Apr 8, 2015

Updates and a Huge THANK YOU

Amber has agreed to let me take over her blog today so I can pass on some updates on our daughter's condition.  Of course I had to promise her some special treats in order for her to share her furiends with me.

Before I start, I want to say THANKS to all of you for the prayers and all the comforting words we've received both for Shelly and also for our oldest pack member, Bailey (RIP) since all this started back in the first week of February.  My original intention was to send out individual emails thanking you, but so many of you were there for us that I would spend the rest of the year writing emails.  So I apologize that I'm doing this in a post. Shelly has asked me to save all the blog comments and emails because when she's feeling better, she wants to read them all. So I've saved everything in a folder for her that I'll give her when she's better.

Shelly was taken to the hospital on February 8 when she was found unconscious.  The next day her heart stopped for 5 minutes.  She was put on a ventilator, dialysis machine, and life support because most of her organs were also shutting down.  After 3 weeks she improved slightly and was taken off the ventilator but then she started having problems with her blood.  Her red cells were disappearing and her white count was dangerously high.  Her blood pressure skyrocketed as well as her heart rate.  For more than a week she received blood transfusions daily.

Finally she was able to be released to a rehab center for physical therapy and hyperbaric treatments to try and save her right leg.  The treatments haven't worked so her right leg will be amputated along with her fingertips and one toe on her left leg.

On Monday of this week her blood pressure and heart rate skyrocketed again.  Her hemoglobin count is down to a dangerous level once again.  The rehab center sent her back to the hospital Monday night.  Once her blood level is controlled, she will have the surgery to remove her right leg.  The doctors are hoping to do this some time this week after an examination and clearance from the cardiologist.  Her speech also seems somewhat impaired.  She stutters or has to speak very slowly, one word at a time to communicate.  She may need speech therapy.

Shelly still has a very long hard road ahead of her.  We try to spend as much time as possible with her but it's very hard on us too.  The hospital is 2 hours away from us and the rehab center is 2-1/2 hours one way assuming there is no traffic (which is very rare driving through Orlando).  So it seems all we've been doing is driving over the past 2 months.

Again, thank you for sticking with us though all of this.  And thank you to the POTP team for helping with the updates in the beginning.  And a special thank you for all the personal cards and emails.  And Chef Sasha.....you're the greatest.  You've managed to keep the pack well fed during this emergency. Pictures of them getting into their "Chewy" boxes will be posted soon.

Hopefully Amber will be back to regular posting and commenting soon.  I'm reading all of your posts at the hospital daily and quite honestly, they are keeping me focused and in control.  We are going to stay tough and fight this illness with everything we've got!!!     :)


I have some very sad, unrelated news to pass on.  Many of you may remember the blog named "Holly Wags".  Holly's Mommy was a very good friend of mine who I knew long before Amber started blogging.  We visited Debbie and Holly in Virginia on many occasions through the years on our trips back from Michigan.  Debbie is actually responsible for getting Amber's blog started.  

I received the news a couple of days ago that Debbie passed away at a rehab center on March 22 after a fall that broke her hip.

Holly is being adopted by some friends of Debbie's in Pennsylvania.

Debbie was such a wonderful friend and I'll miss her terribly.

Apr 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Just wanted ya'll to NOSE dat Me's still here and kickin....


Wishin all my Blogville Furiends a very


Mommy and Daddy have been spendin' lots of time at da HOP-IT-ALL with sissy Shelly.  
And when dey's not at da HOP-IT-ALL, dey is usually either drivin to da HOP-IT-ALL or comin' home from da HOP-IT-ALL.  It be more den a 2-hour drive but it seems more like 87 hours.

Sissy is just doin' "SO-SO".  Lots more ahead fur her.

Mommy pwomised me her would post an update dis week of all dat's been happenin' in my house.

We is all very thankful fur all our wonderful furiends out there in Blogville.  Without them, Mommy would probably break into a million pieces.  She reads all your posts everyday at the hop-it-all.

As fur me.......
I's gonna make a few changes in my life.......

Loves you all....
Watch fur Mommy's update post early dis week!


Mar 6, 2015

And Then There Were Nine...


Bailey was always such a happy girl

She accepted all the crazy outfits we would put on her with dignity

She was a silly girl and kept us laughing when we felt like crying

She was a party girl

She thought the pool was hers and hers alone

She was the rescuer of tennis balls

She loved a good morning nap

And a good afternoon nap

And she loved her blue ball

Most of all she loved life and she loved her family
Please stop by and visit Bailey's personal web page at:

I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for all your prayers and words of comfort both for Bailey and for our daughter, Shelly.

We nearly lost Shelly on February 11 when her heart stopped at the hospital and it took five minutes of CPR to bring her back.  For 3 weeks she fought for her life on a ventilator and a dialysis machine.  She couldn't speak at all and they kept her sedated most of the time.

 She was getting two units of blood every day because something was draining her blood supply.  They couldn't perform an MRI because her kidneys weren't functioning.  

Then a couple days ago things started to get a bit better.  I believe it's all the POTP she was getting from all our friends in Blogville.

She is still facing a heart cath, and the amputation of her right leg below the knee and her fingertips.  Please keep her in your prayers as she still has a very long and hard road ahead of her.

Please forgive me for not posting or commenting as often as I would like.  I do visit all of you on my phone while I'm sitting at the hospital because that's the only thing that makes me smile.

I don't know when things will return to normal again.  But I do know that we love all of you.

Amber, Max, and the rest of the pack all say...


Feb 10, 2015

Any Extra POTP Out There???

It just be wittle ole me....
Askin fur some POTP fur me human sissy...

Last night da bambulance came and tooks her away to da hopital.  Her is in ICU in serious condition wit anudder very bad Lupee flare up.

Her hubby be in California working and can't get back to Florida until Sunday.
(Him be drivin)
So me not-so-helpful ASSistant and Daddy gots to take care of da wittle 2-leggers until den.

Me won't be on da puter much (if at all) so ya'll might not hears from me fur a bit until every buddy is healthy again.

Dere is nuttin' more powerful den da Blogville POTP so if you's gots some extra paws, could ya spare one fur my human sissy pleeeze?

Me gonna be back as soon as me can.  
Me tinks dis gonna be anudder case fur

Me ASSistant should have posted  bout da nice tings we won from Tootsie and Pip, da book review, and
da 11th birfday pawty fur me and Brudder Max (DaOdderWeenie)

Now everyting is on hold .... again .... till tings get back to normal.

Note to Ernie da Attorney..... Do you tink me gots a case????

Signing off fur now...


Feb 3, 2015

Mommy's Gift and The Puppy Bowl

Me ASSistant is so bad and me is so far behind in me posts.  BUTT her has been a bit under da wedder fur da last couple weeks so guess me has to forgives her...only dis time...

FURst, Mommy got dis really nice present from Frankie and Ernie and dere pawrents.  And to makes it really special, it came da day before hers birfday {her is REALLY older den dirt now}
Anyway, just look at dis really pretty Weenie Pup pin and Weenie Key Chain.

Mommy says THANK YOU so so so so much!
Her loves them both.
:)   :)   :)

Now...on to da Puppy Bowl!
Me was so excited...waited all day and got all settled down wit me chew bones and snacks.

Den Sissy Pepper looks at me wit da Evil Eye!
And says...you's can watch it BUTT you ain't gonna hear it because........


Do any buddy out dere want a bratty sisfur dat won't let you watch you's favorite television programs????


Check back soon because me is gonna bite me ASSistant's ankles until her tells every buddy about me big contest wins from TOOTSIE and PIP.

Also coming up soon will be some book reviews of books written by some of me very good furiend's Mommies.

And me can't furget to tell ya'll bout me and brudder Max's 11th birfday pawty last week (when Mommy was too sick to pawty until 87 days AFTER our birfday)  
ME GOT (wait fur it)

PawHugs till next time...