Sunday, April 19, 2015


It has been a ruff weekend.  Last year we lost Cricket, she would have been 16 years old this past Friday...  This year we lost Pino who would have been 10 years old today... My heart is in a mess (and Jeff too).  This morning we did what we did when Cricket passed and took a portion of  Pino's ashes to the place we use to walk them and spread the ashes in the lake, as we did with Cricket. We know they are both playing together again some where over the doggie rainbow.  We miss them both soooooo much.  I can't write anymore....

Monday, April 6, 2015

Ups and downs...

To say the last few weeks have been a little crazy would be an understatement.  As you may know we lost our little Pino, but now we have a new addition to our family... Zeal.  She is a mix of Lab and Sheppard (maybe a touch of Spitz) and is so nice.  Her birthdate is December 22, 2014 and she already weighs in at a nice 35 pounds... she is going to be a big dog!  I want to thank everyone for their comments and messages about Pino.  I still cry thinking about him and Cricket, but now they are over the rainbow playing with each other again and watching over us.  It hurts to say good-bye to people, and also hurts just as much to say good-bye to the wet sloppy licks and barking of a dog when they have been with you for 14 years like Cricket and 10 years like Pino.  They are the faces we come home to everyday and now only to see them in pictures on the wall hurts the heart.  But anyway, here are a few pictures of our new family member, Zeal...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Pino 2005-2015

RIP Little Buddy... Here is a video of him over the years.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Ides of March...

(Lazy Sunday)

Another weekend winds down.  We move into March Madness and St. Patrick's Day celebrations. My weekend was pretty tame.  Pino is doing well.  Though we think he may have pulled a muscle in his front right leg.  Keeping an eye on it.  We switched from dog food to Vienna sausages (chicken) and he love them!!  It was recommended by our vet since the meat is soft and Pino has bad teeth moving into his old age and hard stuff is tough for him to chew, even if he attempts to.  Also, the sausages are easy to slide pet medication into so he can't see or smell it as he woofs it down...

I have been bad and will own my behavior for the world to see (well, at least the 3 people who still read my blog).  I broke down Saturday and today.  I had beers yesterday, then a couple this evening with dinner.  I did go 69 days without alcohol, now I am going to jump back on the wagon.  Call me weak or a lush, but I know what I did.  I am almost 45 years old and can make decisions and criticize myself all day long, but in the end, I just have to make sure I recognize what I went through before and make sure I do not head down the wrong road again.  Everyone handles these situations differently and that is part of the process to control.  Anyway... had to throw it out there since I am trying to also be more open about my life and all... I think...

Well, it is getting a little late.  Jeff is in bed and I am going to catch up on some blogs, Facebook and online videos and hit the hay.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and I wish you a good week!!  TTFN!

Weigh-in: 212.8 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Little Buddy Update

It has been a bit since I updated the blog with a Pino post.  Last weekend was a long and tough one... prior to the picture of him above on the sofa, the day before I really thought we were going to lose the little fella.  He wouldn't eat.  He was very wobbly when he walked, even falling down a lot.  Then, about 10pm Saturday night, he stood up from his doggie bed and just started moving around.  Went outside and used the bathroom and came back in and crashed for the evening. Sunday, he was much more like himself, maybe a just a bit off, but still good.  We have been keeping close eye on him per our Vets instruction, but the little guy will sneak around when we go out of the room.  From time to time the slight internal bleeding of tumor will slow him down until it clots, then he is back full force...  Tough guy!  He also tends to find a comfortable place and stay there for a while, like my side of the bed before bedtime... but whatever makes him happy.  He is drinking water and eating treats and apples, not so much on the dog food... but he has not lost weight... I have lost sleep worrying, but otherwise, we are keeping eye on him.

We so appreciate our friends who all came by this weekend to see Pino and our neighbors who treat him like he is one of their own.  He is a blessed puppy dog to have so many people who care about him.  And thank you to you, my fellow bloggers and those that follow on Facebook, Twitter and now Pintrest... your kind words mean the world to us.  Keep Pino in your thoughts and prayers and we will keep him a happy little pup as long as we can.  TTFN

Weigh-in: 207.8lbs
65 days no alcohol

Monday, March 2, 2015

Pino Update :(

Me, Pino and Cricket July 2005

Well, after a couple of weeks of wondering what is going on with Pino, today we figured it out and had to make some decisions.  Pino has a tumor on his spleen.  Fairly large one at that.  We have caught it in early stage, but the Vet says that there is a 90% chance it is cancerous and there were also other spots on the spleen.  Options are limited.  Though Pino is bouncing around like a jack rabbit, all it would take is one wrong move and have the tumor start bleeding and that would be that.  Or, have the tumor removed, but that would only be a temporary fix and life expectancy would only be 2 to 6 months after the surgery.  So we have decided to go day to day.  Try to keep Pino from being really active and just have him relax... vet said he really just needs to be a couch potato.  At this point it is up in the air on how long we have with him.  Could be 2 days, could be a year.  Just have to keep eye on him.  It was last year around this time we lost Cricket, so this somewhat shocking news is not hitting home well timing wise (like there is a good time).  We just ask for prayers for Pino and hope that he continues to be as vibrant as he is now for as long as possible.  Now we just shower him with love and kisses and enjoy the time we have left.  TTFN!

Winter Weather...Pino... etc...

Well, we had Winter Weather roll through again last week... we got about 7 inches of snow at my house... we pretty much stayed in and just watched TV... I actually did a bit of work, but otherwise just were bums.  Looks like this week coming up is going to be hit or miss with rain, snow, sleet, ice, blah, blah, blah...

I think I mentioned before Pino was a little out of it, so when the weather cleared for a day, I took him to another vet for x-rays and ultra-sound to see what might be up with him.

Of course, he was pretty much back at full capacity in his mood and mobility.  He was having sooo much fun getting petted and loved on by people coming into the office.

Now, things look okay, but there is some fluid build up around heart and lungs that they want to drain a bit so they can get a better look at his heart.  So Monday he gets to visit the doggie cardiologist and hopefully figure out what is going on.  He is a spunky 10 years old, and hopefully we will just have to give him a pill to help control the fluid build up.  Cross your fingers... Monday could be interesting!  TTFN!

Weigh-in: 208.6