Q109 – Tough Quarter for Dogs

March 26, 2009 by  

Tonight, a fellow employee at Aplus.net is spending her last night with her dog, Dru. I just learned on Facebook about 4 or 5 weeks ago that Tracey Seib had an English Mastiff. I think I must have posted something about Hoover or somehow she ran across his pictures on my site. Anyway, she told me she had a 10 1/2 year old male English Mastiff named Dru. Just a week or two later, she learned that Dru had terminal cancer… a lump developed rapidly in his leg, and she was forced with the dreaded decision of what to do. Sadly, it came to her having to make the decision to put Dru down, and she scheduled the date just a week ago to take place tomorrow, March 27th. It has become very clear that Dru is a major part of Tracey’s life, just like Hoover is in my life. I have lost sleep and been very uneasy the past few weeks because Hoover is having a leg problem, has developed a small bump on his leg, and hasn’t been eating quite right. The bump on his leg, combined with the timing of Tracey finding out about Dru has weighed heavily on my mind. Fortunately for me, Hoover is eating better and his blood tests came back indicating no issues. Tomorrow, he begins new medication to hopefully help his leg, else we will have to have some x-rays taken with him sedated — something I don’t want to do. But for me, I am so fortunate because Hoover is in good health, yet his “brother” Dru is spending his final night (for now, at least) with Tracey. Last night I got out of bed and went and layed down with Hoover and thought hard about what Tracey is going through, and how someday that very well be me. I know Dru has been getting extra special attention from Tracey these past two weeks, and I was pleased to read on her Facebook page just moments ago that Dru has been enjoying some cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets, while popcorn and ice cream await him later this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with Tracey and Dru tonight… it will be a tough night for Tracey, followed by many tough days ahead, but Dru will leave this earth tomorrow having had a very good life and knowing that he was loved.

Dru and Tracey

Dru and Tracey

This follows just two weeks after my sister Wendy and her family had to go through the exact same situation with their dog, Casey. Casey was 13 years old and had a tremendous life and brought joy to my sister, my brother-in-law Tony, my nephews Brandon, Nathan and Keegan, and my niece Courtney. Of course, she was a great dog to her extended family as well, and it will be hard next time I am in Fort Collins (in less than 2 months to celebrate Nathan’s pending graduation — you will be graduating, won’t you Nate?) Won’t get to see that cute little dog Casey-Casey. She, too, was diagonsed with cancer, but she made it on drugs and love for about a year before they had to make the ultimate decision to let Casey go before the pain was too much. Like Tracey and Dru tomorrow, they had the act performed at their home with the whole family there.

Casey Casey

Casey Casey

Aside from Dru and Casey, my parents lost one of their two pugs, Maggie, just a few months ago. Unlike Dru and Casey, Maggie died unexpectedly when she went in to get her teeth cleaned. She was, so it seems, in good health, but they had to sedate her to do the procedure and she went into cardiac arrest. This is why I am trying hard to see if we can get Hoover healed without getting sedated xrays. Unlike Tracey and my sister’s family, my mom and dad didn’t get to say goodbye to Maggie… they didn’t get an opportunity to come-to-grips with it. In some ways, I think that’s good… I know when my day comes and I depart this earth, I want it to be sudden and quick, just like Maggie’s passing … a passing with no suffering. But, on the flip side, not getting to spend time saying goodbye… eating cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets… is something that you hate to think about missing out on.

Maggie Moo

Maggie Moo

I should mention, too, that though I don’t remember all the details about what my friend Shawn Porter told me (sorry Shawn, I *think* I may have had a few pre-birthday drinks when we talked last week), I know he lost his lab this year, too. I do remember him telling me how hard it is to explain to his daughter, and I know someday, I may be in that same place, too.

Time helps heal all wounds, but quarter one, 2009 sure has been a tough one for my family and friends when it comes to their four legged family members. My thoughts are with them all, and it is great to know that I am not the only nut in this world who loves his pet as if it were his child. Here’s to the four legged family members and those that have cared so much for them. Hang in there, Tracey, and though I didn’t get to meet Dru, give him a hug for me.

-RElledge

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March 14, 2009 by  

Keegan.. I agree with you completely… I miss that little white fur ball also…. and her black friend Maggie. Yes they both left us too soon. It is ok to cry Keegan… I am crying now. Your blog is beautiful. The memories that Casey and Maggie have given our family are so precious. We will miss them forever, but God will heal the pain eventually. We all loved Casey very much, she was a special friend to all of your family and to everyone who came in touch with her. Love you my great little grandson.

It is me again

March 6, 2009 by  

Well, all is well here in Fort Collins. We are a little sad that our Big B has moved beck to Casper, but know it is for the best! We all wish you well Branman,but miss you very much already. Nate is much the same. He has a bad case of senioritess, but we went through that with B too! He is planning on wrestling in nationals in Denver the end of this month we are very excited that he has not givin up, cause we all know what a great wrestler he is. Courtney is busy with volleyball at the school, she does great, don’t let her fool you. But I know her first love is me, oh wait I mean softball. Keegan is working hard at his next season which is baseball. Can’t wait to see what that little munchkin will do in the future, he is such a natural athlete. Well Tony and I are the same, just trying to keep our heads above water. Who would have thunck it would be this crazy! Well I guess that is all for now, cause I have to go get ready for a fundraiser for Keegan’s baseball team. Love you all and hope all is well!!!!! Love the almost forty year old.

to anwser questions

March 5, 2009 by  

Well ryan….i did make the volleyball team lol. first game is tuesday and we are playing wellington…joy long bus ride there lol. then thursday we are playing clp another long bus ride so yes i know we have 2 away games one after another lol. good for me lol. but to bad they are during my ta lol. but that is ok because it is a boring ta anyways…well so i have 3 scrimmages this saturday and guess what…it is suppose to snow. right know i hate colorado so this week so far it has been in the 70s and know we are going to have snow…ARE YOU KIDDING ME? tonight i have a choir concert joy my favorite lol. we are only singing 2 songs so what is up with that lol. but the teacher is not my favorite. lol… she is the same teacher i ta for…ugh lol. so how is everyone doing…stuff here is going pretty smoothly. bee left to day. bet he is at casper just laying on his bed and prasing it lol. oh my me and him may fight alot but he is always my biggest brother and i will always love him dearly! well nate is about at the age…that is a bummer lol. he is doing pretty good in school..so he says lol. well me school is going good i have 2 bs but those i can bring up which i will cause i just dont like bs lol unless it is my older brother lol… but keegan is staying busy know with um…baseball and school. he is doing pretty good so he says lol. dad is working and be taxi for all this and mom is still working and be taxi too. nate kind of helps but not really. well tomorrow is keegans fundrasier and mom and dad are going and keegan and i are going over to his friends house. i am totally just going over there to babysitt. well maybe i should say child sitt lol the person i am watching is like 7 or something and i will keep an i on keegan and shane..his friend lol. i am staying the night there cause this whole thing wont get over till late and dont want to be up to late cuase hopefully i will have my scrimmages! i love softball it is my favorite. and i found out that is really my talent because volleyball is fun just not that great at it lol. i went for the ball and my friend went to and she ended up punching me in the face lol. i dont care cause i know it was an accedint…at least i hope it was haha. well i should probably start to go get ready for this concert and oh by the way after this year it has terminated lol. so if any of you want to hear my amazing voice better come soon lol jk it is not that great. but peace love and happiness to everyone.
Love Courtney
P.S. if any of you want to know this is 514 words long. lol

Another day

February 27, 2009 by  

Well all is going well in Lecherville. Tony stlill has a job, for this we are very thankkful. Brandon is still planning on coming back to Casper in the very near future, we are glad about that, but on the other hand we are not so sure. We will miss him lots!!!!!! Best of luck to you Big B, hope everything goes as planned. Nate, welll your guess is as good as mine. He always has something up his sleeve. I sure hope he realizes how inmportant it is to have a plan. But not sure he does!!! Natie had an awesome year at wrestling this year, he just has not figured that out yet! I understand that when you don’t do what you are expected to do it is very difficult, but he will see the light soon, I hope! I believe he will have many oppertunities to wrestle in college if he so choices. We hope he does, so it won’t cost so much. Well, little sis is doing just great. She has been very busy with volleyball try-outs. She is an amazing athelet, so we are sur she will make the team. (varsity if I am guessing).Keegan is getting ready for all state wrestling, he has to weigh in tonight. All seventy four pounds of him. He is such a great kid, we are very proud. Everyone sy a prayer for him to do well. We apperciate all the help we can get. Well our neice Ashley is dancing ing Billlings this weekend, we wish her the very best! Although she really does not need it, because she is awesome as it is. Good Luck Ashley!!!!!! Well it has been very nice talking to you all I better get going now. LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!

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February 25, 2009 by  

It is really great that you are on here. Nothing like keeping up with the family on the internet. We are all so proud of Nate and the maturity he has achieved this year. We are also glad that Brandon is going back to CC in the summer. Courtney’s tryouts and softball going well and Keeg… well he is going to do his best to keep everyone busy. Good job Keegan. Hope your week is going well. Love to all

a moms love

February 24, 2009 by  

Just checking in and letting everyone know how proud of my children I am. First ther is Brandon, you all know he has been strugling with the decision as to go back to Casper, or stay in Fort Collins? Well he has made the choice to go back to school in Casper, for this we are very proud of him. He is truely an amazing young man, and we feel his choice will serve him well in the future. Great choice Big B, know we will miss you lots but support your decision. Next there is Nathan, well he is a much stronger person than his father and I are. We have both been trying to figure out why he did not place at the state wrestling tourament. But Natie has the right answers. Just that it was not in Gods plan. How mature is that? Much better than I!!!!!!! Nate we are so proud of you, you are awesome at all you do! Keep up the great work. Sissy, well she is busting her you know what at volleyball try-outs. She is great because she always gives 100 percent at all she does. We are proud of her too! Good luck Courtney Morgan, go for all your dreams! Just so you all know she is doing awesome at softball, she is an amazing young lady. And then there is Keegan, well he is going to wrestle in the all state tournament this weekend. Along with wrestling he is busy with baseball practice. He is such a natual at all he does we are sure he will be just fine. Well Tony and I are good too. Just busy trying to keep up. We sure love you all and can’t wait to be able to spend some time with everyont. Just don’t know when that will be. Love you all so much! See I am getting better at this blogging thing! Love, Wendy

Guess It Is My Turn

February 22, 2009 by  

I have not been here in a while..I have started several times but just never finished. My emotions have been raw for weeks. I think I am at the point I can write a few words so I will try again. My life has been very different since Maggie died. She really was a hightlite of our life. I know God protected us from having her die at home, or from being very sick, but the shock of the situations still has my head swimming at times. This is the first time that Sophie has been an only dog, and I think she is enjoying it. We have mentioned several times recently how truely funny she is even though she she has a hard time getting around most of the time. She has her beloved turtle and even lets us play with her occasionally.

I want to congratulate Nathan. He has truely had a remarkable year in sports and school. He and his dad finished the summer as coaches of the city champs in Fort Collins Baseball Keegan’s age group. That was great for all of them especially since this was his 1st outing at coaching. Sr in high school and coaching sound familiar Ryan. Nate has also had a great year in school, taking some classes at Front Range College as well as at his high school. That is pretty impressive in itself. Wrestling has always been his main sport. He had rolled around on the wrestling mat since he was a really young child (7) I think. He has really matured and this year has been terrific for him, winning many honors and representing his sport and his school with pride. We got to see a few matches, but both his mom and his sister kept us posted each week on his remarkable year. Nate knows as we all do that God has some pretty important things for him in his life. Jeremiah 29:11 [show]ERROR: The IP key is no longer supported. Please use your access key, the testing key 'TEST'
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Open Link in New Window comes to mind. “You know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God is in control and Nathan knows that. Congratulations to him and to his family for enjoying his sport and being extremely supportive of him and all their precious kids. Steve and I feel so humbled that we have 3 remarkable adult kids and they have wonderful spouses each of them. We love you all so much. One of the best things about our kids is that they have given us absolutely incredible grand kids. We are so blessed. Thanks to all of you.
Well I made it through this and I think I will actually get it posted. I love you all.

Mom/grandma

Nate Steps Up!!!

February 22, 2009 by  

Well it happens to all of us —- we get older. Things change – life takes unexpected turns – basically we grow up. It happened to The Mom and I (some would argue if I ever really have grown up mentally), it happened to our children, and now our grandkids are finding they have to step up. The Big B is in the process (doesn’t happen overnight) – and now Nate is starting the journey.
Nate has worked his proverbial backside off developing his wrestling skills. He has sacrificed, he has stumbled, but Nate has never been counted out. He has always come back. Some people have it handed to them, some people earn it, and some people never get it. Nate is one of the “earners”. He works hard, keeps his eye on the brass ring, accepts setbacks, and keeps on going after it. And Nate will get it. I have absolutely no doubt.
Nate really “stepped up” this weekend. He finished out his High School wrestling career with alot of “firsts” – put his name where it can never be erased in the history of FossilRidge HighSchool. BUT – he fell a little short of the State title and had to accept that after all of his hard work. And he will. Nate stepped up —— he matured alot more in the past couple of weeks than he can possibly realize today. He learned some valuable (though not necessarily “feel good”) lessons about life and he learned them like a man. You take what God wants you to get and you deal with it —– asking why is useless because God’s plans are not easily interpreted. But you are bigger, you are wiser, and you mature with those lessons.
I was laying awake feeling for Nate the other night. Next morning I sent him a text relaying my pride in him. What I got back I will never forget – cause Nate “stepped up”. Here are some words from the text reply I received from Nate that brought big tears of pride to my eyes: ” yeah, I’m okay. It just wasn’t God’s plan for me.” He then just relayed his hope that there were good things in his future. What a man Nate is. Took the results and is ready to move forward. Nate stepped up! Oh …. and lest there be any doubt in anyone’s mind – I am totally confident there are much bigger and better things to come in Nates future.
Wendy & Tony – you have done a masterful job with numbers 1 and 2, and 3 & 4 look just as promising. God Bless you and thank you for your strong, tight-knit family and the ethic you have instilled in your children. Fruit doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
Just had a text from Wendy. Keegan is 1 – 0 in his matches today. And Courtney has softball practice today. They just don’t slow down in Colorado folks!

Ryan and Spencer still in Oklahoma watching OSU play BYU. Dusty Harvard, one of Ryans old players, is playing for OSU. Ryan texts that it is pretty cold down there – and i am guessing he will come home with a fever of sorts – baseball & coaching fever is my prediction.

Steph & Mike & Ashley & Stephen busy here. My mom said she enjoyed a trip out to Johnny J’s with them last night. She really appreciates getting out of her “home” occasionally – thanks to them for taking her along.

I sure have alot to be thankful for and my family tops the list. I could go on & on —- and I probably will in future blogs —– today i just want to pay tribute to Nate ….. I love you nate and I could never be prouder. You really stepped up Taters!

The Dad

BUTTERFLIES

February 19, 2009 by  

oh goodness…i have the butterflies already…is that crazy or what??? but i have to tell grandma that a chuckwagon is a fundrasier that my softball team is doing. some country party type thing lol. we have like these donations that people gave to us and we are doing a silent octian or how ever you spell it. And everything is going good exept that this weekend will be pretty sad…watching nate in his last high school wrestling match…i still cant belive it… and yesterday night you know i was talking about how bee texted me he wanted to take nate keegan and i to the movies!!! we went and saw mall cop. it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G lol. and it was nice to finally just go and hang out will all my brothers. it was a pretty sweet night! anyways how is everyone??? i am doing good. mom good and nervous (like always before a tourney.) dad is good. nate is excited. keeg is doing pretty good is fighting some kind of sickness i guess…(i think he was just faking it.) and bee hmmm. i think last night he said he was good. so everyone is pretty much doing good lol. my dad is super happy cause he still has his job and his boss asked him to come and work on one of his weeks of so that is a plus… he is a super good worker lol. every wednesday pretty much he is up all night doing his homework for college and then goes to work then college then back to work then home to feed us all. he is a good papa. lol. well classes are going good. but i do have to say i HATE SPANISH. it is retarded… oh and i have a test tomorrow in it and also in english but that one will be a easy one hopefully. but i thing that is all for now…talk to you all later…love you and go NATE….
bye love you..
~SiStEr~

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