All the latest things…

Thank you all for the huge outpouring of support not just for my article about my depression, not just about my depression, but for me. It is scary to say “here is me at my worst.”

It is unbelievably affirming to have you say, “ok,” and sometimes, “me too.”

I know it is worth the box outstepping when you say, “thanks. I needed to hear that.” So thank you. You are incredible. Maybe it can be a conversation starter/continuer, not a one time dark piece before we get back to puppies and kittens.

The Other Side

on Dr. Roark’s website

(Thank you again Dr. Roark. Hope you don’t get tired of hearing that, because I am not done.)

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Not that we should not get back to puppies and kittens.

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After I wrote about depression, I wrote about Tofu.

Part 1: Tofu the Baby Husky

Part 2: Tofu the Baby Husky Continues to Recover

Part 3: In Which Tofu is Adopted and Lives Happily Ever After

He is now too gangly to hold. (I love teenage dog stage even more than baby dog stage). He is as adorable and onery as ever, and has done a remarkably excellent job of choosing the best family out there :)

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We had a dog we love come into Gentle Doctor because her Mom and Dad – both of whom we also love dearly – had to go into hospice care. Her name is Angel, and she is an eleven year old Maltese.

I love the old dog stage even MORE than the adult dog and teenage dog and baby dog stages, though I truly love them all. Angel stayed with us a few weeks, and on her last day there, Jan and I let her have the run of the front office, kitchen and doctor office. She pulled the trash over with her little Maltese teeth FIVE times, and it was then that I fell even more in love with her than I already was.

Her new family has another rescued dog, and they are getting along very well. Here is my favorite picture of Angel, taken by Renee.

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My oldest daughter Amanda had her hair rainbowed.

That deserves a seperate post too, because I have not seen rainbowed hair as cool as hers on the entire internet, and I think it should be out there. Here’s one picture – I will post them all soon!

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Oh! The Open House! Gentle Doctor had an open house to celebrate the hospital’s 50th anniversary. Very fun. Dr. Bashara said most of the people there heard about the open house through Facebook, so that made me happy.

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Our newest family memberĀ Luna Lovegood continues to survive and thrive. At the open house, Dr. Krapfl watched her trot like an untrained foal across the entire parking lot. I turned back to him and said, “she’s healthy!” He said, “I see that,” and in what is not as rare an occurrence as you might think on first meeting him, he smiled a huge smile.

Having never had a white dog since we had Obie before the girls were born, I did not realize a friendly, agreeable white puppy in the hands of young artists is a blank canvas. Luna has (confusingly) been Harry Potter, and also Pride Puppy and Patriotic Puppy. Definately a future picture post, don’t you think?

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Also, the Nelson side of our family went to Round Lake Wisconsin for a week long vacation. Best week of the year.

Then cousins I do not get to see often and miss dearly came to visit – Rob and Mike, John and Joshua. I love you guys!

So there’s that. Sometimes a random post gets me writing again. Thanks for being here. I hope you are having a very good summer!

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