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Inspire your heart with StuART Blog Hop   3 comments

Ranger from The Adventures of Ranger is hosting a blog hop in loving memory of Stuart from The Scottie Chronicles. Isn’t that a cool idea? So we had to join! Since Mommy doesn’t have photoshop and doesn’t really know how to play around with her photos much, we’re creating our own StuART by posting some artistic selfies.

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Here’s a photo of our sweet Miss D, from way back in the early days of 2010 when she first joined the family. I must admit to shedding a few many tears while searching for the perfect artwork. I like to think Miss D is waiting and watching out the window for us now. In between running and playing in God’s dog park, of course!

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What’s over here? Let’s go!

 And here’s one of Rocky and Selena, for once in agreement instead of fighting over which direction to yank Mommy on the leash. It was a terrible photo, but with a little editing, it makes a great work of StuART don’t ya think?

Thanks, Ranger, for such a lovely idea! Truly inspired 🙂

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How to eat a Blueberry   3 comments

Mommy’s favorite video of Miss D for all time: how to eat a Blueberry by Miss Deita.

Step 1. Circle the Blueberry, being wary of its propensity to jump out and attack you when you least expect it. Circle that Blueberry several times, but don’t let it know you’re interested. Act nonchalant. You want to catch it unawares.

Step 2. draw the Blueberry close. Watch out! Don’t let it escape!

Step 3. Shake that Blueberry for all you’re worth. Kill that sucker!

Step 4. Enjoy!

Deita’s new boots   3 comments

Found this old video of Miss D trying out her new boots. She always had trouble negotiating the hardwood floors, but these booties helped quite a bit.

Here’s the thing   3 comments

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I know it has been awhile since we’ve posted, but here’s the thing. Miss D has had some health issues and we’ve been spending our time nailing down the cause(s). Yesterday, Miss D spent all day with Vet getting poked and prodded and x-rayed and ultrasound-ed and the list goes on. The Cushings, the kidneys, the wetting the bed, were the original causes of concern for Mommy but as it turns out, not the real issue. In the end, the news was much more devastating.

Vet found something she called a “mast cell tumor” that has wrapped itself in and around Miss D’s right front elbow. It does not appear to be benign. Given its location, Vet said the only option would be to amputate the leg and start chemo and radiation therapy. Well… that’s not really an option, now is it?

Miss D is 11-ish years old, with osteoarthritis of the spine, weak hind quarters due to a previous back injury, being treated for Cushings and possibly in the early stages of kidney disease. Mommy cannot see taking away one of her only two good legs and then pumping her full of toxic chemicals to boot. It wouldn’t be fair. So…

we’ve opted for quality of life over quantity. We’re going to have fun and enjoy life and treat the symptoms and accept our time together is coming to an end. This makes Mommy very sad. But Deita doesn’t seem to mind. Right now she is teasing and fussing the neighbor dogs. As usual. Living in the Moment.

Checkers   4 comments

Miss D is curled up and sleeping and as I watch I am reminded of the differences and the similarities between her and my precious Checkers. Like Miss D, Checkers was a miniature schnauzer and had the large personality for which the breed is known. Independent, playful, and intelligent, Checkers also was difficult to train. But she had some unique tricks of her own; like rolling down the car windows when she wanted to feel the wind in her face or the way she walked along the back of the sofa like a cat to reach her favorite sleeping place.

Checkers also had medical issues. I adopted her through rescue when she was 6 years old. She had a heart murmur and due to a car accident when she was younger, she had no back right hip joint. The femoral head had been removed. Like Miss D, that didn’t stop her. She was very active. Checkers and I would walk 3 miles every day, 5 miles on the weekend.

Checkers loved people. She was an excellent rescue ambassador, gently approaching children and adults alike, indiscriminately giving out kisses and glad to take a treat out of the littlest hands. Miss D also loves people, but it takes time to gain her trust. Both dogs were slow to trust me, but once accepted, the bonds are strong.

I had 7 wonderful years with Checkers before she passed away at the ripe old age of 13. She was spunky, playful, and silly right to the end. She was an angel on earth sent to remind us of what it means to love unconditionally and without judgment.

Posted May 22, 2012 by iloveschnauzers in Schnauzers

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