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!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Karen's puppies are almost ready to go back to Canine Companions for Independence.  These guys might not look like much now, but their destiny is to be trained as service dogs.  When they are eight weeks old - next week - they will be handed over to volunteers who will raise them for the next 18 months, give or take, until they are returned once more to the professional trainers on the CCI campus.

Right now they seem content to chill in the whelping pool and are basically driving Karen crazy!  They poop all day long and they bark and try to escape and they, and they, and they....  But the recipient puppy raisers will be so ecstatically happy to receive them next week.  I  know that feeling; we accepted five.  Steve won't do it again because he can't bear the pain of surrendering them after having them so long.  We had Brix for 22 months and Steve's heart was broken the day we turned him in.  Brix, however, didn't want to serve, he wanted to be served, so seven weeks later we got him back.... forever.

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