|Barked: Thu Sep 28, '06 3:16pm PST |
|Hi guys! Its me, Jesse. I am back to continue telling you my story. Since it is a cold and rainy day, what could be better than being inside a nice warm home and hearing a happy story about a guy who had some tough times, but has finally hit the lottery, so to speak?
Now, where were we? Oh, yeah- I was telling you about Maggie. So anyway, I let Maggie win some tug of war games. Then one day, Mom, Dad, Kim and Kim's friend Zach started loading up a bunch of stuff into the trucks, and they put Frankie and I in Dad's truck with Dad and Zach, and Maggie and 'Mani in Mom's truck with Mom and Kim. Then we rode for a loooooong time- two hours, Mom said. When we got out, we were at a beautiful park, with little houses on wheels all around, and... You will never believe this! A whole bunch of mastiffs and humans! Yeah, really! There had to have been about 50 mastiffs there with their humans! It was amazing! So we all hung out, had barbecued chicken, baked beans, Mom's Macaroni and cheese (in the crock pot! YUM!) and stuff, and got to visit with the other mastiffs too. I saw the man who brought me to Mom and Dad, and he could not believe I was the same boy he rescued! (I am taller and weigh about 50 lbs more now than I did in May when he saw me last) His name was Don, and he was very nice. He and all the rest of the people belong to a club called Mastiffs Unlimited of NY. So anyway, we had a nice day, and went on a nature walk, where I got overheated and had to get some help to cool off. I was walking Zach, and he sent word to Kim that I was really really hot and vomiting. So she ran back and got me, and rushed me back to the party, where she took me into the shower and tried to get me cooled off, but she said the water was too warm. Imagine that! A shower at a campground that was actually really warm! So, she took me back outside to where there was a spigot for cold water, and kept pouring bowls of cold water on me. It felt really good, and I just sat there and let her cool me off. Soon, it was time to get back in the trucks and go home, and it was getting dark. So after another long ride, we got home, safe in our beds, and another chapter of my story ends.
Want to hear more? Well, ok, one more chapter for today. A few weeks went by, and Mom was all excited, and making phone calls, and talking to people, and typing on her computer. She kept saying something about adoption, and Maggie going to live with a new family someplace called North Carolina. A few days later, somebody knocked on our door. Dad opened it, and in came two humans with another mastiff! His name was Bubba, and he said he came from North Carolina to pick up Maggie, who was going to be his new sister. So they stayed for most of the day, and we all got to hang out together, and I told him all my tricks for playing with Maggie, and letting her win and stuff. Bubba was cool- he was pretty big, and he was brindle, like me!
All too soon, it was time for them to go, and Maggie was happy to be able to go home with them. She thought Bubba was cute! She didn't say so, but she sure was watching every move he made, and if he left the room, she went to see where he went. Silly girl!
So, I started thinking about Maggie coming to live with us, and then going away and living somewhere else, and I suddenly was afraid Mom was gonna make ME go away and live somewhere else too! I did NOT want to have to go away! I was scared, so I was hiding, and chewing stuff I shouldn't cuz I was so nervous, and then Mom figured out what was wrong, and she gave me some extra loving, and told me I had to stay with her forever, cuz she could not live without me, and Frankie needed me too. Kim said I was hers, and nobody was ever going to take me away from her. So now I feel better.
I know now that "foster" means somebody who has a bad life, gets to come stay with us for a while, and learn what life is supposed to be like, then they get a new family and they go live with them. That means they get "adopted". I got "adopted" when I was supposed to be a "foster" myself.
I was really excited when Mom went out to get the mail, and she opened a package, and there were brand new shiny blue tags with my name on them! They say I live here with Mom and Dad and Kim, so if I ever get lost, they can find my Mom and bring me home fast. I don't think I will ever get lost, but it is nice to know that if I do, I will still be able to come back home safely. Frankie's tags are a pretty purple, and match her dress up collar and leash, and Imani's are red and match HER collar and leash. We don't wear our nice dress up collars and tags at home, cuz we like to get all muddy, and we know how to take each others collars off when we play out in the mud. If our tags get muddy, Mom says nobody will be able to read them to know who we are and where we live.
This brings us to today. Today was a special day, because we all had to wake up early, 4 AM, and Frankie and I had to go in Dad's truck with Mom and Dad. We went to see our doctor, and I was a good boy this time, and didn't get scared. When we got there, Mom cuddled me and the doctor did something to my neck that stung a little, like a bee sting. Then Mom kissed me, and then Frankie, and said she had to go, but would be back soon. Then I went to sleep. When I woke up, I could see! My cherry eye was all gone! I didn't feel so good, and was worried until Mom and Dad came back to get us. I cried cuz I could not stand up or walk, even though I tried really hard. Mom helped me walk, she had to hold me under my tummy to make my back legs work. (My doctor thinks I have either pano or hip dysplasia, )(more likely dysplasia, because it is effecting both hips, and one front leg as well. We should know soon though). So anyway, now we are home, and Frankie is still resting, but I had a nice dinner and am feeling much better. I hope Frankie starts feeling better soon, and can play with me again. Mom said we would both feel much better tomorrow.
So, thats my story. Thanks for reading about me!
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