It’s a good day!

Hi everyone!  Thank you SO much for all your well wishes for Bitsy.  She read every one of them and I can definitely say they made her feel better.  She had a good nights sleep, got some new pain medication, and today she is feeling much better.  She’s sleeping in her little bed right next to me as I write this.  Now please just say a prayer the biopsy on her side comes back fine. 

I didn’t mention in the last post that we had double trouble at the vet.  We went to pick up Bitsy and took Chelsea along.  Our vet insisted on weighing Chelsea.  Oh no!  We were in for trouble and I knew it!


Chelsea has gained more weight, not lost weight!  It was like being at a Weight Watchers meeting;  there you are, standing in line, and when it’s your turn to get on the scale they say “oh my, you’ve actually gained 5 lbs this week”, and everyone in the room looks at you!  For Chelsea it was only 4 ounces, but it felt like 100!  She had no idea she was getting that “look” from everyone, but I did.  EMBARASSING!

We’ve been asked to come in for a serious consultation. Just me and Ross, to talk about Chelsea.  Seems she’s been limping off and on on one of her legs, and that’s a sign of too much weight on her tiny little knees.  I may think a pudgy Chihuahua is cute, but veterinarians have their doubts.  Even a big Chelsea kiss for the vet, didn’t help. 

not me

I seriously think the percentage she made from her “Chelsea Manor” fabric line went to buy more treats.  How could I tell the vet that?  She’s never had a dog that makes money. 

So if you come to visit,  please bring carrot sticks.  Maybe Chelsea will learn to like them.  I guess if you’re hungry enough carrots taste great.  We’ll find out very soon I’m sure.

Back to pattern writing for me.  Remember to check back here on May 5th!  It’s time for basket number 5 and you’ll be getting a sneak peek at the borders!  See you Tuesday!

Have a great weekend!



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  • Mary - I’m glad Bitsy’s feeling a tad better and that Chelsea was spared all that embarassment because you seemed to have taken it for her. You just need to convince her to buy some bling with her earnings and not … blob.

    Can’t wait until the 5th.ReplyCancel

  • Tami in Tucson - I just posted a late comment on your previous post! now once again, i know how u feel – I have one boxer (the old(7 yrs – old for a boxer)) boy who could use to lose 3-5 lbs, and tehn i have my youngin (the new one) that came to me very skinny and has put on weight , but kkeps getting upset tummies and wont eat her breakfast – doesnt help keep the weight on!

    Oh those scales – they are not fair to us or our babies!


  • Carrie ~ - Darn the pesky scales, well maybe those fabric sales will bring in a treadmill, I can just see the three of you on a cute pink one!!!
    I will keep the biopsy on the top of my prayer list!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Okay, my dog went to the vet and got the fat puppy talk too. My vet told me about the carrot sticks and I had serious doubts, but my dog was over the moon for them. They love them!ReplyCancel

  • Goosegirl - Oh poor Chelsea. She probably hates the treadmill as much as I do. But she is sooo cute!


  • misswrite - Glad to hear Bitsy is doing better.

    Poor Chelsea! My big boy cat weighed 25 pounds. Now, he’s a big cat, but 25 was way too much for him. He’s down to about 15 which is just about right.

    His radiation treatment had some unexpected GOOD side effects! :)ReplyCancel

  • Annelies Dease - Oh so glad to read your post. Hmmmm….maybe our little puppy needs to join Red Geraniums weight loss regime!!! Don’t even mention to her that I was one of the first to admit that I wasn’t on task!!! Oh well….carrots for ALL of us!!! XX AnnieReplyCancel

  • limpingalong - I’m sure it was “that time of the month” and the gain was just fluid!ReplyCancel

  • Molly's Muse - don’t worry about the carrots. My chi loves them. She has gotten baby carrots as a treat since she was a puppy. They can’t have onions or grapes, but the only fruit/veggie I have found that she won’t eat is mushrooms. They usually love apples too, but only in small quantities, seems to upset her tummy a little. But no cheese, it’s not good for those teeth you just spent so much taking care of.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oh my the “extra poundage talk” not fun…My golden, Liddie loves carrots..She knows the sound of the veggie peeler when I am using it..and waits very politely for me to toss her some..Good healthy snack but somehow she still weighs in at 84.2 lbs..down nicely from 90!…love her anyway.Will think only good thoughts for the biopsy…LouiseReplyCancel

  • Kelly Ann - I know that all bunnies love carrots but to help Chelsea get back into her two piece try some green beans…yep, green beans, our vet recommends them for weight loss and management. The girls love their green beans twice a day…now the gas, that’s another issue but both of our girls are ready for the beach this summer.ReplyCancel

  • sewpam63 - Our Jingle dog LOVES carrots!!! He eats tomatoes (we had to put a fence around the vegetable garden because he was eating ALL of them!!!), bananas, apples, broccoli, squash & even blueberries. Give it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised. ; )

    Our best to both Bitsy & Chelsea!ReplyCancel

  • Kathie - oh no a diet for chelsea, going to have to find her gourmet diet doggie treats!
    Glad to hear Bitsy’s feeling a bit better, thats good news.
    Good luck with all your pattern writing!

  • Dya - Ahh, poor Chelsea, such a little dog and then having to go on a diet! Worst part is, you can’t explain to her. Over here (Netherlands) vets advise mixing their normal food with cooked green beans, so the portion is the same size they are used to.ReplyCancel

  • PamKittyMorning - Poor little dear. If her knees hurt its because you haven’t carried her around everywhere. You need to get a doggy backpack going.

    My dogs are porky too. I give them less food and they still gain weight. Maybe they’re buying stuff on the internet when I’m not home.ReplyCancel

  • Kelley - Glad that Bitsy is feeling a bit better!
    I can relate about the scales~ my lab Coal is starting to get overweight…
    Definitely need to get him some more exercise!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Everyone I know feeds their dogs carrots and green beans. I need to try it. Just wish I could convince folks to not give our golden boy Toby treats when we walk. He knows every “treat” giver on sight now. Dogs may love those little treats but it goes straight to their midsection-just like all those little snacks do on humans.

    Hope Bitsy and Chelsea are both doing fine soon.ReplyCancel

  • Allie - I’m glad Bitsy’s feeling better, poor baby, but Chelsea needs to hit the treadmill, lol! I don’t want to take our cat or our dog to the vet for just this reason!ReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - I feel so bad for Chelsea. It is so difficult to help them lose weight. My Mom has a Yorkshire Terrier that weighs 18 pounds! Poor Buster! Mom truly doesn’t feed him too much and no treats, but how do you get them to lose it? I’m glad Bitsy is feeling better and we’ll pray the biopsy comes out well. Our little “people” are at our mercy and they love us so. I don’t know what I’d do without my little Maggie. Even if she does eat everything in site (non-food items like sprinklers and shoes and even a quilt).ReplyCancel

  • Anne-Lise at Rag, Tag, Bobtail - Glad Bitsy is on the mend. poor Chelsea – no fun having to diet.
    Our Tiffi is always on a diet – on the other hand that means she is always glad for any treat, even healthy ones!ReplyCancel

  • madrekarin - Glad to hear that Bitsy is on the mend. :) Poor pup.
    And Chelsea? Oh, the horror of receiving The Look! Perhaps a canine personal trainer would help, in the guise of a studly Boxer or muscley Malamut. lol
    The battle of the bulge is the plight of every species. :(

    Oh,no! My word verification is explard. hahaha.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Gill - Anne, I had the same problem with both of my dogs. I really was over-feeding them. My vet suggested to mix in french style green beams. They are very high in fiber and very filling. Chelsea should really be eating very little because she is a small dog.
    Good luck and I’m sure that Bitsy will be getting good news.;):):)ReplyCancel

  • julia - Hi Anne,
    it's good to hear that Bitsy feels a bit better ~ I keep her in my thoughts…and hopefully the biopsy result will reveal that there's nothing serious…so hope it!!!
    Poor Chelsea! I'm feeling with her…I also gained some pounds that should have stayed in various candies…sigh!
    Give them both a hug and a little tickle for their tummies & and for you too…well, maybe without the tickling ;o)

  • Bobbie Lynn - What adorable photos. Good to hear that she is doing much better. Good luck to Chelsea on her diet. That is going to be hard. My corgi is on Prednisone for is liver condition. Not sure if this will be a long term, but poor guy he is always looking for food and hoping to find a crumb on the floor. Chelsea is in good handsReplyCancel

  • Sandy - Thank goodness Bitsy is better. I know how you feel about Chelsea. Our beagle, Barney, is overweight and I cringe everytime we go to the vets and he has to get on that dreaded scale/table. One of the treats we were told to give him was frozen green beans. It does work, he loved them.ReplyCancel

  • barbara@quiltsoup - Uh oh…Chelsea’s mama is in BIG trouble! Glad I’m not going to the vet!ReplyCancel

  • Chocolate Cat - Poor Bitsy Button! hope she is a lot better now. Poor Chelsea, I feel for her, how could they be so cruel. she looks perfect to me!!!ReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn - Hope all goes well with Bitsy’s “biop” Now about that weight problem.. my Sid was at the vets today seems he has also put on a litle, .45grams, since last year. The vet says all is o.k. but when I looked at his history card, the weight section was just going up and up.He is a Jack Russel so they are not meant to carry too much weight. Just have to be strong when he gives me those “eyes”ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - Had you explained to your vet that she is not overweight but rather just big boned and well loved? When we get the look from our Vet we remind our Vet that our puppies are full of love… and …um…big boned.ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Sorry to hear about Chelsea’s embarrassing weight problem… Fame can have its downside :-( Glad that Bitsy is improving. Anticipating tomorrow’s new block with relish (not the dipping kind….in case Chelsea sees this post)….ReplyCancel

  • misswrite - Oh, boy! Tomorrow is NEW BASKET DAY!

    I just love these. :DReplyCancel

  • Lisa Sutton - I LOVE those pictures!
    Here’s a tip for Chelsea’s weight problem…..for a treat, if she doesn’t like carrots(and be careful with carrots because they have sugar), give her cheerios. They are very low in calories, are good for them and dogs LOVE them. Our youngest had trouble with weight and she lost pounds with this as a treat…good luck! Can’t wait to see basket 5!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oh, I’ve just read the news about your poor babies. Can’t understand why you get so upset (l hollow l :( ). After I had to have my cat put to sleep because he suddenly realised he had something wrong with him (he had a very aggressive tumour in his mouth), I couldn’t bear life without a cat so went back to collect the stray I’d taken to a rehoming charity who hadn’t found a new owner. He recognised his former territory after 3 months in a pen, but was spooked by my family visiting and disappeared for two days and nights!!!!! I got ill worrying about him. Of course he came back and after a month has realised that a warm bed and regular meals are better than wandering. However, he’s had a tummy upset and I’ve had to put him on special (expensive of course!) cat food.
    We get so much from our “babies” and when things go wrong with them we suffer almost more than them because we know what happens.
    Everyone who, like me, has an animal addiction, has my sympathy.
    Love to Chelsea and Bitsy, hugs for their Mum, and tell her I’m looking forward to tomorrow and the new block.ReplyCancel

  • Linda D - Ann, my Yorkies love snap peas right off the vine. They eat carrots also but would choose peas over a steak! I hope Bitsy is feeling better. I’m off to work on the latest bunny BOM.ReplyCancel

  • The Chicken Lady - I hope Bitsy is totally great today! Poor little girl has been through a lot. Good luck to Chelsea on losing a couple of ounces. I think she looks adorable just the way she is. :)ReplyCancel