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, November 15, 2009

Roley poley little pups

If you have never experienced the joy of holding very young puppies I feel incredibly sorry for you, truly.

Part of the fun of being part of Canine Companions for Independence is that litters of pups are born throughout the year and the word gets out! Each puppy is raised to become a service dog. About 40% actually make the grade, as did our Demi, who was out there working until she was sidelined by a medical retirement. (In her case, because her health has been stable, she was retrained by Assistance Dog Institute as a Social/Therapy dog and now works with me in Animal Assisted Therapy.)

Today we visited six-week old puppies who will soon go to their puppy raisers and begin the two year course of training. In the photo above you see my daughter with one of the pups.

And here's Steve with another one.

Above: A close-up of the puppy Steve was holding.

This litter was small - six were born, five survived. Both boys and girls, some black and some yellow. All gorgeous!


  1. So nice to have you visit today. Lynda, Buley & 5 pups

  2. But I always want to keep the puppies!


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