I Believe in Miracles/Mesa London Update

I cannot explain this but Mrs. Maize is almost completely back to where she was two weeks ago. Twice in the past week I was close to euthanizing her, including once when I even contacted the vet about it. But now she is wagging her tail again, eating whatever is offered to her and the best part: back in her position as Chief of the Fun Police -- never thought I would be grateful for barking but I sure am :)

She is off all pain meds and just on 60 mg of pred -- and seems comfortable. Yes, she moves slowly but in just a few days she will be 11.5 years old so not sure that should be a surprise. I have no explanation -- but I have a lot of gratitude.

And I pay attention to the lessons in my life -- and this one is about patience and staying calm.

In fact, this Holiday Season has been filled with lessons. Dear Husband could easily be dead from his blood clots -- but he isn't. And Maize could have been dead as well -- but she isn't. And so here is the lesson -- for me at least -- I can choose to be freaked out and upset that my Dear Husband is filled with clots and my dog is dying, or I can be so grateful that my Dear Husband is alive and that Mrs. Maize has stepped away from the cliff, so to speak.

In other words, I can choose what to rest my mind and emotions on -- and while I won't ignore all the feelings and experiences -- good and bad -- I choose to direct my focus on gratitude. I know bad things will happen -- and when they do, I will deal with them -- but for now, I am focused on what is good about what is bad -- did you follow that?!

I have learned that bad things always leave something positive behind -- and while you don't wish the bad thing had happened and you kinda wonder why you couldn't have received the "something positive" in an email or maybe a big box instead of a catastrophe -- we are never left completely without comfort, if we choose to see it.

For example, I could remain sad and despondent about people stealing all the sweet plumpies -- but out of the loss of the plumpies is a wonderful new community of people who love their new babies and are having a grand time getting to know them -- and each other :) And soon we should have the chance to get to know Mesa London even more because it is Alex and Mesa's day to update all of us!

MESA London Update!!!

Alex has sent us an update on the puppy his mom describes as, "...a little firecracker!!!  VERY sharp.  Probably one of the quickest and most alert puppies we've ever had..."

Alex reports:

"Mesa is already getting much bigger and taller, last Monday she weighed in at 19.3 at the vet's.  Cooper is warming up to her more and more.

Last night she slept all night and didn't even piddle on her towel!  She's doing great with the altoids, her sit is perfect and her down is much better.  We're still working on the recall and she is doing great. 

We tried to make a video of her working but she was too distracted by my mom.  She is a great leash walker and pays attention the whole time."

I am thinking that all of us adult plumpie owners are getting shown up by an 11 year old -- just saying...

See For Yourself!

Auntie Heidi came over to teach Harper some bad manners, which she learned quickly -- my sweet plumpie drew blood for the first time!!!!!! Auntie Heidi is just SO exciting!!! Anyway, her visit delighted Mrs. Maize because it meant she got to do TWO of her favorite things!!! Here is one of them:

Yes indeed -- Maize got to be the Chief of the Fun Police and bark out a warning that someone fun was approaching! And then she got to do one of her other favorite things -- visit :)

Sigh -- Auntie Heidi brings out bad manners in even the most perfect of my dogs....




by Toby E on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 07:12

Wonderful perspective Mary-Ann! Thanks for sharing :)
So happy to hear Mrs. Maize is doing so well!

by Sandy H. on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 08:36

I am so happy to hear about Mrs. Maize. A Healthy New Year and wishes to your whole family. Thanks for a wonderful year of reading your positive blog and especially the plumpies.

by Marti Simons on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 09:47

Yea Mrs. Maize! So happy to hear that you are feeling better and back on the job. Someone has to keep all those girlie dogs in line!!

by Jennifer Z on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 10:56

So, so happy to read this good news about Maize this morning! While I am generally not the first one to reach for drugs, they certainly have their place. I have my own beloved miracle lying at my side right now, who was literlaly on the brink of death just under two months ago, and was brought back to life by prednisone. Like Mrs. Maize, I do not know how long my miracle will be here, but I absolutely cherish every single moment. Thank you for the important lessons. This blog has been my companion through some very dark days, and some very happy ones as well. Today is a happy day!

by Marti Simons on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 11:10

Hi Jennifer, So sorry to hear that Donner is sick. I hope the miracle lasts for a long long time. Hugs to you and Donner.

by Jennifer Z on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 10:58

Thank you for the wonderful Mesa London update! I especially love the picture of Mesa and Cooper snuggling together in the kitchen. I know you will have such a fun time training Mesa :-)

by Lois on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 11:01

Smiles for Alex and London. Two wonderful souls who seem made for each other.
And for you M-A I am reminded once again of the old Budhist parable of "Who knows what is good or what is bad?"

by cindy heintzberger on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 11:35

Mesa is ADORABLE!!!!! You can just see the "smartness" in her eyes - good thing she has a young, active owner to keep her busy...:)

Happiness to hear about Mrs.Maize - sometimes that Prednisone just works miracles!

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!!

by Carmen K. on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 15:35

My heart is singing to hear that Maize is back on the job as Chief of the Fun Police! LOVE that photo of her in action as the Chief!

Mesa is too cute for words! What joy she must give you, Alex, and your family! Thank you for the update and pictures. We can't get enough of them!

Wishing everyone a peaceful, healthy, and lovely New Year :)

by Toby E on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 16:40

I can't wait to see what baaaaadness she teaches Bob! It's a good thing Maize is back to fun policing, as anarchy is no fun at all.
Happy New Year to everyone!

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