Tuesday, February 13, 2018

My Girl........

On the eve of my birthday , the day I also designated for Miss Lizzy's birthday I just want to say how much I miss my girl.......


It's been ten years since I adopted my beautiful, crazy girl Lizzy. You would think for a first dog I would have picked a breed that would have been easier to deal with, but I chose to volunteer at Husky Haven ten years ago and I knew my dog would come from there. When Lizzy jumped on me that cold, muddy February day I knew that I would always be there for her.
My girl had a bit of a backstory....she was born in February 2006...backyard breeder and adopted by a family that really shouldn't have had her. She was the ultimate escape artist....her family always left her tied up outside but she always found a way out. After quite a few trips to animal control the family decided she was too much of a hassle and that's how she ended up at Husky Haven and with me. I have to admit I had to redo my whole backyard to keep her from leaving....5 foot fences were not enough....so everything got bigger. But I loved that girl anyway.
I always thought she would be here for a long time. I couldn't believe when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. My girl lost weight and was on all types of meds but her funny, crazy self stayed by my side for another two years.....until she just couldn't.....


So on the eve of your twelfth birthday just want to say I love you girl....and I will always miss my first dog.......

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Two Months.....

This is the first time since the very first of December that I've had time to sit down at my computer for any reason. It's not like me to just walk away from this blog, social media...and just about everything else, including Christmas...my favorite time of year, but there it is. I have literally spent every waking moment since December taking care of my dad.....
Start of December dad collapsed and was taken to the hospital and put in ICU with internal bleeding. A few days in he invoked his DNR....but a few day later revoked it and had some minor procedures to patch him up...only alternative was major surgery and he refused that. We brought him back to his apartment in hospice care , not really knowing what would happen. For the next few weeks I was there 15 hours a day, really exhausting, until he had an epiphany and decided he wanted to go to rehab. We got him there right before Christmas and he started working on walking..... something he hadn't done in weeks. After two weeks he had to leave, Medicare only pays for so much, and because he really couldn't walk well we had to move him from his place to assisted living...another major move in less than two years. That's where he is now and I'm starting to get him more physical therapy and we shall see what transpires.
It's a very daunting task when I am responsible for just about everything in his life. It not only wore me down but my dogs hated me for the last few months.

TJ was the most upset. Starting in September we were taking 3 to 5 mile walks 5 days a week....that came to an abrupt halt in December and really just started again a week or so ago. Some days I was literally just home long enough to let the dogs out and then feed them. He has a much better attitude now and I feel better too!!


Tanky and Faith were a bit better about rolling with the punches....although they missed their daily one mile.
We are finally getting back on track...really don't know what the future holds for my dad....but we shall see. I am finally getting back to having time to do some things for me....so I will be back to writing and computer. For those of you out there that have had this type of experience, I admire you, it's hard!!!!!!
See you very soon.........

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

My Girls.....

I mentioned August was a tough month...lots of bad and sad things. This story is one of the really sad ones, really haven't been able to write it without crying for the last few months.
A bit of backstory is necessary, 6 years ago I was retired out of my job and I'm not really one to sit around. Was trying to figure out what to do...I loved animals, especially dogs, so why not a pet sitter. I did my homework on all of it, contracts, pricing, etc. My great friend Becky let me take care of her babies...I loved it and starting promoting myself. Six years ago I got a call from a lady through care.com, wanted me to take care of her three babies. It was my first real job and I jumped at the chance. I met the three great girls, Brandi, Lola and Lucy and I was there for them for the next six years!!!
Three sweet girls....Brandi, Lola and Lucy in the back!!!
For the first three or four years we had so many good times.....we walked miles a day and played outside when we weren't walking. I will tell you the girls were not young when I started....Lola 9 1/2, Brandi 9 and Lucy around 7. When you are with dogs for so many years it's hard to see them slowing down. I guess the last two years were when it got so noticeable. Brandi's arthritis got so bad she was having a hard time doing our walks and Lola was having a myriad of health problems....but we just kept moving along...until this year. Brandi had developed problems in her mouth, cancer, they were to discover then a few months later Lola too. By August both the girls were very sick and the decision was to put them down to save them from anymore suffering. It was also decided they would go the same day since they were as close as if they had been sisters. They would have a hard time without the other.
Brandi and Lola in younger years....long before I met them.
Luckily I got to spend the day before with them....probably about three hours talking about all the fun we had and giving them some extra loving.....
I managed till the end of my visit not to cry....and that was tough. The next morning they were gone. I will truly miss them , I do every one that I take care of.......
I hope you are at the Rainbow Bridge with Lizzy and all the other babies that have gone before....
To the best and sometimes the saddest job......

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!!!

Hope all of you have a safe holiday. I'm going to do what I do every year since my son was too old to trick-or-treat.....lock up, turn all the lights inside and out off , and watch a scary movie. Well tonight I will be watching something that will be scary for LA...the Astros winning the World Series. Let's just say Houston could use a pick me up after Harvey....know it doesn't solve a problem...but pretty cool for us.


Want to say thanks to my son for the great pic....his pumpkin from a week ago looks scarier than ever!!!
Go 'stros...
See you soon...

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Mr. Bono......

Bono got a wonderful new home two weeks ago. I didn't write about it at the time because he was a difficult dog when he came to us six years ago....and I wanted to make sure he was going to fit well into his new environment. Things are going well...so let me tell a story....


Yes...I said six years. Sometimes dogs come in that have problems that prevent them from getting homes immediately. Bono had some dog aggression with many of the other dogs and crate aggression. We had so many dogs at the time I think he just didn't get as much one on one time as he should have. Over time he mellowed considerably, except the crate deal, and  my friend Denise and I decided to start taking him to shows and about a year ago I posted him on Petfinder. He was really good at shows and he started getting some applications coming his way....he is a stunning black and white boy. Over the months I got a ton of apps from people with lots of kids or cats or both. Not situations I could put him in. I never did despair that a good home would come along and in August I got a call that changed everything for Bono.
I don't know how James got my number....if from Petfinder I will have to take care of that...but he did. He said he and his son were interested in a 3 year old black and white that we had posted....told him we didn't have a dog like that but we had a seven year old that was looking for a good home.....did he want to see him? He said yes but  lived 3 hours away so that wasn't going to happen too soon. We tried to arrange a meeting when they were in town.....but then our friend, Harvey, blew in and all bets were off. Weeks went by, but they were still interested, three weeks ago they finally were in town and got to meet Bono. It was love, despite all of Bono's quirks. We arranged to bring him to their place the next weekend.
We spent the week getting him all cleaned up and up to date with shots. That Saturday morning we took off bright and early (thanks Denise and Ron especially for driving) on our long trip. Bono was great spending most of the time on my lap...but greatly confused by the length of the drive. When we got there I knew he was going to have a fine home!! Huge fenced in backyard.....they even put up some hot wire like I had suggested.....


and a lovely home to run around in. We brought a crate....but I doubt if they will use it....basically it will be three bachelors living together.


I've talked to them quite a few times since he has been there and everyone is happy....Bono has the run of the house at night and so far likes a few special sleeping spots. I'm happy this boy in in a home and getting the attention he so deserves!!!
Have a great evening....
See you soon.

Friday, September 1, 2017

A Puppy Tail......

Ok....this will be a tale, not about a puppy and really this guy is only a Husky mix. But, I do love this dog and want to find him the perfect home. I haven't mentioned it on my blog....but the director of our rescue, Husky Haven , has cancer and I am trying to find homes for the babies still there. The one I'm talking about tonight is sweet Mr. Cherokee. If I could have five dogs I would take him when I take Volga...but that's a lot of dogs!!! Cherokee is a wonderful dog, sweet and loving, perfect in my estimation. He loves the girls and gets along pretty well with the other male dogs too. I've never tested him with smaller dogs or cats , so I have no idea if he'd get along. He's red and white and about 5 1/2 to six years old. Up to date on shots and ready to go!!!!!




If you're looking to bring a great guy into your home.....Cherokee is your man!!!!

I apologize for not being around for awhile. August was a terrible month ending with Harvey. I'm back and want to help our kids get great homes.

See you soon....
Have a wonderful evening....

Sunday, July 23, 2017

One Year Ago.......

On this date I lost my beautiful girl , Lizzy , to pancreatic cancer. She was a fighter...they told me she had three months and she was around for two years. I think of her every day and miss that face everyday. The last week of her life I knew something was going on.....especially that Friday when I went to take her for a walk and she just turned around and started back to the house. Her walks were everything to her. She was my first dog and she was one of a kind. Today I am posting many pictures to remember her by......

Tank, me and Miss Lizzy!!!



Her fav summer spot.....

With Rudi...one of my fosters....he looks like her son.....
Just relaxing......
One of the few times she got to go to a show...we were usually working them....
Her with my first foster Zena.....
Just back from the hospital after getting the bad news......
She lost so much weight when she got sick.....from 53 to the 30 pounds she was for those two years....
Her last b-day, eating a cupcake Cyndii made for her....and almost my hand too!!!!


The last two pictures I took of her............
I'll be thinking about you everyday girl.....I hope you are having some fun at the Rainbow Bridge......