December 11th 2009 12:19 am
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Thanksgiving was a great time. Mom & dad & Nisha & I drove up to Oregon to see my uncles & aunts & dog cousins. We rented a house at the beach. It was pretty cold outside and it rained some, but we were all warm in our cozy house. Most days people came over to our house, so we didn't have to go out very much. Dad even cooked the turkey! I did get to go on my favorite walk on the harbor. There are so many smells, and lots of people. I always run up to all of the groups so they can tell me how cute I am in my new sweater and they can pet me!!! It works every time.
Nisha was pretty good with all of the changes and people. On the way home I let her sleep in my bed with me. I guess she's ok!
This week I haven't felt very well. I had a couple episodes of vomiting in the middle of the night. Back to rice & cottage cheese or chicken. Then 3 days ago I couldn't pick up my food. Mom hand fed me, and I couldn't work my tongue to get the food to my back teeth. So mom gave me canned food and that worked really well. By today I can pick up my food & eat alright.
Last night when mom picked me up to go for my bedtime potty, my hip seemed to be hurting. This morning when I woke up, I really cried & whimpered when mom picked me up. Also, I was walking really slow. So I went to see Dr. Porte. Of course he drew some blood, started me on antibiotics and tomorrow I start metacam for arthritis. It doesn't look like I've had a stroke or any neurological problems - whew! I sure hope this works! And I hope my blood tests are good. Mom gets so worried because of my age. But it's so cold out, so my arthritis is definately acting up.
So life goes on, and we'll see what tomorrow brings.
December 11th 2009 12:29 pm
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Mom woke me up this am so I could take my antibiotics and NSAID. I had a hard time standing when she took me outside. But I ate some breakfast without a problem, and then went for a short walk. I was able to squat without falling over today, and walked 2 doors down. That's twice as far as yesterday! So that's encouraging. But then I started shaking hard so mom carried me home. I was better after she warmed me up. We'll see how this new medicine works. After my antibiotics are done we're going to try some glucosamine/chondroitin for pain.
I've lost 2 lbs in 3 months. That's a lot when you've gone from 14 to 12 lbs. I guess I've been eating less in general and the muscle mass in my back thighs and behind is pretty thin. Mom encourages me to walk a little every day though. Up until a couple of days ago, every day I was walking my 1/2 mile along with 2 more walks the length of our block. So this is a big change for me. Hopefully this will pass when the extreme cold goes away, which doesn't last long here in California. I've been living in my sweater. Good thing is, I didn't have to have a bath this week due to the temperature. There is always a silver lining!
Back to snoozing for now!
December 11th 2009 7:26 pm
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We heard from Dr. Porte today. A couple of things are wacky on my test results. I have a slight "uptick" (as Dr. Porte calls it) in my kidney function tests. And I have anemia of chronic disease. We're going to have to keep a close eye and recheck the labs again in a few weeks. If everything looks better, then we'll be relieved. But if not or they're worse, then we'll have to find out more information and make some changes in diet. If it isn't one thing, it's another! At least the pain meds are working. I was able to walk 3 houses down and back tonight. It's all about looking at trends over time, not just these snapshots. Mom is trying not to get too upset over all of this. My dogster pals are really helping her. And your prayers are helping me feel better! Thanks to all my pals.
December 18th 2009 5:50 pm
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I've been feeling better. I've finished the antibiotics, and I had a few doses of metacam for my arthritis. I've been walking as usual. My mom said my appetite and attitude are really good. We've had really cold fog for 2 days now. We're right where 2 big rivers come together, so we get days like this in the winter. Mom decided I couldn't wear my sweater another day so she washed it. Then went and bought me 3 more!!! Then after dinner, we all had a bath. I hate my baths but I sure like the treats and snuggling afterwards. Mom keeps sniffing me and telling me how good I smell. Sheesh, can't you just let an old girl snooze!
I hear it's almost Christmas. I hope I get some good treats out of this BOL!
December 30th 2009 10:43 am
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Yesterday I had my usual breakfast and walk. Then I followed mom & dad around the house like I usually do, then went to my bed to take my nap. While I was napping mom & dad went to do some errands. When they came home, I was lying in front of my bed with my head under mom & dad's bed. I was breathing really fast, and had upchucked and pooped. I was not responding to anything and my legs were very stiff. Mom & dad scooped me up and took me to the vet emergency hospital. There they examined me and said I was in shock, got me started on IVs and had a plan for working me up. Within a couple of hours, the vets decided that there wasn't anything ominous or changed in my blood work, xrays or ultrasound. So they decided to treat as a severe gastroenteritis. Before mom & dad left the hospital I could move my eyes, although I wasn't moving anything else.
This morning they said I'm stable and was able to lift my head last night. I know mom is just waiting to get over to the hospital so I can tell her all about my night in the hospital. Sheesh, what a year it's been. That makes 4 of us that were hospitalized with serious problems. Glad this year is ending...I'm determined to get better and go home for New Years Day, at least mom hopes so!
December 30th 2009 8:13 pm
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My sweet girl Georgie has crossed the rainbow bridge tonight. She put up a good fight but she had a massive stroke which took away her body's ability to function. There are no words to describe how mommy's angel will be so missed here on earth. Until we see each other again sweetness. Run free with Annie, Molly, Boomer and your boypup Murphy.
December 31st 2009 2:39 pm
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A 'SPECIAL PLACE'
You have a special place Dear Lord
that I know you'll always keep
A special place reserved for dogs
when they quietly fall asleep
With large and airy kennels
and a yard for hiding bones
With maybe a little babbling creek
that chatters over stones.
With wide green fields and flowers
for those who never knew
about running freely under
Your sky of perfect blue.
Lord,I know You keep this Special Place
And so to you I Pray,
For one Special Schnauzer
Who quietly died today
She was full of strength & love
and so very, very wise.
The puppy look she once had
Had long since left her eyes.
She is dearly missed my Lord
By a very good friend of mine.
She went to join her ancestors
To Your land that is Devine
So, speak to Georgie softly please
And give her a warm hello.
She's a Special gift to you Dear Lord
From Nancy, who loved her so.
jan cooper 1994
I miss the wagging little tail
I miss the plaintive, pleading wail,
I miss the wistfull, loving glance
I miss the circling welcome-dance
Henry Willett,, "In Memoriam"
The words of a six year old boy-
He said, 'People are born so that they can learn how to live a good Life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?' The Six-year-old continued, 'Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.' Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like: When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy. Take naps. Stretch before rising. Run, romp, and play daily. Thrive on attention and let people touch you. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass. On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree. When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not. If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently. ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!
A Letter From Your Pet In Heaven
To my dearest family,
some things I'd like to say.
But first of all, to let you know,
that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from the Bridge.
Here I dwell with God above.
Here there's no more tears of sadness.
Here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy
just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you
every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you
when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me
and He said, "I welcome you.
It's good to have you back again,
you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family,
They'll be here later on."
God gave me a list of things,
that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list,
was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night
the day's chores put to flight,
God and I are closest to you...
in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth,
and all those loving years,
because you are only human,
they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry:
it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers,
unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you
all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you,
you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain,
though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now,
than I ever was before.
There are rocky roads ahead of you
and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it
by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy
and I'd like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world,
the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody
who's in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night...
"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented...
that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along
I made somebody smile.
God says: "If you meet somebody
who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick him up,
as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street
with me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps
only half a step behind."
"And when it's time for you to go...
from that body to be free.
Remember you're not going...
you're coming here to me."
A Parting Prayer
Dear Lord, please open your gates
and call St. Francis
to come escort this beloved companion
across the Rainbow Bridge.
Assign her to a place of honor,
for she has been a faithful servant
and has always done her best to please me.
Bless the hands that send her to you,
for they are doing so in love and compassion,
freeing her from pain and suffering.
Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss.
Help me remember the details of her life
with the love she has shown me.
And grant me the courage to honor her
by sharing those memories with others.
Let her remember me as well
and let her know that I will always love her.
And when it's my time to pass over into your paradise,
please allow her to accompany those
who will bring me home.
Thank you, Lord,
for the gift of her companionship
and for the time we've had together.
And thank you, Lord,
for granting me the strength
to give her to you now.
- © Brandy Duckworth, 1998
A Parable of Immortality
"I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength, and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says, 'There she goes!'
"Gone where? Gone from my sight....that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and just as able to bear her load of living freight to the place of destination. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says, 'There she goes!' there are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, 'Here she comes!'"
Henry Van Dyke
When God had made the earth and sky,
The flowers and the trees.
He then made all the animals,
The fish, the birds and the bees.
And when at last He'd finished,
Not one was quite the same.
He said, "I'll walk this world of mine,
And give each one a name."
And so he traveled far and wide
And everywhere He went,
A little creature followed him
Until it's strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth
And in the sky and sea,
The little creature said, "Dear Lord,
There's not one left for me."
Kindly the Father said to him,
"I've left you to the end.
I've turned my own name back to front
And called you dog, my friend
THANK YOU to all my friends for your prayers, love and support.
January 3rd 2010 4:06 pm
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I am so honored to be picked as one of the Schnauzers of the Year with Uno and Ol'Man Travis. Thanks to all my SR Buddies who voted for me when I wasn't even in the running.
A whole bunch of Schnauzer Angels like my sister Annie, my angel boypup Murphy and one of my best friends Milly and so many others like Spike, Sheba, Boogie, Anastasia and so many more are AROOOOOOing for our Schnauzer of the Year winners. Thank you for remembering and loving us angels. We're watching over our families and all of you.
January 6th 2010 1:19 am
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This list is from one of my earlier diary entries. I wanted to share some of my life lessons with all my younger pup pals. Since I lived 14 years, I've learned a few things that might help them to have a good life! These beliefs have been instrumental to me in living with humor, grace, compassion, and love.
Love is as important as the air we breathe.
Moms are a pup's best friend. They love you when you're naughty or nice and take care of you when you're sick or well.
Family is the treasure we all get for free in life.
Treat your friends well because life changes and we need each other to get through it.
Bad people don't deserve the unlimited love of a pet.
Squirrels are good to chase, cats too if mom doesn't see you.
Beaches can restore your health and spirits.
Treats are essential for a happy pup.
Clothes are something that I don't like wearing!
Brothers can be a pain but they look out for you.
Play is life!
Happy moments don't seem to run out.
The power of the paw is awesome.
Life is good.
So to all you pups and humans who have contributed to my well being, thank you. My wish for you is that you live as long and happy a life like I have. I leave you with one of mom's favorite quotes from Maya Angelou:
“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.”
I leave you to watch this video ... remember to love! http://doyourememberlove.com/
With much love,
January 13th 2010 1:58 am
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I can't believe you haven't been physically with me for the past two weeks, Georgie. I think that is the longest time we've ever been apart. Every other time that I came home, you were there and we were happy to see each other. I know you are there in my heart and I still feel your presence. But I miss you so much ~ picking you up, having you snooze on my lap, cuddling in bed, being stubborn on your walks. Even in your last year you taught all of the younger ones how to act. They are missing you too, clinging to me during the quiet times. We all miss your gentle soul.
Dr. Porte and Angie sent a card today. They sent a pin of a dog with angel wings. Paula made a contribution to the Arbor Day Foundation to honor you with the planting of trees. I've received some cards from friends. Everyone has shared so many stories of their time with you. You brightened many people's lives.
Thank you for being our guardian angel and guiding all the pups at home. I'm sure you're in charge of your angel sisters already. I feel honored to have been the one you chose as your companion. Do you remember the first time I met you ~ when you came out of the kennel, and placed one paw on my lap. I picked you up and we sat together for an hour while Ginny & I talked. You captured my heart with that little paw. Just know you have always been my heart, and will always.
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