I never imagined when my husband found this little dog that my life would change profoundly. It’s not any type of change that you can see, but rather something deep inside my heart. It’s a feeling that I’ve known her forever. A special feeling of connection and I have no idea where it comes from. I just know it’s there. Bitsy isn’t particularly pretty, but if you look into those eyes you will see the beauty that I see.

Taking a 12 year old dog into your life is a risk in itself. You know there will be lots of happy times, but for sure there will be health issues and things to be taken care of. It’s like adopting an old grandmother. Yesterday Bitsy went back to the vet to have a second tumor removed. A mast cell tumor is similar to other cancers, in that it can return if you don’t get all the cells. The vet had make a very large cut yesterday, along with two other little areas. When I picked her up, she looked at me with those eyes and I cried all the way home. As my friend Anne told me yesterday, we do these things for our pets because we want to save their lives. She said soon she will be running and playing once again.

She is a brave little dog, and today she is doing better. She has pain medication and antibiotics and they seem to be working because she keeps standing at the front door waiting for her walk. No don’t worry, that isn’t going to happen! She seems very anxious to get back to her normal life. She has the heart of a very young dog!

I think the rule is that you don’t add another post when you’re having a give away. But we all have times like this and sharing helps us through them.

Please say a little prayer for Bitsy. She deserves a longer life with us.

And, if you haven’t added your comment to my give away in the last post, do it now! You could win these little treats!

Hugs to you all,



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  • The Christmas Shoppe - Anne – I’m glad to hear Bitsy is doing better. I know that my dog, Mick, is more than a dog!

    When you get a chance look at my blog because I added a photo (shocking, isn’t it??). I thought you might like the PINK dress. It should make you laugh.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Stanley Ruggerio - I think your Bitsy is a beautiful, very courageous girl. I wish her many more years as your companion….filled with love, security, and happiness. My rescues, Cooper, Otis, Olive, Annabelle, Mama, Baby, Sister, and Mr. Cat send their best wishes.
    Sharon RuggerioReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - Bitsy is precious! Amazing how our hearts enlarge because of and through our pets. May her recovery be speedy and complete.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - These little dogs become a part of us don’t they? My Josey is the same way – I just love her.

    I would love to be entered in your contest. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • from little acorns - What a little soulmate – that little Bitsy is for you. I remember when you called me & told me about her – & I remember thinking that it was meant to be. (& that your heart is so big – it can love all your kitties & puppies too!)
    I’m so glad to hear that Bitsy is doing better. What a little trouper she is. Your doing the best for her – & the love. . . that’s the best of all.
    xo, BrenReplyCancel

  • PamKittyMorning - I’m happy to hear that Bitsy is doing better.Big hugs from me. xoReplyCancel

  • Pink Pincushion - Anne, What a privilege it is to have these little “people” in our lives. I love your blog. I would love to be entered into your contest please:)ReplyCancel

  • Beth - I think Bitsy is so darned cute. What a little trooper having surgeries too. Most of us would do anything for our pets, sometimes even before we would do things for ourselves. Thank you for your beautiful blog, and I would love to be entered in your drawing.ReplyCancel

  • Helen - Hi Anne,

    I’m glad to hear Bitsy is doing better. I had a little scare with my dog Ernie. He’s only 9 but all of a sudden stopped eating and was lethargic. He didn’t even want to go on a walk. So I hustled him to the vet. Turns out he just had some kind of bug and after the vet gave him fluids and antibiotics he was much improved. He’s doing great now.

    I will keep Bitsy in my thoughts.ReplyCancel

  • Jo - My husband and I dont have children, our pets have pretty much filled that void. It breaks your heart when they are sick, even though they can’t speak as such the eyes always tell the story. I wish you and bitsy a speedy recovery.
    Jo xReplyCancel

  • cAROLYN - Anne- Bitsy is adoreable and I wish her a speedy recovery. It is just amazing how these little creatures make their way into our hearts. I’ll say my prayers and include Bitsy. Lots of love, CarolynReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Please add me to your drawing! And I hope your Bitsy is well soon.ReplyCancel

  • Patty - Our friend Anne B. is very smart and once again she’s right, we do do what we have to to save our pets no matter what age they are. It is like adopting a grandma but when we are that age (well we are grandma already) we would love to be adopted too!!! I’ll say a pray for your sweet little one.ReplyCancel

  • KSedlak - Dearest Anne,
    My prayers go out to you and Bitsy and I wish her well, so you can have many more years together. She’s a precious little girl.
    My kitty Molly will be 17 years old come this April and we have been on an emotional roller coaster this past
    year with her health too.
    Take care and let Bitsy know that she has lots of people thinking about her.

  • Barbara - Bitsy looks like an absolute love to me! :DReplyCancel

  • Christine - I didn’t know there were any give away posting rules. I’m glad you posted about Bitsy. I may love animal posts even more than quilting posts. She looks very sweet and I’m glad she is better. My dog had surgery a few weeks back and we can finally took the cone off his head.ReplyCancel

  • Elena Kudinova - Dear Anne, I’m very happy to hear that Bitsy is doing better. I will keep Bitsy in my heart and I wish her a long happy life.
    Thank you for your beautiful blog and your creative work.

    p.s. I’m sorry for my English, my native language is Russian.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - Oh Bitsy! (Hugs)

    I hope she is feeling better soon. I love her picture. Can’t get much cuter than than.ReplyCancel

  • gloria g. - You and little Bitsy will be in my thoughts and prayers. She is a beautiful soul.

    fondly, gloria g. Richards, TXReplyCancel

  • Teresa - You post touched my heart and I thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - This is my first time to see your blog….I am such a fan and feel touched to “see” the heart behind the artist. Your story is similar to ours when we discovered this very sweet kitty on our porch. After a lifetime marriage of my husband saying “I am allergic to cats” we took this black and white fluff ball into our lives. We loved her, cared for her and held her when it was time for her to pass. We both cried buckets, and in time we have another sweet kitten to touch our lives. Bless you and Bitsy and I do believe in prayer. So I pray for your peace, for Bitsy’s healing and for the Vets wisdom to treat your sweet pet. Annelies from San DiegoReplyCancel

  • Mandi - Love and hugs to Bitsy. I was at Room With a Past the day you brought Chelsea in when you first got her. I remember you saying you were not dog people until you saw her! Bisty stole my heart too…the first time you posted a photo of her. She has the most soulful eyes. Take care of them all and yourself too, and come see us at RWAP with them next month!

  • knittingontheporch - Bitsy is darling. She has eyes that are so intelligent. The type that seem to gaze into your soul. I had a dog like that once. It is such a blessing. Dogs are wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Lucky Bitsy that she came into your home! Lucky you that you have her! We adopted a golden retriever years ago from a golden retriever rescue, and she is soo sweet, patient and loving! I wanted to bring them all home! That would have been hard though, 10 dogs would have made our home…. unliveable but happy! I don’t need to be put into the give away… I’m just enjoying your blog Thanks.

  • kc - You were meant to give Bitsy all the love and care you are able to so just shower her with that affection. We too have a 12 year old Westie poo that has been thru alot this year and I am grateful to be her guardian and caretaker. I love your blog and look forward to each part of your day, whether its designing, your family or showing your home or studio. You have a big heart and it shows!
    Kathy in NYReplyCancel

  • Jackie - You’re right she has wonderful loving eyes! I am glad to hear she is doing well. It is true our pets are truly part of our family and we always want to do what is best for them! She knows how much you love and care for her.ReplyCancel

  • Patty - I wish more people were like you and would consider adopting an older dog. I hope Bitsy has a speedy recovery!ReplyCancel

  • Mar - I’m back to see how Bitsy is doing? Well I hope. Good thought for your sweet one.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Anne-I am glad to hear Bitsy is feeling better. She is so special and she has special people to take care of her. The photo of her is beautiful. Thanks for the update.

  • Anonymous - Oh my gosh, I just stumbled upon your blog and read about Bitsy. What a beautiful thing you have done to take in this beautiful dog. We never know where our hearts will take us. Bitys is truly blessed to have you and you are blessed to have her. Hope you have many happy days together. Wish the world had more people in it like you. I don’t know where I’d be without my dog. She truly is a god send and I think she is what keeps me plugging through each day. Blessings, KimReplyCancel

  • Annie's Abode - awww bitsy is beautiful – i know exactly how you feel as i have two little fellas of my own. they are so reliant on us and so loyal – there is nothing like it!
    i wish bitsy well and hope she continues to thrive

  • Anonymous - So sorry to hear Bitsy was ill but I am glad she is on the mend… you are a very kind-hearted woman to take in an older pet…I am sure she is a wonderful companion.

    Pam fr New YorkReplyCancel

  • Rrebeck - Oh my gosh, Bitsy was my dog’s name when I was a kid! She was my constant companion and I loved her so, I still think about her all the time – I got her when I was 2 and she was a pup. She was my best friend for 17 years. I will say a little doggie prayer for your Bitsy as I send one up for mine!