Saturday, February 24, 2007

A Sad Start with a Happy Ending

There once was a stray dog that was dropped off on our property in CA. We saw the dog and had planned to call animal control to come get it because it looked so frail and thin. I was on my way out our lane to work when I saw this dog and I called my husband from my cell phone and ask him to please call animal control. He said he would but got side tracked by a phone call or something and he forgot. We didn't see the dog again for about a week and then there she was again. This time it was my fault. I had planned on talking to my husband about the dog when I returned home from work. Again I forgot.

Then one day when my husband went down to the barn and was getting ready to load his trailer for a Corvette Show when he saw the dog underneath his trailer. She had gave birth to 7 puppies! 4 boys and 3 girls.

He immediately came up to the house to get me to show me the puppies. We took her some food and water and she was very shy and so very thin. He built a dog house out of a huge cardboard box he had to keep the puppies out of the elements. We left her alone and the next day we checked on her and she had eaten the food and drank the water but she was still bleeding and I thought it was from the birth of her puppies so I didn't panic. We again gave her food and water and the took a bowl of milk for the puppies seemed to be nursing okay but I wondered if they were actually getting any milk. We stuck their little mouths in the milk and they lapped it up just like big dogs. It was so cute.

For the next 2 days we took food and water but she stopped eating and she was so weak and still bleeding. I am talking a pool of blood! We put her 7 puppies in a laundry basket and put her on the front seat of the truck and drove to the Vet. Ma Ma dog was so weak we had to carry her into the Vet's office.

He took a look at her and said that she had been poisoned and he didn't think he could save her. We had her put to sleep and that was a really hard thing to do.

He then checked the puppies and he said they seemed to be okay and gave them a special medication in case they had received any poison through Ma Ma dog's milk. He said he thought they were about 4 weeks old. Okay, I have 7 puppies to raise, what do I do now?

Well, we managed. We took the puppies up to the house and put them in a dog pen in our attached garage. Then we took turns feeding and caring for them since I worked outside the home and my husband worked at home. He spoiled them. He would fix their formula and got 2 round shallow pans for the puppies to drink from. You should have seen them, it was like watching a merry-go-round. They would push each other out of the way and it made the bowl move around and around. That was not going to work so he got them 7 little bowls and that was much better. As they grew and were able to eat solid food, my dear sweet husband would mix the formula and some puppy food and he actually cooked chicken breast in our slow cooker to mix in their food. Spoiled? Naah! He felt they needed the extra nutrition.

They were growing so fast and they were all so cute. I would go out in the garage and let them out of the pen to roam and boy did they roam. It's funny how hard it is to keep an eye on 7 of these little things.

Okay now they are 6 weeks old and trying to get out of the pen by their selves! I hated to think it was time to adopt them out but I had to do something. 7 puppies are to many for any one person to handle. I had several people at my place of employment that tried to find homes with no luck so I called the adoption department at Pet Smart and the lady there was so nice and she said bring them in and I am sure I can find homes for these little orphans.

My husband said we could keep one. I never wanted a dog! I actually didn't like dogs! BUT these 7 little puppies changed my mind and my heart. We kept 2 of them and they are Sampson and Petey. 2 male Rodesian Ridgeback Mix dogs, that are as close as you can get. They eat, play, and sleep together. They are actually inseparable. They never fight and they are so happy together.

We love these dogs like our own children and actually they really have only had me for a Mom since they were 4 weeks old. Sampson and Petey have become the center of our retired lives. They are so well behaved and they are really good loving dogs.

I am not sorry we decided to keep them and by the way, I called the lady at Pet Smart the next day because I was missing my babies and she said she had homes for all of them. What a happy ending huh?

Thursday, February 22, 2007

I am so proud!!

This is my youngest Son, Tony & his family. Might I say I am VERY PROUD Of him.
He is graduating a business class this month to go on to study seminary. He will in a few years be a pastor and may even have his own church.

Tony works hard to raise his family and he always makes sure he has time for his children, Vinnie and Bri and his wonderful wife Mica even though he has to study, work and help with home schooling. Through all of this he has had some serious back pain but his faith in God kept him going. He had procedure done in the past few months that has help his pain and I am so thankful to God for that.
Tony has always been the sunshine of my life and I am so proud !

Congratulations Son!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Good friends

I was plesently surprised when my dearest freind in Louisville, KY sent a Christmas card to my old address in CA and it was forwarded to me here in Coos Bay just a couple of weeks ago. You see, she had moved also and we lost contact. Her name is Amy and we met about 18 years ago. She is the same age as my youngest son so she calls me Mom. We went through alot together and I was so happy to hear from her. She is a undercover Seargent for the police dept. in Lousiville and has raised her daughter by herself. She is a very strong individual in many ways.

She told me that she had recently had an unfortunate accident and was now disabled at a very young age. She was on scene of an accident and was standing near the back of the car she had pulled over when she was hit by another vehicle that was a "looky loo" and pinned her leg between the two cars. She just had surgery and is recovering but will have to walk with a cane for the rest of her life. My prayers are with her.

I guess the moral of this story is keep your eyes on the road even when you pass an accident!

2 days later I got a birthday card that had been delivered at my old address and had also been forwarded to me. It had been a couple of years since I heard from her and I was so surprised about that also. She did not know we had moved either. She sent her phone number and I immediatley gave her a call. It was as if we had never been apart. Her name is Betty and we had actuallly worked togehter at the same place that Amy and I had worked many years after Amy left the company.

What a week...I found 2 of my long lost friends.

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Another Day in Paradise

Our trip to Eugene yesterday was such a nice day. The Umpqua River runs along the highway all the way to the freeway split. So beautiful I wanted to share it with you.

Monday, February 5, 2007

A Peek of Things To Come

Here is the Treasure Barn intventory, work area and the office where it all happens.

I will be adding items to this web site often. It just takes awhile. As you can see, I have lots of boxes to go through. There are Treasures in all of them so please check the Galleries often as they are being updated each day. What you see presently is just the beginning of things to come.

Thanks for being so patient and thanks for shopping at the Treasure Barn. Please come back often.

Sunday, February 4, 2007

Congratulations Melissa ! !

Wanted to congratulate my granddaughter Melissa. She is 18 years old and has just graduated from high school. 5 months ahead of her classmates.

She has wanted to be a chef for along time and was accepted to the Cour don Bleu School of Cooking in Las Vegas Nevada. She starting her courses there this month.

She is a very special girl to me, First of all she is my first granddaughter and she is so smart and generous. A few years ago she had really long hair and cut it off and donated it to be made into a wig for a cancer patient that may have lost their hair.

Hey, I believe that someday she will be the next Rachel Ray.

Way to go Melissa!

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Call Me Inspector Koosed!

Today I was able to figure out a very frustrating problem I was having with my web site. I am now able to download pictures of my items in a easier manner. They will be easier to see. Hope you all enjoy you shopping experience. I should have many products in my galleries very soon.

For this evening I am sitting back and relaxing after days of headaches over this issue.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and please come back often.