Monday, February 19, 2007

A tribute to Floyd

A message from guest blogger, Jim Monahan aka my sweetie:

crossed the Rainbow Bridge on February 15, 2007
at approximately 13 years of age.

Floyd became a member of our family when he was approximately 11 years old.

He was rescued by the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs after having been abused by his original owners.

Liz saw Floyd one Sunday morning on WKYC’s Sunday morning newscast, and contacted the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs to inquire about adopting him.

He took to our family immediately, acting as protector and buddy to our then-two-year-old daughter, Becky.

And when Caroline was born in October 2005, Floyd immediately took on the role of protector and patient friend in taking care of the new baby.

Like all of our other dogs, Floyd was cared for by Dr. Mark Schlesinger and his very kind staff at the Rocky River Animal Hospital.

Approximately 5 weeks ago, Floyd suddenly developed a large abscess under his right eye which literally grew from nothing to the size of a thumb within 48 hours. Dr. Schlesinger biopsied the abscess, which he learned several days later was a very aggressive form of bone cancer.

Floyd was still in great spirits and was clearly enjoying playing with Becky and Caroline up until Valentine’s Day, when he suddenly became very lethargic and ceased eating or even drinking any water.

Liz and I took Floyd to see Dr. Schlesinger yesterday, and, with one of his long-time staff members, Laura, helped Floyd cross the Rainbow Bridge in peace.

Even though he was only with us a little more than two years, Floyd left a definite and positive impact on our whole family. He will be missed.

I would like to thank Deborah Foreman and Shandra Koler from the Sanctuary for Senior Dogs, as well as the young lady, whose name I unfortunately cannot recall just now, who temporarily fostered Floyd before he came to live with us.

I would also like to thank AJ Colby and the entire staff at WKYC, channel 3, for their ongoing commitment with their Sunday morning dog segment to help find caring homes for senior dogs who are currently without a home where they can retire in peace and with dignity, while also enriching the lives of people.

Many thanks to Barbie, Jan, Jeff and the rest of the staff at Gone To The Dogs for taking great care of Floyd with his grooming. He always looked stylish.

Finally, I would like to thank Dr. Schlesinger, his veterinary partner, Dr. Marc Toennies, and all of the ladies who make up the wonderful staff of the Rocky River Animal Hospital, for their ongoing care and commitment to maintaining the health and dignity of senior animals.

Jim Monahan
February 16, 2007

Sunday, February 04, 2007

It's almost Valentine's Day

And that has us all thinking hearts. I want to ask you all to think even into the heart... and think about giving blood. Here in the midwest there is a serious blood emergency, which I believe extends across the US. Elective surgeries are being delayed because of it. You never know when you may need blood. I was surprised after coming out of the anesthesia after my kidney surgery to learn that they had given me four units of blood while I was in the OR. Then that evening, I "sprang a leak" in my back - a surface vessel broke and I started bleeding. They got it stopped quickly but gave me two more units. So six people who will never know me helped to save my life.

I have to be free of cancer for 5 years before I can give again, so I won't be eligible until 2010, if all goes well. My dad was a regular donor, who had reached the 12 gallon level before he was diagnosed with cancer.

So I'm asking all of you to consider giving the gift of life to others. You can check out the American Red Cross's site for information on where, how, etc. Yeah, I know, there are needles involved, but it goes pretty quick and then you get to eat cookies and drink juice! :-)

Giving blood is a valentine that you can give us all, so please consider donating.