December 29, 2011

Fourteen Months!

Today is Abby's 14 month ampuversary! And it is also officially one year that she has had lung mets. We are so happy to still have our girl with us. It's been a little rough since the H.O. diagnosis, but she is still a happy, hoppy girl.

Abby had a great Christmas here at home with her Grandma and two of her aunts.

"Hey, that dog looks like me!"
First of all, she got this very cute Christmas stocking specially handmade for her by her Aunt Kathy. She was very intrigued by it - even when it was empty. If you look closely, you'll see that the one dog on the right-hand side looks a lot like our girl! So cute!

Abby also got this very fine orange alligator in her Christmas stocking. My brother actually made toys for all the dogs in the family. He bought a gross of squeakers online (did you know you could buy squeakers in bulk?) and got some heavy-duty fabric and started whipping up dog toys on my sister-in-law's sewing machine. He is a very good doggy uncle. (He also made dog treats out of leftover grain from his beer making endeavors. She loves them.)

Her present from us was also an alligator, which (as you can see) she has already turned into a tripawd. (It was the very first thing she did.)

I did not think to squeak it in the store. Big mistake. I'd been looking at some other no-stuffing toys that had recycled water bottles inside, and I thought this was the same sort of thing. I thought it would just make that crinkling, cracking sound that empty water bottles make. Um, no. It makes these crazy noises, as captured in the following video. (Note: the *other* crazy noise is just my sister's laugh...)

"No one can see me..."
After opening her own presents, Abby thought everything was for her. Here she is perusing Grandma's presents:
"For me??"
 And she got a bone, that she tried to hide behind the Christmas tree.

The day after Christmas, we took her to the beach and walked/ran like we used to, where we run for two minutes and then walk for three. (We hadn't done that in ages because Mike's knees have been bugging him, but he was ready to give it another try.) Well, even with the cancer, the lung mets, the tripawdness, the H.O. - she still was kicking my butt running! She's such a Warrior Princess! Toward the end she started to slow down and I was able to keep up with her (which was kind of a bummer).

In other Abby news, we are sticking with the 1/2 dose of Masitinib. Her GI tract just can't handle the full dose. Dr. V. said he talked to some other oncologists who have dogs on the 1/2 dose, so hopefully it will still be in there kicking some tumor butt.

In other non-Abby news (there's non-Abby news in my life??)... On Christmas Eve, my siblings and I recreated a photo of the six of us from 1974. We haven't changed a bit. No, because "a bit" would mean minor changes... (Note that I had to crouch to try to better achieve the look of the original photo.) The funny thing is that while looking for that original B&W photo, I realized I only have two (!!) pictures of me and my siblings together. How is that possible? Now I have three. :)

In a final bit of news, my sis Terry and I have done some more felting, but I couldn't share the pictures until the recipients had their little felted friends in their hands. Now I can finally share the photo of our latest creations: my sister's Jean's one-blue-eyed Husky, Roxie, and my brother and sister-in-law's sweet Golden, angel Dannie. Now everyone in the immediate family has a felted friend. 

That's pretty much all the news that's fit to print. (There is other news re: the zoo -- we went the other night and the swamp monkeys were doin' it. But that is not fit to print.) Anyway, Abby and I already went to the beach today to begin her 14 Month Ampuversary celebrations. Not sure what else is on today's agenda. There will need to be a Flying Dutchman in her future, but that might not happen today. Soon, though, Ab! I promise!!

Happy, hoppy New Year everypawdy!! We wish you all good things in 2012!


  1. Abby... you are such a beautiful Warrior Princess, and I loved reading about all the fun you had at Christmas. Glad to hear you were kicking your Mom's butt running too! Jackie, the felted friends are SO COOL. I think you should sell custom Tripawd felted friends... I know that I would for sure first in line to buy one. Sure wish I had your artistic talent.

    Love, licks and leans from Queen Nova and DaneMom Sue

  2. Hey ScAbby!
    Monkeybutt-bunny Vampire Pirate here!

    I got lots more toys than you did! I have way more friends than you do!! Because I nice. Oh, and all of my toys were store bought!! So. There.

    And I think you need glasses! If that stocking was a snake....well - it would have ripped your head off! Hssssssssssss!

  3. Abby, you are simply amazing! Those TWP powers are magical. Or maybe it's the Flying Dutchmen? Whatever it is, we are thrilled for you! Your video just cracked us up!

    Love that post of your sibs, Jackie, that another bit of magic for sure.

    Congratulations, hoppy ampuversary and hoppy New Year! Here's to many more good times ahead! Woot! Woot!

  4. Leo is staring at the computer!! "A squeeky!!!"


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