S: Sashi, a remembrance of a dog who loved kittens, kids and everyone she met

Sashi and a foster kitten about a year ago. In her later years, she wore diapers due to incontinence.

Sashi sharing her bed with a foster kitten. In the later years of her life, she wore diapers due to a leaky bladder.A few days ago, my dog Sashi passed on. She was having constant seizures from a brain tumor. My husband and I adopted her about six years ago, when she was probably around seven years old. She already had a little gray hair but not nearly as much as she had when she passed.

An earlier moment of Sashi cuddling with a foster kitten. So many loved her.

An earlier picture of Sashi with a foster kitten. So many loved her.She was the most gentle soul who had a ferocious sounding bark, making her a good watch dog and a good family dog. She loved our cats and was gentle with our foster kittens. The only time she ever snarled was when another animal tried to get between her and her food, but she never did more than growl and snap.

On walks by the park she was always up for a good pet from a neighbor kid excited to see a dog. She had a happy prancing gate that made everyone smile.

Here’s a video of her playing with my cat Lux when Lux was still a kitten.

Rest in peace, Sashi. You will always be in our hearts.

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L: Life’s ups and downs #AtoZChallenge

Today I was going to talk about how lucky I am to be able to be a writer an to be releasing my fourth book on this very day. Then my husband woke me up at 5:30 AM because our dog couldn’t walk. We rushed her to the hospital. About twenty minutes ago, the doctor told us that she might have a brain tumor or she might just have idiopathic “old dog” vestibular disease. The only way to know for sure today would be to get an MRI, which is a *quite* pricey. So instead we’ll wait to see if she improves and go from there.

Sashi in younger days. This was not long after we adopted her. We figure she was about seven. That makes her 13 now.

I’m still lucky to be a writer and have a new book. I’m lucky to have a great, supportive husband, as well as friends and family. I’m lucky to live in a place where my dog can get treatment, even if it ends up mostly being supportive care for her final days.

I’m also on an up-and-down emotional ride, but, then, aren’t we all?

Dee Dee the Singing Dog #funnydog

One of the many things I do when not writing is pet sitting, and one of my frequent clients is Dee Dee the dachshund. She’s quite the character and loves to “sing” along. This time, with the owner’s permission, I made a video to share of her singing two of her favorite songs: “Jingle Bells” and the Oscar Mayer Wiener song. I apologize in advance that you have to hear me sing, too. I definitely don’t claim to be a singer. 😉

GiGi: An Old Girl Needs a Home #adopt

GiGi’s is a story that breaks my heart. She is going on ten, and most dogs over five have a very hard time finding a home. In addition, GiGi has been passed from home to home, one or more that mistreated her. Animal abuse is deplorable, but there are many people and organizations who are there to help. If you suspect animal abuse is happening in your neighborhood, find the local humane organization who can investigate.

D is for Dog #atozchallenge

Heidi is an intelligent dog and quickly learned basic commands while at the shelter.

I regularly post adoptable animals on my blog because there is such a need for homes. This pretty girl is looking for her forever home in Kentucky. She was brought in by her owners after she became pregnant. Her puppies have all found homes and now she needs one. Her experience serves as a reminder of the importance of spaying and neutering your animals.