Loss of a loved one

I recently lost a special person in my life. It is my cousin Lucas. He was only 42 years young. He was diagnosed with Leukemia 2 years ago. He fought a very tough and courageous battle. We thought for a brief moment in time he was going to be okay. He had a stem cell transplant and everything was going GREAT! He was 98% donor and 2% himself. He joked and said ” I hope you all still LOVE me even though I am 98% someone else.” How he kept a sense of humor was beyond me. He recently got the clear from his doctor to go back to work. He has young children which he loves dearly.

On August 25th 2019 we got the devastating news he passed away suddenly.

Stepping back into the early 1980’s when I was 14 years old, I had the pleasure of babysitting Lucas Monday through Thursday. Every day after school I would walk to their house right next door and take care of him while his parents worked. My aunt and uncle worked different shifts so they could coordinate care. I arrived promptly at 3:00 pm and sleep there until 5:00 am where I would get up and go home to get ready for school. The best part was my Grama Rose was there with me too. She and my aunt and uncle along with Lucas lived together.

What a pleasure it was to have a job at 14. I think back now and realized it was never a “job”. It was being there to help my family. The money was amazing $40 a week back in the day was amazing, and all I had to do was play and love my cousin. That was the most rewarding and easiest “job” I now now realize I will ever have.

I attended the service for Lucas this past Sunday in Connecticut. It was well attended by all of our loving family and friends. I did the best I could to assist in the service and provide things to help the family. I designed a slide show with music that celebrated all the different times of his life. I also made up some forget me nots in packets that were handed out and will be planted in his honor in the Spring. They are so good for the environment and pollination.

A flash back: I’ll never forget the day as Lucas got older, we were playing ball out in the yard. I had just gotten engaged. We were taking turns pitching and hitting. All of a sudden, Lucas looked down and picked up a very shiny something in the grass. He said ” Wow, look at the pretty shiny ring I found”. I looked down at my finger and and almost lost it. He found my engagement ring in the thick grass that I never even noticed was missing! It must have fallen off when we were exchanging the baseball glove. THANK YOU LUCAS!

In closing, I am organizing a fundraiser for his children. The forget me nots are $2.00 per packet. Plant in the spring. All profits will go directly to his children. NO personal profit taken from me or anyone else. Email me sharonroses2@yahoo.com to donate. As always God bless you and thank you for your support!

The red cardinal has many traditions and myths. They revolve around good health, renewal, happy, and healthy relationships. If you dig deep into the life of these birds you can see why so many good things are associated with their sightings.

Unlike other birds that are polygamous, red cardinals are monogamous. They mate for life and living within a small area for the rest of their lives they protect fiercely. When their babies are hatched, both parents are responsible for taking care of them to ensure their survival and security

Auto Immune Disease In Dogs Genetic Correlation? Puppy Strangles

Strangles. What on earth is that? Auto Immune Disorder

It is an autoimmune disorder in puppies. Symptoms occur between 3 weeks to 4 months of age. If left untreated it results in severe scaring and in rare cases, even death. Breeds susceptible to the disease include golden retrievers, Mini Daschshounds & Siberian Husky’s. It is not contagious and unlikely to recur once treated properly and quickly. With the combination of prednisone and an antibiotic, it will give your puppy the best chance for a full recovery.

The disease is also called juvenile cellulitis. The symptoms are as follows; swollen face, eyes, muzzle, sores on face, inside ears, mouth, and in severe cases it affects the anus and genital area. The sores may burst and crust over. If it involves the puppy’s ears, they will smell very foul. The puppy’s lymph nodes are also affected. Other symptoms are fever, poor appetite, and lethargy. Your puppy may also experience joint pain.

When diagnosing a puppy with strangles, It can sometimes be tricky because it does look like a staph infection which is a bacterial infection. To get an accurate diagnosis make sure your Vet takes a swab of the areas infected and examine it. Make sure it’s not mites, ringworm or any other skin issue or allergy.

8 Week Old Lab/Doodle Puppy. She had sores everywhere! Ears, nose, eyes, and all over her “private area”.


Treatment involves aggressive autoimmune drugs, antiobiotics, to prevent secondary bacterial infections, and its very important to keep all lesions clean and dry. Ask you vet about a hydrogen peroxide diluted solution to keep the infected areas clean.

When your puppy is on the steroid, they will experience stronger than usual hunger. It’s a side affect of the medication. Some people will give them a little more food than usual, but NOT ALOT MORE. It’s important to keep him/her comfortable after all they are just babies and so dependent on their new owners. Keep the cone head on when ever possible. Excessive licking only adds to the problem.

The more I research this “RARE” issue in Labradoodle, the more I see people posting the same type of stories, so how rare is this actually?

This particular dog is much better now. She is 8 months old now and feeling and looking much better. She is no longer on steroid or any medicine. The condition was caught very early.