September 9 09

They really just don’t prepare you.

You bring home a puppy and he’s just fantastic. He fits your family like a glove and becomes part of you instantly. He lies on top of Isabella and kisses her all over her face and loves on her because she is clearly his favorite. He makes everyone happy. He keeps you company when your husband is out of town and you spoil him and let him sleep at the end of your bed because, well, a couple nights won’t hurt him…

They really just don’t prepare you.

He loves this stupid aflac duck toy and throws it around the room. He loves his pal Gracie and let’s her throw him around the room. He is super stubborn and refuses to do his business when it rains. He will hold it for three days if he has to (we will never be moving to Seattle). He makes a shitty guard dog, as he doesn’t even bark when the doorbell rings. He just recently learned to leap tall couches in a single bound and looks very smug while doing it.

They really just don’t prepare you.

They don’t tell you that your one-year-old puppy could possibly have been born with a bum intestine. They don’t tell you that he has an obstruction in it and it caused  him to vomit 27 times and then become listless and lethargic. They don’t tell you that it’s going to cost your Disney vacation plus your new laptop plus some other money you don’t have to go on and open him up and try to fix him. They don’t tell you that  the money will seem completely insignificant because all you can think about it the possibility of getting your puppy well. They don’t tell you that he’s going to be in a ton of pain. They don’t tell you that the surgery might not work and that they may have to put him down.

put him down.

my puppy. my Indy.

They really just don’t prepare you for having to explain this all to your children; the very kids who have grown to love their surprise chrismukah gift more than any other gift they have ever received.


He is in surgery right now.

Please, please, please think of him for me, because I have to think of him all the way in Fredericton, NB. and not at home with my family.


  1. Oh no!! You poor thing! Sending puppy loves to you and Indy!

    Comment by Jill on September 9, 2009
  2. Here’s hoping that everything all goes well and he has a healthy Martell future! Thinking the best *HUGS*
    .-= NaomiJesson´s last blog ..TMZ would never hire me. =-.

    Comment by NaomiJesson on September 9, 2009
  3. Oh, Ali, I will be thinking and praying for Indy, you, and the kids. I hope all turns out well. Lots of love from us.

    Comment by Nenette on September 9, 2009
  4. I’m so, so sorry. We had a scare with our Monkey about a month after we brought him home and it was so difficult. My heart goes out to you and your little ones. I hope Indy is all better soon.

    Comment by Anonymous New York on September 9, 2009
  5. It’s amazing what animals can do to you, isn’t it? I hope it all turns out well, Ali!

    Comment by jcristg on September 9, 2009
  6. Oh no!! I’m so so so so sorry. They don’t prepare you at all. I’m keeping you and Indy in my thoughts. Oooh, I hate that these things happen.

    Comment by Karen on September 9, 2009
  7. Oh no.

    Comment by Jen Maier on September 9, 2009
  8. Oh no! I’m sorry you’re so far away when all this is going on!

    Sending good GET WELL puppy vibes all the way to Atlanta!

    He’ll be all better because he’ll get to meet me in a few weeks.

    Hugs to you, sweetie!

    Comment by Kristabella on September 9, 2009
  9. OH NO!

    Sending lots of love and hugs to you and Indy.


    Comment by AMomTwoBoys on September 9, 2009
  10. I’ll be thinking of him, Ali. I know how a pet can just integrate itself into Life and Family and your heart. ::hugs:: Our house will be pulling for Indy alongside yours.

    Comment by becca on September 9, 2009
  11. Oh no. Thinking good thoughts for you and Indy!

    Comment by Just Shireen on September 9, 2009
  12. Oh honey. All my love and good thoughts.

    Comment by Karen Sugarpants on September 9, 2009
  13. Oh, Ali! Poor Indy. Poor YOU. We’ll be pulling for him! Hugs, chica. xoxo

    Comment by metalia on September 9, 2009
  14. I’m hoping you’ll be getting good news soon!

    Comment by foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) on September 9, 2009
  15. Oh, sweetie. I’m so sorry. Send a billion pounds of love and prayers your way.

    Comment by Angella on September 9, 2009
  16. Awww, poor Indy! This is awful!

    Comment by slynnro on September 9, 2009
  17. I’m so sorry, Ali. Thinking of you and your family — and Indy, of course.

    Comment by Nancy on September 9, 2009
  18. The boys and I are sending all of our love and best wishes to you and your family! We had to put our baby pit down and it was heartbreaking…They really are part of the family…I was lucky, my son was only 3 months when our Dutch passed onto Doggie Heaven!

    Comment by Abby Berg on September 9, 2009
  19. I am soo sorry. I have two little puppies and they were both quite ill at the same time with a mysterious illness a few weeks back and it was heartbreaking. They got better and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that your little guy will too.

    Comment by Steph on September 9, 2009
  20. Oh Ali, I’m so sorry. I hope he gets better.

    Comment by SciFi Dad on September 9, 2009
  21. I’m so sorry to hear about Indy. Fredericton is my hometown so if you need any suggestions for while you’re there, I’d be happy to help.

    Comment by Caroline on September 9, 2009
  22. Poor puppy. Sending so many good thoughts.

    Comment by C @ Kid Things on September 9, 2009
  23. Oh man! I’m really really sorry! I hope Indy is ok. My thoughts and prayers are with Indy and you and your family. Get well soon Indy!

    Comment by Janice @ MomontheRun on September 9, 2009
  24. Oh, Ali. I am so, so sorry. Sending tons and tons of love to you…and positive vibes for a good outcome.


    Comment by mamatulip on September 9, 2009
  25. I’ll be thinking about you guys!

    Comment by Nic on September 9, 2009
  26. Oh no, honey, I’m SO sorry. I’ve been through this so many times before, and it never gets any easier. Hoping and praying everything’s fine.

    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on September 9, 2009
  27. oh poor puppy… hope everything goes okay *hugs*

    Comment by Jen on September 9, 2009
  28. *tight*tight*hug
    I’m so sorry Ali. My heart is with you.

    Comment by Tova on September 9, 2009
  29. I am so sorry to hear this. I am thinking of your family and sending all of the “get well”, “make everything all better” thoughts to Indy

    Comment by Sensibly Sassy on September 9, 2009
  30. Oh man, that is awful, Ali. Thinking of you.

    Comment by mrs. chicken on September 9, 2009
  31. sending a million puppy thoughts your way. i have a dog of my own and i can’t imagine being in your position.

    Comment by sarah on September 9, 2009
  32. Aww, f-ck. I don’t even know what to say. This is so tragic. I can hardly keep from crying. Sending you hugs and praying for Indy. This wasn’t what it was supposed to be like for you. I really pray he pulls through. I love him…

    Comment by Cheaty on September 9, 2009
  33. I read all the time, but never have commented. Your Indy looks just like my Gracie. I know how animals become part of our family, and I’m sorry your puppy is going through this. My family will keep yours in our thoughts and prayers.

    Comment by Stephanie J on September 10, 2009
  34. Oh no! My heart aches for you, Indy is definitely in my prayers. I have a lil mini weiner dog that I am absolutely in love with. I don’t know what I would do if anything happened to him.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..You’re frightening the children… =-.

    Comment by Katie on September 10, 2009
  35. I’m hoping that his surgery goes well and that he recovers completely. I know what you are going through. I’m sending you my thoughts and best wishes and my mutt Dingo Girl is sending Indy sloppy dog kisses.

    Comment by Dingo on September 10, 2009
  36. Ohhh no!!!! I hope everything is ok!!!

    Comment by Aimee Greeblemonkey on September 10, 2009
  37. Oh, poor baby! I hope he’s okay.

    Comment by feefifoto on September 10, 2009
  38. My heart is sad for you…

    Comment by LovingDanger on September 10, 2009
  39. God, I really hope he is okay. Best wishes.
    .-= J from Ireland´s last blog ..London Baby =-.

    Comment by J from Ireland on September 10, 2009
  40. Oh no! I’ll be holding a good thought for him and you all!

    Comment by Erin on September 10, 2009
  41. Thinking of Indy and all of you 🙂
    .-= Julienne´s last blog ..End of summer. =-.

    Comment by Julienne on September 10, 2009
  42. Thinking of your family this morning and hoping all is on the mend.

    Comment by Jacki on September 10, 2009
  43. Ooooh, Ali. This hurts. I’m so sorry. We had to put my family dog down this summer. She was 17 years old and was a good girl and had a long life. I can’t imagine what you are feeling now especially with the kids so attached to Indy. I am thinking good thoughts to all of you and hope things are ok.

    Comment by Jen on September 10, 2009
  44. We swore we would never do it. We scoffed when our friends had a hip replacement done on their ten year old lab. But now I’m shopping surgeons for my 100 pound lap dog’s CCL tear. It’s different when it’s yours.

    Comment by Di on September 10, 2009
  45. I’m soooo sorry.
    I’m thinking of you and Indy. Hope he’s okay. (I know there are no words to make it all better)

    Comment by Laural on September 10, 2009
  46. oh Ali i’m so sorry. poor little poochie.will pray that he makes it through his surgery.hugs to you

    Comment by LAVENDULA on September 10, 2009
  47. I am so, so sorry. I hope he made it through surgery, is doing well and can come home soon. Keep us posted.
    .-= Dianna´s last blog ..New "FOR REALS" Photography Blog =-.

    Comment by Dianna on September 10, 2009
  48. Oh, I hope the little guy is doing good. I’ll be thinking about him.

    Comment by Karly on September 10, 2009
  49. Thinking of your little puppy. I hope he’s home to give kisses and chew stuff up soon.

    Comment by Rhi on September 10, 2009
  50. I’ve been in your shoes and you can be sure he’ll be in my thoughts all day.

    Comment by Lottifish on September 10, 2009
  51. Poor baby! Thinking of Indy today!

    Comment by Kaleigha on September 10, 2009
  52. Sending prayers your way…hang in there, Indy.

    Comment by La Petite Chic on September 10, 2009
  53. Oh Ali!!! Oh NO.

    thinking of you all. Praying hard!!!

    Comment by sam {temptingmama} on September 10, 2009
  54. Oh SHIT! Oh Honey I’m so sorry. Dammit.
    Hang in there Indy…

    Comment by monstergirlee on September 10, 2009
  55. I’ll be sending you and Indy all the good mojo I can. If you need a cheer up of some good Fredericton hospitality drop me an email. We sometimes come a bit short in the hospitality department and that’s the worst thing to experience when you’d rather be someplace else instead.

    Comment by jackie on September 10, 2009
  56. Poor Indy! Thinking of you today.

    Comment by Heather, Queen of Shake Shake on September 10, 2009
  57. OH no!! I’ll definitely be praying for Indy!!
    .-= Suzy Voices´s last blog ..Dog is My Co-Pilot =-.

    Comment by Suzy Voices on September 10, 2009
  58. I am SO sorry, hon. So sorry.

    We had an amazing dog once, absolutely loved him full-force, and at two years old we lost him unexpectedly to a brain tumor. It took us 12 years to get over it. I don’t know, some days I think we still aren’t.

    Again, I am so sorry and I am thinking of you today. xo

    Comment by maggie, dammit on September 10, 2009
  59. Tell me he’s okay. TELL ME HE’S OKAY.

    Then tell me you’re okay. I hope you’re all okay.


    Comment by Chicky Chicky Baby on September 10, 2009
  60. I am so sorry. Thinking happy puppy thoughts for you and your family.

    Comment by hillary on September 10, 2009
  61. wow I’m so sad for you guys Ali .. how’d Indy come through his operation? We love our pets .. they are family and there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for them.. I’m praying he has a FULL recovery ..

    Comment by Sarah on September 10, 2009
  62. How’s he doing? I’d hate to think of my puppies in surgery.

    Comment by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on September 10, 2009

    Comment by Moose on September 10, 2009
  64. Oh my gosh Ali !! I just read this today!
    HOW IS HE??
    Is there anything I can do?? Does your vet accept donations?
    What can we do to help Indy, and you????

    Comment by Kim on September 10, 2009
  65. so sorry to hear that. so sad 🙁

    Comment by rayli on September 10, 2009
  66. Oh, Ali, I’m so sorry. I just now read this. Thinking of you. (hug)

    Comment by Avitable on September 11, 2009
  67. the love we share with pets is an amazing, deep thing, like nothing else… my thoughts are with you all.

    Comment by stefka on September 11, 2009
  68. Thinking of you!

    Comment by anne nahm on September 11, 2009
  69. really? you are keeping us in suspense. i don’t wanna hear anything is wrong with the little guy. really!
    .-= gorillabuns´s last blog ..i never liked clubs =-.

    Comment by gorillabuns on September 12, 2009
  70. Just tweeted you but wanted to message you here too. You’re so right about not being prepared, about the expenses, and the worry. We are still going through this with my Sophie (who is two). My thoughts are with you!
    .-= BlondeBlogger´s last blog ..Sophie’s Angels =-.

    Comment by BlondeBlogger on September 13, 2009

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