"...IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU THAT WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED FOR ANYONE ELSE." - Joseph Campbell

"SOMETIMES ON THE WAY TO YOUR DREAM, YOU GET LOST AND FIND A BETTER ONE." - Unknown (as seen on River's blog, "Drifting Through Life")

"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHO YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN." - George Eliot

"WE DID NOT CHANGE AS WE GREW OLDER. WE JUST BECAME MORE CLEARLY OURSELVES." - Lynn Hall

"GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGED." - Henry David Thoreau



Saturday, April 2, 2016

* VERN IS ON THE MEND...*

Our dear Vern has been sick and after a trip to our fabulous vet (Dr. Kelly Brister in St. Peters, Mo) we found out he has pancreatitis. He was pretty sick for a couple of days but with a proper diet and medications, he is on the mend. He's not "himself" yet and may never be the same dog again. He hasn't been allowed to have any Milk Bone treats, rawhide bones or chews, or the occasional cracker or Cheezit...and it's probable he may never have them again. Ron and I are shocked he hasn't really pestered us for those things, either. We just tell him "Dr. Brister said you can't have any."...and also the occasional white lie of "No more bones. All gone!" And he'll go lie down somewhere.

He's still the sweetest dog in the whole world!

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For those of you who don't know the story about Vern, here's a condensed version I posted on my blog on August 29, 2011....his 10th Birthday!
 
Three months after we had to say goodbye to our beloved Tiger, (Dec 2010) I was ready to look for another dog. Wanted an "older" dog....a companion, and not a frisky puppy. Found Vern, a lab mix, online at a shelter. His age was listed as eight, but found out he was really nine and a half.....big difference in dog years! But, we brought him home with us in March 2011 and have been in love with this fabulous dog ever since! He is sweet, loving, smart, funny and just plain perfect. Happy Birthday, Vern! May you live MANY more years.
 
So, obviously, this means we'll celebrate
Vern's 15th Birthday this August!
 

This was taken at the home we lived in then..2011
Awww.......
 
 
My laptop has been giving me trouble the past few weeks whenever I try to post photos on my blog. Earlier today, it "allowed" me to post these two...and now it won't let me do any. I keep getting this message:
 
Some library features are unavailable due to unsupported library locations.
 
And all I have to say about that is......Huh??
 
Bye for now! I hope everyone is having a fabulous Saturday!
 

 P.S. There's a huge grammatical error below.
That kind of thing drives me crazy!...
But y'all already knew it was a short trip, right??!!

 


32 comments:

  1. Aww...poor Vern! I hope he's feeling better soon.

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    1. Thank you, Val! He seems to be getting a little better every day!

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  2. I am so sorry to hear about Vern. I do hope that he is getting better.

    About 2 months ago I noticed that Waldo, my Border Collie that was a rescued dog was drinking an excessive amounts of water. I took him to the Vet and he examined him and ran some blood tests. Well his liver was acting up. I could give him medication or Hills Medicated Dog food. I started researching Liver problems and I found out that you could put them on a special diet. So now I bake chicken for him, brown rice and fresh vegetables, carrots, cauliflower & broccoli. I asked the nurse and she said that it is a good diet. He loves his treats and now they are carrots and he loves them. No more drinking gallons of water and he is his self again. He will be 12 in July. I do however mix in about 1/4 cup of special dry dog food with his meals.

    So there is hope for our dogs. God knows what they put into their food. I also put my lab dog, Lili on the same diet.

    Good luck to Vern, I know that you are taking wonderful care of him.

    Mary
    PS if you stop by my latest post you will see Waldo.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping and commenting, Mary! How kind of you, too, to share your knowledge about dog food...and the kind you make for YOUR dogs! Vern does seem to be feeling better, too, thank goodness. I will definitely pop over to your blog and look for Waldo :)

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  3. I am so glad that Vern is improving. They wind their paws deep into our hearts don't they?
    And sigh on blogger. Sometimes I think it yanks our chains just because it can.
    Sunday afternoon here...

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    1. Thank you, Sue. You said it perfectly: "They wind their paws deep into our hearts.." Hope you're having a great week so far!

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  4. I'd forgotten about Vern. I'm sorry to hear he hasn't been well, but very glad to hear he is on the mend now.

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    1. Hi River! Yes, thankfully, he seems to be doing better!

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  5. Ohh...cute puppy! (I call every dog a puppy. 15 is still just a baby to me!)

    Hugs.

    Get well soon, Vern.

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    1. Thanks, Sandi! I know what you mean about calling a dog a "puppy!" He definitely is my baby!

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  6. How lucky Vern is to be spending his old age with your family. I hope you have many more happy days together. What a sweet face!

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    1. Thank you, Deb! You're very kind!! And yes, he has the sweetest face, and also sweetest disposition.

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  7. Poor Vern. I hope he gets his pep and groove back. You must have been pretty terrified and even now, worried. Thinking lovely thoughts for your sweet boy.

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    1. Thank you, Jeanie! Yes, seeing him be so sick and walking all crouched over was very scary. Thank you for your lovely thoughts for him!

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  8. Prayers and best wishes to sweet Vern! He sounds precious and I enjoyed reading about him :). Twyla

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    1. Oh Twyla and Lindsey! How wonderful to hear from you! Thank you so much for stopping and leaving your prayers and wishes for our precious Vern!

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  9. My heart is with you and Vern. His sweetness comes through in the pictures. I hope he feels better soon.

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    1. Hi Myrna! He is doing better, it seems. Thank you for your lovely thoughts!

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  10. Poor, ol' Vern. Well, at least he's got caring YOU looking out for him. And he REALLY DOES look like a really good Good Boy!

    I do miss a dogs love.

    Oops!... "dog's" love. [;o)}

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Dog-Lover'

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    1. Thank you so much, Stephen T! And I loved your "dogs love" comment!! Definitely a big LOL :)

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    1. Thank you, Linda. He's definitely on the mend, I think!

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  12. Aw, poor Vern. I'm glad he's on the mend. :)

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    1. Hi Lisa, thanks! He's such a sweetie.

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  13. Pancreatitis is really painful. Hope Vern is feeling much better.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Hi Pat - I think he definitely was in a lot of pain during the short period of time before we took him to the vet.

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    2. Oh, I forgot to say "Thank you," Pat!

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  14. Vern looks like a very sweet dog. Glad that he's feeling a bit better.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping and commenting, Misha! He is indeed a very sweet dog.

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  15. I'm so glad for this, Becky! All the best to you and Vern. I like the picture and saying at the end of your post, too. My children agree with this.

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    1. Hi Victoria! It's great to hear from you! Thanks for your well wishes, and I'm glad your children agree, too :)

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  16. Glad Vern is doing better. Scary stuff.

    =)

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