Sunday, September 4, 2016

1 Year Down

It's so hard for us to believe that today marks 1 year since we pulled into the Florida driveway and said "we're home."


While it's been a tough year for us, we have turned this house into a HOME. Home is where the heart is, and our hearts are truly here to stay.

Lily and Muffin are doing well (except for Lily's skin condition.) They love this house too. Lot's of outdoor time in the sunshine, running around inside, chasing each other all over the place and they love laying in the big window where they can see all the critters outside.

Rolf and I have been busy. New washer & dryer, new roof, new A/C, new locks on the doors, (next week will be new garage door opener bcuz it died yesterday,) new plantings, peeling wallpaper, painting inside and now working on painting the outside too. While one is never happy with the expense, that's what happens with an older home.

I am now working part time taking care of a neighbor here. I go to work in the golf cart and dress in shorts. The perfect job right now for me. While the caregiving aspect brings back many memories, I am happy to be helping someone in need. Oh, and this lady has a D-O-G! His name is Joey and he's a beautiful black lab. He's a mushy love bug. Some day I'll introduce him to Lily and Muffin.

We're sorry we're not around much but all the above has taken up so much time. But in the end, all this time spent has once again turned G-Ma & G-Pa Bobs house into a HOME. It's a home where we are all loved.



Hugs,
Kim




Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ouchies!

 
I've got some boo-boo's! I've got 2 teeth that are causing me BIG problems. One on each side of my mouth. They will be pulled out next Wednesday. I've already made 2 trips to the Vet's in 2 days. I was very bad and refused to take my antibiotics for the infection. Mommy took me back and they gave me the big needle in the butt instead. I nipped at the Tech. She was dumb. My face is swollen and you can see I don't feel good. She put her face too close to mine. Guess she needs to be retrained!
 
Mommy is nervous about the surgery. When I had a tooth pulled 3 years ago, I had lot's of complications. It cost twice the price as normal because I had to have 5 x-rays on the one tooth. It kept breaking and breaking. Then I started to wake up while they were working on me. Then my heart rate drastically dropped then stopped. I pulled through. But it was rough going. Guess Mommy is allowed to be nervous.
 
Last week was very busy here. We had to have a new roof put on. It was LOUD and Lily and I didn't like it one bit. It took 2, 11 hour days to complete the work. Now that it's done, it really looks nice.
 
 
We get a new living room air conditioner installed next week. Not that we wanted to spend the money mind you, but this one broke and can't be repaired. It's too old. It will be nice when the living room, dining room & kitchen are cool again. With the hot, hot weather we've been having, it's pretty dang warm in this part of the house.

Lily has been having some flare-up's on her skin again. Good thing we had a follow up appointment already scheduled with the dermatologist. She is back to getting baths 3 times a week. Plus she got some new spray for her skin. Hopefully it will clear again. She was doing really, really great! Dr. said that we may have to test for Cushings Disease if it doesn't go away.

Mommy has applied for some jobs she found on the internet. But no phone calls back yet. We think the biggest problem is No Habla Espanol! She can buy a beer, get to the bathroom and say HBO words in Spanish. But that's about it.

That's it in a nut-shell here. Just gonna sit on the couch with my swollen face and pass out from the pain med's again today. Oh happy day!

Hugs,
Muffin

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Angelversary

I can't even believe it has been 525,600 minutes since you left us. That's a whole year already and yet it feels like just yesterday at times. I miss you so much Dad and my heart still hurts terribly.


Obviously, it was your time to go, but I was not ready. I thought we would have had much more time together. More time to have fun. More time to talk. More time to laugh. More time to love. More time to be your daughter in life, not in death. I was not ready to throw myself on my sword. Like so many others, I just wanted more time! Believe me, I get it. We don't get to choose. And personally, I think that sucks!

 
I thank God every single day that HE chose YOU to be my Dad. For that I am blessed.

 
I love you Pop. Oh how I wish you could hear me tell you that one more time.

Hugs,
Kim

Sunday, July 3, 2016

23 and she hasn't killed him yet!

Muffin and I wanted to wish a happy 23rd Anniversary to our pawsome parents. We love you two!


And in case you wonder, they still look at each other like that all the time.

Hugs,
Lily Belle

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A day for our Pop's

Happy Father's Day to the BEST Dad's.

 
Oh how we miss you G-Pa Bob

We love our Pop!

It's our first Father's Day without our G-Pa Bob here with us. We know you are with us in spirit, but it's not the same as having you HERE.  We love and miss you every day. We will try to smile today while thinking of you. But.... we know our tears will still flow.

Muffin and I are gonna share our bones with our Pop today. We will give him lot's of licks too. We will even let him snuggle with us and take a nap. That's what love is all about.

Happy Father's day to all our friends and Dog Dad's.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Monday, June 13, 2016

Bittersweet Day

Today, we officially say goodbye to our New York house. As of this afternoon, you are no longer ours.


It's hard to believe that 9 months ago we walked out our door knowing that we would not be back.

You served us very well Mr. House. We spent 8+ years there with you. Under that roof was a lot of love and a lot of memories.

You gave us great sun-puddles

And provided us all with a safe haven.

We pray that inside your walls, the new owners find only love and happy times.


May the beautiful deer and birds come out to greet you and to welcome you home.

 
 
Today, I shed many tears. It is a bittersweet day indeed.

Hugs,
Kim

Sunday, June 12, 2016

We don't understand.....

Today we are thinking about the senseless tragedy in Orlando, Florida.



We pray for those that lost their lives, the families, friends and for the peacekeepers involved.

Comments have been turned off today.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Testing 123, Testing 123

Mommy had massive computer problems the other day. Her laptop decided to throw up and die. She had to take it to see the Geek's and they had to crash it the rest of the way to fix it. Good thing she just backed it up a few days before. Now Daddy is trying to reload all of her programs again. If my picture shows up, then it's working!

Our garden of tomato's have been growing like crazy in this hot, hot, hot Florida sun. We've already picked a ton of Sweet 100's (the little cherry one's) and a boatload of big tomato's. Mommy spent the other day making homemade sauce out of the big one's. Daddy said the sauce was the BEST he's ever eaten. Mommy also made some pesto sauce from the fresh basil.


Mommy had to make an emergency trip to see an Opthamologist on Friday. Her stoopid insurance plan made her go an hour away vs seeing the specialist right here in town. She must have been having sympathy pains for when I had my eye surgery, bcuz she has a cyst in her left eye lid and has to have surgery on June 6th. At least it is not cancer! Then to make matters worse, on the way home they stopped at Walgreens to have her antibiotic rx filled. After waiting an hour in the store to have it filled, they told her that her stoopid insurance plan would not cover this drug to be filled at their pharmacy. She paid for it out of her pocket. To have taken it to CVS across the street means it wouldn't be filled until the next day. CVS is extremely busy and it takes hours upon hours to have an rx filled. It was a no win situation.

We are so very thankful to everyone who participated in the auction over at the Dachsies with Moxie. It was so wonderful that our many furends came out in support.

And our little wolf friend Baxter whom we've followed for years, was so very generous to host his own tiny little auction for me. In fact, that reminds me.....we have to go over to see who won all the doxie goodies. He even had Facebark furends who just wanted to contribute.

We are blessed beyond measure!


I had to go see my Vet, Dr. Thomas to show him how very well I am looking these days. Being cancer free made him smile a very BIG smile. Can you see that I smiled with him? My skin is clearing up too and he was most pleased.


The Florida heat has been hitting us hard these past few weeks. This is how we are handling it! We're only allowed outside for a few minutes at a time. Night's have been wonderful as we patrol the 'hood in our golf cart. We've not caught anybody doing bad, but the neighbors are happy to know they are safe with us on duty.


Got our fingers crossed that this will post with no problems. We are trying to coordinate the laptop and the smart phone pictures together for ease of use.

Love you all!

Hugs,
Lily Belle
#cancersurvivor


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Auction

We just went over to virtually visit WHN at the Dachsies with Moxie to see how the auction is going.


Wow! There is so much great stuff on there. We even heard there are some bidding wars going on - pawsome!!

Remember, the auction ends next Saturday. So get your bids in soon. New items have just been added.

Thank you everyone who has donated items.

     Thank you everyone who is bidding.

          Thank you to those who have generously donated directly.

We truly are blessed.

So far, having had this cancer has cost right under $2000.00. So we truly appreciate everyone for helping!

I get to see the surgeon on Monday and sure hope he takes out the last of the dissolving stitches that did not dissolve. Mommy said I look beautiful!


Hugs,
Lily Belle
#cancersurvivor
#cancersucks



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Extremely Blessed


I am now cancer FREE! The surgeon said I kicked the cancer to the curb. It did NOT spread. Thank you God. Thank you friends. Prayers do work. #cancersurvivor

BEST NEWS EVER!
 
Hugs,
Lily Belle
 

Monday, May 9, 2016

Auction

Please remember to check out the auction starting today over at The Dachsies with Moxie.



Hugs,
Lily Belle, Muffin, Kim & Rolf

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

 
I miss you Mom
 
 



And..... to our Mommy......


Muffin and I want to say we think you have the BIGGEST heart and for that we will love you always! Happy Mother's Day Mommy.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Friday, May 6, 2016

Doing Pawsome!

Mommy said I've been a real good girl since my surgery. I've only tried to rub my eye twice and Mommy caught me each time. Since Mommy & Daddy are staying with me 24/7 I can escape wearing the cone during the day. I've only been wearing it when I sleep so the blankets don't get caught on my stitches.



I don't mind getting my eye drops because I know that they are helping my eye heal. I'm just embarrassed about my shaved eyebrow. Guess I'll get over it! Right now, that is the least of my worries. We hope to have the biopsy results by next week. We are on pins and needles waiting.

I'm back to getting baths for my funky skin condition. Mommy said all the medicine, baths and medicated wipes are slowly helping. I don't break out in scabs anymore but my skin is still fluffing off.

 
We've been enjoying the beautiful weather here in Florida. Since we believe I have an environmental allergy to something outside, I don't get to stay out there as long as I would like to. We do however, make the best of things. Loving from Mommy is the best!
 
 
This is the view from our snuggle chair
 
We are excited that the auction is coming up in a few days. Be sure to check it out starting May 9th over at the Dachsies with Moxie. All the items on the block are pawsome! Spread the word by grabbing the below badge and tell all your furends. We'd really appreciate it. Cancer sucks. Cancer is expensive.
 
Thank you everyone for helping me fight cancer!!


"God gives his hardest battles to his strongest soldiers"

Hugs,
Lily Belle

P.S. May all you Mom's (and Dad's who are Mom's) have a beautiful Mother's Day. You all deserve it for taking such great care of your fur-babies.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Home sweet home

Everyone at the eye specialist said they know why we call her Lovable Lily! She was such a good girl today for them.

Surgery went extremely well & the surgeon was pleased. He took a wide margin of the eyelid out & is sending that to the lab to see if all the cancer is out. Of course our fingers are crossed for good news. #cancersucks

We have eye drops 3 times a day for 2 weeks. We also have the "Cone of fame" for 2 weeks. Lily is already protesting the cone. It's extra long so there is NO chance to rub her eye on anything. Pain meds tonight & tomorrow if needed.

Muffin is such a woosie. She's afraid of Lily's cone & has hid under the bed. Hiding there is her safe place.

Lily is laying right now next to her Daddy taking a little nap. It's been a stressful day all around.

Your love & prayers have really helped us through this horrible ordeal. We still have a ways to go but as I've said before, we are strong! We feel each & everyone of you right by our side fighting this battle with us. We ARE blessed!




Hugs,
Kim & Rolf


#prayersforlily


Please keep our Lily Belle in your good thoughts and prayers today as she undergoes cancer surgery this morning. We will update when we can. Thank you!

Hugs,
Kim, Rolf & Muffin

Thursday, April 28, 2016

#cancersucks Update

We went to visit the very nice eye specialist outside of Orlando and we really liked him. OK, my humans liked him a lot, me not so much! He stuck paper thingies in my eyeballs that turned color. We know some of you can relate to those paper thingies. Then he put funny drops in my eyes, turned out the lights and looked deep into my beautiful eyes. I heard some Al Green music playing in the background and I got a little excited for a moment. Then I came to my senses and realized where I was and that blew the mood immediately.

Then the nice nurse stole me and took me to the back room where they took some of my blood. The blood work came back good but my liver enzyme was a little elevated. He wasn't worried about that.

He said that the carcinoma cancer needs to be removed. He explained that he makes a "house shaped" cut vs a pie shaped wedge. He can get better margins and it's much easier to close up the incision without the eyelid buckling. I've got eye drops to use now. Got out of there paying a mortgage payment! Wow, none of these specialists are cheap. My surgery will run approximately $1,200.

Then he wanted an xray of my lungs. So we had to wait a day to have them done at our vet's. He didn't like the looks on one of the pictures, so it was sent out to a radiologist. Cha~ching! We just keep racking up these humungous invoices.

 
 
Mommy was a nervous wreck for 2 days waiting for the results. Thank you Jesus! The report came back as "age appropriate lungs." We are all breathing a sign of relief with this news.


My surgery is scheduled for Monday morning. We have to be there at 9:30am. That means we leave the house no later than 7am. It's a long drive. Muffin is the only one happy to be in the crate. She will come with us because we have no one here in FL to let her out or feed her. Our friend who could help out will be on vacation.

Please..... please continue with the good thoughts and prayers. We can feel the love!


And..... we just gotta thank Aunt Agnes for her support for my medical bills and a BIG thank you to everyone who has donated items for us. Our hearts swell with pride having such pawsome furends. It will be a fun auction. Be sure to tell your friends too!

We love you all!

Hugs,
Lily Belle

#cancersucks

#prayersforlily

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Monday, April 25, 2016

#cancersucks



Dearest Aunt Agnes & the DWM,

It's so nice to be so loved! Thank you for helping us.

Hugs,
Lily Belle
xoxo

P.S. We were able to move up our appointment with the eye specialist. We will see him late this afternoon. Mommy & Daddy are a wreck today. We pray for some good news.

Please visit the dachsies with moxie for auction details. We appreciate all the love and support!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Never.....

Absolutely, NEVER in my wildest dreams did I EVER think these words would come out of my mouth.....

My dog has CANCER

I could barely say it yesterday and I can hardly say it now! Saying those 4 words just takes the wind out of my sails. I sat and cried all night long. Rolf and I are devastated.

We received the news yesterday on the biopsy done on Lily's eye lump.

 
Carcinoma. The big C is the big C. Cancer. Carcinoma.

The dermatologist we met with yesterday agreed with our regular vet to break the news to us since the results just came in. She was very gentle giving us the news.

I still can't believe I am typing these words. It all seems like a dream. A bad dream at that!

Let me tell you the rest of the story of our trip to the dermatologist. It all ties together.

It took over 2 hours to get to the dermatologist. Traffic was horrible and the only one happy was little Muffin. She loves the crate bcuz she knows she will get a good nap in.

We met with the wonderful doctor who just also happened to be the owner of the practice. Everyone there was fantastic and treated Lily with kindness and compassion. They even gave both Lily and Muffin squeaky toys to keep them occupied in the exam room.

After a very through exam and talking to us a lot about our environment, food, etc. they took Lily to the back to run a lot of tests.

She has bacteria and yeast on the bed of her nails (which explains the nibbling of the feet and toes.) She has bacteria on her belly and also on her back. The question is, what type of bacteria is it. They took a fairly large, deep skin scrape off of her back and are sending it out to the lab for testing. Since all medicines have not worked so far, we need to identify the exact type of bacteria. We will hopefully have the results within a week.

In the meantime, Lily will take 1/4 Ketoconazole pill once a day for 30 days then 3 times weekly. This is an antifungal medicine.

Bathing with Malaseb shampoo 3 times a week for 2 weeks then cut back if the skin is clearing.

Douxo pads/wipes between the toes and vaginal area daily for 14 days, then 3 times weekly.

Quadritop daily for 14 days in the vaginal area then 3 times weekly.

She also received an anti-IL31 injection for the itching. It is supposed to work on the immune system.

Lily will also be put on an antibiotic once the bacteria is identified. The dermatologist at this point is thinking it is environmental (plants, grass, pollen, etc.) Won't know for sure until all results are in.

Lily was such a good girl for the doctor. We go back in May for a follow-up. Our bill was $604.11. (I better buy a bigger supply of pencils to sell!)

Anyways..... The dermatologist is connected to the eye specialist and share the same reception area. We made an appointment with the eye doctor while we were there. We will see him the same day we have our follow-up with dermatology.

We know that Lily will require surgery to remove the cancer. But at this point, that is all we know about it. We don't know if the cancer is contained or if it has spread.



In the meantime, I'm going to love my girl harder if that's even possible. She is my girl, my baby, my love. You know how that is..... she is my EVERYTHING!



Just have to throw myself on my sword one more time.....

Hugs,
Kim

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dermatologist

Hi furends, Lily Belle here.

Well I can tell you one thing.... I'm not going to be very happy today! I saw our dog crate come out of retirement (aka the garage) and was put back together. That can only mean 1 thing..... ROAD TRIP! As you know, I HATE being crated. Absolutely, HATE it!! Muffin will be in all her glory just sleeping away in the crate.

Unfortunately, I am taking a trip to the doggie dermatologist today. This specialist is about 2 hours away. Our Vet has tried everything to cure my itchy skin to no avail. She has spent over $1,000 so far at our Vet. Mommy said something about selling pencils on the street corner to pay for this dermatology visit.

 
This is my back. (Hard to get a good picture) Overnight and out of nowhere I break out in scabs. Then whatever it is, is like eating my skin off. This is happening all over by body. Where I have fur, this happens. I have lot's of bald patches because of this. It is itchy, crusty and just nasty. Mommy said I'm allergic to Florida bcuz this never happened when I was in NY. 


It is affecting 75% of my body so far. Every day it gets worse.



The Vet will also look at that lump on my eyelid. I scratched it off the other day and Mommy took it to our Vet for testing. This is the 2nd time I've rubbed it off. Yup, left blood all over the place. We hope to have the results this week. It already is growing back again. Mommy said you can see "the red root" attached to the lump and it goes under my eye lid.

Taken Sunday

Taken Monday. It's now filling with blood.


G-Pa Bob always said that old age ain't for woosies! Guess he was right.....

Wish me luck!

Hugs,
Lily Belle