Thursday, January 31, 2013
Deb has known a lot of heartbreak. I will tell you some of her story and then let you in on a little miracle that has happened in her life.
When Deb was pregnant with her youngest daughter, her middle child (Kelly) was diagnosed with leukemia as a toddler. Kelly had gone through almost 4 years of radiation and chemo, but was in remission when they moved to Hudson in the late 1980's. Divorced, it was Deb and her three young children.
Not long after moving to Hudson, found happiness with a local named Scott and they were married in 1991. They had two dogs: Pete, a dalmation, and Lady, a blonde cocker (Deb's second cocker). Lady got cancer at age 7 and had to be put down. A few years later, after Pete died, they tried to adopt a "mutt" puppy, but Maggie Mae (Scott picked the name) was just too hyper. She never settled down. Deb's daughter Kati and her family took her...it was a better fit with a young couple with young children. They never got another dog.
When Deb's daughter Kelly was in her late teens, she had two children and almost immediately thereafter she developed serious heart problems...cardiomyopathy. Turns out it was a side-effect of an experimental chemo drug she had received as a child. All the kids who had received that particular drug developed this condition. Her heart was basically failing. She went through a lot over the next several years, in and out of the hospital, blood clots, all kinds of problems.
In the spring of 2011, Scott was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. Shortly thereafter, hospice became involved. It was tough to watch as he got sicker.
Just before Christmas in 2011, Kelly was watching movies at a friend's house and her heart stopped. After revival by the emergency crew, a second stroke and surgery, Kelly passed away just before Good Friday, 2012. She was 33.
On May 26th, Deb's husband Scott succumbed to lung cancer. With these major heartbreaks, Deb has been struggling to cope. The past few years were very tough. Her friends looked out for her and help out where they can. Some suggested she consider getting a dog for companionship, and she wasn't sure. She said if she ever got another dog, she would want a cocker. Those are her favorites.
She had been to see an "Angel Reader" from Waverly a couple times, and she believes she helps her communicate with Scott and Kelly. Earlier this month, Deb and her friend Dawn (a PetPals volunteer) were hanging out when Dawn noticed on her phone that there was a message from Cedar Valley Pet Pals about the cocker spaniel that needed a new home. The dog's owner was very elderly and had passed away. Dawn immediately exclaimed out loud to Deb to look at the posting. The dog had been in foster care and needed a new forever home. When Deb saw the notice,she almost cried. She immediately wrote down the number and called. Everyone agrees...the whole thing "felt" right.
It worked out so that the next day she made the arrangements to adopt the cocker spaniel. Deb said she started crying upon meeting the dog, and they seemed to hit it off immediately. The dog's name is Daisy Mae...reminding her of how her late husband Scott had named their last dog Maggie Mae. The other "signs" continue.....
Photo: Deb and Daisy Mae with her grandson Karson
When Deb told the dog's foster family about Scott and Kelly's recent passing, how she loved cockers and how that the timing was so perfect..... the lady reminded her that dog spelled backwards is God.
Lucky little Daisy Mae is now enjoying a lot of love, attention and pampering. She follows Deb EVERYWHERE. She is friendly with others, but clings to Deb. Does not want to let her out of her sight. Sits on her feet when she eats. Cuddles in the chair with her while watching t.v. Sleeps with her. She has bonded already!
.........Oh, and Deb said Daisy Mae snores...just like Scott did! Such an amazing story of what companionship can bring into a life! It is incredible what a loyal, loving companion can do for healing! A genuine little miracle that they found each other and it worked out that they could be in each other's lives.
Stay tuned for updates!
Friday, January 11, 2013
A friend of mine has a neighbor, an elderly woman, who is needing to find a good home for her 8-year-old registered blonde cocker. She is needing to find a home for her companion as she has to move to assisted living very soon. Please spread the word amoung your family, friends, and neighbors about this dog needing a new home. Contact me if you're interested.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
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KWWL.com - News Posted: Jan 05, 2013 7:08 AM CST Written by Danielle Wagner, Anchor/Multimedia Journalist Science proves contact with animals is therapeutic, which is one of the many reasons P.E.T. P.A.L.S. visits numerous nursing homes, hospitals, group homes and schools in the Cedar Valley. P.E.T. P.A.L.S. is a non-profit, animal assisted activity and therapy program. "It brings me joy to make people happy and it does Zoey too, I can tell," said Terry Hertges. Terry Hertges and her dog joined P.E.T. P.A.L.S. about a year and a half ago. Hertges' mom was actually one of the first members of the group, which is celebrating its 30 anniversary this year. This day, P.E.T. P.A.L.S. volunteers are at the North Star Brain Injury Program in Waterloo. "We have even some of the clients that lay on the floor so they can get really close to the animals. It's a positive thing for all the clients here," said Chris Gengler with North Star. Another volunteer, Donna Rastetter and her dog K8 joined P.E.T. P.A.L.S. about two years ago. "They like you to visit twice a month. It doesn't have to be a dog. It could be a cat. We have a goldfish that visits," said Rastetter. Visits typically last about 30 minutes, and as Terry Hertges knows, the impact these animals have is priceless. "We were leaving and one of the nurses said let me go get so and so and they did and that person talk to Zoey and talked right to her, and when we left the nurse said that person hardly spoke a word since they'd been there," said Hertges. Both Terry Hertges and Donna Rastetter encourage pet owners to consider volunteering with P.E.T. P.A.L.S. "It's a rich, rewarding experience and well worth the time. It's so much more than you think it is going in to it," said Donna Rastetter. Joining P.E.T. P.A.L.S. requires a two to three hour training program and a temperament evaluation for your pet. After being under the umbrella of the Cedar Bend Humane Society, P.E.T. P.A.L.S. got its own non-profit status last year. For more information, you can contact 319-232-6887 or click here.