Monday, December 11, 2006

Who could resist this face?

We are still working on our master bedroom and bath. You would think that with the four day weekend we had, that we would be all done and kicking back right now. Nope, that's just not the case.

We were off to a great start on Thursday and by the end of the day we had the bed torn down, all the furniture moved into the center of the room and the bedroom painted. On Friday, we were off to IKEA to buy the bed frame and then Sam's Club to pick up the box spring and mattress. We have nicknamed our Mazda MPV mini-van...SUPER van, since we some how managed to fit in a king sized headboard and footboard completely assembled and flat packed from IKEA...that box was HUGE. I had to drive home since Joe couldn't even fit into the drivers seat because we had the seat pushed up as far as possible. Poor Joe had to ride home in the passenger seat slouched forward almost laying on the dash. By the time we got home with everything and set it up, we were done for the day.

We are still working on painting the master bath. The amount of tape up prep work is just crazy....now I know why painters cost so much. When we actually get our project done, I'll get some photos posted.


Addy was so exhausted while we were working on the bedroom that she just had to lay down. I thought she looked so cute with her face between her paws, that I had to snap this shot.

Our Addy is just an amazing old girl. She was diagnosed with cancer (a tumor in her upper jaw) in June 2005 and she is still going strong. Back in May 2005, I noticed some swelling on the right side of her nose (where that dark mark is) and after some testing by our vet, she diagnosed the cancer and off we went to a cancer specialist. I swear, this place was like the Mayo clinic for animals.

After lots of tests to verify the type of cancer and whether it had spread, she was scheduled for surgery to try and remove the tumor. Before the surgery they did a scan to determine the margins of the tumor so they could get it all. This is when they decided they could not proceed with the surgery since the tumor had gone past the center line of her top jaw, which would mean her entire top jaw would have to be removed. They felt she wouldn't be able to function after the surgery and recommended that we do not proceed. That was such a difficult conversation and so hard to hear and deal with.

Without removing the tumor, they gave Addy just a few months. Well, that was 17 months ago and she's still hanging in there. She eats two full meals a day and goes on two 1/2 hour walks a day! I think she's just amazing, plus she's just about the sweetest thing you've ever met.

15 comments:

Connie said...

Good for Addy! That's my kinda gal...determined to do her thing :0)

Colleen said...

Addy is sweet personified (animal-onified?). In fact, I want her to give Izzie some lessons when we come up in a couple weeks ;).

Anonymous said...

Bless her sweet little heart! We also had a doggie that had cancer by her eye. Who never let on that it bothered her and was such a joy to our family. That picture is so cute, give Addy a big hug from us!

Kimberly Evans

Doris & Dan Clark said...

Good stuff! Addy sounds amazing. Keep running girl!

Keep smilin!

Susan said...

Good for Addy! I don't usually get two full meals a day and I shirk the thought of two walks - and 1/2 hr. each? :) Can't wait to see pics of the finished room.

Anonymous said...

So cute!! Your story gives me hope for our baby girl "Cheetah" who was just diagnosed with a heart condition and given 6 months to a year to live. We were saddened by that news, but Addy's battle gives us new hope. Go Addy!

Anonymous said...

She is amazing! Is she a greyhound?

Anonymous said...

I CANNOT wait to meet Addie - love that kid! :) She wants to meet her little sister!

Kim said...

Awww, Addy is absolutely precious. Please give her a big hug from me.

Dawn and Dale said...

I'm sure it's your love getting her through all these months!!!

sooooo cute!!!

Shelli said...

What a sweetie! So good to hear that she is doing well.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad Addy is still doing okay! She is really cute!

Lisa and Tate said...

What a sweet face!!! Addy is so adorable!!! Glad she is doing so well!!!

Lisa

M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

Aw, Addy is just beautiful, and clearly one tough little lady.

Nancy & Brian said...

It's true, how could you refuse that face? What a trooper!