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We took my boy dog Belty out on an outing today – and it wasn’t the vet!

My good boy dog Belty has not felt good very often lately. He has had two strokes, he has kidney disease and he is 14 years old. Today, he just felt good for a change, so my hubby and I took him on an outing.

Belty Boo spending time with Mom (me)

We went to PetsMart and wandered around. He enjoys seeing other dogs and sniffing around places where they have been. Even when we have to take him to the vet, which is pretty often lately, he enjoys sniffing around.

Belty was having a really good time in the store and he was extra happy. So, next we decided to take him to a little lake. Belty and I walked all around it in the cold wind while my hubby sat in the truck and read…. Belty was having too much fun to care about it being cold.

Belty enjoyed seeing the ducks and geese. And, of course, he enjoyed sniffing all the trees and bushes.

Belty is in his “Lazy Dog” chair (my hubby’s lazy boy chair) and having a well deserved nap.

Good boy Belty!


The posts below show how bad this past year has been for Belty – We are very thankful every day that God has decided to let Belty keep living with us.

October 19, 2010 My good boy dog Belty seems to be recovering from his stroke!

October 17, 2010 My dog Belty had another stroke and I’m afraid we will lose him soon.

October 12, 2009 How do you explain to a good dog why you can’t give him a doggie goodie any more?

November 18, 2009 Good news and bad news about my good boy dog Belty

October 3, 2009 My dog, Belty’s kidneys are shutting down and I am broken hearted

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My good boy dog Belty seems to be recovering from his stroke!

I wrote two days ago about my dog Belty having another stroke: My dog Belty had another stroke and I’m afraid we will lose him soon.. It seems like Belty is getting better!

Belty, the best dog in the history of the world

First some history: Belty has had health problems for the last year. First, we found out he had kidney disease: (My dog, Belty’s kidneys are shutting down … and I am broken hearted…).  Then, a month after that he had his first stroke: (Good news and bad news about my good boy dog Belty…) It turned out we were were able to manage the kidney disease that with special food, and he recovered from his stroke, too!

He had his latest stroke a week ago last Sunday. He could not walk, his head was shaking and his eyes were moving back and fourth uncontrollably. We took him to the vet as soon as we could, and they prescribed steroids. He just did not seem to be getting better at all. My hubby and I were trying hard to be prepared to lose him.

Last Saturday morning , three days ago, we brought him to the vet again to see if there was anything else they could try. The vet hooked Belty up to an IV to give him fluids. My hubby and I prayed and prayed. Fortunately, Belty got a little stronger and got to come home with us later that day. But, then he got worse again.

At the time I wrote my last blog entry, two days ago, Belty was doing very badly. He was very weak, hardly walking, he wouldn’t eat, could hardly see, and was very dizzy. It just looked like we were going to lose him any second. I was brokenhearted.

Now, he seems to be improving! Belty seems to feel so much better! He is eating again, he is walking better, he does not seem as dizzy and he can see better! He even tries to sit up when I get a doggie goodie out of the goodie box!

He seems like a happy dog again. It looks like he might recover from this stroke like he recovered from his last stroke.

My hubby and I have been praying and praying for our good boy. I am so thankful that it seems like it is in God’s plan for Belty to recover!

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!



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My dog Belty had another stroke and I’m afraid we will lose him soon.

I have not brought this up in my blog yet because it is too painful to talk about. My dog Belty is the best dog in the history of the world. Last week, a week ago today, Belty had another stroke.

Belty, the best dog in the world

Belty, the best dog in the world

He had a stroke another time, and he was able to recover from it. At first his eyes shook and his head tilted and he could not walk straight. But, in time, he was back to his old happy self, and we were able to relax again.

On top of his strokes, he has also been suffering with kidney disease for the past year. We have had pretty good success with managing it by giving him special food that he can digest easier.

This time,, with everything Belty has been through, we are afraid he will not recover. He is 14 now, and I realize that God will take him sooner than later. It does not make it any easier, though.

Belty is having a hard time getting around and he is not eating. He is starting to dwindle away. I have been praying to God to take him all at once and not let him suffer by dwindling away and having a lot of pain.

Anyway, I just had to talk about it. I would appreciate prayers from dog lovers who understand how painful this is. I would also appreciate kind thoughts from those of you who do not pray.

Thank you,



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Rant of the day: My backyard fence that I share with my irresponsible neighbor is falling down. Rats…

I share a fence with a neighbor and this fence is starting to lean over really far. The weight of all the snow we have had lately has pushed on it more and more with each storm.

There is no snow on the ground right now, so it would be a good time to fix it. (It snowed yesterday, but it did not stay on the ground)

I’m expecting a fence contractor any minute. I’m hoping that a couple of posts can be replaced and the panels can remain. A new fence is NOT in our budget right now.

This fence keeps our dogs safe in our yards. The frustrating thing is that I’m sure that my neighbor will not want to share the cost of repair even though we share the fence.

My neighbors don’t care if their dogs get out, as I ranted in another post recently:

But, fixing this fence is a major concern for me as a big time animal lover. My dogs getting out would be a major catastrophe.

Since I never got around to being having children, my God-given maternal instinct only gets used on my pets. Keeping my pets safe is very important to me. ….

Oh, well. You gotta do what you gotta do.

I had this fence built several years ago before those neighbors moved in. I had other irresponsible pet owner neighbors before them. I had to pay the whole cost of construction last time even though they got half the benefit.

The previous neighbors also had dogs but did not love them enough to take care of them. The would get a puppy, play with it until it grew up. Then, give it away and get another puppy till it grew up. They also took their cat to the pound because it had fleas.

Pets were replaceable to them. It was not worth it to have a fence to keep them in their yard. Ooh. I just can’t understand people like that.


Edited to add:

The fence guy just left. We are getting our fence fixed tomorrow – ugly but cheap – for $400. We are getting new posts put in a foot away from the broken posts. It’s a lot cheaper if they don’t have to dig up the old posts. Plus, the panels don’t have to come down. That’s great, because now we don’t have to “coordinate” with the neighbors to keep their dog (the other is still lost) in the house during construction.

UPDATE: Next morning:

OK. Now I’m mad. The fence contractor guy who came out and gave us a bid on our fence got fired from the company he worked for. I just called to see when he was coming out, and they said he was fired. I have a feeling that good old Larry was working under the table. He said we could have a discount if we paid cash for our fence repair. In retrospect, that sounds pretty shady. I’ve been really stressed about the fence falling down and not having the money to fix it. It did not register at the time that good old Larry might not be on the up and up. Dang. X—UPDATE: The morning after that:I talked to the owner of the fence company yesterday. He came out and gave us a legitimate estimate of the work. But, surprise surprise, he decided to honor the price Larry had given us! Apparently he’s happy we let him know what had happened instead of going with Larry. I was willing to pay a couple of hundred dollars more just to make this right, but we get to pay the low amount after all! Thanks, fence company owner guy! The crew will be here to make the repairs sometime “mid-morning”, and then my doggies will be secure in a safe yard.  XShare with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, StumbleUpon, etc


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My irresponsible neighbor and her lost little bitty doggie…

I am irked.

Yesterday, my hubby and I saw a little bitty Yorkie with a little bitty white jacket out loose. I squatted down to try to coax the doggie to me, but she turned around and ran all the way down the street lickity split.

My hubby ran to their house to tell them their doggie was out. I headed of down the street on foot (the adrenalin was replacing my need for my oxygen, good thing because I totally forgot my oxygen). When they caught up to me in her car, my neighbor said:

“I think I know where she went. She always goes the same place when she gets out.”


“She always goes the same place when she gets out.”???

I did not say anything to her, but that really bugged me…

I have had a dog get out once in my life, and I have taken the proper steps to make sure that never happened again. My dogs are never outside without a leash and we keep the backyard fence in good repair.

The doggie ran off right before dark last night, and she was not where my neighbor thought she was going to be.

This morning it is sleeting. It’s really cold, and really wet. I just hope the little bitty doggie was able to find her way home during the night.

I get so bugged when people do not take care of their dogs. I just can’t relate to somebody who lets this teensy weensy doggie get out time after time after time.



Edited to add: I just talked to my neighbor. They have not found the dog. It is 11:00AM and it is 34 degrees. That is just above freezing, and it is snowing, and it is going to keep snowing or sleeting all day.

This is yet another opportunity for me to practice not worrying. (If interested, see my "Do Not Worry” blog)


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Good news and bad news about my good boy dog Belty…

We took Belty to the vet yesterday. First the good news: They did more blood work, and his kidneys are doing better since he has been only eating the nasty tasting “special” food. Now the bad news: (after my favorite picture of Belty)

Belty triumphant after killing a stuffed toy...

The reason we were in the vet in the first place was because Belty must have had a stroke, or something. All of a sudden, Belty started falling down, not being able to walk. Then, he got up and started walking in circles. Then I noticed his eyes were moving back and forth very quickly. He looked dizzy.

The vet gave him some anti-inflammatory medicine and steroid. It could be an inner ear thing, but the vet just can’t tell at this point.

As I said in my last blog about finding more mold, I have to just give the situation to God. There is nothing I can do anyway. I’m not very good at not obsessing when things go wrong. But, the more things that go wrong, the more practice I get trying to trust God…..

We are trying to prepare for the worst, but we are hoping and praying that he will get better.

At this point, we know that Belty is going to die sooner than later anyway. As we adopted him from the pound as an adult, we don’t know his age, but he has to be at least thirteen because of how many years he’s lived with us.

When Belty comes to the point when he is not enjoying his life, I want God to take him to Dog Heaven (actually, I prefer that dogs be in people heaven) But, seriously, I do believe in Heaven, but any place is better with dogs……

(my hubby and I are Born Again Christians, but we are radical in our belief that God abandons nobody, and everybody will eventually be in Heaven, no matter what religion they were in. We do not believe that God would create people, knowing they would reject Him, and then put them in the “fiery pit of Hell” for eternity. There is no “fiery pit of Hell”. That is not Biblical, just a tradition made by men. That’s a blog for another day)

Back to Belty: I love my boy dog. He is “Mom’s Main Man”. But, I have to trust that God is going to do what is best. I do not want him to suffer. At this point in time, Belty is scared. He does not know why the room is spinning around and he does not know why he can’t walk straight. The only time he seems alright is when he is asleep.

Belty hanging out with Mom (me) on the patio.

I do not know if he is going to get better or worse. But, when God says is is time for him to die, my hubby and I are going to cry big tears for a very long time. I’m already crying a couple times a day just thinking about it, and my hubby is, too. But, Jesus tells me not to worry, and like I said in my last blog about the new mold we found, it is a hard lesson to learn. I hate homework.

I’m going to reprint the “Do Not Worry” passage of the Bible as I did in my mold blog. This is Jesus speaking:

Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry:”Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Jesus, I’ll keep trying, but I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to do it, even though you command it.



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How do you explain to a good dog why you can’t give him a doggie goodie any more?

Belty with his high and tight Marine Corps haircut Jen just asked about my good boy Belty in my “Why do Dogs have Eyebrows” blog. As I answered, it was hard not to make it a long post, so I decided to make a blog entry out of the answer:

I recently posted about about Belty: My dog, Belty’s kidneys are shutting down … and I am broken hearted…

As I said in that post, Belty has to eat “special” food, and nothing else. Before we noticed he did not feel good, he has always gotten doggie goodies, lots of doggie goodies.

I am home all the time due to my health and I hang out with all my pets all day. A special event in my dogs’ day is when I go to the kitchen to get a cup of coffee, or grab lunch. For years and years, Mom being in a kitchen was a situation rife with possibilities.

My good boy dog Belty has always licked his doggie lips and looked at me as if to say: “Mom? Isn’t there anything else you think you should do while you are in the kitchen?”

Belty has always been good at suckering Mom out of a doggie goodie. He would sit up pretty for it, and then a very happy boy dog would run down the hall like a speeding bullet. Nicki, my other dog, gets goodies too, but they are not such a thrill to her. Food is food in her mind. She does not know a goodie is special.

So, anyway, now Belty’s kidneys are shutting down, and we are trying to keep him feeling as best as he can. Before the vet found out what was wrong with him, Belty had started to throw up all the time, or did not eat at all, and always had diarrhea. Now, with the “special” food, he does not have those problems.

His kidneys were making his digestive system all messed up. So, now, Belty can’t have anything except the “special” food or he will get sick again, and might get so sick that he dies.

Edited to add this paragraph: Belty says that the special food is nasty tasting. It also smells awful, in my opinion. He would not eat it for the first two days. But, the vet said that eventually he would HAVE to eat it, and he did. But, he still says it is nasty tasting.

The vet very specifically said that Belty can’t have doggie goodies ever again. They could kill him. To make it fair, we don’t give Nicki doggie goodies, either, but she does not mind. It was never something special to her. They are only special, very very special, to Belty.

Before I started writing this blog entry, I went into the kitchen to get a second cup of coffee. As always, Belty jumped off of Daddy’s chair and followed me in.

How do you explain to a good dog why you can’t give him a doggie goodie any more?

I wish I knew.




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