On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Puppies I love

There's puppy love and then there's puppy love. Parisse, a black labrador/golden retriever mix is 11 months old and has some problems. One veterinarian diagnosed her as slightly developmentally delayed and having some sort of neurological deficit. A canine orthopedic surgeon said she's got panosteitis, a self-limiting bone disease that causes pain. All we know is that she's on pain medication and is just about the sweetest puppy in the universe. She is definitely the easiest by temperament.

Her half-sister, Beulie, is a yellow labrador/golden retriever mix, now 3-1/2 months old. She is as normal as normal can be, the very definition of a puppy. She romps, she plays, she smiles, she investigates, she snuggles. She also barks, but we're getting that under control. She sleeps through the night and she's almost, very nearly housebroken (joy of joys).

I discovered dogs late in life, didn't have my first puppy until I was 58. Now, at 62, I am beside myself with the love I expend on my dogs. (There's a third one, Brix, who's actually the first, the one who got me into all this.) Beulie is in training with Canine Companions for Independence, the goal being that she will eventually be someone's service dog and their best friend. In the meantime, she's mine for a while. Brix and Parisse are mine for keeps.

1 comment:

  1. We have a sweet boy named PeeWee. He is developmentally delayed. You have given me hope for him. I am his fostermom & looking for him a sweet loving home & a purpose.
    Thank you!
    How do I apply on his behalf to be a "therapy dog?"
    Are you in want or need of the world's sweetest puppy?


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