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A Party for Charlie

I have mentioned my most wonderful dog Charlie on her before and lately, I’ve kind of been in a funk. This resurgence of pain following surgery has definitely left my moods with much to be desired. Hence, one of the reasons for the sporadic posting as I want my blog to be a positive place. I know the complaints are just a normal part of life with multiple illnesses but I don’t want to dwell there so instead of posting negatively, I decided to not post at all.

Well, in the midst of this sea of negativity, we had a birthday in our house recently. Our sweet Charlie turns 11! Of course when I told Abby that it was her birthday, she insisted we have a party (I think she was just looking for an excuse for cupcakes). My family was coming into town so I thought why not! Charlie has been an integral part of my life for the last 9 1/2 years and has been a major source of therapy since my diagnosis so I couldn’t think of a better reason to throw a party!

So I put up some simple decorations andย we enjoyed a birthday dinner (Taco Bell for us & Beneful Beef Stew for the girls – boy I sure know how to cook don’t i?). Abby wasn’t complaining as currently her favorite food is a cheese roll-up!

And here is the lovely birthday girl who got a new bone & toy for her special day:

A Party for Charlie

Sometimes when you are down, the best thing in the world is a party! Cupcakes help too ๐Ÿ™‚


9 comments on “A Party for Charlie

  1. Bari says:

    I love it! Happy birthday to your furry kid ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. C.C. @ I'm On My Way ~ my journey as a Christ follower, wife, mamma, and fibromyalgia fighter says:

    Can you talk about how Charlie has been a source of therapy for you? I’m not a dog person (saw my sis get bit when we were little – I remember, she doesn’t since she was so small – She loves dogs, I’m traumatized), but Russ & Damaris want one (Russ wants a Siberian husky, too big a dog for me!). I love cats but am allergic. Just curious. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jamee says:

      Charlie has been with me since I’ve been sick. She’s been attached to my hip ever since! She always seems to know when I’m hurt and stays by my side. She used to jump up in bed for a snuggle when she knew I needed it but now she can’t jump like that anymore (unless its a storm & adrenaline kicks in!). During this last surgery when I was in the hospital for 4 days, my parents (who were taking care of Abby) said she just paced the entire time. She didn’t settle down until I was home and when I was, she stayed right next to me. Chloe is a good dog too (our younger mutt) but she’s not as perfect as Charlie (whatever little dog she is mixed with makes her whine all the time & it drives me bananas!) but she can be really sweet too! I don’t know what I would do without them! They provide companionship and love regardless of the circumstances. Doggie snuggles are great medicine!

  3. Life As Wife says:

    Aw everyone deserves a birthday party!! Our two mutts get a Mchicken on their birthday. Terrible huh?

    I hope you feel better soon. (and don’t be afraid to blog about it! Your pain is a part of your story and who you are. You shouldn’t have to hide it!)

  4. mamie says:

    so sweet, i love the picture of charlie with the party hat on. did he really wear it?
    i love my dog too, her birthday is the day before katie’s so we always celebrate together.

  5. Felicia Fibro says:

    Charlie looks fantastic in his hat! I’m glad you were able to throw a family celebration and focus on some fun for a bit!

  6. […] (often referred to as our girls) for better or worse and I cannot imagine our lives without them! Charlie has been my sidekick for almost ten years and has been a therapeutic presence in the midst of my […]

  7. […] paced the halls of our home while I’ve been in the hospital. She allowed me to put a party hat on her as a distraction from the pain.ย  All in all having Charlie in my life has been a major part […]


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