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Osteocarcinoma Bites!

March 30, 2017

We are once again saying good-bye to a beloved pet. Crookshanks belongs to Thing I and she is the Chief’s favorite (don’t tell her littermate Hedwig that!). We found out in January and made the decision to do palliative care (again). This time she seems to be in more pain as it is a front leg. They had just turned 8 and we had just celebrated 5 “Gotcha Days”. Five years is not enough time.

Hedwig will not be lonely. We adopted (rescued) an 8 year old borzoi last June. She came with the name Ruthie but we call her Simi-Ruthie. Simi is a loveable but deadly demon in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. (No, my girls have not read them–only her young adult Chronicles of Nick series. And I have told them they need to be married before they can read them!) Simi can indeed be a little demon.

Otherwise, given how much Crook and Heddie suffer from being separated from each other I would be worried about her.

We had photos taken. I am glad we did. Thing I is a mess. The Chief may be a bit misty-eyed. I will be the one to go into the room with her and be with her to the end.

And then I have to go to work at noon. Yes, work… I am a full-time employee now as a reading para-educator.

Life is definitely changing for us.

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Spring, Spring!

March 8, 2016

Is it here? I hope so. But then we had a 70 degree day on Leap Day and snow on Thursday night giving us a 2-hour school delay! And now we are expected to reach record highs this week, set back in 2000.

Crook and Heddie "chase" the sun around the yard on Leap Day 2016.

Crook and Heddie “chase” the sun around the yard on Leap Day 2016.

Crazy March weather!

Crazy March weather!

I am looking forward to Spring, even if it means we get crazy busy with soccer and T2’s last year in middle school. She is currently in the process of applying to the same select advances program as T1. More nerve-wracking the second time around than I thought it would have been. She had her final middle school band concert the other night. The Chief had to ship out early due to a schedule change later this year. But he will be home for her awards night and her 8th grade semi-formal.

 

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Greyt News!

January 18, 2015

Back in my earlier days of consistently writing for Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop, the owner of that blog–the fabulous Mama Kat–took notice of my sweet grey Cassie. We exchanged a few comments about our mutual love and affection for these graceful and loveable dogs. When I saw her Instagram feed explode this week with pictures of their adventures in fostering a retired greyhound, I was ecstatic!

Check out her IG account: @mamakatslosinit

Buzzfeed.com posted so many adorable pictures and very valid reasons on why everyone should adopt one of their own in a posted “30 Reasons Greyhounds are Gentle Giants…”

And now I will blow up my feed with a few pictures of our current greys, Crookshanks and Hedwig. They turned six on Dec. 3rd and we adopted them three years ago on January 14th, 2012. Enjoy!

Crook

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Heddie

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Crook being stingy and not letting her sister have a bed

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Crook giving me “crazy eyes”. “Not another picture, human or I will come get you!”

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Heddie taking a break in one of the kennels. They rotate where they take their naps all day long. Greyhounds can sleep up to 18 hours a day. Having choices seems to make them happy.

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Crook

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Apparently I wasn’t showing them enough attention so they plopped on the hard floor without cushions to make sure I saw them.

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Right after we picked them up from the kennel for boarding while we were in Hawaii. I missed them so much and they missed us! Not a great picture but it captures the energy in the truck.

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Heddie “captured” a “rabbit” at the Faire and was doing a great bow.

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Heddie greets a special visitor at the Faire. We work three weekends out of 5. The greys love all the attention they get from patrons. It is a great way to educate the public about greyhounds and adoption.

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Crook demonstrates that even the most royal of hounds can get a little goofy. She was in a full-on cockroach for a patron.

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Much more regal. I love Crook’s custom martingale collar by Needlenose Neckware. I looked for current shop information but her FB page hasn’t been active since 2013.

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crazy eyes again… this time in a cockroach

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Sweet sisters. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone that they’re naked (without collars) or we’d get in trouble and have tons of people messaging me about how unsafe it is to have them without their collars.

 

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Thirty Days of Thanks Week 3

November 25, 2013
Nov. 17 I am thankful that during time of counting my blessings we had a lesson this morning on Living Generously. It is a reminder that the words of thanks should not be where it ends if we have the means to do so–our praise, our time, our devotion, our possessions. It goes along so well with the words of encouragement another friend is posting as 30 Days of Giving. Thank you, Daryl. Thank you, Karla.
 
Nov. 18 Today I am going to be thankful for the sunshine and the 70 degree weather for my last long training run of 2.2 miles because I just checked the long-term weather forecast and it is calling for a 40% chance of snow the night before the 5k. I will spend the next 10 days praying for it to be wrong.
**UPDATE: No longer calling for snow, just rain Tuesday and Wednesday with only a High of 30 degrees on Thanksgiving!**
 
Nov. 19 Today I am thankful for a young lady named S who probably doesn’t think I’m all that thankful for her when I’m hard on her. Thing is I’m hard on her for little things because she’s got the big things down. Do I expect perfection? No. Just doing my job to take her from “good” to “extraordinary”–something I know she can be.
 
Nov. 20 I am thankful for the singing class tonight. Making a joyful noise calmed my resentful and anxious spirit. I have been really enjoying these mid-week breaks of fellowship and singing but tonight especially. I was so glad we were able to make it–I needed. (And it doesn’t hurt that Roger gave me and the girls the last of the apple dumplings to take home!)
LWB: Take Home?!! I would’ve downed it on the spot!
SnipeWife: I ate one when I got home but I haven’t told the girls they have one for each of them… guess I will have to share since Roger said they were T2’s.
SnipeWife: I should have eaten them myself and not shared–they spent 10 minutes arguing over who got which one…. 😦
Nov. 21 I am thankful for a home cooked meal. Sometimes the hectic pace keeps us from doing that if we want to eat before 8 PM but tonight thanks to a 4 ingredient recipe and a covered baker we ate well and at our own table. It is not necessarily a blessing to have the convenience of eating out if it happens too much. And the girls gave it two thumbs up so we’ll have to try it on D when he gets home.
SVV: If it is quick and easy, pls share!  We are often eating on the run also and sometimes I think if I see another burger I might scream.  🙂
TM: What did you make?  Share please …..
SnipeWife: the Pampered Chef enchiladas in the covered baker. 4 ingredients. Too easy. 🙂
TM: yummy
Nov. 22 my. dog. ATE. my. phone. Stop laughing. I will be thankful for this. I will.
EP: I don’t know whether to laugh, or cry for you!  Yikes!!!
AEV: Maybe she will hack it up soon. clean it up and good as new 🙂
EP: You need to tell her there are better ways of hinting that you should get a new phone.  😀
SMW: dogs are like babies ,you have to keep those kind of things out of their reach .. lol
AT: if it was on vibrate call it and see if he runs in circles all confused!
EP: In all seriousness, is she okay?  Did she actually swallow the whole thing?
YBB: I told you not to pour gravy all over it.
NPB: It’s an omen… now you can get a big girl smart phone!!!  😉
B-I-L: DOH!!!
SnipeWife:  The dog is okay… she was just starting to work on it but she cracked the camera lens and the screen and put enough pressure on it to dent through to the battery. Have my new phone but had to have D call from the ship to give “permission” for me to get a new phone. Seriously? I have power of attorney and they needed his permission? ARGH! I will be thankful, I will be thankful!
SnipeWife: uh oh… the smart phone may get the better of me… didn’t realize that if I edit the contact list on my phone it would edit the contact address book on Google at the same time!!! ARGH!
TG: welcome to the world of crazy phones
TM: so what phone did u get?
SnipeWife: Samsung Galaxy Stratoshere II
Crookshanks and the damaged phone Copyright by SnipeWife 2013

Crookshanks and the damaged phone Copyright by SnipeWife 2013

 

Nov. 23 I am thankful for being able to teach at Camp. I’ve often said I get more out of it than the campers or my own children. I don’t know who picks the lessons but I know they are inspired. In the Young Adult class we just studied the same lesson I did on God The Father. We were asked what we got out of reading about the Fall and I was the only one who answered, “Hope.” God the Father l…oved us so much that from the beginning he has a plan to restore us. And today I showed more loving patience for my own child than I ever thought I was capable of (really short temper). It was a lesson I taught at least 3 summers ago but God brought back to my attention this week, when he knew I’d need it. I know one day my child will figure out that unlike God I do not know everything/will not find out everything, but I hope it is a long way off. Right now I just hope I show her God the Father’s love and mercy while I still have to give her the consequences of her actions. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll survive these teen years together.
 
Nov. 24 I am thankful for the arts. I’m thankful to the Porters for taking me to my first plays and musicals. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to take my own girls to the theatre since they were infants (taught them how to sit through a performance at a YOUNG age!). I’m thankful that today we got to take our scouts to see some VERY talented youth actors & singers perform in Annie, complete wit…h a live music pit. Art is certainly a luxury and I hope my girls are grateful for it and not “entitled” to it, as the sermon mentioned this morning. Who knows, maybe among the other girls a life-long love of theater was born today. I’m also thankful a very special young lady found herself in her first stage experience and her wonderful mother should be so proud.
SM:  Love ya, SnipeWife. Thank you and TM for bringing your troop out. I am so glad you enjoyed it and that you brought your daughters out!!!
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