First, Alayne and I wanted to tell you just how grateful we were for all of the heartfelt comments and condolences we received in the past couple of days on the blog, on the Facebook page, and in emails. The outpouring was truly amazing. It’s clear that through all of her antics we featured on the blog over these many years, our little Widget touched a lot of people. And those comments from each of you certainly touched us. We felt truly blessed to have Widget in our lives, and blessed that we could share her with you. She was a remarkable little gal, absolutely one of a kind. Widget taught us — and so many others — how a disability did not mean you couldn’t enjoy life to the fullest. She definitely did. From both of us, thank you — every one of you — for your kind words and condolences. It meant a lot.
Speaking of Widget, I noticed when I received my own blog-by-email via Feedblitz that the YouTube video I embedded in the blog post only came through as a photo in the email version, rather than the actual video. I also realized that the links in the blog post (where I linked to previous posts, etc.), did not come through highlighted in a different color (as they are on the actual blog). Thus while the links were there and active, it was not apparent unless you happened to put your cursor over the linked words. So if you wanted to see that video of Widget singing (er, wooing) her version of Christmas carols, the link is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1QHFvDxgJc. I’ll contact Feedblitz to find out how to fix these issues.
Now, for the photo at the top. That’s Tanner on the left, who came to us late last year with a mangled rear leg that we since removed, and his buddy Sunny, whose right front leg is deformed. Ever since Cap was adopted, these two have become the best of friends, and we frequently find them side by side like this on the porch. Sunny is no longer the dark, brooding character he was when he arrived. He has become the latest “Mommy’s Minion” – or, as I call him, a “Minion Monster.” He’s very affectionate these days, loves to give lots of kisses, and doesn’t know why he’s out on the porch when he should be indoors and attached to Alayne’s ankle with some velcro. But, when he is outside, he’s usually with Tanner. We haven’t decided yet what to do about Sunny’s front leg — before surgery was even possible, he needed to lose quite a bit of weight first, which he’s now done. I’ll be taking him back to Peak soon for another evaluation. But as Tanner would tell him, “Who needs four legs? Three is still one more than those people have.” Yeah, well….