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When I look back over the past week, I can’t believe we’ve made it through.

Thursday of last week I took Milkshake back to the vet convinced it was time to say goodbye.  She was so weak, she hadn’t eaten in 4 days, and she could hardly walk.  Our vet said to let her have one more day to see if the new drugs would start working.  By Friday, when I took her back to the vet, I had some hope.  She was a little more alert when the vet came into the room.  We decided to let her go through the weekend.  On Saturday I was desperate for her to eat, so I started giving her chicken broth with a syringe.  Just a little broth throughout the day, not enough to upset her stomach.  Then by Sunday she woke up hungry and she ate some chicken.  Hallelujah the dog ate chicken!  Chelsea’s singing Hallelujah because she got some chicken too.

Throughout the week I’ve been reading all of your wonderful, compassionate comments and knowing you feel the same as I do has been such a help.  I don’t know how much longer we’ll have her, but today she seems to be feeling a little better.  Chelsea and Milkshake are such good friends.   Chelsea’s been doing enough barking at the UPS man for both of them.  She told me it’s the least she can do.

Milkshake & Chelsea

Milkshake & Chelsea

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!


I posted this picture and story about Milkshake on Instagram last July, but in case you missed it here it is again…


The love from this old dog has taught me so much: It knows no end, it has no limit and it will always be there. She’s my senior rescue (13) and she has congestive heart failure. We’ve known about her heart since July 2014 and she’s still with me. I don’t think her heart has finished teaching me yet.”

I have the hardest time writing about her on this blog.  Somehow if I write about it here, it will make it come true.  I’m not rational when it comes to her.  We’ve known about her condition for over a year now.  She saw a cardiologist (did you know there was such a thing for dogs?) in July of 2014 who told us she had 4 months.  Maybe it was because he was the bearer of bad news, but neither Milkshake, my husband or I liked him so we’ve kept Milkshake under our local vet’s care.  Just like people who have this disease, she’s been on lots of medications but she takes them without complaint.

This week her heart has been racing (A-Fib, a secondary condition) and we’ve added 2 more medications to her routine.  She’s wearing down because of the heart rate and we’re hoping the medications help.  I know as pet owners we take the good times with the hard times and we do it so willingly because of the unconditional love they give us.  She’s not in pain but she is exhausted.  I refuse to give in before it’s time.  Say a prayer her heart can last a bit longer.   Writing about it here won’t change a thing, but if you say a little prayer for her it might help.




I love doing a giveaway, especially to start a New Year!  Just imagine, some Sugar Plum Christmas could be coming your way before it even ships to the stores!  Are you ready for the winners of the New Year’s giveaway? If you see your name below, you’ve got a goodie coming in the mail as soon as you email me your address!  Just click on the “contact” link at the top of the blog.

  1.  Annette Crain:  you win a fat quarter bundle of Sugar Plum Christmas
  2. Lace Faerie:  you win the Sugar Plum Christmas Aurifil Thread kit with the new 80wt. thread.
  3. Beth Reilly:  you win the Sugar Plum Christmas fat eighth bundle.
  4. Lynda Malloy:  you win a designer roll of American Jane’s Spring-A-Ling (designer rolls are really layer cakes rolled up).
  5. Bonnie Lindsey:  you win a designer roll of Stacy Lest Hsu’s “Lil’ Red”
  6. DeAnna Dodson:  You win a fat quarter bundle of Sugar Plum Christmas
  7. Debbie Highcock:  You win a designer roll of Stacy Lest Hsu’s “Just Another Walk In the Woods”
  8. Shirley Burt:  You win a designer roll of the new Grunge colors by BasicGrey.

This was so much fun to do and I loved reading your comments.  Thank you to each and everyone who spent a moment with me this New Year!  Now click over to my website and look at the new slide show!   I’ll be back to tell you all about it very soon!



Oh, and you’re the first to know, we have a 25% off sale starting on January 5th!  Everything on our site will be 25% off from January 5th through the 7th.

Happy New Year everyone!


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