2011 Review

Happy Thorsday to you!  The last Thorsdays of 2011…

Gretchen Greer here…  Since we’ve been abandoned a lot recently, we’ve had a lot of time to look back over the year.  Do your humans do that?  We also get thrown outside while Mama wraps pressies.  Very rude, I think, but I’ve also seen the wet paper tear from Sissy shoving her nose in the way…

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One week before her left eye was removed

January was a very tough month at Haddon Woods.   Sissy lost sight in  her left eye on Christmas Eve, was diagnosed with glaucoma, and had her eye removed on January 10th.  This appears to be the last photo with both eyes, and it’s a good example of glaucoma warning signs.  The eye is not reactive (note how the eye ON the left of the photo is squinting but the already blind eye isn’t), it’s glassy and “hazy”, and it’s red around the white.    We’ve all learned a lot about glaucoma this year.

DSC01629By February, things were pretty much back to normal.  We got to come to work with Mama & Gramma while all the guys went to school.  (*I* still have never been afforded any educational opportunities.  Maybe 2012 will be the year?!)

February also saw both of us have great success at Mango Minster.   (Look for the 2012 show to start soon!)  I won reader’s choice in my division, while Sis won her division and then worked the sympathy vote for Best in Show.  We’re all still suffering for THAT one, but it cheered her and Mama up considerably, so thanks to all the judges for helping turn the tragic tide of early 2011.

Photo courtesy of Mango Minster

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Me rocking one of our prizes from Lapdog Creations

Everything was pretty normal until May, when Mama ditched us AGAIN (she left us for the first time EVER in January).  Don’t tell her, but we kinda’ enjoy it.  Dadaw gets us breakie from IHOP, and while we miss our walks, we love having Dadaw under our paws for a couple of days.

2011 was a pretty lucky year for us.  There’s the whole Mango Minster multiple wins, Mama won a few things at her gala (and from other contests), and we won several give-aways from Lapdog Creations


Sissy the lap dog at new friends' campsite this summer

We had birthdays, we met new friends, and we said good-bye to some big bloggy friends too.   Mama says that’s how life works… ebb and flow, ups and downs.  Personally, I like the ups.  The downs are sad, and I don’t like sad!

Best of all though, Dadaw taught us all a new phrase that opens all kinds of doors.  “… because she only has one eye.”  He uses it to excuse virtually anything Sissy does, to get Mama to walk us in the rain or cold, etc.  

photo.JPGOh!!  I almost forgot…  we did finally get back to the beach.  (Thanks, Sis.  You ARE helpful once in a great while.)  Dadaw says we’re going back very soon.  Hooray!!  I can’t wait to chase the birds, and maybe Dadaw will take Sis sand crabbin’…

We hope your 2011 had more ups than downs, and we wish you a 2012 full of extra treats, long walks and whatever else wags your tail.


9 Responses to “2011 Review”

  1. Walking into 2012 « Chan Knits Says:

    […] has a great post from her perspective on 2011, but I’ll get to my own look back eventually…   In the […]

  2. Katherine Says:

    Whew! 2011 was a busy year for you and Sissy!! I can’t complain, except that I took care of Max all year and that would give me something to complain about if I were that sort of girl. All in all, the kid is okay and I always enjoy reading your blog so “it’s all good.”

    All my best for the year ahead. Here’s hoping for only ups!!

  3. Mary Says:

    What a busy year, Gretchen. Nice that you have taken such good care of Sissy this year (even when you didn’t want to…). Hope to see you again in 2012.

  4. gMarie Says:

    Hmmm – we had the Beau health scare that turn out to be nothing more than heartburn. Said good bye to three very good doggy friends. Met bloggy friends in person (don’t know why your momma wouldn’t bring you!) and had a better than not year. Thanks for the review.


  5. Sue Says:

    Over all it was a pretty good year. We had some health scares and some bad injuries, but we let Mom worry about those. We had lots of treats and toys and trips to the lake.

    Here’s to a great 2012 for all of us.
    Morgan, Tsar and the Porties

  6. Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning Says:

    You had a very eventful year, yes, both ups and downs. We hope you have a wonderful year in 2012.

    Ours was pretty good too. We grew in size, although some of us think that was a good thing, while others, well, you know. . .

    Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  7. scrabblequeen Says:

    It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? Glad you have some good memories and some things to look forward to, as well. We sure hope our people’s lives calm down a bit in the near future, because as their lives go, so go ours!

    Woofs….Sasha and Misty

  8. Nichole Says:

    My oh my, has it been nearly a year already since Sissy lost her eye? WOW… time sure does fly! What a great post…

  9. Maggie and Mitch Says:

    You’ve had quite a year! Here’s hoping that 2012 will be a better one!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

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