Friday, November 8, 2013

Follow-up Friday:: Tears and Laughter

 I'm happy to be joining Heart Like a Dog in the follow-up Friday blog hop this week.  This is the blog hop that lets you wrap up your week and leads you right into the weekend.  Hosted by FUF creator, Jodi at Heart Like a Dog and co-hosted today by Emma at My GBGV Life.

What a week of emotion.  First, I had a heck of a time writing my post for the new Give Cancer the Paw blog hop sponsored by Pooch Smooches and Peggy's Pet Place.   It timed perfectly with the anniversary of Tucker's death.  I can't believe that was two years ago; it seems like yesterday.  Then I read JoAnn's heartbreaking news about Norman.  You'll need lots of tissues to read it, but you shouldn't miss JoAnn's tribute to her beautiful boy.

On the other end of the emotional spectrum, we've been having lots of fun celebrating Rosie's first birthday.  Though I'll report on festivities this coming week, suffice to say, Rosie didn't let me spend the whole week crying!  There was a whole lot of laughing when she made her trip to Tractor Supply and picked out her birthdays gifts.  That blur is her tail wagging - LOL.

Rosie shopping for her birthday gifts.

A Puppy Meant For Me
Thanks to everyone for your comments!  I do believe that Rosie and I were meant to be together and I'll tell you more about that in another post.  Here's a teaser:   it has to do with contacting an animal communicator.

Rhyme for Rosie
Like Mary, I lost count long ago of the number of times my grandma said this rhyme to me!  Nope, Flea, her name is definitely Rosie :-)

My Tripawd Dog
Jana says:  "I can just feel how hard this must have been to write."  You are so right.  I wrote a little, cried a lot, then wrote a bit more.  Though this happened a long time ago, not a day goes by that I don't think of Benji.  He was a character and maybe, now that I've told this part of his story, I can tell some of the funny stuff.  A number of you referred to my love for him, like Jen who said: "...I could feel your love for Benji shining through:)"  Thank you.  

Mel noted: "I am so glad you went for that second opinion and had him for so long."  There is more to that part of the story, but I wanted to focus on "the big C," rather than the whole vet issue.   However, I'll note here that Dr. H is Wayne Hunthausen and, among many other honors, he was chosen 2013 Kansas City's Best Veterinarian.  Of course, in my own mind he's "the vet who saved my Bennie."
My Benji

The next Give Cancer the Paw blog hop date is February 6.  I'll be sharing the story of my black Lab, Spanky, and his battle with mouth cancer.  Even if you've not lost a furry family member to "the big C," I hope you'll join the hop and help spread awareness.


  1. Okay, I typed a comment, hit submit and it disappeared. GRRR...anyway, We lost our kitty Boo and a year later to the day adopted my two current kitties, which was not planned. Things happen for a reason, and while you will always be sad about losing Tucker, I'm sure he is happy that Rosie came to you to bring you joy when you are usually sad. Have a great Friday!

  2. Hey Sue, thanks for joining the blog hop! Great follow-up. I'm super behind with reading so I'm glad when someone does their recap, it gives an opportunity to catch up on what I missed. I'm planning on coming back to read Benji's story this weekend. It's hard to explain why I keep crying at work. :-)

    Have a great day and weekend and give those sweet little babies hugs from me.

  3. Sounds like it has been a very long week for y'all. I'm so glad you had reason to celebrate in the midst of it. :)

  4. I love Tractor Supply! Rosie looks like she is having lots of fun picking out toys! I really bums me out about Norman:( Lots of tears this morning because I'm a little late on reading blogs:( Have a great weekend!

  5. Yes, lots of tears this week. I loved your post about your tripaw! Thanks agian for including it in our hop. Rosie looks so cute! Love that waggy tail. Yep, our doggies can really break our hearts when they're gone, but then a new one can come along and help mend it.

  6. Thank you Sue for your kind words and for the beautiful ecard. Sorry for the loss of tucker. Ir never gets easier. Glad you have rosie to put a smile on yr face during her bay week and the rest of the year.

  7. wait a minute! I didn't know that Norman passed? I subscribe to her blog, how did I miss this?

  8. I felt the same thing about this week as I read through the posts, but I also learned so much. I'm hoping we will be able to participate in the next hop.

  9. Rosie's tail is wagging so fast you can hardly see it! Cute!!! I definitely see lots of reasons to laugh and cry. Dogs give us so much that it is hard when we lose them.

  10. Hi Y'all,

    My Human says that when we leave for the Rainbow bridge we take a part of our Humans' heart. One day a pawed one comes and the Humans have only a small bit of their heart remaining. When that pawed one leaves...well, then the Human follows them across the bridge.

    Maybe that's why our Humans sometimes call us their "heart dogs".

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog


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