Monday, May 16, 2011

Your Heart Gets Bigger, Even Though A Part Breaks

I saw him on the morning news, during a segment that introduces available rescue dogs. I already had 3 dogs, but the minute I saw Jack I fell in love.  I couldn't get him off my mind.  I called The Pet Refuge and the next scheduled time to meet a dog was a couple of days off. I couldn't stop talking or thinking about him. My daughter called and told a volunteer about how taken I was with Jack so they arranged a special meeting.  There was a mutual undeniable attraction. They told me that Jack had been living at their facility for quite a while.  That since he was a pup, he had lived in a paint shop. I took him home the very same day. When I took him to the vet that had been taking care of him, I was surprised to see a very big file. I didn't even ask what his medical issues had been. Jack was a boxer/labrador mix that looked like a pit bull.  I called him a box-a-dor. From the first day, Jack got along with the other dogs.  He was a family dog, but everyone knew that he was mine and I was his.  I had many nick names for him...Black Jack, Black Jack Shelack, Jackie Chan (my favorite), Jack of all Trades and many more.

Jack did a dance that I like to call the Jackie Jig.  Later I found out that Boxers do a dance called the Kidney Bean Dance.  The Jackie Jig was a much cooler version than the normal. He would dance on command any time I asked him to.  Jackie always loved to look out the front windows into the trees across the street and watch squirrels.  He HATED trucks.  I surmise that part of the reason had something to do with his crooked jaw and snaggle tooth. Terry always said that Jack looked at us like he knew us from another life. We always joked and asked if we knew anyone that could dance like that.

Jack lived with us for about 10 years.  I always say that I rescued him from Doggy Jail.

He was scared to walk by Buddy, because Buddy always growled, though it was just a warning that Buddy's bowl had food in it.

Jack and Junior were best friends.  They were always together and sometimes almost crowded me out of my sewing room so they could lay next to each other next to my chair.  Jack slept next to my bed, and his place in the living room was next to my recliner.

Last night about midnight, Jack started to have seizures..or heart attacks...or strokes...I'm not sure.  I felt his end was near and stayed with him to comfort him and to comfort me. When the vet opened we took him there to find peace.  But I am not at peace.  I am heartbroken. I loved Jack more that even I can believe. I don't know what to do without him.  Junior doesn't know either. He has been digging up the grave.

I know my friends that read this will want to send healing wishes.  I thank you in advance because I will turn comments off.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Sad Site

Every day there is a new weather condition on the news.  The tornado news overshaddowed the flooding of the Mississippi.  This morning in a CBS news report, the reporter was panning houses in  Memphis while floating on the flood waters.  Honest to God, there was a deer laying on the top of a roof of a house with flood waters threatening to completely cover the house.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tester Teeth!

Here I am.
Hair in pony tail.
Sun darkened lens glasses
Maire Dodd Earrings
Flowered hoodie that Corey says look like PJs
and...Tester Teeth.

This was the final step to getting my permanent dentures.
The dentist made a wax mold of my jaws which was fitted for size and several other adjustments that I was very impressed that were made.  This morning I had an appointment for a cosmetic fitting. A check to see if the teeth were the appropriate size and color and if my jaw profile was cosmetically right.

I was pleased with the look and fit. My friend's daughter has been the tech that assisted the my dentist so I had her take a quick pic. Then I signed on the dotted line, and off they went to the lab to be turned into dentures.

One week from today I will have my real Fake Teeth.

Just in case someone that is searching for denture information stumbles on my blog, let me mention one thing. I had temporary false teeth that were meant to be worn until I would get the permanent dentures. They were fine and helpful in the beginning of this journey.  However, as swelling subsided, they became uncomfortable and I just did not want to take the time, effort and expense of having them adjusted.  I have been without even the temps in my mouth for about 3-1/2 months. My jaw muscles hurt without teeth to separate the jaws. It's like the jaws never get to relax and rest.  It is also difficult to talk as the day wears on. I don't really care that I am limited to eating soft foods.  I don't miss eating meat at all, except possibly a Rib Eye Steak.