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Wishing you sunshine and happiness (an update)

January 13th 2011 4:11 am
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Dearest Friends,

Just wanted to give you a quick update on me!! I am still having more good days than not so good ones. I had a rough patch recently, but it seems to be resolving. I have lots of medication to take and my family is taking the best care of me ever! What more could a girl ask for in her "golden" years.

The power of the paw, support and kindness from each of you makes such a huge difference.....it gives me strength and carrys me when I feel tired. Thank you. I know I am surrounded by beautiful angels on earth and from the Rainbow Bridge....

" To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.'

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our hearts are connected by paws, Sissy

 

Had a better day...full of sunshine and happiness...thank- you!

December 17th 2010 3:48 pm
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ello special friends...

Thank you for all the love, power of the paw, prayers and rosies....it is helping. I know my time is limited, but I am doing better this evening....as a matter of fact, I did better today with extra pain meds. We think my front leg is acting up (the one broken when I was hit by the car when I was rescued by mommy) which makes it vitually impossible to get around when the hips don't work! Phew!!!

But guess what I did...:-O:)):))
Mommy had to go to work and granny was coming over a little later....so mommy got me all situated in the living room with my water, special blankets, bed, the mattress where mommy is sleeping and put up the gate so I would not attempt to go into the other rooms...this room has carpet and keeps me somewhat confined. I was very peaceful and went to sleep.

Silly mommy left the gate slightly opened for CK to come and go, only about 6 inches............:))!:))!:))!:))!

Well, when granny came over, I had pushed the gate aside and, of course, left it standing and went to my other bed by the front window to lay down and watch for mommy! Granny called mom and we all laughed!! Guess I decided I would go where I wanted....that is a good sign!:)):)):))

I am still limping and taking extra meds which can put me at more risk to hurt myself as the meds take away a lot of the pain and then I do silly stuff like today....must take after my mommy!! We girls are really strong.

We are staying realistic knowing I have a mass in my chest, mobility issues and will be 14 plus on the 29th of this month. I sure hope we get to have one big party to celebrate. Mommy says we will have out of town company and may not be around much on the pc the 29th, but we need to do something! Mommy and daddy rescued me on December 29, 2000 and I was somewhere between 3 and 5...according to 2 vets. Mom says I rescued her....

My life has been amazingly special and we take time to laugh at all the special stuff like today....

I think I am being carried partly by beautiful angles from the bridge...

Fly Free Qunicy...you are loved.

Have a special evening....we are going to rest as mommy has to work tomorrow.

Love you all....our hearts are connected by paws!!!

 

Thank you for the Power of the paw....it gives me strength,- so please keep sending it to me!

December 17th 2010 5:04 am
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Good morning special friends!

Yesterday was a really bad and different day for me. We are not sure what was going on; however, mommy stayed home from work with me to make sure I was okay. My granny came over too. Auntie Eileen chatted with mom and that helped. WE are so blessed with amazing friends.

Mommy will have to work this weekend to make up her time. She says it does not matter as she will always be there for me! It is so hard to take care of us bigger dogs, especially for mommy who is mobility impaired with her spinal cord and other aliments....she does it though....anything for me. Did I tell you how blessed I am???

I rested well last night (finally) and still have my smile and golden spirit this AM. I havent' attemtped to get up so we are not sure how I will be mobility wise. The two antibiotics are helping my cough and I not restless...I have a good appetite!

I will have to tell you our theroy.....I was most restless yesterday and could not stand up or move much....bad day...actually never had a day like this. It was very worrisome. Mommy lost her smile and was so concerned. I actually was too. One of the things I did yesterday was keep looking around the rom suddenly as if I heard something....but there was nothing there (at least not that mommy could see).....I did this many times throughout the day. I would lay my head down to rest, perk my hears and look up.....

Finally, I realized how comforted I was and how safe I felt....It was my angels from the bridge coming to give me strength....they were here. I told mommy I know Leo lead the group of angles here as he and I are connected so deeply....my ailments are like his and he wanted to check on me himself. He brought all of you wonderful angels with him....thank you. No one else could see all the doggie/kitty angles, but me..... I knew you were with me. What a comforting feeling. I know my kitty angel sis was with me too....she is still is.

Mommy and I had a long talk about going to be with all my angel friends....I didn't give her that sign yet....I told her lets hold on a while longer and see if this is simply just a rough patch and it gets better. Granny will stay with me today.

Please keep sending the power of the paw...I feel it and it helps! I know my angels will be back today to stay be my side...

Our hearts are connected by paws, Sissy.

 

Sissy's vet appt. update

November 30th 2010 7:49 pm
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Dearest Friends,

Thank you so much for all the positive energy and power of the paw….as I always say, I am one lucky girl to have such love and goodness in my life.

Sorry it took a little longer to post about my big vet appt. today. We were there for almost 2 hours and both mommy and I were pooped out when we got home! Phew! So where do I begin?
I am an old gal….somewhere between 13 and 15…for a golden that is very mature…guess that means I am extra wise, too! : ) I went to the vet for a complete new set of chest x-rays for comparison to the ones taken following my big surgery last September and the start of my chronic coughing, tracheatis, bronchitis and pneumonia! I also had f/u x-rays in December of 2009 and June of this year. Well, we are most sad to report there were some changes in the x-rays and it appears I do have a mass…it is located somewhere between my trachea and chest wall. Mommy says it was easy to spot on the x-rays. Apparently, it presses on my trachea and causes irritation and thus the cough….then all the coughing causes inflammation which leads to chronic bronchitis and subsequent pneumonia. You know the old saying….”the ankle bone is connected to the knee bone….the knee bone is connected to the thigh bone!” The saying proves correct and it seems one thing causes another to flare. The mass did not show up in the original x-rays last year or the ones 6 months ago.
I finish my two week round of antibiotics tomorrow and we will see how I do. The vet did decide to try a much stronger bronchial dilator to see if it would ease my breathing and cough. He said I could get immediate results from the medication or it could take a few days. The first pill seems to be working some. Mommy and I are pleased. I am resting comfortably and even managed to do a little of the happy happy doggie dance without coughing deeply. Mommy says I sound like a honking goose!! : )
Other problem is my hips….I am truly struggling to get up and down. I got my special new non-skid socks and was started on a new medication called gabapentin to help with mobility and neurological issues. I also take pain meds 2-3 times per day. I don’t walk much, but do enjoy short trips outside in the sun. I have a new belly sling which mommy uses to help me up and down until I get my footing. The sling helps mommy handle me better w/o jeopardizing her spinal cord as much. Mommy would do anything for me, but I care about her health so much that it bothers me that she is limited in what she can do and yet she is always there for me.
Mommy and daddy feel my pain is better and I am content. I am eating, resting, and smiling….I have not lost my spirit or motivation. I am perky and still love to bark and protect my home! I stay with my grandparents while mommy and daddy work.
Mommy and daddy also built me a “plank”….that is, a narrow ramp which fits our Honda perfectly. It is ply wood cut to fit the car with carpet stapled to it. I have learned quickly to “walk the plank” with mommy’s help to get in and out of the car so there are no big steps or jumps. I like my plank and it is so helpful.

Daddy has moved a mattress downstairs and put it on the floor in the living room. Mommy sleeps there with me and does not leave my side. On occasion, daddy makes her go to her special bed and rest her spine. They will continue to stay with me until we know I am doing okay with the new medications. They have a “Sissy” (baby) monitor so they can hear me if I need something. I usually sleep the night through. I love sleeping in my special spot downstairs…have done it for a while now, but mommy simply won’t sleep too far away from me for now.

With all this being said, things are progressing for me in a way we had not hoped….my conditions are worsening and we are simply managing my symptoms to ensure the best quality of life for now. One day at time!!! Mommy is really sad as she was taken back by the mass found. She knows my time on earth is limited and plans to make the most of every minute with me. When she is not with me, I am never alone….I am with my grandparents, my daddy, and my wonderful friends.

The vet did bring up the topic of thinking about the possibility that I may need to go to the bridge soon. Mommy says I will let her know when I am ready….mommy will help me go peacefully when that time comes. I am not ready yet. We hope the new medications and tools help me stay for a while and enjoy my senior years with my family. I have not lost my golden spirit and my smile remains forever strong.
Since our vet of 30 years relocated, I am seeing his partner and he simply does not know my mommy or me well. Mommy will never keep me here, if I am ready to go. We did ask about the mass being cancer….probably so.
Please continue to send the power of the paw….and just be there for my mommy…. (daddy, too….grandparents, too).

Thank you for your care and concern. I am forever grateful for each of you.

Our hearts are connected by paws, Sissy

 

Woofing an update to all my Dogster/Catster Family

October 6th 2010 4:10 am
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Good Morning Everyone!

Thank you SO much for all the healing energy and positive thoughts. The power of the paw is so strong and warms my heart....it also helps give me strength. Good news is, I am doing better!!! yippppeeee (gently does the happy, happy doggie dance)

I am able to put more weight on my back hips and walk better. My new Power Paws non-skid socks really help. My special friend, Leo, wears them too and they are so cute on us!

The new medication is helping and I am thankful. I still struggle to get up and down....my back legs "scissor" some upon standing, but once my legs and feet figure out where they go, I can walk better.

Mommy does not think I appear in pain. The vet does not think so either. I am enjoying every moment of each day.....Thank you for being my friends and supporting me through the good times and not so good times.

I am one lucky dog and mommy is smiling again!!!! :)


Albert Schweitzer wrote:

"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."

Our hearts are connected by paws, always!!!

Golden hugs of sunshine and love,

Sissy and family

 

It's the time of the year again....mommy is walking for- awareness and I am cheering her on!

September 9th 2010 4:22 am
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Hello sweet friends,

Most of you know how passionately we feel about supporting those with memory loss...it's in our hearts.

Our annual tradition of walking for a cause is in November....The Memory Walk is to support those with memory loss & raise community awareness and funds to help not only find a cure, but also provide much needed support for those affected by the disease.

We are starting our Memory Walk Awareness campaign early this year as mommy says it is greatly needed. The number of people affected with memory loss is growing and growing...and yet, community awareness seems to remaining status quo.

According to the Alzheimer Association "today an estimated 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's. In addition, 78 million baby boomers are approaching the age of greatest risk for developing this fatal disease. Now is the time to ACT to end this epidemic!"

Phew!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is an alarming number of people. Memory loss is such a devestating disease which robs everyone....the person with it slowing fades away and the family loses a part of their loved one each day. People who don't understand it...are afraid of it....and often times, the people with the disease don't live as good of quality of life as they deserve.

People with memory loss have incredible gifts to share with us if we simply open our hearts and minds...

The lanuage they speak may be different, their actions may be unique, their fears....real, their emotions....tucked away...and yet, their eyes say it all....love me for who I am.

Memory loss is such a devestating disease...those affected by it face a long journey with many obstacles and challenges; however, there is always something positive among the hardships, as well....or as my special sister, Jazzi Sunshine Angel would say, "beneath the clouds, the sun is always shining." What we can learn from the hearts of people whith memory loss is amazing....it is powerful. To be able to reach a person locked within themselves and have a heartfelt meaninful interaction is beyond words...but mommy and I find it a true gift which touches our hearts and souls deeply.

As mommy gears up to walk her 3 mile walk to show support for those affected with this disease, I am sad to say....I won't be by her side this time. This has always be our walk...our work together.

I will simply have to cheer her on from the sidelines...as my hips and front leg won't let me walk as I used too. Daddy will be there with Mommy's wheelchair as always...but each year, she finishes with a limp in her step, smile on her face....and joy in her heart. Mommy is one determined lady! I told her I could do the same thing....but she cares for me so much and feels my participation is not in my best interest anymore.

So...with that being said....I am now becoming the spokesdog for mommy's Memory Walk campaign!!! What a great job I have!

What I would ask all of you to do is reach into your hearts and learn more about the diseases which rob people (and doggies) of their memories. Diseases like Alzheimers, Parkinsons, strokes, etc....Yes, we doggies get Alzheimers too.

Here are some other ideas of how you can show your support for those affected by memory loss:

1. Wear People....a purple ribbon, a purple collar, a purple shirt, a purple bracelet, a purple bandana...

2. Visit those with memory loss and let them pet you and love you...

3. Lick their tears away and reassure them when they are scared....

4. Help out families caring for those with memory loss by providing some respite, a shoulder to cry on....a ear to listen...

5. Volunteer at a memory loss unit

6. Start or join a memory loss team

7. Raise community awareness, support and funds to help those with memory loss.


See...................there is a lot you can do to support those with memory loss.

So between now and November, we are going to be on a journey to raise community awareness about memory loss.

As the Beatles song, The Long and Winding Road" so beautifully states,

"The long and winding road
That leads to your door

Will never disappear
Ive seen that road before
It always leads me her
Lead me to you door

The wild and windy night
That the rain washed away
Has left a pool of tears
Crying for the day
Why leave me standing here
Let me know the way

Many times Ive been alone
And many times Ive cried
Any way youll never know
The many ways Ive tried

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me standing here
A long long time ago
Dont leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door

But still they lead me back
To the long winding road
You left me standing here
A long long time ago
Dont leave me waiting here
Lead me to your door
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah"


Thank you for being our friends and part of the lifetime memories which fill our hearts.......we are blessed to know each of you....

Our hearts are connected by paws.

Golden hugs of hope and support for those with memory loss,

Sissy and Family

 

Golden hugs of happiness and sunshine to all....

July 20th 2010 4:31 am
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Hello Friends,

It has been pretty quiet here lately in Dogster/Catster land....sure hope that means everyone is busy enjoying summer activites.

We think of each of you and keep you in our hearts. We also keep sending the power of the paw to those who are in need. Our hearts are sad about all the recent losses to the bridge. We know there are so many beautiful angels amoung us.

I am declining some and mommy is worried about it....I am strong and will do my best to stay that way.

Please keep being who you are and doing all the good you do to make our world better. Remember,

""We must be the change we wish to see in the world."
~Gandhi

Put your hand over your heart, I am there.

Our hearts are connected by paws, always.

Golden hugs of friendship, Sissy and family

 

Put your hand over your heart....I am there.

July 6th 2010 3:31 am
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Good morning friends,

Just wanted to start your day with a hi and golden hug to let you know I am thinking of you and wishing you well.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and living each day to the fullest. It is so important as we never know what tomorrow will bring.

I am okay....just slowing down. I am worried about all those who need the power of the paw or have gone to the bridge. It is heart breaking....just know you are never far from our thoughts.

You are in my heart and I am thankful to be your friend. Afterall, our hearts are connected by paws!!!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said:

'A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.'

Thanks for being so special.

Love and golden hugs of sunshine, Sissy (and family)

 

Update from my heart.....

June 21st 2010 4:26 am
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Hi Friends!!!

It’s been a while since we have updated you on sweet Lil’ ole me!!! Well….I told mommy we needed to do that so all my precious friends would know how I am doing. For a mature golden girl, I am great…my days are filled with love and sunshine! What more could a girl want???? Plus, I have the best boyfriend ever to share my golden year with….love you Boss Man!
I am still having problems with my awful cough…..mom took me back to the vet for a follow-up and I had a full set of x-rays, blood work, etc. It appears the infection is gone, I just have some trach damage from the surgery and I am simply going to have this irritation (treacheal-bronchitits) all the time. It has to do with my hypothyroid and the paralysis of throat nerves which comes with older girls!!! Wow….aging isn’t for Sissies……..hehehehehehehehe!! My hips give me a hard time and it seems it takes me a long while to get up and down. My pretty pink booties help me walk. My grandparents have tile and wooden floors making mobility more difficult for me while I am there (I stay with them while my parents work). They recently bought some pretty carpet runners and put a carpet path for me throughout the house….it’s like the red carpet…made for Queen!! I feel so loved! I have the best family and friends ever! I also have good medication to take. So all in all…..I am doing well.
I apologize I haven’t been as active as I would like….so much is going on in the family which requires our time. Grandma is still not as stable as she needs to be….a family recently diagnosed with cancer, and much more!! Daddy was cancer free for 13 years yesterday which is such a blessing….

Please know , I am always with you in my heart…..if you ever forget that….put your paw over your heart….feel me there!!!! I always say, “our hearts are connected by paws and I mean that from the bottom of my sweet golden heart.
We have also been struggling with all the conflicts going on with all the changes on Dogster/Catster, etc. We miss the strong sense of community spirit and joy….we hope it finds its way back soon. We know it is there, simply just not the center of everything right now. We, too, are saddened that HQ has allowed unfriendly animal products and advertisers to be put on our happy place and cause such turmoil. I am so glad everyone sticks up for us animals…..we need advocates when we can’t speak for ourselves. I hope they will do the right thing….and allow our community to be animal friendly again….I must admit, we find it difficult to support anything which is not animal friendly….so we do understand how everyone is feeling. Conflict can make us stronger, if we let it:
“It is not good for all our wishes to be filled; through sickness we recognize the value of health; through evil, the value of good; through hunger, the value of food; through exertion, the value of rest.”
- Greek Proverb
Wishing you a sunshine kind of day. May your hearts be filled with happiness and peace.

Our hearts are connected by paws always.

Golden hugs, Sissy and family

 

Sending Sunshine and Happiness....

June 10th 2010 4:41 am
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Dearest Friends,

Hope you know we are always thinking of you and sending the power of the paw.....Our lives have still be hectic given all that is going on with grandma, etc....we find comfort in knowing we have all of you thinking of us....We are one lucky family to have all of you in our lives.

We are also still most saddened by all the unresolved issues in the Caster/Dogster Community....here's hoping one day things get back to normal....until then, know that doing what you believe in and feel passionate about...is the right direction to travel...for knowing your heart is truly knowing yourself....standing by your convictions speaks volumes.

"Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong."

~Ella Fitzgerald

We love and appreciate what each of you bring to our lives...continue to empower yourselves to be all you can be....and if your day ever becomes cloudy, put your paw over your heart....you will feel us there sending sunshine and happiness always.

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

`Maya Angelou

Thank you for making us feel loved.

Our hearts are connected by paws, Sissy, Jazzi sunshine Angel, Ck and family

 
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