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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thankful for all our friends


I have been thinking so much of how one little perfect dog can touch so many life's and bring people together who otherwise might have never met (virtually or otherwise). 

I will be forever grateful to all our friends who have sent such kind thoughts about Betty, specially our blogger friends.

I miss my sweet angel terribly, but everyday is a reminder of how special she was and that she and many other dogs like her deserve a second chance in life, even if they have a disability or illness....

Days before Betty crossed the Rainbow Bridge, we welcomed another FBRN foster Frenchie. We call him big Mac.

He turned 1 on November 18th. He was imported into the U.S. from a puppy mill in Russia. His family surrendered him because he has a deformity called Hemivertebre. It's when one of the vertebre forms into a wedge shape instead of  a circle. Mac's Hemivertebre is up near his shoulder/ neck area and causes his head to always tilt to the left. 

He is the biggest sweetie and is BEST friends with Gunther. Despite his deformity, he enjoys playing and spending time with the other Smushies.

We don't quite know what his future holds, but whatever it is, he's loved and is treated like a part of our family.

Love,
Shannon and the Smushies

18 comments:

Malissa said...

Betty truly was a special lady. My heart broke for you all with the suddenness of her passing. I looked forward everyday to see the adventures of all the smushies, as I have some smushies of my own. Betty was your baby and she was loved by all. I am so happy that you are still up to fostering and Big Mac is such a handsome boy. Best wishes and prayers to you all that your hearts heal a little day by day.

pam said...

Oh it was so good to hear from you. I love the pic of Betty on her back on your lap. Total love. And who knows, maybe Big Mac is just what the Doc ordered to slowly mend the fissures in your heart.

kjpugs said...

Mac looks SO HANDSOME! I cannot wait to learn more about him :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

We are so happy to hear from you
Shannon.
Your so right, Betty did touch many many lives. She will always remain in our hearts forever and ever.
Big Mac is so lucky to have all of you to love him with unconditional love.
Your right that he and others need a chance to feel what real love in a loving home feels like.
He needs to know what it feels like to be chosen, (like Betty was).
I know Big Mac will also heal the hearts of Gunther and Stella too.
Does Big Mac, have an accent?
He is soooo adorable.
I have a feeling that Big Mac has a lot of love and kisses waiting to share with your family.
love
tweedles

Benny and Lily said...

Welcome Mac, to a great home. Every time me and momma look at Lily we think of Betty. We feel like Betty was our own sister. We love you Betty and we will meet you one day baby girl
Benny & Lily

Diane said...

mardHi Shannon,
It is so good to see a post from you. How lucky for Mac that he is with you now. I hope the future holds good things for him. He is such a cutie. I think about sweet Betty all the time. xoxo Diane

Ms. ~K said...

Shannon,
I am so happy to see your post.
You have been in my thoughts, as I deal with loss of sweet Betty.

Mac is a lucky boy to be with your family. I know you will keep us posted on his future.
xoxo.
Kit

Wilma said...

Hi Shannon,
I am glad you checked in with us all. we have missed you, and thought of you often. Big Mac looks like a big sweetie. Thank you for continuing to open your heart to other smushies in need, Big Mac is lucky to have you in his life. Kisses to Gunther and Stella.

Frankie Furter said...

Maybe it is that one door closed and another has opened.

dw said...

Shannon, I have been thinking of you often and I have to say that even in this time of sadness at Betty's loss you have shown the grace and love that I know Betty felt every day she was with you. Now to see you're fostering another smushie, Mac, well that just illustrates my point. And I love that his 'deformity' leaves him with the cutest little head tilt! I hope he helps you each day, as you help him.

Morro Bay Chuck said...

I miss Betty, but I am so happy to be a part of all your smushies lives. Heal well Shannon, you are loved

Joan said...

What a beautiful way to help mend hearts! Big Mac is extremely Handsome!
Pug Hugs & Smiles
Joan & Jane Austen Eyre

Sequoia & Petunia said...

Big Mac is a looker! What a sweetie and I can just see him and Gunther having fun together.


Hugs,
S&P

5puggums2mamasanddadandhiscat said...

Yousa all such sweet peeps and furiends! Much love to y'all.
The first Christmas is rough...but you have so much love to give and share!
Much luvums,
The Slimmer Puggums
George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, and Mimi

Mango said...

Oh, welcome to the family little head tilting chap from far away. You have landed in the lap of luxury.

Slobbers,
Mango

Pearl said...

I think about miss Betty so often. She has touched us all. I pray for your comfort, Shannon. I can only imagine how much you miss her.

Mac is a DOLL. I love what Tweedles wrote up there about how we all deserve to know how it feels to be chosen. That just tugged at my heart. Whatever your future holds, sweet Mac, I am glad you are part of the smushies! xoxoxo

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi shannon!
oh what a beautiful post.

the whole thing brough happy tears to my eyes.
thank you for everything you do and share.
mac is such a lucky boy to have you and so are emmitt & i to have you in our lives.
xoxoxo

Pug Hugs x 4 (Paula / PA Pug Mom) said...

Shannon; I am so sorry to hear of Betty's passing. I apologize for being late in my condolences. She truly was, still is a special lady. Lives on in the hearts of those she touched. I am sure she is smiling down on Mac right now thinking of how fortunate he is and you are for finding each other at this point in time. (((HUGS)))