Monday, January 29, 2024

Good Riddance January!

I could not be more grateful to have January coming up in the rearview mirror! What a month it has been. I am hoping that February will be a better month at our house. 

To start, many, many thanks for all the good and healing vibes for Todd. 

He has healed well and uneventfully and the stitches have been removed. **And I'll add for newer readers, who may not know, Todd at almost 12 years old, belongs to us and is not a foster dog - We've had him since he was a 12 week old puppy. ❤

~Stitches out - the healing continues~

The past month has been filled with trying to find and get back that balance. Yes, the dogs appear to have moved on from everything, but I'm still stuck back at that moment I arrived home at the start of January. Friends that have unfortunately found themselves in a similar situation, tell me that just as it is with Todd, something like this takes time to heal, and I think we are. 

~Milo makes any day better~

Life continues whether I wanted it to or not, and in the rain, snow and cold, I still had to go to work. 

~On my way to work on a snowy morning~

Vet appointments made weeks ago still needed to be kept. 

Marley saw the ophthalmologist for a follow up. The higher dose of the eye medication, (tacrolimus) is making a difference and his eyes are looking better. He'll have another recheck in 3 months to be sure.

~A tired Marley on his way home~

Iva was also at the vet for a skin infection, and hot spot. The good news for her is that her weight loss journey is getting results. She now weighs in at 88 pounds and has lost a total of 32 pounds. Yay Iva!! As you know, she is a foster dog, and the journey also continues to find her forever family, that I so hope comes soon. 

Lily also saw the holistic vet. She's so nervous when taken anywhere, that I decided to add Marley as a comfort dog for her. Wholistic Vet has such a dog friendly office, and she and Marley were totally comfortable and relaxed during the visit. 

~Marley, left playing the roll of comfort dog for Lily~

We now have a plan for Lily going forward that doesn't cure her cancer, but hopefully will slow down its progress. She's now taking 3 Chinese herbs and we've added CBD oil to help alleviate her anxiety. 

~Lily, as relaxed as she can be~

And as I have already said, and as we all know, somehow and someway life goes on and I know it needs to. And a good cup of hot chocolate shared with a friend really helps with that. So, onward we go. ūüĖ§


  1. Hello,
    Sounds like improvement to me, good news. Todd is healing and congrats to Ava for her weight loss, that is awesome. Marley is a sweet comfort dog. I hope February will be a great month for you all. Take care, have a great day!

  2. January has been a terrible month for many of us, and so let's all hope that February will bring better things!


  3. We're glad to hear all the pups are doing well. Our paws are crossed that you have a peaceful and easy least it will be short. BOL!

  4. Happy to read that Todd is healing nicely ! All of those sweet faces, they seem to enjoy the snow :)

  5. I am so glad to hear that sweet Todd is on the mend and am glad the others in need of extra care have seen their vets and are on helpful meds. Hope your hot chocolate and calm at home will allow you the peace you need to recover from the upsets.


  6. Todd, you are a brave lad and the healing looks good. The others, as you say, life goes on every day, but with love and care, their faces show happiness for you. Let that snow vanish, icy roads be safe again, and the Holistic Vet must be so caring and gentle.

  7. Todd's injuries , looking at the now picture, were very serious. Big hugs and long ones for you. You are brave, strong and mighty.
    I hope for a much calmer rest of the year for you all. Gemma's Person/Beth

  8. Good to hearthat Todd is healing well, I do hope Iva finds a permanent home soon. Hang in there, you sound tired and discouraged. You are the foster dogs only hope!

  9. You have been through so much! I hope February is a good month for you. You deserve it!

  10. So glad that Todd 's injuries have healed well. In spite of your wintry weather, the dogs all look very happy and contented. Hope that February is a better month for you.

  11. Glad Todd is better. Yes, hot chocolate has calming medicinal qualities

  12. Thankful for you that things seem to be turning around. Fingers crossed!

  13. What dear sweet faces and a good report for all; it's a relief to see Mr. Todd healing well. And a 32 pound weight loss for Iva! That takes careful management. Your snow is beautiful. What a cheering post. Take care, all.

  14. We are so happy to hear that Todd is recovering well. Scary moments don't easily slide away, but hopefully February will bring 29 happier days. It has been a month of illness here too for the pups, but we are coping.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  15. Remember that healing is not linear, and there may be ups and downs along the journey. Allow yourself to feel whatever emotions arise, and trust that with time, you will find your way back to a place of balance and peace.

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