Wednesday, January 8, 2014

White Washed Desk and Missing Zelo

This has been my longest blogging break in 4 years and it's been so good for me. Not only did I have a blogging break, but I haven't done much furniture since December 16th.

That day, I left for the gym and then went to a hair appointment. At about 11:30, my husband texted me saying "Zelo is sick...she's acting funny". Zelo was our 10.5 year old yellow lab. Our first baby. Such a good dog.

I came home and saw her and I knew she was pretty sick. I made a vet appointment for Mickey to take her to as I had a prior commitment at the kids' school. He texted me that an xray showed her spleen enlarged and that she had blood in her abdomen. Not good. They had us go to the emergency vet for an ultrasound, which confirmed hemangiosarcoma that had ruptured her spleen. She had been fine at 10am, and we had to put her down at 6:30pm. It was one of the hardest days of my life and happened so fast.

Here is the last good picture of Zelo taken 3 weeks before she died:

Saying goodbye at the vet

And the wonderful paw print that the vet did after Z died. It sits on our mantle.

So enough sadness for one blog post!

We still had Ruby the wonder dog....well, not really. Ruby is a sweet girl, but I liken her to a cat. She's affectionate only if you are petting her....otherwise she wants nothing to do with you. And I missed my velcro dog. So after MUCH thought, research and consideration, we brought home this girl after Christmas.

We got her from a vet who breeds 1-2x/year max and only breeds to produce a dog to show. She had kept 2 females (our preference) and couldn't decide which one to permanently keep. So we helped her decide. This is Millie and she's 14 weeks today. Huge paws and very sweet. We are all smitten with her. I miss Zelo a lot but every dog is different...Millie will have her own quirks. Ruby is still getting used to her...but given the age difference (Rue is almost 10), I expected that.

Now on to furniture. I just finished this up today...a sweet white washed table or desk and a coordinating chair. This will be for sale at Carver Junk Company next week!

Please look past the filth of the garage floor...we've been in a deep freeze here in MN and my kids were home for 18 days straight.


My Romantic Home
Miss Mustard Seed
Shabby Nest


Nadine @ Chic with the Kool-Aid Mustache said...

So sorry to read you had to put your beloved pet down, I still mourn my retriever after 4 years! I hope you enjoy Millie, she's gorgeous and love the table redo...what did you white wash it with?

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry you had to go through this. I've been getting your posts in my email inbox for a while now and really appreciate your work. Stay warm and I hope your day goes well!

Cassie Bustamante said...

oh alison, i am SO sorry. as you know we lost charlie the day after thanksgiving and i had no idea how hard it would really be. thinking of you. in other news, millie is adorable and i hope she is helping to mend the hole in your heart.

Unknown said...

So sorry to hear about sweet Zelo - my lab Lucy is going to be 14 on 2/15, and she's been slowly spiralling down for the last year or so. I'm dreading the day we have to put her down. My first baby too.

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I am so sorry you lost your sweet friend. It is never easy to say good-bye is it?
Thanks for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two. I am happily featuring your white washed desk tomorrow night at our party!
Make it a pink day!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

So sorry to hear about Zelo. Pets really do bring us so much joy and saying goodbye is always hard, especially when it happens so quickly. ... Enjoy the beautiful Millie! ... And that table has a beautiful finish!