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Sometimes you do things you say you never will. Two days ago it just happened. She ate, she drank, she chased a cat and her stomach failed her. It twisted in on its self and she began to die. Our beautiful faithful Great Dane friend was in pain and all I could do was hold her and weep in the very packed vet’s office in front of a room full of strangers. They told me that cancer had caused the torsion (read about bloat/torsion here). They told me they could operate and they WOULD find cancer so we could do the expensive surgery for nothing, or put her out of her misery now. I left the vet’s office bewildered and panicked.

I drove Ella home, and on the two-minute drive from the vet to the house, I called Ella’s breeder Debbie. Debbie told me there was hope. Before I even reached our driveway I turned around and headed back to the vet. I phoned Coffee Guy and, despite our agreement that we would never do surgery if our Dane was a victim of bloat, I found myself saying “We have to try. We have to. I can’t live with myself if we don’t.” He agreed.

Within an hour she was in surgery. Dr. Morris searched her entire insides for traces of cancer and found NONE. He untwisted her stomach and stapled it to her abdominal wall. Later that day she woke up. She was happy to see us, she did not look at all like a dying dog. The next morning I camped out at the vet’s office with her. I brought the vets some coffee and homemade peanut butter cookies hoping for an early release. By 1pm I had convinced them to let her go home.

As I was signing paperwork Dr. Morris tried to pet Ella. She jumped up on the seat behind me and stuck her head in my armpit. She is definitely not his biggest fan, but he saved her life. Actually, the guy who really saved her is Coffee Guy. He had seen bloat up close and personal with the death of our other Great Dane, Durbie. He recognized the symptoms right away and he mobilized us!

I am grateful that we have our Ella back, even if it means our big Obama tax return is gone!

Luv,

me

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It really is hard for me to continue our amazing Zanzibar story when when we are busy getting our fingers stuck in the garden, mixing up batches of cookie dough, having dance parties to “All I Want For Christmas”, ordering our Christmas turkey, answering questions about where fairies come from, and doing dives into the swimming pool. I will get there though, the photos are beautiful and I can’t wait to post them! In the meantime, you can enjoy this little treasure we found while pottering around the garden.

Luv,

me

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I’m taking a break today from writing about our adventures in Zanzibar (more to come, don’t miss it!) to enter the I Heart Faces weekly photo competition. The theme this week over there is Pets. I took this photo of our Ella Bella a few days after we got back from 3 months in the USA. She had missed us terribly and was willing to pose. Now, since we’ve been back for awhile, true to Great Dane form, she turns tail and runs whenever she sees the camera come out. I’m pretty sure she thinks the camera is a Great Dane eating monster, just like her water bowl and the nail clippers. Cheeky puppy, oh well.

You can see more photos of Miss Ella-the-cheekiest-dane-in-the-world right here and let me know if you think I picked the right one to enter. I am a horrible decision maker, but I know you all love me anyways.

Luv,

me

 

p.s. go take a peek at all the other lovely pet submissions over at i heart faces!

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Last week I hung out with my gym partner and friend, Michelle, and her two boys Alex and Matt. Alex has the.bluest.eyes.ever and Matt is such a cutie! We did a little session at the beach. Super serious fun. The weather turned ugly on us, but all that meant is that the boys got to eat ice cream sooner than later.

Thanks Williams and Co. for having me along :)

Luv,

me

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Today I have been trying to organize thousands of photos. With all our traveling, switching up my editing work flow, and the craziness of two kids… files have gotten splattered all over my computer like jam splats on the floor. All of that led me to re-visiting this moment. What a beauty. I hope families realize the importance of documenting births and even life near its end. We had to beg someone to take this first photo for us, and in the end our anesthesiologist took it. I would love to be there to document birth stories for families who are willing to take me where no-one else gets to go, so that you can always remember how the journey began. Here are some beautiful examples of birth stories by Jonathan Canlas, an amazing photographer who shoots in film.

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My beautiful little baby, who normally looks like this…

Oh just look at him, don’t you want to give him a big fat kiss on the lips? Adorable. Anyway, he’s covered in spots and I just can’t show you that right now because little babies covered in festering pustules really are a horrible sight to see.

Instead I will show you a few pics of little Liam. He just turned two. He had a birthday party on Saturday. Myles thought it was all the rage.

Note: that’s my first born fighting over the cake candles with his best bud Connor (Liam’s brother), who is just out of the frame.

In the end, even Scooby the Jack Russell had a good time.

Meanwhile, rattling around in my brain…

Why the heck do I blog anyway?

I should cut my hair.

Did I brush my teeth?

Should I create a new blog photographing and sharing the stories and journeys of mothers in South Africa?

I want chocolate.

I should have a URL. I can’t decide what to call it. What are they anyway? Never mind.

Crap, time to pick up Number One from pre-school.

Luv,

me

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The family pooch

This is Ella, hunk o’ great dane love.

With us from the beginning.

When we had no family, she became our family… and now she runs our family.

Protecting us, loving us, GROWING with us.

She was there when we brought back strange bundles from the hospital.

Bundles who went from keeping her up at night to pulling on her ears.

She is happy to see us whether we are coming back from the grocery store or coming back from months away in far off places.

She is our sentinel, always watching. Vigilant, protective and serious… except when she’s not.

Today we ran around like puppies and chased frogs in the garden.

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