Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A SPECIAL DAY~

Today is a special day here at Dog Trot Farm...my little dog trot, Winslow Homer, is having a birthday...today Winslow turns twelve years old...It seems like  just yesterday that Mr. Dog Trot and I walked into a pet store to purchase a brush for our Collie, Chloe... instead we came home with Winslow Homer and no brush...truly my one and only impulse purchase...ever...we adopt our pets for goodness sakes...
  Winslow, a Carin Terrier, had been a very healthy dog, but at the age of 11 things quickly and dramatically took a turn for the worse. Diagnosed as a diabetic, with a failing liver, and losing his eye sight... we were not given much encouragement let alone hope... Never in my wildest dreams did I believe  my little man could, let alone would, reach this mild stone...We acquired numerous veterinary opinions, also a specialist, and it was a joint decision to do whatever we could to keep him with us, as long as he was not in pain...
 After a year of highs and lows...numerous medications...twice daily insulin injections...twice weekly vet. appointments ...Winslow has persevered...In fact last week his blood sugar level was a perfect 90, his liver workup  came back encouraging ...Winslow's vet felt he was well enough to have his teeth cleaned...good dental health aids in a dogs liver function and contributes to overall  well being...I admit I was nervous at the thought of  Winslow Homer being put out and  going through this procedure...but... with three less teeth and sweet smelling breath...it was worth it...
"Happy Birthday Winslow Homer...you are the best little dog...ever...today is your special day and I am so thankful and grateful to have you in my life"..."now get out of the cat's food"...yes...he can still be naughty...

34 comments:

annie said...

Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday, Dear Winslow,
Happy Birthday to You!
And many more!!!

hugs from down south!

Shuttle, Hook and Needle said...

Happy Birthday Winslow Homer!!
What is it about cat food? Our Monica gets one spoonful of cat food on her food and goes crazy?!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Happy Birthday W.H.!!! I hope you get lots of belly rubs and your favorite treats today! Cheers to a wonderful birthday year! XO

Pix at Under the Oaks said...

Happy Birthday Winslow!

Kelly said...

Happy Birthday Mr. Homer. He is adorable. Sweet smelling breath is a plus with any dog, man too. I bet he runs the place too. A bad habit like eating cat food is workable. At least he stays out of the cat litter, more than I can say for Emma and Lucy. We had Terra, a 4.5 lb poodle, for 16 wonderful years. She developed dementia/Alzeheimers and would wander away when she went out to potty. She was hard of hearing too. I would walk behind her and call then tap her on the shoulder to get her attention. She would be so excited to see me again. The love we have for our pets is only exceeded by the love they have for us. Much Love.

Orange Sink said...

Oh Julie,
Happy birthday to dear little Winslow Homer! It's the love and tender care he is getting that keeps him going!
So glad he is doing so good on his 11th birthday!
Smokey just turned 10 in Sept. and being diabetic is doing really good now too! We had to switch to Lantus insulin ( only 125.00 a bottle!) about 6 months ago. He is such a good dog too!
I haven't been able to blog much lately but wanted to tell you how adorable that little Travis is in that photo on your last post! OMG just melts my heart to see that smile! Blessings abound in Maine this Thanksgiving for sure!!!
Big hugs from WI dear friend and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your clan!!!
Cathy G

Farm Girl said...

I am so glad that he got a clean bill of health. He is the best dog ever. I am so glad he is doing so good. Have a great day.

MTWaggin said...

HOORAY and Happiest of Birthdays to Winslow Homer! He's adorable and has an amazing Mum and Dad!

Ginny said...

Happy Birthday Winslow Hower! Here is many more.

Ginny said...

Happy Birthday! Here is to many more.

Melody said...

Happy Birthday Winslow Homer!

Jacque. said...

Happy Birthday, WH! Wow...keep up the good work! Wishing you a great year. Paw bump from Tag.

An Historical Lady said...

Happy Birthday Winslow, you cutie!
Our yorkies are 'adopted'---a story I have told on my blog.
The pure joy that dogs bring into your life is indescribable...
I also chronicled the loss of our Phoebe a couple years ago.
Winslow is here now, bringing love and happiness to his family, who also obviously love him to bits.
Sending hugs to a special dog on a special day,
Mary
http://anhistoricallady.blogspot.com

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Happy birthday, Winslow!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Happy Birthday, Winslow Homer...you are a handsome fellow!
Robyn

Julie said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WINSLOW HOMER:)

Primitive Stars said...

Happy Happy Birthday Homer Winslow........you are one handsome birthday boy, Big hugs to you.......Canine Kisses, Francine.

jennifer768 said...

Happy Birthday Winslow Homer!Wow what a wonderful day and to know that he has progressed enough for a dental cleaning.Yippee! Happy Thanksgiving,Jen

Kim said...

Well, this is a special day. Happy Birthday sweet Winslow Homer. Big hugs from Kim and Millie

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Winslow Homer. See you soon big boy.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

awww...how sweet. happy birthday winslow and many more to come!!!

Julia said...

Happy Birthday Winslow Homer. You are the luckiest dog in the world to have such a dedicated and loving mama to care for you and now you are healthy. Way to go little guy.

You are cute, cute, cute.

JB

acorn hollow said...

Happy Birthday winslow Homer!
And I am catching up with your posts happy six months to the cute grand baby.
Cathy

Linda said...

Happy Birthday, Winslow Homer!!!!

Rowan said...

A very Happy Birthday to Winslow Homer - I hope he had a lovely day with lots of pampering and treats:)

NanaNor's said...

Dear Winslow, A very happy Belated Birthday to you. What a special day you must have had; I am so glad the medicine your vet gave you has helped you have a healthy life. I have a friend whose little girl Cairn, age 13, has diabetes and is blind too but lovin life. The best to you buddy.
Noreen & Hunter

Janet-Olde Crow Primitives said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY sweet Winslow Homer.
I know exactly what you mean about getting out of the cat's food. My Jack Russell is a pro at stealing the cat food.
Janet

Janice said...

I am so happy to hear that Winslow Homer is doing so well and celebrating his birthday. My little Winnie just turned 13 and is in fragile health, so we are in the same boat as you...celebrating every day. Happy Thanksgiving!

Kellie from Indiana said...

I am a new reader of your blog. I am so happy things are turning around for Winslow Homer. He has a face that melts the heart. I am sorry about Gladys. The way you wrote about her conveyed her personality in a good way and just knew the world lost a real good chick. Thanks for sharing snippets of your farm life, I must admit I will live my dream of one day having a farm vicariously through your blog. Happy Thanksgiving!

Terry and Linda said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Winslow Homer!!! You and I are of the same age! I will turn 12 in 2013 also!!

No one ever told us being old was for the faint of heart, did they! Our humans just have to take our age in stride...as we do!

Fuzzy

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

Peacemom said...

Happy Birthday, Winslow Homer! Wishing you many more squirrel chases and fireside nights! ~Vonnie, NH

Pondside said...

Rory barks 'Belated Happy Birthday' to his American cousin!

WendyBee said...

Happy birthday to dear Winslow Homer! He is a beautiful doggie! I love Cairn terriers. They have such spunk and personality. Many happy returns of the day!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Happy Birthday to W.H. I'm glad to hear is is doing well. You take wonderful care of him.