November 22nd 2013 5:49 am
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Thank you Dogster for giving me one of the Daily Diary Picks today! I am very honored. No need to send rosettes pups, but bones are always appreciated.
A number of pups have asked mom about the memorial wreath in my last diary entry. Our vet started this annual event a couple of years ago. There are a number of wreaths throughout the veterinary clinic during the holiday season. Our vet's office holds their annual "Forever in our Hearts" meeting, and then, those wanting, can decorate an ornament to place on a wreath in memory of their pet. If you cannot get down to the office, you just need to contact the clinic and they will decorate and place an ornament in memory of your pet. At the end of the holiday season, you are asked to pick up your ornament. A number of people do, but if you choose, you can leave your ornament there. We think it is a wonderful tradition that our vet has started.
Thanks again, Dogster for the honor and thanks everyone for reading my diary!
November 19th 2013 11:43 am
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Mom took Buddy to the vet yesterday to have his Bordetella vaccine brought up to date. While there the office staff showed mom the memorial wreath that they had up in the office and then gave mom an ornament and asked her to place it on the wreath for me.
Mom was quite touched by this and did her best with decorating the ornament. She took a nice picture of it to show daddy when she got home.
Thanks mom and Buddy and the awesome staff at my vet's for remembering this old girl.
November 12th 2013 2:34 pm
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Thanks to the awesome work of the Dogster Watch Dog we now have our Dogster Plus back!!
The Watch Dog was also generous and gave us a bunch of zealies to play with. Oh, Buddy and I are gonna have fun with those!
Thanks again Watch Dog and Dogster!!
November 12th 2013 7:28 am
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You are not seeing things pups, Buddy and I no longer have captions under our pictures and this is perplexing to mom.
According to mom's meticulous calculations, our Dogster Plus is paid up but we somehow no longer have Dogster plus.
Mom has fired off an e-mail to HQ so we hope this is rectified soon.
Mom has decided to not add pictures for a while, because right now she is being told she has to delete a whole bunch before adding any more.
We are keeping our paws crossing our Dogster plus is back sooner rather than later!!
November 1st 2013 7:01 am
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Thank you so much everyone for remembering this angel girl and sending those dancing skeletons to adorn my page. It makes my page look pawsome.
Looking down from the Bridge I saw it was a very nice night and that there still isn't any snow at my peeps house. The pawrents had the usual number of trick or treaters - 0. Yup, zero! They live in the country and well no trick or treaters have ever make the way out to their place. Buddy would have had a fun night had there been any little ghosts or goblins showing up.
I know Buddy is scheming on what to about momma's birthday tomorrow. Boy is she getting old, BOL. If you pups have any tips for Buddy, please pass them along!
August 7th 2013 6:44 am
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Thank you Dogster for my Diary of the Day Pick today!
I am still trying to figure out who "Anonymous" is pups! Luckily at the Bridge, the ice cream doesn't melt, so I have been able to savour it all night long!
Thanks again for the DDP today, Dogster!
August 6th 2013 6:53 pm
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Thank you to everyone that sent me rosettes and pawmails yesterday on the one year anniversary of my Bridge crossing. My secretary has tried to keep up and send thank you pawmails to you all.
Yesterday has a hard day for the peeps but they know they did what they could for me and that they gave me the best life possible.
Thank you all once again and I am honored to have pals like you.
August 6th 2013 6:50 pm
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I got yet another rosette from "Anonymous". It is a very tasty ice cream so I thank "Anonymous" very much. It came with this message:
"One pal solved the anonymous forever heart mystery immediately - the rest are sniffing each others butts - BOL, BOL Do you give up?”
I must sit here and eat this ice cream and ponder who "Anonymous" is.
August 4th 2013 6:49 pm
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It was a Saturday one year ago on August 4. The day before we had gotten a call from your veterinarian saying you were being referred to an oncologist at the Veterinary College as your recent cytology exam showed that your Mast Cell Carcinoma had returned. We awoke to find that you had thrown up downstairs. You did seem OK otherwise and you spent the morning outside with your daddy while I was at work. It was a warm day and you seemed a little low on energy, but we thought that was due to the heat. I remember I came home from work at noon and we watched you in the garden. At one point we saw you chase a bunny into the cucumber patch. We could tell you weren't feeling the best, and with the vet's recent conversation on our minds, we called you to us. We knelt with you outside, and we tearfully asked you to let us know when it was time.
That evening you started being sick again and you were very restless so we let you outside. You continued to be sick several times and you started keeping your distance from us. It was like you were trying to hide from us. At one point you laid down in the tall grass and I looked into your anguished face and saw it covered with mosquitoes. I realized then that we were losing you that night. Your eyes pleaded with me. "Help me", they said. You were dying. I carefully helped you up and gently took you by your collar and very slowly walked you to the truck. I repeatedly told you that we would help you.
We got to the Veterinary College about 10:30 p.m. Your daddy and I didn't say a word on the 1/2 hour drive into town. You laid there quietly, with your head bobbing up and down. When we got to the Vet. College, you jumped out of the truck, started sniffing around, peed on the flowers and we couldn't believe our eyes. Was the sick dog we had only a short while ago just a bad nightmare? We debated heading home, and then decided to have you looked at anyway. You walked into that clinic for the last time with your head held high and your ears up.
After an examination, the veterinarian confirmed our fears. You were fading. Your heart rate and blood pressure were dangerously elevated. You were very lethargic and your abdomen, where that nasty Mast Cell Carcinoma was, was extremely tender. The vet gave us some options, none of them were good. I remember telling her that we had hoped to have more time with you after your recent diagnosis. We knew we did not want you to suffer.
We were taken to a quiet room where we told you how much we loved you. You just laid down on the floor and put your head on your front paws and I sat down beside you. My forehead was on the top of your head and my hand caressing you. It was shortly after midnight on August 5 that the vet started the injection and then I felt you pass. I can't explain it any better than that, but I knew you were gone before the vet told us "she has passed". All of us, including the vet were crying.
Abby, you gave us eleven and a half wonderful years and on each and every day you filled our hearts with joy.
Abby, you were such a gentle giant around small children one minute and you were fiercely protective of your property and owners the next. I can think of at least two children that you helped get over their fear of dogs. When one of them heard of your passing the child said, "Abby was such a nice dog and I was just getting to know her".
Abby, you were your daddy's first dog and you taught him so much about the connection a man can have with his dog. It didn't happen over night, but you slowly and surely became your daddy's best friend and confident.
Abby, you were our psychologist. You probably didn't understand all that we told you, but you seemed to understand and that was all that mattered. You would give us a look like you knew what we were talking about and you had the most expressive eyes during our conversations.
Abby, you were our constant companion. You were always by our side inside and outside, day in and day out for eleven and a half wonderful years.
Abby, you were our bodyguard. We would go for walks and you would cut in front of us and not let us go any further. If we tried to continue going forward, you once again repeated running in front of us and blocking the path. Sometimes we would see a coyote or other critter off in the distance that you must have been warning us about. We eventually learned to put our trust in you for our safety.
Abby, you were our best friend. When your daddy would arrive home after a bad day at work, I would "release the hound". You would go bounding out to your daddy and whatever crap he had had to put up with during the day would leave him as he saw your happy face. We are indebted to you for this alone.
Abby, you were truly the best dog we could have wished for. Tears still flow freely when we think of you. We love you, we miss you, and we are thinking of you on your one year anniversary at the Bridge.
You fought hard to stay alive, my friend
In the end, though, you couldn't conquer death.
But neither did death conquer you.
Death cures all diseases, mends all broken bones,
breaks all chains
And made you free at last.
August 3rd 2013 8:22 pm
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Today I got a beautiful forever heart star for my page. The star came with this message:
“Playing it forward Dogster so nicely gave me 125 Zealies because something happened on my Dogster page. However since I have zealies in my account already, I am playing it forward. Guess who I am. ”
Thank you Anonymous for my beautiful star and mom is putting on her thinking cap to guess who you are.