Ever notice how good that first cup of coffee tastes in the morning? My three fur children wake me at an unholy hour almost each day. (today it was 5:15 am) I am not one of those people who can just fall back to sleep easily. So, I got up, walked the girls, and came in. I ground the coffee, (Eight O’Clock Columbian) and got it going. The smell brought me back into the kitchen a few minutes later where I poured my first and best cup of the day! Mmmmmmmmm! There is nothing as good as that first cup!
A year and a half ago my old girl Shubi got very ill. In a week she went from being a normal 7 year old dachshund, to a very ill pupper. It was terrible. We were on vacation in Florida when this happened. We brought her to a specialist in Orlando, who gave us the news that she had GME and the chances were good that she would never recover. GME is not curable. It is a progressive auto immune disease of the Central Nervous System that usually claims the lives of it’s victims in less than one year. We hurried back to New Hampshire and saw another specialist. She suggested an experimental treatment. Chemotherapy. So we gave it a go.
Meanwhile, I started my search for a new wirehaired dachshund. A woman I had written to in Germany suggested I contact a breeder she knew there. Fortunately Hubby is fluent in German and we called and arranged to get a female pup from his dogs.
So, last May we flew over and picked up our Greta and brought her back. She is a feisty little girl and she immediately took over our house and our hearts.
Then something amazing started to happen. Shubi started to get well! Her last chemo treatment was in November, and since then we have reduced her Prednisone and she is well. She runs around like a puppy and plays with the other two dogs.
Shubi is now 9 1/2 years old. I can see her making her 10th birthday and I am happy!
As this is the opening day of The Dackel Princess, I would like to welcome everyone to my site! As I write, spring is upon us here in the mountains of New Hampshire. With temperatures on the high 70’s my apple trees are starting to blossom and the trees on the hill are starting to leaf out. It is so beautiful! All three dogs have been running around in the yard this morning. Currently the two dachsies are taking their second nap of the day, (more like one long, long nap) and Fritz is outside asleep on the patio. His favorite spot to be. Me? I’m sitting in front of my computer trying to figure out a new bit of software. So here’s to the first entry! With many more to come!!!
This is Shubi!