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Pulled up your blog for old times sake…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma at 12:05 am on Sunday, June 1, 2014

…and now I sit here crying.  Sure miss you my sweet girl.  I don’t say it a lot, but it’s true never-the-less.  I look at the big photos and artworks that I have of you every day.  And I stop by your urn without much thought and give you a little rub or pat and tell you I love you.  It is so not the same as having you squished up next to me sleeping.  Sweet muzzle resting on my belly or arm.  I don’t think anyone else will ever cuddle with me as well as you did.

Remember this?  Your vacation to Savannah.  That was a pretty good time.

Puppy dog eyes for treats… (you were only about a year and a half here)

And Baby B cuddles…

Love you sweetpea!

Brendol’s Tribute

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma at 7:59 pm on Sunday, March 30, 2014  Tagged ,

Well folks, the Morris Animal Foundation walk in Los Gatos, CA is coming up soon and Team Tripawds will be participating at the April 13th event.  A donation to this worthy cause was made in Brendol’s honor and I wanted to get a tribute ribbon put together for her for the Oaktown Pack to add to the tribute leash.

I couldn’t find a ribbon narrow enough that I liked, so I took a 2″ ribbon and cut it in half.  Here’s B’s ribbon and charm.

The little crystal is in honor of her love of chasing tinker bells (light that gets reflected off shiny things) and so are the little beads at the end.  And the polka dots are of course in honor of her love of chasing bubbles.  But the permanent marker bled on the fabric type of the ribbon, so I overlayed it with the glitter glue…

Miss Brendol,

You are never far from my mind.  I even keep catching myself hollaring at Addy and calling her Brendol.  Love you my little girl.

 

For more information on the Morris Animal Foundation, the Team Tripawd participation at Los Gatos, CA, the Oaktown Pack, or the Tribute Leash Project, click on the links within the blog.  Thanks.

We are still swimming

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma at 2:04 am on Monday, February 3, 2014  Tagged , ,

My Darling Baby B,

Just catching you up.  We keep swimming along here without you.  But miss you every day.  You would have turned 13 about a month ago.  Never knew your exact birthday, but know it’s probably around December.  And at this time last year, you were not feeling so good and I had just found out on January 31st that you had osteosarcoma.  So I was researching like crazy on the web and crying a lot and hugging you more.  On February 6th, we got rid of that painful awful leg so that you could feel better, and you did.  Who would have thought that at this time this year, you would no longer be snuggled up beside me.  And instead of you here, there is now the additions of Adelaide and Bagheera.

Yep, that’s right.  Nearly 4 weeks ago, your sister Adelaide found this little 6 month old boy hanging out out back on a cold cold morning.  Don’t know why, but he crawled right up into my arms and hasn’t left since, so a little boy has been added to the Girl household.  You’d be having a blast with Adelaide taunting him I’m sure.  You always thought it was so fun to make the cats run.  I was thinking of naming him with something that started with an “M” so go along with his new feline sisters.  But I wasn’t finding anything that sparked my interest.  And then I ran across Bagheera, the black panther in the Jungle Book.  And I liked that the character was sweet and charismatic.  And I liked that it started with a “B”, just like my Brendol.  This is Bagheera:

It’s been slow going integrating the household, but we are getting there.  For the last few nights, he has been running free in the house with Adelaide hanging out too.  And yesterday, I got both of them chilling on the couch together.

You missed a decent snow this past week.  I still remember when you were introduced to  your first snow.  We were in Dallas, and you ran ovals  in the back yard banking so hard that as your were turning at full speed, your waist was almost brushing the ground.  You had such a blast.  Well, this was another one like that.  Not deep still, but fun enough to run in.  Your sister Adelaide had fun with it, it was her first snow too.  I kept thinking about how you were.

 

And then there is your sister Aissa.  She’s been doing pretty good.  I can see her slowing down, like you did.  Not that she was every a big ball of energy like you and Addy were as young’uns.  But slower never the less.  She still knows how to have a good time though.  And she’s keeping Adelaide in line as much as she can.

Anyways, we all miss you.  We all love you.  And I love you from the bottom of my heart.  You were and will always be my Baby B and my Poochy Butt and my Sweat Pea.

Merry Christmas Baby

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma at 3:01 am on Thursday, December 26, 2013

Warning, anyone in a happy mood may not want to read.

Brendol, my baby.

It is Christmas and the holidays just aren’t the same.  Don’t worry about me, I’m ok.  But my heart hurt today because you aren’t here with me.  I was driving home and thinking about how my friends gave me dog related gifts and the two dog plaques that I got to take to my office.  And where would I put them?  Which got me to thinking about your lovely big picture of you chasing your bubbles and so happy.  And then it shot through my heart that you weren’t going to be at home when I got there.  It made my heart physically hurt as much as it did the moment you left.

Maybe my playing with my friend’s pup Sadie also reminded me of you.  She is a little brindle  bulldog.  And while you were not a brindle, it does have the link to why you were named Brendol (long story hunh).  But her hair was short and sleek like yours and she was so solid and rolly polly.  You were so solid, I loved holding you in my arms.  I wish I could have kept you safe forever, even from cancer.  But it wasn’t meant to be.

I miss you my baby girl, and I wish you were here for me to hold.  I love you.  I will always love you.

Your momma,

Karma

Have You Hugged Your Fuzz Butt Today?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma at 10:57 pm on Sunday, December 1, 2013  Tagged , , ,

In honor of what would have been Brendol’s approximate 13th Birthday this December, I wanted to remind everyone to give their fuzzy kids a hug.  And if your fuzzy boy or girl is now at the Rainbow Bridge, and if you do not have other furry friends, then a human hug will suffice.

Type in “health benefits of hugs” in a google search bar and you will find a number of articles about how hugs have been scientifically proven to aid in fighting depression, relieving stress, creating healthy bonds between people, increasing levels of oxytocin, reduces blood pressure, decreases the risk of heart disease, and decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol in women.  What this search does not specify is that hugs do not have to be just people.  Think about how you feel when you give your dog or cat a hug and you will most likely identify that there is a sense of contentment, relaxation, and love.  And that has to be reducing blood pressure, relieving stress, and increasing your serotonin levels.  So hugging your fuzzy friend is good for you and good for them.

Many members of the tripawds site are going through some very stressful events for themselves and their pets.  Surgery being the biggest.  But also the stress of recovery, health uncertainties like those diagnosed with cancers, and behavior changes.  It is not uncommon to feel overwhelmed.  Additionally, we are coming up on the most stressful time of year.  According to a study by the APA (American Psychological Association) 38% of people feel more stress during the holiday season that at other times of the year.  Layer that on top of what may already be a stres sful time for a tripawd parent, and that is a lot of stress.  When the study narrowed it down to women, 44% of women said they felt more stress.  (http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2006/12/holiday-stress.pdf)

The following  is a list of 10 reasons we need at least 8 hugs a day according to an online article published on MindBodyGreen.com:

1. The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety. This helps with open and honest communication.
2. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
3. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.
4. Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates theSolar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.
5. Hugging boosts self-esteem. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.
6. Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain; they soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.
7. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.
8. Hugs teach us how to give and receive. There is equal value in receiving and being receptive to warmth, as to giving and sharing. Hugs educate us how love flows both ways.
9. Hugs are so much like meditation and laughter. They teach us to let go and be present in the moment. They encourage us to flow with the energy of life. Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart and your feelings and your breath.
10. The energy exchange between the people hugging is an investment in the relationship. It encourages empathy and understanding. And, it’s synergistic, which means the whole is more than the sum of its parts: 1 1 = 3 or more! This synergy is more likely to result in win-win outcomes.

SOOOO, when you are feeling scared or frustrated or just stressed out, then sit down with your furry friend, take a deep breath, and give them a hug.  It will do you both a world of good.

 

Don’t forget us

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma at 12:32 am on Sunday, November 17, 2013

Of course I have nothing to post about.  We have no more chemo triumphs or bubble parties.  Just wanted to touch base with the tripawd world because it would break my heart for my baby girl to be forgotten.  The other night as I was leaving the office and Brendol’s picture was on my screens desktop, I could physically remember holding her.  The bulk of her in my arms.  When she was younger, she was a very muscular girl, so she always had a specific feel.  I miss that.

This is the picture that is on my desktop right now… my pretty, happy girl.

On a quiet fall night

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma at 2:33 am on Monday, October 28, 2013

Brendol, I miss you.

Fall is always hard for me.  I love the smells and coolness in the air, but it makes my heart heavy and brings tears easily to my eyes.  And over the last 12 years, it was a day and night like tonight that I would have curled myself up on the couch with you and held you close.  Feeling your heartbeat next to mine, made the pain less.  And now, you are no longer here for me to hold.

I really have been doing ok.  But I miss you and there are moments that I just can’t keep up the brave face.  Adelaide keeps me busy with her antics and Aissa continues to be my loving wiggle butt, but nopawdy is my baby B.  My best hope is that I will dream of you tonight and in my slumber I can once again hold you in my arms.

It’s been 2 Months

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma at 12:10 am on Monday, October 21, 2013

It’s hard to believe, but it has already been two months since Brendol left.  If still feels like yesterday.  And today was a beautiful and cool October day, which would have been a day that Brendol would have loved playing outside and then snuggling up with me on the couch as we watched terrible sci-fi flicks.

We are all moving on as we should.  But there isn’t a day that I don’t think about my baby B.  May she be happy and healthy, playing with all her friends at the bridge.

Gone But Never Forgotten

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma at 2:02 am on Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Now what?  The heat of the battle is over.  The battlefield has been cleared.  All is quiet.  Everyone has gone home.

Except for you.

As caretakers we spend months and months researching, driving to vet appointments, getting and giving the best food, some cooking, counter full of meds and supplements, and then all of a sudden it is done.  No fanfare.  No ticker parade.  It’s just over.  Our caretaker duties are done.  Our loved one is gone.  Our hearts are broken and empty.

And for my B’s blog page.  I no longer have updates on her progress or her crazy antics.  No more bubble videos.

Please don’t get me wrong.  I am doing ok.  I am healing.  But there is much to be patched up.

And as for my blog, I just don’t want my baby forgotten.  Because I will never forget her.  I will always love her.

Karma

New Photo Book

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma at 10:13 pm on Tuesday, September 3, 2013

I’ve put together a photobook for Brendol.  It consists of most of the pictures I have on her (that aren’t too fuzzy, etc), and some of the blog posts I’ve made in the past year.  Here is what I put together.

Click here to view this photo book larger

You’ll love award-winning Shutterfly photo books. Start your own today.

 

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