Last week was the first time I have walked a dog since Sandy has been gone (end of January 2013). Coco is a 2 yr old weimaraner. She belongs to a neighbor who has a bad leg, he asked if I would mind walking her on occasion. She is used as a service dog, I have not seen that side of her. It was kind of a weird feeling walking with her at first, different, it wasn’t my Sandy, it brought up sadness, and me missing her instantly. I had a moment and then while we were walking I was thinking it was meant to be for me to have this experience with Coco. A dog is being introduced back into my world. Eventually I will get another dog. Things pop up in mysterious ways, and at unexpected times to you, and I am re learning to not analyze and just go with the flow, with the now. I have struggled for a while with just working no playing, no balance, and not really living, enjoying all the great things outside in the world. I look forward, and toward what is possible. I have always been a true believer that anything is possible. I still have love to give another dog, there is still plenty of love after loss, time is the great healer. There are imprints, markings that people,things that we love, or have loved, leave in our hearts. The marks will be there always, even with whatever new gets added, kind of like scar tissue. Some marks are painful reminders, and others just leave you with a smile.
On my last post, my heart was chipped away when Sandy died. My world seems different without her in it, she was my family. I’ve posted this picture before but I’m going to do it again. That is my niece Madison (several years ago) with her best buddy Sandy. I am horrible about photos and now I wish I would have taken many more of her. She will always be in my heart, and in my mind.
Brandon Fouche is my hero ! If you have a chance look him up. Here is a video that is needed for dog owners. I’ve posted stuff on him before. Louis Theroux another hero of mine did a documentary on, City of Dogs, in LA on the over population of unwanted dogs, strays , overcrowded dog shelters. He also brought attention to dogs that are labeled difficult, unable to be rehabilitated. Brandon Fouche says he has never met a dog that could not be rehabilitated. We as humans are not doing right by theses animals, or our own, and we need to learn to do right by them. We need to live in harmony and celebrate the things they teach and improvements they bring to our lives.
For that matter, we need to spread love and include all people, things and places that are mistreated.
He reports on the epidemic of strays, unwanted animals, that are abandoned onto the streets of LA by pet owners, or taken to dog shelters being erroneously and needlessly killed. Brandon Fouche has a thing or two to teach us, rescuing and working with abandoned abused animals that citizens create. He proves that the majority of the abused and neglected dogs labeled as aggressive in shelters, who are killed, can recover, moving them forward in the now, healthy moment, and not their old fearful and abused past. He is a voice for these incorrectly labeled dogs wanting the public to see that 99% of the mis labeled aggressive, issued dogs in shelters are adoptable. It is very rare when dogs are too far damaged to rehabilitate.
There is a huge sector of irresponsible pet owners who get a dog and then are clueless to the responsibilities and care of them. They end up abandoning them on the streets, or taking them to a shelter.
I’m a fan Mr. Fouche !!! It is my duty to circulate this important information. Lets stop killing animals, creating a huge population of neglected , mis labeled dogs that pet owners, breeders, or dog fighters are responsible for generating .
Lets stop putting animals out on the streets, in shelters, over breeding, dog fighting.
I have never had a pet cat. My mom fed a stray 14 years ago who had 2 babies and now she is the only survivor, so I have had exposure to her cats. I am more of a dog person, since losing Sandy last February, the cats are a nice distraction. When my brother-in-law passed away his cat had kittens and we brought one of the kittens home, not sure what happened to momma, and if we got the only surviving offspring. The cat (buddy) stays outside and we have a community of cats that come over and eat since his arrival. They are all entertaining, not sure if they are all strays, however we welcome them. They are all different colors and sizes, they all gather on our deck, plus we have had raccoons and possums come by as well. Where there is food, they will come.
More pictures of all the fury friends coming soon !
Animals prove it all the time, we can communicate without words, because I am a human being, I can communicate in multiple ways. Hence my blog, to express my thoughts, opinions, experiences. Sandy taught me that regardless of words, she always loves me, she would lay down her life for me.
This is a tough time for me, those of you who have never had a pet dog, or other animal, you are missing out. I respect not everyone likes having, and raising one in their home, however you miss out on great lessons that animals teach you. My dog has been the best friend I have ever had. She has loved me unconditionally and she has protected me, been my body guard. She is, and has been one of my most loyal friends.
The timing could not be worse, my dogs life is ending and my boyfriends brother is struggling with health issues, I can not go into specifics with his, because it is a private matter for him, and I pretty much write about experiences, circumstances, that affect me directly in my life.
We took her to the vet yesterday and I got the worst news. My beautiful dog has bone cancer in her elbow that is why she can not use her leg, and the cancer has spread to her lungs and ribs. I am so sorry for her, my poor babies organs are collapsing, she is slowly dying. I was hoping we had gotten all the cancer. ( she was operated on last May with adenocarcinoma in her mammary gland) She is the best dog, friend I could ever have been blessed with. I have never experienced a direct immediate family loss until now, and its too much. As the tears run down my face, I was not expecting this outcome yet, the facts are not good, however maybe a miracle could happen. She is so brave, still nurturing and still loving after 10 years, worrying about us, despite her condition. I do not want to lose her. I try not to cry near her because she senses all that.
Its a double whammy because it affects my boyfriend just as hard, he is losing his buddy. Cancer has played a big part of his life with ones close to him. This is a hard time for our hearts.
This is a video for my niece Madison, she wanted a video of sandy, she knows she has an injured leg. ( it’s her right front leg) She tells sandy how much she misses her via the phone. This is a must do for my little Chickie poo. I shot this today 01/08/2013 ! Still practicing with video filming.
So Chickie pooh had to be at the vets office before 9. Sandy’s Dr. performs surgeries on Tuesdays, it was May 15, many thoughts of new moments running through my head( her first surgery, first time being under anesthesia, will she have a bad reaction, possible fatality under the knife, etc…. ) So we drive to her vets office, once we get out Sandy gets excited to smell all the different animal smells ( cat and dog).
I am not a drama momma I just had normal worries of my loved one. The vet must have seen the look of concern all over my face, he explained she would get a loopy shot and then she would get the put her out ketamine shot. She held up pretty well with the loopy shot, then we went back with her to the surgery room and as soon as he stuck the needle in her vein she was out . It was an eerie feeling to see your dog lifeless with her tongue just a hanging, and being hooked up to a monitor. I got a little teary, gave her a big kiss and we took off.
About an hour later we got the call that she was waking up, so we headed back to the vets. They had her in a large kennel and she was out of it. I knelt on the floor next to her, rubbed her head. It took a good hour maybe before she got up. It was weird to see her body, motor skills, come to in sections ( from her head all the way back to her tail). The doc spoke to us and half of what he said about exercise, getting the area wet, went out the window, I was wrapped up in newness, however he did say to call with whatever questions I had. So we got her back home, she was not herself, she pretty much slept all day, and into the next. I had antibiotics and pain medicine that I gave her for a couple of days.
So we got the biopsy report and it was adenocarcinoma . They were two small tumors, doc thinks he got it all, it is an awful limbo state to be in.
Sandy is my profile picture that I have on Facebook. I have 2 pictures on my blog of her that I posted back in 2009, one of Max, and I need to get a picture of my brother’s dogs. They are all family. So I am introducing her again on a more personal level. I had taken some videos of her a couple of months ago and decided to share one. I get so wrapped up in my thoughts to put them out there, that I do not put the spotlight on my furry pal. She has been with us for almost nine years and what a gift she is. She is one of my best friends. My life is brighter because of her.
Yesterday I made a trip to the veterinary for Sandy’s check up and shots . Since 2006, Florida has amended certain vaccines to every three years. Dogs get a series of( rabies , distemper , parvovirus+ hepatitis) the vaccine lasts for 3 years, however they have to renew their tags every year, they are at $27.00 in Fl now. So my dog is a husky German Shepard mix, she was fine until the tech patted her neck and sandy vocalized a small growl, and then when the vet put his telescope on her. I had to put a muzzle on her. It sounds dramatic however she does not like being physically handled by strangers. The doctor held her while the tech took blood and gave her the vaccines. Clean bill of health, no worms!