Archive for the ‘pets’ Category


Here’s Ella Joy the newest addition to our family. She’s nine weeks old today. Her mom is a Shih Tzu. Dad? The handsome terrier who lives next door to Mom. She came to us through a dear friend, M. Someone was looking for a home for a pup so M. passed on the information to me. I’m so glad. Thank you M. Ella’s such a joy. Thus her second name is Joy. Her first name is Ella since she’s such an elfin little creature.

It was such fun to introduce her to all her yarny Aunties (and Uncles) Wednesday. Ella came home ready to have dinner and drop into an exhausted sleep in my lap. She was so wiped out that she hardly noticed the yarn over her head as I crocheted a scarf for the class I’ll be teaching at Yes Yarn later this month.


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Knitting therapy

Sophie, herself has helped me to regain my knitting mojo. Recently I bought some lovely yarn to knit her a sweater. With her passing, I couldn’t bear looking at that yarn–much less consider knitting it. My dear LYS owner allowed me to exchange the yarn for a different yarn. So now I’m knitting a blankie for The Snuggles Project in her memory. Once again, knitting proves itself to be excellent therapy.

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Thank you Sophie

Sophie’s struggle has ended. Yesterday afternoon, with her family around her, her head resting in my palm, she departed this life.

Thus, my silence on this blog yesterday. Words cannot express the depth of my affection for her, nor my sadness at her loss. I am grateful for every moment of her life. I am thankful for her companionship, her friendship, and her affection. Her presence in my life. I miss her inexpressibly.

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She’s still rather ill, but she’s home. Currently she’s curled into a small fluffy blanket on the desk between the keyboard and the monitor, a favorite spot. The vet’s sent her home with orders for a special diet, meds, and subq fluids. In a few days we’ll have to take her back for a redo on the blood-work to check her kidney function again.

I have literally knitted not one bit since she’s been in hospital. Every time I’ve knitted; I’ve ended up doing something knitiotic and had to rip it back out. So I’ve stuck to reading braincandy. Maybe tonight with an old Cary Grant movie on the TV and Sophie in my lap I’ll find my knitting Mojo again.

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She’s still not feeling well. We (the Man-Child & I) visited with her for awhile at the vet’s today. No real news to offer yet. We won’t know much more until more tests are done tomorrow.

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Sick furbaby

For the next couple of days I suspect I won’t quite be myself. My beloved canine companion, Sophie, is more than a little under the weather. The vet isn’t happy with her bloodwork and he’s keeping her there for treatment & observation for the next couple of days. If you happen to be inclined I’d appreciate any good vibes you could send her way. She, like all furry companions, is a very special creature.

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