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I've always had boxers, and loved each one, but Seamus was unique. He came from Boxer Rescue, nothing but skin and bones and covered in scars (Boxer Rescue thought that he had been taken from a private owner and used as a bait dog in dog fights), and was thought to be unadoptable due to his age and health. I was at the absolute lowest point in my life - divorce, job loss, serious health issues, and flat broke. But from the moment I saw Seamus, struggling to stand up, I knew we were meant for each other. For four years we were inseparable, but I had to watch him like a hawk around strangers and other dogs. Seamus had a "bite first, ask questions later" attitude toward any person or dog that might be a threat to me. We walked twice a day thru the local park, and several times came across dogs running loose. The dog - usually a happy-go-lucky lab - would come running towards us while its owner shouted "don't worry, he's friendly" and I'd be shouting back "he's not" and desperately trying to keep Seamus from attacking. Once Seamus got to know you he was fine, but I was always first in his heart. When my back was out and I couldn't walk, a friend of mine would come over to walk Seamus - but it was always a struggle to get Seamus out the door and leave me behind. Once Seamus got to the park he was fine, but just as soon as the walk was finished and they had made the turn to come down the street to my house, Seamus would break into a run and drag my friend all the way home. We were together almost four years when Seamus fell trying to jump on my bed and tore all the muscles in his leg and hip. The vet told me that they could operate but no guarantees, and that Seamus would be in a lot of pain afterwards and recovery was uncertain. Given his age, I made the hardest decision of my life and decided to let him go. I still miss him terribly, but I know without a shadow of a doubt that when my time on this earth is over, Seamus is going to be waiting for me on the other side.
Toggle Commented Aug 26, 2011 on DogLandia in the suburbs at The Lipstick Chronicles
I've read 21, most of the classics from high school or college - and several of those only because they were required reading. I love to read and usually have 2-3 books going at one time, but you couldn't pay me to read Moby Dick again. As this is a BBC list I was surprised that Testament of Youth by Vera Brittan was not on the list. An autobiography, it covers her time at Oxford prior to WWI and then her time as a nurse during the war on the front lines. It is one of those books that will always stay with you. Dan Brown??? The only reason that I can think of for inclusion of the BBC list was that someone said "We should have some recent bestsellers on the list or people will accuse us of being elitist". I've read it, and upon finishing my only thought was "this could have been a great book, too bad the author stopped writing after completing the outline." And to Anonymous & Grace, treat yourself and read the Harry Potter series. I didn't think it would be much of a book when I first picked it up, but my stepson at the time was reading it - and he hated to read - so I decided to see for myself, started reading and was enthralled with the world JK Rowling created. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll decide that you really don't need sleep because you just have to find out what happens next.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2010 on Books I Have Read at The Lipstick Chronicles
KateRoth here - first of all, congratulations to each and every one of you! I know how hard it is to make lifestyle changes (I'm with Tina on this, it's not 'dieting' but 'lifestyle changes'). About the tart red cherry juice, I just wanted to say that I drink several large glasses of cherry juice every day, but it is the lifestyle changes that the juice brought about that led to the weight loss. Since I was drinking all that juice, no more diet pop. Then fast food (even the 'healthy' grilled chicken salads from Wendy's), started tasting nasty so that went too. Then I switched from regular milk to soy milk for the hot flashes and another 5 pounds dropped off (and I'm convinced it's all the hormones and antibiotics they give cows these days). 35 pounds in a year, and now five years later it is still off and I'm healthier at 50 than I've ever been. Harley - I order direct from . Of the different brands I've tried they are the best. Cris and Jodil, I don't mix according to the directions, it's too strong for me. I suggest that you add more water. Plus give it a few days, I found that in the beginning it was really tart but gradually that wore off. (I think that I was so used to the sweetness of diet pop that my taste buds needed a few days to adjust).
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on Help Me Out Here!! at The Lipstick Chronicles