Category Archives: Newsworthy

Clover’s Story – Like Planning Military Black Ops

More of the story!!! Post #4 of 5 about how we managed to do a border collie puppy adoption from nearly 1,600 miles away. For all the fate and destiny, we experienced some glitches as…

Clover’s Story – Hello, Fate!

Here, friends, is post #3 (of 5), telling the adoption story of border collie puppy, Clover. When we left off yesterday, I'd just hit SEND on an adoption application to Blue Ridge Border Collie Rescue…

Clover’s Story – Puppy Adoption Across 1,600 Miles

This is the second of 5 posts, telling the adoption story of border collie puppy, Clover. In this installment, FATE intervenes. As I noted briefly in the announcement of her arrival, The Story of Clover…

Clover’s Story – Told in 5 Parts

My apologies for the long delay between announcing the arrival of our new puppy September 13 and the official beginning of her story. It turns out that raising a puppy – especially a border collie…

Dog Adoption Fantasy – What it Really Meant

A few weeks ago, a 3-month-old puppy appeared in my Facebook newsfeed. Cue instant yearning -- even though I'm nowhere near ready and she was about 900 miles away. I squealed. I shared her pix.…

Guest Post: Why I Approved 1 Border Collie’s Adoption to 1 Particular Family

Sunday, October 20, 2013, marks the 9th anniversary of Lilly's adoption. Here is that story through the eyes of the adoption counselor who gave us the green light. On a sunny October day in 2004,…

Explaining Our Blogging Absence

On June 23, 2013, after a 6-day, whirlwind hospice vigil (ending to a long, long illness), my mom died from PSP, a rare, fatal brain disease. That's why the blog sits silent. After a total…

Another (Unwelcome) First – Accidental Chemo Overdose

Honestly. Every time I think Lilly's medical saga cannot get any worse, something else that's unexpected / unwelcome happens. On top of the not-good kidney news from earlier this week, on top of figuring out…

The Cost of Keeping Lilly Alive – Severe Adverse Vaccine Reaction

As I begin budgeting for 2013, let's look at just how much it has cost to keep Lilly alive following the onset of vaccine-induced meningoencephalomyelitis (inflammation of the brain, lining of the brain, and spinal…

Improvement Report: Lilly’s Recovery from Adverse Vaccine Reaction

Last weekend, Lilly got her 3rd cycle of cytarabine injections (4 sub-q injections over 2 days). She handles it like a champ. Honestly, other than the fact that everything about her reeks of medications, you'd…

5 Dog Vital Signs You Should Know BEFORE Your Dog Gets Sick

In addition to continuing to chronicle Lilly’s treatment for rabies vaccine-induced meningoencephalomyelitis (brain inflammation), I’m trying to glean some valuable lessons YOU can learn from our experience. For example, do you know your dog’s “normal”…

World Rabies Day 2012 – Insights After a Near-Deadly Adverse Rabies Vaccine Reaction

Today is World Rabies Day, which is meant to "raise awareness about the impact of human and animal rabies, how easy it is to prevent it, and how to eliminate the main global sources." Nine…

Adverse Vaccine Reaction Treatment Costs Top $15K

It's official. I hadn't added everything up since the end of June, but I did on Friday, and we topped $15,000 in expenses to treat Lilly's severe rabies vaccine reaction. To be exact ... $15,095.01.…