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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Gaspard

My heart is full of gratitude for ALL your support.  If the truth be told I had been feeling fearful for days wondering how I could help Gaspard as I watched him grow listless.  It was too much to bear. I wish I could thank each and every one of you personally for your kindness!
 
It was during the third consultation in less than six days that a barium test was finally performed on Gaspard which revealed he had an obstruction in his intestine.  Yesterday the vet extracted a peach stone during surgery.  I recall now that Angélique went through a phase last June of eating mountains of peaches and, well, she must have thrown a peach stone in the flowerbed which Gaspard recently dug up.
Gaspard is being kept under observation until Friday - oh my goodness what a l-o-n-g wait this is - and today the vet told him he was being fed intravenously and seemed alert and as well as possible.  The news is good but I daren't get too excited yet. Last year's sorrow has made me cautious.  Please may I ask you to send another prayer for Gaspard?
 
Yes indeed my heart has been full of Gaspard these past days. Today the sky is forget-me-not blue and the grass is sparkling white.  There are oat and white chocolate cookies baking in the oven and Tristan and I are finally turning our attention to Christmas decoration making.  But Gaspard is always with me.  Yes, that is a special kind of love indeed and I am hoping he will make a full recovery and be back to his usual adorable, bouncy, irritating self!
 
Love to you all,
 
Stephanie
 
ps I'm sorry for the hazy picture  but it captures Gaspard's expression perfectly.
 
Monday evening edit:  Gaspard is doing amazingly well!  The vet did a wonderful job and we welcomed back a surprisingly bouncy dog on Thursday evening.  It was simply wonderful.  The best thing has been watching him throwing himself on his food again.  Oh yes indeed, Gaspard is one hungry dog now.
 
 
 
 
 
 


58 comments:

  1. So glad the Vet figured out what was wrong and that Gaspard is on the mend!

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  2. Sending positive thoughts your way!

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  3. Good news so far, so that is a big reason to be thankful. I am keeping you all in my positive thoughts and prayers.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  4. Well that sounds like good news Stephanie.....and he's on the mend too...

    Amanda :-)

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  5. Well now, it sounds as if Gaspard is slowly recovering Stephanie which is excellent news. I'm sure he will be back with you on Friday and well on the mend! Sending positive healing thoughts!!
    Vivienne xxxxxxxxx

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  6. Glad everything went well, he should make a full recovery now! :)

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  7. It is great news that the obstruction has been found and removed, hope little Gaspard makes a strong recovery and is bouncing around your abkles again very soon x

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  8. oops or even bouncing around your ANKLES - typing in a hurry is not my strong suit and Toby is pulling me for his bath!

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  9. Little Sweetie, imagine how wonderful it feels to have that gone and your appetite slowly returning? Very wise for the Vet to watch over him for a few days. He has the most wonderful face. A beauty.
    Sending a heartfelt prayer to St. Francis of Assisi
    xx
    julie

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  10. Good wishes to Gaspard and hope he will make a full recovery very soon. It is always difficult as animals cannot tell us how they feel nor understand why they are being treated so but if he is anything like my Thomas he will bounce back especially if the positive thoughts wending their way to him are anything to go by!

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  11. Hugs and healing thoughts coming your way...Cx

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  12. Sending positivity and strength to Gaspard across the miles.

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  13. oh Gaspard, hurry up and get better, we will all be relieved! love to him, Heather x

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  14. Oh, you must miss him! I can imagine how quiet the house must feel. I hope he continues to improve and is home with you soon. x

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  15. Aw bless him, I hope he starts feeling better soon
    Victoria xx

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  16. Dear Stephanie, I know precisely how you feel. A silly little furry, warm annoying animal can indeed get under you're skin in the most peculiar way. When Molly (garden fairy companion) did not come rushing out to yap like a nutty thing & lick me in greeting, but was instead listless & still I was beside my self.. yet days later, from the vets, she did return & is once again her usual silly self with no further incident. Huge hug..I feel sure all will be well from here. Poor darlings x0x0x0x

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  17. Glad he is doing well!
    Thinking of you,
    Daisy J x

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  18. Oh sweet little Gaspard, wishing him a full recovery very very soon x

    love jooles x

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  19. Oh my goodness that is a long wait. I really feel for you. I hated waiting the day I left my doggies in to be neutered, in advance of the arrival of our first baby, and I was a nervous wreck the whole day waiting for news that they were ok especially since I was the one putting them through the surgery. This week will really drag for you but I am hoping very much that he pulls through. They are tough wee souls and I'm sure he can't wait to be home with you. Try and take your mind off worrying with nice Christmas things

    My thoughts are with you. And I'm really sorry to hear about your beautiful little cat, I don't think I was following your blog last year.

    Take care,
    Helen xx

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    1. Oh I forgot to say that my little dog Luca got the all clear from the vet. Just fatty cells thankfully. I hope that Gaspard will be back to normal very soon

      Helen xx

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  20. I am so glad all is as well as it is with little Gaspard. Our little pets take hold of our hearts when we are the least suspecting and their pain can rip us apart. I have thought of you and little Gaspard many times since your last post, and you both will stay in my prayers until I hear that all is well. Keep your head up.

    Keri

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  21. So glad they have found out what has been making him poorly..he is in the best place, so fingers crossed he will be home soon
    thinking of you
    Thea x

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  22. Warm, healing hugs are being sent your way upon a twinkling star ...
    ♥♥

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  23. Oh that is good news. I hope Gaspard continues his great progress, sending you and him a great big healing hug.
    Carol xx

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  24. You got it! thinking of Gaspard and knowing he'll soon be well.
    Jo x

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  25. Sending you all our best wishes for Gaspard.
    Big hug,
    Marian

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  26. Oh!!! Little Gaspard!!! Be well! Our pet friends carry our hearts within them. So hard to see them suffering, they can't communicate their distress in words like we can.

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  27. I was wondering how Gaspard was following your last post. I hope he continues to make good progress and Friday comes around soon. Thinking of you.
    Sarah x

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  28. Wishes for Gaspard full recovery very soon. It's always so heartbreaking when they're suffering.

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  29. I'm thinking of you waiting ... and little Gaspard recovering. I hope that all will be well and he will be home again soon.
    Oat and white chocolate biscuits sound lovely - very frosty - just like our weather today!
    xx

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  30. My thoughts are with you and Gaspard. May he soon be back to bouncing around.x

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  31. He's a lovely boy, and hopefully he'll be back to his old self very soon xx

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  32. Dear Stephanie...I felt so sad to read that your beautiful Gaspard is unwell...I'm closing my eyes and making a Christmas wish that he is back to full health very soon...
    Love Susan x

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  33. I continue to pray for your little dog. I hope that this stressful period goes fast for you and he comes home all wiggly and happy.

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  34. I hope little Gaspard is better very soon ... sending him get well thoughts ... Bee xx

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  35. Hope he heals quickly now that the stone is out.

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  36. happy to know that everything went well!!!
    hugs and xxx Ale

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  37. Such good news, and may he be home quickly. Such a sweet-faced little dog - I'm sure he feels much better with the obstruction gone.

    A prayer has been said for his speedy recovery.

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  38. Ah, je suis soulagée pour Gaspard et continue à prier et espérer pour lui. Tout va bien se passer et il sera bientôt sur pattes, ne t'inquiète plus . J'ai eu un petit chien Lola que j'adorais (elle est morte de vieillesse) et j'ai une grosse minette Amy qui est devenue mon bébé, mes filles sont grandes , elles ont 20 et 23 ans et ma minette est un peu celle qui reste toujours avec moi. Un amour spécial mais tellement bon et indispensable.
    Bises
    Muriel

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    1. Chère Muriel,

      Quel bonheur de vous lire ce matin. Merci pour votre encouragement qui me rend un peu plus forte encore pendant cette periode d'attente.

      Je vous souhaite une belle journée.

      Stephanie

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  39. Only just catching up. So sorry to hear about your beloved Gaspard. Hopefully he will make a quick recovery and be home with you soon. x

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  40. I am tearing up.....I WILL PRAY DEAR ONE! Oh, I can't bear to see his little face. HE WILL SMILE AGAIN SOON. Anita

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  41. Positive thoughts for Gaspard being sent... the best place for him right now is at the vet where he can get the care he needs... he will be back in your arms again soon for you to hug!

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  42. Gosh, a peach stone, of all things! Of course, I am thinking of handsome little Gaspard and wishing him a steady recovery. I can well imagine the welcome home that he will receive.

    xo

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  43. Je ne sais pas prier mais j'espère de tout coeur que ton chien retrouve au plus vite la santé. Bon courage et une caresse à Gaspard !

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  44. I will most certainly say a prayer for Gaspard! (What a wonderful name! and, what a cutie!)

    and, reading through several posts - your daughter is beautiful! - the illustrations and the books shared fascinating and charming - and your animals... what a sweet wonderful thing they are - WONDERFUL!

    Wishing you very well, indeed!

    Katy Noelle xo

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  45. So many good wishes headed Gaspard's way from here. I hope he is home safe with you now x

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  46. My prayers are with Gaspard tonight. I love your little Christmas mice header, so sweet. Love Linda x

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  47. Dear Stephanie,

    So sorry to read of your dear Gaspard and hope that the surgery went well and he will now be making a speedy recovery.
    Thinking of you and will say a little prayer for your sweet Gaspard.
    I love your sweet Christmas header, such a darling little couple.

    Best wishes and sending hugs
    Carolyn

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  48. I'm hoping very hard that sweet little Gaspard will be back to usual very very soon. I'm sure he will be. Thinking of you and hoping you can feel happier soon. Poor little doggie and a very anxious time for you. I certainly will be willing him to get better very soon and I have said a little prayer for you both.I truly hope he is safe and sound and back home with you now. Lots of love xxx

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  49. Just thought I'd stop by to wish Gaspard well today. I hope these last few days have seen him on the mend. :)

    Keri

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  50. Yeah, hooray for Gaspard's successful recovery! Oh boy do dogs sometimes not know what's bad for them. He is so handsome.

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  51. Dear Stephanie, I'm so sorry that I have been absent from your comment box recently, I had no idea of Gaspard's illness. I'm so very glad that he is now recovering and is back to his bouncy self and eating again!!

    Just in case I don't get a chance to pop over here again, may I send the warmest of Christmas Greetings to you and yours.

    Jeanne
    xox

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  52. I've just caught up with your posts about Gaspard, and I'm pleased to read your edit. We had a worry over Archie's health recently too, it's amazing how these little doggies capture our hearts and become one of the family, isn't it? Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas now that Gaspard is on the mend.

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  53. Oh Stephanie,

    I was so blessed to see your comment this morning! Thank you for taking a moment to come to visit me! I am wondering my dear heart, how is GASPARD NOW????? May he be well and full of energy for you! What a busy year it has been, hasn't it? I am working on a huge paper wedding dress that will be going into a shop window. It has taken a lot of hours in my basement workshop but I am making great progress. I am looking forward however, to taking a reading and writing break today, for my fingers are in pain from peeling off hot glue that drips down onto my skin!!

    May the joys of NOËL be yours in your household and that Gaspard will bring you many more years of fun and happiness ma belle. And I look forward to another year of sharing our interests and lives together in 2013.

    Gros bisous, Anita

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  54. Dear Stephanie,

    So sorry I haven't been around much lately, but I have been in and out of hospital with Jan. Thank you for your email too! I know you sent it a long time ago, but I rarely check this email address.

    I can't tell you how happy I am that Gaspard is feeling better! It must have been a horrible period for you and your family to not know what was wrong with him. I am glad he is looking better and eating again.

    I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and all the best for a Happy, Creative and Healthy New Year. I will reply your email asap :-)!

    Love,

    Madelief x

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  55. Just discovered your blog and thankfully read that your little friend is on the mend. My heart was in my mouth reading it. I hope that he continues to make a good recovery.
    I love your top bar - the cross stitch is so exquisite.

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