We’re increasingly worried about Miss Best Friend. The wound on her inner elbow has finally healed, and she has been released from the bucket on her head, but something, possibly the lack of exercise caused by the imposition of the bucket, seems to have triggered a marked escalation of her arthritis problem, and she is almost too stiff to move. She was at the vet’s again today for her third go of acupuncture, and found to be running a temperature, which the vet thinks may be caused by pain but she’s got an antibiotic to be on the safe side. More importantly, she’s also been moved onto her fourth painkiller regime, and the pills she has now are the strongest they are allowed to prescribe. We are hoping that when they kick in she will take a bit more interest in life, but she is very lame indeed, and I’m afraid it’s starting to look like a downwards spiral.