The Real Simon

When you read “Tarnished Silver” you’ll discover a big, black, furry character named Simon.

The inspiration for Simon was my big, black, furry writing companion named Cody. When I sit down at the computer, somehow he’s able to curl under the desk.


It’s easier for him now since the surgeries.

Last August, he was running through the house having a wonderful time chasing an imaginary playmate, when there was a heart-wrenching scream!  It was a sound I never wanted to hear again.

After wrestling his 80 lb. body and driving to an all-night vet hospital, I found out that he had torn his ACL in his right knee.  It’s not an old-age ailment.  It’s a sports injury.  Cody has always loved chasing balls, frisbees, anything that flies over his head.

It was major surgery but Dr. Michael did a terrific job!

Then, it was six weeks of trying to keep him quiet.  No stairs, no long walks — in fact, no walks of any kind, no play-time, just rest, rest, rest.  Try persuading an active dog to stay still was a challenge.  Do I have to say that I didn’t get much writing done during that time?

Then the day came when he could very carefully go upstairs again.  We started going on longer and longer walks.  He was doing so well that I planned to visit out-of-town family and friends over the Thanksgiving weekend.

But the Monday before the holiday, he screamed again!

Dr. Michael had said there was a 50-50 chance that the other ACL would tear… and it did.

Back to the operating room and another six weeks of keeping Cody quiet and getting him used to a new diet.  Less weight on the knees means more agility.

Now, at a svelte 65 lbs., he’s getting pretty spunky.  As you can see from the picture, he’s ready to chase those pesky squirrels again.  I think the physical therapy is helping.  Yes, the vet trained me how to exercise those back leg muscles.  Ah, the things we do for our four-footed buddies!