A New Year, A New Beginning

This new year is so different than last New Year’s Day. In 2015 we were a household of 1 humom, 4 cats and 1 dog. Now, in less than 6 months, we are a house of 1 humom and 3 cats. Piper and LadyBird are sorely missed. We are sad but also looking forward to what the future holds. Here is a little retrospective on our sisfurs. Happy New Year, evfurybody!!! Love, Toby, Simon, BobbieSue and Momma Sabina

Piper came to our family a long time ago. She was named Piper because our auntie (mom's sister) and her sons found her living near water pipes close to an amusement park.

Piper came to our family a long time ago. She was named Piper because our auntie (mom’s sister) and her sons found her living near water pipes close to an amusement park. She was pretty skinny as a youngster. After she was spayed she packed on the pounds!!!

As she got older she became more sensitive to the cold and loved snoozing closest to any heat source available.

As she got older she became more sensitive to the cold and loved snoozing close to any heat source available.

She raised BobbieSue, our formerly feral sister. Piper taught BobbieSue what it means to be part of a household because she knew what it was like to wander the streets.

She raised BobbieSue, our formerly feral sister. Piper taught BobbieSue what it means to be part of a household because she knew what it was like to wander the streets.

Piper was the quiet member of the household. She never made a scene, rarely ever meowed, and was a strong and stable presence in our lives.

Piper was the quiet member of the household. She never made a scene, rarely ever meowed, and was a strong and stable presence in our lives.

And then, in her last year, she started preparing to cross the Bridge. She lost interest in food and only wanted to sleep. She was never in any pain; she seemed happy all the way to the end.

And then, in her last year, she started preparing to cross the Bridge. She lost interest in food and only wanted to sleep. She was never in any pain; she seemed happy all the way to the end.

I miss her a lot. She was like a mom to me. She would always put me in my place when I got to snooty!!

I miss her a lot. She was like a mom to me. She would always put me in my place when I got too snooty!! (I think she is the reason I like Torties so much!!)

And then, this last July, went to sleep and woke up over the Bridge.  We all miss her so much but are assured sheis with our other sis- and brofurs who are waiting for us all to be a family again forever. We all love you, Piper.

And then, this last July, she went to sleep and woke up over the Bridge. We all miss her so much but are assured she is with our other sis- and brofurs who are waiting for us all to be a family again,  forever. We all love you, Piper.

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LadyBird joined our family when mom’s auntie died. Mom’s uncle was gong to live with his son and couldn’t little Lady with him. He was going to take her to the pound but mom spoke up and said she was too old (10 years, at least) and no one would ever adopt her so she would take her home. At that point mom didn’t even know what kind of dawg Lady was – she just wanted her safe. This picture was taken in the car ride on the way home from Georgia.

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She blended in with us pretty well. There was a lot of hissing and growls at first but we eventually learned to tolerate each other.

She went on lots of adventures with mom and Granmama

She went on lots of adventures with mom and Granmama.

She and mom fell in love really quickly.

She and mom fell in love really quickly.

She was a little sneak, too! She LOVED people food!!

She was a little sneak, too! She LOVED people food!!

Like the rest of us, LadyBird HATED visits to the doctor!!

Like the rest of us, LadyBird HATED visits to the doctor!!

But she always got a puppy latte afterward!!

But she always got a puppy latte afterward!!

She loved taking sunbaths!

She loved taking sunbaths!

Some times LadyBird wouldn't be very friendly!

Some times LadyBird wouldn’t be very friendly!

We both loved getting outside in the summertime.

We both loved getting outside in the summertime.

She even recovered really well from her spay. Little did we know . . .

She even recovered really well from her spay. Little did we know . . .

Her belly started to grow, she wasn't as jumpy as she used to be, and she seemed to slow down.

Her belly started to grow, she wasn’t as jumpy as she used to be, and she seemed to slow down.

We went outside one last time on a warm November day.

We went outside one last time on a warm November day.

She went back and forth to the doctor 3 times in December. Something was wrong and mom wanted to know what it was.

She went back and forth to the doctor 3 times in December. Something was wrong and mom wanted to know what it was.

To make matters worse she was bit by a spider and ended up with a huge abscess on her belly. Funny thing, they abscess healed beautifully. But no so with her insides.

To make matters worse she was bit by a spider and ended up with a huge abscess on her belly. Funny thing, the abscess healed beautifully. But not so with her insides. (Mom thought she was extra cute when her ears were folded back!)

The, the very day before she left us, we went back to the vet for test results and found out she had a very aggressive liver cancer. The vet offered to send LadyBird to the Bridge right then but mom (who collapsed into tears) said no. She would take her home and make her comfortable.

Then, the very day before she left us, she and mom – and Granmama,  went back to the vet for test results and found out she had a very aggressive liver cancer. It was so fast moving the vet offered to send LadyBird to the Bridge right then but mom (who collapsed into tears) said no. She would take her home and make her comfortable.

LadyBird left our little family after barely 14 months with us. It is a time we will never, ever forget. She brought so much excitement and selfless love into our lives. We love and miss you, LadyBird.

LadyBird left our little family after barely 14 months with us. It is a time we will never, ever forget. She brought so much excitement and selfless love into our lives. We love and miss you, LadyBird.

So, now it is just the four of us. We are a small family but a loving one. And, when it is time, we will welcome a new brofur or sisfur the Universe decides to send us.

So, now it is just the four of us. We are a small family but a loving one. And, when  or if it is time, we will welcome a new brofur or sisfur the Universe decides to send us.

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Thank you to all our friends and loved ones

Hello everybody, while I’m not ready to talk about what happened with LadyBird just yet, I wanted to let everybody know that I am doing my very best to guide my mom out of the dark funk she’s in right now. We ALL want to thank everyone who visited leaving your condolences. Your love and prayers warmed mom’s heart and encouraged her to let me post this. We love you all. Purringly yours, Toby

I'm helping mom out of her funk by spending more time with her. Since she's sleeping a lot I spend the time sleeping right next to her face so she'll know I'm right there is she needs me.

I’m helping mom out of her funk by spending more time with her. Since she’s sleeping a lot I spend the time sleeping right next to her face so she’ll know I’m right there is she needs me.

 

Simon is busy sleeping on the other side of her head keeping her hair warm.

Simon sleeps on the other side of her head keeping her hair warm.

 

I tried to recruit BobbieSue to sleep with mom but she's a loner.

I tried to recruit BobbieSue to sleep with mom but she’s a loner.

 

When she's awake I get mom to play with me. I have dug every toy out I could find and bring them to her nonstop for her to throw. I keep doing it until she laughs.

When she’s awake I get mom to play with me. I have dug every toy out I could find and bring them to her nonstop for her to throw. I keep doing it until she laughs.

 

And I'm going to keep her playing until she feels all better!!!

And I’m going to keep her playing until she feels all better!!!

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Diesel crosses the Rainbow Bridge

This is probably old news to most of you, but it is new to us. While reading another blog (and recent new follower – thank you!!!) Little Lord Oscar Dandelion Books, we found out about a brave police dog who lost her life in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. To honor Diesel, and other police dogs like her, we are reblogging the article here. So many lives, so many tears. We like to believe that Diesel is running free at the Bridge and even though we didn’t know her personally, we know her spirit.  With love, LadyBird and Toby

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“Today, a brave police dog died for defending the people from ISIS militants. Diesel the Belgian Shepherd, shown here, is decorated with service medals highlighting a distinguished career.

…a little like losing one of our colleagues. – One of Diesel’s colleagues

“Seven year old Diesel lost her life whilst on duty with the (French) Police Nationale, when a suicide bomber activated her bomb vest at the apartment where the terrorists were hiding as it was searched by the police. Diesel, like other search dogs within the anti-terror RAID unit, are indispensible. Their job is to search for explosives. She had gone on ahead to sniff out booby traps.

“Five days ago – Friday 13th November 2015 – ordinary, innocent people were targeted in Paris attacks. 129 sadly lost their lives.

“You can read more of the article here.”

R.I.P Diesel|Little Lord Oscar Dandelion Books

 

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I’ve got a big belly

Hey folks, I went to the doctor’s today. Bummer. Mom is still worried about my big fat belly. I have lost 4 ounces, though, so that’s good news. My belly is also soft – as opposed to rock hard like it was the last time I was at the doc’s. So here’s the diagnosis – doc thinks I may be backed up – in the belly area – you know – poo-wise. Gross, huh? So mom has to put these sprinkles on my food that will add good bacteria to my gut. She also has to give me some stuff to help me go. Everything else is good so mom wants to try this to see if it works. If it doesn’t, well, we don’t want to think about that now. Sorry for the gross talk but I thought I needed to explain my fat belly in the photos below!! Barkingly yours, LadyBird

See my fat belly! You may notice I have a belly button - it's actually my nippie that had the tumor in it. There was so much extra skin after it was removed the doc just stretched it over to keep the scarring minimal. Mom thinks it looks cute.

See my fat belly! You may notice I have a belly button – it’s actually my nippie that had the tumor in it. There was so much extra skin after it was removed the doc just stretched it over to keep the scarring minimal. Mom thinks it looks cute. My belly hair hasn’t grown back yet!!!

 

My belly so big it was hard for me to roll over and mom laughed at me!!!

My belly is so big it was hard for me to roll over and mom laughed at me!!!

 

I may look uncomfortable but I'm not. Right after this photo I fell right to sleep!

I may look uncomfortable but I’m not. Right after this photo I fell right to sleep! Mom likes my ear folded back. She says I’m so cute!!!

 

Here's another photo for my Lady-love!!!

Here’s another photo for my Lady-love!!!

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