Sunday, March 31, 2013

Good Signs

It was a beautiful sunny Saturday that included another visit to the vet.  This time it was for Sheba and Todd.  With the exception of Sheba's really bad ear infection, both dog's are healthy.  There's no doubt that Sheba and Todd share a connection to one another.  Todd always tries to get her to play with him, and while she does, at almost 8 years old her interest in a game of chase doesn't last as long as Todd's does. But yesterday I witnessed something that I've never seen before between my dogs.  Todd took his exam all in stride and there wasn't a single objection to the good once over or a vaccine he received.  But when the vet looked into Sheba's sore ear and she whined, Todd suddenly became protective of Sheba and started barking at vet and put himself between the two of them.  I quieted Todd, but when it happened again, it was decided to do the exam in another room.  Todd is a very territorial dog when it comes to defending his home turf, I just had no idea it extended to his pack mates too. The relationship dogs within a pack have with one another never ceases to amaze or interest me.
On the flip-side there is of course Cissy.  Your continued good thoughts for her are truly making a difference, and it means a lot!  As you may well have guessed, there was a really big concern early on that Cissy's diagnosis was going to be one that she could not recover from, or one that was contagious to our dogs.  Thankfully each of those illnesses have finally been ruled out. However there is no doubt that Cissy has a long way to go to become fully healthy again.  Her energy level is low, and she's still sleeping a lot of the time.  But there has been a bit of an increase in her appetite, and yesterday she spent a little time outside meeting our crew and soaking up the warm sun.  I'm taking all those things as a good sign.
Happy Easter, enjoy your Sunday!!
~Charlie~

59 comments:

  1. That's great news about Cissy...Gizmo & Beth wish you all a joyous Easter

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  2. Todd sure cares for his big sister Sheba. I'm glad to hear Cissy is doing a bit better and that some illnesses have been ruled out. Have a Happy Easter.

    Cindy

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  3. Happy to hear Cissy is coming a long. It may be a long road, but each step is cause for celebration. And way to go may dog Todd. Gotta protect the pack. I know that some might think it was bad that you got a little protective, but I see it as overflowing love.
    Happy Easter!
    Blessings,
    Goose

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  4. sweet boy, todd! and hang in there, sweet cissy!

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  5. this post warmed my heart.
    todd and sheba . . .
    and a picture of sweet little charlie at the end! always love charlie.
    and the picture of darling wee cissy? well i go by their eyes. and i see in hers the beginning of trust and maybe less pain and even the hint of the wondrous dog within.
    bless you on this blessed day.
    xo

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  6. Todd is amazing.

    Cissy looks so much better. I'm still sending good thoughts her way. She has also stolen my heart.

    Very happy to see Charlie again!

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  7. We're glad that Cissy is starting to feel better - she looks so sweet in your picture.

    Happy Easter

    Nadine & goldens Neeli & Elle

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  8. Happy easter...love Ria...xxx...!!!

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  9. It's great to hear that Cissy is doing better! Hugs for her and all of you!

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  10. Hi Kim,

    You go Todd! He knows to keep a sharp eye out for his family too!

    Thank you for the update on sweet Cissy. It is so nice to see her outside in the fresh air.

    I'm sure the pups are all rooting for her to get better so she may join them in their walks and playtime too.

    Love and hugs to your family and all the pups!

    Mo

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  11. I guess Todd is a big boy now and takes his pack responsibility more seriously. So glad everyone is doing a little better. Such beautiful kind faces on those doggies. Happy Easter.

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  12. Todd! I'll play with you any time! I, too, live with older dogs who are simply not amused by my antics a lot of the time!!

    Cissy, our paws remain crossed for you!!

    -Otto

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  13. Good signs.
    Happy Easter to you and Carl as well.
    Did you get him chocolates?

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  14. Happy Easter Kim and Pack.
    Easter is a time for new beginnings, thank you for giving Cissy a new start. Bless ya.
    P.s. give that good ole Todd a smooch from us. :)

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  15. What wonderful news about Cissy...baby steps.
    Wishing everyone a Happy Easter!
    Sending kisses from here...
    Judy

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  16. I am glad to hear vet checks went well and that Cissy is slowly improving ! Maybe she is always sleeping and has no energy cause she has a vitamin deficiency and or is anemic ! Hope all goes well though for Cissy . Yup Miggs would do the same thing but over me if anyone was to approach me in a threatening manner or hurt me . The weather here has been lovely as well , today it is raining on and off ! Hope you have a wonderful Easter today !

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  17. WTG Cissy!! Keep up the good work and have fun soaking up those rays!!
    Todd loves his pack!!

    Hoppy Easter
    wags
    Jazzi and Addi

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  18. I am so happy to hear there is some hope for Cissy. It all sounds pretty good, but will take time. I keep thinking how wonderful it must be for her to be clean, loved, and cared for. I used to enjoy the pack dynamics when we had a lot of dogs and some cats at the same time. Angel raised Samson, for example, and that was such a joy to watch. Now there's only two left and they have to live separately. No fun, but that's the way it is.

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  19. Happy Easter to you and yours Kim. I love that Todd is so protective-I think he deserves an extra treat for that. Glad Cissy isn't physically contagious-I know she will thrive under your care.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs, Noreen & Hunter

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  20. Cissy's eyes already look less stressed. Maybe she's starting to realize that she's in a safe place now with people who care.

    Happy Easter to all of you.
    Sue and the Pack

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  21. Kim, we don't have dogs, but if one of our cats is sick, the other one or more hang round very close,doing a sort of patrol to keep watch. Cissy, such an improvement, her eyes look happy, and good news about the tests, one step forward. Cheers from Jean

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  22. We will continue to say prayers for Cissy!

    Happy Easter!

    Sam

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  23. Kim,
    Glad all is fine with the crew and your weather seems beautiful. Sunny and warm here also.
    Just wanted to wish you all a Happy Easter!!!

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  24. Afternoon Kim, dogs never cease to amaze me, looking out for one another, truly we are blessed to have them in our lives.....Love all your furry kids, glad Cissy is coming along better....So happy she has you in her life now.....Easter Blessings Francine.

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  25. I'm glad everyone there is enjoying a little sunshine Kim!
    Happy Easter!
    xo Catherine

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  26. All the sunshine and love from all of you will help Cissy so much- we just know it.
    Todd is trying to tell you that he will always protect you too!
    Happy Easter
    love
    tweedles

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  27. OH sweet Cissy! She is better already b/c you are there to LOVE her and take care of her. How blessed she is. Hoping she will be well. I love reading about her and my heart is with her and I just want to give her a big huge hug from Tugie the Toy P and me!

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  28. Good news about Cissy.
    Not surprised about Todd, either; but you're right, packs are interesting.
    Happy Easter to you, all, too, thank you!

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  29. Good for Todd! Annoying, but he knows what his job is. So happy Cissy is enjoying the sun with the other dogs.

    Hope you've had a Happy Easter.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  30. Every photo you show of Cissy shows a bit more life ... sweet Cissy ... and sweet, silly, territorial-but-means-well Todd. Glad to hear that things are going your way for now.

    Happy Easter.

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  31. That is so sweet that Todd protected Sheba at the vets. Good news on Cissy, but I am sure your TLC will work wonders. Happy Easter :)

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  32. Slow but sure with Cissy... Todd is quite the "man" of the house. What a sweet relationship.

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  33. I knew that little Todd would step to the plate in a crisis! Good to hear that Crissy is feeling better and stronger!...:)JP

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  34. Sheba and Todd are family now. And we know that family bonds are very strong sometimes. Sheba has her own protector in Todd!
    Nice to see Cissy getting stronger.

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  35. That is so sweet about Todd and Sheba. I bet she is so appreciative to have him fight for her. Happy all seems to be going ok - so sorry to hear about the tennis ball mystery. I will be hoping and praying it doesn't turn out at all like my Kong incident and instead all pieces pass successfully through. :) Happy Sunday.

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  36. Happy Easter

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com

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  37. It is indeed a wonderful sign! I do believe her eyes are brighter and she is showing a little playfulness and comfort with her little chin n her paw! Cissy really does look better. Poor baby, This is the first time she has probably been given any tlc and she is starting to respond.
    I do believe that good restful sleep is a huge contributor to her getting well. And she is already starting to respond. Such good news that the two illnesses we were all worried about are not a concern!
    I think Todd is so endearing. How sweet that he wants to protect sweet Sheba.
    Sure hope Carl continues to improve.
    Hugs to you all!
    Gus's Mom

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  39. Easter seems to be lucky for cizzy..:)
    Happy Easter..

    Android Developer

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  40. How cute of Todd to be so protective of Sheba. Glad to know that Cissy is doing better. She will recover and fit right in with the rest of the gang.
    HAppy easter to you. Ana

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  41. Oh Cissy!! I am sending so many good thoughts your way!!

    I can't wait hear more about you.

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  42. Glad to hear that Cissy is doing well. We keep her (and all the pack) in our thoughts. Great work, wonderful Kim.
    Happy Easter!

    Thor and Jack xx

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  43. Hi Kim,
    Not that you need another follower but I am now following you by email!!! So I will have way more contact with you and the pack and that is a good thing!!!!!!! I love you --you know that!!!
    I am praying for Cissy!!

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  44. That is so cute about Todd. Since we got Daisy, Max and Minnie, 12 & 13 years old, have regained a bit of playfulness with here. See ya on FB!

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  45. I've taken a computer hiatus, so I just caught up on the Cissy story. You have a heart of gold, Kim. Truly. I'm not surprised that you're starting to see a spark - Cissy found the perfect savior. You are the complete opposite of the awful and unspeakable person who put her in this situation. She is so very lucky that you have a heart of gold.

    I also love the story of Todd protecting Sheba, even if his protectiveness was a little scary in that situation. It is fascinating to watch our dogs' relationships.

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  46. Great Cissy news Kim. However, if by any chance she doesn't make it, she will have had a REALLY happy time with you. I'm sure she will though!

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  47. It must be wonderful to know that your dogs care so much for one another. Love the photo of Cissy resting, she may be ill but she does seem happy.

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  48. What a cute story about Todd and Sheba! Adorable. And Cissy sure looks happier and improved to me! Bless her heart. And oh Charlie, I love your happy face!

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  49. Howdy Mates, glad to hear everything is going well with Cissy. That photo of her in the sun melted our hearts. Todd, we know you were only looking out for your sissy. We all know where the Vet man puts his thermometer don't we!! Good work mate. Hope your Easter was a relaxing one. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

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  50. Todd, you are my favourite and so you can stand in between me and an intruder any day!!
    Cissy needs time and sleep is so rehabilitative. SHe is gaining strength even if it's a wee bit a day!

    Ron

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  51. Hi Kim. I'm a little behind in blogging, but I hope I haven't missed too much. Todd is such a sweetheart! It's so good to see Charlie's cute face and Cissy is beautiful! I hope you all had a great Easter weekend.

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  52. Awwwww.... it sounds like Todd is quite the protective gentleman! *haha* That's precious to read, bless his heart! And Cissy... lucky lucky Cissy! She is resting in the peace, the love, the food, the care. She probably has a lot of sleep to catch up on...and how wonderful that she's able to do just that.

    You rock, my friend... totally!

    Animal-loving hugs--Andrea
    XOXOXO

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  53. What sweet puppies. I follow Ann @ studiohyde and you mentioned on her last post a blog you follow on the Isle Of Wight. Since I have a journal book I got years ago of someone who lived there in the late 1800's I would love to check out their blog.. could you let us have the link to it? Ann said she is interested too. Thanks.

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  54. Bless Todd's little heart for wanting to protect his family. The sunshine makes everybody feel better, glad Cissy can enjoy the sun.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

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  55. Glad the dogs had a good visit to the vet. I love the beautiful photos of the dogs. They are really sweet animals.

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  56. continued good thoughts for Cissy - Her new journey is just beginning. She couldn't be in better hands. I've been away from Easton for almost a week now, but going home today. Will catch up soon.

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  57. Great news about Cissy. You do really good work with all your loves.

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  58. Interesting about Todd protecting her. Good boy!

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