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Judy G

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  1. Cindy, As if there was any doubt you would pass your home visit...:) Congratulations! I understand the emotions. When I lost my first cat, Murphy, to cancer many years ago, I was given the chance to take in a kitten fairly quickly. I wasn't exactly looking for one yet, but a coworker thought it would be good for me. I agreed to take the kitten, but when I brought him home, I cried so much because he was a reminder that Murphy was gone. Now I tend to wait a little longer before adopting new cats or dogs, to be sure I am ready. Not that I didn't love Cassidy very much, but now I adopt when it is my idea, and I know it is time. Olivia/Poppy is a very lucky puppy, and I know Tucker and Justice are very proud of you for giving a wonderful life to a new pup. You have probably seen this before, but I find it very meaningful. A Dog's Last will and Testament Before humans die, they write their last will and testament, giving their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I’d ask… To a poor and lonely stray, I’d give my happy home; my bowl and cozy bed, soft pillow and all my toys; the lap, which I loved so much; the hand that stroked my fur; and the sweet voice that spoke my name. I’d will to the sad, scared, shelter dog the place I had in my human’s loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds. So, when I die, please do not say, “I will never have a pet again, for the loss and the pain is more than I can stand.” Instead, go find an unloved dog, one whose life has held no joy or hope, and give my place to him. This is the only thing I can give… The love I left behind. – Author Unknown Judy G
  2. I hope the days fly by. How very exciting, and she is a doll. I don't think the home visit will be an issue for you. Lucky puppy. Judy G
  3. Cindy, I know the feeling. When Duncan was gone, I felt so lost for what to do. He (and my diabetic dog years ago) consumed so much of my time, and my schedule revolved around their meds and Duncan's tube feedings, and when they were gone it seemed I had so much time on my hands (that I didn't want to have). And I still have 3 dogs and a cat to comfort me. Know that I read this forum every day, and think of you and your boys every day. Praying for comfort and peace for you. Judy G
  4. Cindy, like so many of us who have followed Tucker and Justice for so many years, my heart is breaking for you. No mom could have done more, no mom could have loved her boys more. I will keep you and Justice close in my heart and in my thoughts tomorrow and in the days to come. I wish I had more words, but now I have only tears. God hold you both closely. Judy G.
  5. Dear Cindy, My heart breaks for you. I still hope you have many good days with Justice yet to come. I will keep you both close in my heart and my thoughts. I know I posted this before, but I believe it very deeply, especially the joy we receive from our beloved animal companions. As much as it devastates me every time I lose a dog or cat (just lost my 20 year old cat December 2), I would never choose ot be without them. They give me so much more than I can ever return. My prayers for you and Justice. Judy G "There is a cycle of love and death that shapes the lives of those who choose to travel in the company of animals. It is a cycle unlike any other. To those who have never lived through its turnings or walked its rocky path, our willingness to give our hearts with full knowledge that they will be broken seems incomprehensible. Only we know how small a price we pay for what we receive; our grief, no matter how powerful it may be, is an insufficient measure of the joy we have been given." Suzanne Clothier
  6. Judy G. and Janice G (and families) all made it safely through the storm, which turned out to be much better, for us at least, than it could have been. Power out during the storm, but both of us have it back as of yesterday already. Mine was out 18 hours only. The 3 dogs and 2 cats (including Miss Grouchy Pants Jazz, the 20 year old cat) spent the night in the walk in closet with me, Jazz growling at everyone all night. My street flooded, but by the afternoon when I went out to take a picture, it was all gone! I do have Lake Geroni in my back yard. Not sure if you can see, but the little white dog top right is my 14 year old Tally (stroke survivor and now heart failure, but doing super well). No damage and no trees down. I have lots of pine trees and 2 large magnolia trees, but only had a few branches and lots of pine needle in the yard. All in all, I am very fortunate. Thanks for thinking of us. Has anyone heard yet from Kathy? Judy G.
  7. Happy Birthday, Justice! I hope you have a wonderful day. Judy G.
  8. Cindy, My heart is breaking for you. I went through this just last year with Duncan. Physically and mentally he was getting progressively worse, and it was finally clear what I needed to do. Justice has a remarkable life with you, one that many dogs never have. No mom could have done more. I hope you have many more days to store up memories before the time comes to say goodbye. And I hope the pups at your house will be of some comfort to you, as Justice's pals, even if they are not your personal pups. I will keep you and Justice close in my heart. Judy G
  9. Mister Hinovic - Cat with Diabetes

    I am truly sorry to hear about your loss of Mister. He was a beautiful cat, and I know you worked very hard to keep him well. He knew how much he was, and is, loved. Godspeed, sweet Mister. My heartfelt sympathy for your loss. Judy G.
  10. I am glad to hear Justice is doing better. Things have been busy around here (work, school, life), so although I read all the messages I get in my email, I rarely get on to comment. Just had to sign in twice. Keep up the good work, Justice! Judy G.
  11. Hi Isley (and Daddy), It is so good to hear from you and know you are both hanging in there. I hope the therapy helps Daddy's foot. :( I am in physical therapy now for my knee, so I know how it is! The chews sound good. I might have to try some for my boys. I bet you looked sharp in your red boots. And you know how to sleep comfortably, I see. Take care of yourself and Daddy, and thank you for the update. Judy G.
  12. Mister Hinovic - Cat with Diabetes

    I am really happy to see that IMOM was able to help out, and I hope it will not be long before Mister is feeling better again and able to enjoy the coming spring weather. Judy G.
  13. Swirlie And Max Ortiz - Special Needs Cats -

    For Max... A Parting Prayer Dear Lord, please open your gates and call St. Francis to come escort this beloved companion across the Rainbow Bridge. Assign him to a place of honor, for he has been a faithful servant and has always done his best to please me. Bless the hands that send him to you, for they are doing so in love and compassion, freeing him from pain and suffering. Grant me the strength not to dwell on my loss. Help me remember the details of his life with the love he has shown me. And grant me the courage to honor him by sharing those memories with others. Let him remember me as well and let him know that I will always love him. And when it's my time to pass over into your paradise, please allow him to accompany those who will bring me home. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of his companionship and for the time we've had together. And thank you, Lord, for granting me the strength to give him to you now. Amen. - © Brandy Duckworth, 1998
  14. Cammie-Cat is flying free

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Cammie was beautiful, and I know how much you will miss her. To get to her age is amazing in itself for a CRF cat, and a testament to your loving care. I have a torti girl now who is 20 years old and hanging in there, even though she is so skinny, and has hyperthyroidism and IBD. I'd like to think Jazz will be around for many more years, too. Godspeed, sweet Cammie. Judy G
  15. I am sure I have posted this before, but I used to read it a lot as Duncan aged, and now with Tally's issues. It says exactly what I feel about senior dogs and how they should be cared for. Autumn by Christy Caballero What do we do when our loving pets face the last leg of the race? We do all we can to help them finish well, of course. We take time to read the unspoken needs of the friends we’ve come to know so well. We give the simple reassurance of a loving touch when the old boy seems confused for no reason. We groom them faithfully, but more gently, as age brings muscle wasting, and the arthritic bones aren’t so well padded. We learn to slow down for their sake, as they enjoy the scent of the wind, or track a visitor’s trail across their yard. We expect to be inconvenienced, and aren’t angry when it happens. We watch for pain and treat it, watch for changes in vision and hearing and do what we can to help preserve those precious senses for as long as possible. We take care of their teeth, and make sure their food is a manageable texture for them. We remind them of the need for a potty walk when they seem to forget. We remember the little rewards. We scratch the graying ears and tummy, and go for car rides together. When the pet we love has an unexplained need for comfort, we give it freely. When infirmities bring a sense of vulnerability, we become our old guardian’s protector. We watch their deepest slumbers, when dreams take them running across long-forgotten fields, and we remember those fields too. When they cannot stand alone, we lift them. When their steps are uncertain, we steady them. And if their health fails, it falls to us to make the choice that will gently put them to rest. But until that is absolutely necessary, we pause to let the autumn sun warm our old friend’s bones. And we realize, autumn is not a bad time of year at all. Old age is not a disease or a reason to give up. It is a stage of life that brings its own changes. Autumn can be a beautiful time of harvest. And, sometimes, the harvest is love. Judy G.
  16. Hi Cindy, So sorry to hear about Justice's diagnosis, and his IBD flare-up. You know Duncan had dementia the last year or so of his life, and my first dog did, also, and both were dealing with other physical health issues. My first dog was so much more stressful to watch, as he would pace and seem very anxious, but trying to comfort him did nothing. It was as if those times he did not know me. :( Duncan knew who I was up until the last, and he did not get the anxious pacing, but he did get stuck in corners frequently, increasing with time, and would cry for me to get him out. Not sure if there are any magic bullets for dealing with it; I just continued to love them as much as possible, and try to create safe places and remove obstacles. The hardest thing for me with my boys, and with my mom now, who is still pretty good, but also getting worse with time, is the sadness when I look at them and remember the past. Duncan was always an active, spunky little guy, and to see him having trouble walking, and getting stuck, and sleeping so much, is heartbreaking. And my mom was always a very strong lady with a great sense of humor. Although she knows us and can function daily, she forgets so much, almost never laughs, and seeing her as a frail older woman is tough. Hang in there. Duncan got a new G-tube a few months before he passed away; it would never have occurred to me to stop taking care of him because of his dementia. Justice still needs his medicine, and he is still your little guy, dementia and all. Take care, Judy G
  17. Swirlie And Max Ortiz - Special Needs Cats -

    Dear Bibi, Sorry I missed your birthday! I hope you had a great day with Max. Judy G.
  18. Tammy, You are not alone in questioning your decisions; we all do. I still think back to other dogs (and cats) I have had and always wonder if I did the right thing. I just know Reecey would not want you to feel guilty. You did what you thought was best for your baby boy, and that is all we can do. We don't have a crystal ball to see the future, so we make decisions based on the current situation. Judy G.
  19. Swirlie And Max Ortiz - Special Needs Cats -

    What a great photo of Max and his bunny. I love that song, too. I am glad to hear Max is doing better on his Prednisone regimen. Stay dry! Judy G
  20. I sure hope you will stay around. I loved seeing all the precious photos of Reecey, and hearing how he is giving you signs. And I agree with Cindy that you did the best thing for Reecey. If his seizures were from a brain tumor, it is unlikely anything could have been done. My sister Janice just lost her 14 year old Chihuahua, Reno, to lymphoma a few short weeks after diagnosis, and she did try radiation treatment unsuccessfully. She had adopted him when he was 10, so she only had a few years with him, but he was on his last day at the shelter, so I told her she gave him 4 great years he would not have had without her. Reecey lived several years happily because of your loving care and willingness to do everything possible for him. He would not want you to feel you failed him in any way. Judy G.
  21. ((((Hugs)))) Prayers that you find comfort and peace. It will not seem so now, but one day you will smile at your memories of your baby boy, and the wonderful years you had with him. Judy G
  22. Dear Tammy and Jason, None of us ever makes this decision without wondering if we did the right thing at the right time. We all feel that somehow we could have done more. But I hope in time you will remember that for Reecey's whole life you loved him and did what was best for him. Reecey is beyond pain and suffering now, running free across the bridge. You are left behind to grieve, and know that we here grieve with you. He was surrounded by your love and care all his life, and he left this world surrounded by that wonderful love. It is the last best gift we can give our beloved companions, and the hardest decision we ever have to make. My heartfelt sympathy for your great loss. Godspeed, sweet Reecey. Judy G. From The Journey, by Crystal Ward Kent: Like all paths of true love, the pain is part of loving. For as surely as the sun sets, one day your dear animal companion will follow a path you cannot yet go down. And you will have to find the strength and love to let them go. A pet’s time on earth is far too short — especially for those that love them. We borrow them, really, just for awhile, and during those brief years they are generous enough to give us all of their love — every inch of their spirit and heart, until one day there is nothing left. The cat that only yesterday was a kitten is all too soon old and frail and sleeping in the sun. The young pup of boundless energy wakes up stiff and lame, the muzzle now gray. Deep down we somehow always knew this journey would end. We knew that if we gave our hearts they would be broken. But give them we must for it is all they ask in return. When the time comes, and the road curves ahead to a place we cannot see, we give one final gift and let them run on ahead — young and whole once more. “Godspeed, good friend,” we say, until our journey comes full circle and our paths cross again.
  23. Did the vet offer any suggestions? I am so sorry Reecey is not feeling well. It is definitely awful to feel so helpless when you want to do something to make it all better. Praying for Reecey. Judy G.
  24. Prayers that all will be well with little Reecey. Judy G
  25. I wish...a little cooler this morning after the rain last night, but back to hot and muggy today! Have a good week with little Reecey. Judy G.