Friday, October 25, 2013
We end the week with everyone feeling pretty well and much cooler temperatures. Tomorrow morning it'll be an early start with Cissy and Shadow who both have vet appointments for check ups.
Our week did have a bit of an unexpected twist when our dog-walker of 6 years was the subject of a story on the evening and morning news of all the local channels. Authorities have charged "CC" and she has pled guilty with taking prescription drugs from a home in July. According to the report, the home owners there became aware that prescription medicine was taken from their home while they were out of town and "CC" was providing pet sitting services for them. I won't go into any detail, but I have to admit that this year there have been a few instances where 'things' didn't quite add up. But I overlooked them because "CC" was very reliable and dependable and I thought maybe I was wrong. This was easy to do because I trusted her and like(d) her very much. Now that everything has come out, and what I didn't want to think about our dog-walker has been confirmed, I find all of this extremely disappointing. So I reluctantly begin the search for a new dog-walker. However, I will have to first let "CC" go, which is something I've never done before and I'm really not looking forward to doing--But who would?
|~Shadow (left) and Cissy~|
Monday, October 21, 2013
With Annie feeling better, it was my turn to be a little under the weather. I am guessing that I must have picked up a bug on Saturday at the laundromat that probably hasn't been thoroughly cleaned since the 1980's. But I stayed home from work today and keeping an eye on me was Todd, who, when I woke up from a nap, was staring at me. The house was totally quiet and there was something so peaceful and tranquil about that moment.
Todd must've felt it too, because he didn't move a single muscle. And after I took his picture, he and I both went back to sleep.
I'm feeling much, much better, and will be back at work on Tuesday.
I hope your week is off to a good start.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
I so hope Annie does, and I hope you are having a good weekend!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
I think that it's going to be a welcome change. I'm already looking forward to having a little more time at home, and a little more time with the dogs and getting a few more things done.
Who knows, maybe I'll even have time to take Charlie to the groomers...
Or maybe I won't, we'll see -- Stay tuned!
I hope you're having a good week!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
One of the dogs that has been here from the very beginning, as you know is Wendy. After more than 14 years together, she knows me well. Many times when I've been consumed with a loss, she comes into the room and starts barking at me. This time was no different. I'm not sure when I noticed that there is something different in her eyes when she does that. But I know what she's telling me; she is reminding me that she and the others are still here, and that everything is and will be okay. Wendy has always been an independent dog, but during these times she stays close and follows me around. At nearly 16 years old, it's much harder for her to do these days, but she did. This morning, for the first time since we lost Taylor, she's not by my side, and is sleeping in, I know she's tired and needs her rest.
|~Wendy after a tiring 4 days for her~|
I will end my 600th post with saying that no words can begin to express my heartfelt thanks for your kindness and your thoughtful, sympathetic comments on the loss of Taylor. You've shared in our loss and have helped to ease the pain I feel in my heart, and that along with your friendships means more than you know.
Enjoy your Sunday!
|~CarrieAnne and Sheba~|
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
However, this morning, Taylor still had no appetite, and was unable to stand or hold her head up for any length of time. I felt that the kind thing to do would be to say our good-byes, and let her go. I put Taylor into the car to take with me to work for a couple of hours until our appointment late morning. Taylor seemed comfortable enough and we drove the nearly 1 hour commute in silence. Several times I reached back to hold Taylor's paw and talk to her. As I was nearing my office, I pulled out a CD of what a good friend of mine calls "angel music" and the hymn "How Great Thou Art" played. Before it ended, Taylor had left this life for the next.
Even though we didn't have Taylor for very long, I am of course very saddened by the loss of this kind, gentle soul that loved ice and having her back and stomach scratched. I will miss her enthusiasm at mealtime, her always offering me her paw to hold, and her quiet comforting nature.
I don't know much about Taylor's life before she came to us. But from a family member who contacted me throughout the summer, I have no doubt that Taylor was a much loved companion of her former owner, 'Freda' who passed away in June.
Taylor will not wait for us at the Rainbow Bridge. I am finding comfort in knowing that she will be met by 'Freda' and they will cross the Rainbow bridge together.
God-speed Tator, until we meet again....thank-you for being a part of our lives these past four months, you will be missed and not forgotten....
Monday, October 7, 2013
|~Taylor in June~|
The tests were done and the very last one was an x-ray that showed that Taylor has a tumor right next to her stomach. Dr. D believes it is likely hemangiosarcoma. Because of her age (about 13) doing an ultrasound to learn a little more about the tumor, will not change what we would do for Taylor. I've been sent home with some medications to attempt to settle her stomach. Hopefully I can get her to eat and keep food in her stomach. This evening she's been really quiet and has hardly moved since I got her home. I'm hoping by tomorrow Taylor will feel better and get past this rough patch and that she'll maintain a good quality of life for a while longer.
I've not written much about Taylor, because there hasn't been a lot to tell you. She's a quiet unassuming girl that came to us this past summer when her owner passed away. She has been content to quietly stay in the background and let the other dogs be the stars. But now she's front and center and in the spotlight, and I hope you'll send some good thoughts for this sweet girl.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Okay, enough of my rant...
Shadow has settled into his new life and routine. He's an easy going boy that gets along really well with the other dogs and follows the crowd which makes him a great fit. We are working on curbing his prey drive when it comes to the cat. I remain hopeful and confident that this gentle, easy going boy that I can do practically anything to, will learn just as so many have before him, that CC is part of the pack, and not part of a meal.
Enjoy your Saturday!
|~Shadow and Charlie sharing a smelling-moment~|
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