Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Studio Progress

The room is being built on again. Today, two walls went up.

The south and west walls are up. The west wall has two windows facing out to cedar bush covered pastureland...hopefully that won't be cleared anytime soon.

Blogger is not cooperating with pictures this evening, so I will try again tomorrow. For now...that is me, sweeping up after the days work.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
Author unknown...

Luv crossed the Rainbow Bridge to be with Ruby on December 11, 2006

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Losing a part of the family

This is my dear late mother in law and her precious dog, Luv. Luv was named for the lady that Ruby got Luv and I got my dog, Mouse from. We lost Ruby in 2003, and since Luv and Mouse were sisters, Luv came to live with us.
Luv has enjoyed a rich, full life. She is very intelligent and very loving. About a month ago, she started losing weight and her breath was awful. Since Jack's breath was nasty too, I took them both to the vet to have their teeth cleaned and Luv checked. The vet drew blood and we got the results a few days later. Luv was in Chronic Kidney Failure. We put her on a special diet and medication, thinking she could pull out of it since she was still a healthy weight and very active. The fantasy lasted another week, then she lost more weight and started turning her nose up at the food.
Now she is nothing but skin and bones. Yesterday she quit eating and drinking completely. I can't put her to sleep yet until Kim comes home to help me. So today I went in and picked up a couple of feeding syringes and some liquid diet from the vet. Every couple of hours, when she is alert and walking around, I feed her some from the syringe. She spends most of her time on a pad next to me on the computer. I couldn't believe it when this morning, she and Jack took a walk up the road and back. If I can keep some nourishment in her, she may be able to do that again tomorrow. But I somehow doubt it. Her kidneys no longer function apparently, and she is being slowly poisoned to death. The smell is almost more than I can handle when I feed her.
Since Kim is coming home tomorrow, I can handle her dying peacefully in her sleep tonight. Otherwise, we will take her in together on monday. My prayer is for a quiet passing this weekend. My heart is broken as it would be easier not to have to take her into town.
I have to go blow into a few tissues now and go check on her.