Respite Open Thread: Happy Bixby News

Bixby managed to get outside today, because he has goals and he works hard at them.  More info on his day here. You guys really helped me get through the past two weeks of hell and uncertainty. Thank you.

And here’s some cuteness to close out the day:

h/t Jeffreyw for bat and music.

How are all our other critters doing? I know we have a few who are struggling. We are here to send lots of good energy your way.

You know the drill – anything but politics open thread.

114 replies
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    gianduja says:

    I really cannot express how happy I am that he is doing well. What a great doggo!

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    Joy in FL says:

    That is so good to see ! Bixby is wonderful <3

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    Laura Too says:

    Thanks! I live for Bixby news. About to board a plane and I’ll be so happy!

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    Finally, some good news today! Thank you.
    And the bat is adorable . 💞

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    MomSense says:

    Seeing Bixby saunter like that made me so happy. Hoping for continued recovery.

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    spudgun says:

    Amazing news on an otherwise CRAP day…so happy for you and Bixby! YAY!!

    GO GO BIXBY! :-D

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    jeffreyw says:

    That bat is not cuddling. He’s practicing venous extraction techniques. We have seen this movie. The music video was featured over at LGF, so..
    h/t Mr Johnson

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    Bex says:

    From Bex to Bix: So happy for you, big guy!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    YAY YAY YAY for Bixby!! Such good news. I love that he is so goal-oriented.

    And thank you for the bat with Easter Bunny. I do love bats.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    Very glad to hear this. We love you, Bixby!

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    Nicole says:

    Thanks, I needed that at the end of this day. Good boy, Bixby!

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    satby says:

    I love Bixby getting better every day, and I love bats!

    As to other critters, my big guy Hershey is doing well on painkillers in our home hospice; even well enough for a very short game of fetch each day. He loves his daily scoop of vanilla ice cream and all the extra scritches and snuggles he’s been getting. His appetite for his regular food is back too. Still only a matter of time, but it’s been quality time. So it’s good.

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    CliosFanBoy says:

    Oh good…… I feel like crying and I haven’t even met the big lug…

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    Josie says:

    Good dog, Bixby. And good on you, Tamara, for being his cheerleader and best buddy.

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    Helen O'Neill says:

    This is the good news we need today. Look at that best boy!!!

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    HeleninEire says:

    This is the good news we need today. Look at that best boy.

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    Mary G says:

    Bixby walking is just what I needed today. What a massive difference from a few days ago.

    Kodiak the husky and the cats are staying in their territories beautifully. He went to a birthday party yesterday where another cat was present with no problem. He is scarily smart and I just pray that Shiloh doesn’t show him how to open doors.

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    Virginia says:

    YaY for Bixby. So glad to see him.

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    debit says:

    Crying happy tears for Bixby.

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    Skepticat says:

    That is indeed good news. Thank you.

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    CliosFanBoy says:

    An update on my dog/cat issues…

    Thank you for all the offers to help. My cousin decided to keep Murphy/Otis/Watson. Her elderly cranky dog decided that the new dog was a friend and they’re getting along. Which is REALLY surprising. The original dog is jealous and grumpy. The cat also likes the new guy.

    We have our two ferals from our old house, Mom Cat and Gray Mom, adjusting to life at the new place. With guidance from Alley Cat Allies I bought a large (6 x 6 x 6) pen that is now in our garage. It’s made of wood and small chicken wire. I used wood pallets and carpet to make a floor. Added some shelves and a litter box. Plus I put in some large tree limbs for climbing and scratching. It’s by our garage window and I put a small space heater nearby set at 65 degrees for really cold nights.

    The cats stay in there for at LEAST 4-5 weeks, so they learn that this is home. Then I can start letting them out. I will move the pen slightly to be next to the back garage door and add a cat door for them.

    Mom Cat is very affectionate and I go out twice a day to sit in with them, check their food and water (I bought a bubbler) , clean the litter box (Cat Attract Litter), and pet Mom Cat. Gray Mom sits on her favorite shelf and hisses at me.

    We lost our Sonia a month ago. (She’s on the BJ Pet calendar, and looked a LOT like Lilly). This past week we’ve been talking with a dachshund rescue group and at the end of April we’re going up to the Baltimore area to meet a bonded pair of older female wiener-dogs. If they hit it off with our Spud (an older male) then we’ll adopt them. Spud seems lonely since Sonia passed away although he’s getting loads of attention…

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    J R in WV says:

    So glad to see Bixby outdoors and walking around!! Best news today, other than so much was saved at Notre Dame in Paris.

    @Mary G:

    I think you can count on smart dog learning to open doors. I had a sign on our back door slider:

    Keep this Door locked – Happy Dog can open it!

    I took it down a couple of weeks after she went down, new dog hasn’t got it yet. We’re still planning to bring home a mom and one of her 9 puppies in another week or so. We got pick of the litter, going for the biggest pupper. Dad is part Great Pyranees goat flock guard dog, so could be REAL big.

    We used to have lots of bats in the neighborhood – there were little sheds all over the woods for the old style oil well pump motors, which were giant hit-or-miss engines that needed a shed. The bats lived on the roofs of the sheds, or in the walls. But those old cast iron engines fell out of use and were mostly recycled, and the sheds torn down to get them out easier.

    I love bats, so acrobatic in the air!!!

    ETA: Plus they eat so many bugs!!!

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    Dan B says:

    I’m so pleased that he was able to file his returns. Good doggo!


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    spudgun says:

    @satby: So wonderful, glad you’re having quality time with Hershey. Sending you both happy vibes…

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    Sab says:

    Brave Bixby and braver Mom who let him suffer through to overcome. I would have put him out of his misery, which would have been murder.

    Good job.

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    Meyerman says:

    Great to see!

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    SenyorDave says:

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Trump Was ‘Making A Joke’ When He Said He Loved Wikileaks

    She should have been around in the 1940’s. SHS:
    Hitler was joking when he wrote Mein Kampf.
    Stalin was kidding when he systematically killed 20 million people.
    The kkk was just playing around when they lynched and murdered blacks.

    Sheesh, some people have no sense of humor whatsoever

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    NeenerNeener says:

    Woo hoo! Yay Bixby!

    I have two smallish Australian Shepherds who are getting up there in age; although they don’t look a day over 3 yo they will be 15 in November. I took the male in to be groomed Friday night because he has a mild heart murmur now and Petsmart will only do “Express grooming” on dogs with medical conditions. I got a frantic call from the groomer about 45 minutes after I dropped him off; she thought he was about to die because he refused to stand up while she groomed him. He’s always been that way, but I couldn’t convince her of that so I went back to pick him up. She had another employee holding him up while she finished trimming him. Once he was done he hopped off the table, walked out to the car without issues then ran around in the yard at home for an hour with no problems. He just doesn’t like being groomed there, I guess.

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    BRyan says:

    The things I learn on this blog. Bats are cute?? Um…yeah, no. But yayy, Bixby. So delighted to see him on his feet and enjoying the outdoors!

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    p.a. says:

    Yay Bixby.

    The bat however… I just find the juxtaposition of bat/bunny very disturbing, like a well done Twilight Zone episode. And I’m not at all scared of bats. Or bunnies.

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    MomSense says:

    Here’s a video of Joan Benoit Samuelson running near a trail I used to walk with my friend who died a few months ago.


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    Aleta says:

    A beautiful video. Strong dog. It’s like his powerful mind is visible.

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    chris says:

    Good news! Many points to you, Tamara, for sticking to your guns. Steve is also pleased and happy that he can relax now.

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    CaseyL says:

    Oh, it does my heart SO MUCH good to see Bixby walking around. Hip hip huzzah!

    I am impressed no end by that fellow, with his carefully thought out plans and his path to achieving them.

    Thank you for the update, TaMara.

    JR in WV: If the bats’ housing is vanishing, it can be replaced. Does anyone out your way sell (or give away) bat houses? They’re basically open-bottom wooden boxes you attach to the eaves of your house.

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    MomSense says:


    I’m so glad you are having this time with Hershey. When our old lab was in his last days, my middle son used to say that it was all down to the love now.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Trump Was ‘Making A Joke’ When He Said He Loved Wikileaks

    Jesus Fucking Christ in a Poke Bonnet. Fuckabee Slanders can fuck right the fuck off with that. Sorry, Sarah: We have Fucking RECEIPTS. So just fuck the fuck off.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    You are making sure he knows he’s loved. However you wish to convey it to him (extra scritches? a little extra ice cream?), do let him know that he is much-loved by a top-10,000 Jackaltariat. May he be happy and comfortable to the very end, and may his transition be beautiful and elegant.

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    HeleninEire says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I love this comment. Cuz it’s so much not like you. My darling you have reached your limit. Me too

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @HeleninEire: She’s a mob enforcer. They all talk like that.

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    Ruviana says:

    So happy and relieved to see Bixby’s recovery.

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    Gex says:

    Bixby has been on my mind so frequently. I’m so, so happy to see progress!

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    HeleninEire says:

    @Gin & Tonic: Yes.

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    Aleta says:

    @MomSense: Thanks. She was my friend’s coach when my friend was a high school age distance runner.

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    Tazj says:

    I’m so glad Bixby is doing better.

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    Betty says:

    So happy for you and Bixby. May he grow stronger each and every day.

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    Dan B says:

    @Dan B: Kidding of course but it’s good to see a big happy, if a little awkward still, doggo. Progress is sweet. Hope you’re sleeping well and dreaming beautifully!

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    Gravenstone says:

    @HeleninEire: I think her Enforcer persona is peaking out a smidge.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Go Bixby! Your determination is an example to us all.

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    MomSense says:


    Oh cool.

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    mrmoshpotato says:



    Great to see Bixby is progressing so well.

    Thanks for sharing with us, Tamara.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @p.a.: Homer Simpson with bats flying around: They’re in my hair! They’re in my hair!

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    Mel says:

    @satby: Hugs headed your way. You are doing everything he needs to make your remaining time together full of happiness, security, love and comfort for him. Just know that when he looks at you, he sees everything good and happy in his world.

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    Raven says:

    Glad the big dude is better. All the hand wringing about Lil Bit seems to have been for naught. After an xray and ultrasound she doesn’t have pneumonia and her heart is just as good as it has been for the last two tests. The pred has helped her cough and we’re going to reduce the dosage and see how that works. Every day someone mentions how good Bohdi is doing for a 15 1/2 year old dog so I guess we just drive ahead and feel lucky we have them

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    geg6 says:

    This makes my heart so happy!

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    Jager says:

    Good for Bixby!

    Anze the Dog is very happy, he went to the hardware store (this fucking old house) then to the meat market and came home to his dinner. 2 cups of dry with chicken broth. He’s on the porch waiting for mom while I piss around with the laundry room door latch.

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    MaryLou says:

    😅 So happy to read the good news about Bixby. Brings some joy to a day with so much sadness #notredame

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    Mel says:

    Bixby is such a brave and lovely boy. So very glad that he is feeling better.

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    raven says:

    @MomSense: I saw her get her Gold Medal at the 84 Olympics in LA!

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    Ruckus says:

    As your give a fuck sensor gets up there past a certain age, your give a fuck device gives the fuck up. There’s not a solid cut off, mine is pretty much been shot all to hell for a few years.
    Sometimes if you don’t need it for a few days it can start working again. Mines been in almost continuous use for the last 2+ yrs

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    Aleta says:

    We learned today that our pup’s tumor is bigger than we thought. Six months ago it could have been an old calcification, but now we know it’s doubled in size. The vet today said he could operate (it’s in the top lobe of one lung). I wasn’t there, but seems to me there are lots of things he didn’t mention. This dog brought a whole world with him that was just his spirit and presence. He came home with me in 2014 after a life in an outdoor pen. So many people love him. We don’t know how much time there is.

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    Aleta says:

    @raven: Really? That must have been amazing.

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    MomSense says:


    I’m so sorry.

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    Happy to hear the good news about Bixby, and thanks for putting “happy news” instead of just “news”.

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    MomSense says:


    Wow!! I thought of you tonight. We watched The Last Waltz on Amazon tonight. Such a good concert.

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    Mel says:

    @Ruckus: So true.
    My grandmother called it the “Done with the bullshit” phase of life. And I am oh, SO there!

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    Ruckus says:

    Very glad to see Bixby getting better. Continued progress!
    Had a fun day. Trip all the way across LA for an appointment at the VA hospital. Three trains and 2 buses each way. Good news, in my ongoing battle to stave off melanoma, so far I’m winning. Another episode in the fun that has been the last few years. So there’s republicans making me sick and me making me sick. Fun times.

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    raven says:

    @Aleta: It was nuts. When the Russians pulled out thousands of tickets went up for sale a couple of days before the games started. It was my last summer in Illinois and I called my mom and told her to go to the “ticket fair” at the forum and buy whatever she could get. My brother was in law school in Sacramento and he came down and we went nuts. We were in the 4th row in the Coliseum for the afternoon session. The women’s marathon had been run in the morning but they gave the medals at the regular track and field in the pm so we were there for that and Mose’s gold medal in the hurdles and Carl Lewis in the 200.

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    raven says:

    @Ruckus: I had a big chunk taken off my calf a couple of weeks back.

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    @Ruckus: At least the commute will get better when they finish the Regional Connector.

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    Mel says:

    @Aleta: Oh, Aleta. I am so sorry.

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    Amir Khalid says:


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    raven says:

    @Aleta: Aw damn.

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    Ruckus says:

    She reminds me of a friend who took up triathlon in her late 50s. She was a marathon runner for years so she had the run part down, but the swim and the bike she didn’t. She worked, she learned, she persevered and she ended up at Kona in the world championships about 5 yrs later.
    Sorry, that was supposed to be a reply to MomSense above you.

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    GO BIXBY! Best news of the day.
    @satby: Please give Hershey today’s hug from me.
    @Aleta: I’m sorry to hear that and hope there is better information that you don’t know yet.

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    Barbara says:

    @Aleta: I am so sorry. My little corgi died of a condition that related to a tumor in his pituitary gland, and the veterinarian was so kind about the limits of what could or should be done. This is so hard, sending lots of good thoughts and support.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Oh, I am so sorry. More hugs. All I can do.

    {{{{{{{{{{ HUG }}}}}}}}}}

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    Kristine says:

    So happy for Bixby, and for you.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Aw, I am so very sorry about your Corgi. They are cute, feisty little guys.

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    Aleta says:

    @raven: 4th row?? Her medal and Edwin Moses AND Carl Lewis? How incredible.

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    Aleta says:

    @raven: I remember you said it was going to be biopsied? They said what?

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    Aleta says:

    @Barbara: I love corgis.

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    Ruckus says:

    Yeah that will be sweet. Probably be retired and moved up north by then but it will still be nice.
    Ouch. I’ve found out what liquid nitrogen feels like a few times, twice in somewhat sensitive areas. Seems this is a somewhat common symptom of Parkinson’s, so the docs may actually decide to try and treat in 2 months. Last visit they told me that there is nothing else left to do but they wanted to see more progress. Success at last. Of course it’s in something you don’t want to have success at, but hey, that’s my life. Oh well somebodies got to do it.

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    MoxieM says:

    Re: Bixby video. What a lovely thing to see — Especially today. What a great soul he has.

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    Mary G says:

    @Aleta: Oh, I am so sorry. If you decide to try an operation and need help paying for it, let us know.

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    Dog Mom says:

    So good to see Bixby making his way around! May the progress continue and may Bixby get stronger and more stable.

    As for my pack of broke-down dogs, my ancient weimaraner is making me crazy (or crazier) – one day last weak she was not doing well at all. Muscle loss from Cushing’s and severe arthritis make getting around difficult. I kept trying to decide if she was ready to go or if I was ready to make that decision. I woke up very early the next morning thinking it was going to be the day. She woke up with other ideas – came into the kitchen, demanded her breakfast and has been making her way around pretty well since then.

    My Atypical Cushing’s beagle who had the horrible zombie-brained warty thing removed from her cheek three weeks ago, she had her stitches out and is doing really well – having a bit of an issue with the internal sutures getting inflamed as they are dissolving – so she’s on another dose of antibiotics, but going on like a trooper. Her face looks good and hopefully her fur will come in an cover the scars.

    Her sister, my Addison’s girl is still limping around on three legs – don’t know why yet – need X-ray’s. She took herself for a swim across the stream to the deer bones on the other side. Beagles – Ugh!

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @MomSense: I saw that movie when it first came out, at the Ziegfeld Theater in NYC, an old-time “movie palace.” It was grand.

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    trollhattan says:

    Just wow. So happy Bixby is on the rebound!

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    Jay says:

    Bixby yay!

    Aleta, {{{{{{❤️}}}}}}

    Baby Bat,

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    Martin says:

    Buttigieg’s interview on Maddow is really worth watching. Yeah, it covers a lot of ground we’ve already heard, but there’s a discussion in the middle about doing this while gay, which Maddow is uniquely well equipped to ask (one Rhodes Scholar to another no less). Nothing in there newsworthy, but we don’t get many ‘I know what that feels like’ kind of moments around being in the closet and coming out. It’s a nice way to disarm assholes like Pence. Stay for the lead-in to O’Donnell who asks Maddow to expound on that.

    We need more moments like that. It was really nice.

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    Aleta says:

    Thanks gang for words that help. I feel bad talking again about more grieving, and there’s so much else for everyone that’s hard. I’m a little afraid on this one of going through this so thank you so much.

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    Aleta says:

    @Martin: It’s an amazing historic moment.

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    tokyokie says:

    He looks a bit unsteady when he walks, especially the front legs, but that’s still a major improvement from not being able to even stand. Hope he continues to get better.

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    hedgehog mobile says:

    Yay Bixby! Thank you for the good news.
    Midnight, our big black kitty, is snoring next to me on the couch. He turned 17 in September; every day we have with him is a gift. Tinkerbell, Calico Queen of Everything, is on the arm of the couch gazing at her realm.

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    kindness says:

    So glad Bixby is coming along so nicely. We were worried for a bit there. Our furry kids are still our kids. Just kids with short lives compared to ours.

    Love ’em.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Yay, Bixby! You put the ‘great’ in ‘Great Dane’!

    ETA: I don’t want to alarm anyone, but I seem to have a wolf snoozing on the couch next to me…

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    NotoriousJRT says:

    Keep up the good work, Bixby!

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    Geeno says:

    It looks like he just needs to get his sea legs – more walking will result in easier walking. I sincerely hope that’s the case, and he’ll be back (at least close) to normal in no time. Fight the power Bixby!

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    satby says:

    @Aleta: so hope the surgery is successful and you have more years together.

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    Aleta says:

    @Geeno: It’s amazing to watch. Not that I know, but he looks integrated, like neurons are firing, timing is working, legs are coordinated in their pattern, he’s going in the direction he intends, and he’s getting there.

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    Aleta says:

    @satby: Thanks so much. I’m so sorry about your pup. I really don’t know what to do right now. My partner is unable to talk about it at all.

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    prostratedragon says:

    Bixby! Now that he’s got proof of the concept, he’ll be working on trotting and getting back that big-dog strut.

    Something I found last night that sort of fits this day:

    “Fils de (Sons of),” Jacques Brel

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    sharl says:

    Very welcome news on Bixby, TaMara! Best wishes to that good boy in his journey to better health.

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    rikyrah says:


    So beautiful

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    That is soooo good to see.

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    WaterGirl says:

    Bixby! What a relief to see him walking, and a joy to know he is on the road to recovery. I started crying when I watched the video and tears of joy and relief ran down my cheeks through all 112 comments. So happy for you both.

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    Leslie says:

    Oh thank goodness. Good boy, Bixby. We’re all still pulling for you.

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