Injuries, Surgery and Real Shoes, Oh My!

A couple months ago, I hurt Daddy.  I didn’t mean to, but it happened.  We were playing tag on a nice sunny day.  Daddy reached out to tag me and I ran right through his arm.  All of a sudden the fun stopped.  Daddy was in pain!  Ringo and I ran over to him.  Ringo jumped up as if to say, “Daddy, Daddy are you okay?”  I looked down because I felt really bad, then looked up with my big brown eyes saying, “I’m so sorry Daddy, I didn’t mean to hurt you.  We were playing, right?”  Daddy looked down at us and said, “Come on fellas, let’s have dinner.  I’m okay.”  His arm was dangling and looked really weird.

The pain was constant and his arm turned black, blue, purple and other colors!  Mommy asked him to go to the doctor many times.  He finally did this week.  He needs surgery!  Daddy has a ruptured bicep.  The doctor wanted him to have surgery next week, but Daddy wasn’t ready.  He has a big project at work and wanted to do more research on the procedure.  He and Mommy are going in next week to talk to another doctor and ask questions.  Anybody know a really good orthopedic surgeon? We want this done right the first time.  Daddy will be out of work at least a week, not able to lift any thing for three weeks, weight limits for 4 – 6 months and a cast!  We will have to figure out how to do many things around the house without Daddy’s strength to help us.  A few projects around the house will be put on hold.  The worst thing for Daddy – no motorcycle.

It’s a good thing we are a great team!  That is our big news… on the lighter side, Mommy wore real shoes for the first time in over a year and a half!  She said it felt strange!  She was very careful and walked slowly for a short time.  She gave herself a mild concussion earlier this week, but at least she got to see many colors of stars in her head!

Ringo and I are great – someone needs to be healthy in this family.  We are excited about spring and the book orders we’ve been having lately.  A nice size order was sent to a hospital, a few books to our Canadian fans, one out East and six titles locally.  Not a bad ten days!  We hope it continues!  I think we are in for an unusual and exciting Spring!  Wish us luck!

Love,
Boomer the Mellow Yellow Lab

Daddy Saves the Day, Mommy’s Promotion and More Celebrating

We all know that Daddy is a super hero.  Well, recently he saved the day again.  Daddy works at a library system.  While doing some work at one of the branches, he noticed that the children’s librarian was very stressed out.  When he asked what was up, he found out the performer scheduled for a children’s program had not shown up.  Daddy offered to step in and read some Rudy stories.  The librarian was so relieved and Daddy was a hit.  The room full of children expected to hear an opera singer, but they got to hear awesome Rudy stories and Daddy even sang the “Rudy O’Tooty” song! The kids loved it!

Recently, Mommy was promoted to once a week for her foot physical therapy.  Everyone is very excited about her progress.  It has taken almost a year, but she has learned how to walk with a normal stride again and has gained a lot of strength back!  She gives much credit to the anti-gravity treadmill that allowed her to walk without bearing weight.

As I said in my last blog, we love to celebrate.  Last week we celebrated Mommy’s birthday – and we celebrated all week!  She spent time with family and friends.  Of course, her favorite celebration was Ringo and me dancing to Birthday Bear’s singing.  She loves that so much!  I don’t know where that bear lives, but he shows up every birthday and then goes away!

On March 15, we light a candle for our older brother, Dexter.  He went to the Rainbow Bridge many years ago.  St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th, so I think we will celebrate that day as well.  I think we should read “Rudy O’Tooty” and sing Rudy’s favorite song.  What a great idea!

Love,
Boomer the Mellow Yellow Lab

Many Things to Celebrate

In our house, we like to celebrate… even the normal everyday stuff.  We celebrated Valentine’s Day (kind of – Daddy was sick), President’s Day (a day off!) and National Love Your Puppy Day (my favorite).

We celebrated the nice break from Winter this week with 40 degree temps and sunny days!  The snow melted, so we don’t have the nice soft landings when playing Frisbee, but it is nice to soak in that sun!  We celebrate that Ringo is getting old enough to sit still so we can brush him!

More importantly, we celebrated a huge milestone for Daddy.  He was recently recognized for 25 years of service at the Dakota County Library System.  25 years is a lot!  I don’t even have enough toes to count that high!  We are so proud of him!

Mommy had a couple of Donate Life Ambassador events.  One was meeting fellow ambassadors at the regional office and hearing their stories.  The other was going to a high school and talking to two health classes.  She was very excited about it when she came home.  Both Mommy and Daddy were impressed with the students and how engaged they were.  We look forward to doing more of those talks in the future.

Our tribute to Ali fund raiser is still going, so it’s not too late, if you would still like to donate.  We have received some very nice emails from people who knew Ali.  They thanked us for doing this project.  Here’s a link, if you are interested.

Daddy has started his Spring semester in school.  He will have one more class after this one – then we will celebrate his graduation!  He has worked very hard!

Hoping for green grass soon!
Love,
Boomer the Mellow Yellow Lab

Update on Big Project, Remembering Rudy

We had the little tease last blog about our big project…  due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to postpone the launch of our project.  We received a call about a production issue – we could have the product with a mark on it OR wait, which lead to the delay.  This project is too important, so we want it to be perfect!

We hope to launch in a few days, so here are a few details.  We have created a new version of our first book, Rudy Gets a Transplant.  The new book has 32 pages and is hard cover.  We included a tribute to our dear friend and illustrator, Ali, who passed away in September.  We have seen the finished book and it is beautiful!  With this book, we hope to raise some serious money for a charity close to Ali’s heart.  We also hope to continue sharing the importance of organ donation.

During the launch we will tell you more about the charity, “Wishes and More” and it’s fabulous work for chronically ill children and their families.  This book has been a labor of love.

We remembered our dear angel, Rudy, yesterday.  Three years ago, he crossed the rainbow bridge. We think about him every day, he is truly loved and missed.  3 years, wow!

Last weekend we had a sleepover at our house.  A little guy named Bump came over.  He was cute and small.  Only 10 pounds and a bundle of soft fur!  In some ways he reminded us of Rudy – mainly the size and the little tongue kisses.  He was very smart and quickly learned our routine.

Love,
Boomer the Mellow Yellow Lab

New Year News

2016 started out with a bang – literally.  While driving on New Year’s Eve afternoon, we ran over something looking like a pile of snow.  Well, it wasn’t!  Bang!  Our tire blew and the rim got crushed.  Daddy managed to get the “Rudy Mobile” over to the side of the road and a guy came over and helped put on our spare.

Now for some good news!  After a lengthy process, Mommy found out she is an official Donate Life Ambassador.  She had to fill out several forms, write an essay, do a background check and an in-depth interview.  We are very excited!

She will be doing some of the same things we already do at our programs plus speak to high school driver’s ed. classes, nurses, organizations and businesses, training, official events and possibly parades!  We are looking forward to this new adventure and hope to expand our outreach.

I have been feeling great since I started my new thyroid meds 3 months ago.  I feel like a new puppy!

We had a bit of a scare with little bro, Ringo recently.  Last week, he woke up at midnight making a strange noise.  It sounded really weird.  He wasn’t exactly choking, but it sounded like there might be something lodged in his throat.  Off we went to the ER.  Daddy took Ringo to the hospital, while I stayed home with Mommy.  The vet figured out that Ringo’s epiglottis wasn’t in the right place and the noise was called a “reverse sneeze.” Puppies do that to try getting the epiglottis back into place.  It wasn’t working this time, so Ringo was getting a bit stressed.  The doctor gave him a shot to clam him down and it really helped a lot!  They finally got home at 2am.  We didn’t get much sleep that night! Ringo is back to normal now, but this could happen again.  At least we will know what it is next time!

Already so much excitement and we are only two weeks into the new year!

Right now, we are experiencing a very cold spell.  That means single digits for highs.  Ouch! It’s hard to play outside in that kind of weather.  Just like most things, it shouldn’t last long.

We are also working on another big project, but I am not ready to share the details – yet. Soon!  We hope in a week or two… how’s that for a teaser?

Love,
Boomer the Mellow Yellow Lab

Happy Holidays – Wrapping Up 2015

We hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season; we sure did!  As the year draws to a close, let us reflect on the last year and look forward to the new year.

We had a relaxing Christmas Eve and Day, highlighted by a nice meal, watching Charlie Brown Christmas on TV, listening to the Carpenter’s Christmas CD, playing with our new toys, a candle light service and seeing Star Wars in 3-D!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ringo and I had a play date and spa appointment.  We feel so much better with all that shedding hair gone!  The mani-pedi’s were a nice treat, too.

Mommy and Daddy visited with my Uncle John and human cousins, Jake and Lauren.  They had a great time.

We look forward to a visit with Aunt Tammy and fuzzy cousin, Barkley this Saturday.  We will have some nice fluffy snow to play in!

2016 is only a couple days away and we look forward to an exciting year ahead.  We are taking on some new volunteer activities, which I will explain in great detail next time.  Right now, I just want to wish everyone a happy, healthy, fun-filled 2016!  As always, thank you for all your support!  We couldn’t do it without you!

Peace and Love!
Boomer the Mellow Yellow Lab

Happy Birthday

We won’t say much because we know everyone is crazy busy this time of year.  We have been doing many things around our house – writing lots of letters, wrapping presents, playing Frisbee and getting some projects ready for next year.

Ringo wanted to let everyone know that today is his birthday!  In his two short years, he has already learned that having a birthday so close to Christmas is very confusing.  He keeps wondering if he is getting a birthday treat or a Christmas treat.  I tell him, “Count it as a Birthday treat.  If you are good – you might get another one in a couple days for Christmas.”

Here’s little bro Ringo with the crazy bear that shows up every birthday.

Love,
Boomer, the Mellow Yellow Lab

Pump it Up and Other Stuff

Since I haven’t written for a while, I would like to catch up a bit before we get rolling.

I hope everyone had a nice Veteran’s Day and had a chance to thank a veteran for his/her service.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and spent time with family or friends. Maybe you had the time to relax and ponder all the things you are thankful for in your life. I am very thankful for my little bro, Ringo, Mommy, Daddy and my Frisbee!  I am one lucky puppy!

Mommy and Daddy participated in a local Author’s Fair on November 14.  Mainly, they advised beginners on what it takes to become an author.  People like free advice.  Mommy told them they need to work very hard and get used to a lot of rejection.  Writing is just one part of being an author.  You also need to promote yourself and do hours of marketing.  It’s not easy!  One person asked when she could expect to turn a profit.  Mommy said with a big smile, “If you are looking for profits, don’t quit your day job!  Unless you are someone famous; a lot of writers don’t turn a profit.  We do it because we love writing – it is a passion.”

An update on Mommy.  Some of you know her pancreas transplant doesn’t work anymore. She started taking insulin last year.  In the last few months, she was having several low blood sugars daily.  It was really starting to affect her overall health.  Daddy said it was getting hard to see her deteriorate.  It took a lot of effort and daily interactions with medical professionals, but Mommy finally got her insulin pump!  The pump will allow her to have better control and most importantly, she can suspend insulin from entering her body when she feels a low blood sugar!  Mommy is on day four and she is already feeling better than she has in months!

I should add Mommy’s pretty blue insulin pump to the list of things I am thankful for, I guess I will! It’s happy dance time!

Love,
Boomer the Mellow Yellow Lab

Halloween Bullies

We will have a guest blogger this time.  Since it is Halloween season, we thought we would share a story Mommy wrote.  First, I will wrap up a few items.  The weather is great.  The Autumn leaves are all kinds of beautiful; Ringo and I have enjoyed playing in them.  Without further ado…
Haunted houses, witches, jack-o-lanterns, black cats, ghosts and goblins.  Halloween is a holiday children look forward to for months.  Especially the trick or treating.  Who wouldn’t be a fan of going door to door, dressed in costumes, collecting delectable treats to savor over the next few months?  It was like a dream come true!  Until the Halloween when she was eight years old.
Halloween was going to be great that year.  She and her little brother had new hand made costumes, two sizes to big to accommodate the foul weather jackets that may or may not be needed!  Her brother was a cute clown.  She was the traditional witch.  They were going trick or treating with their friends, a group of five in all, some younger – some older.  It was a familiar neighborhood – lots of children, a church, a couple of schools and their day care.
The group had “hit the streets” hard, going up and down three blocks.  The younger kids were getting tired, so they went home to admire and relish their booty.
Along the way, she noticed her shoe was untied.  She stopped at the corner to tie it.  The group went ahead because they didn’t notice she stopped.
She knelt down to tie her chunky brown shoes.  The girl stood up when finished and fell right back down.  It was a hard fall, knocking the wind out of her.  As she awoke, she heard kids laughing and running away.  She didn’t know what happened.  Didn’t she tie her shoe right?  Did she trip herself?  Why did her head hurt?  Putting two and two together, she figured it out.  It was not an accident.  The real give away was the fact that her bag of treats was gone.
The laughing kids had hit her over the head, knocked her down and stole her candy.  Adding insult to injury, they had taken the little blue pocket flashlight belonging to her dad.  The girl put it in the candy bag when she tied her shoe.  She didn’t want to misplace it.  She felt really bad about it being taken.
She caught up with her group of friends and told them what happened.  They were close to their destination, where her dad was waiting to take little brother and her home.
When they got to their home, the little girl went with her dad to a couple of neighborhood houses so she could at least have a couple treats.  She was still scared.
When she turned nine years old, the little girl was diagnosed with type I diabetes.  The diagnosis was in September.  She would never have a trick or treating again, where she could collect the delectable treats and savor them all by herself.
She did go trick or treating the Halloween of her ninth year.  She wore the traditional witch costume and the chunky brown shoes.  She didn’t go with friends – she went with an adult and her brother.  The little girl was still scared.  She gave the candy to a neighbor girl who was in the hospital.  The bullies had taken away her innocent little girl Halloween dream.
Yes, that little girl was me.  Even though this happened many years ago, the memories are still very vivid.  The story is all true; nothing has been embellished for effect.
After that Halloween, I never felt safe walking in the dark, especially alone in the dark.  It made belonging to choir, band, volunteering, concerts and sporting events very difficult to attend.  I always had to walk home in the dark.  I participated in the events, but was always frightened.  Often I ran, holding my breath.  I would go out of my way if I heard or saw something suspicious.  At 19, I lost my sight.  I had no choice but to walk in the dark for the rest of my life.

Do bullies realize or even care what their actions do to their victims?  Victims can forgive, they will never forget.  The scars are forever.  What about the bullies?  What price do they pay?