Thursday, December 22, 2016

Remembering the dog and cat wins of 2016

Sinead the Boston terrier with presents

As the year draws to a close, I'm looking forward to spending more time with my dogs and cats. The company I work for closes up shop in the week between Christmas and New Year's Day, and I've purposefully scheduled few activities for that week. I should have a lot of time for reading and sitting and cuddling.

And I've been thinking.

On this Thankful Thursday (which marks my first time participating in the Thankful Thursday blog hop), I have a lot to be grateful for this year. All told, my little menagerie has faced several challenges. But we've come through it all together.

Consider this little face. In May, he came into the menagerie as an extraordinarily tiny little creature that needed food and warmth and a lot of coaxing. He was the most timid and the least developed of a litter of bottle babies I took in, and it was love at first sight. Now, he's a member of our family.

Fergus the Siamese kitten posing for the camera

Bonus happy point: His two siblings also found homes. And one of the new families sends me photo updates on a regular basis, and the cat home provided seems ideal.

Another thing to be happy for concerns Sinead. This time last year, I was just growing concerned about a lump on her head, and I was pressing her doctor for more testing. As it turned out, that little lump was a form of cancer. And Sinead had a surgery and a chemotherapy treatment for that cancer in the late part of winter.

Sinead the Boston terrier in closeup

It's been nearly a year, and that cancer shows no signs of returning. Sinead may face more cancerous tumors in the future, but for now, we can celebrate her ability to kick cancer's butt. If it comes back, we'll fight back again.

And finally: pug Liam. In the middle of the summer, when I was hip deep with kittens and work and travel, he hurt his back and spent a weekend screaming with each move he made. I was terrified he'd need surgery, and I was even more concerned that he would lose his ability to walk or run. A few visits to specialists and quite a bit of time on crate rest were our starting treatment points, and that was what he needed to recover.

Liam the pug with his presents

Liam still has moments of stiffness, especially in the morning, and he can be grumbly about being moved or jostled. We're still working on finding a pain-management approach that will keep him fully comfortable. But he's still walking and eating and playing with his beloved toys. And he still works up the enthusiasm for a few episodes of crazy pug per week. That's more than I could have hoped for when this all started.

So we have a lot to be thankful for in the menagerie. What about you? Have something wonderful to share? Head to Brian's blog and tell us more.

But before you go, share a note in the comments! Love to hear your thoughts.


  1. That is a lot of nice things to be thankful for indeed! Thanks for joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  2. Furry Thankful that your fur babies are doing so much better... Such sweet faces. Glad you are going to have some time for cuddles and book reading with you babies. Meowry Christmas from Katie Kat.

  3. it is always good to remember to count your blessings

  4. Glad all the fur kids had such a good year! That's a lot of good stuff to be thankful for!

  5. I am glad everyone is doing well despite having been sick this past year. Here's to a healthy, happy 2017!

  6. Those are all things to celebrate for sure! Here's to more wins and blessings this holiday season, and into the new year!

  7. So much love! Wishing all of you a Merry CHristmas full of love and peace :)

  8. I am so happy for you that you have all come through those difficult times! We hope your blessings continue right into the new year!
    Our golden retriever Sheba has been kicking cancer's butt too. It's been two years since she had her first lump removed. Even though we know her time is now limited because of the cancer returning, two years ago we never dared dream she'd still be with us now. We are very very thankful for that.

  9. We like the Thankful Thursday blog hop because it reminds us to be thankful for even little - sometimes "dumb" - things in life. When we think about it, we have a lot to be thankful for!

  10. Thank you so much for visiting my bloggie. I'm trying to figure out how to follow yours. I'll keep scrolling and looking. Your kitty is absolutely gorgeous, and we enjoyed meeting a couple of your doggies too.

    1. I just added a follow via email button. Hope that helps!

    2. That should do it. I appreciate it very much.

  11. What a wonderful post. I'm glad that Sinead and Liam are doing so well, and I do hope Liam's pain will lessen even more. You guys have been through a lot! I hope you enjoy your time off spending it with your kitties and do dogs. Merry Christmas!