Nov 9, 2011

A Special Thank You on Wordless Wednesday (Just Not Wordless)

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 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 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

Momma...{sniff sniff}
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!




HoundDogMom said...

We love the new Crossed Paws blog and can't wait for the christmas auction to start. We hope to be able to buy some things this time aruond. The last couple of auctions we had high vet bills with Cleo so all we could do was donate items to buy. We are doing that again, but hope to spend some green papers as well for some cool christmas gifts. We are so glad to see you got some help with the vet bills, we know how stressful that can be for sure. We agree Blogville Rocks and Crossed Paws has been awesome to so many fur-babies and their families. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

Uji, Angel Izzy, Ziggy, Angel Bean, Angel Hiro and Momma Tea said...

Momma Tea here Amber,
I know how wonderful Crossed Paws are , I don't know what we would have done without them in the past. We are blessed to have such a pawesome group in our blogville family we too will be putting something in for auction. Every little helps don't you think?

Uji here now fur Miss Aprils, now don't yoo bee worryin bouts mee mi luv cos mee is doin just fine. Mi leggy is sore butts not too bads at all n mee finks mee will bee as good as new soon ifs not better den new. Mee dids nots want yoo worryin bouts mee cos yoo may gets worry lines on yor gawjuss face n mee does not wants anyfing to spoil yor beeyooti.

Luvs yoo lots Miss April

Yor own

Oreo said...

Crossed Paws is wonderful and always willing to help. We have a great group here and a big thanks to all that contribute with auction itmes, time and money. It is all fun to help others too.

Jazzi and Addy

rottrover said...

The emotional support that we have received from fellow bloggers has been amazing - and healing. We will continue to support Crossed Paws and look forward to the upcoming auction. We love our puzzle that we got last time!!) Take care of your momma, Amber, don't let her get too stressed out. The holidays are supposed to be FUN!!

Bart and Ruby

Stewey said...

What a lovely post about Crossed Paws! Don't worry, Amber - we won't forget you!

Remington said...

WOWZERS! This is great! Crossed Paws is awesome!

Auntie Cheryl said...

How could we forget you, Amber?!? Way too sweet! So thrilled to hear about Crossed Paws coming to help with Tucker's expenses. Very deserving. Plan to get involved with Crossed Paws now.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww big yay for Crossed Paws - what a wonderful organisation!! They sound just brilliant and truly helped angel Tucker!! Me and Charlie wish them all the best!!

Sweet Amber - please give mum a great big hug from me and Charlie! Enjoy your break and see you all soon! Take care

Scooter said...

Hey Amber!
Wow, it was so great to see Tucker so happy. Those last happy days are worth a fortune for your pack. Blogville is an amazing place. We will miss you, but we'll be waiting when you return!
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

Gone Hikin' said...

No worries, Amber, how could we efur furget you? I will miss your commenties wot always make me BOL but if'n it only be 2 or 3 weeks, I will wait. Starting now. Waiting...... waiting..... waiting.....

Backcountry Brodie said...

OMD! You got me so rattled I posted on mom's account. That be me up there
^^^^^^^^^^^^^ see me next to mom?

K9 Katastrophie said...

Hi Amber, Isn't Crossed Paws wonderful?


Pee.s. we could never forgets you!

JD and Max said...

Hi Amber and Amber's mom! Oh gosh, what a lovely post for Crossed Paws - we got quite tearful reading it! We're always thrilled to hear that Crossed Paws has made a difference - it's what we're here for, but our sucess is only because of the wodnerful generosity of everyone out there in Blogville who offer support and help.

We're very excited about the Christmas Auction - we're sure it's going to be great fun!

Now Miss Amber - make sure you look after your mom over the holiday season - we'll all be here waiting for you when you get back!

Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

Boondocks Love Shack Pack said...

That is so amazing, Amber. We're so sorry for your families losses but grateful for kind folks who step in to help. Bittersweet, huh?

Much love!

Boondocks & The Love Shack Pack

dw said...

Amber, what a nice surprise to get some additional help from Crossed Paws! It's very obvious how thankful your mom is! We won't forget about you while your typing assistant takes a break -- we know how hard time management can be around the holidays! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

We certainly won't forget about you, Miss Amber DaWeenie!! We'll be here when you get back (and Riley will probably still be on crate rest by the time you get back)!

Haven't heard of Crossed Paws but are going to go check them out now!

Elyse and Riley

Scrappy Angel said...

Wow. My mama's gonna cry if she reads your post...some really tough stuff...but it seems an angel is looking over you! Heading over to read all about Crossed Paws right now!

Every day is a gift. Thanks for reminding us that we ahould be thankful for that!

ahhhh...who could forget you?

Douglas said...

Amber, I'm toddling over to Crossed Paws right now to see how I can help. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!
And how can anyone furget your adorable mug? I am going to miss you while you're gone though!


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Whine Whimper WHINE... I will miss you soooooo very much...BUTT just KNOWIN that you WILL be back with us makes me feel better.

I just LOVE all that Crossed Paws has done fur so many. THIS Christmas Auction will be FABULOUS.. FANGtastic even. I can't Wait. I know that our dear Tucker will be watchin and thinkin that Crossed Paws is the bestest.

Unknown said...

We didn't know how much crossed paws did for you, that is so amazing! We know how hard your year was and we hope your year gets better. We will miss you but we know that blogging breaks are important.

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Wow, what can we say??? mom is running on emotion this week as it is, but your post has really turned on the faucets. Crossed Paws - what an amazing entity!!!

Asa for forgetting you, never -we love all of you.
Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

The Florida Furkids said...

Crossed Paws sounds like a pawsome organization!

We could never forget you!! We hope your Mom is feeling better soon.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

The Daily Pip said...

Now, wait a minute how did you get a picture of MY MOM on your blog??? She has been looking like this for several weeks except she is also hunched over on account of her back going out. He he! Not a pretty sight!

I am so glad Crossed Paws was able to help with Tucker's bills.

Your pal, Pip

White Dog Blog said...

Your family has faced a lot this year. We are glad that our community and Crossed Paws have been able to provide some comfort and support. Amber, do not worry, you simply could never be forgotten. So take a break, get mom organized and try not to get to stressed over the holidays. We will be waiting when your return.

Suka said...

hey Amber and Amber's Mom,

What a lovely post! So heartwarming! It was a pleasure to see Tucker with his amazing gifts from Crossed Paws. I had never heard of Crossed Paws so thank you for all the information on them. They sound like a wonderful organization and I am so happy they have been there for you and your family. And Tucker was blessed to have had their generosity.

Amber, I will miss you! But I certainly won't forget about you! I will be here when you and your mom get back. I am sorry your mom has no organs left. Does it hurt? I hope she gets some new one soon. Paws crossed! ;->

And, I don't mean any disrespect, but your mom looks an awful lot like a scary kitty cat. Is that when happens when you lose all your organs? Yipes!

Good luck with all your projects!


Just Jess for now said...

Oh, what a wonderful post. Crossed Paws really have some amazing people (furry and non) looking out for everyone. :)
We will miss you. So, look after that Mama of yours so that you can come back soon. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow Crossed Paws is awesome! So glad they chose you all to help :D I understand about needing to take breaks. Just gotta do it sometimes! Mom and I are planning to take one after the first of the year ourselves. Wishing you the best with your projects! And will see you when you get back! :D

Waggin at ya,

Anonymous said...

I sure is happy that Crossed Paws was there for you and your Pawrents!

I just LOVE Crossed Paws and JD, Max and their Mom Clare too!

I could NEVER forget you! I will be waitin!

woos, Tessa

My Mind's Eye said...

Amber and Mom what a touching and wonderful post!! God Bless Crossed Paws for all they do.
Not to worry Miss Amber we won't for get you...we'll be in and out some ourselves. Mom has a few Christmas gifts to make.
Hugs form your BFFF

bichonpawz said...

Crossed Paws is just amazing and we thank them for all of the help they gave your famly as well as the families of other blogger pups. How wonderful that they were able to help with a little extra money! You are awesome pet owners!!!

♥Mona + Prissy + Angel Weenie♥ said...

Oh Amber, my dear friend, we will miss ya but your Mommy needs a break. We'll be right here when youn get back. Our Mommy must be your Mommy's twin cause that looks just like her.

Cross Paws!! We can't begin to say how proud we are to be a part of Blogville and love everything Crossed Paws does for all of us.

We love ya...stay out of trouble. Weenie sends his love.

Sniff ya later........Weenie

Doxie Rod said...

really sorry about the loss in your pack! it looks like you have found a good place with crossed paws. stay strong amber da weenie!!

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

The new Crossed Paws blog is amazing and looks wonderful!
I'm so sorry to hear the sad news, but Tucker is in a good place now.

Brandon's Raiser

Dachshund Nola said...

So so sorry to hear the news. Crossed paws is wonderful. I'm a weenie in Florida too!
Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola

Gracie and Bobbi said...

Tucker's picture made me cry all over again! Crossed Paws is wonderful... I will check them out when I get back from my break. Tell your mama to have a good break and we're looking forward to your return!

Kippy Marrie said...

Olá Ambebr querida amiguinha... amei sua visita em meu blog. Amo ter meus amiguinhos sempre perto. Gosto de vir aqui também.
Coloquei sua foto na TV do meu blog, onde estão meus melhores amigos, espero que voce goste.
Boa semana. Fica com o Papai do Céu.
Aus da amiga do Brasil ...


Bailey Be Good! said...

Nala and I think this is so wonderful. Big woofs & hugs! <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Bailey Be Good! said...

Dropping off lotsa love... we're thinking of you! :)

Woofs & hugs, <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Maggie Mae and Max said...


We luvs you all and will miss you but you is gonna come back so dat is a good thing! Thanks so much fur helpin' Max feel right at home in Blogville, I told him he would luv it here and him does! Next week will be very busy fur my mom too so we might have to take time off as well. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

FiveSibesMom said...

So very sorry about is so hard to lose one of our furbabies...I just caught up reading about Crossed Paws, which is pawsome! I will be heading over there to read about them. And the package of goodies they sent back in August looks like it sure made for some very happy moments! Love the last pic sleeping on the the stuffie. Thinking of you and your babies, and knowing Tucker is smiling over you from beyond the Rainbow Bridge.

ZOOLATRY said...

Happy Turkey Day to one and all ... (PS ... Amber, please check your pee-mail, as we have sent a little something to you!)

ForPetsSake said...

We could never ever forget you! Beautiful post and yes, we have many people and creatures to be thankful for! We'll be here when you get back from your break :)

Brian said...

That was a wonderful post and Crossed Paw sue is wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Karen Jo said...

I am so sorry that you lost two members of your pack. Crossed Paws is a wonderful group. I am so glad that they could help you through the bad times. Thank you so much for your kind words about Emma. I truly appreciate it.