Thursday, March 8, 2012

L. I. F. E.

                                          Sincere Apologies from me, the Scrapster...

                                                              It's been awhile...

                            Can't tell it all in one'll have to spill out a little at a time...

                                    Where have I  been and what have I been up to?


L is for love.  That day back in February, you know...the one with all the hearts, candies, flowers, poetry and jewels...yes....DIAMONDS truly are a girl's best friend.

That sweet virtual twitter-friend of mine...(Jakey)...sent me the biggest VALENTINE box ever...

overflowing with all of the above and more.  He even sent me my very own lighthouse that I am to light every night!   It is wonderful to be SO adored.  My peeps are really wondering about all this crazy love stuff....especially the boys at our house.  The Scrapster thinks they could learn a few things from virtual Jakey! 

Girls like need to be showered with homemade gifts, anything pink, new bathrobes, warm fuzzy fleece and naturally, jewels fit for a Queen. 

I is for incisions...a few, unfortunately...and perhaps another in my near future:(  A normal visit to Dr. Scott to check up on the ticker...some of you know I have an enlarged heart...(I guess I  love too much!)  Anyway, I take a daily pill to keep it from getting any larger and it was time to do the x-ray to make sure there was no change...and that part of the visit went well....then mom asked Dr. Scott about some other things she had been wondering about....a little black spot growing slowly in the very corner of my eye right near my tear duct...if you look very closely in an old photo, you can see it

...well, not anymore...Dr. Scott said it was Melanoma and we should Laser it away.  He told us Melanoma's not AS serious as it is for humans, but that in my case, it would continue to grow larger and eventually impede my eyesight and tear duct.  Then he looked at the bump that my peeps had discovered up behind my rib cage on my left side....a lil tumor...and we all decided it needed to come out too...I was devastated when Mom left me there that day.  Seemed like a dirty trick to me!  Then came more bad news...while sedated, Dr. Scott found that I had clogged glands back there he drained the fluid out.  Apparently dogs needed "those" glands back years and years ago, but not really anymore.   Sometimes they get clogged up, I guess.  Anyway, two weeks of wearing jammies and when left alone - the dreaded cone of shame.  Finally, the stitches came out.  I knew that meant the other four letter word would be coming soon after....B A T H...but first...Dr. Scott checked out the glands and lo and behold, they were all full again and infected.  Now I am taking two more pills - antibiotics - for that.  IF the pills don't work...Doc says the glands will have to be removed:(    It's kind of gross and a little disgusting, but you can read more about this embarrassing problem if you dare.  I don't actually have any of the normal symptoms, so this came as a bit of a surprise.   L.I.F.E.

Which brings me to, friends and faith.  We have been cycling through L.I.F.E over the last month relying mostly on FAITH to get through some difficult times with close friends and family members.  In fact, the peeps will be attending a funeral tomorrow wearing bright and bold colors in memory of a good friend who has crossed over in a surprise turn of events.  L.I.F.E throws curve balls sometimes.  This is why it's always good to have a rock to stand on...a foundation to build from...some ONE to carry you when you feel you can't walk on your own anymore.

E -  Every moment of every day is a gift.  For you and for me.  Truly a Gift.  May you go out in the world today and just KNOW that!  

                  Breathe in.  Breathe out.  Close your eyes and just be thankful for the GIFT.


  1. What a busy time you have been having. Our thoughts will be with your peeps tomorrow xx

    1. oh scrappy you poor little thing you really have been in the wars havent you. my last dog deefa always got full anal glands and i had to take him to the vets every 2 weeks to get them done, in the end i got sick of that and asked them to teach me how to do it, i got really good at it and had a list of friends dogs who i did too by the end who i still do to this day. i am a bit of a sicko tho and quite enjoy it xxx

  2. Scrappy, we are so very sorry to hear of all your troubles. We send our deepest sympathies to your family for the loss of their friend and hope all the difficult times get easier. You have had a rough go of it with all the lumps and bumps and messy glands. Hope the road ahead is a lot smoother for all. Hugs to you from all of us.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  3. Oh dear Scrappy, so sorry to hear all this. My Mommy and I will be saying lots of prayers for you and your family.
    Many lovies and hugs, Miss Mindy

  4. Hi Scrappy, Yes, life throws us all a curve ball once in a while. Your peep is taking good care of you and I hope this will soon all be behind you (no pun intended:) I love your Valentine's goodies xxoo

  5. Yup, life does throw curve balls once in a while, but geez.....they're all coming at you and your family like balls in a dunk tank. Sending lots of prayers and good vibes your way!

  6. Life indeed can throw you some curve balls. But Scrappy it seems to me you hit it out of the park with how you approach it all. Sending you our prayers.

  7. I am sorry for the unexpected loss of your friend. That's so sad ...

    I didn't know you had an enlarged heart - I have the same condition and some other heart issues, too. Unfortunately, our breed often has heart issues. I also have the anal glad thing - not fun at all!

    Your pal, Pip

  8. You poor thing! 16 paws crossed here
    Dachshund Nola

  9. Oh Scrappy, bless your sweet heart. You have been a very busy pooch lately. I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Hi Scrappy
    Since I am just getting to know you-- I have been paying much attention to you. I love that you love LIFE! You make me smile.
    I was not smiling about your dr visit though.... being pokeyed and probeed, but I think you have a very good dr.
    I am sorry for the loss of your peeps friend. That is very sad.

  11. Wow. So many thinks have recently happened. I didn't know you'd be that busy. No wonder you weren't able to blog... And that's perfectly fine with us, as long as you're better.

    I'm surprised... so that's what it's called, a melanoma! I wonder why the vets in my sister's city didn't call it such.

    Thanks for sharing such info.

    Get well soon Scrapster.

    Huggies and Cheese,


  12. You have really been through the mill lately! I hope all outcomes are good and you can get back to feeling well and peppy! Hang in there!

  13. It sounds like you have really had a tough time lately. We hope you are back to normal soon and I hope the medicine works!

    the brown dawgs

  14. poor scrappy!! i hope you heal many things all at once on your tiny body, you must be very strong!! sometimes mom wishes those stinky anal glands would've evolved out of us. sometimes we like to self express ours on moms white blankets, hee hee. paws crossed everything from here in out is smooth sailin'

    yuki and rocket

  15. Dear Scrappy, we are sad at what you have been through but glad Jackey sent you all the bling a girl could want - you needed it :). Prayers for you, your peeps and their friend. LIFE can change and you are so right, we are never, ever alone, even when it feels that way. BTW, Cyrano had those, ahem, glands expressed, too - I was surprised as he had no symptoms.
    and I have been behind the 8 ball in blogging, too; you have been so missed.

  16. Thanks for stopping by, Pawesome blog!
    Hope everything is ok for you :)


  17. Will be keeping you in my thoughts!

  18. Poor Scrappy! Life sure can send some curve balls. You and your family are in our thoughts! Our late basset Barney had the same butt problem and had to get his drained every once in awhile too!

  19. we're very sorry to hear all this less-than-wonderful news, but we have faith everyone will pull through.

  20. Scrappy, I'm so sorry you had to go through all that. When I saw your scar last week, I was pretty sure it was because of surgery (I've been there...), but I had no idea that you had been through so much. Poor sweetheart! You must be exhausted. I'll keep sending you lots of furry love.

    Dad asked me to tell you that last Sunday he met a doggie who looks like he might be your twin brother. We'll show you his photos in one of our posts :)

  21. hey Scrappy,

    We are so furry sorry to read of all your health issues. Please know our hearts and prayers are with you as you heal, and my paws are crossed that you heal 100%!!

    Jakey sounds like a pawsome dude! Us male dogs know how to treat the females right! ;->

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of your parents' friend. Our deepest sympathy to them. Life does indeed sometimes through curve balls, and you pawed some great words of wisdom about needing Faith and a Foundation to get through the hard times.

    Suka (and K)