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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Saying Goodbye To Your Dog #Cancer

I wasn’t meant to keep you but I became a foster flunky yet again. You were always such a challenge when we went on walks, you would sometimes turn on me when you saw other dogs and couldn’t get to them. I eventually realized that it wasn’t to hurt them but because you wanted to play so much.  I guess playing with your three sisters got a bit boring.

When I was pregnant with Buggy I always had two dogs on each side of me every night on the couch but you Chantal, you were the only one that would put your head on my belly and listen to what Buggy was doing. When she was born the two of you had an instant bond. 

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Today I had to say good bye to my baby girl Chantal. Chanty was about 3 years old when she came into our Boxer Rescue from All Sato Rescue in Puerto Rico – an amazing rescue very dear to me. I have so much love for this group.  We have always kept in touch with our Sato rescue friends and see each other once a year at the Sato reunion. 

Two weeks ago over Memorial weekend, a weekend of family time and celebrations tragedy struck.  Chantal passed out 3 times in two days and I knew what that meant. My heart sank and the sobs immediately came. I had gone through this previously with one of my other boxers so I knew it was bad news. When we took her to the vet we did a full work up on her and originally thought it was Pancreatic Cancer but her blood sugar came back fine. She was a bit anemic though. We took her back to the vet for some xrays and there it was – 3 masses in her lungs – fucking lung cancer. We didn’t know where the originating tumor was, it was in her lungs and that’s what mattered. Boxers are prone to cancer but Chantal hadn’t shown any signs of being sick whatsoever. A few days ago I got home from work and there was blood splatter all over the floor and she had a terrible cough.  We thought we had more time, more time for more memories, another birthday party, more time for anything. But this fucking disease was ravishing my baby girl’s body and she didn’t sound good or look good.

If you know me in real life you know I will do anything and everything I can for my dogs. They are my babies. I may not have given birth to them but I love them and treat them like I did.   With Chantal I felt completely helpless. I didn’t know what kind of C it was, I needed details so I can do my research and I didn’t have any. It was killing me. At age 11 I wouldn’t have put her through surgery or chemo but I still wanted facts.  She could have had it for months or it could have been recent and progressed really fast. What did it matter what kind it was though, it was in her lungs – worst case scenario.  Remember the movie Superman when Lois died and Superman was so angry and he flew around the earth like a gazillion times to reverse time.  That’s what I wanted to do. I wanted to scream my head off and fly like that to go back to before she fainted on me.  Shit, I was just starting to accept her condition, I was still in disbelief. Fucking Cancer – I HATE YOU!!!!!!!

Buggy is missing Chantal. She wants Chantal to come home because she misses her puppy dog very much. It’s heartbreaking. I laid with my baby girl for about 45 minutes after she got the injection. I told her how much I loved her and missed her to told her to come see mama and tell me she’s ok. 

Chantal my baby, thank you for 8 wonderful years. I miss you more than you can imagine. You are now running free with your siblings and so many friends at Rainbow Bridge.  Sweet dreams baby. I know we’ll see each other soon and I can’t wait to find my pennies from Heaven.  

Chanty, until we meet again, I love you!

Mami & Buggy

Monday, May 26, 2014

The History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day:  A day of remembrance for those who died serving in a war.

To all our Veterans- Thank you, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Know that you are appreciated, honored and recognized not just today but everyday.  We are safe and free because of you. Please also remember all our hero Service Dogs and the amazing job they do – Thank you.

 

Last week I did a presentation for the residents on Memorial day, History and Traditions.  Here is a little bit of it. 

Memorial Day:

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  • New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday in 1873 and back then it was called Decoration Day
  • The first “official” Memorial Day observed was in Waterloo, NY
  • Memorial Day was officially declared on May 5th, 1868, by General John Logan. On that day, flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Southern states refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I. By 1890, it was recognized in all of the northern states.

  • The longest standing tradition associated with Memorial Day is the Indianapolis 500

Arlington National Cemetery

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  • Arlington Mansion and surrounding 200 acres were designated as military cemetery on June 15, 1864
  • Nearly 100 gravesite services are conducted each week
  • Since the late 1950s, on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American flags on more than 260,000 gravestones.

Iwo Jima

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  • 6,825 Americans Died – 36 Days
  • The statue illustrates one of the most famous incidents of World War II (click on the link above to view the rising of the flag
  • It represents all the Marines who have given their lives in the defense of the United States 
  • Watch a clip about the raising of the flag on Iwo Jima

Memorial Day Traditions

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  • Many people observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials
  • The U.S. flag is flown at half-mast from dawn until noon local time.
  • A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3pm EST on Memorial Day.
  • Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars take donations for poppies in the days leading up to Memorial Day – I got mine on Saturday, did you?

A Musical Tribute

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To those who made the ultimate sacrifice…

A rendition of “Taps”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WChTqYlDjtI

Please Join in a Moment of Silence

Resources:

http://www.usmemorialday.org/

www.USO.org

www.history.com/minisites/memorial

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Very Furry Birthday At #SesamePlace

IMG_9576 December was quite the busy month for us. We have Christmas and Buggy’s birthday in the same week and coming off the Thanksgiving train, well you can say December was just pretty crazy. 

For Christmas and Buggy’s birthday we took a trip down  to Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. If you haven’t taken a vacation there, I definitely recommend it. If you’re not ready for Disney yet and your child(ren) love Sesame Street, that is the place to go.  The first time we drove down there – only five hours from where we are in New Hampshire was in September. If you think you will go again definitely buy the seasonal pass – totally worth it and it pays for itself after just the first visit. 

collage_20131216143306601_20131216143339145We had such an amazing time. The first day was freezing and they had predicted a snow storm and it felt like we had the park to our selves and it was just super awesome. Our second day there we had lunch with the characters and we got to take pictures with all the ones that were there.  Buggy was super excited when our awesome waitress brought out a cupcake and Bert and Ernie sang happy birthday to her. It was such an awesome meet and greet lunch with the characters and an extra birthday for my little one.  What great memories we have.

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If you’re interested in checking out the park, they open in May and opening this Spring is Cookie’s Monster Land - featuring five exciting rides, a three-story net climb, and a soft play area for the park’s youngest visitors. We love, love Sesame place and can’t wait until it open’s in May.  If you’re following me on Instagram you probably saw all my pics but if you’re not, I’d love to connect with you.

Have you been to Sesame Place yet?

Irene

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Dreaming Of You

This morning I was going through my dad's wallet and looked through his pictures again. I have not removed anything since he passed. Next month will be 10 years since he made his trip to heaven to be with Mami.

mami y papi I think this is a picture of Mami and Papi in their early 20's when they were still in Puerto Rico. I miss my parents every.single.day and lately I've been having some wonderful dreams of daddy. I cherish every dream of my parents when they come to me but its usually daddy that comes to visit me.  We were so close, I look so much like him and inherited his silly personality-I love that and I see so much of him in my daughter. That makes me feel wonderful. I'm always trying to interpret my dreams to see if there are any messages he's trying to tell me but usually they are just him coming for a visit.

Thank you daddy for your visits.  I love them and always look forward to the next ones.

I love you and miss you mom and dad. See you soon.

Love,

Irene

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

MY Blog Spark: Cheerios Buy One, Get One Free Coupon!

Did you see the premiere of Cheerios first-ever game day commercial? Cheerios is also partnering with a non-profit organization called The Family Dinner Project, to bring you The Family Breakfast Project, which provides tips, recipes and activities to help families connect over breakfast. Use the limited time, buy one get one free coupon to get begin experimenting with the Family Breakfast Project recipes and activities.

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The coupon is valid only until February 15th, and limited to only one million first come first served respondents – download it here, and be sure to share with your friends as well.

Be sure to visit Cheerios.com to join the Family Breakfast Project, or to watch the commercial!  If you plan on tweeting about this event, be sure to use the hashtag #familybreakfast and #MyBlogSpark!

Irene

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I’m Finally Ready To Welcome 2014 With Open Arms

You’re probably aware that I’ve been MIA for quite some time. The Fall and leading into the winter/holiday months were busy and it was a rough patch for me.  As much as I wanted to post, my heart just wasn’t in it but I’ve been thinking about you all. From reading many of your posts out there it seems like I wasn’t alone in this difficult time. I read about divorce and other heart ache as well and I hope and pray for many positive changes for you all in 2014.

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So, with a clear head and a positive outlook I look forward to getting back into the swing of things with my blog, connecting with you all again and hopefully meeting some wonderful new friends as well. 

Happy New Year!

Irene

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Healing Power Of Humor

I recently did a presentation at work for our Residents on the benefits of laughter.  I am the first to admit that I am the goofiest, silliest person in my family and I thank my Daddy for that. Even in high school and places I've worked I can’t even tell you how many times I've been called the biggest goofball. No matter how awful my day can be, I will always find the humor side of it and laugh (even after a little cry). I truly believe laughing is the best medicine.  Being the Silly Mami that I am, I always try to surround myself with laughter by watching funny movies, comedies and happy people. My daughter and I are always laughing and I seriously loose count every day at the times we laugh and she calls me "silly mami" - it's amazing. I am a Stroke Survivor so I appreciate every.single.moment in my life.

Have you realized the amazing benefits laughter can provide? Do you remember the times you've cried to a friend and she tried to cheer you up and made you laugh and how much better you felt. Check out the slide below on how laughter affects you physically, mentally and socially.

Recently my Husband was suffering from Depression and I sent this presentation to him and it made him feel good. With laughter and the right treatment, he is doing well.


“A sense of humor sees the fun in everyday experiences. It is more important to have fun than it is to be funny."

Laughter- A medication that is fun and free: 
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Increases energy
  • Diminishes pain
  • Protects from damaging effects of stress

Laughing Is Contagious

                                    

Check out these great links on the Power of Laughter

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP4abiHdQpc - you may remember this one - Baby laughing hysterically
Tell me, how to you incorporate laughter into your day?
Irene








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