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Well, I went to see Big O yesterday and it’s amazing at how well he’s doing!!  When I first got to the hospital, they told me to wait in one of the exam rooms.  I was a little startled about this because when I visited him last Friday, I had to be taken back to his cage and he could barely get around on his own, but yesterday – he walked right into that exam room like he owned the place!!  He’s definitely getting much better – his blood platelet count is getting back to normal and he’s able to walk short distances with a sling.  He is very impressive and we’re looking to possibly have him home by next week!!  My parents are very excited – especially my dad!!!  Here are some updated pictures and even a video – if you ask me – he’s definitely feeling better!!!OsoOso 2


I spoke with my dad today who had an opportunity to speak with the doctor regarding Oso’s prognosis.  She is definitely optimistic on his chances…they took him off his IV today, which is wonderful news.  Even better news?  Oso was able to stand on all four feet today (with a little help from the staff).  Either way, this is definitely a step in the right direction!!  Also, his platelet count has improved which means we’re on the right track with treatment.  The doctor is hoping that in a couple days he’ll be able to move into boarding – meaning he’s healthy enough to go without 24-hour monitoring.  I have nothing else to say but THANK YOU.  You have absolutely no idea how well all your prayers are working, but please – don’t stop now!!  It’s only the beginning and I know we all can make him better!!  He’s got far too many years left in him, so thank you…my family is ever appreciative.

Well, the time has come.  I’m ready to reveal our mystery location (well, one of them anyway!!)  It’s been a long process and much has gone into making the final decision.  We started about a month ago with five venues to choose from.  Each venue had something unique about it and each was in an entirely different location.  To my surprise, our final decision wasn’t even on the original list!  This was actually something that Wendy pointed out to me in our long search for the perfect location.  What also made the decision harder was that I was not working within a specific budget, and each location was asking a vastly different price – from $140 all the way up to $5,150 – so you can imagine our situation!!  But after a nice long lunch with Mom, Dad, and Neil, we all came up with the perfect venue.  So without further ado, let me unveil to you our ceremony venue…St. Andrews Cathedral

This, my friends, is St. Andrews Cathedral.  St. Andrews Cathedral is Scotland’s largest and most magnificent medieval church.  Aside from The Old Course, the Cathedral is the most visited location in the town of St. Andrews.

So…how did we come to this decision?  Well, it wasn’t easy, but it was very logical.  All the other venues were in very remote locations and didn’t bode well for sightseeing in Scotland.  St. Andrews Cathedral is situated in the town of St. Andrews, which is full of shops, pubs, the University, and of course, the home of golf: The Old Course at St. Andrews.  While the boys are out golfing, the girls will definitely not be looking for things to do – which is what made our final decision.  We didn’t want people to feel trapped by our venue and only have one option for dining and accommodations.  By having everything in a larger town, we’ve given our guests more freedom to choose their dining and accommodations in order to fit their personal preferences.  All in all, it was the smartest choice for the benefit of everyone…not to mention the Cathedral, in its ruinous state, is what I think of when I think of Scotland, and as Neil put it, “I want to get married somewhere that has history…that was torn apart in a war…”  Well, he definitely got that!!

Next step – the reception location!!  This is still up in the air.  Just when we thought we had everything situated, we hit another road bump.  Wendy and I are working out the finer details and that information will be revealed soon…but I promise, you won’t be disappointed!!

I went to see ‘Big O’ today.  Since I was emotional last time and didn’t exactly describe the whole situation, I’ll give you the lowdown…there is something hurting his spinal cord.  It’s caused him to not be able to use his back legs at all.  The doctor isn’t sure if blood was leaking into his spinal cord or what, but she can’t exactly do anything until she goes in and takes a look around, but unfortunately, his red blood cells are very low and any minor cuts could cause him to bleed to death.  The doctor believes this could be caused by a certain kind of tick, a bone marrow issue, or, heaven forbid, Leukemia.  Right now, we’re just waiting for test results, but in the meantime – we pray.

On a positive note, when I saw him today, he was very excited!!  I’ve never heard him so vocal in my life!!  The doctor assured me he wasn’t in pain and that he’s normally very quiet.  He scooted (with his front paws) out of the cage and over to me.  It was rather pitiful, but at least he could do that.  The doctor said his back legs were definitely getting stronger and that physically, there’s nothing wrong with him.  He eats normal, he drinks normal, he barks just like any other dog, he just can’t use his back legs…which is directly linked to the issue in his spinal cord.  The doctor did say they would likely need to do a blood transfusion, but they wouldn’t know for sure until they got his blood platelet count back.  So keep the prayers coming – if they aren’t curing him, they’re definitely keeping his spirits up.  Which is all we can ask right now.

Today I received news I could have gone without.  My dad’s best friend in the whole world (aside from my mother, of course) isn’t doing very well.  I’ll spare you the icky details, but in a nutshell, he’s in pain and the doctor’s don’t know what’s wrong with him.  They’re afraid to do tests and surgery in case it hurts him further so we’re just at a standstill until they figure something else out.  So please, when you lay your head down to sleep tonight, please take three minutes and pray for my dad’s best friend.  He’s far too young to be going through this pain – he’ll be 9 in March –  and he by no means deserves any of it.  He’s been the most gentle and kind best friend anyone could ever ask for.  He only wants you to be happy and he’s the first one to greet you as soon as you walk in the door.  So please, pray for him, for my dad, for my mom, and for Fidget.  I love you, Oso.  And God’s going to take care of you…you’ll be okay.


A Scottish Blessing

A thousand welcomes to you with your marriage. May you be healthy all your days. May you be blessed with long life and peace, may you grow old with goodness, and with riches.