Early Morning Open Thread: Trio

From commentor Annia:

It may be just about impossible to imagine that Julia, the beauty on the left, spent 6 long weeks at the local animal shelter, waiting for a home. One day my car just drove itself to the shelter, and there she was. She had a massive wound to her face stitched together with 5 huge Frankenstein stitches. Though the injury happened at the shelter within days of her arriving, it still looked as if the stitches were taken yesterday. She was a day or two from being put down. Though I hadn’t wanted a dog at this particular time, Julia was coming home. It was complicated, it turns out that she had separation anxiety and needed a fair amount of conditioning to be left alone for a while without eating all the door jambs, but I work from home and it felt like it was meant to be that she would have someone around almost all the time. The thing was, when she came to live with us it was like all the lights were turned back on. We smiled all the time. She climbed on the bed and fell asleep with a sideways smile, and all the rules about where dogs sleep went out the window.
Life was so good, we wanted more of it. So we spotted two blond pups in need of a home on an internet rescue site, and they felt just right, too. Well a few days after these gorgeous creatures arrived, they just did not feel wall – and they had Parvo. The Parvo virus was likely contracted in traveling to come to us, and is very often deadly. It works by destroying the lining of the intestines, and the only treatment is to keep the dog hydrated and manage complications until it can fight off the virus itself. Well, Darcy made it through in a few days, but Cedar left us deciding each day if we would keep trying – for nearly two weeks. And Parvo is as close to torture as you can get without the Bush Administration.
I did not know at the time, but the two brothers would be the size of Great Danes. They can rest their chins on the kitchen counter with four feet on the ground. And life could not be better.

31 replies
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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Ahhhh. All three are just lovely. Great eyes, great smiles. What’s the breed? Good on you for rescuing them and being so patient and generous with the health issues. Sounds like a great fit for everyone.

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    Ash Can says:

    What a cute bunch! And kudos for working so hard to rescue them.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @stuckinred #2:

    Your Bodhisattva is just a love!! What a sweetheart!

    And how are you on this fine fresh Georgia morning? And are we doomed to four years of Governor Let’s Make a Deal, or can Roy pull it off at the last minute? I think he’s going to have to win outright on Tuesday if he has any chance. If it goes to a runoff (which all the polls/pundits now seem to be predicting) the Libertarian will throw support to Deal and it’s all over. Ugh.

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    S. cerevisiae says:

    Nice. Love the puppehs. I miss mine, but she is taking care of Mom so its all good.

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    JPL says:

    Annia, What an sweet story and what a kind soul you are to provide them with such a loving home. Did you have to buy a new van to fit them in?

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    JPL says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Hello, Barnes won’t win outright and a runoff is his only chance. At least it gives Barnes a few more weeks to dig into Deal’s slimy past. IMO the only way Deal can survive financially is by using out tax dollars to pay off his debts.

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    Maody says:

    Annia, those are some lovely dogs and a great story. Animals do indeed change the atmosphere and rules of a home, all for the good. I’m glad to wake up to this story! Big smiles.

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    What beautiful babies!

    Don’t know who our new Governor will be [Ohio].

    I voted yesterday and was surprised by the turnout for early voing. One of the poll workers said they had been busy ever since voting had started, about 30 days or so ago. We had to stand in line for 10 minutes to just get into the building, in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday and before the election proper.

    AA turnout at that location was considerably higher than the proportion of poopulation in this county. I was the oldest person in the building while I was there, so I calcuate that the average age of early voters at that time was under 50.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @JPL: I’m afraid you’re right, but hope springs eternal. I just don’t see how any Dem in this state can survive a runoff, because the Libertarian spolilers ALWAYS throw their support to the Repub.

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    Parvo = Bush administration – love it

    the whole post was lovely and funny, and the kids look so beautiful

    Anne Laurie – thanks for doing this, I so look forward to this feature each morning.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Linda Featheringill: That sounds pretty encouraging and hopeful.

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    J. says:

    @Annia (and all the other animal rescuers out there): You’re my hero(es). Love your babies, Annia, though I’m pretty sure they could eat me (along with our door jambs).

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    JPL says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Friends of mine, who are big Republicans, voted for Barnes so there is always a little hope.

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    Cat Lady says:

    I so look forward to this feature each morning

    Ditto. Each story renews my faith in the power of compassion, which is then sorely tested by Republican assholedom as the day wears on. Dear FSM I hate all of them.

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    WereBear says:

    What a lovely bunch of ‘nuts. (I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts.)

    It looks like they were meant to be together. Somehow. Congrats on listening when the Universe murmurs it has a gift for us.

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    Dennis SGMM says:

    The latest from FiveThirtyEight for California shows Brown leading Whitman by eight points and Boxer leading Fiorina by five points.

    Although governor is a hopeless, hapless office here and I question the sanity of anyone who would actually want the job, it’s nice to think of Whitman burning $140million of her own money just to lose.

    It’s disappointing that both races are so close. That makes me dubious about the outcomes for Democrats in any but the bluest of Blue states.

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    Amir_Khalid says:

    Oh my, those puppehs do look so handsome and happy.

    Is anyone here reading the memoir by Keith from the Stones? The early reviews in the media all seem enthusiastic. But I’ve learned to be wary of the earliest reviews of a much-anticipated book. I put more trust now in an opinion from someone who (a) actually paid for their own copy, and then (b) took the time to digest what they read before writing a review.

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    stuckinred says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Hey, I’m always on the run on Saturday morning. Farmer’s Market, a trip to the brand new Trader Joe’s and now to the pool for my workout.

    I talked to Jane Kidd, head of the Georgia Dems this morning. She feels that there has been a real increase in interest in the election in the AA community and is hoping for a surprise Tuesday. I don’t think we have any chance to get rid of Broun so I’ll take anything I can get.

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    Annie says:

    What a beautiful family….

    Just love these stories.

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    WereBear says:

    I nursed my malamute mix, Rosoce, through Parvo. Vet said it was a miracle! He was just a pup, too. Turned into a most awesome dog.

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    Ah, what a happy, healthy, handsome trio! I love these stories. They really lift my mood.

    @stuckinred: He IS the Bodhisattva! He’s awesome.

    It seems like Mark Dayton will win in MN, knock wood. I’m not exhaling until all the results are in and it’s called.

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    Elizabelle says:

    beautiful dogs. one of my favorite pet pictures ever.

    how can you not smile back at this trio?

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    Dog is My Co-Pilot says:

    Wow – what gorgeous animals. Bless you for rescuing these lovely creatures. Rescue animals are the best.

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    suzanne says:

    Are they huskies? They’re just lovely.

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    Kristine says:

    I love these stories.

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    Catsy says:

    Those are gorgeous! Their faces just practically scream “HI! I loooooove you. Can we play?”

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Linda Featheringill:

    I’ve been saying in other threads that if the Democrats manage to get through this without a bloodbath, it’s going to be thanks to African-American and Latino voters. Which means we then get to hear six months of whining from Republicans about how they got the majority of the white vote so, really, they should have been declared the winners.

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    ruemara says:

    I love the puppehs and the stories but mostly just love the pet pics. Thanks for being such a great pet mom.

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    shecky says:

    Da da da.

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    annia says:


    Sorry it took so long – yes, I had to buy a bigger station wagon – they can’t stand up in the Audi!

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