Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Crossing the Bridge

Rudy crossed the bridge this evening after a brief but vicious battle with lymphoma. He was a trooper but in the end we were unable to control his pain. What a special dog he was. We will miss him greatly. He is now free of pain and able to roll in sheep poop and eat poopsicles to his heart's desire.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's official

It's official - Lego is clear on the fluff test!
Since Lego's litter mate (Lily - CH Grangefield Aberdovey Lymerick) and 3/4 sister (JoJo - CH. Grangefield Inquistive) both won the nationals, we have been receiving some interest in his use as a stud dog. Both JoJo and Lilly have produced fluffs so I thought it would be a good idea to see if he carried the fluff gene . We learned yesterday the he is fluff free - YAY!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Belated Maryland Post - Rudy Update

I am sure you have all read the posts by Janet (Simple things) and Taryn (A tail of two cardis) describing all the fun we had on our trip to Maryland last weekend. Shirley is a wonderful hostess and a wealth of information on our breed, I am so lucky to have her as a mentor and friend.

Things were hectic when I got home. Rudy had taken a turn for the worse. His lymphoma has spread and we know we will not beat this dastardly disease. He went to the vet for another steroid injection plus a b-12 shot. He has rallied again, and is back to his silly self. We are taking this day by day with the knowledge that we will not be winning this battle (SIGH).

On a happier note, Tank found his forever home while we were visiting Shirley. He is know living with his new family in Fredricksburg, VA. Here is a picture of Tank with his new Mom and Dad!

Taryn took these great pictures of Doolittle and Belle at Shirley's puppy party. I really enjoyed meeting Taryn - this Cardi Blog group is way too much fun! Thanks for the great pictures Taryn! Doolittle and Belle are still looking for their forever homes!

Lyberty's Jimmy Doolittle

And he's Smart too!

Lyberty's Memphis Belle

What A Charmer!

Belle trying to steal Tank's food!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Snow in the South!

Look what we woke up to in Middle Tennessee this morning!
Here are the puppies enjoying their first "taste" of snow!

Rudy came out to play too!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Cardi Claws

Cardi Claws visited the Lyberty Gang! Boy we must have been really good - Look at all the goodies that were sent by Shep at the Cardigan Complex!

A cool picture of Simon with neat artwork by Shep on the envelope!

A Beautiful Blue Cardi Ornament!

Cool Doggie Treats With Simon and Piper on the label!!!!

A neat "indestructible" puppy toy!


A really cool T-shirt!

Thank You Shep - you brightened our day!!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Rudy update

Rudy received a steroid shot when we visited the Vet on Monday. The Vet said it would give him some relief. He sent me home with the a/d food and a big syringe. We made Rudy comfortable on his favorite bed and spent a sleepless night with lots of tears. Tuesday morning we discovered he had gotten up during the night and moved out to the big dog bed in the living room. I prepared his food and loaded the syringe. When I sat down beside him, he raised his head, stuck his nose in the bowl, and scarfed it up! I emptied the syringe into the bowl and got the rest of the can. He scarfed that up too plus a few slices of turkey! After 2 weeks of hardly eating ( which led to force feeding baby food) Rudy ate, on his own and with GUSTO!! Wow, Dr. Harbin wasn't kidding - he does feel better. He ate two more meals of soft dog food and some turkey. He is now walking slowly around the house and yard. This morning, he came into the kitchen and did a slower version of his "happy dance" for breakfast. Why I am sure this is short lived, it did my heart good to see it. Rick has an appointment with Dr. Harbin to discuss options for Rudy on Thursday.