quiltfairy

Some days.

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Some days I just want to give up and give in to this illness; then I let my poodle out and watch him in this snow. It is hard after a couple of days melting and refreezing and has deep holes in it and yet my little Tony shows no fear; he keeps trotting through it and never gives up. He seems to go to the worst parts of the yard and keeps persevering some days; that is what keeps me going .

 

I think about all that poor Tony has been through at about one year old; he had a pit bull attack him, he had major surgery and came through it. At the time I was driving a truck, so I had to leave him in a strange town so sick I did not even know if he would survive. Luckily my parents had fallen in love with him and went to pick him up and bring him home; he was ready to get back in the truck before his stitches were even out. He was able to get back in the truck 6 weeks later and he was the happy dog I had always known .

 

Last year he had a bad stroke and the vet wanted me to put him down, but I just could not; I saw that spark in his eyes that he still had a will to live and go on. I even had fights with my family over keeping him alive; I kept telling everyone that we don't put down our people that have strokes. It took about 8 months before he was back to his old self; he had to relearn his name, where is the right place to go potty and where his food and water are, but then again he has a lot of perseverance. Now you would never know it happened; this year he will celebrate 12 human years and going strong.

 

So you see, I just look at his little life when I want to give up; like him I keep going because if a little poodle can do that, so can I. 

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Hi Quiltfairy,

 

How right you are; our pets are so uncomplaining and resilient. Our Labrador is fourteen next month and very frail now in his back end; we've actually bought some mats to put down on the kitchen and living room floors for him, to enable him to get up and down, as his back paws struggle to get a grip on our slate and vinyl floors. He still loves to go out, toddle about and sniff around and so long as his quality of life is good, then there's no reason why it should be ended, even though he's very grey haired, unsteady on his feet, and a trifle incontinent at times (rather like me, really! ;) :P )

 

I'm very glad to hear that your poodle gives you such comfort and encouragement; perhaps you would like to post a photo of him in our Photo Gallery?

 

Kind regards,


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Hi Quiltfairy,

 

You have a lot of dogs!  How precious. And how inspiring Tony is, too. I hadn't visited our photo gallery for awhile so it was really fun looking through it again!

 

:emoticons-group-hug:


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

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They're great photos of your lovely dogs, Quiltfairy!

 

You do the most beautiful quilts,too; thanks so much for uploading the photos of them. :)


Jo Frowde

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