Wednesday, December 7, 2016

PLEASE ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE . . .

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,


 Stella

Stella yawns.
"I'm so tired of people fawning over me."

You might have noticed that I've mentioned Stella on my blog several times recently. For example, she was here during Hurricane Matthew:

"If I hide my face between my paws,
the hurricane won't see me."

Stella has been Favorite Young Man's favorite dog for many years. She has developed some health concerns (don't we all as we get older?) and needs more time and care than he can give her.

So Stella has joined our pack.

We're not sure how old she is, but she's 10+ years. She is mostly boxer, maybe with a little American bulldog.

She has difficulty walking because of a problem with a disk in her back. She tends to drag her back legs and fall frequently. 

Stella and I have visited kind Dr. Chick twice. She's on two medications to improve her motor function, but they come with a price. They are damaging her liver, so we're going to pick up another medication to help with that.

The medicine will shorten her life, but improve it for the time being.

Sunday was a beautiful day. The weather was ideal. Willy Dunne Wooters and I were in the backyard with the dogs. Franklin and Penelope frolicked and chased each other. To my surprise, Stella joined them--very briefly. Then she ran to me, stood on her hind legs, and put one front paw on my leg.

Stella still has a lot of spirit. We're happy to have her in spite of a little pee-pee problem with the living room rug.

She stays close to me. When Penelope sits in the chair next to me, Stella often hops up to join her so they can nap side-by-side. I'd like to take a photo of them, but Penelope is so camera shy that she moves the second she sees I'm about to "capture" her image.

But now we are a party of four.

Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

32 comments:

  1. I'm saddened to see my dog (aka "He-With-No-Testicles") start to suffer as he gets older (he's 13). Poor little guy.

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    1. That is sad. I don't think Stella is really suffering. She seems pretty happy in spite of the problem.

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  2. There's always room for "one more" pet. :) (Especially when you have a heart as big as yours.)

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    1. My heart grows with every dog or cat who needs me. Thank you, Susan.

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  3. Congratulations on your new addition!

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    1. She's not exactly new. She was my grand-dog.

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  4. Sweet of you to take her in and let her be part of your pack!

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  5. Congratulations on your new baby!!

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    1. She's spent quite a bit of time with us in the past. Now it's probably permanent.

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  6. A good old dog, and hooray to Franklin and Penelope for taking her in. Tell Stella I so relate to her back problem and drag my leg, too. They've never told me about stuff to make it better, even if it makes my life shorter. I need to see Dr. Chick.

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    1. Oh, yes. Dr. Chick will take good care of you. He's such a nice man.

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  7. What a sweetie! ☺ How wonderful that Stella has fit right in to your family, Janie. (You can get meds for the pee problem, too.) You are such a great dog Mom! ♥

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I don't know how many more meds I can pay for.

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  8. Aw, she's a sweetie. This is when she needs the most love and care.

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    1. Living a dog's life in the palace of the Junebug means lots of love and attention.

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  9. When I die I want to come back as my dogs.... but that will take a time machine and all sorts of problems !
    I love Stella she is so pretty. As for the little pee problem that is why I have tile floor, thehamish use to throw up all the time. A few years ago it got better. Finally !
    I love that you have room for one more. The Palace of Junebug is GUD !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I would like to be reincarnated as the late great smooth collie Faulkner. He was brilliant, beautiful, and sensitive. He is the dog of my life, although I love all my dogs. I have wood floors, but I have an area rug in each room because the dogs, especially Stella, slip and slide on the wood. The rugs are cheap so if I end up getting rid of the one in the living room, it's not the end of the world. All gud.

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  10. There's something extra special about white and black spotted dogs or vice versa. She looks like she has a lot of personality. She's a lucky dog, living with royalty.

    Love.

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    1. She's more white and brindled. I guess she's a princess now, officially. She's always been royalty.

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  11. So glad Stella can join your clan. She looks so happy even though she is hiding in that one picture.

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  12. Aw, glad she can be happy and run with the gang for awhile!

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    1. Willy Dunne Wooters and I smiled at each other when she played. It was a golden moment.

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  13. Stella's a cutie. Like Susan said, there's always room for one more. As a guy who at one point had six animals under one roof (one died, now I'm down to five) I know how that goes. My oldest had a problem with a disc in her back, and one of her legs is kinda gimpy now and she occasionally falls, but she still motors around like a champ, happy as can be. It's all about having high spirits.

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    1. At one time I had ten dogs in my little house. Three of them belonged to me, but I ended up responsible for everyone's care, including a foster dog who had cancer.

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  14. Hi Janie - so glad she's being taken care of ... happy family - cheers Hilary

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    1. I couldn't not take care of her, Hilary.

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  15. Stella is a beauty too. Sorry to hear about her health problems. It's wonderful of you to take care of her, Janie. Wishing all of you many blessings.

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  16. Sweet Stella! So glad that she's with you so she can get lots of TLC. She's a cutie!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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