Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Originally uploaded by the_smiling_frog
For those of you who don't know my sweet Gunny passed away last month. His cancer had obviously spread through his whole body. Our last month together was great though. I took him to the holistic vet every week and it helped a little, but it was too little too late.

If I have to go through this again I will start with the holistic route first and do chemo as a last resort. It was a long, expensive, sleepless and well worth while 7 month fight. He went through a lot, surgery, chemo, lots of doctors visits, lots of medicines and supplements. Through it all he remained a happy little puppy. He still acted like a pup, not a 13 year old cancer ridden dog.

And with all that said I love you my pup, but the show must go on and there is an empty spot in our house and hearts.

So... let me introduce Leonardo Miguel Ross, AKA Leo. He is a pup that was saved by someone in Louisiana. He is coming to Maine on Saturday and I will be picking him up in Biddeford. He is a Rat-Cha or Chi-Rat, they think. His mother is a Chihuahua anyway and his father may or may not be a Rat Terrier. Hopefully he's not a little brat, but all of my animals are little brats anyway!

Bustle Bird Skirt On Etsy

Bustle Bird Skirt
Originally uploaded by the_smiling_frog
My mother made this. Soo cute! The softest, thin, baby corduroy, drawstring bustle back, flat front, big birdie applique.
More pics-

Daisy Chains Earrings

Daisy Chains Earrings
Originally uploaded by the_smiling_frog
Some new earrings I will be putting on Etsy. I promise I will be updating the blog more often and get some pics of my geodome soon.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Gunny Update

Gunny went to the oncologist Tuesday, it wasn't all good news. Monday night as I was bathing him I felt a lump in his groin. He had two fatty cysts removed from there before. I was hoping that's what it was, but I had a bad feeling about it.

Anyway I told the doctor. She said it's his lymph node and the one above it was also enlarged. These are the two that were about the one he had removed a few months ago. The surgeon said the one about it was slightly enlarged, but hard to get at.

The oncologist said good news is he's in perfect health other than that. His heart sounds good, chest x-rays are clear, blood work is excellent. She took an aspiration of the lymph node and we should have the results today. If it is cancer we have options and plenty of time to try a few. So
I am trying not to panic. I believe this month makes 6 months since diagnosis.

I have to get him to the holistic vet, but I just don't have the money to do it. The last resort in treatment is radiation. He would have to have it 5 days a week for 3 weeks and he'd have to have it done in Massachusetts. I'd have to take him there, that would be hard on all of us and more money than we have.

I'll do what I have to do though to keep my little boy here. So please I am begging you all to look at our Etsy shop and web site and buy something!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

mod flower skirt

mod flower skirt 2
Originally uploaded by the_smiling_frog

This is a skirt I bought at Goodwill. It is so cute, doesn’t fit me quite right though L . I was going to make these big flowers with embroidery around the edges and in the middles. Then I started cutting out circles and liked that better. I used grosgrain ribbon for the stems. I had to add the butterfly because I discovered a grease stain there, even though after I washed it I though it was stain free! Came out pretty cute if I do say so myself and it’s for sale on my web site .

Finally logged in!

What is wrong with this thing? I can never sign in, the links at the top of the page don't work. Glad I don't have to pay for this.

Anyway I'll get some pics up soon of some things I made and my house.

I'm working on my cellar floor. Just finished filling in the cracks where the cement shifted. We're going to pour an epoxy floor.

Gunny was sick or something on Friday. He started panting really hard and I thought he was going to die. He had a low grade temp so I called the vet and got antibiotics. Of course she suggested chest x-rays to see if the cancer has spread. He was much better yesterday and probably completely back to himself today so I really don't think that's what the problem is.
It's been very muggy here for about a week, plus his chemo is probably kicking in again, and I think he may have an ear infection. Hopefully that's it. He goes to the oncologist Tuesday. Last time he got a great report, the mass was much smaller and the oncologist said he looks great. He's getting fat though, so that doesn't help in the heat.

Today is the Ross family reunion at my great aunt's on Holiday Beach. Hopefully it stays cool!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Happy Belated B-Day Gunny!

A pic of my pup's 13th birthday in April. He's impatiently waiting for cake. Notice his spiffy bandana and Old Navy Dog tee.

Rainy day

Yep it's a rainy day, but I guess the plants need it. At least my half dead plants I just put outside that spent the winter in the dome need it.
We have a robin family that set up house in our Rhododendron out front of the dome. So we have to quietly sneak by them. Although this morning my mother's cat ran up to the tree to get a closer look.
I will get some pics up very soon.
I would like to take my dog out in the woods for a walk, but it was pouring out and thundering a few minutes ago.
Gunny (the dog) had his second round of a new kind of chemo yesterday and I think it's made him tired. He slept from 10pm to 10am when I finally made him get up and take his meds and supplements.
Guess I'll go find some inside activities to do. I really should be sewing!