Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Very Sad Day

We lost Blackie on Friday October 6, 2017. He was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in January of 2014 and at the time he already had a lot of muscle atrophy in his rear legs. Our veterinarian put him on lots of pain medications and told us that there was no cure for the disease. And it would get very bad for him. And it did. 

A few months after the diagnosis, he couldn't jump into the back of our SUV by himself anymore. He'd walk out to get in the car and he'd stand up and put his front legs on the back and we'd have to help him get his rear into the car. He could always jump out by himself and he loved to go for rides in any car any time of day. 

By January of this year, we had to pick him up to get him into the 4Runner as he couldn't jump at all anymore. By this June on a trip to Ruidoso, he couldn't walk up two steps to get into a cabin we rented. That's when things started getting really bad for him. The rapid deterioration of his back legs led to him not even being able to stand up by himself by July. The vet put him on even more pain pills and recommended a harness we could put on him to help him get up. He did okay on the new harness for about a month before he started having some type of pain that was causing him to pant constantly and drink lots, and I mean, lots of water everyday. We had tests for everything and they couldn't find a cause so we just had to deal with him as he was. A geriatric puppy who still thought he was a three-month old pup. 

In the last two weeks, his front legs would no longer hold him up most of the time and he'd lay down wherever we helped him lay down. The poor guy had two modes, asleep and panting if he wasn't asleep. He finally couldn't even stand up to relieve himself. 

It was painful to watch him go downhill so quickly and even more painful to know that it was never going to get better for him. He was such a great and happy pup even in pain. Everyone who knew him loved him dearly and we are all so very sad that he's gone now. As the Irish always say, "May he rest in peace." We miss you so very much little pup. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

July 4th Weekend

Better late than never I suppose.

Aunt Jill and Great Aunt Debbie had us all out to Tyler for the Saturday before the 4th of July - the 2nd.  Jill has completely renovated her old home in Tyler and it looks so GOOD.  Not sure why I haven't featured it yet on The House Enthusiast.  Oh yeah.  I'm lazy. 

"Stay tuned for Jill's renovation on The House Enthusiast!"

Anyway, she had her back yard all decked out.  There was a zip line, trampoline (brand new), a fire pit (not used ... because July in Texas), two big fans, and picnic tables.  I was impressed. The boys had a great time with their cousins and I got to catch up with family.

 Brent and Paul putting the trampoline together

 fun on the trampoline

#Christopherdarling channeling his inner #MileyCyrus

 Hey - Cristy finally showed up!

Just chilling - or at least trying not to bake


 Of all the things offered here in Jill's Backyard they choose to play in the dog crates.

 Maci eating a watermelon.  Christopher told us he ate 8 pieces..... 

 Woah.  When did Andy show up?  And of course I have NO pictures of his illusive wife.

 Girls only

 Here we are, pretending to look at my phone.  I'm sure it's off. 
 Also pretty sure Christopher is back there eating watermelon.

Thank you Jill and Debbie for the wonderful day!!!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Just Keep Swimming - 6th Birthday Party

Wow, It's been a while since my last post.  We've been settling into the new house and the boys had another birthday.  They are 6 now... I can't believe it.  They are my most favorite people in the world.

They have also both lost their 2 bottom front teeth.  This was the last picture of them both before that started.

This was taken by my talented cousin Wendi Kessler

For their birthday we took a couple of kids to play at Shenaniganz and then had their classmates over for a pool party.  It was an all day affair.

They had a great time!  Aside from all the kids, Aunt Peggy, Uncle Pete, Uncle Bobby, DiDi, Pop, Terry, Chris, Marc, Laura, Kellye and Stefan were there.  That means that mommy had a good time too :-)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dinner at Mi Cocina

The boys are starting Kindergarten on Monday....  I'm happy and sad at the same time!

We went to Mi Cocina last night for dinner and were able to sit outside for the first time since Summer started.  They are growing up so fast!