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My new puppy, Toby..and Prancer's new playmate

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Well, after much thought, we decided that Prancer needed a new playmate after the loss of her brother, Cody. She was lonely and had no one to play with while we were at work and school.

We took a trip to the shelter and found Toby. A sweet 8 month old lab mix. The first few days were quite an adjustment. Toby and his brother and sister were brought into the shelter two days before we adopted him. They had been kept entirely outdoors their whole lives.

He loves being inside, but he still prefers to spend the majority of his time outside. With well over 3 feet of snow on the ground he has been having a ball. He runs and jumps and digs under the mounds of snow and then lays with his entire body covered. He gets up and runs to the next spot and starts over...clearly having fun. Prancer just watches as she had no desire to burrow in the snow!

He has learned to sit, shake and fetch. He's having a little more trouble with going potty outside as opposed to wherever he is, but he's learning fast. It's much easier with Prancer to lead the way. I have papers inside for him to use in case and so far he has used the papers and no where else. Even that's getting much less frequent as I move the papers closer to the door.

Below are a few pics of him and his new big sister.

He's a real cutie and already becoming an important part of our family!

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SPARKPIXIE 2/21/2010 4:22PM

    Awww, they're both so cute! And just think, you have given an unwanted dog a good, loving home. What a great way to honor the memory of Cody!

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DEBSZOO74 2/18/2010 9:42PM

    It's wonderful that you rescued him from the shelter! They look so cute together!
We have a Toby, too, but he's a white pekingese. emoticon

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UVAGRL928 2/17/2010 7:04PM

    Adorable! I keep begging for a puppy... but I have been told no. Plus, it wouldn't really be fair to a dog since we live in such a small apartment. But it would still be nice to have someone to cuddle with!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/17/2010 7:20AM

    I love seeing the older one just watching this crazy dog next to her. too funny.

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SUKIE40 2/15/2010 3:58PM

    So cute! Thanks for sharing.

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3CHIHUAHUA 2/15/2010 10:39AM

    they need mittens on

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WIFEALF 2/15/2010 1:11AM

    AWWW i am happy you got another dog they are precious together!

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CATHY_G 2/14/2010 11:24PM

    I just love dogs. They can bring such joy. I hope you all have a great time together.

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CHANGE4FREEDOM 2/14/2010 8:09PM

  Aww, they are both so cute! I love it that you got him from the shelter. We always do too. Enjoy your new baby!
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TERMITEMOM 2/14/2010 6:47PM

    GREAT pictures! How are they doing in the snow?

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LLTS01 2/14/2010 6:30PM

    How sweet. emoticon

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MINDYJ1 2/14/2010 6:02PM

    I'm so happy for you! I just got me a puppy 2 weeks ago! emoticon

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FITB4-40 2/14/2010 4:10PM

    Wonderful! Good for you for giving this puppy a new home. emoticon

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YAFENELRA 2/14/2010 4:03PM

    They do have a way of burrowing into one's heart!!

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The collapse of The Prince William Ice Arena

Monday, February 08, 2010

A major community icon, the PW Ice Arena (formerly SkateQuest) is no longer. On Saturday afternoon, after well over 2 feet of snow, the ice rink collapsed. Fortunately the owners heard noises and saw beams in the ceiling twisting and evacuated the building. It was almost an hour later before it came down, so there were no injuries. HAZMAT had to be called in and they were there for hours due to the risk of an ammonia leak. Ammonia is used in very large quantities to keep the ice fresh.

A view inside on the public skate side of the rink:

All 4 of my children grew up ice skating here every week. My oldest son was Hockey Director and was employed by SQ for over six years.

This was the office where he worked:

and this was part of the back offices:

This is the what was the lobby and front desk:

This is what were the bleachers for people to watch the hockey games on the NHL rink:

It was not only a place for kids to come and have fun skating, but it also had a NHL hockey ice arena where many hockey games were played. On Saturday, there were people from all over the country there for a speed skating competition, including the "cream of the crop" skaters that were looking to qualify for the next Olympics.

and this is another view from inside:

This used to be the front entrance. Note the wreath still hanging that says: "We Love Snow". How ironic for a place that loves ice and snow to have snow be it's downfall....

My thoughts are with the owners and employees who are now without jobs. They say they will rebuild. Hopefully a place for many of the community to come to, will be once again....

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TIFFYFANNY 2/24/2010 8:41AM

    I know you wrote this blog a while ago, but I just saw it today for the first time. Both my kids were taking lessons there, and my son was going to have his birthday party there on March 13th. Everytime I think about it, my stomach sinks. I hope they rebuild as quickly as possible. It is/was such a great place.

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TERMITEMOM 2/14/2010 11:47AM

    WOW... the pictures really say it all. I am so glad no one was injured. What a terrible winter we are having.

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LLTS01 2/9/2010 9:28PM

    The pictures just send chills down my spine. With all the reports of roofs collapsing, we are all looking upward every time we hear a creak. I am so glad no one was hurt. Stay safe with this next snowfall.


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WIFEALF 2/9/2010 8:50PM

    sorry for the terrible situation that happened.i hope they will rebuild!!!

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LEAH57 2/9/2010 3:12PM

    Wow... I didn't see elsewhere any of the pictures you posted. Quite a business tragedy, altho I'm glad there were no injuries.

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THE_JULES1 2/9/2010 9:35AM

    I am so glad there were no injuries. I hope there will be enough insurance to rebuild.

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SPARKPIXIE 2/9/2010 8:13AM

    So sad! Thank God no one was injured. I hope they really do rebuild.

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    OMG! I lived there in when I was in middle/high school and I used to go skating there. My brother learned how to play hockey there. I can't believe that happened!

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    That is sad. It is so weird to think that fluffy white stuff which makes everything look pretty can do so much damage. Stay safe, more is coming.

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LIMASTAR 2/8/2010 11:36PM

  Glad that there was enough warning to get everyone out safely. Sounds like a real loss to the community. Hope the owners decide to rebuild.

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MARTHAR3 2/8/2010 11:18PM

    OMG at least they seen it was coming and was able to clear it out. How awful all those jobs lost.

I am scared of just a little snow.. We don't get much in our part of Texas they are talking inches latter this week and people are freaking out can only image feet of snow. We have been here abt 18 years and only had a foot of snow one year!!

How sad of a loss.

Hugs Martha n tx

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Snow!! Too much!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Well, I love snow. Before this year, we haven't even had our normal amounts for a number of years. My youngest daughter who is 14, hadn't seen what her older brothers and sisters had because in the last 10 or so years we barely got more than 5-10 inches in a whole season.

This season, in December, we had a blizzard. It was the most snow ever recorded in December for our area.

This year, we've had a couple of smaller storms, 10 inches just last weekend. But just about 3 feet yesterday into today! This pic was much earlier today, when it wasn't nearly over yet!

Somewhere in here is my car. I don't know how long it will take to dig out!

and here...

Here's my daughter sitting on a snow bank

and here's the front of my house

and here's the beginning of a LONG time of digging out....

I shoveled yesterday evening every couple of hours until I went to bed, trying to avoid having to shovel 2-3 feet of snow today. Unfortunately a large amount of our accumulation happened while I slept. The above picture was this morning while it was still snowing, and we got a lot more all day long, so this afternoon and evening I basically started over!

I figure if I do an hour or so several times a day, I might be out by Tuesday, LOL.

Hope everyone else in the area is warm and safe. So many people are without power, but fortunately ours has stayed on.

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FITB4-40 2/8/2010 9:11AM

    You must be in the Washington DC and surrounding area. I live in Frederick, Maryland and I'm really sick of shoveling. They cleared our cul-de-sac yesterday with a backhoe! The plow kept getting stuck. I'm just glad that I will be able to get out and about today. DH works for the federal government which is closed today and no school for my son so we are all going a little stir crazy, lol.

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SPARKPIXIE 2/7/2010 7:22AM

    I will be digging out today too. Your pictures are pretty but I still hate snow!

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LLTS01 2/6/2010 10:14PM

    Wow- did you get any of the cars out yet. They did say that several buildings have collapsed and even Wilson Bridge was closed. I am so glad that no one was hurt at the skating rink.
Stay warm and safe.

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    I just found out that SkateQuest, an ice skating rink right down the street from me and where my son has worked as Hockey Director for the last 6 years has collapsed today. It didn't even have a flat roof. The roof caved in and then the sides collapsed from the weight of the snow. There were skaters there warming up for a hockey game. Fortunately everyone got out before the building collapsed, but now HAZMAT teams are there and have closed the main street where the rink is located because they are worried about an ammonia leak. They use very large amounts of ammonia to keep the ice fresh. It seems that a hangar at Dulles Airport also had the roof collapse and several churches in the area.

They have closed areas of the beltway and Interstate 95 due to the road conditions. Even plows are getting stuck and they said multiple 18 wheelers are having to be pulled up some inclines one by one with a chain. Way too much snow!

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PUGRAD1995 2/6/2010 9:25PM

    In Indy we had 6 inches or so and it did drift last night. But I have half the driveway shoveled and hopefully the rest will get done tomarrow after work. I fortunately have front wheel drive to get me through it! Keep warm!

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AMALIAYOSA 2/6/2010 9:17PM

    I am in NC, in the mountains. We got about a foot, with more on the way.

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    I live in the suburbs of Washington, DC. We don't usually get more than 12-15 inches of snow a whole winter season! So we don't have the plows and equipment to clear the roads like the areas that get a lot of snow. Va Dept of Transportation said they won't likely even get to any neighborhoods until Monday or Tuesday night at the earliest.

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WINE4GIRL 2/6/2010 8:57PM

    Wow... and I was whining about getting 6 inches of snow! You are getting in your workout!

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MXXOXXM 2/6/2010 8:50PM

    WHERE to you live? I'm from SD and we have that much too. Tonight we have mist mixed with snow. Will be nasty driving tomorrow.

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FIT2BME2010 2/6/2010 8:50PM

    I have to agree.. That is too much snow!!! Looks like your having fun though

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Thank you!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I wanted to thank each and every one of you who sent well wishes, goodies and support my way during the illness and death of my dog, Cody. He will be missed, but I am comforted by the fact that he lived a wonderful life with us. We have tons of good memories, starting with the day he was born (he was born in our house). His sister is already missing him too. This is a pic of him. May you RIP Cody, knowing how much you will be missed. I really loved you big guy :-)

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WIFEALF 1/29/2010 4:18PM

    sorry for your lost sweetie..just hold on to the memories...

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60SIXTY 1/25/2010 5:14PM

    Hold on to the happy memories.

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WIFEALF 1/25/2010 4:35PM

    he is suck a beautiful dog!

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WIFEALF 1/25/2010 4:34PM

    aww how sad,its sad when they pass.Was he old.I am sorry for your lost!!!!You are in my prayers.Big hug for you feel better...

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TERMITEMOM 1/25/2010 3:42PM

    I am so, so sorry for Cody! I just found out and I feel so bad I wasn't able to bring you the support you needed. Please forgive me. It is so hard to take a pet to Rainbow Bridge... emoticon emoticon

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LLTS01 1/25/2010 10:52AM

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DONNAEDA 1/25/2010 10:08AM

    I love labs. My daughter has 2 labs one is a chocolate pure bred the other is a dachound/lab mix. Body of a dachound but face of a lab. Oh yeh............she is blond and beautiful. When tara the first chocolate lab passed, it was a loss for Gracie too, but Bella has picked up the slack. I know how loveable yours pets can become. My condolences to you and your family. Many memories will fill the void.

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/25/2010 8:54AM

    Thanks Pixie! He was a sweet guy. I'm glad you all were able to rescue your neighbors dog and that he had 3 great years with you and your family!

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SPARKPIXIE 1/25/2010 8:47AM

    He looks like a real sweetheart! I hope it comforts you to know that he had a good life with you!
My husband rescued a cocker spaniel once from an abusive neighbor. This poor little dog was so abused that when we got him, he would just sit still like a statue. He wouldn't move at all. You'd pet him and he'd just stand there. I hugged him and his body was just rigid. Very heartbreaking. It took a long time for Jack to get over the abuse, but he finally did. Unfortunately, he died 3 years later. It was very sad but we were happy that he had some good years with us to make up for his first couple of years that were so bad.
Cody was a lucky dog because he had you for a mom from the very start!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Tonight was the night we went to visit Cody at the vet to see how he was doing and what tomorrow will bring. We took his sister, Prancer to visit and all of my kids were there.

When we went in, Cody was incredibly happy to see us. He scooted all over the entire animal hospital, every where we walked he followed by scooting. The vet says while he does have some feeling back, now he's in pain now (he was numb and feeling no pain) and he's been giving him narcotics all day. His hind legs are still unable to hold him up at all....although he did try to stand when he saw us. He said we could take him home tomorrow with steroids and pain killers, but he would need to be where he is on level ground only and isn't allowed to do steps (every entrance we have to our house has a lot of steps). He has no control of his bowels or bladder and just goes wherever he is at the moment. He's not sure if that would improve with time or if he would ever be able to walk. He said on the slight chance that he did improve with weeks of drugs and not being able to move anywhere, it would be highly likely (almost 100%) that the problem would recur a day, week, month or a year or more. Soooo....I'm left with the decision. Everyone agrees that we should put him down tomorrow. In reality, I know this is best for Cody and for us, but a part of me keeps thinking maybe we could build him some sort of shelter on the deck and make him comfortable out there and let him go to the bathroom whenever he needed and just clean it and him up. I could put a gate up at the steps so he couldn't try to go down and hurt himself. What if he did get better? Then I stop and think how unfair that is to Cody. What kind of life would he have just laying around outside, unable to go down to the yard, unable to play, on pain killers and laying in his poop and pee until someone got home to clean him up? That's no way to live..... SO, I have to agree that putting him down is best for him. I can't allow my feelings to play into the decision because I don't want him gone. I need to remember all the good times with him and just let him go. I know it's always a hard decision as I've had to make it before, but the other times were different because the dogs were old had a lot wrong with them. Cody is only 5, still looks good, eats well, drinks well so that makes it much, much harder for me. I went to Petco a while ago and bought him a pig ear. Now I feel awful giving him a treat he loves right before he leaves us. I feel like I'm betraying him and not doing what's best, although I know in my heart it is the best thing.

Tomorrow is going to be awful.....thanks again for all of your well wishes, thoughts and prayers. Once it's over tomorrow, I'll be better as long as I keep telling myself this was best for him.

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DIGISCRAPPY 1/24/2010 9:37PM

    Thoughts will be with you tomorrow.

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SPARKPIXIE 1/23/2010 8:02AM

    I am so sorry that things didn't work out for Cody. I think at this point, you have made the most loving decision for him. I pray that God will mend your heart.
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HICALGAL 1/23/2010 1:25AM

    my heart goes out to you and your family. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LMSTRAW 1/23/2010 1:09AM

    My heart aches for you, having to make this tough, yet brave decision. My love and prayers to you all.
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XHASTEDMOMOF2 1/22/2010 11:43PM

    OMG!!! I've been thinking about you on and off today!! Worried that you have to go thru that horrible painful decision. May God be with you and your family as you say goodbye to your beloved Cody. And whether you choose to stay with him the whole time or not, may you all find peace in your hearts as you make that dreadful choice. (In case you're wondering, we stayed with our cat until his body started getting cold. We just couldn't bear to part, even then!!) I'll check back on you tomorrow; but know that your family will stay in my thoughts and prayers.


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CHANGE4FREEDOM 1/22/2010 11:41PM

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My thoughts and prayers are with you Carla. I know how heartbreaking this is. It sounds like Cody is blessed to have such a wonderful family.
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AVEARE 1/22/2010 11:33PM

    “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you, I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world…”
~ A. de Saint-Exupery

Our pets each have a special place in our lives. Their passing is the loss of a true friend and my thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

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MONSTERLAURA 1/22/2010 11:16PM

    How horrible! My thoughts will be with your family.

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