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A Long 6 Months

Well actually, it’s been 6 months and 12 days, but who’s counting?  A lot has happened in those months.

Cassie’s bulging discs & arthritis are getting worse.  We’ve done all kinds of therapy – acupuncture, laser, laser acupuncture, electronic acupuncture, toe-up shoe, medications and we even tried the water treadmill (that was a bust!).  She’s gotten to where she doesn’t really walk with her back legs at all – we lift with the help ’em up harness & she walks with her front legs.  She has feeling in her feet, but she doesn’t bend her knees and she just lets her feet drag.  She’s still very interactive and will pull us all over the place.  We’ve gotten a wagon to take her on walks around the neighborhood, which she seems to love!  We also just got a cart for her, so we’ll see how that goes.  We’ve only tried it once so far, so it’s a work-in-progress.  We’re hoping it will give her a little bit of mobility outside – well, at least when the snow is gone!  lol



Cooper is adjusting to life in the Hansen household. He’s grown a little bit – he’s up to 30lbs now. His favorite thing is to de-stuff anything he can. Him and Max are great friends, and he’s even played tug-of-war with Cassie. The cats are still adapting, though. Daisy was actually living in the basement, so we had to force her upstairs. Jasmine & Rascal are doing a little better, but they’re not friends yet.

Every year we go to this really cool place a couple of hours from here called Bronner’s Christmas Store.  It’s open all year long and they have everything Christmas you could imagine.  They will personalize pretty much any ornament for free.  This year we got one for Murphy, on the back it has the Rainbow Bridge poem.  I also received a wonderful Christmas gift, handmade by the Amazing Rene, that I will treasure forever – it’s a stamped ring that says “Furever my heart”


Wishing you all a Merry Christmas,


~ by midnighter94 on December 25, 2017 .

6 Responses to “A Long 6 Months”

  1.   dobemom Says:

    Merry Christmas Donna, and Angel Murphy! I LOVE that ornament, what a treasured keepsake. I got a “paw prints on our hearts” one for Nitro, but I just love Murhpy’s. It’s hard, when time keeps moving forward without our heart dogs, isn’t it? Sometimes I just want to wallow in sadness and grief, but I know that’s not what he wants for us. As you know, we’ve had “to move on” at our house too. I love tiny Grizzly, but at times I feel guilty for that love. But I shudder to think where we’d be today without him – most likely shadows of our former selves. So I try not to let myself slip into the abyss of loss. In a twisted way, it’s probably good that caring for Cassie takes up much of you time and energy – otherwise you’d be in my shoes. But I know you have a whole new stress with her; for that I feel for you. I know our boys are bonded in heaven like you and I are on earth…..wishing you peace this holiday season, my “twin”

    Paula an Warrior Angel Nitro

  2.   Michelle Says:

    Merry Christmas. A great blog post Donna. I love the ornament and ring.

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  3.   hester Says:

    Donna, I just love the ornament tribute to Murphy – it is just beautiful. And so is the ring; very special.

    I hope Cassie takes to her cart and has a little more mobility to take her through the winter. I love that she still wants to play tug with Cooper as it shows how vital her spirit still is.

    Sending warm wishes and love to you all.

  4.   benny55 Says:

    It’s so good to see Murphy’s blog ban er again. It just feels “:right” It feels “normal” as though he’s still right here…and thats because he is! Nope, a dog Soul like Murphy never leaves us.

    Goodness know you are leaving no stone unturned when it comes to helping beautiful Cassie meander around! It’s wonderful that she likes her Royal Carriage. And she has a set of wheels too! This is a pampered gal! 🙂

    And zi love every picture of Cassie. She’s such a “unique” looking pup. I’d love to snuggle in her fur!

    You really picked out a wonderful Christmas ornament for Murphy. Bery sweet.

    Glad you got the lovely ring Donna. It’s a symbol of unbreakable bonds and unconditional love among friends (including dog friends)!

    Oh! And the video!!! PRECIOUS!!!! 🙂

    Lots of love

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  5.   linda8115 Says:

    Oh Donna I love your blog! I think of Murphy so often and am so happy I had the privilege of meeting your happy boy in person. I love how you and Glenn take such special care of Cassie doing all you can to keep her happy and engaged. The love flowing from your house is truly amazing! Give Cassie, Max, Cooper and kitties all a Christmas hug from me ok? I’m so happy that the journey none of us would’ve chosen to take has brought me all the soul sisters (& a couple of soul brothers too) that I would’ve never had the opportunity to meet otherwise! Your Murphy will remain forever in our hearts too! ❤️ Love you my friend!

  6.   jerry Says:

    Donna, thanks for the update. I hope Cassie is able to have some fun with those wheels. You are sooooo good to all the doggies, what lucky pups they are. We send all our love and smooches to you and the pack. Glad you liked the bling!

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