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Eight years as my baby girl

July 3rd 2009 11:26 pm
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My sweet Hershey,

Today we celebrate the day you joined our family. I remember that evening oh so long ago. You were a little ball of fire back then who defended me and took over from day one. I am so glad I was there when that bad man through you out. I am so sorry that happened to you, but I am so glad I was there to see it, pick you up, and let you immediately know love and compassion and not be lost and out on your own at 4 weeks old. I pray you do not remember that day for I don't want you to know that side of man.

That day, my life changed forever and for the better. I didn't know it then that you would change my life. I have learned so much from you and because of you. I am so very grateful for you. I love you with every ounce of my being. Today we celebrate you and what you have done for our family.

I love you,



Happy Birthday my Sweet Girl

May 28th 2009 8:43 pm
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Happy 8th birthday my sweet, sweet Hershey.

It's been a crazy year, but have handled it all like a trooper. You got a new little sister, who you quickly taught who was boss. Then, in July you tore your left ACL. I want you to know I have never been so scared, knowing you were in pain but not knowing why. Then, you had to have surgery. Oh baby, you may never have known this, but your daddy went up there raising all kinds of cain because we didn't think you were receiving the level of care you should, and we got it all fixed. Then, just 6 weeks later, you tore the other ACL. When you did this one, I knew what it was and did not panic, but because of an approaching hurricane, you couldn't have surgery until the next week, so we evacuated so very carefully. A week later, we did the surgery again, and this time, no cain had to be raised. But, even with all this, you would not be stopped, you are my inspiration to not quit when the it all gets tough.

Right now, you are laying on the couch waiting to hear those words, "Its time to go to Tenwacee!" I love seeing the look in your eyes when it's time to go. You love the mountains so very much. You love going to eat at Bennett's, and I love seeing you so happy. Even though you are not my only girl, you are now, will always be, Mommy's girl, my baby, my princess. I am forever grateful that God chose me to be your mommy.

I love you sweet girl!
Happy Birthday,



Looking Back...

December 31st 2008 5:56 pm
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I can't believe another year has come and gone. This year you showed me what true strength and determination is.

You turned seven on May 28, and I had a really hard time with the fact that you were becoming a "senior". Little did I know that you would show me that there is no slowing down in you. You are my strong determined baby girl.

On July 14, you tore your right ACL. I don't know if I've ever been so scared. I had no idea what had happened. All I knew was you were running and then you wouldn't put any weight on your left leg. I didn't know if you had been bitten by a snake or what happened. So, I rushed you to the doctor, crying and scared. You put your paw on my shoulder and looked at me. That calmed me down immediately. We waited and waited and eventually saw Dr. Dill. He told me you tore your ACL and you would have to have major surgery on the 17th. He explained what happened to your knee with a model and said that we now had a 50% chance that the second would go too. You had your surgery and daddy came up and saw you. I think that at that point, the vet's office realized how much you were loved. You didn't have your things that we brought for you and we were both upset. We wanted you comfortable.

Then, on Aug 28, the other ACL went. It was after the doctors office closed so I had you there first thing the next morning. This time I knew what it was but was still upset. Hurricane Gustav was coming in and it would be a week before you could have surgery. We had to evacuate for Gustav and went to Thomasville, Ga for a few days. We went in two different cars, and you rode with Daddy on a heated seat and shared his snacks for the trip. We did all we could to keep you comfortable on the trip. When we came back, you had your surgery. We were there when you came out. Seeing you coming out of the anesthesia was probably the hardest thing I've ever seen. But, we put our hands where you could smell them and we could tell that you knew mommy and daddy were there. It was the hardest thing to leave you over night. The next day, I went and got you and your daddy picked Harley and Sophie up from daycare so you would be comfortable on the way home. You left the hospital already putting weight on your leg.

You have been so determined with this recovery. You wouldn't let your legs keep you down. Just yesterday, you went the entire 3 miles of our walk. You have absolutely amazed me with your strength and determination through this recovery. I wish I had the strength you have. You are my rock. You are my baby girl.

I love you sweet Hershey more than you could ever know. I know that 2009 will be another year of strength and determination.



November 28th 2008 4:07 pm
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Yesterday was Thanksgiving and it was good! It was a real pretty day and my mommy spent almost all of it in the kitchen!! Daddy smoked a Turkey, a duck, AND a piggy! Mommy made cranberry cornbread dressing, potato candy casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie! YMMMM!! Mommy noticed yesterday that my hair almost completely back from the first surgery and I'm running a lot more!! Mommy has been off all week and we didn't have to go to daycare!!! I like Thanksgiving!

Mommy said that she is thankful that I am healthy and healing from my surgery! She said she is thankful for ME!


Mommy and Me Day!

October 31st 2008 8:34 pm
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Mommy has had to do a lot of work with Harley because he's gonna be her service dog, and I have been NOT HAPPY about it. He gets to go bye-bye with mommy and has lots of time working with mommy by himself. I'm the oldest. I'm the ALPHA! That should be me. Well, I made mommy do "leash work" with me like she does Harley, and it wasn't all that fun after all. But, I still want some mommy time without the younger ones.

Well!! Today mommy not go to work!! Me and mommy went to Petland and mommy buyed me a Halloween Loofa and a piggy ear. There weren't a lot of people in there but they were all looking at me and talking to me, and I didn't like it. I don't like people (like mommy and daddy), and I don't like them looking at me. So, mommy buyed me presents and then we went to get lunch! We drove past the daycare (where I would normally be on Friday), and I grabbed mommy's arm and got close because I not wanted to go to daycare. I wanted to stay with mommy! But, know what! We weren't going there! We were going to get me a hamburger!! We went to Sonic and mommy buyed me a cheese burger with no onions and a water. Then we went to the old house in town. I like it there. I went potty in my old yard and mommy got my cheese burger to cool off and then I eatted it! It was yummy. Then, I laid in the sun for a little while. Then, me and mommy went back home! I liked the alone time with mommy, and mommy said she liked the alone time with me. I kept catching her looking at me and smiling!!


My update

October 20th 2008 5:26 pm
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My legs are getting stronger and stronger. I still want to do more than I am allowed to do, but I can jog short sprints. I am not letting these surgeries stop me or keep me down!! The hair on my first leg is almost completely back! Mommy and Daddy say that before long, you won't be able to tell I had surgery!! Mommy said that when I am all better, we will take an agility class together!!

Oh, I am helping mommy train Harley for service dog work!! I get to be the distractions!!! Hee Hee!! I'm good at distracting Harley!!!! I like this job!


Oops, I did it again!

September 9th 2008 4:09 pm
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I tore my other ACL on August 28! Then, on August 31, we had to evacuate to Georgia to get away from Hurricane Gustav! At first I was scared, but I rode with daddy and Harley and Sophie rode with mommy! This meant I got to share snacks with daddy...YMMMM!!! Then, we stayed in this really nice hotel where there were friendly people. We stayed for 2 nights...just hanging out, watching TV, and eating! Then, we loaded up and came back home. The ride home didn't take as long as the ride there.

Then, Mommy had to go back to work and we went back to school the next day. Then, Thursday, I had surgery on my ACL. Mommy and Daddy where there when I got out of surgery and they held me as I was waking up. The next morning, mommy came and saw me and brought me my food. Then, on Friday afternoon, I went home with mommy, and daddy came up and got Harley and Sophie so that I could ride home without them jumping on me!! Saturday, I got Oscar...that's crab meat....YMMMM!!! Mommy went night night on my bed last night to hold me until I got restless. I haven't been able to get comfortable, but I'm walking on my leg better than I "should" be!


The recovery continues....

August 11th 2008 5:44 pm
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I just started the 4th week of recovery and I started jogging. My leg is sore today, but it's going to get better. I even scratched my ear with my left leg!!! Mommy, Daddy, and Miss Nickie at daycare do real good at making me do my exercises. I hear "Walk on that leg" and "Put your leg down" all day long!! Grrrr....but before long, it will all be better and I will be back to normal!! My hair is growing back real well!!


My recovery!

August 1st 2008 5:14 pm
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I finished my medicines this morning! That is so good! No more yucky ucky pills!! We went back to daycare today and the doctor said that he is very impressed with my recovery! He said I am doing very well!!! They did a lot of physical training with me and told mommy I didn't have to do any tonight because it's been raining and the grass is wet. It won't be long and I'll be all better!


I'm home from surgery

July 18th 2008 10:45 am
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I had my surgery yesterday and I am home now. I was really uncomfortable on the way home and cried all the way, but I feel better now that I am home. I even got to sleep at mommy's feet. The left side of my hind end is shaved to just above my ankle and I have stable in my leg, and I have some red around my tail. Mommy says she's gonna take some pictures! I HOPE NOT! I don't want to remember this!

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