Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Looking forward to Thanksgiving and saying goodbye to a beloved pet.

Thanksgiving is exactly one week from tomorrow and I am so excited!! Thanksgiving is definitely one of my most favorite holidays and such a perfect introduction to the Christmas season! I love the smells that eminate from the kitchen as I wake up in the morning, the laughing, bangs of pots and pans, music, and cooking together. It's all just so wonderful. Our annual menu always includes turkey, ham, cream cheese mashed potatoes(mmmm), broccoli casserole, homemade cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet rolls, cheese potato caserole, sweet potato casserole, spinach dip, vegetable dip, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, apple pie, and so much more that I can't think of! It's always a delicious feast!

This year we had planned to go to Tennessee to be with my mom's side of the family of which I was looking forward to. However, sudden changes were made and unfortunately we will not be going. I'm pretty sad but will not let it ruin one of my favorite holidays. We will now be going to Tallahassee to spend it with my Dad's side of the family. I'm sure we will have a great time as we will be spending it with my grandparents, 4 aunts and uncles and and 8 little cousins. It will be noisy for sure! Last I heard, my Papa was going to get a hayride to come to the house and pick us up after dinner. =) I'm also very much looking forward to being off work for two days! Whoo hoo!!

Sad news. My parents have come to the conclusion that we are getting rid of our dog whom we've had for nine years, Molly. She has been very sick lately and nothing we do ever seems to help her. We've taken her to numerous Vets who have prescribed her numerous medications. We bathe her constantly, follow all the directions to different treatments and yet her skin still stays very oily, red, itchy, and it causes a terrible smell. I feel so bad for her because she is constantly in pain from it, you can see it in her eyes. I hate it for her. However her condition is worsening and they think it may be something she's allegic to in Florida. We moved to Louisiana for a little while a couple of years ago and she cleared up. I don't know how true that is but whatever. Anyway, a family from Georgia who used to live here and who would occasionally watch Molly when we went out of town have offered to adopt her despite her medical conditions. I know she's sick and maybe she can get help that way but I am selfish and I want to keep her, even if she is sick. We have had her since she was a baby and I love her dearly. Losing a pet is so unbelievably hard. Last night I let her curl up at my feet on the couch and I just cried and cried at the thought of her not being in our house anymore. So very upsetting. I can't take it.

Well now I am a total mess and need to stop before the tears start to flow since I am at work.


EastofKnoxville said...

Yes, Thanksgiving is absolutely fantastic! If you can think of a great recipe, please share!

Onto your baby, Molly. I know it's so hard, but when we love these little guys like a member of the family, that means doing what is best for their well-being. She will feel so much better and still have a loving home.

I say that for encouragement, but I know your heart must be broken. I'm thinking of you.

Ophelia said...

I know exactly how you feel about having to let go of your dog... I miss my Theo! It's for the best though! {{HUGS}}

Vicki said...

My DEEPEST feelings for you! Your baby looks like my Taylor. I'm tearing up just reading about her!
I'm sorry.
We love our brat boy too! He is 8 yrs old and we have had some calls with him and I have thought about that day.... makes me sad.

Keep us posted.

Your Turkey day plans sound wonderful!!! Enjoy Florida for us!
We'll be here in Arizona with my parents, brother, sister and her 2 kids... she is flying in from Chile ~ she misses us!! lol
Shhhh we really do miss them too!

Have a better day!!

Sarah said...

I am sad for you..I can't imagine having to give up my dog, and so although I haven't been through this myself, I can only give you a hug from across the miles. You are doing a very unselfish thing by letting her go, even though it's really hard.

Karen said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your doggy, I know how hard it is losing a pet. I lost my beloved Sunny a couple years ago and it was the hardest thing ever. Knowing Molly is in a happy, loving home will be so much better for her. Hopefully you can still visit her and keep in touch with the owners. Dog people usually understand how neurotic other dog people are. :)

I am SO excited for Thanksgiving!!! :)

shrever87 said...

You're getting rid of Molly?! Sad day..give her a hug bye for me! :( I miss you Ber..

Andrea said...

How sad! I don't how I would handle giving up my Bailey! I feel for you. Just know that this is for her best and hopefully she won't be in so much pain in a different environment.

Yay for Thanksgiving! I'm hungry already :)

mrs.leah.maria said...

I love that you have a standard menu, that is the best way to have a reason to look forward to a holiday. I love tradition!

I'm so sorry that you are struggling with the loss of a pet as well. It sounds like your parents have done everything in their power. I truly hope the little one will be happy and healthy with the new family. {Hugs}

Jessica said...

Aw, honey, I'm so sorry about your baby. I understand, and my heart aches for you. Y'all are doing the right thing, though, and she'll have a chance for a better life because of your selflessness.