I can't even remember the last time I posted here, possibly late winter?? I got diagnosed with throat cancer in early March, and have spent the last several months fighting that.
Maybe some of you remember, but last fall I put myself on a waiting list for spring puppies at a breeder near me. Well the pups were born a week after I was diagnosed, so I had to pull my name. I lost my GSD, MoJo this summer, and decided to check the breeder's site for possible fall puppies, and guess what? There was a pup from the spring litter....after talking it over with hubby we decided why not (I've still got more chemo to do, so was nervous I wouldn't be able to handle a pup)...but....we drove down and picked her up 3 weeks ago.
She is a Standard, and her name is Lola....she had her first professional hair doo done yesterday...she is SO SO Poodl-ie.....after 45 years of having GSD's I can't believe I'm totally in love with this little girl. She's smart, sensitive, fun, playful, affectionate, happy, a little willful (but only a little)...in short....she is PERFECT....LOL.
So I'm back......tho I stayed on this forum for a year trying to learn all I could about Poo's...now that I'm living with one, I realize how ignorant I really am .
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Hi Phrannie, Good to see you back. First things first, I'm sorry for your loss of Mojo. It's so hard to say goodbye to such a good friend and must be especially tough coming on top of your own illness. I wish you well as you go through your 3rd chemo and am glad you have an absolutely gorgeous new friend to give you her love and comfort. Lola is lovely. Is she blue or black? Healing thoughts from me to you. Janet
I am sorry to hear about your illness and Mojo's loss. Sometimes we don't know why we are rained on all at once. I wonder how there was one beautiful girl puppy left just for you? It's like she was waiting.
She is lovely! I hope this new sparkly life brings you every bit of joy you deserve. It sounds like she is.
Poodly is good.
She is absolutely gorgeous! I brought up my first pup while going through chemo - with the help of family and friends we both came through happy, healthy and relatively sane. All the best with your treatment, and I hope the poodle cuddles make iy more bearable.
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden,
where doing nothing was not boring- it was peace.
We have missed you. What a hard year you have had. It must have been especially stressful to lose Mojo at such a difficult time. I think a puppy is just the ticket to celebrate your new lease on life. It does seem like it was just meant to be and she was waiting for you to be ready for her. What a beautiful girl. I definately think poodle cuddles are good medicine and hopefully this last bit of chemo will fly by.
It was hard having to make a decision for Moj...with his many other health issues, he started losing control of his rear end....I couldn't believe how fast it was going....by the end, he was fearful of coming up two small steps to get on the deck....he wasn't in pain, just unable to control what his rear end was doing....the whole thing made me so sad, because from his flanks forward, he was all go go go....I was most afraid of him falling and truly hurting himself. Moj had so many health problems the last half of his life, that losing him created a cavern sized hole in my life. When we went down to pick up Lola, it was the first time I have left this little town since Moj started going downhill 4 years ago....
On days when I don't feel very well, Lola is quite content to lay by my chair, and play indoor games....we make up for it on the days when I feel good (there are more good days than bad)....Thank you FJM for sharing that you brought up a pup during chemo...that ups my confidence. Of course, Lola is so easy....GSD pup's excell at naughtiness....Lola is much more tracktable.....she hasn't yet flipped me off when I say no to something....and she's just so darn sweet.
Thanks for the warm welcome back....it has been a long and eventful year....and Lola gives me purpose....I'm sure I'd spend far more time dozing in a chair, if she wasn't here....this way I'm getting fresh air, exercise...both physically and mentally (puppy keeps me on my toes.....so much I want to teach her ).