Monday, October 3, 2011

A Test Of Ones Strength!

 If you saw my recent post then you know Mike and I went to Vegas for our 40th anniversary.  Sophie (our precious shih tzu) stayed with my sister while we were away.  She got stick suddenly with tummy problems.  It's a huge worry when they get sick but even more when they are 16 and you are away from home.  When we picked her up on Tuesday she looked rather worn out.  I figured we would give it a day to see if she felt better.  Well she got sick to her tummy again so off to the vet we went.  They gave her an anti-nausea shot and hydrated her.  Boy she perked right up!  About a week later she got sick again!  The doctor said if she did he would then do blood work to see what's going on.  Her blood work came back with her liver enzymes higher than he said he has ever seen.  NOT GOOD!  His biggest fear was liver cancer.  He told us to bring her in right away for x-rays to check for a mass.  He called me that afternoon with great news that he didn't see any mass.  So she is being treated for pancreatitis and hepatitis.  After spending the day there on an IV and shots she came home with more energy than I've seen in a while!  Unfortunately that didn't last long when I tried to wake her in the morning she was so tired she didn't want to open her eyes.  Of course it was Sunday and no one is there to talk to!  I believe she is having a reaction to her medicine.  :(  
My precious little girl!

Okay now if that wasn't enough to deal with I was put to the test again on Thursday.  My son who is the K-9 officer for Sacramento County was called out on a manhunt to find a guy who has been hiding in  Ft. Bragg, California (the redwood forrest).  Now my son is not on the swat team but they needed some experienced K-9's too.  He quickly packed up and left for his drive north along with 27 other officers from the county.  The guy they were looking for has been hiding in the forrest for 6 weeks living on food he was stealing from peoples homes and cabins.  Needless to say all the residents had left in fear with this dangerous man on the loose.  He killed a man the beginning of August and also killed a councilman (former mayor) at the end of August.  He was armed and very dangerous!  In the 15 yrs. my son has been a deputy this was by far the scariest!  They were dealing with a very sick and dangerous man in a very dense forrest.  Shortly after I received the call from my Vet that Sophie didn't have cancer I got a text from my daughter in law that the manhunt was over!  Without giving you details he won't be able to hurt anyone ever again and all the brave law enforcement officers came home uninjured!  For that I am truly grateful!

I had never seen spanish moss used this way!  
All this for one man!  Unbelievable!  

Saturday was Mike's he will always remember I'm sure.  We were able to have a great family dinner last night to celebrate Mike's birthday and Brian returning home safely!  Hearing him tell the story last night was like something from a movie (a very scary movie)!  

Wishing you all a wonderful week!   


  1. Thank God Mike & the other officers are all safe. Happy birthday Mike & TY for protecting our citizens.

    Oh, poor baby ... I hope she's going to be ok.

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~

  2. Good morning Denise, My goodness, I do hope your sweet Sophie is feeling better soon, I know how worried you are for her ~ our pets our like our own children, and when something is wrong you want to do everything you can to make them feel better ~ I'll be keeping her in my thoughts and prayers. And SO glad your son came home safe!! I know you are breathing a HUGE sigh of relief. My goodness!! Glad to hear that the man they were after will never hurt anyone again!!

    Warmest hugs to you, Brenda

  3. So glad your son is safe and sound. I hope Sophie continues to feel better. We love them so much...

    Ann @ A Sentimental Life

  4. HI Dear Denise~
    I'm soooo happy that your dear son is safe and sound!! I'm a wife of a retired police officer and know how stressful it is when they are out there in dangerous situations!!!
    I will continue to pray for your dear sweet Sophie my heart breaks for our dear precious fur babies when they get ill :)

    Sweet tender hugs for you and your dear Sophie :)


  5. Dearest Denise,

    What a post... So glad that your sons are safe and sound and could participate in a happy birthday together with you! Glad that this bad guy has been put out of action by some heroic men that protect our safety.
    Sophie is another worry. But considering her age of 16, this is remarkable. From the pictures you showed here we certainly would not have guessed her 'old' age; she is so cute! Wish I will ever have a pet being 16... My Mauzie, the black & tan dachshund was a good 12 when we had to put her out of her misery, having cancer...

    Love to you,


  6. Dear Denise,
    First let me say that i am so glad that your son is now safe and sound back home.
    Anymore, law enforcement have to deal with terrible things even if you live in small town America. I bet you were so relieved when you heard he was safe and the ordeal was over.
    I pray that your sweet pooch is doing better and that they will be able to treat what is ailing her quickly so she is feeling good again. The worst thing about having a sick pet is that they can't tell you what is wrong, isn't it???
    My prayers are with you..


  7. D~OK...I was HOLDING MY BREATH thinking the worst possible news was coming over your precious doggie and son. :( I was so thrilled when I got to the end and they are both OK! God is good. My heart was pumping so hard.

    Thankfully God never allows more than we can bear. Today I'm happy everything worked out and all are safe.


  8. Hi Denise,
    I am so thankful too that your son and the others are okay and the dangerous man not on the radar any longer. I know the fear as my hubs youngest brother has been a police office for 28 years and just retired at 50 years old. He was also a K-9 handler and undercover for many years as well. We were always scared for him. We owe these brave men and women so much for the protection they provide everyday.

    I also want to wish you a belated Happy 40th Anniversary. Blessings for many more wonderful years. I am so sorry to hear about your little sweetie girl and so glad she does not have cancer and the vet knows what to deal with and can help her get better. Our fur babies are like our little children and we hate to see them sick. They can't tell us how they feel and it can be heartbreaking. I hope she continues to improve.
    Prayers for sweet Sophie.
    Have a wonderful evening and week ahead.
    XO Celestina Marie

  9. Hai there, I stumbled into your blog and saw that you are collecting pictures of roses of famous people. I have a picture of a rose "Princess of Monaco" made in the graden of madam Ephrussie in St.Jean Cap Ferat on the French Cote d'Azure. I was there on holiday. If you wish I can send you the picture.
    With love from Holland

  10. Dearest Denise,

    How are you girl? Is Louise still with you or...? Hope you are okay and would love to hear from you. A big, tight hug and oodles of love,


  11. Hello Denise~Just dropping by to make sure your sweet Sophie is doing well and you??


  12. I'm so glad your family is safe and sound! Happy Thanksgiving Denise to you and yours. We have so much to be thanksful for! Hugs My Friend ~Always, Susan

  13. Dearest Denise,

    How are you doing? Hope you had a great Thanksgiving with your loved ones.
    Wishing you all the best and love to you,