Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wed and We Made It a Good Day

Wed went fast. Greg gets the stent out tomorrow at Mayo! Yeah for that. No news tops that.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

We went to water exercise today. It was so busy. Life Guard training, Children Off school having fun with parents, lap swim, and our class. Fun but a bit hard to hear the instructor. I needed the exercise. Emma kept looking at me as more people walked by her. I kept telling her "it's okay" but I think she wanted to say "it's a bit nuts in here". So many people enjoying themselves and that was heart warming to me.

We went outside several times also. I like that Emma gets me off my duff and outside. Today was sunny and cold but still fun to be with here. Okay you know some days I let her out in the fenced yard and watch from the patio door. Today I was out there with her several times and in the front (on leash). We had a great time. She just loves diving in the snow, fetching and frolicking in the snow piles. It is very entertaining to be with her.

She likes the naps though like I do. She keeps my feet warm. Today we also sorted some things and she was lucky. She slept besides me. There are some chores she can't really help with. But she is helpful with things dropped, picking up wet towels, I dropped my phone, and many other things. She is my sweetie for sure.

I hope the blog isn't getting boring. Sometimes i feel like I repeat myself. Emma is just awesome and though when I feel good we get out and about it is always typical things. She is just delightful though and so fun for my days.

Tomorrow I have a medical appointment to start the day and then we will see what happens. Greg will be going to Mayo with my son and not sure if we are going with this week. Hope you are having a good week. A lot of people we know took the week off to really enjoy the holidays. My sister's work shut down for the week and everyone had to take vacation.

Many of my friends are seeing movies. I hear Sherlock Holmes is pretty violent and gory (not on my list to go see). Hope whatever you are doing with family and friends is enjoyable for you.

Love to you all,

Emma the best service dog in the world and mary

Monday, December 28, 2009

Of course that means Emma was with me or under my watchful eye.
Lots of time to have Emma outside...rosa is here visiting. I will write more tomorrow. We are okay.........Mary

Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Movie

Greg and Emma and I had a movie date!! We saw It's Complicated and enjoyed it. I think especially people of our age group will appreciate it. Meryl Streep is excellent. Emma rested so nice. It was so nice to go out together.

Emma is enjoying the snow. It was fun to be out there playing with her. She likes most though venturing where it is a bit too deep and drifted for me. She dives in and comes up with a white nose. She frollicks and kind of prances or gallops to get through the deep snow. It will be interesting to see how the winter snow depth goes as it isn't even Jan 1st yet.

Emma is just being great. We have time to snuggle up for a nap now. Hope your holiday weekend is going well for you.


Emma and Mary

More later

Saturday, December 26, 2009

It Snowed

Hope your Christmas was Merry. So much prep and poof the days come and go. We will keep our tree up and consider it Christmas at least till Epiphany (Jan 6th). We had a busy weekend.

Wow did it snow here. Snow and snow and snow. Emma is loving it but barely able to create paths in the deep snow but she has and loving it. She gets so tired though after being outside. I love watching her play. Christmas Eve day she was outdoors with my granddaughters and Anna. She had such a wonderful time. She snored and slept when she finally came in. She loves to try to catch snow balls, putting her face in the snow, digging in the snow and just every aspect of snow.

Clearing driveways, cars was not so fun for humans. Sevral people we know had to change holiday plans due to the snow. We had the kids here both Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day. Anna and Dan stayed over night and boy that was fun. I heard Rosa and Sophia slept together and moved pillows to try to watch out the window for Santa. It was so fun to have them all here.

At the end of opening presents, Rosa summed it up - "I LOVE THIS CHRISTMAS - THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING". Everyone had a good time I think. I have that cough and cold still so wish I would have felt better in that way but gosh it was fun. I love being with our family. We missed Sophia on Christmas Day as she was with her father but we understand. Rosa was full of fun and energy. After playing with games, new things, and old favorites - Rosa and I played house. She just is so delightful.

Later I did get to play scattergories and that was full of laughs too. So despite snow we had a good time. Lily came too my son's dog and she was so good. She and Emma are use to each other and handle things well.

Take good care today. I better get ready. We are going to a movie. I haven't been out of the house much for weeks. Hope I don't cough. I took meds and have things to suck on and so on.

Wishing you continued time with family, friends,,,,,Mary

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Resting and sleeping trying to feel better on Tuesday.

Wed a medical related appointment and then home the rest of the day.

Emma is doing fine. snow is predicted but may be a mixture of ice and rain. Snow easier to deal with I think than Ice. In our opinion, anyway.

Hope all is well with you all.

Mary and Emma

Monday, December 21, 2009

More Snow Is Coming?

They are predicting snow for Wed-Friday and of course I am excited.
Mary went to the doctor and got some more medicines to help her.
She also has to rest and take time to heal.
tonight we are picking up for the cleaning lady
and wrapping presents (just a few left)
then watching tv or heading to bed early.

Tomorrow we will be home all day.
Extra rest is in order and time to play in the snow too.

The stronger cough medicine should help Mary (and I sleep)
We also are enjoying Christmas music.

Wishing you a good week. Wow is it busy around the area. Lots of people shopping we noticed when we went to the doctor and got prescriptions too. Drive careful.

Take care and try not to over do this week.

Emma

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Busy Weekend

We are headed to the doctor again Monday. I just can't kick the cough.

We had a nice weekend. Saturday a breakfast with my siblings . The granddaughters came home with us and my own children were here awhile. Where we met to eat was close by here. The day flew by. We loved having them around and then the granddaughters overnight.

Sunday the Weinand Clan had almost 60 people is my guess at a brunch hosted by Greg's brother. It was such fun. I unfortunately am coughing so much at night that I was a bit tired. Maybe my visit tomorrow will mean a refill on prescription couogh meds or other tips. I was so proud of our family. We had a good time. Rosa and Sophia enjoyed time with the other chilren that are their age.

We came home for a big nap after time outside. tonight the Vikings are playing so Greg is enjoying that. Emma did great in all situations. She got a bit wiggly and we noticed she needed to get outside. Then all was fine.

I bet the holidays are keeping you busy. I just have to get more done but first to feel better so i sleep better at night. What a great time of year to appreciate family and friends...love to you and yours.

Emma and Mary

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Home All Day

Sleeping, resting so I will be well for the Christmas Celebrations we have this weekend. Making sure Emma gets out and I watch her from the patio door. She plays and yet keeps her eyes on me to see where I am at. Once I bundled so I could throw her a ball and stuff in my boots and coat etc. But the rest of the outings she went out while I watched from the patio door. I am sleeping a lot, resting. Emma is being a big helper so that is good and so comforting also.

Stay warm and as healthy as you can. In MN this is a sunny but very cold day for Dec or so it seems. But remember we live in MN. Every year adjusting to the cold seems tough.

Emma loves the snow. She is enjoying putting her face in. The deeper the better. This is not "new". She comes up face covered in snow and doesn't mind a bit. I do have to really check her ears with the moisture. I towel them a bit if she gets them too snowy. Usually she snuggles into a blanket anyway and I think that helps.

Emma and I wish you a nice day.

Mary and Emma

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sick with a very bad cold that for me means it impacts my breathing due to my asthma and lung issues. I am already on an antibiotic so hoping that and lots of sleep/rest helps. emma is being just super like always.

Don't worry. Today we go to the diabetic educator as she needs to set pump for the new insulin type that I will now use regularily. Greg needs a lab test. He plans to go to work Tues and has to go Thursday also. Not sure though if he can make it rhough a full day.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Holiday Specials

I cry over all of them

I don't recall endings as MS has impacts on memory

Emma and I and Greg enjoy them

Also Christmas Music

Note I blogged twice.

Emma Amazes Me Like Always

Emma and I got out shopping a bit and she was wonderful. I am so happy to report how amazing she was in her behavior. She really can shine. I had my walker and we are a bit wide in the aisles of one of the two stores we went to. She was so patient and handled it all well. We got so many compliments. We also went early and got a lot done. Thanks to a friend who got me out of the house. Now I feel at least a bit prepared for Christmas.

With Greg home we also have done more on-line shopping than ever before. That has also been new to us and helpful.

Emma loves this snow. She is really entertaining us with her antics. She likes to dive in and only her rear side shows. Out at the mall I let her go into a pile that was a big large due to nearby shoveling. Those passing by chuckled and stopped even on this brr cold day to watch her. This time almost only her tail stuck out of the soft deep snow. Now this is a treat. As the winter goes on those big snow piles melt a bit and then they are not soft like now. She loved it today.

Now like children you don't let her do this if it is by the road. snow plows make great piles but slipping into the street would be awful. Also when I need to go in or out right away she will be at my side. She knows to wait for my permission to get into the snow. She is just so cute.

It is also interesting to see in the fresh snow her paw print patterns in the snow. YES my girl does winter or summer like to scout out the permeter of the yard. The most paw prints are around the course of the fence. She also has her prints where she runs as I toss things to her or when she scampers in to answer my call "Emma NOW" when it is time to come in. She might look at me with eyes that say "can't we stay out longer?" but comes in well for me from the yard. Her solo night time outings (I watch from the patio door) she makes quick. Yeah Emma as it is when I am ready for bed.

I did rest today and tonight too. Shopping was not long. Amazing how much we got done though. My cold seemed better today. I will rest a lot this weekend for sure.

Time to cuddle up and go back to watching a holiday movie with her. Imagine us on the love seat. Both of US (and I am not a small person) and a nice warm blanket.

I am very pleased with the results of my insulin pump.

Have a good weekend. Our next weekend after is plum full so we have to get rest in the upcoming days.

Emma and Mary

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Home all day today.
Mary has a sore throat and cold so we skipped swimming.
Didn't keep me from enjoying the snow though it is cold.

Greg home today too.
Brr a good day to stay in and stay warm for folks.
But fun for ME to have my breaks outside.

Emma

Wednesday, December 9, 2009



A picture of Emma and one of the toys she loves in the snow. I think target and REI sell them if you need ideas for Santa.

Snow to Play In

Hi to All,

Emma and I enjoyed playing fetch in the snow. Yes I uncovered her favorite toy (snow or sun) for outside. Oh yes she likes a plain old ball too. It is so fun to see her scamper through the snow and send it flying while she digs for her toy or the ball or whatever. This dog just loves getting her face wet in the snow also. She just has delight in her eyes and body language. She is a bit tired now. She will go outside again but as temps drop I will stand at the patio door rather than bundle up and go out with her. We sure love the fenced in yard.

A kind neighbor cleared our driveway of snow. Greg tried to do some himself but it was too painful. I can barely walk due to MS and breathing issues in the cold - so I am of no help. I just am so tired that I did not get many indoor chores done either. Not that I get a lot done but I normally get a few more quiet chores done. Tonight I have just a few dishes and then relax. I hope to address some Christmas cards but am not sending many this year.

we are using some computer sites to christmas shop. What a mess today. The ups delivered a package that had something heavy and also something fragile but with very little padding. So you guessed it the fragile things were broken - I don't know who would think to put them in the same package. How nuts is that??

Emma and I enjoyed a full day at home. The temps are suppose to be cold tonight so I am hoping not to freeze going to water exercise. I have a very warm coat, scarf and mittens that don't match the coat. But the air and water by the pool will seem cold. It always does when there is a big drop in temperature outside. Hard to explain but we plan to go. My bag is packed. Just like when i worked, i always have my bag packed ahead of time. Emma will go with me eagerly. Thursday is the day we normally go somewhere for lunch (nothing fancy) but we will see if participants want to get home rather than get out again in the cold?

Greg is going to try to do some computer work from home if he feels better tomorrow.

Emma and I are almost ready to curl up to watch a christmas show on tv. i love the christmas season. Hope all is well with you. Try not to stress this holiday season (am I talking to you or me?).

Wishing you the best, Emma and Mary

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Hi on Tuesday

It has been snowing and Emma is enjoying those trips outside. We had water exercise and she did great there like always.
Not much news other than that tonight. I will write tomorrow when I am not so tired. A big winter storm is forecast for southern MN but not sure how much will hit us here. We have probably 1.5 inches already. I would guess there are children and teachers praying for a "snow day" - no school due to the snow. In southern Mn they predict winds making it a blizzard. How much it hits us as we live NW of some of the area - I am not sure.

Emma had a good day. She will go out again now before we get ready for bed. I know she will be smiling as she puts her face in the snow.

Wishing you all a good day.....Mary and Emma

Monday, December 7, 2009

My Wonderful Emma

We went to a 2.5 hour training for my insulin pump. Emma did just great. During a break she got outside for a brief time...most the time she just was so calm laying on her blanket and waiting. I will never get over how amazing it is to me that service dogs will on command lay down in the space you designate and be content there for hour or hours. She shows off those skills at medical appointments, church, movies, when i swim, among other times....she is amazing.

I am picking up for the cleaning lady. Emma is helping with that also. She is more than willing to help me when I drop a newspaper (my tremoring hands) She helps pick up anything I drop and I mean almost anything. Okay she will leave food as I instruct her to do so. But clothing as I put things away, and kitchen items, just anything. She is my great helper.

She also is so connected to me for moral support. She is at my side almost constantly. Funny sometimes I sit in a recliner but sometimes I prefer the couch or love seat to watch tv. Guess what she prefers? Yep when I am on the couch or love seat so that she can snuggle right with me. Her body touching mine. Or nap time where again we cuddle up.

Now in case your curious, Helping Paws does not train dogs to be on furniture. That was MY choice once I had Emma. If I need her to she will rest on the pillow/bed that is just for her in the living room (like when we have company) or the bedroom. At meal time she goes under the table. When we have company for a holiday if there is not enough room she will go in the corner (my dinning room is so small) or on the pillow/bed in the living room.

She makes me smile. Her facial expressions crack me up. She has a certain look when I know she "wants to" or "needs to" go outside. I know the real look and she seldom fakes me out. At home she likes to cruise the back yard but she also knows to go quickly (at home or out and about( if I say "go NOW". She knows that statement.

I am so darn proud of her handling the ups and downs of my life. My quiet days, our busy days, she handles them all just fine!!! She is skilled in all areas that I need her to be.

I am concerned that readers might have misudnerstood a posting last week when I said we practiced all day. I guess more accurately we very deliberately used all the skills and reinforced with extra treats or attention. I think Emma is so good at obeying me that I don't need to use lots of training treats (Low cal). So once in awhile I think it is good for her to get a bit more treats as we do our cues (commands) and even more than normal physical reinforcement. Remember I am a former elementary teacher. A little extra reinforcement is good for the spirit I think - it is a fun day for both of us. I did NOT mean she was working poorly with me, or would not work without this day of "practice". She just amazes me on a daily basis with her many skills!!!!

Oh yes it is starting to snow. We are sneaking out for a needed haircut for me. It is suppose to snow more tomorrow and Tuesday into Wed night. Some places will get a total of a foot of snow!!!!!!!!!! Now we are on the edge so probably will not get the full amount. (sorry Emma) but Emma will enjoy the time outside. Here is another gift she gives me. She gets me outside many times to play with her in a day or in the dark i stand and watch her play. She enriches my life in so many ways.

Everywhere we go people remember "Emma". It is funny how many will say "and I forgot YOUR name". Emma is doing just great and yes we are keeping up with brushing teeth after she had a dental cleaning. Like when I went to the dentist now I am better about flossing ha ha.

Thanks for reading this long blog....Mary and Emma

Sunday, December 6, 2009

from Mary

Emma and I had an awesome but very busy day.

Greg ventured out to do three things
1. He was a lector at our local church
2. He stopped at the church he works at
3. He went to brunch with the university youth who serve as "peer ministers" and help with his programs

Then he came home and was so worn out. He had to sleep a long time.

You guessed it -
Emma and I went to church with him
Went to work with him
Went to the brunch but sat with Mike (my son who drove) and Tia and Rosa

Rosa came home with us and hung out with us
Mike did some laundry and Tia studied for school most of the time
Our son Dan also joined us

Emma was super at churchm- both of them
Emma was great at brunch (the manager at first thought she was not allowed - but was polite when we explained)
She was superb and needed to be as they kept their eyes on us

Rosa hugs Emma and told me she loves her
Emma was very good at home too
We went outside and she came right in when told to do so
She had great behavior indoors too
Rosa and I cuddled to watch a movie with Dora and Emma joined us (too cute)

Now I just brought Emma out and she was great
I can't imagine life without her
At church (both of them) people praise her and I do less reminding of not to pet her (they have learned)

Tomorrow I have a training to learn to use my insulin pump for better control of my diabetes
She will have to sit 2.5 hours though Greg will be there and my son Michael if she has potty needs
My guess is she will lay on her blanket just fine

One thing she is good at is bringing things from myself to Greg and visa versa
A newspaper, a small towel, the remote, the newspaper, anything we need and it is so appreciated right now especially

Emma went to the movie with me Friday
that still amazes me how quiet she is
it gives me a kick to hear the other movie goers always say
"there was a dog in here"?

We get the same reaction in church from people who have not seen her before.
To those children and adults she has become the "church dog".
One of our priests says it just isn't the same without her.

Emma is so special to me.
I am so darn proud of her.
She is a blessing every day and every minute!!

We are headed to bed very soon.
Vikings football is not over
But my son Danny will keep Greg company.
Emma and i need to sleep - big time.

Mary and Emma

Saturday, December 5, 2009

from Emma

SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good possibility for Tuesday and Wednesdau
where we live.

Sunday and monday a possible light dusting
for here

I just can't wait!!!
Isn't that wonderful for snow lovers??
I can't wait.

Mary is concerned about the shoveling
Not sure Greg can handle it

Also Greg works for awhile tomorrow
Mary is worried it will be too much for him
But it is HIS choice
Mike will drive him so if he gets too tired
to drive home.

Mary and Greg sorted out their office part of today
Tossed, sort, and donate things that found there way in to that room

Now they are so tired out
so I am writing.

I enjoyed being outside with Mary or Greg
Only a dusting of snow in our yard
But I still roll in it
And it didn't melt

Snow is on the way
Yeah

Hope you are Having a good weekend

Emma

Friday, December 4, 2009

from Emma

We are having a good day today.

We went to the movie Everybody's Fine
I slept through it but Mary enjoyed it
We slept late!
I didn't even wake them to eat
So my breakfast was at 9:30
Very late for me.

There is a dusting of snow
which makes the back yard even more fun for me
Now we are relaxing

Greg went out for two errands
Now he is worn out
He tries to do too much
He will need to just sleep or sit
the rest of the night says Mary.

It is snowing a little and pretty
I can't wait for more snow to play in
Mary says she is not in a hurry
to have more. snow
Why is that???
I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am going outside with Mary
Then we have some laundry to fold
I take it out of the basket and hand it to her
some newspapers to pick up
and then time to make supper
I am ready to pick up anything that drops!!

Thanks for reading this blog
It is fun to help Mary write it.
So glad she is feeling better
today.

Hey Monk Fans - friday night (tonight)
is the season finale I think.
We love that show.

Emma

Have a good day and weekend

fom Emma

Mary didn't feel very good Thursday
A good friend drove her home early from swimming.
She went right to bed and slept all afternoon

Greg cared for me till Mary got up
She slept a lot so sometimes I slept with her
Sometimes I went outside with Greg

It is in the night now and Mary feels better
We think it was MS related
Sometimes MS gives you bad days

Mary was able to move her arms again
Pet me and cuddle with me

Now we are up at an odd time
I don't care I just am glad she feels better


Yeah light dusting of snow yesterday
I love snow


Emma

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

From Emma

HI Folks,

This was a day of practice
We went to an appointment
The counselors dog was there yesterday
All those smells it was interesting
practice leave it, drop (gosh and just smelling would have been fun)
While waiting = practice the leash, practice my lap, etc etc
Then into the office and MORE dog smells
Yep drop, yep leave it - I was very obedient
When done waiting for a ride = practice get the leash
At home - practice fetching outdoors, practice stop, practice look, practice practice

OK don't feel really sorry for me I did get extra incentives (treats and pets) for all this
We also went to lunch with a friend, and to the dentist
Honestly none is new just used the cues we use all the time
And Mary deliberately did the ones we don't use as often while practicing at home

Well napping was easy and we did that
Then Greg was able to drive and we celebrated by a quick supper out

A little extra reinforcement Mary says - helps keep me sharp
I didn't mind - I liked all the attention
I liked getting out of the house and so did Mary
I liked the extra treats and petting

Mary calls it "practice' or "working"
I call it FUN
We had a good day.

Greg does have an infection but believe it or not is still feeling a bit better!!! We are so glad for that.

Have a good day.
Mary says come sit by the Christmas Tree and watch Rudolph with her...snuggling sounds good to me anyday.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thank you to Emma

A dear friend of mine lost her dog to death. I know that is so tough and still miss our pet dog boomer. He would have been a great playmate with Emma. Let's all take this day to really appreciate the health of our dogs and the gifts they bring to our life.



Thank you to Emma

Thanks my dearest Emma
for doing double duty the past two weeks
helping Greg retrieving the remote
cuddling with us both
Retrieving more than usual since he too can't reach things now
removing socks
getting me a blanket when needed (I LOVE that skill)
taking off socks
picking up newspapers,
greg's towels
always with enthusiasm

Thank you my dearest Emma
for being so fun to be with
for cuddling on the couch
for enjoying the outdoors with me
for being just adorable all the time

Today and maybe tomorrow
will be the last mild days they say
I will be sure to spend extra time outside with you
We will get that Christmas tree up
So the lights can entertain both you and us.

I am still pondering your Christmas present
You don't seem to be sick of the Christmas music I play all the time
You are just so wonderful
We love you
We appreciate you
We like time with you
You add joy to our days
Comfort to our nights

God's blessing be with you Emma
May you live a long life
May you know that I am simply nuts about you
Thanks for being such and adorable dog
We never take you for granted

Love you Emma

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving was a Fun Celebration

Thanksgiving was fun for our family. We had some of our children from 10 am - midnight. The meal was wonderful at noon. Left overs fun around 7 or was it later? And conversation and games also. Greg napped as needed a few times or more. Rosa my granddaughter needed to nap too so rested with her for awhile. We had a wonderful day. Friday we mostly rested.

Emma had a playmate on Thanksgiving. Lily was such a good dog. It was cute one time Lily was laying in the spot on the love seat exactly where Emma sleeps. Emma came to me with sad eyes like she was saying "what do we do NOW?". All had a good day dogs too.

I might write more later but wanted you to know we are fine. Hope to go to a grocery store today...wonder how busy it will be????? Not a lot going on other than that. My son Mike will take me. Greg is hopefully going to rest while we are gone. He still needs a lot of rest but is feeling a little better.

Have a good weekend = Emma and Mary

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Thanksgiving Memory

In 1982 I was pregnant. My third child. I was due in November. On November 7th I had such strong pains we thought the baby would be born soon. Days passed...weeks passed. It was almost thanksgiving.

My sister-in-law invited us for Thanksgiving. I declined as I KNEW in my heart i would have the baby by then. Well guess what??
The day came for Thanksgiving. We took Anna (3 1/2) and Michael (2) to church. I had a few labor pains and thought surely I would have the baby that day...but time passed.

It was almost noon. We had no thanksgiving meal and no plans. I was most certainly wrong. The baby was not ready to be born. A call to my brother and sister-in-law saved the day. She was smart. Sue told me she thought that might happen and welcomed us over. We enjoyed that day so very very much.

Becky was born on November 27th in the wee hours of the morning. Many years that date falls on Thanksgiving. We always celebrate Rebecca Susan's birthday on that day. And I always remember my sister in law Sue who welcomed us on the holiday that year.

Another Thanksgiving...strep throat hit the family. We had to cancel plans to have company. I remember we cooked for just us and then everyone but I needed to nap. Surprisingly I did not get the strep infection. I remember it was so quiet but we had each other and our warm home. It worked out ....

May your Thanksgiving bring you warm memories. 11 of us will share the day and we can't wait...or I can't. Greg is getting needed sleep.

Mary and Emma

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Eve

Greg is well enough to give directions and I have been cooking. My kids have helped shop, bake pies, and Greg's sister took me to do some errands. A few more things to do tonight in preparation. The kids will help tomorrow too. It should be fun.

Emma is enjoying the day. We went to my medical appointment and she had to ride metro mobility both ways and she did great. Most the day she was off duty.
She enjoyed the attention from Tia and her sister Joy and Greg's sister Shelly. She will enjoy tomorrow also.

We are having a good day. More tomorrow. A few more things to cook so tomorrow goes smoothly...........

Emma loves all the smells. Emma and Mary

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Good Day

Water Exercise today and so good for me!!!!!!! I watched a movie with Greg and also took a nap. It was rainy so Emma did not want to "play" outside. I think she would be a good hunting dog but would need to get use to rainy days etc.

It was good to see the MS friends who are in the swim group. Emma and I both seemed to like it I think. We had a good day.

With thanksgiving around the corner
We have so much to be thankful for..
GREG recovering even if it is not easy - they think they got all the cancer
for that we are most grateful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

He is such a good man.
Emma seems to like that now naptime means Greg and I with her tucked in the bed too!!!!!!!
Togetherness is not just for bedtime any more.

Greg's sister called offering to take me on errands if needed tomorrow.
I have to think about it and then give her a call back.
Family and friends have been so good to us.

Anna and Mike came today and helped with some things too.
How grateful we are..................Mary and Emma

Safe travels if you travel on the holiday.

More about being grateful in the next few days.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thankful for Health

We had book club today. Interesting discussion. It was good to get out of the house.

The rest of the day was quiet. Some quiet chores. Sorted some drawers and cupboards so good things to finish.
It was wet but mild so Emma got outside once the rain stopped. She does not like the rain you know.

Tomorrow Anna and Michael are coming over. The cleaning lady is coming too. Mike and Anna hope to do a few things outside for us before it gets colder. I think even snow is coming up in the forecast but not sure when. We have to say goodbye to this warmer than normal weather.

We plan to relax tonight...gosh it gets dark so early now. I miss the summer and going outdoors with Emma into the evening for walks, to talk to neighbors, or just to play.

I was thinking today how we all take health for granted till we have problems. I want to be more grateful for the good days for the times Greg, my family and friends, Emma and I are able to enjoy good health. Greg is just a bit better but we are glad for that.

Off to make supper. Actually all I have to make is a salad as my brother-in-law made supper that all I had to do is heat. Friends did the same last night. We are blessed by people who care....Mary and Emma

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday

Today we slept..........went outside...........ate................slept,,,,,,,,,,,,went outside.................slept.............read.............

I was exhausted. Enjoyed outside with Emma and also we slept a lot more than we have in a week. I slept through a visit with Greg's sisters (it was short). they brought food. Friends later stopped by with food. Some people from church brought food including fresh fruits...so we are well set here.

I just needed to catch up on my rest. tonight we are going to relax. I am so full I don't think i can eat much again. Just was outside with Emma.

We will see what each day brings. Greg enjoyed the Vikings day at least. His medications seem to be helping a little at least. Sleeping is still difficult for him due to pain. He needs more rest. The doctors say this is too be expected and hope for improvement.

Thanks for email, ecards, and so on...especially prayers. Mary

Saturday, November 21, 2009

A Day to Be Outdoors

The weather was just great today. I think it reached almost 60 and was sunny. MN in NOV is NOT usually like that. Emma was outdoors a great deal with me. She loved the weather, the smells, and playing. Yesterday afternoon she played with Sophia a lot. Sophia is great at tossing her favorite toy and Emma fetching it. Outdoors is always fun but we sure are appreciating this weather before winter winds and snows creep in!!!

Becky and Justin stopped by today and helped me with a few things. It was nice to see them. A short visit is what Greg can handle though - he needs to rest. I think he appreciates the privacy of it being just his children/family while he is still dealing with pain etc. It was so nice to see Mike and Tia yesterday with the girls and Becky and Justin today. '''

We cleaned out and reorganized a few cup boards in my kitchen so that was a good job done. Becky helped and Greg gave me suggestions too.

I hope to relax tonight. Emma is happy to cuddle up on the loveseat with me. Emma helped pick up some items today but mostly went outside with me for a long time and napped with Greg. That was fine with me.

Tomorrow friends are bringing dinner. Tonight I am cooking a yummy healthy stir fry. Greg likes to do most the cooking but seems very satisfied with my cooking right now!

Wishing you a good weekend - hope if you live where the weather is nice that you get outside...Emma enjoyed a walk for sure.

Mary

Friday, November 20, 2009

Emma and I have to remind Greg it is only Friday - surgery was Monday!!! Of course he still feels crummy and has pain. Poor guy.

Another sunny day and Emma and I enjoyed a trip outdoors. She was having such fun in the yard but when it is time to come in she is so obedient. I admire that in her and appreciate it too. She has already helped me pick up the house. No she couldn't load the dishwasher (darn it) or washer but she keeps me company, picks up newspapers, towels, or whatever gets dropped. Greg is appreciating that also. She loves getting the remote. She also will fetch a blanket if needed.

The other night she was taking off Greg's socks and then mine. She brings them to me or we put them in the hamper/basket. I thought about the big and little ways she helps us out!!!

We are home today but yipee Mike, Tia, Sophia and Rosa are coming to visit. Should be nice enough for the girls to play outside. Mike offered to bring us dinner too. That sounds just great. That will be enjoyable I think for all.

Take care to enjoy your day -- Mary and Emma

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Emma on Duty

Emma is of course my service dog but right now she is pretty concerned about Greg. She is close to him too as he helps take her out for exercise etc. She is use to cuddling in bed with both of us.

Today she looks so worried. Greg is in a lot of pain and discomfort. He is walking slow, only able to sleep small amounts at a time, and struggling.

Emma went to bed with me last night but I knew she would hear Greg if he called for her. All he would have to say to her is go get Mary and I know she would. she knows that command for when we are going somewhere and he is waiting for me or other things. It was a great security to both of us to know she could do that.

At night he got up a lot and Emma would get up with him. I want to think to see if he was alright but know part of that motivation is if it might be morning and she could eat? He sometimes feeds her before I get up. When he would settle in a chair he said she went right back to snuggle with me. I guess it is like double duty for Emma? But she doesn't seem to mind a bit.

At the hospital at one point (did I tell you he is home already) he wanted Emma to lay with him. So I in my wheelchair and he in the bed and Emma on the bed resting for awhile. IT was sweet.

Emma is glad to be home too I think. We will be here all day...Mary and Emma

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

From rochester

Emma had had superb behavior. Greg is doing well. The surgeries went well. He is resting comfortably.\\\

Thanks for the kind words and emails and prayers and postings on caringbridge.org (gregweinand)

We snuck in time for a nap today...we all needed it....Mary

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Emma has a new comforting friend...it is a stuffed dog with a Santa hat. She likes to sleep with it tucked under her chin. It is so adorable as she gets it all set in the right position all by herself. I will try to get a picture. Trouble is getting a camera out wakes her. I will work on this.

It is a day to do a little, rest and repeat. We have friends coming for dinner and laundry to do. We also get to have Rosa and Sophia tonight for a few hours. It will be fun. I am getting ready but also need enough rest to enjoy the evening.

Hope your weekend goes well...Emma and Mary

Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday

EMMA AND MARY WENT TO IKEA FOR THE FIRST TIME. Wow is that a big store!!! After helping out with some tasks at Greg's work this morning...we met my son Mike and wife Tia at IKEA. We found a few christmas gifts and things. Fun just to look around!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was a gray day and now raining out. So we are cozy warm and at home for the evening. Greg received cards of support and notes on the caring bridge site too. I got teary as he prepared his office to be gone for several weeks and said goodbye to staff and some of the many students that he works with. Glad to be of even a little help there.

Emma did great at the store and likes going outside by Greg's work. The smells of the city I think she enjoys.

Thanks again for the kind wishes.. Have a good weekend. We have company coming tomorrow night and our granddaughters for dinner!! We will make it fun. Sunday head to Rochester...have someone to take care of the house which is good.

Take good care and enjoy your weekend...Emma and Mary

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thursday -

We have set up a website for my husband's health info. It is http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/gregweinand

Many of readers are relatives so you may have gotten this info. If not you have it if you want to check on things. Beginning on Sunday I do not know how much I will post here for a week or so. Just depends how things are. We do have someone to stay at our house for the days at Mayo. I think the details are in place for it all? We are actually relieved to have each day pass and get on with this part of our life journey.

We have been touched by the kindness of others. Love, care, and prayers help so much. We are having dinner tonight with dear friends and having other friends over on Saturday. That will be so nice for us.

I want you to know how much Emma means to me. She is so helpful both in her skills but always in her moral support. She seems to know when i need extra cuddling...Mary and Emma wish you a good day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

T errific weather
U understanding friends at lunch
E mma enjoyed outside play
S super enjoyable water exercise class
D delightful time with friends
A Attentive Emma
Y yes a good day

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Savoring Sunday

The weather clouded up but it was another nice Sunday. Our normal routine was brightened with lunch with my sister. It was her birthday yesterday so we celebrated. it was fun. We also shopped at one store and yes I managed without a scooter as we kept the visit short. This place doesn't have a scooter.

The great weather meant we were outside a lot. I love sitting watching Emma and playing with her also. It was great fun for both of us. I must have gotten her tired as she was more than eager to nap...she even seems to dream at times!!

So many people are giving Greg support. I appreciate that a great deal. Our entire family does.

I wasn't feeling good yesterday but Emma got outside a lot. In the 60's sunny so everyone was doing yard work. I slept a lot so didn't blog. But don't worry you never know if I don't blog being too busy and tired or a not so good MS day. Fortunately sleep helped and I felt good today.

Days seem to fly bye even if they are quiet...I think because the day light is less hours and I huddle in and don't get outside in the dark like in the summer. Then I would visit with neighbors or sometimes we would go places. The warmer weather makes us with it was summer not winter coming but we like snow too. Emma loves it so that is fun.

THANKSGIVING THOUGHTS

-thankful for my wonderful husband of 31 years
-thankful we can go to Mayo to get quality care for him
-thanksful for my children and their spouses for the love and support we always have but now more than ever!!!!!
-thankful for my healthy and happy grandchildren
-thankful for my sister and brothers and my in-laws who all are terrific
-thankful that we have learned once again to treasure each day and not take it for granted

Wishing you a good day - one you will treasure.

Love Emma and Mary

Friday, November 6, 2009

Friday Fun

Around 60 so we got outside in the yard and played. One of her toys had gotten in a tree and we couldn't get it. See picture. Now no leaves, and wind knocked it down.

Going to see our friend Jan soon for a Friday after school pop happy hour with lots of gabbing and I hope laughter (I need that)

Tonight and tomorrow will see some of my kids. They are stopping by to say hello and also to help with a few things. Not sure who when but should be very fun

Needed some sleep so it was nap time as usual today and a relaxing day. Do a bit and then read a bit and so on. Emma doesn't mind at all.

Hope you have fun with friends and family and relaxation this weekend

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Kindness = please take time to read when you have time

Overwhelmed and emotional about all the words of support we are getting from friends via email, phone or in person. Greg is very loved. I get teary just thinking about it all. As his journey with cancer goes on now and in the future (there is no cure forseen for him, no chemo, no radiation even if it spreads) that is comforting. He and We will not have to travel it alone. We commented past times that we have prayers of thanksgiving that we do not have to face this alone - not by any means.

Emma and I did go to water exercise and to lunch. Slow as a turtle I have tried to rest, pick up a bit, take care of emptying our suitcase, put away a bit of laundry. My daughter Anna thinks she will come one day to help me catch up a bit before Greg's surgery so I am in better shape. He does so much to help me due to MS both around the house, and in my own care needs that it will be nice to have help.

The most creative and happily surprising offer of help we have is that there are people in Rochester who have a mutual friend of a volunteer for Helping Paws. Apparently they can likely help walk Emma there if I need that. I won't know till we get there but gosh a great offer.

i HAVE A BIT THOUGHT TO SHARE - in you have a friend or family in crisis. It is something we learned each episode of cancer. Many people say "if you need anything just call us". I do that too. But IF you can say "can I do this ...for you it is easier than asking someone. It is just so hard for us to ask for help.

THESE ARE WAYS PEOPLE HAVE HELPED US IN THE PAST. REMEMBER ALL THE OTHER YEARS I HAD KIDS LIVING AT HOME". MY YOUNGEST has seen age 9 known his Dad may die of cancer....among creative and thoughtful wonderful things people have done.

1. One neighbor did my laundry (at her home) she would collect a hamper from each kid (not all at once) and bring it back. Now that is not a big issue for two of us but when 6 lived here it was huge huge. It was a stay at home mom neighbor with one child who loved to do laundry. But she was shocked a bit to find out how much more ha ha I had with more kids and girls especially. We still joke about it. It was a person in our neighborhood and who went to our church.

2. Meals - again this time Greg and I will be fine...but with the kids it was so helpful especially the first time Greg was so weak and it took so long to get better.. The kids kid me though to consider NOT sending lasagna. When Greg had a full kidney removed and was so ill with long recovery we grateful got a lot of meals but a lot of lasagna. I could never get sick of it though ha ha. My children say now they always send something else.
One friend sent sloppy joe's (my kids loved that), Greg's work that summer coworkers sent a cooler of frozen meals we could use as needed. I heard one friend they sent pizza take out gift certificates for teens.

3. A twist on Meals - one friend did this that someone who had done it for her sister. She dropped off a meal, flowers, paper table items. It was around the 4th of July. Our kids knew her and together had fun setting the table pretty. She didn't know it but when we had come home we had been at a Dr appointment with not such good news. it was so chearful.

4. Springtime - we had a family call when Greg was call. All i was told is some friends from church were coming to have a barbeque for the family. Do nothing, don't worry if the house is clean it will be outdoor. BARBEQUE it was. They brought a crew. They mowed our yard, planted all our gardens, and offered to do any outside chores. Greg normally has had this happen in spring so planting our gardens has happened more than once by various family or friends. His sisters and mine did it one year and loved a hands on way to help out. Creative huh.

5. We have had people help with rides. Now I may have to ask for that this time since I don't drive. I already have a few offers to drive me to grocery store, to just get me out of the house, to medical appointments...always a good idea.

6. Another creative idea - One year church people brought school supplies for my kids. Not that I couldn't afford them but i had not yet even thought of them. One thanksgiving a friend bought us the meal preprepared. Again this year my kids and I will handle it all but might keep it simple.

Not all have been church but neighbors, relatives, friends all have amazed and surprised us in the past. One time it was just horrid as I was so bad off and we didn't know yet it was MS, Our engine blew up on our van, I couldn't walk. Friends loaned us a car, etc etc.

7. The first time at Mayo I was so stunned and we had never been there. A relative called I have rooms for you booked and paid for stay as long as you need and use room service if you need too. Honest the moral support meant more than even the generous money (I was unemployed at the time) as I had not a clue what to do next and we were so devastated at it all.

I am scared but how can anyone be bitter. Even with the sad times of his cancer and my MS we have been so touched by love of others and care.

ONE FAVOR please pray for his sister Sharon's family. We miss her so much. She was a cheerleader to help us through all the past episodes of cancer. She insisted on going with us, she would take kids places to get their mind off it all, feed them or take them swimming. She helped me stay glued and helped if I fell apart emotionally briefly. But she won't be with us. Last time we had cancer we didn;t know this nor did she. Turned out she got pancreatic cancer and died herself of this dreadful disease. She is rooting for us in heaven now...we miss her so much it is so painful.

Okay now I am crying and i wanted this blog to speak of the wonderful kindness of people. I have tried to do the same for others but I am not sure ever have been so creative or generous....

God bless you all for prayers....Mary

copinng Day to Day

Hi Friends,

My husbands cancer is we think treatable. he has another appointment next week at Mayo. Procedures set for the following week if all goes well. Hoping and thinking the cancer can be removed through an ablation (freezing) rather than cutting. Cutting would likely cost him his kidney. he has less than one half a kidney left due to cancer and previous 3 times of tumor and kidney removal. He is is good spirits at this point...though there is worry, risk and so on... Thanks for the emails of support. It is scary to have your spouse again have cancer and it likely won't be the last time we are told...

So glad to have a scooter. Mayo clinic has two seperate campuses in Rochester and the main one is blocks and many buildings. You go from this floor to another building and I could never walk it all. never.

On to other thoughts - Greg works a long day today. he has so much to do now before being out for 3-6 weeks due to two procedures. Emma and I are more fortunate today will be a FUN DAY. We have water exercise and then a planned lunch with friends from swimming. We don't go expensive but usually on Thursdays we go to lunch IF we can. Today several of us want to go, laugh, and have fun...and yep we talk away.

Emma got a lot of sleep last night and yesterday and needed it. I really think at this age she would have really had issue if she had been matched with someone where she had to do a lot of walking. Well anyway she is with me and we love her and she does just fine with my routine and lifestyle...gosh I love her.

WE are not use to it being November already and knowing that it is just going to get colder. This time of year is not pretty in MN. My relatives who are hunters love this time of year. At least someone does. Lots of people i know like to deer hunt but I hear that actually getting one this year is tougher than usual? They think Emma would have been a great hunting dog if that had been her role in life. Sun is peeking out today as i write this so that is good. I don't know how many even read this blog but I know some are from out state and like hearing things about MN.

I hope you have a good day with family and friends. Don't ever take for granted their presence in your life - that is what cancer always reminds us -- treasure every day.

Emma and Mary

Emma still wants to eat on the schedule BEFORE the time change. Still working on especially the morning feeding. She wakes me so early wanting to eat. She is more flexible with the evening meal thank goodness.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

This gray Wed Emma is resting a lot and so are we. Had a dr appointment and some errands this am but home now. Yeah for that. I think we are home for the rest of the evening.

Glad to be home...more later....Mary

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Emma

Emma is so beat that at this moment she is laying on the pillow on the bed like a person. Head on pillow body extended out. She is next to my husband who has not slept well the past days. Soon we are off to more medical appointments and tests.

It is clear my husband has cancer in the kidney for the fourth time. He has only part of one kidney left. More tests to determine if he will have traditional surgery or if they would be able to remove it with an ablation (not sure spelling) like last time. In any case cancer is likely to keep occuring over the years.

We are in good hands and will know more later today we think. Please pray for the doctors and medical staff helping us and deciding what is the best course of action. There is no evidence it has spread.

Please pray we are coping with support of family or friends. Ablation means they would freeze the tumor... Mary

Emma will walk less today. We will be sure of it.

Monday, November 2, 2009

At Mayo Clinic With Emma

From Emma

Oh my gosh have we walked and walked today
Mary is on a scooter so she sure could handle it well.
Greg and i are very tired.
We took a big nap all three of us.

Mayo Clinic is not one clinic or building
There are many buildings and floors
Yep you guessed it the tests are never on the same floor
And it seems to me not the same building

All the buildings are connected
It is very efficient
You get a schedule for the day after you register
Down to the minute things are planned out for you
Where to go
What time
What procedure/test and any details if they are needed

We also had to walk a ways to get outside for potty breaks
Greg took me for a big walk in the morning as he was fasting for tests anyway
Mary wanted fresh air so I got another walk after our nap
She was on a scooter

Where we are staying we can walk and
not need to move the car
Mary is grateful for the scooter

They went out to dinner to celebrate Dan's birthday
and forgot to feed me first
I did awesome.

Mary says she is so proud of how I am doing
I am being very attentive and well behaved.

I have to tell you that it is very overwhelming at times
In the waiting rooms
But Mary said I brought smiles to so many faces
Many people asked questions as we waited for appointments or tests

Helping Paws got lots of PR from us today
At the clinic you are keenly aware how fragile life is
people look sick, sad and stressed
it is an honor to be able to listen to the stories of their dog
Mary did that a lot
She also talked about what I do for her

We also met a Grandpa
He paid thousands for a helper dog for his grandson
He has severe autism
He never could sleep long
Now with the dog he no longer wanders the house
He sleeps the night most times
He has had her three years
She has been life changing
He is still struggling to learn to talk
But he converses with the dog
This is helping his language improve
We almost cried with the man
Such a heart warming story.

One day at a time as we deal with things.
Dan;s birthday today and he is enjoyable to have with us.
I am ready for bed.
Actually I sleep every chance i get to be in the room.
I wonder if i will walk this much tomorrow.

Emma

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Prayers Wanted

I don't think I will be able to blog Sun-Wed. Emma and I and our son Dan are taking my husband to Rochester to Mayo Clinic.
That is all I care to share till we know more. We are pleased neighbors will watch our house, my youngest son Dan will go with us for support and to drive if needed. We just have to take this one day at a time.

thank you for your prayers and concern. Emma and i are doing okay. We know the doctor we will see and that is helpful.

Mary and Emma
Happy Halloween

Friday we did errands and enjoyed a day of laundry, napping and hanging out with Greg. Trying to get things done in the house.

It is Greg's birthday and we both woke up at 3 am so a quick note ha ha.

Emma is up too and puzzled? Now all of us need to get back to bed.

Enjoy Halloween...Mary and Emma

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Rain rain rain rain and more rain today.

We went with Greg on errands. Our destination included Ridgedale which gave Emma a chance to walk indoors. She walked with Greg besides with both of us. My legs get tired so I don't last very long. We did not have the scooter loaded in the car as it was going to be a quick trip. We birthday shopped for my son and that was enjoyable. Emma was in great form.

Twas a great afternoon to nap and read a bit. I played with Emma in the house as it was/is not a good day outdoors.

I had a dental appointment and they had to prop my mouth so my jaw is so sore. Off to bed soon.

Emma has been great all day.

Have a good day Mary and Emma

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Happy Wednesday

Tuesday was beautiful and sunny. We were outside several times and also went to water exercise. Emma was in a great mood and so fun to be with. Of course, I can say that every day!!!!!!!

Today, Wed, we are home after my counseling appt. The weather isn't bad but it is overcast so feels dreary. I need a nap and we have some quiet chores (sorting paperwork) to take care of. Nothing real exciting today.

Emma is loving crunching in the leaves that need so badly to be raked up. More leaves to fall and eventually it will get done.
In the meantime Emma is happy!!!

Emma was such a helper yesterday picking up the house. She likes to pick up anything - newspaper, a towel I dropped, a toy, just anything. She also is more excited to chase her toys and fetch and bring to me. A good old ball is wonderful or a toy of some type of hers. She is so helpful. I think picking up keys intriques her the most maybe due to the noise (is it intrigues) and it is not often she has to pick them up. Recycled items also delight her. I accidentally knocked over a bag with some plastic bottles and cans and she just had the best time picking up for me.

She is also good for my spirits. cuddling her, going for walks (which we hope to do again today with my scooter) all those things are good for both of us.

I feel kind of lazy so may read a book part of the day.

We wish you a good day. We want more sunshine!!!!!!!!!!!

Take care. Mary and Emma

Monday, October 26, 2009

Book Club

Our big event of the day was Book Club. Emma was a bit off task today needing reminders to do what I asked. Maybe she thought she needed a day off. She is usually sharper.

We came home for a nap, to fold some clothes, organize toys a bit...just quiet things. Bills..a few letters too.

After a nap Emma was ready to help me around here...she was handing me clothes to fold from the basket, handing me toys, and more attentive. We got outside and enjoyed some sun. Gosh I need to clean up the yard. We have a few plants left to remove before winter. They are dead of course it has frosted here. Some plants we just cut back so the roots help hold the dirt and avoid erosion over the winter.

I already have done a bit of Christmas shopping. My sister picked up some items for us. I purchased a few. I think because it is been colder I am more in the mood early this year. The grandchildren will be my first focus. I have to simplify as we have so many medical bills this year...but we try to focus on family and the religious nature of Christmas rather than the presents anyway.
I am already thinking of what to get Emma.

This is cute. Rosa got a fisher price indoor/outdoor tball set. she tried to use it indoors here. Emma would run for the ball. It was nerf type. Well we had to stop as the ball was a bit big for Emma's mouth and got stuck once. Also that type of ball we don't want any bites from Emma if she gets too excited. She was just showing us when she slept over. It is from her other Grandpa and he wants her to use it at his house with him. No pets there and room indoors and out he says.

Emma is more excited to fetch balls and toys again. Maybe with her healthy mouth?? Or just coincidence. She is doing just fine and letting me brush her teeth again. The vet said to keep her mouth closed so her tongue doesn't quick lick off the tooth paste (my problem before).

Well time to eat dinner...Mary and Emma

Sunday, October 25, 2009



This is not a new picture but one of my favorites...

Emma please know I love Rosa but you have a special place in my heart.
Thanks for sharing my time with Rosa
For letting Rosa hug you.
For reading books with Rosa and I.
For being a great dog.

I love Emma...Mary
I love sleepovers with Rosa. Anytime with Rosa is fun.

Emma gets a bit jealous. So when she left Emma cuddled in extra close (is that possible) and we napped.
She lay in bed with us as we read books.

It was a good day and night.

We are off to bed (up a bit late due to a nap). Take care and we will try to write more tomorrow.

Emma is doing just great. She likes to get the blanket for me while we watch tv at night. A very appreciated skill.

Mary and Emma

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Rosa with one of her friends at the party.
ROSA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY TODAY AND NOW SHE IS SLEEPING OVER...

We don't have time to write now. Too much fun. Emma is taking a needed nap with Greg (he worked long hours today). Birthday party we got to use a room at his work which worked out great.

Bundles of fun....Now Dora, Barbies, Computer Game, Stickers,...we have fun in store for us....

Friday, October 23, 2009

F Fun shopping at Barnes and Noble
R Relaxing at the movie Amelia
I Interesting to see friend Jan after school
D Delightful to spend time with Greg doing errands
A Awesome birthday picked up for Rosa's birthday party tomorrow.
Y Yes it was a good day.

Mary and Emma

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pictures from Jennifer & Jordy's Wedding









Some photos from the wedding. My brothers and their wives. My children and so on. The father of the bride in the outdoor lovers tux and hat!! My son's are not pictured.

Emma Is Her Old Self

Thursday means water exercise. Then a nap. Pizza for supper and time to watch tv or read a book or do chores? Which will we pick Emma?

Emma is her old self. Sweet, adorable and fun. She is so precious and appreciated in our home. Yes she is "my dog" but Greg loves her too. For sure. A fact I really like when she has to go to the bathroom later in the evening and will go out with her (though I could do it).

Emma helps lighten my mood. I have some worries and having her around helps. I know I write a lot about our life but not everything belongs in the blog. Emma just adds a nice touch to every day for me.

Friday and if things go as planned we are going to an early movie. Amelia Erhart (spelling?) Some of the women from our MS swim group will be going including Emma. She is considered one of the group ha ha.

The Helping Paws newsletter came out on computer today and gosh it looked fun. I hope we will be there next year. Thanks to both Helping Paws Staff, Volunteers and to the donors that support this cause.

I know from readers it is not easy to post a comment on this blog unless you sign up for an account (which is not that hard). If you prefer to email us at maw40@comcast.net that is just fine.

Emma is enthusiastic today and just so much fun to be with. Glad all went well. We are doing fine. No dental pain for me yeah. Hope it stays that way till Monday Dentist appt.

Mary and Emma wish you a good day.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

mellow Emma

A rainy cloudy day and Emma is happy to be home and resting.
She is very tired, and not much activity.
Okay I even opened the refrigerator and she didn't go to see what was going on!!!!!!!!!!!
Normally she is hoping for cheese which I use when we train sometimes.

The vet clinic called to check on her. All is going fine.
they had me give her a med for pain today so that adds to her fatigue I think.
They did want her to rest and take it easy today.
That is why I made no plans for the day.

Emma is happy though.
I took a nap of course and she snuggled right up with me.
She is enjoying being petted.

The vet did not want her playing outside today
But it is raining anyway.
She only wants to go potty and come in when it is like this.

I fluffed up the pillow/bed she uses in the living room.
I have a pillow on the love seat.
In the bed we have "her" pillow too.
She seems to like having a pillow under her chin.

I am having some dental pain waiting to get in for work to be done.
So I am even more sympathetic as mine is mild.
I guess they think by tomorrow she should be just fine.
She is so glad to be home I think.

We go to New Hope Animal Hospital and am happy with the care.
We receive a 20% discount because she is a service dog.
Also the entire amount was $100 less than the estimate
because she did not require as much work .
He said they like to estimate high and they did explain all things thoroughly to me.
They had me give permission for various procedures but also called me during the day.
I am pleased this is done.

Gingivitis was the only need and we will be brushing daily once her mouth isn't tender.

Greg is home today due to medical tests (I mean home after the test) that seems nice.
Mike came to see us today. That was enjoyable.

Take care now,

Sleepy Emma and Mary

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Emma HOme

Asleepy, thirsty Emma is home. They said she wouldn't be hungry but to try to wet some dog food and give her up to 1/4 cup if she would eat it on her teeth.

Guess who came home and directly to her food dish? Wet dog food now eaten and she is ready to sleep an me too.

I am suppose to only let her outside when leashed for two days. And no gentle leader for a day so it doesn't cause any pressure on her teeth. Don't brush teeth till two weeks. She did great and was well behaved which is no surprised to me. She is already sound asleep. Sleeping on her side which shows me she is very relaxed.

Happy to have her home. The procedure was cheaper than expected because they did not have to remove any teeth - just a good cleaning...she is priceless and I will sleep so good with her here.

No one should have to try to nap without their dog. I couldn't sleep earlier so off to bed we go soon.

A grateful Mary
A relaxed Emma

Missing Emma

I miss Emma and am in tears. What fun is nap time without her. Everyone missed her at swimming.

The vet called and all went well. No teeth had to be pulled they cleaned up well in her words. They checked her left leg and that seems okay. Sometimes if she over does on that she limps a bit. So yeah it all looks good. We just have to brush her teeth more regularly

I can't wait to be able to pick her up. She had to wait a few hours after the procedures to be sure she was okay from the anesthesia and all.

She was not very happy when I left her though she went willingly with the vet. Her weight was a pound less I think. She was good for the exam where I was able to be in the room. She looked at me like "why am I leaving and not with YOU?" I got all teary though I knew she would do fine. I wiped tears away from my eyes as we went out to the car. She is so special to me.

Coming home after water exercise without her is the pits. It seems too quiet for sure. Where are those loving eyes? I just can't wait to see her.

I plan to write again but once she is safely home I intend to cuddle and cuddle her. Pet her, snuggle and so on.

Thank God for good vet care....Mary

Monday, October 19, 2009

Monday Errands

Emma and I went with Greg and did so many errands today. Emma didn't mind. She was curious about this and that. I was in and out at various scooters at our various places and she helped so much. She handles the positions so well. One of our stops was the dentist. Ouch I need a crown and have a filling that needs to be fixed. So much dental work this past year.

Emma goes on Tuesday for her dental work. We will keep you posted tomorrow night on how she did. I expect it to be just fine.

She also enjoyed the leaves today.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sunday

Hurray hurray. Greg did not have to go into work till later in the day. Emma and I enjoyed that. After church at our local parish we visited with old friends. They are organizing volunteers to go to Hati and offered "a taste of Hati" for the socializing after Mass. Emma was also great at church like always. New people always come up to us and comment each time. Our chuch has been our parish for 30 years now. Many of the original folks now have grown children and moved to smaller homes, other areas for one reason or another. The parish is growing with new young families moving into the area and so we just don't know as many, Kids activities sure help you get to know people. Also being on committees and what not.

Greg's work keeps him pretty much centered down at the st. Lawrence Neuman Center on weekends. Especially Sundays. So we don't get to our loacal parish as often as we would like. Often enough though that Emma seems familiar to where we sit and the routine.

It has been a lovely fall day. Warmer temps but I think still cooler than normal. People are out raking leaves. We did not rack but got Emma outside several times. She loves plunging into the pile of leaves. You see her hind end sticking up while most of her head is in the leaves. Then she kind of dives into the whole pile. What a dod it is so funny. Lots of people are doing yard work, mowing and so on. I wish I had the energy to do a bit today but I need to rest, read, and fold laundry. Going to church and visiting took awhile too.

We are having dinner before Greg leaves. Again that is a treat to have him home so long on a Sunday. Working for the church for him means busy Sundays. When Emma and I go there to Mass like last week we receive a warm welcome. We are there often enough that many people know her name but not necessarily mine ha ha. but that is fine.

Also her dental work is Tuesday so she is on antibiotics. Taking them so well for us. I still can't imagine her being gone a full 12 hours from me. I wish it was like a person hospital where I could wait through the surgery, be with her in recovery and so on. That is not to be but they will keep in contact by phone. I will be at water exercise that is blocks from the New Hope Animal Hospital where we take her.

Tomorrow a dentist appointment and Greg has an appt to get the results from his tests to check for cancer. He has had kidney cancer several times so is tested regularily. We anticipate good news.

Emma is fine. She is sure good company and help. She has been helping me pick up today....

Take care...Mary and EMMA

Friday, October 16, 2009

Have A Positively Good Day

Things that never end....

House work
Laundry
Yard Clean Up
Dishes

Trying to get some things accomplished the next few days with lots of help from my husband. And Emma too.

Fun things we go to the Ordway tonight to see Little House on the Prairie. Also as a treat stopping for dinner somewhere not too expensive. The tickets were a gift. Emma has been to the Ordway before. I need to check these seats to see if I am bringing her or not. Some places seem so crowded for her. Her behavior would be fine of course.

Good things that I want to think about today

Emma's loyalty and enthusiasm
Love of family and friends
The fun of a date night with my husband
The joy of being a mother, grandmother, wife, sister, aunt etc
The fun of sharing the day no matter what happens with Emma
The fun of blogging and my appreciation for the readers
People I have met through Helping Paws and the blog too

Hope you can think of the positive and have a good day...Mary and Emma

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Water exercise today and a nap...the day has been quiet since then.

Will write more tomorrow. tomorrow night i get to the the ordway to see Little House on the Prarie. The tickets were a present from my son and Greg and I are excited.

During the day we will be home I think and be sure to nap so I am not to tired to enjoy it.

Mary and Emma wish you a good day.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

WED and We Made It a Good Day

Hi On a Sleepy Wed.

Nope we did not sleep all day this time. It was though a grey day, no sun, and dreary. I guess they predict more normal temps in the 60's on the weekend. I sure hope they are correct.

EMMA had a long long bus ride today. The car ride to counseling is 20 min or more depending on traffic. Metro Mobility takes us by mini bus. Sometimes they do not have other riders so we go right home. Other busy days it is more likely that we pick up and drop off passengers on the ride home. It is a shared ride service like traditional busing.

THE DOWN SIDE for Emma was the long ride. Most drivers insist she be on the floor. She does so willingly but she is spoiled and prefers a seat in any vehicle at all. So today she was on the floor. The trip grew longer as we waited for traffic, passengers to be ready. She was a trooper. I thought I got to see more of the north side of the metro. Changes in the area as it grows etc.

THE UP SIDE. One of the passengers need to fit in both a scooter and walker. I used a cane today. I think I am going to have to use my walker more though. It got so crowded for Emma that she could not stay behind the safty line of the aisle. TA DAH the driver gave her permission to be in the seat next to me. YEP she wants the window side and gets it. She looks so darn proud there viewing the world.

OTHER PLUSES - The ride is door to door. Greg always drops me off on Wed so that is a plus. By the time we are done it is easier to get a ride. You reserve them 4 days in advance. This time I was a day late so we had to wait at the office for the driver to come but yeah yeah he was early and also they had good magazines. I don't subscribe or buy magazines so viewing them while I wait is okay for me.

WE MET ANOTHER PERSON WITH MS - she was so lovely to chat with. We discussed the activities we do to cope. She was interested in MS Camp so I told her about it. She also does not drive due to MS so we discussed strategies for coping with that emotionally and practically. You never know when you will meet someone with MS and be able to share support.

We came home to have lunch and nap. I finally got up and we have banana bread in the oven. I sometimes thinks it smells even better than it tastes. I eat a lot of bananas so sometimes we have extras. It's so easy to make. I don't bake a lot anymore.

So today we really worked on positive attitude. MS spasms might wake me at night but gosh I can nap. I had metro mobility and the nicest driver to escort me today. I met someone I might see again at MS gatherings. It was a darn good day.

Hope you have a darn good day --- Mary and Emma


Prayers to those struggling with the colds and flu going around. MN has been hit hard the news said this week. I think this is true in a lot of areas. Several of my adult children are still sick.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Belated Happy Birthday to Judy

Hi All,

Hope this note finds you in good health. If not, you are not alone. Three of my four children, and one of their boyfriend's are all sick with the flu. Another sick with sinus stuff. Several children who attended the wedding we did also are sick. My great neice had a temp of over 103 Sunday!! She is 11, My children are adults of course.

Emma and I are doing fine but tired. We stayed home today for a variety of reasons. I got some needed rest and relaxation and time at home. Emma got to go outside many times. I am not sure the exact temp but my windows made it look like it was raining. NO it wasn't just snow melting from yesterday's all day snow.

Summer temps in Sept and the winter started. More cold temps coming this way I believe. It is more like November I think. Many leaves dying and dropping before turning color at all. Emma is missing those autumn days of tromping through colored leaves that crunch under foot. At least for today they are all wet. Flowers kissed by frost are done for the year too. But Emma still enjoys outdoors.

A reader reminded me that in a post more than a year ago I wrote/blogged that i had learned you had to choose to be happy. What a good reminder!! from a past blog. We are going with the flow weather wise. We are treasuring family even as I hope for their speedy recovery. I am grateful for a warm home as cold weather and snow barges into our lives. I do think you have to put effort into putting a positive spin on things.

I have been more frustrated than normal lately that I don't drive right now. Whine whine. Nope not going there. So lately I tell myself how fortunate i am that I always have drivers. My husband, my friends, my children, metro mobility - it has worked out. Okay I do miss the quick trips here and there but with planning it is working. I am also learning to be more content with quiet times at home to read, play with Emma, work on the computer, nap, visit with my husband, well you see I am working on this issue.

An acquaintance told me Sunday _ I always am so cheerful. Well not always but am working on it. i cry sometime or get to feel sorry for myself at times. But I am working hard on dealing with life. Hey who knew I would retire early? When my kids were little I never imagined a time when i could nap? swim in the middle of the day? go to lunch with friends? OKAY MS is NOT fun but I have learned from others with the disease that a positive attitude makes coping so much better. I think it also keeps you moving which helps your body deal with it all. Body and soul need that...


WE MISSED NOTING JUDY'S BIRTHDAY. As Emma's foster mom who trained her for over 2.5 years she will always have a special place in our heart. Emma got to see her next week and you would not believe how excited she was and happy to see her. Judy got down on her knees to greet Emma who was eager to get on her lap and slobber on many kisses. God bless Judy for how she changed my life and Emma's.

I can't believe some days how blessed I am. Helping Paws and the Michurski family (yeah Judy, Steve, Mike, Jack, and Katie) have changed my life forever by the love and training they gave Emma. People compliment me on a well trained dog but gosh it started in those early years. I just reinforce and review. Emma is just the best match for my needs and I love her enthusiasm. Also I think she would say she loves being with someone who needs naps. As she gets older She seems to like them more and more. She rarely wakes me now but sleeps as long as i do,

Gosh this is long. It is getting dark so early here in MN. I hope I hear tomorrow that my kids are feeling better with the flu. It takes awhile the nurse told me. I had to call for something else. They actually have a flu hotline at our clinic. They had a pre recorded message with lots of helpful info about the flu, what to do, and when to try to see a doctor. All of this and it is only october. Most years isn't the flu a bit later? Yep I did get a flu shot.

Hope your day goes well. Wonder how many ready this wordy blog. I don't know how many read it as there is no counter. That is okay. I like reflecting on our days. I do get email from some of the readers. Emma and I never mind hearing from you.

maw40@comcast.net

Hope you stay healthy...if not lots of rest and fluids will help you out....Emma and Mary say belated happy birthday to Judy.
You are so special to us....Mary

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday Night

We are hanging in there. I don't have time to write more tonight as I am headed to bed . Did a few errands today including Barnes and Noble (yeah Emma and I love it there). I had a gift card from my birthday in August to finally use. It was really a nice day. We napped as the snow fell all day. This evening it has stopped.

Off to bed. We hope all is well with you.

Mary

A Snowy Day in OCTOBER??

Emma is in her glory. It snowed last night and has snowed ALL DAY.

She has explored nearly every inch of the fenced yard. Her paw prints show in the snow. It looks like when I had day care here and foot prints would show in the new snow!!! She was so thrilled running around, rolling, putting her face in.

I will write more later but know this is one HAPPY Dog!!

As for me I have to chuckle it is so early in the year. This year mother nature decided to SKIP FALL. We had a cooler than normal summer and then a warm warm Sept and Snowy so far Oct.

Leaves are falling off trees without changing color in our yard. I think these strange occurances have everything mixed up here.

Have a good day....Mary and Snowy Happy Emma

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Snow and Emma is Surprised

Emma was so surprised to find snow when she went out this am. I think the cold surprised her most. Yes it coated the ground, the cars. The sun is out now so will melt it eventually. She did not want to roll in it today. I think she has to get use to the cooler weather first.

My great niece certainly did not expect snow when she chose this wedding date. I don't usually look for snow until November. Sometimes not till after Thanksgiving. This shows you how surprising it is to Emma and I though it was predicted.

Off to get some things done before we head over to the wedding. Wishing you a good day.

Mary and Emma

Friday, October 9, 2009

CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to the new graduates and their dogs.
Also a big thanks to foster families, breeder families (including Judy) and Staff and Volunteers!
And those who donate to help sponsor all those efforts.

Helping Paws Celebration is tonight.
We did not plan to go because we were suppose to go to the groom's dinner for the wedding.

Can't wait to feel better.

Day at HOme again

Tonight I feel better which is good.
My great niece's wedding is tomorrow.
Emma and I have had lots of rest and can attend yeah.
Greg is one of the readers.

My children are going to the wedding and granddaughters too.
Rosa and Sophia will come home with us for an overnight after it all. Fun.

I don't have much to write.
Emma is having her dental work done Oct 20th and that is good to have scheduled

She just helped me pick up the house a big and then I rested on the couch.
She brought me a blanket to keep me warm....she is such a good dog.

We are cheering for the Twins tonight...

Suppose to be very cold for this time of year tomorrow and windy.
I was worried my outfit would be too wintery but not now.

Hope you have a good weekend.
Wishing my sister safe travel as she heads out to see my brother who lives in Oregon.

Mary and Emma

Thursday, October 8, 2009

We will be home all day. I have a cold and just feel worn out. I didn't have a lot of energy yesterday either. We have my great neices wedding this weekend so I need to take it easy.

Cool brr but sunny. I will make sure Emma gets outside. Greg took her outside for exercise this am.
He will do the same tonight. I will bundle up and get her outside during the day.

Thanks to Judy and Rosie as the demonstration yesterday went really well...though I don't think I was much help...just no energy. Emma was thrilled thrilled thrilled to see Judy again. She also enjoyed Keiley, and Loti. thanks to Rosie and Lotie for all they did yesterday. Rosie is a dear. I was the teacher to their children. Seeing them both was delightful. Loti did great with Rosie.

Always nice to see Judy and thank her for raising Emma....where would I be without Emma?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Twins Win

Thanks to my kids for a fun party/dinner watching the twins game. Sorry Justin had to work and Tia and Mike had to leave early. We had a great time with them all. Rosa screamed with the rest of us but always "go Joe Mauer" her favorite

Poor Emma another day of rain and she hates going to the bathroom in the rain. She will wait till she seems miserable.

My throat hurts but I think it is just from yelling through the game? We will be at Regency Hospital in Golden Valley at 1 tomorrow to show MS patients who come there for mtgs the service dogs and what they can do in general and for those with MS. Judy and Keiley will be there. (Emma's foster mom) and Rosie and Loti. I taught both Judy and Rosie's children at one time. Though it was not Judy's decision that I received Emma. That was a surprise for both of us. Rosie also was a good pal to Emma as she was being trained. How fun for Emma to see them both tomorrow.

Emma Went to The Vet

Emma was so nervous at the vet. They decided to take her into the carpeted conference room where she seemed more comfortable for the exam. The Vet told me she looked great. I was pleased. She needed some immunizations. We also will be having her get some dental work done. This will be within the next 6 weeks. We have to set the date with them. She was doing just fine in all other ways.

Another dog we saw it turned out had a large mass in the abdomen. It was a little dog and I didn't know the bread. The owner looked so very very sad. We felt so fortunate that Emma's only concern was to clean her teeth. We can handle that.

It is Tuesday and I rarely am up at 5:20 am. Unlike those who working days I can go back to bed. The big game between the Twins and Detroit for 1st place in the division is tonight. Anna, Rosa, Mike, and Tia are coming over to watch the game. How fun is that?

It is raining again today. We can use it but it has been a lot of days of rain and/or no sun. Emma will only go to the bathroom when it stops for awhile unless she is desperate. It is amazing how fast she can go outside , "go" and come back in the rain.

We wish you a good day...Mary and the back to bed dog Emma








I will write more later.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Oops forgot to write and off to bed. We are fine - more tomorrow. Hope you had a good weekend. Loved the Twins Victories the past days.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Exercising with the Dog

I found a cute slide show on Web Md. Follow this link and click on exercising with dogs.
http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/default.htm

It has been days since Emma and I could go for a walk outside due to wind and then rain. It is so wet the past four days she hasn't wanted to be outside much. Hopefully we will take her to a store today or tomorrow to get some more walking in.
I wish I could "walk" her but with my scooter I accomplish the same thing. I am so happy to be outside playing with her on good days - even in the snow. She loves the snow.

Leaves are falling and I hope during the dry days she will get to have her fun in the leaves. She just loves that. Today we are cozy indoors, doing a few chores and not expecting to go anywhere at all. Bummer I left the book I am reading in Greg's van it would be a good day to get some reading accomplished. fun too.

It seems like Fridays are when i get calls done for personal business and gosh this time of year people tend to take that day off for a long weekend. Usually it is a good time to look at changing leaves, go up the north shore (I have a friend there Brr) etc before it gets cold for winter. Glad for them to get the day off but frustrating when I want to reach them.

I am anticipating a quiet weekend. Next weekend will be busy Fri-Sunday due to a wedding and Sunday a big celebration at Greg's work...a reunion of the student peer leaders who have worked with him.

Well be creative in your exercise with your dog. But plan water for both the pet and you.

Have a great weekend

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Twins Won Today yeah.

It is a rainy, windy day here. We went to water exercise, watched part of the baseball game and then hunkered down for a nap.
Emma had to go out between raindrops to do her duty.

Wed at 1 pm at Regency Hospital on Hidden Lakes pkwy in Golden Valley we are having a demonstration of three service dogs. Peggy will bring Thor, Judy will have Keiley, and I will have Emma. It is at 1 am but will likely be crowded. The primary audience is people with MS but others are welcome too.

I am pretty tired today so will relax tonight. I might be getting a cold but not sure.

Mary and Emma say stay warm and snuggle in if you live where fall has come. We need the rain badly as Sept was dry and a drought this summer...but brr brr.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wednesday

I heard the new graduates will be taking their dogs home tonight. They do that during training so you can ask questions as you get use to being a team.

I remember that day.

Dear Emma,

I was so nervous the day I took you home.
I didn't see Judy and I am sure it was an emotional day for her.
She left your bed, favorite toys etc to take with you.

I was happy and scared.
So worried to take you from a family that loved you.
So thrilled to start our life together.
Nervous about if I could handle your needs and emotional needs too.
It was mid Oct and I was so nervous I thought I would throw up.
But also excited.

You came home and were so curious about the house.
We all sat in a circle staring at you.
You had a favorite toy from Judy and kept bringing the ball
From one person to another
At first I was suppose to be the sole person playing with you
Gosh that confused you
It was obvious you grew up with children/teens

I can't believe what has happened since that night
You were very good
You slept by the bed in your own bed

Now you sleep right on the bed with me
Most nights
We are comfortable together
We are a team

I wish I could tell the new graduates
Not to be so nervous
It takes time
But gently day after day
week after week
month after month
year after year
the relationship grows...

now here you are Emma
Such and important relationship in my daily life
We have such fun together
We snuggle together
We sleep together
We are ssuch buddies

Thank you Emma
Thank you for helping me through that first night
and so many more
You are adorable, funny, helpful, and such a bright spot in my life.

I love you............Mary

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Price less Emma

Tuesday

Wow am i tired today. We did go to water exercise. I was all ready and fell asleep in the chair waiting for my ride. That is unusual for me to fall asleep in a chair. After water exercise I enjoyed lunch with Jan and then we had a short (for me) nap. My son is picking me up. Then the whole gang is going out to dinner - going dutch. I am always excited to go out with them and this should be fun.

My house got cleaned today so you know I enjoy that also. We work with MaidPro but have the same woman every time and she does an awesome job. It means so much to me that she gives it some TLC also when she comes. I need all the help I can get ha ha.

I hope to take some pictures in the next few days to brighten up the blog. Emma is doing just great. She is so cuddly, so attentive, and just such a dear in my life. I can't imagine one day without her. She is just wonderful.

Did i tell you this? A man came up to me after I was out to eat. I was outside waiting for a ride and he said how much would I take for the dog? At first I thought he was kidding. I still am not sure. But then he said, really I have a lot of money - how much would you really sell her for????? EMMA??? I told him to train a dog like this is 15,000 or more. I said Emma was priceless and that a million would not be enough for her. He said I kind of thought you would say that....but honest I meant it. I will mourn forever when I loose Emma. I still miss my pet dog.

But "EMMA" is something no pet dog could be in my life. With me all the time - helping me so much. I know her facial expressions, her body language, her schedule, and she knows me so well too. Greg says he can tell if I don't feel well or am anxious by Emma's concern for me and actions. She is priceless for sure...

Now I don't mean to say my pet dog wasn't important to me and loved to. Boomer was a great dog for me. He also liked being my companion and died too young of a rare disease for his breed. But just imagine how much more time I get to be with Emma, how much she does for me emotionally in all scenarios and how helpful. both dogs helped me face my change in abilities and disease...

Priceless - both dogs priceless in my eyes. I bet you would say that about your dog or cat also. Thank God for these wonderful companions.

Wishing you a good day Mary and Emma