Monday, February 9, 2009

FS105 Thank You!

Well, I was so close to finishing this card when I had to set it aside temporarily. You know, sometimes real life firmly gets in the way of my ART *snort*. Here's what happened;

I've been babysitting my dad's dog while he is away for the winter. I will admit that in in my house there are currently 9 dogs. 6 are still in quarantine though, so it really doesn't feel like that many. And 5 are only 9 days old - they really don't roam or anything yet.

My dad's dog is 16 and she is losing it. My front room is her personal potty when I go into the garage to take of the fosters since she doesn't understand why she can't come with me. Friday, she peed in my basement 3 times. Ummm... I was ticked. She was yelled at. I know dogs don't understand yelling; I lost it, it was my fault. She barred her front teeth at me (this dog has serious attitude - all 14 lbs of her!!!) and I stopped cold in my tracks. I sent myself to my room for a brief cooling off period. Very brief. I was already cold. I scooped her up, set her on the table and looked at her front teeth. *sigh* A (likely) cancerous melanoma has displaced her front teeth. She is eating fine, but this looks like it is caving in her jaw directly under her nose. I recognize this malady because the dog my husband bought me for my birthday when we were first married was put down 3 years ago with the same illness. Her's was on the side of her mouth, was removed but regrew in short order. We put her down when she was having trouble eating and accidently bit the growth and it bled for quite some time.

I taught a card class Saturday afternoon in my home. Saturday evening I took my kids to church and I taught the junior high bible class. I kept thinking I must be wrong about her mouth. She's old and her teeth are rotting out and I need to get her to a vet for some TLC.

Sunday morning by bright morning light I rechecked her mouth. Nope. I was right. There wasn't that funky rotton smell. Her one front tooth is seriously displaced by this growth, and it looks bad. *sigh* I called my dad and told him what I found. It's a little uncomfortable for her, but she is still eating, so if I don't have to be the one taking her in to be euthanized, I don't want to be. What a balancing act, eh?!

While I was on the phone with my dad, my DH came home from his wanderings. I didn't get back to this card for the Featured Stamper challenge until today. I cased thank you by K Dunbrook. I love the elegant simplicity of this card. I didn't do as well as Karen on double stamping to produce the shadow, but it's okay.

Pets, can't live with them, can't live without them...

stamps; upsy daisy (SU!), vintage butterflies (saturday evening post by CHF)
paper; salt, brown, coconut swirl (bazzill), kraft (paper accents), blue awning (K&Co)
ink; antique linen (distress ink by ranger), espresso (adirondack by ranger), vintage sepia (versafine by tsukineko)
accessories; clear detail ep (ranger), antique copper brads (making memories), doily edge punch (martha stweart), white gel pen (sakura)


LeAnne said...

So sorry about your dad's dog....a difficult thing when your pets get old & sick. But your card is LOVELY.

Anonymous said...

Oh Loretta, just love your card. The colors, papers, and butterfly is just so very pretty. Love how you did the border edge too, so very nice. Really wonderful work. Phyllis M.

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