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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

So... Cooper was attacked last night, but he is fine. The vet said his tail is just bruised. It could have been MUCH worse. So, what did Cooper and I do today when we weren't at the vet?

We Walked!

15.2 miles to be exact. I even took him to Lake Erie and walked him on the beach. He loved that, even getting his paws in the lake despite the chill. He had fun racing around in the sand. I stand in one spot and spin around while he races in circles around me as fast as he can go. We must look pretty funny! Now he is a tired pup, and is sleeping in my lap.

I was definitely more traumatized by the attack than he was. He was his normal, peppy self today. I could really take a page from his book. Instead of worrying and brooding over the past and things I can't change, I could be enjoying the sunshine and friendly company. Instead of fearing pain or discomfort, I could boldly sally forth and face each day anew. Whew! There is a lot this little dog can teach me.

Even more good news today... I weighed myself today and I was at 175.4 pounds. That means I am 2.4 pounds from reaching a healthy BMI. That is not very much. I have now lost 144.6 pounds. Woohoo!!! I have gone from morbidly obese to barely overweight. Maybe by New Year's I will be within spitting distance of "normal" weight for my height. I think I can pull it off!!
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    you are amazing; seems like dog is inot the only resiliant one in your home- I would love to watch the two of you play oj the shore-
    1955 days ago
    What a great lesson we all learned from Cooper. He's a hero!
    1959 days ago
    Oh my goodness. I need to read your prior blogs. I am a dog nut. My goldens are my kids. Great blog and so very true. I should think about what I could learn fro mine. I learned a lot from my Aspen girl BFF (golden).

    Thanks for sharing and glad today was what sounds like a great day!
    1959 days ago
    So very proud of you on the BMI. And the recovery after Cooper's attack! Who attacked him? Is it dead yet? And do you need help brying the body??!?! I will help!

    And what a treat for him to go to Erie and walk along the water! What a special treat!

    What else can I say about the weight?!? You're a freaking rock star, emoticon and I want you in my corner when we are all on The Biggest Loser!!

    Peace and Love,
    1959 days ago
    Great news for Cooper and you!
    Awesome! So glad to hear!
    We could learn so much from animals I think too.
    1959 days ago
    We could all learn a lesson from Cooper! He is a hero in my book!
    1959 days ago
    No doubt in my mind! (That you CAN do it, and then maintain it!
    1959 days ago
    Wow, you are doing awesome I'm so proud of you and give the dog a hug from me. hugs x

    1959 days ago
    My dog - who is also my walking compainion - has developed arthritis. He is only 7! The vet said he can still walk but no more frisbee. I feel bad for him, but we will keep walking!
    1959 days ago
    Glad Cooper is okay and had fun on the beach today.
    1959 days ago
    Good to hear Cooper is okay. We "parents" take these things much harder than our furkids do. They have already moved on 2 seconds after something happens.

    So glad for your weight loss. I am stuck in a rut and gaining.....
    1959 days ago
    So glad Cooper is ok! And good for you for taking him right back out there for a walk! You'll be making your goal soon! Congrats!
    1959 days ago
    Ahhh....a fellow dog lover! Aren't dogs the BEST!?!?! Your little Cooper is fantastic. I always walk with my dog Jetta aka Jetty Jet Jet aka Sis. I have loved dogs all of my life and honestly don't think I could live without one.

    A HUGE congrats on your weight loss & return to good health. As for your ending question ~ there is absolutely NO doubt that you WILL pull it off. You're awesome and unstoppable. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1960 days ago
    Oh, I'm so happy that Cooper's ok! What a relief that must've been. Yes, our dogs can teach us quite alot if we listen. ha! WooHoo on your weight loss! That is a big deal! Every little bit helps in a hugs way!!
    1960 days ago
    Absolutely awesome on the weight loss. You have done an amazing job. I'm so happy for you.

    I thought Cooper would be ok. Dogs tend to bounce back quickly.
    1960 days ago
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