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Our mascot Beasley

Good morning everyone. Sorry for the delay about our big boy. He had his first vet appointment last Thursday. He is very healthy. He has received his first vaccines and his next appointment is 09/21. He weighed 16.9 lbs but I swear he has gained more since then. He also got to meet his new family on Saturday and of course won them over. We are working hard on potty training but as to be expected we have had some accidents. Here he is in all his glory. He has brought so much joy and laughter in my life which is so important right now. Today is my 55th birthday and the first without my husband. I am sad, depressed, grieving and also very angry because he was offered so much help and he refused. I blame that on my father in law because my husband had mental health issues and his Dad drilled into his head that he not see a "head shrinker". 

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Kimberly, of course that would be upsetting. You made a smart decision to put your love into Beasley now. You are still very young. I enjoy seeing pics of Beasely. We always had dogs, but no more. Beastly sure looks like a character and a wonderful dog!

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Kimberly, happy 55 day.  I can only imagine what you are feeling as I have 7 months to prepare for this new another first.  I'm thinking I'll just remember her and remind myself of all the good I had with her.  Maybe try the same?  Toss the bad away and keep the good.  As I tell myself, I've got 25 years to figure this out so you have that and more.  Walk to the good life.

 

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Hi, Kimberly, happy birthday to you!  My late husband's birthday is coming up in a few days as well as is our 50th wedding anniversary.  I am happy you have Beasley as your new family member.  Pets can bring great comfort and joy without speaking, just loving you unconditionally.  What a gift.  As I read your post, I wanted to share that I too was angry during and after my husband died almost 2 years ago.  It is taking me a long time to get over that negative feeling for many legitimate reasons.  As hard as it sounds, I would journal your feelings and perhaps write a letter to your husband about your emotions.  You can always discard it after you write it. An even harder thing to do is to try to forgive him and your father-in-law as well.  Not because your father-in-law was necessarily right in how he acted and influenced his son, but for your own peace of mind.  We often forget that the people around us are or were human beings.  That means they make mistakes and can be nonresponsive to loved ones, who are well intentioned, particularly caregivers.  That also happened to me.  It leaves you cold and alone.  GriefShare helped me as well as mindful thinking as I take my daily walks.  You can do that too with Beasley.  Be kind to yourself and remember you did the best you could under the circumstances.  Ideally, you want to "enjoy" your days without the extra burden of anger and regret.  Life is worth living as you are finding by including Beasley in your life. Your friend and fellow griever, Sue

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Thank you @SueS788527 . I try to remember the good times. I am especially thankful for the 2 beautiful children we have. My son is the spitting image of his father so I will always have him with me. 

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Hi @KimberlyM389662 A little birdie (named Nicole...LOL) told me you are having a birthday...confirmed by your message!

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So from me & the most famous beagle of all....

to you (& your new beagle!🐕)

Happy Birthday Kimberly!

Take care ~Allen

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Kimberly @KimberlyM389662 , Although this is likely not your happiest of birthdays, Hopefully you were able to find at least a small bit of joy sometime during this day. It sounds like your little guy Beasley is bringing some happiness and laughter into your life and that is great! I hope Beasley did his job and maybe some other special people in your life too.

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Happy Birthday! Thank you for sharing your happiness with you adorable pup

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(2 comments) OUR MASCOT NEEDS A UNIFORM/lol 😂🤣

 

I like them ALL (8), but #5 is MY favorite. 👍

 

***See list below*** 

 

Nicole 🐕

 

(1) Babe Magnet.

 

(2) The Snuggle Is Real.

 

(3) Will Trick For Treats.

 

(4) I am wearing nothing under this shirt.

 

(5) I'm with the human.

 

(6) Fur Baby.

 

(7) Pants Optional.

 

(8) If my dog doesn't like you I probably won't either.

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@SummerIsTooHOT . #8 for me as well. 

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#8 is the obvious choice lol

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He is sooooo precious.  Happy Birthday and it was a GREAT idea getting Beasley.  Hopes he continues to bring love and joy into your life.

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Happy birthday @KimberlyM389662 Our mascot 

is just adorable! Hopefully he will help you on your

grief journey 💜

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3 comments (TUESDAY 9/5/23 8:25am EST)

 

I luv you Kimberly @KimberlyM389662 and Beasley, Nicole 🤗 

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I love you too @SummerIsTooHOT. Speaking with all of you has really been therapeutic for me. 

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Happy Birthday and love this picture of Beasley ..so cute and lovable..Today would have been our 64th Wedding Anniversary and I decided to celebrate it with a toast to Tom which I will do every year on this day ..Also we (oldest daughter and I shared a cost to have all the outdoor shrubs trimmed and lawn mowed in memory of hubby and Dad) Plus one had to be removed due to its surmise and will be replaced with a lawn ornament a stained "buck wagon " that will have Autumn flowers in it ...Each holiday has its bitter-sweet memories...

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Jonibee @jonibee , One of those days for you yesterday. It sounds like you made the best of it by making some new traditions. Your ways for marking this special day sound great!

 

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5 comments (TUESDAY 9/5/23 8:12am EST) 

 

🎂  HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear Kimberly @KimberlyM389662 !!!

 

Nicole 🙃

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Thanks so much. My kids are also the reason I get up as well. 

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3 comments (TUESDAY 9/5/23 9:18am EST) 

 

Dear Kimberly @KimberlyM389662 , we will have OUR MOMENTS of "giving up" - had MINE this weekend.

 

BUT TODAY I AM BACK ON TRACK! 💃💃💃

 

AND YOU ARE TOO!!! 💃💃💃

 

Missed hearing from you. 😥

 

What a WONDRFUL SURPRISE hearing from you TODAY. 💃💃💃

 

Nicole 🤗

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Glad you are “BACK ON TRACK!”😊

 

BTW: Stay aware of & look out for updates on recently upgraded Tropical Storm Lee! Unfortunately it appears to be tracking to Florida & could be coming your way dear friend!

https://www.trackthetropics.com/lee-2023/

Lee is forecast to be a hurricane within a couple of days, and will likely become a major hurricane 🌀 by Fri.

Please stay vigilant & tuned to all local & state watches & warnings, OK?!

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It's ironic because Hurricane Idalia has the same name as a friend of mine and now, Lee which is my younger brother's name. He has a temper too, LOL.All joking aside, my brother is a Baltimore City lieutenant in the fire department for almost 25 years now and in a really bad part so I can imagine what he has seen over the years because I used to work in an inner city emergency room and I know what I saw. 

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You can't give up Nicole. What would we do? Take care and have a good day!

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1 comment (TUESDAY 9/5/23 8:08am EST)

 

Lol Kimberly @KimberlyM389662 that's a MAN for you!!! 🤣😂

 

Nicole 🤗

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Yup. Sprawled out and not wanting to do anything, LOL. 

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