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Snickers first in Training Therapy Visit June 17, 2017

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

I will preface this by saying this is something that I always wanted to do with Sassy.  She would have made the perfect Therapy dog.  We just never got to do it (I didn’t know how to go about it then she was diagnosed with Osteoscaroma).

So after almost 1 year of classes and passing our test before my vacation to VA to the Tripawds party & beyond 🙂  we started our first in training visit on the 17th of June.  What that consists of is 10 one hour visits with a certified therapy dog team.  We went to an assisted living home.  Our first thing is we met and did a meet & greet with the other teams so the dogs knew each other.  That part went awesome.  Snickers sat and let the other teams walk up to her and then sniffed each other.

We then went inside to the floor we would be working.  There were two IT teams (in training),  Snickers and I and Brix and his dad.   The 2 certified teams were Becky & Flicker (a black lab mix) and Mich & Stevie Nicks (a Golden retriever).  Mich & Stevie were our training buddies.  It went well we split the hall we took one end and the other 2 teams took the other end then we switched.    Snickers only had one hick up and got a little nervous.  One lady had a talking animal of some type and made noises.  It startled her.  We went out into the hall.  I petted Snickers and talked to her in a calming manner and petted her.  Told her how proud I was of her.  She settled down and we went back into the room and finished the visit.

Other than that one small bleep on the visit she did excellent.  Mich commented “excellent visit” and how impressed she was.  We only did 1 hour.  The other 3 teams went to another floor to do visits but I felt it being Snickers first visit that we don’t push it.

 

I know Sassy was with us.  I felt it and she helped guide Snickers.   We have 9 more visits to go and we will be a certified team.

 

hugs

Michelle & Angel Sassy & Snickers

Snickers

 

 

VA Tripawd Party 2017 and Beyond

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Wow, Where in the world do I start.   I just have no words it was beyond amazing.  The beginning of the journey to the party of the century.  Friday I left and flew to Atlanta then boarded the plane to Richmond where I was to meet Paula, Linda & Lisa.  Well found out Paula & Linda were delayed.  Got into Richmond and met Lisa we hit it off  and chatted while we drove to the house where we met Sam (Mikey’s mom).  Amazing Lady just like we had known each other forever.

We went and got Paula & Linda and headed back.  Jet lag and being tired from no sleep and up early left me exhausted so I missed the pre-party at Sally’s where there was a huge surprise for all of us.  Jim, Rene & Wyatt Ray showed up.  Yes, after saying they couldn’t make it they sure pulled a fast one on all of us.  But we don’t mind.  We loved every minute of them being with us.  Later that night Alison, Tina, Clare & Karma (and her furbabies Aissa, Addy & Maggie May joined us.)

Saturday morning came and we just lounged around and had breakfast.  The it was time for the party of the century.  It was so amazing.  Very emotional.  Ok, yes I was a basket case and cried a lot the whole weekend.   Just no words for why or not but I guess just feeling the love and missing my girl.  But I got to meet Sally Yes the SALLY the major cheerleader of the forums.  It was epic.   The party was beyond all imaginable.  Both days of it.  The hardest part of the whole weekend was the until we see each other again.  (I never say good bye it’s too final).  I know I will see these great people again.  I met friends for a lifetime even across the world.  Tina & Clare it was a joy to meet both of you.  I wish we all could have spent a lot more time but we will see each other again.

Once the party was over I continued on to Kure Beach with Karma and the girls and then onto her house until Saturday.  Where I once again had to say until we see each other again.  And more tears LOL.  ( I kept saying I was such a sap) .  I know I said the only thing that would have made it better was if Sassy was there but she was.  Just like our other Angels and babies who couldn’t be with us because of traveling so far away.

So I will post a few pictures here as I posted a lot in the forum so please see this forum  http://tripawds.com/forums/tripawd-parties/photos-from-2017-virginia-tripawds-party/     for a lot of pictures by everyone.

Alison, Clare, Linda & Sam

Alison, Sam, Me & Clare

 

Jim, Rene & Wyatt Ray

The house we stayed at with Aissa on the steps

Tribute Table

 

Sally & I

 

Kure Beach, North Carolina  (dog friendly beach)

First time at the Ocean

Sunrise at the beach

 

Clouds on the way home.  With a rainbow

 

Clouds

Atlanta

 

Addy our navigaor

 

Atlanta aquarium.   This place was awesome

Beluga whales

 

Had an awesome time party and all.

 

xoxxoxo

We passed

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

We passed our test today.  One step onto becoming a certified therapy dog team.  She did awesome.  Me (I was nervous as heck).  Cried after we finished.  I just couldn’t believe it.  After almost a year of classes to be 110% we did it.   I just wish Sassy would have been able to do this she would have been go great at it.  But I guess she can continue on with us this way.

So for now until we get our completed visits done here is our picture. 

Happy 11 Birthday Bosch.

Friday, May 5th, 2017

I can’t believe 11 years ago Bosch was born.  He is such a big part of our pack.  I just wanted to share that he had a good day today (although I was in the office).  He got a steak and got to be outside for awhile tonight.  We will have a party this weekend since my brother has my niece and nephew for the weekend.

 

 

 

 

Bosch & Snickers

 

Bosch, Jasmine & Snickers

 

This is one of my favorites of Bosch I just took the other day

The Big steak was Bosch’s and he ate it so fast

 

A little of this & a little of that

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Well, I know the last post I made was about Happy Hannah.  So a little catch up time on us.  I know our Guardian Angel has been working over time up there on the Bridge.

I don’t remember if I wrote about Snickers and her cyst on her back (I think I did) we had that removed.  Then about a couple of months ago I found another one.  I took her in and had it checked out.  Only a cyst (Thank God).  But going through this journey you just never know.  I took her to our holistic vet Dr Jen ( I did a write up about her and a talk she did on foods and cancer pets when Sassy was alive).  Anyway we discussed different things and came up with the fact that she thought that Snickers was producing too much oil and causing her body to produce these cysts. Our plan to start out was give more baths (with a special soap where she tends to have these cysts), change foods (as she thought the Lamb & Lentil was too fatty for Snickers) and if needed add a herb.

Well we have done the first two.  Although I suppose I do need to give her another bath hahaha how do you keep them clean all the time.  We changed foods to Lotus Turkey.  (Expensive if need be will change the other two but right now just Snickers).  It is a baked food and Turkey is leaner.  Good news that is seeming to work so we haven’t had to add the herb supplement.

So other news with Snickers we are nearing our completing of our Therapy dog training getting ready to test then it will be onto the 10 one hour visits with a certified team 🙂  This is something I always wanted to do with Sassy but never got to.

 

Jasmine has been good no major problems knock on wood.  She continues about every 6 months with a chiro appointment & follow up with Dr. Jen after her leg.  No problems remain and she is running and playing like a normal dog.  Amazing after fighting for almost a year of her limping.

 

Bosch… He had his Senior Well visit check up 2 weeks ago.  Everything came back great 100% healthy.  Not one item out of normal.   Then wham on Friday of last week I found a lump.   So I call and couldn’t get him in until yesterday.  I prepare myself for the worse especially after this journey.  Well good news is its just a fatty lump.  Where it is under the armpit she said because its muscular in that area it appears bigger and harder than it was.  We did do an aspirate (needle biopsy).   Following Dr Sue the cancer vet saying “Why wait aspirate”.

By the way I don’t know if EverPup has anything to do with anything but these 3 have been getting it since I brought the two girls home.  It has some aptogens in it and is from Dr Dressinger & Dr Sue.  I gave Sassy the Apocaps when we were on our journey and I swear they helped her.

The best thing of all in 4 weeks I will be in Virginia for the Tripawds.  I can’t wait to meet everyone.  It will be a huge blast.  🙂

 

Bosch

 

 

Snickers & I at Bass Pro Dog Days

Jasmine

 

Snickers

And my Girl Sassy 🙂

Honoring Happy Hannah 3 Years as an Angel

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

Three years ago today a very special lady on this site, one of our biggest cheerleaders lost her heart & soul.  Those of us who know Sally knows she would give the shirt off her back to anyone one of us to cheer us up and make us feel good.  I know this isn’t a great memory to share but I think I needed to make sure to remember Hannah (not that I ever forgot her) on this day.  Sally doesn’t do blogs but you can read a lot of Happy Hannah’s journey here   http://tripawds.com/forums/treatment-and-recovery/six-days-after-rear-leg-amp-and-getting-worse-very-scared-made-horrible-decision/

 

 

We are thinking of you today Sally.  Hugs and lots of love we can’t wait to meet you in person.  It’s getting closer.  I know Sassy & Hannah have already met up it’s time for us.

 

Three 1/2 years at the Bridge

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Today this video came across my facebook page.   For those of you who didn’t get to know my girl she was the most sweet and loving girl.  Those of you who are on the “grief journey” today is one of my days to totally break down and lose it.  I miss her.  I don’t have those days where I cry like this very often but I guess today is an emotional one for me.  I just wanted to share the video I made for her on her 6 months as an Angel.

I know it says Ampuversary (I labeled it when I was uploading it to utube)

 

 

hugs

Michelle

Our one and only snow fall so far this year

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

We haven’t had much snowfall but the one we did have I did get to put the dog’s coats on them and take them out and let them play.  Sure do miss watching Sassy & Bosch play when they were young.   Snickers and Jazz have a blast.  Bosch is older and just watches now and sometimes will run a little but not much.

Bosch

Jazz on top & Snickers

 

Jazz

 

Jazz stalking Snickers (hiding behind tree)

 

Snickers

 

 

Here are your snow pictures Sally

Plans are coming together

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Plans are coming together to get to go meet all of our Tripawd friends on the East coast.  I really can’t wait.  This is something I have wanted to do after you crossed the Bridge Sassy.   The past 2 years it wasn’t in the cards.  This year it is.  Yay.  I know you will be with me as I travel in May and get to meet our friends.

 

xoxoxo

Mom

Santa Paws

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

We got to see Santa Paws this year at Petsmart.   One of our vets Dr Campbell retired so our vets office didn’t have Santa Paws this year.  They had Dr Campbell’s retirement party.  We wish her the best in her retirement after 36 or 37 year of working there.

 

So I took the babies by myself one dog at at time to Petsmart.  Two on Saturday and then Snickers after her therapy dog class.   (Don’t have a big enough car to take them all at one time) plus no way could I take all 3 in there at the same time by myself.

Bosch

 

 

 

Jasmine

 

Snickers

 

That is one thing I always wanted to do with Sassy but here is a Christmas picture of her

 

 

Merry Christmas Everyone.  I hope it is a safe & Joyous holiday

 

xoxoxo

Michelle, Angel Sassy, Bosch, Snickers & Princess Jasmine