I Finally Got a Miniature Donkey – Come Meet Her!

delores the donkeyOkay, so if you’ve been reading my journal for awhile now, you know how much I love donkeys – almost as much as dachshunds.

So today I got one! Finally!  .

What do you mean you don’t believe me? Look at her! Isn’t she cute?

What do you mean she does not look real?

Well, okay, truth be told. I confess.

I was at our local Fleet Farm today finishing up last minute Christmas shopping. I headed down an aisle near toyland and there was a whole section of animals that caught my eye!

Giraffes, wolves, goats, chickens, dogs, cats and donkeys (oh my!). “I could finally get a donkey,”I thought. Oh, how I’d love to have one to love.

And yes, she is plastic. But I love her anyways.

I carried her oh, so gently to the checkout, beaming like a young girl, getting my first donkey.

I was in imagination heaven and loving every moment of it.

As I drove home, I found so much joy in this simple act of purchasing this sweet little toy just for me.

“What should I name her I thought?” a few names came to me, but didn’t feel right.

And then there it popped into my head and felt perfect (for whatever silly reason)— Delores!  Her name shall be Delores, and I will call her Dee for short.

As you can see, she does not mind the snow at all. She took right to it and is being a very good little donkey.

Ah yes, you see, this is the magic of Christmas Spirit!

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The Different Stages of Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD) – There is Always Hope!

g on white rug eOver a year ago I had every intention of adopting another dachshund with IVDD who needed a wheelchair. And when I found Gidget I thought perhaps she was in need of a wheelchair — but whether she needed it or not, I just knew we were meant to be together and my heart was head over heels in love with her. But when she got here, I could see that she does quite well walking on her own, even though she does have IVDD.

She is a bit wobbly at times, and if she gets too excited and runs around too fast, her little backend can’t keep up, and she will flop onto her side. But within seconds she picks herself back up and is on her merry way.

When she got here I expressed her bladder 3-4 times a day, but discovered she will go a little on her own. And then I discovered that it seems like she actually loves to sniff around outside and seems proud to go potty on her own. Even though it can get quite cold here in Wisconsin during the winter, I’m enjoying taking her outside to do her thing.

Her one back leg she does have a hard time holding in place for too long while she squats, but she does a pretty good job. Though I still do need to express her fully as for whatever reasons, all the potty won’t come out on its own. And her bowels? Well, those have a mind of their own too and when they are ready to make their appearance…. well, they just do. But with a little skill and paying attention, often times I can get her outside or over the toilet for this.

And I know perhaps this may sound odd, but all those years I had Frankie, who was completely down and in a wheelchair, it has been a new kind of joy to be a part of this different stage of IVDD with Gidget.

When I hear from others, just as I did this week, of someone who had no hope because she couldn’t afford surgery for her dachshund who recently went down, I can speak with even more conviction now that you just never know how things will turn out — even without surgery.  Gidget never had surgery and she is walking – yes, sometimes wobbly, but she is walking.

Frankie had the surgery and never walked again. You just never know. There are so many different stages of IVDD. The best thing you can do should this happen to your dog is to get them in a crate and do crate rest for 8-weeks (and see a specialist ASASP) should you not choose surgery as an option. Even then, 6-weeks strict cage rest is essential. Dodgerslist is a great resource for pet owners whose dog has been diagnosed with IVDD.

No matter what, there is always hope with a diagnoses of IVDD. Sadly, this isn’t always told to pet owners when they bring their downed dog in.

I recall when I used to dog sit for a little dachshund, Kirby who didn’t have IVDD. Sometimes my heart would ache because he and Frankie would be looking out the front door and to see their little behinds was so cute – but I’d have moments of sadness that Frankie was in a wheelchair. Even though I was so happy she was living a quality life, I’d still miss that part of how she used to be.

With Gidget, when I see her standing and looking out the front door, her little behind so petite, I often find tears pooling in my eyes – to witness this with her has been such sweetness, but then it will also have me missing my doxie’s that were in wheelchairs.

But experiencing the different stages of IVDD has me wanting to always be here to keep sharing the GOOD NEWS that dogs with IVDD can be happy and thrive. Adopting Gidget and watching her thrive in a different way than Frankie and Joie, has had different and beautiful rewards for me.

There is, and always will be, hope!

As always, feel free to leave a comment…

Dog Lovers – You Will Love this Book Giveaway – “Biscuit for Your Thoughts?”

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Update:  Congratulations!!… to Cindy Lee, winner of Biscuit for your Thoughts? and Through Frankie’s Eyes.  Cindy, I sent you an email for your mailing address.

One of the perks I love about having my journal online, talking about dogs, among many other things, is that I get the opportunity now and then to review books.

When this one popped up in my inbox, I was excited to see it. This little book of adorable, funny, and wonderful photos will no doubt put a smile on your face. You will giggle, you will say awe, and your heart will grow a little bigger after perusing the pages of this well done book.

Here is the review I wrote for Amazon where you can also purchase the book (also on B & N).  Truly makes a fun and wonderful gift for a dog lover on your Christmas list!

I laughed one moment, then felt my eyes fill with tears in the next, and overall, I felt my whole insides ooze with happiness for the love of dog.

The captions all fit so perfectly with each amazing, sweet, silly, or endearing photo so brilliantly and beautifully captured by photographer Andrew Darlow.

Truly, a touching and fun gift to give any dog lover!

AndrewDarlowTeekeeBy_WhiteyWarnerAndrew Darlow is a photographer, author and digital imaging consultant. He is the former Editorial Director of Digital Imaging Techniques Magazine, and the current editor of The Imaging Buffet (ImagingBuffet.com), an online website that covers news and reviews from the photography and video industry.

10% of all royalties from the sale of this book will go to pet-related causes.

So how can you win a copy of this adorable book?  It’s easy!  Just leave a comment below by Friday, Dec. 19th midnight cst. And a bonus I have for you? I will throw in a copy of my memoir, Through Frankie’s Eyes: One woman’s journey to her authentic self, and the dog on wheels who led the way. Open to US residents only.

When you leave a comment, please be sure I have an email in which I can contact you if you are the winner. I will choose a winner using random.org

Good luck… and now go hug your dog! They are such great friends we are so lucky to have in our lives.

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