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My idea - festival for dogs

Monday, September 29, 2014

**Warning: Rant ahead.**

They have a festival in a nearby town that I really enjoy but had a bad experience this year. The whole reason I go is to walk the dogs (now singular) around and practice their manors in a crowd. They do beautifully (did - ugh) and it's a nice outing for us.

Saturday, we put Maureen's pumpkin neckerchief on her and took her to the festival to walk around. She always gets lots of love and lots of compliments and I adore that part of the day. I want her to know there are more nice people out there than the mean ones. My friend is so much more observant than me. She noticed that this year there were hardly any dogs walking around and she said people kept giving us funny looks. I was shopping, so oblivious to the whole thing. (She told me this on the drive home. Um, thanks. LOL)

As we were doing the last bit of window (aka tent) shopping, a young cop approached me and said that no dogs were allowed in the festival this year. They had passed an ordinance after last year and I needed to take my dog home. Luckily he was a sweetie about it and said that it wasn't my fault, that the festival board had done a poor job of getting the word out but there were some signs around. We told him we never saw even one sign on our walk in. (You have to park a ways away and hoof it to the festival. Yeah, more walking!) He said that he understood, the signs were small and not well located. I told him the only reason I come is to walk Maureen around so if she's not welcome any more, then I wouldn't be coming back. He said he was sorry but until they repeal the ordinance, he has to enforce it. I was so grateful that he was nice about it. (My friend thought I'd end up in jail cuz I get kinda angry when you insult my fur kids. LOL )

After the cop left us, I asked my friend to hold Maureen and to wait a min. and I went to the fair board table to voice my opinion on the new policy. The lady there was quite rude, obviously not a dog person but I'm not sure she was a people person either. I finally just (rudely) walked away. I didn't want to hear her repeat over and over how that was my problem. That dogs caused issues and she was glad... blah blah blah. Whatever. I don't spend much money at the festival so it won't make a difference but I have no intentions of showing my face at any place in that town, and not just the festival. (Now THAT's where my angry came out.)

Oh well, one funny thing did happen at the festival. There was a lady there and her tent was full of doggy goodies. Cookies, bones, sausages, etc. Maureen shopped (sniffed) for a long time all the yummy things that were sitting on the floor under the tables. (No stealing!) She was quite interested in a giant bone that was about half the size of her whole body but I told her that since she didn't bring her allowance, we'd have to pass that up. (hehe) The lady was wonderful to us and to Maureen. Lots of petting and baby talk. Maureen was quite content to remain there for the afternoon. LOL We did buy a bag of wheat free cookies that if Maureen enjoys we might buy more from their website. She was a lovely lady and I keep trying to focus on that fun thing instead of the other yucky bits.

I think we should have a lovely festival like that but while entry into the festival is free, it does require one well - behaved dog (of any size) on a leash to come thru the gate. No dog? No entry. That way, the grouchy, non-dog people will stay home and I will be happier. Think that might work?


  
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IMIN2GENES 9/30/2014 7:51PM

    That sounds like a good plan! My pup is over the rainbow bridge too... would it be okay if I disguised my cat?
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In memoriam, Tobius McArthur

Monday, September 22, 2014


Toby
June 30, 2004 - Sept. 19, 2014

A part of me has been cut off and there were no pain pills involved in the surgery.

I took Toby to his final vet appointment on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was 10 yrs and 3 mo old. He was my little brown boy and I miss him terribly. My heart is surely broken, not to be repaired any time soon.

He had suffered enough. It was time to let him go. Funny how even in death, I have not managed to let go. I desperately want more time with him.

I miss him much.

  
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IRISHBEANERGAL 9/22/2014 12:52PM

    So sorry to be reading this. My thoughts are with you

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    So sorry for your loss.

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Cabin time

Friday, August 29, 2014

Toby is not doing well. His tumors came back with a vengeance and brought some friends. The area is bleeding continuously. We have figured out how to handle that with some specialized bandaging. The problem? Yeah, Toby thinks they taste great. He's eaten eight so far. Not sure how he's still able to move.

We're trying various things to try and stop his new habit. I'm not sure how much longer he can keep going. We are managing his pain fairly well but still worried that the bandages are going to block things moving thru.

Next week while we're at the cabin, our plan is to spoil him rotten. All his favorite foods and treats. Help him have an awesome vacation with short walks (his leg is too sore for a lot of walks) and whatever else I can come up with to make him happy. The fear being it might be his last week here with us.

I cannot imagine my boy not greeting me at the door every night but his quality of life comes before my broken heart. I love him too much to let him suffer. This could be a very fun but very difficult week for our whole family. Prayers welcomed.



Toby and Maureen at the cabin last year.

  
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IRISHBEANERGAL 8/30/2014 9:07PM

    So sorry to read this, gal! I'm sure you will spoil Toby rotten-- and that Maureen will get a bit of that special treatment too this week. Enjoy your special time together and treasure every minute.

My thoughts are with you! Be good to yourself!

~Irish

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IMIN2GENES 8/29/2014 7:30PM

    Lot's of prayers and happy thoughts! Enjoy your time together. My thoughts are with you my friend.
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Points abound

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Can you believe your eyes?



I had to look twice! Nice, eh?

  
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IRISHBEANERGAL 8/29/2014 1:22AM

    I missed this! congrats!
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Difficult day

Friday, July 11, 2014

Toby's tumor is back with a vengeance. The hair hasn't grown back, but the stupid tumor has. I am not amused.

This morning his leg was bleeding profusely and I couldn't get it to stop. I called the vet and they worked us in. The diagnosis? Nothing we can do, it's a matter of time.

That was hard enough to hear but then the vet started talking about putting Toby down. Um, not just no... How do you know when it's time? Just because his leg bled on my floor doesn't feel like the right time to me. Besides, life w/o Toby is hard to imagine.

On a lighter note: While I had my back turned, trying to get things ready to head to the vet, Toby got up on the good couch, where he knows he's not allowed to be, pulled off the wrap and bled all over my good couch! Grrrrr!

Tiny Toby:



Big Boy Toby:



Just not ready to let go.

  
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IRISHBEANERGAL 7/11/2014 9:51PM

    I'm so sorry to hear this. I agree with Imin2genes - if his quality of life is ok, then I say spend what time you have together and enjoy every minute.

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IMIN2GENES 7/11/2014 7:52PM

    So sorry to hear about this! I'm with you though... as long as he's not suffering, let Toby tell you when it's time. You never know... miracles happen every day. He's a beautiful boy!

Sending lots of prayers your and Toby's way! Lot's of hugs too!
Chris
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