Sunday, January 31, 2016

Update on Big Project, Remembering Rudy

We had the little tease last blog about our big project...  due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to postpone the launch of our project.  We received a call about a production issue - we could have the product with a mark on it OR wait, which lead to the delay.  This project is too important, so we want it to be perfect!

We hope to launch in a few days, so here are a few details.  We have created a new version of our first book, Rudy Gets a Transplant.  The new book has 32 pages and is hard cover.  We included a tribute to our dear friend and illustrator, Ali, who passed away in September.  We have seen the finished book and it is beautiful!  With this book, we hope to raise some serious money for a charity close to Ali's heart.  We also hope to continue sharing the importance of organ donation.

During the launch we will tell you more about the charity, "Wishes and More" and it's fabulous work for chronically ill children and their families.  This book has been a labor of love.

We remembered our dear angel, Rudy, yesterday.  Three years ago, he crossed the rainbow bridge. We think about him every day, he is truly loved and missed.  3 years, wow!

Last weekend we had a sleepover at our house.  A little guy named Bump came over.  He was cute and small.  Only 10 pounds and a bundle of soft fur!  In some ways he reminded us of Rudy - mainly the size and the little tongue kisses.  He was very smart and quickly learned our routine.

Boomer the Mellow Yellow Lab

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

New Year News

2016 started out with a bang - literally.  While driving on New Year's Eve afternoon, we ran over something looking like a pile of snow.  Well, it wasn't!  Bang!  Our tire blew and the rim got crushed.  Daddy managed to get the "Rudy Mobile" over to the side of the road and a guy came over and helped put on our spare.

Now for some good news!  After a lengthy process, Mommy found out she is an official Donate Life Ambassador.  She had to fill out several forms, write an essay, do a background check and an in-depth interview.  We are very excited!

She will be doing some of the same things we already do at our programs plus speak to high school driver's ed. classes, nurses, organizations and businesses, training, official events and possibly parades!  We are looking forward to this new adventure and hope to expand our outreach.

I have been feeling great since I started my new thyroid meds 3 months ago.  I feel like a new puppy!

We had a bit of a scare with little bro, Ringo recently.  Last week, he woke up at midnight making a strange noise.  It sounded really weird.  He wasn't exactly choking, but it sounded like there might be something lodged in his throat.  Off we went to the ER.  Daddy took Ringo to the hospital, while I stayed home with Mommy.  The vet figured out that Ringo's epiglottis wasn't in the right place and the noise was called a "reverse sneeze."  Puppies do that to try getting the epiglottis back into place.  It wasn't working this time, so Ringo was getting a bit stressed.  The doctor gave him a shot to clam him down and it really helped a lot!  They finally got home at 2am.  We didn't get much sleep that night!  Ringo is back to normal now, but this could happen again.  At least we will know what it is next time!

Already so much excitement and we are only two weeks into the new year!

Right now, we are experiencing a very cold spell.  That means single digits for highs.  Ouch!  It's hard to play outside in that kind of weather.  Just like most things, it shouldn't last long.

We are also working on another big project, but I am not ready to share the details - yet.  Soon!  We hope in a week or two... how's that for a teaser?

Boomer the Mellow Yellow Lab