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Drum Roll Please!

>> Friday, May 22, 2009

I did it. I pulled the wool over Maddie's eyes and I only felt a little bit guilty. Poor Maddie.
You remember my dilemma from yesterday? I needed to take Kelly and Annabelle to the vet but I didn't want poor Maddie to be stressed out and alone at home.

Up until this morning, I still wasn't sure what I was going to do. I even had Maddie's leash and collar by the back door ready to go. And then it happened. Cheerios fell from the top shelf of the pantry and hit the kitchen floor like tiny hail in a spring rainstorm.

Why hadn't I thought of it before? All Maddie needed to be happy and calm was a little food distraction. I used the hailed Cheerios to my advantage. I cleaned up most of them...not all. Call me crazy, but I left some of the Cheerios on the floor (behind the closed pantry door).

When it got close to time to load Kelly and Annabelle into the car to go , I opened the pantry and called Maddie over. She was in Cheerio heaven.

I was quicker than greased lightening. Off to the vet we went...Kelly, Annabelle, and me.

Annabelle got her booster shot. Kelly had more blood work done to check on his liver enzymes. He had his nodules measured. Kelly has lost a pound during the last four weeks, but I'm going to get it back on him. As of now, he's hanging tough. Like I've told you before, Kelly is a scrappy little guy. It's going to take a lot to knock my boy out of this world.

Okay. Before I start to cry just thinking about Kelly's future, let me share a thought that just occurred to me.

I outsmarted Maddie today. I'm not so sure that's worthy of a drum roll. What was I thinking???

Maddie's a sweet girl and she did just fine. I'm still an obsessive compulsive animal lover. Some things never change.


T May 22, 2009 at 11:38 PM  

Hooray for cheerios!! I think Maddie would have been fine either way, but the cheerios were a plus!
Glad to hear the vet visit went well with Annabelle and Kelly.
Good luck with Kelly, and lots of hugs.

Miss Janet May 23, 2009 at 11:01 AM  

Awwwww! I'm so glad that it went well with the vet trip.

See! God is interested in even the small details of our lives. He helped you AND the animals.


Alicia @ boylerpf May 23, 2009 at 11:19 PM  

Aha...a door closes and a window opens. Your window just happened to come in the form of Cheerios! Glad the vet went well for both dogs and I'm crossing my fingers for Kelly. Hope your weekend is superb, fun and full of family!

HandH May 26, 2009 at 3:00 PM  

Don't cry about Kelly's future just yet, he might have much more of a future than you think. Herbie's had lymphoma for two years, and there are plenty of other longer-term survivors out there - there's a Yahoo group called Lymphoma Heart Dogs for support if you need it. Keeping fingers crossed for him - and you!

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