Thursday, August 7, 2014

Life is Good

Today was an excellent day.   I went to my oncologist for my 3 month check up and was given the go ahead to have my port removed!  I see my surgeon next week to schedule the procedure.   I feel amazingly well and continue to revel in my new life.

So....what's next....well.....I'm judging sweeps in Greensboro, NC next Saturday.  The entry is nice and I can't wait to see all the pups and vets that people have so graciously entered.   When Mary Sue contacted me about judging sweeps I had just had my last chemo treatment.   I was feeling pretty low and almost said no.  Then I decided that it was the perfect incentive to look forward to.  I'm so glad I said yes.  To make things even better my sister is going with me.   We have been saying that we really need a girls weekend and this is the perfect trip.   Look out Greensboro....the Hood girls are coming!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

A year in review

It's been over a year since my last post and a lot has happened.  I decided to return to blogging and this post is a catharsis for me.
A year ago this month my husband of 28 years came home, said he did not want to be married anymore, packed a bag and left.  He assured me that hewas not cheating, however, he immediately moved in with his girlfriend.  I discovered his deceit that night when I started changing passwords and happened on their emails and messages.  So the next day I filed for divorce and had him served at his new home.  Since my insurance was about to change, I decided I needed to get my routine medical exams completed.  I scheduled a mammogram, not expecting that anything would be different from the past 18 years.  Well, fate had something more in store for me.  My mammogram was suspicious so I was scheduled for a diagnostic mammogram.  I was concerned when I saw the look on the technician's face as she came back into the room to reposition me for more films.   My suspicions were realized when I received a letter telling me to see a surgeon ....I got the letter on my birthday...oh joy.  Well in a nutshell I had a needle biopsy and yep, it was confirmed as cancer.  After a series of consults with surgeons, breast cancer specialists, plastic surgeons and oncologists along with a plethora of tests, I had surgery on November 4th.  I was diagnosed with stage one (this was good) invasive ductal carcinoma....triple negative breast cancer (this was bad).  Triple negative breast cancer is the most aggressive form of breast cancer and the hardest to treat. trip to cancerland began with chemotherapy starting in December.  The first treatment drove my white cell count into the toilet and I ended up in the hospital for Christmas.  After that, I managed to survive the side effects and moved on to radiation.  I completed all my treatments and returned to work in June.  Now, you would think that my ex would be a nice guy through all of this but noooo, he was a complete and total selfish ass.  He essentially wanted to walk away and leave me with everything including all the debt.  This included the 2nd mortgage that he, unbeknownst to me, had run up to over $30,000.  I dug in my heels and fought to get what I wanted....for him to pay off that loan.  By the way he had withdrawn $5000 the week before he left to set he and his fiance up in their new life...yeah, he gave her an engagement ring the week after he left.  Every time he thought I was getting out of line, he would theaten to take the dogs.  All of this while I was receiving chemotherapy.  The divorce was final in January and I got the house,  the dogs and my life back.  Did they marry...don't know, don't care..but I think it's illegal to marry your cousin, even in Tennessee (yes, she is his cousin).  Sounds like a lifetime movie....
Over the past year I have learned a lot...
1.  God does give you more than you can handle...this is so you will lean on him.
2. I have an awesome family who loves me.
3. I have a ton of wonderful friends and awesome neighbors!
4. I am happier than I have been in years.  I did not realize how miserable I was.
So what now....who knows, but I'm looking forward to the ride!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Pearl and Cora

Introducing Lyberty's A Date Which Will Live in Infamy, AKA:  Pearl Harbor.

Watch for Pearl in the ring this summer.

Her sister Cora will be leaving for her new home in Florida soon

Saturday, March 30, 2013


Sweet Cora has found her forever home.  She will be traveling to Florida the first weekend in May to live with Ashley Harper and Jason Elrick and new big brother Jet.  I'm sure she won't mind that Jet is a fluffy butt, as long as he enjoys a good game of chase!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Puppy Homes

We had a busy day here - 3 puppies left for their forever homes.  The Booker family from Knoxville came by this morning.  Little Eleanor charmed their daughter Lauren while sweet Rose worked her Magic on Dad.  They had such a hard time deciding who to take, they decided to take them both.

The Hays family for Chattanooga came by this afternoon where Dougie worked his magic on daughter, also named Lauren, and Mom and Dad as well.  Dougie will be sharing his home with 12 year old Cardigan, Scout (from Iron Hill).

We are so blessed to have both of these families join the Lyberty gang as happy pet owners!  We have met so many nice families and gained life long friends because of these awesome dogs!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Here are some new pictures of the Rudy/Rosie Puppies at 12 weeks.  We are keepig Cora and Pearl for now.  Rose, Eleanor, Enola and Dougie are looking for their forever homes.

Corgi Butts!
Enola and Cora

 Pearl and Rose
Enola, Eleanor and Doug


Eleanor and Cora

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Here are some recent pictures of the puppies - Pearl and Cora will be staying with us for now and the rest of the puppies are available to approved pet homes.
Tokyo Rose - available
Eleanor - available
Eleanor - available 
Douglas - Available
Enola - Available
Pearl - not available
Pearl, Rose, Enola & Eleanor
Cora - Not Available

Saturday, December 22, 2012

WWII - The Pacific Litter @ 7 weeks

Here are the Rosie/Rudy Puppies at 7 weeks.




 Toyko Rose


I would love for anyone interested to join us for a puppy evaluation party on Deember 28th - justlet me know you want to come and I will send you the details.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Lyberty Cardigans is pleased to announce the arrival of 7 beautiful puppies. Proud parents are Ch Lyberty Rosie the Riveter x Ch Grangefield Rudolph Valentino. We have 5 girls and 2 boys. 3 of the girls are black and white the rest are all brindles. Rosie started with the first puppy around 6 am and delivered the last 2 via c-section late this afternoon. Sadly puppy number 8, a brindle girl, was still born.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

How many are there?

Rosie was bred to CH Grangefield Rudolph Valentino
   8 weeks ago....I think he got her pregnant!
We are going for X-Rays tomorrow afternoon.
Anyone want to venture a guess on how many puppies are in there?

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Happy Birthday Rosie!

Happy 3rd Birthday to our Sweet Rosie and the rest of the WWII litter!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Happy 11th Birthday to a very special boy.  Magic (Ch Pecan Valley Titan Blue Magic) was my first cardigan/show dog.  He started me down the wild and wonderful path of showing dogs.  Thanks to Magic I have made so many wonderful friends from all over the world and truly fell in love with this breed.  You will always be our "special boy" Mr. Magic Man and no one will ever replace you.  Thanks for passing your love of frapping and your sweet disposition on to all those that have come into our home.  Here's hoping you are with us for many more years!