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Looking back on the day with alughter...

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Leone has been sleeping in my bed replacing tuffy . she woke me darn early this morning around 5. she ahd to go out potty. so i put on a furry robe over my long flannel jammies and my slippers and we head out in the dark not wanting to wake robert. (YOu know why i want a flipping house with a yard?) she would not go but we got chased by skunks. Ugh

And so... a little alter we head out to clackamas the Diabetic bakery. Everything is sugar free and i purchased 2 scones. This would be my first ever attempt at a scone. I never ahve even seen one but hear so much about them. I bought 1 lemon and one cherry/hazelnut. Happy with my $4.00 purchase we head out to the car and it won't start. Robert tried for over an hour and a half to get the key to turn and he can't get it to go. He called a friend who came and before he got there the car started. He went home with his friend and is borrowing his big white truck. I need a stool or a ladder to get up in this truck. I'm just 4'11"

He dropped me off at this place and he went home and i could not turn on my relay service to cancel my neurology appt that was scheduled for 3 pm and my Dr. ws to discuss treatment or the next step. So i sked one of my friends to call for me and she did. I was so grateful for her help. Geez to be me...

So my appt. was cancelled and we have to call as soon as robert gets home if he does to reschedule soon as we can.

A happy ending...
This scone is darn good! It's in a cupcake paper and it's like a hardish pastry dake and the center cut out and stuffed with a delicous cherry/hazel nut filling but no sweet fructose/sweeteners tasting this tastes all natural and fresh picked cherries. I'm a happy camper.

  
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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/4/2012 7:15PM

    Wow, what a day you had! Glad you enjoyed the scone. Although I have never had one, it sounds delicious.
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BELLACUDDLES 2/4/2012 3:47PM

    Glad that scone was a happy ending for your day!! What a day to be glad is over, ri ght??!!

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PICKIE98 2/3/2012 5:38PM

    I loe scones with homemade apple butter!! I MAKE THE FREEZER KIND!
MAYBE you have found he solution to your bread treats,,you do not need anythign sweet:you already are!!

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CELEST 2/3/2012 11:45AM

    What an amazing sounding scone. I've only ever seen them with cheese or jam and cream.

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MEADSBAY 2/2/2012 10:44PM

    What a day!
I love scones as an occasional treat with my tea.
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NORASPAT 2/2/2012 8:30PM

    What a day you had, i was so glad the skunks did not spray you, that would not have been a laughing matter.
It is good you will be able to reschedule soon, that will help,
You must have read my blogs on scones. I have been making the over 60 years now. Gran taught me how at 5 years old using a coal fire oven to bake them

I make 4 batches at a time and put them in my freezer. When any body comes here they never turn down my English tea scones. I have reduce sugar added white whole wheat and King Atrher non bromated flour. DH likes them best with raisins in and he prefers to eat them with Spread, no longer butter.
I bake them now with Canola oil and liquid eggwhites.
I hope they did not upset your digestion. HUGHS Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SCOOTER4263 2/2/2012 7:33PM

    What a day! Laughter is the best medicine for it.

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L*I*T*A* 2/2/2012 7:33PM

    what an interesting time you had today...
you have such a great attitude...way to go...
blessings and hugs........lita

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CHUBRUB3 2/2/2012 6:54PM

    Tough Day!
Glad you can look back and laugh.
Hugs,
Angela

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TWEETYKC00 2/2/2012 6:54PM

    Sorry about the skunks and the car, but at least you can have a good scone!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/2/2012 6:32PM

    What a day. Hint, sometimes a key won't start is for several reasons, same with not going into gear like reverse: When you turned the key off you were either: Against the curb, rolled a bit afterwards or the steering wheel wasn't straight so you have to work the steering wheel with 1 hand and the key with the other or to have someone push on the front of the rig to loosen things up so you can start it and move. Been there several times in the past with the rolling bit and still do the other with the key if I forget to put it in neutral first, take my foot off the break, wait a second then put it in park. emoticon emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 2/2/2012 6:24PM

    Wow you have had an insterwsting day LOL Glad you can look back and laugh LOL

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The ABC's of Me

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I read this on another blog, and she got it from someone else who challenged readers to share it with others. So here I go. Let's get to know each other better. Your turn next!

A. Age- Not ashamed to say 55

B. Books- mysteries

C. Chore- washing dishes

D. Dog- 1 yellow lab Guide Dog named Leone

E. Essentials- family, friends & nature

F. Favorite color- forest green

G. Games - Scrabble/word games

H. Hometown- Lakewood, California

I. Indulgences - ice cream

J. Job- homemaker

K. Kids- daughter

L. Living arrangements- 2 bedroom rental apt.

M. Music- most types

N. Number of siblings- 4

O. Oranges or apples- I like both

P. Phobias- spiders & high places

Q. Quote- I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man with no feet.

R. Reason to Smile- friends, family, pets

S. Season-fall

T. Tattoos- Three of them

U. Unknown fact about me- I worked for the Long Beach (CA) Navy.
V. Veggie- Yams

W. Worst habit- Yells at Drivers with Cell phones at their ear

Y. Yummy food I like to eat - fresh frosting

Z. Zodiac- Sagittarius

  
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MDGARDENGIRL 2/1/2012 8:51PM

    A. Age- 57 in two weeks!
B. Books- self help, cooking, gardening, autobiographies
C. Chore- folding clothes
D. Dog- 2 Boston Terrier's... Fred & Sanford
E. Essentials- same as you.. family, friends & nature
F. Favorite color- Red White & Blue
G. Games - any that I can win!
H. Hometown- Church Hill MD
I. Indulgences - ice cream (ditto!)
J. Job- retired.... woo hoo!
K. Kids- 2 step children & lots of grandkids
L. Living arrangements- My slice of heaven on earth..rancher in the woods.. 30 acres
M. Music- All but Rap
N. Number of siblings- 4
O. Oranges or apples- Apples
P. Phobias- small spaces
Q. Quote- Live a good life for in the end, it's not the years in a life, it's the life in the years..... Abe Lincoln
R. Reason to Smile- friends, family, pets (ditto)
S. Season-fall (ditto)
T. Tattoos- Three of them REALLY ?????!!!! I never would have guessed...LOL! For me.... ZERO !
U. Unknown fact about me- I am a farmgirl?
V. Veggie- Asparagus
W. Worst habit- I finish people's sentences. I'm impatient :(
Y. Yummy food I like to eat - MacnCheese & Ice Cream
Z. Zodiac- Aquarius

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MEADSBAY 2/1/2012 6:53PM

    So fun getting to know my friends a little better.
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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/1/2012 4:12PM

    Neat!

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L*I*T*A* 2/1/2012 4:05PM

    A. Age- young at heart

B. Books- biographies

C. Chore- ironing

D. Dog- not currently

E. Essentials- family

F. Favorite color- blue

G. Games - pogo

H. Hometown-Ottawa Canada

I. Indulgences - sweet and salty

J. Job- retired form everything

K. Kids- 2 daughters

L. Living arrangements- house

M. Music- easy listentening

N. Number of sibllings

O. Oranges or apples- granny smith green apples

P. Phobias- heights

Q. Quote- I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man with no feet.

R. Reason to Smile- everyday i get up

S. Season-spring and fall

T. Tattoos- none

U. Unknown fact about me- i volunteer .
V. Veggie- most

W. Worst habit- worry to much

Y. Yummy food I like to eat - vegetarian sushi

Z. Zodiac- Cancer

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WILLOW49 2/1/2012 2:36PM

    Always fun to get to know others! I see you don't like doing dishes either ;) Thanks for posting!
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What works for me may not work for you...

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ok so lately I've been having a lot on my plate. I ahve not been eating properly. Too little or too much of the wrong foods. there's been weight gains and rapid weight losses. Nevertheless I'm aiming to get back on track.

Soon after my Lap Band surgery I came to a fork in the road. I was not losing and couldn't figure out why. I thought I was too smart for the protein shakes. Big mistake. My body needs protein like it needs water. I also notice that when I don't drink enough water or tea my weight loss is slower or none at all. the more water I drink the more weight comes off.

My favorite form of exercise is walking in the lovely Oregon parks near my home or on my treadmill here in the house. Because of my poor vision failing due to MG I ahve sued this as an excuse to not walk. Yesterday my trusty lovely guide dog Leone and i walked a mile. It's a start. & it was raining.

It takes me 40-45 minutes to eat one meal. A lotta time, huh? My surgeon said "stop at 40 minutes".

My eating was not what it should be.

I spoke publicly of not being able to eat a donut. there are lots of things I can't eat anymore that I sued to love but I do not regret one bit having the lap band surgery. I can't eat cakes, donuts of any kind, soft breads or buns, fresh crispy veggies, brocolli stems, apple skins and some kinds of chicken, bacon , etc.

I received a letter from a spark friend named Ilene. I actually thought she was a bit ahrsh in her outspoken beleifs on diet. she is a Lap Band Recipient. The letter was quite harsh in caps. Telling me "You can't ahve Donuts. they are poison to your body!" and she went on to lecture me about other things.

I was ultra sensitive. Almost pouting. Yeppers, me hurt. But then she wrote me and apologized. I was actually tempted to leave the lap band team to avoid her. Her lecture was actually a gift of love to me. I learned from her letter. Ilene has since beccome a close friend of mine. she has lsot over 80 pounds the first year after lap band and I ahve lost over 70 pounds in 10 months and I credit her help for that. she ahs taught me not only about lap band nutrition but diabetes as well.

Some foods I have given up almost completely like the white stuff. wite bread, things with white enriched flours, white potatoes, white rice, white pasta and so on, white cereals. I did not realize that these things not only some of them like rice and pasta expand upon swallowing and can clog up the band but they turn to sugar and digest poorly compared to a low carb veggie.

Without the white stuff the weight is coming off FASTER!

I ahve one 30 gram protein shake a day usually as an afternoon snack and it is filling me up.

I've learned to love Turkey breast in the crockpot. Usually cook one a week. thanks Tweety!

If i should ahve a Lean cuisine i take out the rice and pasta unless it's wild rice or brown rice.

Thanks ILENE for your help and support! I love you my friend.

  
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L*I*T*A* 1/31/2012 1:00AM

    love you both!!!


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BARBGEO 1/30/2012 9:17PM

    This is so interesting to hear and learn from. I know the 'white stuff' is a real issue for me, and I don't have a lap band. Just another 'underline' for me.

What a blessing some people can turn out to be, even when they initially frustrate us.

YAY!!!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 1/30/2012 8:26PM

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MDGARDENGIRL 1/30/2012 6:59PM

    There is no doubt in my mind that you will get focused and back on track lickity split Debbieanne! You have been on an emotional and physical roller coaster, so don't be too hard on yourself.

As for Queen Meaney Mother, I'm headed to Florida in a few weeks. I hope to meet her Royal Highness. She keeps me laughing and she keeps me darn straight too!! Love her!

Take care my Spark friend. Walk carefully with your trusted companion.

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NORASPAT 1/30/2012 6:14PM

    DEBS, sometimes it's tough love, you have to be cruel to be kind. I am so happy you took her advice to heart. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELLACUDDLES 1/30/2012 5:31PM

    Hi Debbie.......friends that tell us the truth about a lot of stuff that hurts are are only trying really to help us, and it looks like Ilene is one of those! We all know what it takes to get the weight off.......it's the doing that sometimes is hard to do, and I live in the taking it a day/an hour sometimes at a time!! Keep it movin, eat more protein, less sugar and fat, and the fat will come off!! I'm a believe in Y O U!!

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MISSILENE 1/30/2012 4:31PM

    OK OK this is Miss Ilene (Miss Meany) I love you also Debbieanne. I thank you so much in mentioning me in your informative blog. At 64 years old, I want to help everyone. I am also called Queen Mother Ha ha.

I am trying so hard to get a job at the facility where I had the surgery. Today I dropped off the resume and a letter that my Co Leader Paula wrote. If I don't get the job I will let it go. But, certainly if anyone wants to contact me. I will be there for them 100%.

Keep up the great work, I am so proud of you and your success.

Love, Miss Ilene Co-leader Lapband Surgery and Co-leader Lapband Rulers.

By the way I truly am a softy. But I knew that my words would get across and they did... Like an F bomb emoticon

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LINDA! 1/30/2012 3:04PM

    Good for you. You listened to Ilene after a bit of rebellion. I do the same thing at times. Take care!! You have lost so much weight and should be so proud of yourself. emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 1/30/2012 2:59PM

    Sometimes a kick in the butt is just what we need when we don't think ahead about things. I'm glad you are doing so well now and I am happy ypu like your turkey so much!

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CELEST 1/30/2012 2:04PM

    I haven't had lapband surgery, but avoid white things (except potato) like the plague too. I love wild rice, but cant find it here, only white mixed with a little wild...not the same thing.
Glad you have come so far 70pounds is not to be sneezed at. Congrats!!

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CHUBRUB3 1/30/2012 1:44PM

    Debbie, I love you and I love Ilene too.
She has helped many of us in many many ways.
I am so glad you have listened to her and learned your own important lessons about your body.
I also have Type 1 Diabetes and the lapband as you know; spark and friends like you have saved my life.
Love you sweetie.
Angela


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MEADSBAY 1/30/2012 1:37PM

    I'm glad you took your friend's message in the way I'm sure she meant it. She just wants the best for you.
Please don't take this the wrong way but I am a bit jealous because I (and I bet some others) sometimes wish I could have lapband surgery but I don't weight enough. Your blog has helped me to realize that it doesn't really make things easier- just hard in different ways.


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PICKIE98 1/30/2012 12:30PM

    Sometimes typed words can deliver different emotions than those intended,, kinda like that old thing about never asking a woman when she is due: she isn't.. she maybe due to bop you on the noggin, but the only person you see is her!!

You are learning at a great pace,, I did watch Dr. Oz and his wonder at how the GP surgery ends diabetes and high BP immediately,,

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OURJITTERBUG 1/30/2012 11:54AM

    I have a friend undergoing lap band surgery today, I've learned some things from this blog that I didn't know she would have to deal with. Also, that there's a support group on here...I'll pass the info. on to her. God bless you on your journey, Debbie Anne! :)

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Onward & upward...

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Although I tear up and get all emotional when i see that final picture of tuffy & I brought home some bones with rib meat on it last night jsut for him and he wasn't here I'm going to move on but will never forget him. I have never had a pet die before in my arms like this so it's especialy ahrd on me.

We couldn't find parking at Red Robin last night when I was so craving tortilla soup so we went to a buster's Texas grill. I ahd 1 bab back rib and brought the other 2 home for tuffy but will give the meat to Leone in ehr food later.

When we couldn't find parking we went to Pet Co. I bought Leone a new Collar. PetCo is her favorite store. Oh my goodness I ahve ahd nightmares she she gets free of my hold and goes wild in that store. Need I say the mischief she gets into there?
Well we met a puppy Trainer from Guide Dogs for the Blind the boring, OR campus and she had a baby Yellow lab with her in the harness jacket. she asked me about Leone. I proudly told her we are from Palm Springs Guide Dogs of the desert. Leone so wanted to get closer to sniff the baby yellow lab and I said no that's not allowed. Your not a social butterfly you silly girl. So i said "sit" and she sat nicely but her eyes were on the baby guide dog in training.

she loves her new collar but we need to transfer all the tags from the correction collar onto her new one.

I've been wiped out the last few days am resting today while Robert goes to visit his mom.

  
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MDGARDENGIRL 1/30/2012 6:47PM

    I hope every day gets easier Debbie. Lots of love and emoticon your way.

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NORASPAT 1/29/2012 8:16PM

    DEBS, TUffy sure served you well. It's always hard to lose a pet you will think of it often with sadness. Eventually happy thoughts of what you had together will help. I sometimes look at a lamp where our 19 years old siamese cat used to warm his head and burn the fur on his ears and I can visualise him there just any old time. I loved him, mischief and all. take care HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 1/29/2012 8:12PM

    I know that this is so very hard, I am sad too just knowing that you are in pain with loss. I do think that it will help you that you have Leone with you. Hugs to all of you.

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BRATS4 1/29/2012 6:00PM

    i would say it will get better,but i know better

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MISSILENE 1/29/2012 5:38PM

    Oh, I am so sorry for Tuffy. I know how you feel. Give yourself a hug from me to you.

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SA9CHI 1/29/2012 2:56PM

    Yep, people who don't have pets don't understand the loss. i would tear up thinking of my 17 year old siamese cat. It's been 3 years and can't think of getting another pet because it's so painful.

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Rest in peace, tuffy

Saturday, January 28, 2012



Friday evening... as Ashley arrived at the Vets she snapped this picture. My boy jsut before she went into Ashley's arms and then mine again to receive the injection that took her into a pleasant world of no pain and beauty. We were all in tears.

Imagine this little 14 lb. boy protecting me and Ashley in a crime ridden Low income Apartment complex for 10 years in North California. he was prescribed by my Dr. after my Divorce because of my being deaf he alerted me to sounds like door bell and noises around the home. He would bark and come to me and get me. never once was my apartment broken into with him at our side. It was after a massive indoor flooding where we left our apartment for 3 days as ordered by the maintenance guy to be cleaned up we stayed in a hotel and came home to find all my valuables missing. Web TV, Stereo system CD's, jewelry, Ashley's clothes, toys, roller blades, etc. the maintenance guy left my door unlocked. I sued.

He's all bark but will bite if provoked. Once i was at the ktichen sink washing the dishes and his food bowl at my feet and i didn't know he was eating. I slid over slightly and disturbed his feeding mouth and my toe bot gitten all the way through.

But i lvoed him nevertheless.

Rest in peace, tuff Stuff!

  
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BETRME100 1/29/2012 6:11PM

    Aww Debbie...I'm so sorry for your loss...I know how difficult your decision was...but he was such a loyal friend for all of those years and you did what was best for him in the end..that doesn't make it hurt any less, I know...hugs to you my friend.

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 1/29/2012 12:56AM

    Thanks for shareing your memories!......I know you will miss him so much!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 1/28/2012 9:38PM

    You loved each other and you were good to each other -- except for the toe-biting. As they say on Broadway, you had a good run. I'm sorry it's over.

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MDGARDENGIRL 1/28/2012 9:18PM

    So sorry Debbie emoticon I know your heart is heavy, but in time you will know that he is in a better place and you made the right decision. Our pets only have us to make decisions like this for them. I think it is a gift to give them a painfree and peaceful journey to doggie heaven.

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LINDA! 1/28/2012 8:43PM

    I can just feel your pain!! God bless you, Ashley & all that loved him. He had a wonderful life with you!! emoticon

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HDHAWK 1/28/2012 7:24PM

    What a sweetie. I'm so sorry for your loss. emoticon

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ARLENE_MOVES 1/28/2012 5:15PM

    emoticon He is in a pleasant place now, like you said. He will be missed by you and Ashley. Take care.

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CHUBRUB3 1/28/2012 4:24PM

    What a sweet loving boy.
He protected his Valuables - you and Ashley.
Hugs,
Angela

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NORASPAT 1/28/2012 4:09PM

    Sweet memories, for you. Sorry for your loss Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 1/28/2012 1:13PM

    Such a sweet and wonderful loving boy you had with Tuffy. At least you had all that time with him.

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L*I*T*A* 1/28/2012 11:32AM

    so sorry for your loss....
we are here for you...
blessings and hugs.......lita

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BITTYGIRL51 1/28/2012 11:06AM

    My condolences go out to you, sweet lady. I'm so sorry for your loss. Pets or not, they are family. emoticon

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DANAVB 1/28/2012 10:26AM

    Oh I am so sorry. You are brave and so was he. emoticon

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