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In Memory of Robbie ?-June 2008

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on June 29, 2008
Posted in Teddy's Fur Children  | 45 Comments

Robbie in Profile

It is with deep sadness to announce the passing of my precious baby boy Robbie.

It all happened so fast that I am still trying to digest it. This last month Robbie really slowed down. Of course we attributed that to age. Since he was a rescue we didn’t know for sure how old he was. When we got him, the vet guessed around 5-6, which would have made him about 9 ½- 10 ½ today, his last day.

On Tuesday afternoon, we went for our usual walk and then I gave him an early dinner. I left and met up with my husband, Bill to go for dinner. Robbie seemed fine then. When we arrived home, he didn’t fly down the stairs to greet us, very unusual. I had to help him down stairs and went to take him for his bedtime walk. We got outside, he went pee pee and then he turned around and wanted to go right back in the house, very unusual. Then he collapsed at the bottom of the stairs.

We took him to the vet right away. He was in shock. The vet stabilized him with IV fluids and shots. Then they proceeded to find out the problem. He was highly anemic and along with another test, the vet said he has some type of cancer, either a tumor or Leukemia. We could have done further tests to find out which for sure, but what ever it was, the vet said the prognosis was poor. If it was operable and he survived, it may have given him 6-12 months. We didn’t think it was fair to him to put him through that, especially given his age.

Meanwhile, Robbie was doing better, at least temporarily. The vet sent him home Thursday night with an armload of medications. The vet said that sometimes, with the medications, they will rebound for awhile and that he wasn’t suffering. Before we picked him up, I made him and Bill strawberry shortcake, their favorite. We enjoyed some together that evening. I stayed at home Friday to be with him and care for him.

Since there was no warning, we were so glad to have him back home, no matter how short a time. However, he really kept me busy Friday. He couldn’t keep any food down and he couldn’t control his bladder. I was constantly cleaning the carpet and reassuring him that it wasn’t his fault. He kept giving me that guilty look. (Funny, Thursday night he kept down his strawberry shortcake).

I spoke with the vet again last night and he said there was not much more to be done. Since Robbie still had a bit of energy from the fluids, we decided to bring him to his favorite off-leash park today. He couldn’t run around and play like usual, but he still had a good time. Then we took him to the vet and said goodbye.
We realize how blessed we were to have him as long as we did, but still feel robbed of time with him. I know that’s greedy. I also know that no matter how many years we would have had with him it wouldn’t have been enough.

We love you Robbie! Daddy and I will especially miss your greetings when we get home, your assistance in keeping the kitchen floor clean, your smile, and cuddles!

Mom and Dad

Our Last Day with Robbie, at His Favorite Hangout

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Weekly Geeks #9 Challenges

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on June 23, 2008
Posted in Weekly Geeks  | 11 Comments

Okay, technically I am not a weekly Geek, just I an occasional Geek. I have been finding many of the tasks too time consuming. I just don’t want to give up that much free time that I could use to read books.

This weeks challenge was a good one for me! This week’s theme is Challenges.

1. If you participate in any challenges, get organised! Update your lists, post about any you haven’t mentioned, add links of reviews to your lists if you do that, go to the challenge blog if there is one and post there, etc.

2. If you don’t participate in any challenges, then join one! There’s a good selection of possibilities over on my right hand sidebar (scroll down) where I list those I participate in. There’s also A Novel Challenge, a blog that keeps track of all sorts of reading challenges.

3. Towards the end of the week, write a wrap-up post about getting your challenges organised OR if you’re joining your first challenge, post about that any time during the week. Once you have your post up, come back and sign Mr Linky with the link to the specific post, not just to your blog.

This last week I have been working on this. What I plan to do here, is to list all of the challenges I am in and what my progress is.

The challenges:

Completed Challenges:
The Canadian Book Challenge (read13/13 books).

Timed Challenges in Progress and/or starting soon:
TBR Challenge Jan. 1- Dec.31,2008 (read 8/12 books)

On the Porch Swing Jan. 1- Dec.31,2008 (read 2/5 books)

Mini Challenge 2008 Jan. 1- Dec.31,2008 (completed 8/12 tasks)

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge Apr. 1 – Oct. 1, 2008 (read 5/6 books)

342,745 Ways To Herd Cats May 1st – November 30th (read 1/3 books)

I’ve Heard it Through the Grapevine Challenge May 1st – November 30th (read 1/3 books)

Elizabeth Gaskell Mini-Challenge May-Nov. 2008 (viewed 1/2 mini series)

ARC Reading Challenge June 21, 2008-Sept. 21/2008 read 0/4 books)

A Well-Rounded Challenge July 1, 2008- December 31, 2008 (read 0/6 books)

The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge July 1, 2008- July 1, 2009 (0/13)

Book Awards II Reading Challenge Aug. 1-June 1, 2009 (0/10)

Perpetial Callenges:

Book Around the States ( read 13/50 states)

Book Around the World (read 22 books from 6 continents out of 13)

Raved About Reading (read 0/?)

So, what does this tell me? Besides having a book addiction, I also have a challenge addiction!

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The 2nd Canadian Book Challenge

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on June 23, 2008
Posted in 2009 CHALLENGES  | 1 Comment

Once again, John from Book Mine Set is hosting this awesome challenge!

Here’s how John explains the challenge (please click on the picture about to go to the challenge site to get all of the details):

Starting July 1st, 2008 and running to July 1st, 2009, I challenge you to read (and write about) 13 Canadian books (by Canadians and/or about Canadians).

The first Canadian Book Challenge was a huge success, and hopefully the 2nd will prove to be even more fun. If you haven’t already, sign up now. Sign up any time within the year as long as you think you can finish.

Unsure what books to read? I’ve compiled a huge, but by no means complete, list here. These of course are simply suggestions, perhaps you’ve got an entirely different 13 in mind.

For the first Canadian Book Challenge I chose to read 13 new to me authors. This time I am going with 13. The Free Spirit- Just pick 13 Canadian books and have fun!

1. The Horseman’s Graves by Jacqueline Baker

2. Look for Me by Edeet Ravel

3. The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson

4. Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje

5. Amos’s Sweater by Janet Lunn and Illustrated by Kim LaFave

6. Finklehopper Frog Cheers by Irene Livingson and illustrated by Brian Lies

7. The Party by Barbara Reid

8.Pigs by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Matchenko

9.Mary of Mile 18 by Ann Blades

10.Bamboo by Paul Yee Illustrated by Shaoli

11.Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch, Art by Sami Suomalainen

12.A Promise is a Promise by Robert Munsch & Michael Kusugak, Art by Vladyana Krykora

13.It’s Raining, It’s Pouring by Andrea Spalding, Illustrated by Leslie Elizabeth Watts

14.Show and Tell by Robert Munsch, Illustrated by Michael Martchenko

15.Mister Got to Go and Arnie by Lois Simmie, Illustrations by Cynthia Nugent

16.Gordon Loggins and the Three Bears by Linda Bailey, Illustrated by Tracy Walker

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