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True Dog Lover!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The 13-year-old German shepherd mix whose owner died Wednesday after refusing to leave a burning house without him is doing "much, much better" and could be discharged from an animal hospital as soon as Monday, hospital officials said this morning.

John Petrik, 68, who lived alone with his dog, Regis, in a single-family home in the 1600 block of South Lombard Avenue, was the victim of a heart attack, authorities said. Officials said police had to forcibly remove him from the home about 2 a.m. because he refused to leave, saying he didn't want to abandon his dog.

Petrik's brother, Joe, described him as a private man who never married. About 12 years ago, John Petrik rescued Regis at a Cicero intersection after watching the dog get thrown out of the car in front of him at a stop sign. He had cared for the dog ever since, rarely leaving the house because he didn't want to leave the dog alone, Joe Petrik said.

"It was like his child, He was 100 percent devoted," he said. "Outside of normal conversation that's all he talked about."

Petrik suffered the attack in a police car as fire fighters went into the house and saved the dog. He was pronounced dead at 2:10 a.m. Wednesday at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Regis, who suffered from smoke inhalation and burns, was placed in intensive care Wednesday at an Oak Park veterinary hospital. This morning hospital officials said the dog's condition had greatly improved, but he would remain hospitalized over the weekend before being turned over to Cicero animal control.

It was a remarkable recovery, said Dr. Cesar C. Agustin, who is treating the dog at American Animal Hospital in Oak Park. When Regis arrived at the hospital, he "wasn't even moving." He was administered antibiotics, fluids and placed under oxygen therapy because he was having trouble breathing, Agustin said.

Regis also suffered first-degree burns on his tail and was treated for flea infestation.

Today, the dog was eating, drinking and moving around, although was still having trouble walking straight, Agustin said. "He's doing much, much better than yesterday," Agustin said. "But let's take it one day at a time."

--Gerry Smith


Count Down to Goal

Monday, March 16, 2009

So I lost 2lbs of the weekend & I didn't eat everything in sight but I didn't deny myself. I had an awesome weekend spent my family & enjoyed laughing & joking around!

God is good & I am counting down to my goal!

Thanks to my sistahs here Cietpoet, JASMINEMAI, Maybaby18, MsProverbs31, KellyT & GI Jane & all my other motivators!


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ALICIANNA6 3/16/2009 5:15PM

    you go! you are loved by many, and supported by many...that's the wonderful thing about this site, we are all here to support each other!
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Can You Do This?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Have Beautiful & Blessed Day!

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CIERAPOET 3/16/2009 3:12AM

    That is the truth. When I was younger, I was real shy. You could hardly get a word out of me. Now I have to pace myself because I could talk more than I listen...sometimes. I am still a great listener. God is teaching me to be quiet. emoticon

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NANCYVV 3/13/2009 10:51AM

    That is a very true saying and a beautiful cairn.

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I'm So Sick of . . . .

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I got to tell ya, I am a huge Chris Brown fan but I am not a fan of his behavior as of late. Do I want him to be punished for what he has done? Of course. As long as it can be fair because the press & many other have hung him out to dry! What am I sick of? EVERY 5 minutes, there is some celeb that comes out to give their opinion! I believe he & his girlfriend need some long counseling sessions & they BOTH need healing. The pain is so fresh for them. I feel really bad for her & the pain she has to deal with is HUGE!

Keep praying for one another!



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CIERAPOET 3/16/2009 3:15AM

    Abuse is never easy to deal with and it can take a lifetime to heal.

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    I agree.

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The Picture Says It All

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Be encouraged today to be stronger & do something for yourself. That will trickled down to your family & your friends!


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HEIDIODIE123 3/5/2009 5:23PM

    I just wanted to thank you for your words of encouragement on my Blog Post!
My weight-loss journey hasn't always been easy (who's has?), and I tend to forget that that's a normal part of the process and beat myself up, or sabotage myself...(I am my own worst enemy in losing weight!) So every bit of motivation I can get I appreciate!
Thanks again,

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ARIANESMOM 3/5/2009 9:57AM

    That is so true. How have you been? I haven't talked with you for a while.

Take care.

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    So, so ,so true. You said it.

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