Today we have 2 celebrations here at our home, and both are for our little PG3. You see, today is Piper’s 12th Birthday and it is also her 4 month Ampuversary!! We are so blessed to have been given this gift of being able to celebrate both these milestones for our little girl. We had a birthday party for her, invited some of her human friends and she had a great time! She had cake, ice cream, and received lots of treat presents (not treats she normally has, but we figured what the heck right!?). It was a perfect day for our perfect pup. At the party I recalled the day we got Piper. It was my 32nd Birthday and my hubby (who was just my fiance at the time) was being very elusive as to what he had gotten for me. All day long he asked strange questions, such as: What is your favorite animal at the zoo? How long did you take riding lessons? Did you ever ride a horse on the beach? What’s your favorite color? He told me we needed to drive to get to my present, and since we had lived in Florida at the time, I thought we were going to ride horses on the beach. But the longer we drove inland, I knew that wasn’t it. We were driving in a very rural area with lots of horse-crossing signs, so I assumed we were going riding somewhere. We arrived at our destination and were told to go to the back towards the barn, aha, we are going riding! On our way I saw a pen with the cutest, little, yellow labs. I asked the owner if I could pet them, he looked at me strangely and said, yes of course. As I was petting them and getting lots of sloppy puppy kisses the owner said to me “There are 7 females, pick the one you want.” I was confused, I looked at him, then at my husband who smiled at me at said Happy Birthday!! I started crying I was so happy. I couldn’t decide which one I wanted, they were all so cute and frisky and playful. I narrowed it down to 2, the biggest and lightest colored ones. I set them down in the grass, moved about 6 ft. from them and just watched them. I patted my legs and said “come here” and my little Piper came barreling at me. She was the one!! As we drove back to our apt., Piper sat herself on my shoulders behind my neck, leaning against the window of the pickup’s cab licking my ears. We got home, had her do a pee-pee, and brought her inside. She ran around into every room in our apt., sniffing and checking things out. When she finished, she came back in the living room, stood in the middle of the room, looked at us, and then took the messiest poop ever!! 🙂 Ha ha ha – That’s our girl and she’s been putting smiles on our faces ever since! So, in honor of Piper’s day, we want all you doggy mommies and daddies to give your little ones an extra treat and let them know it’s from Piper. Here are some pics of Piper’s special party, enjoy!!
Well, the 10 days leading up to Dad’s homecoming were trying at best, and the last 2, just awful. With only hours to Dad to being home, I found Piper had escaped the dining room area I have her in and was lying on the hardwood floor pretty much wedged between the wall and refrigerator (about a 3 ft. space). I thought she was gone, but she just couldn’t get up. As I was losing it, crying and shaking, my amazing 5 yr old had the mind to run and get the sling for me. God love my little girl. I couldn’t get the sling around her so I had to slide her back to her room. She was cloudy-eyed, and I thought, she’s lost her will, she’s done, the medicines aren’t keeping her comfortable any longer. She wouldn’t eat, drink and didn’t want to go out to do her business. I made an appt. at the vets for the next morning. I figured, worst case, we could take her to the emergency vet that night, if needed, after we picked up her Dad.
On our way home from picking up my husband, I warned him of her condition and told him of the appt. He was upset but knew we had to do what we had to do. When we got home, I went in first to make sure Piper didn’t try to get up. Then he walked in the door and you would have thought there wasn’t a thing wrong with Piper! Her eyes glowed, her tail wagged uncontrollably, the kisses just flowed!! It was amazing to see the change in her, she was a completely different dog just hours before, more like herself than she had been in weeks. I couldn’t believe it!! We decided to wait until morning to see how she was doing…and to say we were surprised is an understatement. She was wide awake, tail thumping up a storm, an undeniable smile on her face when she saw us (well, more my husband than me but I’m taking some of it LOL). She ate like a mad woman, went out potty, and couldn’t stop wagging that crazy tail of hers!! I told my husband that I was upset about how hard Piper had worked with her walking and how I so wanted to them to walk their daily route.
Well about 30 minutes later my hubby said “Let’s take our girls for a walk,” I said how, and then he showed me.
It wasn’t the kind of walk I was hoping for , but it was awesome and Piper just loved it!!! She’s been doing so great all weekend. We know that we don’t have much time with our little PiperGirl, but we are going to cherish every moment we have, and make the most of them. We even managed to put up our tree and take our Christmas card photo this weekend. Thank God Daddy is home….
Merry Christmas from The Henderson’s
Well, it’s been 2 weeks since Piper’s last visit to the vet. In those 2 weeks, we’ve gotten her booties, been on anti-inflammatories the entire time, and she’s been doing really well. She’s getting used to the booties and moving herself around the house without any problems (ok, the first couple of times were pretty funny, but she’s doing much better). She’s still been limping a little, so I took her back to the vet today for another shot and more medicine. I also wanted her vet to see her, see if there was something else going on with her. While we were there today the vet decided to do some x-rays and, though she couldn’t tell me definitively, she is suspecting my little girl may have cancer now in her right front humerus. 🙁
We have to see the surgeon again for more x-rays so we can determine if that is the case. My vet couldn’t really tell by her x-rays, and would rather have the surgeon take a look and see what he thinks. I am so heartbroken. I am trying to think positively, and praying that is it just a muscle issue that hasn’t quite healed, but I’m just so scared. If it is cancer, I know what I have to do, but I will wait for her daddy to come home, since he’ll be home in 15 days. I want him to have a happy homecoming, not one filled with the dread of what we may have to do. Please pray for my PG, and I will update all of you when I have some answers. Thank you to everyone for all your love and support these last couple of months. I really couldn’t have done this without you.
If you would have told me 1 month ago that my PiperGirl would be taking 1 mile walks with me by today (sans the sling), I would have said you were crazy, but, here we are!!! Happy 1 month Ampuversary to my brave, amazing, wonderful, sloppy kissing, fuzzy little girl!! I love you so much and I couldn’t be prouder of all you have accomplished in this short time. Your Daddy is looking forward to taking you on your special walks when he gets home!! Cheese treats for everyone today!!
Hello all…today is PG3’s 2 week Ampuversary! She got her stitches out today and is sooooo happy not to have to wear the cone-of-shame any longer! I have been allowing her to have free roam of the house today (well, the downstairs), and she is doing great! She is walking around all on her own. I am still using the sling when I take her outside to do her business, but when we get into the house, the sling comes off, and she takes off!
I am so happy that she has been recovering so well. Those first few days were such a trying time for me, and obviously I was so worried about my decision and her ability to get around. Well, she has sure shown me that she can do it and she’s doing it beautifully!