Friday, December 07, 2012
December 5th 2012 will be a day to remember---but not for a good thing. My family lost a pet that was like family. We had Timea for almost 10 years. She was a Cane Corso which is also called an Italian Mastiff. She would have been 10 years old on Groundhog Day.
You couldn't ask for a better dog---well, maybe in the beginning. Before we got her, we also got a French Mastiff puppy about a month earlier. He was my best friend while Timea seemed to latch on to my Mom. She was definitely Mamaw's girl. She was a little hellion in the beginning---always fighting with the French Mastiff named Phoenix. He was laid back, and she was a little fireball. She definitely mellowed out over the years.
We lost Phoenix after only 3 years to cancer. We eventually got another French Mastiff named Pollux. He lasted about 4 years until the cancer got him. Mastiffs are prone to cancer, and generally speaking big dogs don't really have a long life span---maybe 6-8 years if you are lucky. TImea outlived both of these dogs and led a really healthy life until about 2 years ago.
One day she let out a yelp, and then she was unable to walk. She was dragging her bottom half. It turns out she had suffered a fibrocatliniginous embolism. This is comparable to a blood blot or stroke. There was really no treatment for this, and we were told she would regain use of her legs depending on where the clot was. She did recover, but she maintained a limp. Other than that she was in excellent health.
This summer we noticed she was having more trouble getting around, but the last few weeks she would hardly get up at all. The days leading up to her death were really hard. She finally got to where she was unable to get up at all. We were forced with making the final decision. She was a pretty good sized girl---probably around 130 at the end. With her unable to walk, it was going to be hard to get her to the vet to do it---and even harder to bury her.
I found a place called Lap of Love. It is a mobile euthanasia vet. They will come to your home and let your pet go in a place they are comfortable. They will also take your pet for cremation and deliver the ashes back to you personally. They were very kind and treated Timea like she was their own. I would definitely use them again if need be. I am so thankful to find them.
This was sadly my 3rd experience with euthanasia. I had previously had to do this with my 2 French Mastiffs. Both, however, were done at UT Vet Hospital. Both were cremated. The first one, we spread the ashes at my Mom's house, and we also planted a rose bush and added his ashes. The second one sits in my living room in a beautiful wood box that also holds his collar and a picture on the front. I think this is the route we are taking with her. I found another wooden box that holds 5 pictures. Hopefully it will arrive around the same time we get her back.
I can't tell you enough what good dogs mastiffs are. Luckily, Timea had a litter of pups. I have her daughter named Dashka that looks and acts like her Mom. She is laid back and loves to have her butt rubbed. She is the same color but bigger. She has a full tail and ears while Timea had cropped ears and a short nubby tail. She was also so happy to see you, and her little nub would wag a mile a minute.
My Mom has her son that we named Malachi. He looks and acts nothing like his mom. He is fawn colored and more needy. He likes to be the center of attention. My Mom is 67 and lives alone. I am glad she still has Malachi after Timea has gone. He provides her with companionship and protection.
Timea (aka Mater) will be missed everyday. I am so thankful for the time we had with her. Rest in peace.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I recently ordered the Selectech weights, and I am very pleased with them. I have been doing the Chalean Extreme videos, and I had 5 sets of dumbbells out. These are great because you only need one set, and the weight can be changed easily by turning a dial. They are a little expensive, but I think are well worth it in the end. I got mine from Amazon for $299---no taxes or shipping. Mine go up to 52.5 pounds each, but there is also a set that goes up to 90 pounds or so each. I don't think I need that much resistance. Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know in case they were considering these.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Today my employer had a blood drive, which is customary every 2 months or so. I always try to donate. Most of the time I am able to do just that. For a while my iron level would be too low, and I couldn't. Since that happened like 2 or 3 times in a row, I started making sure I was taking a daily multi-vitamin as well as an iron supplement.
Since the last time I gave blood and this time, I joined Sparkpeople. I can really tell a big difference in my vital signs. My pulse is usually on the borderline of 100--which is the cut off point to where it is considered too fast and you are rejected. This time, I am proud to say that mine was 82. That is the lowest it has been in a very long time. Also, the last few times I have had my blood pressure taken, it has been a little high. I think last time it was 140/99. The highest the bottom number can be to donate is 100. This time my BP was 122/73 which was much better. I guess I am doing something right! Now, I will have to wait a few weeks and see what my cholesterol level is. I believe it was around 175 last time. Under 200, but still a little high.
The only bad thing was---they still had to bring the big cuff out. I guess that will be something to work on for next time.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
I got the latest book (Deadlocked) in the Sookie Stackhouse series last Friday. I am liking it so far, but I think I am reading it slower than I usually would. This is the 12th book in the series, and there is only one more left after this. Then there will be no more Sookie.
This is my favorite series by far, and I am not looking forward to the end of it. But I guess all good things must come to an end.
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