Hi Barb and family-
Just wanted to share a couple of pictures of Chester (Hazel/Champ – March 1,
2014). He is such a good boy. He loves hunting, fishing, and going just
about anywhere with us. He has passed obedience level 1 with flying colors
(though our vet proclaimed that he hides it well!). He is a beauty and a
sweetheart. All our best to you and yours. Jennifer
Amy graduated a few weeks ago! Ironically it wasn’t emotional for me to see our last child walk across the stage on graduation day. It was emotional to see Amy well enough to do it. Amazing how our priorities change. I have realized how satisfying it is to eat with those you love. Our culture places a lot of importance on food. With Amy having such difficulty to swallow, eating isn’t rewarding or fun. I am surprised how often I want to reward her for being brave for a blood draw or something similar with a treat. Food is not gratifying for her. She started TPN therapy through her IV to support her with vitamins, minerals & calories. She seems to be improving with the help of supplements, homeopathy, chiropractic and IV meds. Lyme disease has effected Amy neurologically. You might think because Amy has down syndrome I am used to dealing with neurological setbacks. I am not. Before lyme disease Amy was independent, feeding herself, making her own salad or snack, showering, etc. Now that she needs complete care I am spending a lot of time with her. I know Amy comprehends everything. When she can’t speak, her eyes tell me. Sometimes when I look in her eyes I want to cry for the pain she is enduring. There are periods of time that she is completely coherent and she will say things like “ I’m sorry Mom” or “ I want to be happy. I am better now”. She melts my heart. Being a care giver is not easy but the rewards are immeasurable. Every time I feed Amy I thank God that she is still here for me to feed. Every time I help her in the bathroom I know this is not forever and she is going to get better. God has wrapped His arms around us and is giving us the strength to fight this fight. There is a song called “Afterlife” and Amy and I sing it a lot. Also, BRAVE. You have to be brave to fight lyme disease and Amy is! Thank you for continuing to hold us up in prayer. We need it. Thank you for being patient if you have submitted a puppy application and I have not called you yet. Thank you for understanding if you don’t get a response to your email immediately. My life is not my own right now and your understanding is greatly appreciated.
This is Annie’s favorite place to crash, as long as I am reading next to her. She has been soooo good. Hope the others are as happy as I am, with the puppy you selected.
She already goes to the door. I am very impressed and the crate is dry every time. I am sorta living in the family room/kitchen. Protects the rest of the house from accidents, because I use the baby gate.
Hope all is going well. I know you are very busy with Hazel’s puppies. I really know how much work it must be, because one keeps me going, but in a good way. Like you said one time, “Just love puppy kisses”.
I will continue keeping you updated. We are heading to Woodridge today, to visit my mother.
Later, Debbie and Annie. (Jackson/Zoey)
Hey Barb and Russ….Writing to let you know how Finley’s first night at his new home went. He was wonderfull!!!! Only awoke twice during the night and cried for less than a minute both times before he went back to sleep.
We want to especially thank you for placing Finley with us. We think he is a perfect match temperament wise for a couple of older clients such as ourselves, and, has such a bright ,loving and inquisitive nature. We appreciate all the time and hard work you invest in these wonderful dogs that bring so much joy to the families that have them. Again,…..Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!!
Anne and Tim
Where do I begin? Elsa is a dream! I LOOOOOOOVE her! It hasn’t even been a week and each day I think she is more amazing. She gets antsy and I take her to her spot, and she poops (it seems like on command). She loves to play with our kids and Norah is warming up to her more and more. We are teaching Norah (our 3 year old) how to play with her. Elsa rarely whines. She goes to bed between 9-11 pm depending on what I am doing and doesn’t get up til 6:30 to 8; again depending on what I am doing. This morning I got her out of her crate at 8…she hadn’t even barked!! She was really shaky in the mornings the first few days and now she knows I am coming and I am not going to leave her in the crate forever. Today is the first morning she ate better. She likes to play in the mud and loves running around with the kids, even in the rain. she will always snuggle with me and especially loves to put her head on my belly. Her little face looks so much like Hazel’s.
Hi! Happy to report Chief had a good well-puppy checkup today; all tired out after visiting with all the staff. Everyone remarked on how content he is & such a sweet look in his eyes. He’s eating well, sleeping well- we’re only up / out once during the noct (I’m up anyway so it works out) no issues. He’s trying his best to be the cat’s best friend but Bogey is a little stubborn about that. Chief is happy, well loved & cared for; we are grateful he came to live with us! Thank you!
Barb and Russ, we have named our pup Finnegan. Or Finn for short. He had a great trip home yesterday, and has already met lots of folks. He did pretty good on his first night, and slept till about 5am. I took him out at 5;30. He plays just fine, and listens to the sounds around him. More than anything, he loves to nap, and snuggle. He ate real good yesterday, and pooped plenty. He hasn’t been very hungry today though. I think he misses his siblings still? Anyway, we will update you as we can. Thanks again. We love our little Finnegan. Let me know if this picture doesn’t come through to you.
I was concerned Amy would not have the stamina to endure all the excitement of prom, but thanks to her amazing friends she had a wonderful time. She was able to go through the grand march, dinner and danced for an hour before she needed to come home. I wanted Amy to be a part of prom, not just for her but for her friends. They miss the Amy they have grown up. It was an emotional evening for me. Once she made it through the grand march I cried tears of joy. I never would have dreamed a year ago such a small accomplishment would be so significant. Amy has been on IV antibiotics for 3 ½ weeks now to treat Lyme disease. She is not getting worse. We see tiny glimpses of improvement. We are hanging on to hope. In the meantime life doesn’t stop. There are still puppies to take care of, chores to do, laundry to be done, grandkids who need their Grandma, kids who need their mom, a husband who needs his wife. God continues to equip me. I am so thankful for my life and that Amy is alive. I know she will win this battle and come back to be the Amy we all know and love. Thank you to so many of you who are supporting us with your thoughts and prayers.
I wanted to send a quick note to update you on Kessa (Cabela/Jackson born 9/30/14). We forgot how difficult it was to raise a well behaved good dog. We’ve grown a deeper appreciation for what you do giving a great beginning to life for so many puppies.
Kessa is doing well and is a very lovey and cuddly dog. She is small but stealth (weight 53lbs). She loves to go to the cabin and swim in the summer and run the lake in the winter. She is acclimated well to other dogs and people going to puppy daycare 2 to 3 times a week. She’s loved by everyone that meets her and we constantly get comments how beautiful she is.
Enclose are a couple pictures from the cabin and a picture to show puppy to dog progression.
We love our Kessa!
Just wanted to give you an update on Gibbs. (Lola/Champ).He is the best dog
a girl can ask for. We enjoy our long walks but his favorite is when we go
to a dog park in the mountains where he can be off leash:-) everyone remarks
about how handsome he is and my friends love how laid back he is and just
brings smiles to our faces. Thank you! Shannon
Thanks Barb! We just love Ozzy. (Hazel/Champ) He is the best companion and a good listener. Training is key and we appreciate all of your knowledge. His favorite times are running off leash in a secure area where he can explore woods and hills. Then he sleeps in the sun for hours. Below is his birthday collage. Kathy