July 5th 2014 7:30 am
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Ma let us out into the backyard for last call and she went out with us to see if she could see any neighborhood fireworks. It was all ok 'til two blankity-blankin' bottle rockets went up across the street. That was a first for us and we didn't like it, no siree, bol! Ma said we raced around the yard like crazy things not knowin' to be mad or scared. Finally she took us in for a while then back out to make sure all the potty was done. Bol, hopefully it'll all be quiet until Christmas and New Years!
Hey, what's your fireworks story?!
January 28th 2014 6:09 am
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When the 'puter is sick...Ma has to play with us more! No more excuses you got FB stuff to do, Ma! That 'puter is goin' to the 'puter doc so you'll have plenty of more time!
January 24th 2014 7:35 am
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March third, 2014, a date which will live in infamy.
January 20th 2014 6:57 am
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We all know that this Dogster goin' outa business debacle is real hard on our pawrents. The best way of coping suggested so far is the bodka dwip. However, my ma hasn't gotten past the whole bottle stage yet.
This here bit from PsychCentral, stages of grief, is somethin' you can use to monitor your human's progress with this Dogster-induced trauma:
"Many people do not experience the stages in the order listed below, which is okay. The key to understanding the stages is not to feel like you must go through every one of them, in precise order. Instead, it’s more helpful to look at them as guides in the grieving process — it helps you understand and put into context where you are.
1. Denial and Isolation
The first reaction to learning of terminal illness or death of a cherished loved one is to deny the reality of the situation. It is a normal reaction to rationalize overwhelming emotions. It is a defense mechanism that buffers the immediate shock. We block out the words and hide from the facts. This is a temporary response that carries us through the first wave of pain.
As the masking effects of denial and isolation begin to wear, reality and its pain re-emerge. We are not ready. The intense emotion is deflected from our vulnerable core, redirected and expressed instead as anger. The anger may be aimed at inanimate objects, complete strangers, friends or family. Anger may be directed at our dying or deceased loved one. Rationally, we know the person is not to be blamed. Emotionally, however, we may resent the person for causing us pain or for leaving us. We feel guilty for being angry, and this makes us more angry.
Remember, grieving is a personal process that has no time limit, nor one “right” way to do it.
The doctor who diagnosed the illness and was unable to cure the disease might become a convenient target. Health professionals deal with death and dying every day. That does not make them immune to the suffering of their patients or to those who grieve for them.
Do not hesitate to ask your doctor to give you extra time or to explain just once more the details of your loved one’s illness. Arrange a special appointment or ask that he telephone you at the end of his day. Ask for clear answers to your questions regarding medical diagnosis and treatment. Understand the options available to you. Take your time.
The normal reaction to feelings of helplessness and vulnerability is often a need to regain control–
If only we had sought medical attention sooner…
If only we got a second opinion from another doctor…
If only we had tried to be a better person toward them…
Secretly, we may make a deal with God or our higher power in an attempt to postpone the inevitable. This is a weaker line of defense to protect us from the painful reality.
Two types of depression are associated with mourning. The first one is a reaction to practical implications relating to the loss. Sadness and regret predominate this type of depression. We worry about the costs and burial. We worry that, in our grief, we have spent less time with others that depend on us. This phase may be eased by simple clarification and reassurance. We may need a bit of helpful cooperation and a few kind words. The second type of depression is more subtle and, in a sense, perhaps more private. It is our quiet preparation to separate and to bid our loved one farewell. Sometimes all we really need is a hug.
Reaching this stage of mourning is a gift not afforded to everyone. Death may be sudden and unexpected or we may never see beyond our anger or denial. It is not necessarily a mark of bravery to resist the inevitable and to deny ourselves the opportunity to make our peace. This phase is marked by withdrawal and calm. This is not a period of happiness and must be distinguished from depression.
Loved ones that are terminally ill or aging appear to go through a final period of withdrawal. This is by no means a suggestion that they are aware of their own impending death or such, only that physical decline may be sufficient to produce a similar response. Their behavior implies that it is natural to reach a stage at which social interaction is limited. The dignity and grace shown by our dying loved ones may well be their last gift to us.
Coping with loss is a ultimately a deeply personal and singular experience — nobody can help you go through it more easily or understand all the emotions that you’re going through. But others can be there for you and help comfort you through this process. The best thing you can do is to allow yourself to feel the grief as it comes over you. Resisting it only will prolong the natural process of healing."
October 3rd 2013 6:38 am
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Ma finally got on her broomstick yesterday and got us some goodies for a birthday lunch which should have happened on Monday, really Ma get with the program!
And it was GOOD! We had our bowls filled with a big glop of vanilla ice cream and we each got a whole cake doughnut! Yeah, your thinkin' that's not healthy, but ma wanted us to enjoy stuffing ourselves like humans at a party. Then in late afternoon, after our exercise walk we got an extra birthday treat with a long round playing with the water hose, we love to chase that water! We'd chase and jump then Ma would water some plants, letting us catch our breath then we'd chase some more, then she put water in the bird bath and on like that, giving us lots of rounds of chasing. And then, when were rested up we had the steak Auntie Margo finally got for us! Eye round steaks cut up bite size and raw. We love raw meat, wish we got it more.
Bol, we slept well last night!
p.s. Before you guys eat a high fat meal like we did, learn about canine pancreatitis and how table scraps and other high fat foods can trigger it.
October 2nd 2013 5:24 am
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Yesterday was me an' my sisfur's birthday and Ma FORGOT!!!
But our DOGSTER PALS DIDN'T! Thanks an awful lot for the great birthday wishes and presents you sent. Our secretary is gonna be sendin' thank you notes, BUT FIRST she hasta go the store today and come back with birthday goodies for us! Even Auntie Margo forgot and she always gets us a steak. Well, we're gonna be gettin' one of those, too!
July 10th 2012 3:51 am
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My furiend Kc has started a game, it goes like this:
What color is your collar?
I have black, green, and purple.
What are your favorite treats?
Gimborn dried liver and cheese
Do you get table scraps?
Only if my pawrent thinks they are good doggie food.
What is your favorite toy?
When is your birthday?
How many times a day do you eat?
Twice. (plus snacks, bol! )
Do you have a favorite color?
Don't think so, just what ever color yummy food is!
Do you hope all your Pup Pals put this on their diary?
If they can get there secretaries off Facebook for a minute. Bol, we are Facebook orphans!
July 29th 2010 6:03 am
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This tag is in five easy pieces (Ma says that's an old movie we've never seen).
1. Do you ever wake your parent up in the night?
Oh, yeah! If a wild critter goes past the house my nose might pick it up and I gotta bark to warn it away!
2. Do you ever tear up things?
I'm not much on typing paper and tissues, like my sister Tessa, but boy I really like that heavy brown paper stuff is packed in. Ma puts it on the floor for us and we go to town!
3. What is your favorite treat?
Bol, that's a hard one! I like string cheese and Gimborn dried liver.
4.Can you fetch something when asked to do so? I guess so if that means bringing my ball back so it gets thrown again!
5. Have you ever lived any place other than where you live now?
Only with my doggie ma, where ever she may be...
OK You know what to do next pals!
**Copy this and fill out your answers then send to 5 friends through pmail or rosettes**
February 3rd 2010 4:26 pm
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That great Westie, Patrick, has tagged me for a game!
The Things I Love:
1. My Ball!
2. Chasing squirrels!
3. Treeing squirrels, bol!
4. My ma.
5. Dried liver treats.
6. Car rides.
7. In the recliner with my Auntie watching tv.
8. Watching things out the front window.
9. Barking at the evil neighborhood cats.
December 1st 2009 9:25 am
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IZZI has tagged me to play:
Getting to know your friends!!
10 questions that tell a little bit about yourself...
1. What is the color of your collar?
My everyday collar is black web and I have fancy green "alligator" collar with "diamonds" and "silver" bones.
2. What kind of food do you like?
Anything, I'm a good eater!
3. What are your favorite treats?
Dried liver and string cheese!
4. Do you have a Valentine or a significant other?
Nope, can't say that I do.
5. Do you get table scraps?
Only the ones Ma thinks are ok for doggers.
6. What is your favorite toy?
Every ball belongs to me!!!
7. When is your Birthday?
8. How many times a day do you eat?
2X a day, plus maybe an extra protein snack.
9. Do you have a favorite color?
Naw, I'm a boy, bol!
10. What's you best trick?
Ma says my best trick is looking cute!
I am tagging ...
Ginger Marie Boettcher