You Can’t Keep a Good Pup Down!

Finally, I -- the sidekick Wilbur -- gets a chance to speak

I have never written a blog.  In fact my mama and my hero brother, Atticus, rarely let me near the keyboard.  But here I am.  The sidekick… Wilbur.  Every hero needs a sidekick and I fill that purpose for Atticus.

My bro is still in the dumps — you know, just wiped out from surgery and pain and medications.  I’ve been trying to give him love, but his giant e-collar (torture cone!) is always hitting me and knocking me around.  I’m sturdy, but I’m not used to plastic spheres pushing me around!

Atticus is recovering and mama is busy so I thought I’d take the opportunity to give you the latest update.

I’ve been worried sick!  I can admit that I’m the fretful one in my family.  I think it has to do with me being abandoned once upon a time and I fear for losing the ones I love.

Atti is an awesome big brother.  Really — he guides me and loves on me, but never teases me.  I hear that some human older siblings do that, but not my Atticus.  He’s my protector and best bud.  As a stray, I never imagined I would wind up in such a loving and accepting family.

So, as you can imagine I’m fussing over his health right now.  Don’t get me wrong — he is healing, but I can’t help but play out my role in the family:  worry wart.

Atticus has been able to keep down his last couple of meals…relief!!  And Dr. Arnold called today to let us know that his bladder biopsy came back clear.  Which means he’s off the heavy-duty antibiotics and back to the milder version.  Good news for Atti’s belly!

my bro resting with a new get well baby

He looks pathetic with his plastic halo, bruises and sutures, but his spirit is sunny.  It’s hard to keep a good pup down!

My nature is to worry and I can’t help myself, but I am encouraged by Atticus’s courage and strength.

Since I never get a chance to express myself I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your concern.  Atti is a gem to me and, obviously, many others.  Don’t worry (I’m doing enough for all of you) — my bro will return soon.



  1. Dear Wilbur,
    I know just how you feel. My big sister Roxy is my hero just like Atticus is yours. She has never been anything but loving and kind to me from the moment we met. Every hero needs a good sidekick. That’s our job and our joy in life, right? Batman had Robin. The Lone Ranger had Tonto. Daddy one has Daddy two. We are good boys. Well, we try our best. Stop worrying. Heroes always come through in the end. We sidekicks help them get where they need to go!

    Your Pal,


  2. Catherine Balck says:

    Dear Wilbur,

    I’m so happy that Atticus is on the mend and that you are there to make sure he is getting better. As a fellow worrier, I know how tough that job is sometimes when you feel powerless to make anything happen or change. I would tell you to “stop worrying”, but that only makes it worse, right? Just continue to be there for your brother and Mama, a comforting presence is sometimes the best medicine!


  3. Donna McCord says:

    I love you Wilbur! and I know that Atticus loves the fact you are being a guest blogger and sharing your concerns for him so beautifully…I trust too that Atticus will be back to normal soon and able to shed that horrific old cone thing! It is scary, isn’t it? Anyway, Wilbur, you are a blessing to your whole family; worry is something I do a lot of too so I can empathize with you, but in truth, worry never does anything but make us feel bad, so let’s tell it to go away! Sending you love and hugs,

  4. Fiona Stolze says:

    Hey Wilbur! So nice to hear your voice. And I can understand that you worry. If Atti and Heidi don’t do it so much, then that job falls to you. But you’re doing a great job all round. Thanks for keeping us updated and glad to hear that all the love is flowing. Big hugs to you all. xx

    Fiona Stolze
    Fiona Stolze recently posted..How a Writing Challenge Can Help You to Keep on Track with Life

  5. Wilbur,

    We are kindred spirits — I worry too! You are such an adorable and loving little bro and know that Atticus (and Mama) feel your support. Don’t blame you for not liking that cone — those things are dangerous! :-) All the animals and people at my house are sending positive vibes to Atticus as well as his caregivers – you and Mama.

    Trish (mom to Oz, Sassy, Mozart, Milky Way & T-bone)
    caregiving. family. advocacy.
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  6. Hi Wilbur, I was wondering how you were doing. Illness doesn’t just affect one person–it affects the whole family! So glad you are getting your chance to express yourself.

    When I was a child, I also was the worry wart of the family. I remember how deeply I fretted about everything, from small to large matters, and what agony the uncertainty was. I hope you are feeling safe and secure, knowing that your mama has done a wonderful job making sure Atti is getting what he needs.

    I must say I imagine those huge cones to be quite hard on the spirit! This one seems extra large, too! I’m sure Atticus needs all the comfort of new and old friends, and especially his brother. We love you, too, Wilbur.

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer
    Personal-Professional Balance Through Writing
    Judy Stone-Goldman recently posted..How My Cat and I Claim Our Space Upon Returning Home

  7. Atticus says:

    Hey Charlie — thanks for writing to Wilbur. It’s me Atti playing on the keyboard in a pain-med spacey state :) yeah, Wilbur is a pawsome sidekick for sure. Love to you & Roxy & your daddies :)

  8. Atticus says:

    I tell Wilbur that worrying doesn’t accomplish anything except make him More worried — but that’s just his way. my family is comforting me (in between my critical napping tim). Thanks Catherine!

  9. Atticus says:

    Hi Donna – Wilbur here. Thanks for sending your love! Sometimes I feel like the ugly step-sister instead of the sidekick since Atticus gets so much attention from the masses. I’m ok with that but it sure does feel nice to receive so much love from Atti’s readers! Atticus is getting more agile with his conehead but Bella and I stay clear — he bowls us over with that thing! xxxooo & licks -

  10. Atticus says:

    Hi Fiona — Wilbur here. yes, the love is flowing which soothes my worrying a little bit :) Hugs to you on the other side of the pond!

  11. Atticus says:

    Hola Trish — this is Wilbur (and I picked up a little Spanish in my younger days). I would not peg you for a worrier — you are far too action-driven. maybe you hide it well. Wags to you, hubby, Robert, Oz, Sassy, Mozart, Milky Way & T-bone! (ps: we have a friend named T-bone at the park — he’s a really cute Westie)

  12. Atticus says:

    You’ve said Judy — worrying is agony! so why do we do it to ourselves? Buddha said (paraphrasing) that if there is something we can do about a situation, then there’s no need to worry. and if we have no control over a situation, then again, there is no need to worry. I love that but sometimes find it hard to live it.

    ps: Atti’s cone is huge because of his enormous nose!

  13. Jeff says:

    Glad to hear Atticus is doing better and he’s got a good pal in Wilbur. Hope mom is doing well soon! Ya’ll keep your heads up!

  14. Atticus says:

    Thanks Jeff. we’re doing ok.. didn’t make it to Tx though (boohoohoo for mama!). Hope you had a great trip to San Antonio!

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