Saturday, May 30, 2009

He's Here!!!

There was a rap at the door and wouldn't ya know it was Cadbury! He had just come from celebrating Jake's Gotcha Day.

He Brought lots of yummy vittles from his visit to DKM. Lando and Fi and DKM sent him with Basil, Mint and Dill for the plane ride. What he didn't finish off he shared with Fidget! And there was even an extra bundle of basil from Fi for Fidget!

Fidget was elated to meet her buddy she had only read about! She presented him with the awesome pine cone we found.

Cadbury will get to take it with him to munch on as he heads off to meet Andrewbun next and then off to meet Buttons, Yohji, Hans and Bailey at Furrybutts and he wants to meet Freckles too.

But first, some rest for a very full but weary traveler!

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Cadbun is coming

Mum says Cadbury is getting to go on vacation while his people are on vacation. Right now he's arriving in Santa Cruz to visit DKM's family. Fi, Lando and Sophia get to have him for a visit. Then he gets to come see me.

Mum was out walking Lakota tonight and Lakota found a great pine cone that we think Cad will love so we can't wait to give it to him!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Hi all my blogger friends! No, despite rumors to the contrary, I have not dropped off the face of the earth. Though I confess it has felt like that to me as much as it has seemed that way to some of you.

These have probably been the most life changing, difficult, amazing, breath taking last 6 months... I have not recalled when I have lived through so much in such a brief span of time.

I'll try to catch up a little... but for now I just wanted to share a lovely reunion I had Saturday night with O'Reilly's brother Sam! I am up in the area visiting my best forever friend Debbie who I assisted in moving up here in Dec/Jan. I came up to visit her, help her with the unpacking and just enjoy time with great friends in a heavenly part of the country!

She happens to live only 30 minutes away from Gino, Rei and Gabi, the amazing family who adopted Sam. I was already planning a trip to see them at the end of this month but it would have been a shame to not swing up while I was here this week! So Saturday night I went up for a visit.

For me, Sam I Am was a sight for sore eyes. I figured I would just start blubbering in tears at the sight of him. But instead the silly boy just made me laugh and smile and rejoice! When I got to the door Rei was in her office and Sam slammed into the screen door, opening it with great force the moment he saw and heard me! He then showered me with kisses and jumped up on me for hugs. Mind you he does not do that with strangers. As we settled into the living room I was covered in licks! It was exceedingly evident to both Rei and I that his heart remembered his foster mum!

The joy I felt in my heart was indescribable!

The first thing I noticed is how BIG he has gotten. He's easily 80lbs now and lean and strong. That is about 20lbs bigger than Ri-Ri got and he's probably 2-6 inches taller than Ri was. He grew up! Rei's family wanted the bigger dog but a year ago he and Ri were the same size and it didn't seem like they were going to grow more! Sam did! He looks fantastic.

He was also more the cuddle bug than Ri-Ri. So it was fun having him on my lap, where he went instantly, and also sitting next to me with his face in my face.

Not to leave dear sweet Foxy out, she has grown emotionally in leaps and bounds after what she suffered. She is more outgoing, doesn't seem the least bit skittish or fearful anymore. She is just as playful and silly as when I met her for the first time last year. (She was adopted after having been used as a bait dog for dog fight training. She still has some health issues but they don't slow her a bit. Cesar teaches that dogs live in the moment and she is the greatest proof of that truth!)

Rei and I got to have some fun too, sans pups! We went to Gino's restaurant, il Fornaio, for supper and had a lovely time visiting.

Thank you Rei for the amazing evening. I can't wait to come back for my visit in 2 weeks and find more fun ways to spend some time!

I go home from this whirlwind tonight. Tomorrow it's back to reality but I will be posting more pics from my trip, the other things I did, and do my best to catch up on all your blogs. I have missed you all (lurked a bit but just haven't had time to post!)

Also, if you are on facebook, hit me up there - carri ann cassabaum - I am way more dialed into that! You'll find some of your other blog friends there too!