Hellooooooooo Blogville Buddies!
Well, da Thanksgiving holly-day will be comin soon here in da USA. We has lots to be tankful for dis holly-day season. We is specially tankful for our furends in Blogville dat has supported us and been dere for us dis past year. Mee tinks mee will let da Momma take it from here cause dis be some really impawtant stuffs.
Roll It Da Momma!
Thank you, Amber. We do have a lot to be thankful for this year. The pack seems to be enjoying good health at the moment except for some occasional senile episodes from Benji. But, hey, he is going on 16 years old.
Unfortunately we lost a couple members of our pack this year. Reno left for the Bridge suddenly while he was being boarded at the vet's office when we were in Michigan back in June. We knew he was ready to make that journey soon, but hoped he would wait until our return from the trip. Reno had other plans and we were thankful that he was with our vet.
Tucker's sudden diagnosis of lung cancer in early July left us in shock. Tucker was only 9 years old...how could this be happening? But, cancer doesn't look at age when it decides to attack. Tucker's cancer was very aggressive and we were told he only had a few days to live. How could we say goodbye to our boy that quickly?
The staff oncologists at the cancer center said that chemo would extend his life and give him a good quality of life...at least for a little while. And there was a slim chance he could go into remission. It was a "slim" chance but it was better than no chance and we had to do what we could for our Tucker. So chemotherapy started the day after the diagnosis.
The primary tumor did get smaller and Tucker was doing very well. His quality of life was very good so the chemo treatments were doing what they were meant to do. Unfortunately after the first month and four treatments, smaller tumors started to develop in his lungs and were spreading rapidly. We knew then that we had to prepare to say goodbye to our little guy very soon.
Then along came the CROSSED PAWS Group.
Crossed Paws heard about Tucker and sent him the most wonderful HAPPINESS HAMPER filled with toys and treats.
Click HERE to view how happy Tucker was with his treasures from Crossed Paws.
He received his Happiness Hamper five days before he started his journey to Rainbow Bridge. Again, I'm very thankful because Tucker's gifts gave him so much joy and happiness during his last days with us. He was still cuddling with his new Wubba the very same morning that he had to leave us.
(Tucker's Last Picture Before His Journey to Rainbow Bridge)
Our little boy was gone but along with all the good memories he left with us, he also left us a huge hospital bill for his four chemo treatments and all the CT scans he had while he was receiving his treatments. We never had any regrets about the treatments and I know we made the right choice. The bills were staggering but we knew somehow we would manage and get through it. Things would be a little tight for a while but we had to believe that we would be just fine.
Then once again I received the totally unexpected. Last week an email came like a sign from Heaven. CROSSED PAWS was our rescuer once again. They had some money left over from all the auctions and charity events that were hosted during the year, and they decided to split it three ways to help with medical bills that were run up by some of our Blogville friends. Tucker was chosen to be one of the recipients of the leftover funds to help pay for his final expenses.
CROSSED PAWS has a brand new look and a new web address. You can now find them at:
Please be sure to stop by for a visit and see their wonderful new Home Page and also stop by to visit their BOARD OF DIRECTORS. They also have a raffle in place for a beautiful piece of custom-made jewelry. Amber will be purchasing her raffle tickets this week. There is also going to be a CROSSED PAWS HOLIDAY AUCTION beginning on November 19. Visit Crossed Paws for all the details. We all know how much fun these auctions are, and Amber will certainly be there for this one too.
There are just no words deep enough to say THANK YOU to Crossed Paws and also to our Blogville friends who support their friends in Blogville in time of need. CROSSED PAWS has come to our rescue twice to save us and we are so grateful. I will forever think of them as the
GUARDIAN ANGELS OF BLOGVILLE!
Mee needs a tissue pleeeeeze!
Thank you, Crossed Paws. You be super duper!
Every buddy...pleeeeeze watch fur all da upcoming charity events hosted by da CROSSED PAWS GROUP and pawticipate if you can! You won't be sowie!!
Now fur some unrelated noos..
We needs to take a very short blogging bweak. Da Momma is startin to look like dis...
Her has so many holly-day projects in da works including some new holly-day items for da upcoming Crossed Paws Holly-Day Auction, and da Momma isn't very well organ-ized. Her has no organs left, in fact. Anyway, mee will still try to keep readin' all da postees from mee furends but mee won't have mee assistant to helps mee type da comments. And mee claws be too long so mee can't type by mee wittle self. Butt...dis will only be a shortee bweak...mee pawmises. Two or tree weeks maybees.
So pleeeeeze don't forgets mee!
I Be Back!
BIGGIFIED PAW HUGS...