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12 entries this month
 

My girl

04:04 Jun 30 2008
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I talk to you as easily as I think.

-Irony


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Irony
Irony
04:05 Jun 30 2008

*heart*





BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
09:18 Jun 30 2008

That's a wonderful accolade to anyone.





 

More than I could ever have imagined

22:13 Jun 25 2008
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My assistant director came into my office and found me crying at my desk. She immediately started asking what was wrong, her voice alarmed. I told her to listen while I read something to her.


In message, Emaerald asked me how I felt about the auction. I answered about how pleased I was. She then told me about members who have come forward with 3 more ideas to raise money and awareness for the Emergency Center and Food Bank where I work.


I have never asked for money here. Not once. But you would be amazed if I shared with you the off-the-record requests that have happened here where a member would ask me in message if they could give a small gift. Sometimes that gift is money. Sometimes it is time, a gift at art to help with fliers, sometimes the patience to build a website, or to send much-needed new computer equipment. A small gift, they say..."I don't have much to give, but I'd like to help in the way that I can." That always makes me smile because everyone with a heart to give believes that their gift is small. Only people who give for the wrong reasons ever cite their donation as large.


There is no you. There is no me. Not in this. I believe that your fingerprints and prayers are all over the work I'm blessed enough to do. "Thank you" seems a little thing. Please try to know how much I mean it. I'm willing my thank you to somehow cross miles and white text to convey the gratitude I feel. Your financial help is the least of what you have given. You have offered affirmation after affirmation to me that this work matters. I believe what we do together has eternal value.

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Ockham
Ockham
01:31 Jun 26 2008

There aren't really any good words for this, so here, have a hug and an emoticon: :)





BubbleGumClaudia
BubbleGumClaudia
02:52 Jun 26 2008

You are a true saint in my eyes......Helping out those less fortunate than you or I......



:D





Irony
Irony
05:07 Jun 26 2008

My time is always going to be yours for the asking. You inspire people and they can feel part of what you are doing. Your cause is not faceless, we see what our efforts are working towards and the difference every action makes:)





Angelus
Angelus
15:55 Jun 26 2008

..restores your faith, a little bit, don't it?





Dragonrouge
Dragonrouge
01:27 Jun 27 2008

Only love can beat death and pain!

You demonstrate that those are not just words!





birra
birra
02:13 Jun 27 2008

As I've said before, when you demonstrate unyielding passion and belief in what you do, it becomes contagious.



People feel it. People feel how much of yourself you put into your everyday. Your words, your actions... the fact that you LOVE what you do. People will take notice.



The sails you have sewn and unfurled will only propel you forward if you have a powerful enough wind.



Let us be your wind...





Oceanne
Oceanne
05:30 Jun 30 2008

"I believe what we do together has eternal value"



Yes,it truely is.





 

Awed

18:36 Jun 24 2008
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The auction in the main forum for the tee shirt signed by Cancer...wow! What an incredibly imaginative way to support a charity. I'm blown away by the ways people on this site have opened their hearts and emptied pockets to help others. The donations and proceeds will be applied 100% to program costs and some very real people will be helped.


Emaerald came up with the idea and approached me about supporting the Center this way, this untried new way. Because I am a woman of faith,I couldn't be happier with an idea that rests in faith itself...the "build it and they will come" concept. What a great way to approach life...it's the only way I know. Oh, and I have had some spectacular face-plants! But nothing is better than trusting to God...or to whatever your construct may be.


I have expressed my gratitude many, many times, but I sometimes think that I have never adequately expressed to you my wonder.


I wish you could see how beautiful you all look to me.


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Sinora
Sinora
18:50 Jun 24 2008

As you do to us x





Ockham
Ockham
18:57 Jun 24 2008

The most beautiful soul is the one that inspires beauty in others. Your energy and dedication to what you do, to your cause rings out like a bell, and no one who comes into contact with you can hear that sound and not be moved.





captainglobehead
captainglobehead
20:55 Jun 24 2008

It could not have been better expressed, Ockham.



Hear, hear.





xxEmaeraldxx
xxEmaeraldxx
22:21 Jun 24 2008

You are in awe? Well, I am too, as I never envisaged it would take off so well with members being so generous! Life is about giving as well as taking, and if we can make one person smile, instead of shedding tears.. then the effort we all make here today is worth it :)



Seven did help me choose the Charity, and with the Meet-up in New Orleans, well it all panned out very nicely indeed. :)





thesavageant
thesavageant
01:45 Jun 25 2008

Fantastic idea, and it's going amazingly.





Oceanne
Oceanne
23:41 Jun 25 2008

"I wish you could see how beautiful you all look to me."



If only you knew how beautiful you look to us..





 

Look who's standing!

07:23 Jun 20 2008
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Lookin Good

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Kontradiction
Kontradiction
07:24 Jun 20 2008

yayyyy.....:)





Beastt17
Beastt17
08:40 Jun 20 2008

Wooohoo! We knew you could do it, Meatball. :)





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
09:39 Jun 20 2008

Alright! Way to go Meatball. Now remember- cars and trucks are BAD. Mommy and the yard at mommy's is GOOD. :)





Irony
Irony
12:14 Jun 20 2008

Looking very handsome and much healthier there:)





Ockham
Ockham
12:44 Jun 20 2008

awesome! :) Glad to see him up and running, as it were.





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
13:42 Jun 20 2008

awwww!

that's great!

*holds out a treat*





captainglobehead
captainglobehead
13:54 Jun 20 2008

Yay!



Meatball is standing, Joli is relieved and happy, God is in heaven and everything is right in the world.





Sevenn
Sevenn
15:48 Jun 20 2008

That is a very happy picture. We appreciate your having posted it.





Joli
Joli
17:29 Jun 20 2008

We couldn't have done it without you all! Thank you for your prayers and good wishes. I'd thank you for your gifts of treats, but those of you who sent them...how can you sleep at night? You have created a monster! He lives for treats these days...spoiled spoiled Little Lord Fauntledog.



I'm having an issue with my camera's flash being stuck in the down position. That's why this pic looks so blurred compared to the rest. When I'm able, I'm going to post an updated picture of his wound which is looking SO much better!



I believe we have really turned a corner and it's good to have my guy on the mend. He's still not really putting that back leg down much, but we're figuring it out :)





BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
19:04 Jun 20 2008

Blurry or not ... he's standing and that's great.





birra
birra
22:02 Jun 20 2008

That's awesome Jo! Glad your diligent tending to him has paid off.



The hopes and prayers wouldn't have done much with out you and your daughter's giving him all that TLC!





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
01:14 Jun 21 2008

Yes- TLC is what did this. You are a great Mommy to him. Most would of given it up- not deal with the time and effort it took to get him to this point.



So I also Thank You and your child for saving him. He is blessed to have you both.





Silverbow
Silverbow
06:26 Jun 21 2008

:) Awesom!! I am glad to see he is up as much as he is and doing so well. : hugs hugs hugs:





Sinora
Sinora
18:49 Jun 24 2008

I just noticed this pic.....grear news x





Oceanne
Oceanne
23:41 Jun 25 2008

WHOOOHOOO!!





 

Doggy Christmas

06:01 Jun 10 2008
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This is unbelievable. Check out the loot. He is feeling the love!

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The stripedy boxes are from his mystery admirer, but I won't let the rat out of the bag. I hid his medicine in the truffles and he wagged his tail for more!


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The box with the note from Maddy came from the Sevenn/Krista house. Obviously she was snagging money to save up for her buddy! Maddy, Meatball couldn't get his tongue far enough into that cheese bone! He's going to concentrate until the job is done. Savvy had to come see what all the fuss was.

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The wrapper of bones came from a friend who volunteers with me at the Center.

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What a blessed poochie! Thank you all for being so thoughtful. I'm so amazed by all of you.


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Oceanne
Oceanne
06:04 Jun 10 2008

Woah..I dont even get something like that for Xmas!! Thats awesome.:D





Joli
Joli
06:11 Jun 10 2008

Yeah, hokey smokes, Bullwinkle!





Silverbow
Silverbow
06:26 Jun 10 2008

Sweet!!!!! Go MB!!! We are pulling for you!





Sinora
Sinora
06:32 Jun 10 2008

Hope the cat does'nt get jealous lol





TheHellequin
TheHellequin
06:41 Jun 10 2008

AWWW





 

Meatball's Secret Admirer and a good report

02:04 Jun 10 2008
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MB has a secret admirer! I received a package today at work for him, filled with all sorts of goodies. I looked inside and there's a card, but it isn't signed. Meatball is very polite and would like to say thank you. Please let me know if it was someone here. If you for some reason choose to remain anonymous, please know that you are amazing. It's such an above the bar kind of thing to send a gift. We're grateful for you!


On the NEWS front, he has been getting up the last two days SO much more! Today, my daughter said he tried to get to the door when the doorbell rang. Yesterday, I didn't carry him outside or in. He hop-limped out there all by himself and back in :)


Oh, and to mystery gift-bringer...oh boy is he going to like these treats!


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Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
02:29 Jun 10 2008

Glad he is better. :) And the treats will help him to heal I am sure.





sahahria
sahahria
02:38 Jun 10 2008

He totally deserves it! :D





 

Chillin

20:56 Jun 08 2008
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Bathed, clean shirt, and soakin' up some outside with a best bud. Well, sharing the mat, anyway :)

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Morrigon
Morrigon
21:01 Jun 08 2008

Sweeeeet. Hold on, we're comin' over





Sinora
Sinora
21:07 Jun 08 2008

I think he knows he is now the darling of vr lol





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
21:38 Jun 08 2008

He is the dark angel of VR. :) Glad to see you in black...all gothic and all Meatball. ;)





Joli
Joli
22:24 Jun 08 2008

Oh wow...I need to get him a VR tee!





Silverbow
Silverbow
01:57 Jun 09 2008

That would be awesome to see!!!





Angelus
Angelus
00:07 Jun 10 2008

..now that's how to enjoy this weather.





Oceanne
Oceanne
06:41 Jun 10 2008

Hes got it made in the shade.:D





 

Extensive Wound Care

21:06 Jun 07 2008
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I'm going to link this image instead of posting the image here, and warn some of you that it may be difficult to look at. I have mentioned that MB has a large open wound on his side. These journal entries are for my friends and acquaintances who want to know how we're getting on, but mainly they are for me to have this experience chronicled. They help me to monitor progress and to remember the commitment it takes to love someone, especially our best buddies.


What you'll see in this image is the severity of the wound injury, of course. But it also demonstrates a part of the treatment I have to give him. I pack the wound with raw honey one day, sugar the next. they both have healing properties beneficial to open wound healing. Posting a link so you can read about it. honey for wound aid


In MB's image, I have just treated him with sugar and gone to get my camera. You'll notice the wound is wet. He has been cleaned and dried before the application, but the honey and sugar have this effect. I then put a clean t-shirt on him as a makeshift bandage. In a little while, we'll hose out the wound with soapy antibacterial soap, spray it with a prescription antibacterial spray, t-shirt him for the night, and bring him in. He is also on oral antibiotics. I will periodically add an updated image so that we can watch the process as he heals.


MB's wound


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Bones
Bones
21:12 Jun 07 2008

Isn't that something that could be stitched? To close the wound.





Joli
Joli
21:14 Jun 07 2008

Wounds like this must heal inside out. Stitching it would be terrible.





sahahria
sahahria
21:40 Jun 07 2008

So many people don't realize how much we have around us that actually has healing ability if used as such.



When he's progressed to actual scabs (not before) Calendula cream will help prevent the negative aspects of the scaring that he'll have.



I wish you all the best in this time.





Joli
Joli
21:42 Jun 07 2008

Thank you :)





Silverbow
Silverbow
01:44 Jun 08 2008

: hugs you : The simple fact that you are willing to do this for him says so much about the bond you both have. I look forward to seeing how well his healing progresses with the loving care that you and the girls give to him.





Beastt17
Beastt17
08:44 Jun 08 2008

I had assumed his wound was an avulsion but now I see that a huge flap of tissue is simply gone. I'm impressed that they find it possible for this kind of injury to heal through tissue regeneration rather than needing extensive grafting of skin and perhaps other tissues. Fortunately, your boy knows he's loved and cared for and has no real need to worry. It's just a matter of time, care, persistence, love and some bee spit where the bees never intended it to go.





captainglobehead
captainglobehead
15:18 Jun 08 2008

Saint Joli. Has a nice ring to it.





Oceanne
Oceanne
02:58 Jun 10 2008

Yes,good ole sugardine..very tried and true horse remedy.It sounds like you are doing everything right with his care..he is a very lucky pooch.





 

Back Story

23:36 Jun 04 2008
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It was brought to my attention that I didn't actually say what caused MB's injury. He was under the neighbor's big diesel truck. His pelvic bone was crushed under the wheel as he was run over. It is fractured in 3 places. It also caused a large open wound on his side.


Update: He's been a good dog since we brought him home, going outside every day and taking care of the stuff doggies are supposed to do on the grass :)


We aren't out of the woods yet, but we're making progress. Thanks again to all who have sent well wishes.


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Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
00:19 Jun 05 2008

Do me a favor? Give him a kiss for me. :)





Joli
Joli
00:46 Jun 05 2008

I would, but the collision would be very tongue heavy and I'm just not comfortable with that. I'll let him lick my cheek in your honor :)





captainglobehead
captainglobehead
13:15 Jun 05 2008

Then scratch him gently behind the ear for me.





Oceanne
Oceanne
21:34 Jun 06 2008

AW..hope he recovers soon.





 

PRIVATE ENTRY

01:42 Jun 03 2008
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Down but not out

00:53 Jun 03 2008
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Rough night, but we're figuring out our routine. We even got in a morning hobble before work. Cute, as I tried to keep him from toppling with one hand and my robe from opening with the other. I got to check on him at the midday and he did just fine.


So, we're back out in the garden until the sun goes down and the mosquitoes chase us back indoors. Doesn't he look all Fonzie under his umbrella, his fur blowing in the fanned breeze? And that muy guapo t-shirt! (It functions as a bandage for the wound on his side.) I'm going to get him some shades and dig out the old Sha Na Na 8-tracks!

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Silverbow
Silverbow
04:31 Jun 03 2008

He looks so cool!

I hope that his healing is going well and that soon he will recover fully.





Sinora
Sinora
07:06 Jun 03 2008

Now that's just how a pooch should be pampered lol





Beastt17
Beastt17
09:47 Jun 03 2008

If ever, during the long, lonely, drug-clouded nights at the vet, he considered that perhaps he was there because he was no longer loved, he can now hold no such question. No member of any pack has ever had his importance, love and bond more undoubtedly confirmed.



Good-night, Meatball. Sleep well.





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
14:02 Jun 03 2008

If I shall pass away I want to come back as one of your pets... really, I do. :)





Oceanne
Oceanne
22:53 Jun 07 2008

AWWW.





 

The day shall be my hymn.

19:39 Jun 01 2008
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Sitting outside with my banged up guy, and Savvy lazing near my feet the way only a cat with no conscience can. The garden is beautiful, breeze blowing the scent of herbs and gardenia my way. I picked 4 ripe cherry tomatoes and ate them while standing barefoot in ankle-tickling grass. They were sun-warmed and perfect.


Everything is saturated with a bit of the sacred today. One of those days when all seems right in the world and joy is measured in the sound of a puppy dog lapping and slopping water in his dish as he cools off in the mottled shade of our faithful old oak tree.


And again, I find myself grateful for all that I have.

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birra
birra
02:14 Jun 02 2008

That sounds... blissful.



I'm greener than your ankle-tickling grass with envy...








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