Sunday, February 4, 2018

The Worst of Times, The Best of Times

Setting aside that both Carl and my brother were both sick last week, there were other moments that were the best and the worst of times.
~The full and beautiful blue-blood moon this past week~
The best of times began with Lucky finding his new forever home. Priscilla came and loved Lucky, as did her Yellow Lab, Gabe.  At the end of their first week, aside from Lucky doing a little cat-chasing things have gone pretty well.

The worst of times was after Lucky left.  Looking back at it, I think there was relief that Lucky was gone, leaving the dogs all feeling a bit frisky and playful. Whatever it was, Todd's Napoleon complex reared its head when Jameson stood over him to get him to play, and Todd took offense to it. I'm not sure exactly how it happened, but Todd ended up with a gash in his neck.  By Monday it seemed to be healing nicely, but there was some redness on the edge of the wound, and Todd was limping.  Off to the vet on Monday evening after work.

The best is that the vet thought that Todd's wound will heal without any problems, but to make sure, she put 5 staples in it and put him on an antibiotic. I think he's looking a little bionic-frankensteinish.  .
Todd's limp was a whole other topic. He didn't limp a single time at the vet. But he did when I got him home, and set him onto the ground. Thinking that it's a soft tissue injury we have put Todd on crate rest.

There were a few other "worst of times" that I won't bore you with that included having to work the two days I'd scheduled to be off.  It left no spare time.
~On my way to work~ 
However Saturday was a reminder of the best of times.  We celebrated two years with our boy Jake. Two years ago he left a county shelter where he'd been taken to be euthanized because he was unable to walk.  Jake is slower now than he was even a few months ago and needs more help getting to his feet than he did before. But even at about 14 years old now, he still has that same spark that the shelter saw and felt should have a chance.

And speaking of spark - Long time readers will recall that when I first met Jake, he accompanied me to see Selma mansion. This 110 year old mansion is a pristine picture of the Old South. At the time I got Jake, Selma was a victim of time and severe neglect and vandalism. But like Jake, it was also "rescued."  The new owners of Selma have spared no expense whatsoever in its rebirth. Two years later, work is still continuing, but it is once again a beautiful and stunning home.
(click here to see for yourself on their Facebook page)
And Selma, like Jake is full of spark and life on the inside and out.

Finally, despite the really cold temps, Jake and I celebrated the milestone with an ice cream cone.  It was a good day that gave me a much needed reminder to remember the best of times and not to dwell on the worst. 


  1. Great news for Lucky. Todd's staples don't look good...hope he's back to causing mayhem soon!

  2. Lucky Lucky - good to know he's settled well in his new home.
    Congratulations to Jake - he's doing well for an old chap, and that ice cream is the best way to celebrate ! Wishing good luck, and good health, to you all at Golden Pines

  3. Yay fur Lucky, paws crossed fur a wonderful new furever and ever home
    Shame about the fur flying in=seed=dnet...oophs!
    And the Icey Cream, oh yum, the pawfect way to celebrate!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. Of course Todd didn't limp at the Vet's! Isn't that always the way? Our setter, Boo, used to start limping and holding up one paw when she was tired of retrieving the tennis ball when my ex-husband was exercising her - so pitiful. Then, miraculously, she totally recovered once she was back in the house, lol! That little devil Todd is probably just playing for sympathy :) Jake is such a sweetheart - totally deserving of a tasty treat.

  5. Hello, so happy for Lucky and congrats to Jake. I hope Todd heals quickly, sorry he was hurt! The ice cream is a nice treat. The Selma mansion is beautiful. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

  6. Ah! Those disappear the moment you get to the vet symptoms.
    Glad you saw the super moon and thanks for the photo. No chance of seeing it here - it continues to rain and soon ts going to get cold. Snow awaits.

  7. Life is full of ups and downs. We hope the ups always outweigh the downs. I've been keeping track of the Selma mansion progress ever since you posted about it. It sure is an amazing transformation inside and out.

  8. Kim, I know I've mentioned it before but it bears repeating: I love your blog posts! :) Even amidst the sadness and hard times in your life, with the animals & other things, you allow your readers to know that hope still springs eternal. Sending love & hugs your way today & always. xoxo

  9. oh darling bean! to see Jake and the grand old lady in the background. both with a new lease on their lives!
    you make even the bad times good. and the wonderful news about Lucky! good for all concerned.
    little napoleon Todd on crate rest? LOL! good luck.
    your commute is enough to choke a horse. good lord.

  10. I hope the idiots don't attack the mansion because of whatever it is they don't like.

  11. Life's ups and downs eh?! Oh I hope Todd is ok poor guy ! Yeah crate rest for a terrier NOT ! Miggs is the same never still nor taking it slowly . Hope your week is a good one . Thanks for sharing.

  12. Wonderful news for Lucky,I hope he continues to fit in with his new family.
    That's an incredible shot of the Blue Moon, well done !
    Hope better days are in store once the weather warms, it surely helps with all the aches and pains.

  13. Lucky, what great news the new home and family are all going well, Jake, you are a trooper, and Todd, heal well.

  14. As the song goes, into every life some rain must fall. So sorry about the not so good times, but we are happy that Lucky found a good home, that Todd will be OK with time, and that Jake got this extra happy time with you.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  15. Kim, Whenever I read stories from you blog about your life with the rescues it reminds me of a favorite bible verse of mine, which I think your life is the epitome of.

    1 Corinthians 13:13
    And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

  16. I understand completely how things can be such a mixture of bad and good. I hope that Todd heals quickly. Crate rest cannot be easy for him.

    And Jake!!!!! I see that spark that you see. I adore that you two celebrated with an ice cream cone. That is perfect. Lots of love to both of you.

  17. So happy that Lucky's adoption took. Poor Todd, I'm sure he's not a happy camper with his injuries.

  18. I love this post! From beginning to end! Your moon shot is stunning, so is the beautifully restored mansion. Now, I must go out in the kitchen and have some ice cream! Just make sure Todd is ok....

  19. I am SO happy for Lucky and wish him only the best! Hooray for Jake! How wonderful that you have had him two years and you got to celebrate with ice cream...I am sure that was a very special treat for him. I am sorry to hear about Todd and hope he is feeling better. Blessings to you Kim! You give such inspiration in your posts and I thank you for that.

  20. Great and inspiring post . . .
    I hope Todd heals well . .
    Lucky sounds like it has been a “Lucky Match.”

  21. You and Jake have made my day! Ice cream always makes things better! Two years of grace you have given sweet Jake, indeed a huge reason to celebrate.
    So sorry to hear about Todd. It seems like it wasn't all that long ago that he got over another injury. Poor boy!
    Glad to hear Lucky got his forever home. And heres to hoping everyone stays well.
    Gus' Mom

  22. Here we are,,, a little late, but here we are! Its been several days now since you posted this on blogger, and we are so hoping that Todd is okay? Is he still limping? How is his wound... We are so sorry this happened,,,


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