Saturday, June 28, 2014


Rest in Peace my Sweet Girl 

Maddie unexpectedly crossed the rainbow bridge today at 2:45pm.  I am heartbroken.  She and I had a plan that she was going to live until 18.  She was 14.5 years old - would have been 15 in September.
What everyone would say about Maddie was, "She is so sweet."  That little black girl was amazing.  She stole my heart from the moment I saw her.  She and Rocky grew up together.  Excellent at ignoring what she didn't want and effortless at rewarding what she wanted, Maddie generally got what she wanted whether it was food from Dad at the table, or in my office to lay at my feet when I had the gate up keeping the dogs out of my office so I could work.

Every pet sitter said the same thing.  Love all your Maddie the most.
There was this time.  Kel and I were sitting in the living room watching TV.  Rocky was chewing on a bully stick and Maddie walked in.  She saw Rocky chewing on the stick and walked away.  On her return I saw that she had a toy in her mouth.  She tossed the toy in the air, bounced on it, tossed it, pushed and chased it.  She made that toy look so much fun.  She continued to play with that toy and Rocky couldn't stand it, left the bully and ran over to play with the toy also.  Happily he snatched it from her and started playing with it.  Maddie calmly walked over, picked up the bully, and chewed to her hearts delight.  The look on Rocky's face as he saw what she was doing was priceless.  He dropped the toy, lay down and watched her chew.  Awesome.
No matter how many dogs came into this house, Maddie was always my baby.  She loved this house and garden.  She'd loved eating my tomatoes off the vine...often before they were ripe.  Apples and Apricots were also favorites of hers.  She would figure out how to get through the back fence into my garden and I'd go back there and find half eaten tomatoes all over.   I would laugh.  She was just being Mads.

She put up with all my crazy ideas, and still did everything in her own way.

Maddie did a little agility.  Like everything, Maddie decided when she would do agility and when she wouldn't.  Finally retiring her when it was clear she had physical issues and couldn't play anymore, she was still my clicker tricks dog and learned many many things.

Love my Maddie so much.  We recently started doing a puppy cut because her hair was so thick and dry.  She loved her puppy cut and even got playful after we cut off her hair.  Deaf and nearly blind, she still couldn't resist the squirrel chase when the opportunity arose. 

  The hole she has left is deep and wide.

I will get over this sadness.  Already Fin has been bothering me to go outside and play.  Tazz, recovering from minor surgery has been cuddling me and asking me to scratch his back.  Olive will be back on Sunday and my days will be full of puppies. I'll get busy picking up poo and making sure the puppies are not getting in trouble (of course they will) and life will get busy.  But nights sitting watching the TV, having to get up to help Maddie into the chair...those little moments that were all Mads will be the remembrances that will ache.  Every single tree in my back yard has bite marks from Maddie chasing squirrels.  The walls have marks from her rubbing her body on them.  Her bed has an impression from last she lay in it.  She certainly was a one in a million dog and I am so lucky to have shared nearly 15 years with my little Madeline.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014


These are the things I was looking for when I was preparing for Olives birth:
  • Drop in temp
  • Babies to settle down getting ready for birth
  • Lots of nesting behavior days in advance or at least the 24 hours before birth.
  • Took temp first time on Sat.  98.6.  CLEARLY I waited too long and should have started taking temps Thurs.  Since I'd never taken her temp with the new Thermometer before...we wouldn't have known whether the thermometer was off or it was accurate.  Obviously this the most accurate thermometer ever.
  • Babies were WILD in the womb on Saturday. Moving every which way.  They did not get the memo to settle before delivery.
  • Olive started wanting to be in the kennel, but I could easily call her out.  She played clicker games from 2-5, went swimming and chased the ball at 7pm on Saturday evening.  One short bout of nesting around 3pm but mostly just hanging out chill'n. 
  • Olive wanted to go to bed in her kennel at 8:30pm.  No problem.  Let her go in and rest while I decided it was high time to move furniture in my office and make a place for her to start nesting in preparing for going to Alison's for delivery at HER house.  Oops.
Around 8:30 after everyone left.  Kel helped me move furniture and make a large area that I tossed some blankets down and her favorite crate was there.  But did I think that we'd have puppies within hours?  Absolutely not.
10pm I'm lying in bed with Olive in a crate next to me.  I hear her nesting and I thought, I hope this isn't going to go on for the next few days.  Then I hear a grunt and I jump out of bed, turn on the light, open the crate, and Olive is in a panic with a baby hanging out of her.  AHHHHHHHH!
Kel was a rock.  He helped me carry her and the donut bed to the office and then brought me everything I asked for.  I texted Laura, phoned Alison and tried my best to keep baby #1 alive and happy while Olive panicked and didn't want anything to do with this alien that came out of her. 
Laura and Jeanine arrived just as baby #2 came out breached...but no problems.  Baby 3 followed soon afterward and things started to get calmer.  Alison arrived and we had an hour wait for baby #4 and then #5 following within 15 minutes.  The icing on the cake was #5 arrived and is a mini me to Olive...full white (we'll see if she gets spots as she grows up).
All babies are happy and healthy.  To say I'm in love is an understatement.  They went to Alison's yesterday and although I know it is best, I'm missing them all so much.  I get them back after 4th of July.  Can't wait...maybe I'll actually have a pen ready for them for their next arrival to my house.

 Baby #3 boy  5.2 ounces 

Baby #6 girl 5.4 ounces

 Baby #4 girl 5.7 ounces


Baby #2 girl 5.7 ounces (largest puppy)

Baby #1 girl 4.5 ounces (littlest)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ready, Steady, ACTION!

We have babies!  June 25 is the due date.  So excited.