he wasn't himself today, and by 3:30 i was rushing him to the emergency clinic for surgury to correct a bloat -- a twisted stomach. he's recovering from the operation, but not out of the woods yet -- apparently for 48 hours there may be complicataions that result from the release of metabolic toxins and damage to the GI tract tissues. they also found a small adhesion to his stomach, which was sent for biopsy. and his liver looked "plump" -- and so we're getting a biopsy of that, too. your thoughts and prayers worked last time, so i'd appreciate them again. poor guy -- he really is the sweetest doggie in the world. i don't think i can take much more of this . . . . "no, mom -- i haven't seen the feather duster. why do you ask?"