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Favorite Video Friday – Golden Retriever and her mom are grateful

August 21, 2015 2 comments

After a lot of long days competing for the Twin Cities’ Hottest Dog, we’re sitting back and reflecting on what really matters today.

  1. We’ll be able to go to bed early now.
  2. All my dogs are happy and healthy.
  3. Foster Maggie is making huge strides after a year and a half with us.
  4. The contest brought lots of attention to a great organization, Minnesota Sheltie Rescue.
  5. We truly have the most amazing friends around. Thank you to all of you who supported Jasper and voted your hearts out this past week. We were floored by your support.

Given how much we have to be grateful for, it seemed to be appropriate that this video came across my feed today. It’s a little different from past videos shared here on Friday, but once you hear it I think you will know why I shared it. Gratitude comes in many forms. This kind of gratitude (and relief) is one I think most owners can understand.

Have an amazing weekend and a wonderful Friday everyone!

Celebrating Daisy’s bonus time

August 12, 2015 12 comments

Back when we were kids, my dad had an old time movie projector on which he would play family movies he had taken throughout the years. I remember the flicking sound of the 8mm film running through the reels, and watching the images flash on the screen. We kids loved to watch those old movies, most of them featuring our young family interacting with one another or being goofy in front of the camera.

Whenever dad wanted to get to a good part on the film, he would turn a knob on the projector and fast forward through the boring stuff.  I would watch as fleeting images appear quickly on the screen, just little wisps of family and memories flying by at a rapid pace, until dad would stop the projector, pause, and then turn the knob and let the movie run at regular speed again.

To me, time is a lot like that film in the old movie projector. Sometimes it runs at regular speed and you sit back and soak in every little moment. At other times, it seems to go whipping by in fast forward mode and you only get the chance to see fleeting moments of days gone by. But every once in a while, the film stops, and in that moment something changes and you are forced to take stock.

Six months ago, I heard the words insulinoma and cancer and Daisy, and the film stopped. I was forced to take stock, and to take action. I remember those early days and the agonizing decision-making involved. So much happened so fast and yet, so much slowed down too. There is nothing like hearing your dog has cancer to make stop and take notice of all that is around you.

Looking back now, I am amazed at how much time has gone by. In fact, it wasn’t even until today that I realized six months had already passed since Daisy’s surgery to remove her insulinoma. I guess the film in the projector sped up again somewhere along the way huh?

Back in February, I had so many doubts about whether I was doing the right thing by going forward with the surgery. Today, I am grateful for the extra six months with my girl. I am hoping there will be even more.

We’ve made good use of our extra time together.

In the past six months (what I now consider bonus time), Daisy has…

I'm watching you. #Daisy

Taken a vacation

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Awoken to the sound of loons calling across the lake

Exploring the woods. #Daisy

Sniffed lots of new smells

Up at the Cabin

Gone hiking in the woods of central Minnesota

Daisy's good friend, Kellie #dogpark

Gotten extra lovin’ from her friends

Daisy Paws a Moment

Taken lots of extra walks in the woods

The 3 Muskateers

Hung out with family

Daisy takes a break at Scharr's Bluff in #Hastings #mn #labradorretriever

Hiked Scharr’s Bluff in Hastings, MN

A smiling Daisy- May 25, 2015

Enjoyed a perfect spring and summer in Minnesota

Happy girl went swimming. #mississippiriver #Hastings #mn #labradorretriever

Swam in the Mississippi River (Twice!)

Seriously. #Daisy

Enjoyed a lot of extra cuddle time

Daisy sleeps 6/30/15

And even more cuddle time

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Bonded with the person who loves her most

Can I get six more please?

We are thankful

November 27, 2014 12 comments

Two Shelties are better than one, but three Shelties are better than none.The Casa del Mel crew (Daisy, Jasper, Cupcake, Maggie and I) wants to thank you to all of you for being a part of the No Dog About It community. We love that you share your stories and your experiences with your dogs with all of us.

Knowing that many of you are not worrying about a lost dog, because yours came running back to you when you sat down or opened a car door, is  something I am truly grateful for.

Happy girl #DaisyHearing how Maggie’s story has helped many of you and your puppy mill dog is inspiring. I am grateful I can share your joy at the small steps forward. Each one is truly a celebration.

Knowing that many of you have found comfort here when you were faced with the pain of saying goodbye to a beloved pet is something I never expected, but I am so truly grateful for. It can be such a sad and lonely moment and it helps to have others who have been there before. I am beyond grateful to coniatthebeach, who has offered some of the kindest and most supporting words to those facing this difficult decision. Coni, I could never say what you do with such support and empathy. Thank you.

Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with friends, family, joy, laughter and your beloved pets. God bless all of you.

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With gratitude on Thanksgiving

November 28, 2013 17 comments

Thanks

Give

Gratitude

In today’s world it can be easy to become jaded and to think that there is very little good left. But if you look carefully, you will see amazing, wonderful people doing great things.

Today, I am grateful for those hidden heroes in our lives. The ones who offer hope in the face of despair, who give when they have little, who lift up those who have been left behind, and who offer a kind word or gesture to someone in their time of need.

 Thank you to all of you who read, who share and who offer support and comfort to others who come to this blog.

You are the reason I write this blog.

Daisy, Jasper, Cupcake and I thank you.

You are amazing, wonderful people doing great things.

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