March 8th 2008 6:16 pm
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Thanks for the birthday greetings everyone!
Chie's been awfully busy nowadays so we don't have time to visit often. She's changing jobs and we've been spending a lot of time with a sweet man, his adventurous Stig and his snuggly Snuttan (both are cats, btw).
My first birthday was nice. I had bones to chew on, cheese for the day, and three new plushies! And then Chie and I visited Dogster and found a stack of birthday greets! Gee whiz, thanks everyone, you made my day extra special!
I'm going to share one real sweet birthday greet. Chie and I thought Rex was so sweet to write and send this to us.
FROM: Rex Mi Amor TO: Vixen
Subject: A WOOFDAY POEM ESPECIALLY FOR YOU, VIXEN!
Sent: Sat Mar 8
It's Vixen's woofday and she is a little pom...
Who loves her life and loves her mom!
She loves walking on the beach in Indonesia...
What a lucky gal who doesn't have snow...ha! ha!
She loves bananas, mangoes, and toasted bread...
She's a cutie from her paws to her head!
She loves attention and she deserves many best wishes to her, too...
So, Vixen, the gang from the PlayGround and Pawty Place say Happy Birthday to you!
I can't believe time flew by so fast! I've gone through one whole year! Whew!
November 25th 2007 8:05 am
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you make me laugh when i need laughter.
you give me comfort when i need solace.
you help me sleep when i need rest.
you love. everyday.
i look into your eyes and see the angel you are. you are Godsent.
through you i feel His love.
ixie, bixie, vixen... you help me climb up that water spout again.
This is a special Tail of Devotion
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November 24th 2007 8:49 am
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my beautiful butterfly sister, Nabi,
chie has told me so much about you. you are truly amazing.
you came to chie's life when she needed you and valiantly stayed against all odds. what would that vet in jakarta say now, eh? i guess she'd say, she's glad she was mistaken.
that vet saw you come in the hospital three years ago. you were very very sick. you didn't even react when they put that needle in you. i bet chie was crying. she was crying when she told me all about it.
how you just laid there while they put the IV line in you. how you barely moved a muscle when they examined you and moved you to your assigned compartment. how you looked at chie quietly and seemed to say, don't worry about me.
you didn't hear the vet when she told chie that you weren't going to make it. and if you did, you'd never walk straight. and you'd never be the same intelligent pup she knew. and if you ever did manage to get through all that, you'd never get your coat back. but then again, the vet said, that's the least of her worries, the vet thought you wouldn't leave that hospital alive.
chie went in to see you after the talk. and she saw you lying on your side, IV line dripping, you barely moving. and she went to you and said, if you want to fight it, nabiya, i'll fight it with you. the trust she saw in your eyes told her enough. she held your head and said, then we fight until you don't want to anymore.
she went to that hospital everyday. and chie, who we both know so well, overcame her disdain at filthy and smelly things, and found a way to bathe you from the filth you were sometimes covered in. you had difficulty controlling your tummy. she held you and sang you your song. she doesn't sing it for anyone else. it's your song, she said.
and there was a day when you were convulsing. and chie just watched you and sang to you and told you how much she loves you. she left her friend inside with you because she wanted to cry so much. the doctor said you were dying. and chie didn't know how to help you.
she went back and said she wanted to hold you. i guess the doctor thought there was no harm in anything now, so she agreed and they managed to pick you up in a moment when you weren't convulsing and chie cradled you in her arms. she sang you the song, and she asked if you wanted to stop fighting. she remembers telling you how much she loves you and would do anything to make you happy and comfortable. your eyes found hers. and she sang as she tried to listen. and your convulsions stopped.
and she kissed you. and told you again how much she loves you. and you seemed to relax in her arms. the doctor peered and said you seemed fine. after staying with you way after visiting hours, chie reluctantly placed you back and went home. she prayed long and hard that night.
when she came back the following morning, you seemed better. no convulsions after the last one she witnessed with you. you seemed more alert, too. the vet was still discouraging any hopes. but chie knew you well enough to know you were fighting for life. and she rallied with you.
slowly, you became more responsive to people and dogs around you. you'd lift your head as the days progressed. and one night, when chie was holding you in her arms, you moved as if to say yo0u wanted to try and walk. chie let you down. and chie, yes, the chie who easily gets disgusted with hospital floors, went on her knees to gently hold you as you tried to stand. and you stood that day. not too long. but that itself was a miracle on its own.
from standing to walking. yes, a bit crookedly at first. but then you got so much better after. so much better that the doc said, she thought you could now go home with chie. and you went home. and became better and better.
two weeks later, you went back for a visit with the vet. and chie now smiles when she remembers. the doctor asked how could this be? you were alert, walking - no, running, in straight lines - and your coat grew back! she said you're a miracle. and chie agrees.
a few weeks after, chie went back to the philippines and took you with her. you, the dog who was sure never to leave that hospital alive, went on an airplane ride and arrived safe and jumping with joy when chie opened your cage at the manila airport.
you, my sweet butterfly sister, gave birth to litters when it was your time; you, nabiya, who waits for chie patiently in the philippines; and you, who welcome her with happy licks when she goes home, you are always chie's miracle. and we are so glad you're still here with us to play with and laugh with and nap with and be with.
happy happy birthday. every day counted with you in it is a blessing in so many ways.
lots of love,
your sister, Vixen