bluespirit: (Supernatural ~ Dean anim good morning)
It's been a while since I've posted. LJ (& DW) don't have the same vibrancy as they used to for me - which isn't helped by me not posting either, I know. I can hardly complain about my sense of loss of community when I'm not posting much myself!
Anyhoo - a little update on things at Chez Buddy.

Bud's doing really well. He's living with severe IBD, but his latest meds seem to have really helped & he's gained back all of the weight that he lost. He's so well that some of his other meds have been reduced or removed completely. This time last year, he was such a poorly boy & we didn't think that he'd make it, but he's such a fighter. He's on a prescription diet, but his appetite has come back & he's really enjoying life. Although he is a bit of an old man now - he's 11 & 1/2 - & so he does snooze quite a bit! ♥

Here he is on one of our favourite walks. It's a National Trust hill range & woodland that's 5 minutes walk from our door.




I'm doing really well, too. I saw my oncologist a few weeks ago & he's very happy with my scans & blood tests. I have to go back in the autumn for some more extensive scans, but so far things are looking very good. *fc*

Mr B, Bud & myself are off on our holibobs in a week or so. We've hired a cottage in Northumberland that overlooks the sea & you can see Dunstanburgh Castle (a gorgeous ruin) along the coast. So, it's going to be lovely morning walks on the beach & lots of other exploring - Hadrian's Wall & castles galore! Yay!

I hope that everyone is doing well. I do try & keep an eye on my flist & reading circle, even if I don't always comment.
*hugs*
bluespirit: (Buddy yay)
The lovely posts by the equally lovely [personal profile] sgamadison reminded me about my long abandoned '100 Days of Happy', & so here's something that makes me very, very happy:
My little baby Bud running through the bluebell woods! ♥




Considering how poorly he's been & his ongoing medical issues, it's wonderful to see him enjoying life to the full.
I love my boy so much. ♥

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bluespirit: (Buddy sleeping)
So, I'm sewing & I can't find the sleeve pieces. I look everywhere but no luck.
Then the Budlington gets up off his office bed - & there they are! They must have slipped off the shelf & he made himself comfy on them!
Oh, Buddy! The perfect sewing assistant! ♥
bluespirit: (Buddy Xmas)
Sorry it's a little late, but a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to everyone! ♥



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bluespirit: (Buddy yay)
We had a glorious day at Ynyslas beach last Saturday.
An autumn walk by the sea with my two boys is my absolute heaven. ♥
I'm so very, very lucky.

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bluespirit: (Buddy sleeping)
I'm at my sewing machine in the office, looking out onto our garden.  Bud is lying nearby, snoozing loudly.
My heart is bursting with happiness! ♥
bluespirit: (Buddy Sheriff Bud)
Last weekend, it was the annual Dogs' Party for the Lab rescue who brought us our beautiful Bud.  It's such a lovely, happy-making event with so many beautiful dogs who now have their forever homes.
Here's the boy taking part in the fancy dress. The theme was 'the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations' & so Bud went as 'Union Bud'!  He won 5th prize & had a lot of fun! \o/


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bluespirit: (Buddy - hullooo?)
Even when he plods muddy paws through the house, my baby Bud still makes me happy! ♥


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Hello!

7 Sep 2016 10:07 am
bluespirit: (Buddy Sheriff Bud)
It's been a while since I last posted, but I wanted to let everyone know that Bud's doing okay.  He still has problems caused by the IBD (& I think this might be the best he gets now) but he's managed to regain some of his weight & is no longer anaemic.  Most importantly, he's happy & still able to enjoy life - just at a slightly slower pace & with more naps (if that's even possible!)
We took him for a week's holiday in Suffolk last month, staying in a lovely little cottage, & he really enjoyed himself.

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I really want to get back into LJ & so I'm going to do the 100 days of happy that I've seen about the place.  I can't promise that they'll be consecutive, but I am going to try & post more regularly! *g*
And obviously, still having my beautiful Buddy Sunshine with us & enjoying life is my day 1! ♥
bluespirit: (Buddy)
The specialist has been in touch & it's not cancer!
Unfortunately, Bud does have severe IBD/Chronn's disease (there's extensive scarring in his stomach & small intestine). The usual treatment would be steroids, but he was put on steroids at the beginning & they didn't help. So, the plan now is to keep him on his special diet & to try him on some different medication. We need to try & improve the diarrhoea & help him regain some weight. He's got to go back to the hospital in two weeks.
So, we're not out of the woods by any measure, but at least I feel like he's got more of a fighting chance with this.
Thanks again for your support, everyone!
Buddy sends big kisses!
*hugs*

Thank you

6 Jul 2016 09:21 am
bluespirit: (Buddy big eyes)
Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone for your love & support over the last few days.  I'm sorry & hope you'll understand that I don't feel up to individual replies just now.
No news from the specialist yet, but Bud's good in himself - eating well & sleeping through the night (with no need to go out for toilet breaks) which he hasn't done in a while.  He also thinks that his mom is a big old silly billy for keep crying into his fur, so he just gives her extra love & cuddles. ♥

Will update when I have news.
*hugs*

Buddy

5 Jul 2016 08:38 am
bluespirit: (Buddy - hullooo?)
Bud had his endoscopy yesterday, & unfortunately, the vet wasn't very happy with what he saw & is thinking that Bud has stomach cancer. However, we won't know anything for definite until the results of the biopsies come back towards the end of the week & we speak to the vet again.
In the meantime, we just have to stay positive & hope that he's wrong.
Bud is perky in himself & eating well.
We love him so, so much.  He's such a special boy. ♥
bluespirit: (Buddy sleeping)
After a few ups & downs this week, Bud seems to be doing a little bit better.
He's taken to his new special diet food (a second kind as he had some problems with the first) & has even managed to regain a bit of weight! He's booked into the hospital on Monday for the endoscopy, etc. In the meantime, we're taking a day at a time.
Thank you so much to everyone for your love & support. I'm sorry that I haven't had chance to reply to comments - things have been a bit fraught, as you can imagine.  But I am very, very grateful & touched by your thoughtfulness.
Buddy sends lots of love & big cuddles. xxx

Buddy

26 Jun 2016 01:30 pm
bluespirit: (Buddy big eyes)
Buddy isn't very well at the moment.
He's been having some problems for a few weeks now & our vets have tried really hard to get it sorted out, but he's been losing weight & things took a bad turn last week & he was on a drip for two days.
He was referred as an emergency on Friday to a specialist vet hospital. He had various tests done that we're waiting to hear about, & he has to go back to have some biopsies taken. They've given him a special hypoallergenic diet & although the symptoms haven't eased, he does seem a bit brighter today.
We love him so, so much & it's horrible to see him looking so frail.
Just wanted to keep everyone in the picture. xx
bluespirit: (Buddy)
Bud had another fun day at the beach this weekend.
He explored the old wreck & generally was in charge of the whole place (as usual! *g*)

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bluespirit: (Buddy silly)
Here's Bud enjoying a romp through the bluebell wood this morning!

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bluespirit: (Buddy - hullooo?)
Last week, Bud & I represented Labrador Rescue South East & Central at Crufts!
We helped out on the LRSEC stand - raising awareness of the charity & getting donations.
Bud was an absolute star & people loved him! There were several offers to take him home - I had to explain that he was my dog & if they wanted to adopt him, they'd have to adopt me, too! *g*
It was a really lovely day, & I was so proud of my silly boy .
We had six happy-ending rescue dogs on the stand (including Bud) & there were people coming around all day long. It was so busy that apart from giving Bud a couple of comfort breaks, we worked the stand all day. So, I didn't get to do any shopping at any of the great doggie-related stalls or to see any of the events going on.  Never mind - I had so much fun talking about Bud all day!
It was rather tiring though, & when we got home, we both flaked out! *g*

I never thought that I'd be able to say that Buddy had been to Crufts! *g*

Ambassador Buddy!
bluespirit: (Buddy - hullooo?)
We had another fabulous day at the beach with Buddy last weekend.
We went down to Somerset to Brean & played on the beach & then climbed up to Brean Down & walked along to the old fort at the end.
It was a cold but beautifully sunny day.

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more Bud... )
bluespirit: (Buddy yay)
It was half term last week, & we took Bud to Wales & the beach for the day.
We had such a wonderful time. It was cold but beautifully sunny. Perfect!


I absolutely love this pic!  Once we're in our new home, I'm going to get this made into a big canvas print for the wall.
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follow the pawprints... )

Another fabulous day making happy memories with my two boys!
bluespirit: (Buddy at Saunton)
Bud & I took my mom down to Berrow beach yesterday for a lovely (but very blustery!) walk.
There's an old wreck there that you can walk out to at low tide. It was a Norwegian boat - the SS Nornen - that sunk in 1897. Fortunately, the 10 crew - & their dog! - were rescued by the local lifeboat! (More historical info can be found here.)

Explorer!Bud on a mission!
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