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January 17th was a very sad day

It’s taken me a month to write this because I start crying!  In January 2004 this little lady was given to me from my husband for a Christmas gift.

Sassy was born on December 8, 2004 and she came to live with us six weeks later.

Sassy was born on December 8, 2004 and she came to live with us six weeks later.

Everyone instantly fell in love with her!

Everyone instantly fell in love with her!  She was also the runt of the litter.

Due to the fact that it has taken me two weeks to get this far in the post I will just show you some of our pictures of her as she grew.  It’s just too hard to put into words what a special dog/pet/family member she was!!

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Sassy twelve years later!!

Sassy twelve years later!!

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Where did the last 17 years go???

She was born!

I think she can still do this!!

I think she can still do this!!

Papa's angel!

Papa’s angel!

Nana's girl!

Nana’s girl!

And all of a sudden she’s 17 and a beautiful young lady!!

Our beautiful granddaughter, Victoria!

Our beautiful granddaughter, Victoria!

Curly dog goes radical

With a full coat and she loves the snow!!  We have her sheared three or four times a year.

With a full coat and Sassy  loves the snow!! We have her sheared three or four times a year.

Sassy has this full coat right now and it’s as curly as I’ve ever seen it but she is absolutely miserable.  She’s way too fat but the coat makes her pant all night which makes all of us lose sleep.  On Thursday she made a trip to “Classy Pets” in Salem for a new “do”!

Sassy's new haircut.  She lays in the sun a lot now when outdoors and sleeps between us at night now.

Sassy’s new haircut. She lays in the sun a lot now when outdoors and sleeps between us at night now.

Sassy looks a little thinner now but pictures can be deceiving!!

Sassy looks a little thinner now but pictures can be deceiving!!

 

 

We’ve also cut down on her food and are feeding her venison jerky with a half portion of her dogfood and more water.  Now, that I’m losing weight she goes on some of my walks with me which is good for her as well but she is almost 11 years old and I don’t expect her to keep up like I used to keep up with her.

 

Sassy’s surgery

Sassy

Sassy

Sassy is our “little” blonde cocker spaniel that makes our bed her bed!!  Over the last few summers Sassy has made it habit of running, playing and rolling in tall grass and I guess because she love the coolness of it and she’s hunting for mice.  She’s a good mouser but she never eats them.  On occasion during these outings, we have gotten some nasty ticks off of her.  That’s another reason we try to keep her sheared so it makes it easier to fine them and to treat her so she won’t get them at all.

Anyway, it seemed like there were some places where we removed the ticks that she got a hard smooth bump afterwards.  The most noticeable one was on her back and we always warned our groomer of them whenever she went to get a haircut.  Early in the spring we had the vet here for some cattle issues and he checked her out while he was here.  Dr. Wall advised us that the cyst on her back which had gotten about the size of a dime  and about a 1/2″ thick needed to come off and he was more concerned about the ones she had  on her belly which were smaller but  turning black.

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Hubby called the doc’s office and made the appointment for the 9th of May and he had to have her there at 8:00.  He said while he filled out a mountain of papers for her surgery, Sassy took a tour of the office and got to know everyone.  Sassy has such a wonderful temperment and never meets a stranger.  Hubby left her there and met me at an eye appointment and took me to breakfast and we ran some errands.

We got a call from Dr. Kelly around 10:30 and he was taking her in for the surgery and wanted to know if we wanted the cysts biopsied and we told him no.  We’re not wealthy and have gone through cancer and heart problems with our dogs before.  It’s not cheap and we felt like lots of love and attention would be better than putting her through chemo or radiation.  The vet’s office called a little after noon to let us know the surgery was over and Sassy had woke up from the anesthesia and we could pick her up around 3:00.  She was still groggy when he picked her up and a little unstable.  We had  to give her antibiotics twice  a day which we finish tonight.  The cyst on her back has 10 stitches in it and the ones on her stomach had at least two stitches each.  The cyst on her back we are told was nothing to worry about but the other’s are very suspicious.  He told us that they probably won’t come back where they’ve been removed but to expect more.

Surgery on her back 05092013

Surgery on her back 05092013

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Sassy recovering from surgery 05112013 (2)

She seems to be doing fine and we’ve been very careful to make sure she doesn’t jump up in her bed or go out and get the stitches wet.  She never once seemed to be in pain and likes all the attention she getting.  We’ve always spoiled her rotten and plan to continue to do so.  I want what time she has with us to be as happy as humanely possible.  Keep her in your prayers, please!  Here’s some baby pictures through current time of our precious little girl!

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sassy taking nap at heathers 2005

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Hyder Baby Afghan

 Soft chenille yarn

Soft chenille yarn

We’ve had three babies born in the past year in my office.  Two girls and one boy and the first two received a baby quilt and I just finished the baby afghan for the last one born.  I thought I would share how I made the afghan.  I chose a chenille yarn by Bernat yarn in pastel colors,  size F crochet hook and four skeins of the yarn.  It’s a very simple pattern using a single crochet stitch throughout and I think the chenille yarn will make a really warm blanket for the baby.

1/4 complete

1/4 complete

I got it almost done and decided to check it for being squared and had to pull 1/2 of it out and start again.  It’s going to be such a warm blanket for the baby and just in time for cold weather.

 

Single Crochet - four skeins

Single Crochet – four skeins

 

Finally done - 32 x 45

Finally done – 32 x 45

The second time around went much quicker and I hope the baby enjoys it for a long time.  She’s four months old but I think it should still cover her on long winter nights.