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Hello everyone,

I haven't been here like for ages. I got my second breast cancer diagnosis in September 2019. It was a curse but also a blessing in disguise because I was able to spent the last 6 month with Andy who we had to let got due to laryngeal paralysis in February (2 weeks after his 14th birthday). I was sad but not as devastated as I feared I would be. We had a wonderful time together and were both ready when it came to end. He had lost control of his hind end and couldn't go for walkies anymore. We let him go before paralysis got the better of him. I will write an eulogy for him in the rainbow bridge but the words still elude me. He was so much more than I can put in words.

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I needed time but finally fell in love again. Last Saturday I drove to Heidelberg to help with a transport from Ireland that came to our little adoption group. And there he was. I signed his papers on sight. 

I like all of you meet Abu (Cillowen Abu), 3 year old, Irish coursing greyhound who came into our home and just was there as if he had been home for years. 

 

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Sorry for butchering the english language. I try to keep the mistakes to a minimum.

 

Nadine with Paddy (Zippy Mullane), Saoirse (Lizzie Be Nice), Abu (Cillowen Abu) and bridge angels Colin (Dessies Hero) and Andy (Riot Officer).

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Oh my.. He's gorgeous!

You most certainly have been through the ringer, but I'm sure Abu is more than capable of healing your heart. 

 

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{{Nadine}} You have been missed.  Andy was such a great guy and now Abu will help to steady your heart. Good to see you again!

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:paw Upon reflection, our lives are often referenced in parts defined by the all-too-short lives of our dogs.

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10 minutes ago, FiveRoooooers said:

{{Nadine}} You have been missed.  Andy was such a great guy and now Abu will help to steady your heart. Good to see you again!

Thank you, Jan. It feels good to be back. I often thought that I should take the time to write some words but just couldn't bring myself to it. I hope you are well. 

Sorry for butchering the english language. I try to keep the mistakes to a minimum.

 

Nadine with Paddy (Zippy Mullane), Saoirse (Lizzie Be Nice), Abu (Cillowen Abu) and bridge angels Colin (Dessies Hero) and Andy (Riot Officer).

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17 minutes ago, smurfette said:

Thank you, Jan. It feels good to be back. I often thought that I should take the time to write some words but just couldn't bring myself to it. I hope you are well. 

Your Andy stories were always so good :beatheart 

We are fine thanks. I see you’ve met Cletus KLTO (KNOT Like The Others) !

Back to regularly scheduled programming: Abu!

Old Dogs are the Best Dogs. :heartThank you, campers. Current enrollees: Aiden. Bea. Punkin. Annie. Miss M. Cletus, knot like the others.

Angels: Pal :heart. Segugio. Sorella (TPGIT). LadyBug. Zeke-aroni. MiMi Sizzle Pants. Gracie. Seamie :heart:brokenheart. (Foster)Sweet. Andy. PaddyALVIN!Mayhem. Bosco. Bruno.Dottie B. Trevor Double-Heart. Bea.

 

:paw Upon reflection, our lives are often referenced in parts defined by the all-too-short lives of our dogs.

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Congrats, Abu is stunning.

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Welcome Back!!!!

While I was so sorry to hear about sweet Andy, I'm sure Abu will be up for the task of being a heart healer in your house.  How are Paddy and Saoirse doing with him?

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Welcome back! I am so sorry you had to say good bye to Andy, I know he was a special boy for you. Abu is gorgeous, and looks like a typical Irish charmer :wub:

I hope your health is better.

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Glad you are back and feeling well.  I am sorry about Andy, but Abu is very handsome and sweet looking.

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Glad you are feeling well enough to be back here.   Andy will definitely be missed here.

Abu is one handsome dude and I think he knows it given the look on his face...:lol

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1 hour ago, greysmom said:

Welcome Back!!!!

While I was so sorry to hear about sweet Andy, I'm sure Abu will be up for the task of being a heart healer in your house.  How are Paddy and Saoirse doing with him?

They already love him. It is like Abu has been here since forever. They play with him and Paddy even shares his sofa with him. I have never had a dog that fit in so flawlessly like Abu. 

Sorry for butchering the english language. I try to keep the mistakes to a minimum.

 

Nadine with Paddy (Zippy Mullane), Saoirse (Lizzie Be Nice), Abu (Cillowen Abu) and bridge angels Colin (Dessies Hero) and Andy (Riot Officer).

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So sorry to hear about Andy, and I hope you’re on the mend 💐🍇. Abu is certainly a handsome devil and I hope you make as many happy memories with him as you had with Andy

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I'm so sorry about Andy. He was a good role model for my old girl who just turned 14 herself.

They new guy is absolutely gorgeous!

 

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Hi Nadine!  :wave Good to see you back again.

I will add Andy's name to the list of Bridge Angels for February. He will be in good company. :grouphug

 

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I am so sorry about your diagnosis and your loss of Andy.

Abu is a wonderful addition and welcome distraction. He's gorgeous. :beatheart 

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Hi Nadine. I’m so sorry to hear about your cancer diagnosis and loss of Andy. Abu is very handsome and I’m glad to see another Irish greyhound found a great home.

 

on another note - your English is great.

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Welcome back Nadine.    Sending :hope for your continued recovery.     I am so sorry about Andy :cry1   He was such a memorable boy.

Congratulations and welcome home to Abu!    Such a handsome boy! 

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Good to hear from you again! Abu is simply...STUNNING!   No doubt about it- he picked you. You are blessed.  And BTW your English is perfect! Looking forward to hearing about Abu's new adventures.  We love you both. Keep in touch. :beatheart And don't be surprised if Andy sends you a message to let you know all is well with him.  They often do that. One common way is that a lot of times a dog we currently have will allow the departed one to 'use' him to let you know by the living dog exhibiting behaviors etc. that are common to the departed ones. If Andy does you will know immediately because you will recognize his energy. It is very real and very comforting and happens quite a bit so if it happens just savor it. The departed ones can send rainbows, or butterflies, or feathers or do any number of amazing and 'unexplainable' things that you will recognize. You can tell from the pictures that Abu is strong and kind. He will be good for you-and you, for him.

 

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