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JanJan63
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I had to share this! Being unable to work due to unstable health issues, weakness, issues that crop up and make me miss work and now going back on the chemo that will make my face look like a pizza, means I'm at home most of the time and feeling useless. I feel like I contribute nothing and am just a drain. We have two dogs and normally have three but one was put to sleep in October due to cancer. 

So, we're going to be fostering a dog starting Feb 24! I love dogs and to be able to help this one who was found in California running on the freeway and was scheduled to be euthanized but was pulled at the last minute will bring me happiness. He's an 8 year old cocker spaniel. 

I know this has nothing to do with cancer but I had to share because I'm excited to do something that matters. And to feel needed again. I think it will be really good for me emotionally.

Jan

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I am happy for you also. 

I know that dogs they bring allot of joy and love to people and families. It sounds like this poor little devil was in a terrible state when found. I bet he needs all the loving you can give him. 

And its always a two way street. He will fill the need you have to serve. 

Tru

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Jan, I'm so glad that you have this opportunity to have this special doggie in your life. I hope he brings you lots of joy...and no problems.

Funny story, I asked a doctor once to write me a letter so that I could get an emotional support animal. She looked at me as if I was totally crazy. About a month later, I got a letter that she composed, stating that I needed my long lost dog back (I was going to get a kitten) and that she realized how much he meant to me...LOL. I have no idea where she got that idea from. Geez, some people.

Hugs,

Karen

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That’s just so darn cool.   Good for you.  

Hugs

pam 

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and the pooch, Jan.  Our Victoria is a rescue dog and we are grateful for the foster  folks who made her transition from an abused  dog to a family companion easier for all. 

Grace/lizard44

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Thanks you guys! We have two dogs but I'm still excited to bring this guy into our home. I have enough love for lots of dogs! I just hope Brodie, my little velcro dog, doesn't get jealous.

Jan

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I think this will be really good for you and wonderful for the dog you are fostering! I know for me my pets bring me so much joy. I don’t think it’s easy to share pictures in here but I would love to see some. Feel free to friend me on Facebook any time if you are comfortable with it. i can’t wait to hear about it!

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What a great idea! This is good for both you and the dog.

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I have a close friend (he brought me home from the hospital after surgery and asking someone to drive you home from a Boston hospital is a huge favor). He lost his girlfriend and his dog a long time ago and several of us thought that he was suicidal so we spent a lot of time with him chatting and otherwise providing support through a tough time. He eventually got another dog and another girlfriend and he was like night and day afterwards. He lost that dog last year and it was tough on him so I bugged him to foster a dog for several months and made suggestions (my daughter volunteers at the local shelter) and he got one and I think that it really helps him. He's a dog person and I think that he needs the companionship and company. So I think that dogs and cats are great. My wife just doesn't want to deal with the cleaning involved.

plsletitrain
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I say whatever that makes you feel happy, or gives you some sense of fulfillment, go for it! I also love dogs.  And yes, I understand the feeling of being useless but no, you're not, you (or any of us) did not wish or wanted this to happen so you shouldn't blame yourself.  The dog's very lucky he was sent your home.

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"Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love, they depart to teach us about loss.  A new dog never replaces an old dog; it merely expands the heart.  If you have loved many dogs your heart is very big."

--from Pinterest

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Thank you! I love all animals but dogs and horses are my passion. My horse kind of helps me through all of this. I'm sure most ofyou are familiar with the story of my horse being brought to the hospital when I was in intensive care after the blood clot. But my dogs are here with me every day and constantly offering comfort. My one dog is very in tune with me and rarely leaves my side. If I have an off day and am crying he'll go get my husband to come and comfort me. He's a very empathetic little guy. If we can help this new little one and give him a happy home either temporarily as fosters or even permanently was adopters it will mean a lot to me. 

Jan

lhduffer
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What a wonderful thing you are doing.  He is one lucky little dog.  Dogs are such wonderful friends and companions, as you already know.  My "little girl" became an angel as I was in the middle of my first group of chemo and the pain of losing her was worse than the treatments.  I have a few more transitions in my life right now but am hoping to be able to get another later this year.  God bless you and enjoy your new "little guy".

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i am so very sorry about the loss of your dog. It’s so very hard, some people don’t get it. I hope you are able to get a new dog soon, it really is the best medicine. 

lhduffer
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Thank you.  It is something a lot of people don't understand.  What I was going through at the time didn't help.  I know getting another will be wonderful as I miss having one greatly.

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I'm so sorry about your dog. We had to have our old pitbull put down in November. It just about broke my heart. She hadn't been well for a while and then started having seizures. I wish they lived longer.

Jan

lhduffer
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Thank you.  I am very sorry about the loss of your pitbull.  I wish they lived longer too, but they are such great joy while they are here.

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about the loss of your dog as well. I wish it was easier to post a picture here I would love to see the dog you are fostering. Obviously in a house with 3 dogs, 5 cats, 3 rabbits, two turtles, one rat and one hamster there isn’t an animal I don’t love.

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Oh, your house sounds wonderful! I'd love to have a pet rat but rats aren't allowed in Alberta. We're known as the only rat free province. They're so smart, though. We can't buy turtles, either. I had one as a child before they brought the rules in. We now have two dogs and a cat and I have my horse but he's boarded at a place. The foster dog will make three dogs. I hope he works out. I've been feeling so miserable for the last week and I'm worried I won't be able to keep an eye on him. He's 8 years old so I'd hope he's house trained but he's from California and the cold weather here will be a shock. 

And I'm a little worried that my shadow dog, Brodie, will be jealous. Bella loves affection but she's a little more independent so she should be fine. Brodie is a mama's boy and he might be very hurt.

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one that can't post pictures on here.

Jan

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6 pet rats, he is number 7. They are so fun, they get such a bad reputation. They have all been sweet, and funny pets. This one is super smart he even comes to the cage when you call his name from far away. He is super playful too. Sadly they don’t live long at all and the girls all get tumors no matter how many times you  have them removed they come back. It’s heartbreaking.

i am sure once the dogs all get used to each other it will be fabulous! Here a new animal is usually accepted by the one month time frame. I am looking forward to hearing about it!!

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Hey girl,

I really don't post anymore, but when I saw your post I just had to send you a short note.  You are one of the most inspirational and amazing people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, even if it's only through cyber space.  With all of your own health troubles, you not only help others, but actually find the time to foster animals!!  :)   You are an angel on earth my friend, one of a kind for sure.  :) 

All my best,

Cynthia

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Cynthia, that is one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me, thank you! You made me cry a little bit.

I'll be honest, since we offered to foster him I haven't been feeling very well and have a nap every day and I'm worried I'm not up to it. They sent me an email today with more pictures of him and I'm so looking forward to giving this little guy a better life. He was pretty rough when they caught him. Maybe he'll give me the incentive to get my butt up more. Actually, the problem is most likely my calcium being up again from the parathyroid issue so I have a script to go get the IV for that whenever I can book in and then I should be feeling better.

Thanks again, you made me feel really good.

Jan

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I was so grateful to have my dog when I was on chemo.  When I felt poorly, which was most of the first week, she would lie down next to me on the couch.  Since I only have one son still at home and he works long hours, it was really good to cuddle up next to her if I was so tired I couldn't move.   She kept me company and having her there bolstered my spirits.  She is very much a part of my family.

I agree Jan, that it is so good to see you posting back on this forum.  I lurked for so long but I would see your posts and read them.  They were so helpful!

Enjoy your new dog (and your others) and hopefully as the weather moderates you can get outside with them.

Eileen

 

 

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Thank you! Yeah, my Brodie is always by my side and very empathetic. He even makes sure I take my meds when my phone alarm goes off to remind me. He'll jump up and look at my phone, then look at me, then he heads over to where I keep the pills and waits. If I don't go there right away he'll go back and forth looking concerned. I can't even go to the bathroom without him.

I found out last night that when Sam- the foster dog- was found he had a toenail so long it had curled and grown through his pad. Poor little guy. We pick him up tomorrow afternoon.

Jan

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We've officially decided to adopt our foster dog. He's awesome! It's like we've always had him! He's been two days without 'accdents' in the house, never barks, is sweet, gentle, snuggly, great with our other dogs, the perfect dog. He doesn't know things like 'sit' but he's catching on quickly. A little bit of brightness in my sometimes dim world. Particularly this week.

Jan

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just like me ;) I am so happy to hear it’s going well and making you happy! Congratulations! What is his name?

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  you deserve some happy dog love.  Tru

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Sounds like he’s a perfect one for you. Dogs affection is always sincere. 

lhduffer
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So happy to hear he has become a part of the family so quickly.  It's wonderful you have given him a warm and loving home and that he is bringing you happiness.

PetMom
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Good for you JanJan.  2 months into chemo I lost my beloved Golden Retriever Oliver (colon cancer,just like me), he never left my side.  I was devistated and knew I couldn't go thru this alone so I rescued a 9 month old leopard dog, I couldn't even look at a Golden without tears.  Cooper was God sent.  He took up where Oliver left off, never leaves my side when I'm having a bad day.  Just had second surgery, metastacised to my lung.  Doing great and Cooper is there to support me every day.  Enjoy you new BFF

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Woohoo Jan! This is the time we all love you being a failure. HA! Congratulations on the new addition to your family! 

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Thanks you guys! I wanted a puppy but didn't think I could keep up with one and I want to outlive my dogs. Getting a dog who is already fully trained is wonderful. He's totally housebroken, never barks, is snuggly and sweet, and just a happy little guy. Our other dogs are great with him, everyone gets along. He's learning the things he didn't know very quickly like staying out of the kitchen and to sit for a treat. Smart little guy. 

Jan

kmygil
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Nothing like a dog to bring happiness!  Congratulations on the new addition to your household!

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