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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Touch of the Paw

I was doing some writing about Brut, about how he transformed our world, thinking and behavior about dogs.  He changed and challenge everything I thought I knew and then some.  He was such an extraordinary teacher who taught with grace and vigor.  It is one of the many things I loved about him.

Brut and I made many strides and growth together that were bounding.  Sure, it was hell sometimes and I wanted to give up many times, but it was worth it.  It was real life lessons in real time.  There was no cutting around it or tossing issues to the side or for someone else to take because it was all about our relationship to each other.  For all the good and bad of my relationship with Brut, we each gave as much as we took and our hearts were at the center of everything we did and said.  Passion ruled our world.

The next generation, from Brut's kids, on down will be taught and challenged with that same expression of passion and heart.  The lessons Brut taught me about being a dog and what I learned from him will carry on to every dog we have and meet.  Like carrying the message of Brut, to live on forever. Who is and will be with me every step of the way.  How beautifully awesome.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

(almost) Black/White Sunday-Such Soulful Softness

I remember this day.  Brut was so calm and relaxed.  Just watching the world go by outside his door.  His favorite place to lay.  Now Zappa takes to the spot.

There was a softer side to Brut.  I miss him showing me it.  This picture is very close to sharing his mature, gentle side.  So beautiful.  I miss being with him in every way, but these moments were the most special to us.  

Miss you big boy...

Forever Brut.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Cone Freedom! and the cats are back!

Here is Silver yesterday singing her little heart out...

And here is Silver today after a stressful long wait at the vet to get her stitches out.
Yes, we are cone free and doing well.
Thank you so much for all your well wishes and prayers.
I think they are working and we are going to need them in the coming months.


We also have a special treat for all you cat lovers...

the cat blog is back in business!

Find out how Boxer and Leia keep clawing their way into this girl's dog-filled  mind with the...

36 Claws of Attitude.

Stop over for a visit.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Bruter Boy Gotcha Day

What a little fluff ball of terror you were.  I didn't know how I was going to make it through those first few days, let alone the rest of your life.  Six weeks old and you were so tough, a little bully if you will.  And as hard as it was, I loved you more every day. Although it was pretty rocky that day I brought you home, there was something so special between us that will live forever.

Happy Gotcha Day Bruter.

Always missing you.

(mug created at Shutterfly.com for hubby)

Friday, November 18, 2016

Biopsy Results for Silver

Silver has cancer.  An aggressive form that attacks the ducts of the mammary glands.

We are opting not to operate to remove tumor as there are too many risks, the cancer is in a tough spot to get, and more than likely would come back even more aggressive.

For now Silver is doing well.  You wouldn't know she is sick at all.

She is still wearing a cone because of her stitches from the biopsy and will have to wear it until she has them out a week from now.

Please pray for us.

Thank you.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Silver's doing better today.

Silver is doing better today.  Her mood has picked up and is a little more perky.  She was so miserable yesterday.  I think she is starting to get used to the cone and her frustration level is coming down.  Silver is so much like me, she doesn't want anybodies help, she has to figure it out for herself.  And she is doing just that.

She was excited at dinner time, jumping around and barking with the rest of the 24 Paws and even though she hesitated for a minute whether to eat or not, she did eat all her food.

That girl has such a strong will, stronger than Brut ever had.  If she doesn't want to do something she's not going to do it.  I forgot how bull headed she can be, now I remember where her kids got their stubbornness from.

Just witnessing the after effects of Silver's recovery from the biopsy, has made both Mark and I think twice about having the tumor removed, regardless if it is cancerous or not.  Since the tumor is so large, almost running half the length of her body, we are talking about a serious incision and a extensive surgery to remove it.  Our vet already told us that they can not get a 'clean' scrape because the tumor runs down to her pelvic bone.   Which means if it is cancerous and they can't get it all, it will probably come back more aggressively. Her recovery if she survives the surgery at 13 years old, will be lengthy and slow and miserable.  That's when I have to think about quality of life.  I don't know that I could do that to her just for a little extra time and my selfish needs of not wanting to lose her.  I don't think I can do that to her...

Silver is the dog that we've had the longest out of all the dogs Mark and I have had together.  We got her at 7 weeks old and she just turned 13 this past summer.
I wish dogs could live forever!
Thanks for listening.  

Monday, November 14, 2016

Helluva Day So Far!

It all started Sunday night.

First there was no evening snack.

Then there were no bedtime treats

Then no breakfast...

Then next thing I know...

A trip to the V-E-T!

Where I was drugged, poked and prodded.

Finally they came to get me,


That is until the cone, the shirt and the leash came out.

All at once.

13 years old and a cone virgin.

Will this ever end?

Silver had her biopsy for her mammary gland tumor.

We should know the results by the end of this week.

Power of the Paw!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A little POTP for Silver

What was originally thought to be a cyst in Silver's mammary gland has turned out to be a tumor. In two months time it double or almost tripled in size.  It goes from her rib cage down to her pelvis region.

We will be scheduling her for a biopsy soon then weighing our options.

We will keep you up to date.

Please send some Power of the Paw for Silver.

Thank you!