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My little Fat Gracie

Saturday, March 03, 2012

We found Gracie on the side of the road down from our house. She had a little brother who was almost dead. She was so thin that you could count her ribs and she had so little hair she looked bald. She smelled awful as well. She weighed less than 4 pounds. We brought them both home and the little male dog didn't last long but she began to thrive with care. We bathed her immediately which she seemed like she had never experienced that. We named her Gracie as it was only by the grace of God that we stopped to pick her up. We had passed her by 4 times that day. It was a wonder she hadn't gotten run over. We fed her and loved her and could tell she had not had either one. In fact we began to think she had been abused. After we had her a couple of weeks and thought maybe she might cintinue to live, we took her into the vets...He weighed her at a little above 4lbs. He checked her out and gave her a shot and we took her back home. We scheduled to have her neutered several months later. About a year after we had her, we took a trip to Branson and left Gracie in the back laundry room with her doggie door. For the entire 3 days we were gone, she never touched her food and don't think she slept. We did not realize she had bonded with us so much. Well now it has been 4 years. She is attached to us more than ever though still has her moments that she gets scared. But as you can see by the picture, she is thriving. She has turned into a fat little thing. In fact she was so fat at her last vet visit that we had to put her on a diet. She has only lost about 2lbs I can truthfully say that Miss Gracie and I are on the same path together losing the weight we both so need to lose to get health.

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NIMAWEYGH 3/4/2012 10:32AM

    I remember you found Gracie at the same time we got our Gracie bun bun. We named Gracie, Amazing Grace and called her Gracie for short.

I am so glad you little fur baby daughter is so healthy and well. And hey we all need to lose bit of weight now and then....ha

I know she is just a delight to you and she found her *forever home and family* when God lead you to stop and take her into your life.

She really is a cutie pie.

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MAZACK 3/3/2012 8:32PM

    Reminds me of a dog my family rescued about 35 years ago. I had never seen so many fleas on one dog in my life. His fur had so much hair gone. We had to take him to vet for treatment right away. My oldest daughter is who Scamper latched on to and he wouldn't let any stranger to him check on her at night. A visiting grandmother tried. He avoided most men.

Sounds like your Gracie is one special dog.

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LOSINIT36 3/3/2012 7:52PM

    Great story - especially the happy ending. Gracie is a lucky pup :)

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Birthday surprise

Friday, March 02, 2012

Nope today is NOT my birthday but it is coming up soon. We had not planned anything in particular to do and since I had missed my son's birthday this past week due to the fact that he was off shore working..so he arrived home yesterday for his 3 weeks break but it really isn't a break. He has a class he has to take in Florida starting this Sunday. It is for 2 weeks but he has the weekend in the middle off. So his wife is flying down and they are going to Key West for the weekend..but when he returns on the 16th, we have plans to meet them and go out to eat somewhere for his and my birthday though they are both belated. But we had not planned to go anywhere for a few weeks, but got a letter from the gastrologist and I have appointment....guess when...my birthday...what a gift..ha!!! Have to be over in Hot Springs at 8:45 which is fine as at least being that early I have the rest of the day to myself. But seeing as it is a 50 mile drive we have to leave home at 7:45..so no sleeping late that morning. But really I'm glad I have the appointment as maybe now we can get down to the bottom of the bowel problems I've been having.

O and good news I have lost a pound. Sonny had been bragging all week how he had lost so much lately...well he weighed this morning and he was up by the same amount he had lost..I know I shouldn't be happy but really it makes me so frustrated to see him lose so easily and I struggle so..and just goes to show that the scales will go up and down from day to day.

Already got a 10 minute walk in this morning...going to get more later. Have a good one.

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MCJULIEO 3/3/2012 5:10PM

    They DO seem to have an easier time, don't they!

Oh well, I'm in it for the long haul....

Hang in there, victory of any kind is sweet.

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Slow day

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Today has been so gorgeous again. Sunny and warm. I've tried to be outside as much as possible. The miniature hyacinths are in full bloom and noticed the 2 fattest bumble bees ever guarding them. The Ozark plum trees are about 1/3 bloomed out..so white already and noticed lots of honey bees. I had laready notice the bees with all the wild flowers in bloom all over the lawn. tiny star flowers and others..The almond tree is also showing pink blooms. One sad note, the lemon tree in our plant room has fallen off but there are still 2 more showing. So am hoping they stay on to maturity.

Weighed this morning and down a lb..not for sure it will stay that way for my official weigh day of Sunday but have hope that it will. Got to keep plugging. On an exercise note...tried to walk 20 minutes today...only made it the 10 before the back gave out. I will continue to try. Got a letter from the gastrologist and have appointment set up on my birthday. Not sure that is a good sign but at least I'm getting a start on my bowel problems hopefully.

Hope everyone enjoyed their day.

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MAZACK 3/1/2012 8:45PM

    I have daffodils blooming all over the yard. I need to relocate some of them. Not sure best time to do that.

Your flowers sound pretty.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/1/2012 7:48PM

    This is the time of year I am so grateful to live in Arkansas!

Our daffs are in full bloom and are so exciting to see!

I hope things go well with your appt, and congrats on the walk. It all counts!

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Pure Torture!!!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Well it has been pure torture the last couple of days. I made it through Monday on the liquid diet getting ready for my colonoscopy on Tuesday..I had one last glass of gatorade with the miralax mixed in that I just couldn't get down..took me too long to get it all down anyway..and then of course after already having diarrhea to start with you can imagine what 4 ducolax and an entire bottle of miralax did to me..needless to say I got no sleep Monday night. Was still having problems by morning but managed to make the 50 mile drive to the clinic to have the colonoscopy...we were all lined up like sheep to the slauder..and everyone walking in like zombies as it seems we all had been through the same thing the night before. Then off to la-la land which was pure bliss. The procedure didn't take but 20 mintues but I was in there for a solid 3 hours..but it is done and over with. And had nothing they could tell that was wrong with me. I eat alot of fiber so know that has alot to keeping a clean colon..but they took biopsys and we will see later what they tell.

Before we left to go to the clinic on Wednesday, got a call from the medical supply company and was told the test I did with the light house attached to my finger didn't work...so stopped by and got the unit again to redo..this time was worse than the last..But at least I was too zonked to care last night after the ordeal the day before and that day. But woke this morning and could barely get the clip off my finger as my finger has swolen so big..And since then the joint is still swolen and numb..So I have had a couple of days of pure torture.

Thankfully today is so much better. Temps in the 70's and sunny. Got a good walk in and after that day of colon cleansing, I feel rather good. One good side effect is I can't eat that much so have had to push my plate back...Going to continue to push my plate back. Good to be back in the swing.

O and another thing, I weighed yesterday after my day of liquids thinking I had maybe lost some weight over it..no way..same as Sunday..and today I figured the calories I had on my liquid fasting and was way way way over...like about 3000 calories...you wouldn't think that gatorade has that much calories...and besides it just sealed it for me too. I HATE GATORADE!!!

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MAZACK 2/29/2012 9:03PM

    I don't have to have another colonoscopy for 10 years either unless I develop some problems again. I've now had two, 3 years apart when I thought they would be 10 years apart.
Glad it is over for you and I know I never want a prep with Gatorade.

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VONBLACKBIRD 2/29/2012 6:48PM

    Living in Arkansas is the best!!! Gorgeous today!!
and yes happy it is over for 10 years. This is 2nd one I have had ugg..not fun but necessary!!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/29/2012 6:45PM

    Aren't you glad you have that colonoscopy over with for another 10 years?? I've only had one and it was just as awful as yours!!

I really feel blessed to live in Arkansas -- it was 82 degrees here today! My daughter in Boston had 25 degrees and snow!

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Seeing Yellow Instead of Red.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Well today is my day to mentally prepare myself for Monday and Tuesday. I have a colonoscopy scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. That isn't so bad but it is the prep day before hand. So tomorrow I start all liquids, 4 dulcolax tablets and an entire bottle of miralax mixed in gatorade..I can't have any liquids with red or purple in them..and guess what I hate most juices and things unless they are red. So had to go to the grocers and stock up. Got lemon jello which I like ok..yellow lemonade. Can't stand apple juice so opted for white grape juice. (light yellow). lemon-lime gatorade (which by the way I hate gatorade). chicken bouillon which is also yellow. Couldn't I at least have a banana...it's yellow...no it is solid so have to stick with all liquids..So guess I will be seeing yellow the next 2 days. Fun fun fun!!!! Maybe I will lose some weight with this yellow diet. Not likely!!

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MAZACK 2/26/2012 9:30PM

    I had some banana popcycles, those are yellow. The Stuff I got from the Pharmacy this last time wasn't anywhere near as bad as the last time and so much cheaper. So I learned not as preps for the same exam are the same.

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BRASKIN 2/26/2012 11:57AM

  Doesn't sound half as bad and taking that awful stuff from the pharmacy!

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