We learned over the weekend that our dog has Cushing's Disease. If you need to know what that is, click here: http://www.kateconnick.com/library/cushingsdisease.html He is eleven years old and already suffers from arthritis, although that had appeared to be improving recently. Now we know why. One of the strange quirks of Cushing's is that it suppresses the effects of arthritis whilst it is gradually destroying everything else. Our choices are as follows: 1) Leave the disease untreated, in which case he will probably live another year to eighteen months in reasonable happiness & comfort before the effects of the disease begin to affect his quality of life to the extent that he will need to be put down; or 2) Put him on daily medication, at a cost of approximately £50 per month, in which case his life expectancy will be extended, but he will suffer much more pain from his arthritis, and for longer, before the effects of the disease begin to affect......etc etc. Not much of a choice either way, and we've not made any decisions yet. But what I do know is that all of a sudden, I don't give a **** about 16, 17 or 18-inch alloys, MAFs, iPod connectors or whether I should use Meguairs or Mer, because none of it is remotely important. It's just a fecking piece of metal.