not painful.

    Good on ya, Debit!

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    debit says:

    @amk: I actually bought him a stuffed squirrel, but he doesn’t comprehend toys. Ellie has since added it to her collection.

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    Pogonip says:

    @rikyrah: Also that his head’s screwed correctly: he recognizes the menace of squirrels!

    It’s a shame he can’t come to visit here in West Deplorable and Just Happen to slip his leash as we walk by the neighbor’s squirrel feeder…

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    Pogonip says:

    @debit: I wonder if his evil owner (I hate that guy) never gave him toys, or if he’s just holding out for a real squirrel?

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    skyweaver says:

    Oh Walter boy, you do a heart good, buddy. You’ll catch that squirrel! The bonus of Ellie and Walter holding paws made me glad I woke up in this world today.

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    debit says:

    @Pogonip: Not to give the former owner any credit (also hate that guy) but some dogs just don’t play with toys. Chloe never did. I’d throw a ball and her ears would perk up, she’d look at the ball as it went by, then looked back at me as if to say, “Yep. That sure was a ball. Got any treats?”

    It’s a shame he can’t come to visit here in West Deplorable and Just Happen to slip his leash as we walk by the neighbor’s squirrel feeder…

    I have a squirrel feeder too, in the tree the dogs circled. Not because I like the little buggers, but in hopes they leave the harder to get to bird feeders alone.

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    Joy says:

    @debit You are a wonderful person. Walter is thriving under your care and Ellie is a great companion. He seems so happy.

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    LAO says:

    @debit: Well done! Walter looks great.

    And now I’m off to NJ, to meet my “maybe new puppy.” Wish me luck!

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    debit says:

    @Joy: Thanks but like I’ve said before, I feel entirely selfish. Seeing him healthy and happy makes me happy. He really is the sweetest, gentlest dog and everyone who’s met him wants to take him home. My parents were over for dinner a couple weeks ago and my dad (who is a curmudgeon) got down on the floor to help Walter scratch an itchy spot he couldn’t quite reach. Dad said, as they were leaving, “Soooooo, if you need us to, we’ll take Walter home with us.” As if.

    @LAO: Best of luck!! My fingers and toes are crossed. :)

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    Run, Lillian! says:

    This was the perfect thing to read before I went to sleep last night. It makes me feel better about the crazy world to know that Walter is doing so well and has found his safe and happy home thanks to good people like John and debit. Thanks to you both, you are seriously doing a public service- Walter is going to get us all thru this nightmare election.

    The video of the two old dogs holding hands is just the sweetest.

  55. 55
    MoxieM says:

    As my dad used to say, “Gee Willikers!” (Dad loved dogs). Aw, Walter.

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    stinger says:

    This is so great. Thanks, debit.

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    JR in WV says:


    You know that 12:39 on Oct 1 is not a Friday Update, don’t you?

    You didn’t know that? Well, it is. Not a Friday night update, a Saturday morning update. But we will let you slide, since a Walter update is always a good thing.

    Thanks to you and Debit, and Tim the driver, for making a happy happy! out of an almost monstrous nearly calamity.

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    Anne says:

    Walter!! Get those dastardly squirrels.

    And that last video… I think I have something in my eye…

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    Pogonip says:

    @debit: “Yep. That sure was a ball.”

    Hee hee hee hee hee hee hee.

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    Pogonip says:

    @LAO: Ain’t no maybe about it. Nobody can resist puppies. May he turn out to be the best dog you’ve ever had.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Walter! This makes me so happy!

    I am a bit crazed today because (in a moment of insanity 8 weeks ago) I offered to host our neighborhood outdoor party today. Abut 75 houses invited. What was I thinking?!?!?!

    Still, I took a moment to read this thread while I ate breakfast, and now I have to jump up and get back to work. I only had time to read one thread, so of course I chose Walter!

  63. 63
    WaterGirl says:

    @WaterGirl: Oh, and you know what, I am feeling a bit feverish and felt a little dizzy when I just bent over. But commitments are commitments, and the show must go on, and it will be fine.

    Clearly I am not presidential material, right? Just like Hillary.

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    bluefish says:

    Squeeee! Thank you so so much.

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    CaseyL says:

    Walter updates make me all verklempt. Seeing how happy he is, is an antidote to cynicism. Thank you again, John and debit!

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    Interrobang says:

    Seeing him run even a little bit just made my day. Walter is so awesome. Thank you, debit. You’re a credit to humanity (see what I did there?). He’s looking remarkably well. Reminds me a bit of a similarly tatty-looking horse I used to ride, who was also a very sweet fella. All the best to you and the “old marrieds.” :)

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