Hi everyone! I know it has been a while but Maya, Pierson, and I are still here. You’ve heard the saying, “when it rains, it pours”? Well, that is what’s happening here. For the most part, things are still good. It’s just a been little hectic.

Let me give you a quick little update:

First off, I’m not sure if you knew this but my husband and I had housemates. You may have seen a little bit about our friends Sha Sha and Jinbo in previous posts. We have a huge house so we rented the finished basement to them a couple of years ago. And last month, they had to move away. Jinbo got a job in China, so they had to go back home. They have been wonderful housemates and very dear friends these past two years and we miss them a lot. ❤

Our Family Sha Sha Jinbo Etc

Left to Right: Pierson, Jinbo, Jinbo’s mom holding Jinbo’s son Eric, Sha Sha, Jinbo’s dad, me, my husband Li Xi, Maya. Jinbo’s parents lived with us for about 6 months. Sha Sha’s mom was here for a while at one time as well. We had quite the house full. 🙂

Just before our friends moved away is when I found out my mom was diagnosed with brain cancer with just a few weeks to live. A few weeks have gone by since then and I am very happy to say that she is still doing pretty good. She went through the radiation treatment and steroids have helped shrink the tumors. So except for sleeping a lot more often, she is feeling normal. She stayed with me and my husband for a couple of days, then went on to Oregon where my other two sisters live. I will be driving with my stepdad and their dog Solo to Oregon this coming Monday and staying a week. My sisters and brother and I have a huge party for my mom planned. My mom has a ton of loyal friends who will be coming and it should be the best celebration ever. I know it will make my mom very happy. ❤❤❤

Solo the Border Collie Mix

My mom survived lung cancer a few years ago. This is her after recovery and with her dog Solo. Solo is the reason my stepdad and I are driving to Oregon instead of flying. Solo is a special needs dog my mom rescued from a terrible hoarding situation. Solo would not do well on a plane and my mom didn’t want to leave her behind when she moved to Oregon.

While my mom was staying with me, my husband found out that he had been hired for a new job in Des Moines! This was a huge surprise. Although my husband did apply for the job and even drove to Iowa for the interview, he didn’t really expect to get it. But he did. And it is a huge pay increase that we just can’t pass up. So I have spent the past several days packing up all our stuff and with looking for a new place in Des Moines. I have a lot of stuff, so the packing is slow. My husband starts on 14th of this month. Since I will be gone a week and since I don’t have everything ready at our house, I will still be in Kansas for another few weeks, probably until the end of April.

When I went to the store to get boxes, I saw a big black older dog wandering around in the parking lot. She looked very lost so I convinced her to get into my car. Since she didn’t have tags on her collar, I drove her to the vet to see if she was microchipped. She was! But the first main number was disconnected. There was an alternate number so the vet left a message for them and I took the dog home. Of course, Pierson did not like her. She did not like him either so I had to keep them separate. Luckily, our basement was available since our housemates had moved out. And luckily, the owner called me later in the evening when she realized her dog was missing and found the voice mail. The dog is named Lizzie and she is now home safe and sound.

Lizzie the Lost Dog

Lizzie is at least 10 years old, if not older. She is a black Lab and she is much bigger than my Maya! Lizzie is how home with her family.

It just so happens that the humane society was holding a pet event on the same day I found Lizzie. Lizzie’s mom called just before I went to the humane society so Lizzie didn’t have to spend any time there. Maya did, however. The event was the Mixed Breed Mixer and the humane society invited Lawrence residents to come by their facility with their dogs and hang out in the run pens. Maya got to make new friends while I had a table set up as a vendor with many of my pet auto safety products. Both Maya and I had a great time!

Maya at March Mutt Mixer

Maya and I sure are going to miss the Lawrence Humane Society when we move to Iowa!

Needless to say, I haven’t had a chance to check out your blogs and see what is going on with all of you. I’ve thought about you all and thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers for my mom. I promise that as soon as we get settled in Des Moines, I will get back to blogging and following up with all of you. In the meantime, please feel free to leave me a link below to your best blog posts this past several weeks. Give me a glimpse of what has been happening with you so that it will be easier for me to catch up. Tell me how your little furry friends are doing, how you are doing, if you’ve had any exciting events, etc. I would seriously love to hear from you all.

BTW, even though things have been crazy busy around here, I am still running the PetAutoSafety.com website. I haven’t been blogging on the pet auto safety blog, but I am still available by phone or email to answer questions about products and I have assistance in filling orders. If you need anything regarding pet travel, whether it be advice or products, let me know. All my contact information is on the website.

Thank you so much everyone and have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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11 Responses to “Update”

  1. Dakota/Caren/Cody Says:

    WOW WOW WOW do you ever have a lot going on! I am so sorry about your friends moving to China, but HUGE CONGRATS to your husband on the new job! And, you found a dog and I am sooooo happy that the treatments are helping your Mom. That is great news!!!!!! You have perfect reasons to be too busy to blog!! Sending you (((hugs))))

  2. Lauranne Says:

    Wow you have been busy haven’t you!!

  3. weliveinaflat Says:

    Overall sounds like good news, for which I am glad 🙂

  4. rubytheairedale Says:

    WOWSA!! You sure have had your plate full!! What a FABulous family you had stayin’ with you, they look sweet and look like they are doggie lovers…no more needs to be said!
    I am so excited for your new adventure to Iowa!!! CONGRATS to your hubby and wows, your gonna be one busy gal!!
    I am soooooo glads to hear your Moms is feelin’ good. {{{hugs}}} to her!
    Now, amidst all your frantic runnin’ around, don’t forgets to stop and have a margarita!!! BOL
    Ruby ♥

  5. Ann "Paws" Staub Says:

    Whoa, that is tons of stuff… sounds like you do need to focus on that stuff, but it’s good of you to “check in”. Not much going on around here. My little Nibblet became ill about 3 weeks ago now. She seems to be heading downhill, but maybe she can pull through for a little while longer.

  6. Jodi Says:

    Thanks for updating us Dawn, I’ve been thinking about you and your mom and wondering how she was doing. I’m so glad that she has such a huge support group!!

    Man you have had some major changes, no?

    As for us, well Sampson totally tore his ACL and had surgery March 25th. He recently developed fluid at the incision site, so that is being monitored. He is frustrated I think with his lack of freedom as we are staying in one room of the house and he must wear the cone of shame when we aren’t there.

    Delilah is hanging in although I suspect she is feeling slightly neglected. Thankfully nicer weather is coming and we can get back to walking.

    I will continue to keep you and your family (especially mom) in my prayers. Hang in there my friend and remember, I’m only an e-mail away. 🙂


    • Nature by Dawn Says:

      Thanks, Jodi ❤ Poor Sampson. I've been hearing a lot about ACL tears in dogs. I've never heard of this injury before 5 years ago, now it seems so common. At least this means the vets have experience with it and that Sampson is on the mend. Hugs to you, Sampson, and Delilah.

  7. 2browndawgs Says:

    So many changes. I think about you and your Mom all of the time.

    It is great you were able to reunite the Lizzie with her owner.

    We have been to Des Moines when we picked up our doggie trailer. I really liked Des Moines. There is a great Mexican restaurant there. Wish I could remember the name! I would go back just to eat there….lol. Best of luck to you!

  8. Donna O. Says:

    So glad to hear the update about your mom, and that you will be throwing a party for her to see all of your family. Those will be wonderful moments to cherish.

    As for everything else, WOW, do you have a lot on your plate. Good luck with the move – and thanks for helping that gal Lizzie out through all this chaos.

  9. Lindsay Says:

    I’ve been thinking of you, Dawn. Have a wonderful time with your mom this week! That party will be wonderful.

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