Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


Hey, look at us -- we got 71 followers here!!! How cool is that!  Thank you all for checking in here from time to time!!! 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New website!!!

Cory got the "under construction"page up today -- check it out!!!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Blind Cat Rescue

Please check out this link and vote for this rescue. 

Sunday, October 24, 2010


For those potential clients trying to link to my website,, it is currently under construction.  It was supposed to be up tonight but the weather interfered and Cory lost his internet.  Stay tuned.  It will be awesome!!

Contact info is:
phone 775-747-7491

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Look who's 7!! at

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Pistol will be 7 on Sunday, October 24.  My first collie's registered name was Angel of the Morning.  Since Pistol is my last girl...she is now my Angel of the Morning.

Ozzy, my heart

I have been trying to go through old pictures, looking for pictures of my girl, Pistol.  Her birthday is tomorrow and i need to make a birthday video for her....but in looking for pictures of her to use, i have found some really nice pictures that i had forgotten -- these in particular of Ozzy.....he does still take my breath away.  They were taken October 22, 2008.

I'm Back!!!

Well, its been pretty busy out here, but i wanted to leave Linda's story at the top so maybe more people would find it and read it.  We have a chip in going on facebook -- if anyone is interested -- her story is posted as Linda McKelvey Fund with the link there -- and she is updating everyone about the dentures.  Thank you for all your support!!!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

At Last.....the Mystery is Over !!

I'm going to warn you ahead of time....this is going to be a long post and there will be quite a few pictures.  So I hope I don't put you to sleep -- I  know short is better but there is so much to tell!!! So....once upon a time....

This past summer, maybe early June, I came across an ad on craigslist for someone wanting a swimming pool for their dog.  This is Pugi, an obviously much loved dog, who wanted a pool of his own.

We made a delivery time and Ozzy and i took the pool to Pugi.
It was then that I learned Linda's story.  Linda is Pugi's mom.  Linda is 38 years old now.  She was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal cancer in December, 2004.  This was diagnosed as stage 5 disease and she was given a prognosis of eight weeks to live.  Linda was 32.  At the time i met her she had just had all of her teeth extracted as a result of head and neck radiation.  She has been through 29 surgeries since her initial diagnosis.  Inspite of her health issues, Linda is a very positive, upbeat person.

Linda before her diagnosis with Pugi

 Linda had her five year remission anniversary on August 1, 2010.

Linda with her daughter, Teri

Linda with her mom, Dorothy (seated)
Linda's cancer is in remission, but her story isn't over.  Because of the radiation therapy, her teeth had to be removed.  Because of the way her disability was set up, Linda receives "too much" money to qualify for any assistance with dental issues.  It doesn't matter that her extractions were medically necessary.  It doesn't matter that dentures are medically necessary.  It doesn't matter that she has documentation from her physicians stating such, the system says she makes too much money. She receives about $730/mo.  The cut off for "fee for service" type of benefits is $690/mo. And having to go through all the red tape to get changes made in her benefits, is a lengthy process. Linda's doctors have stated that this is a potentially serious situation.  Not to mention the nutritional issues with not having any teeth, there are also the potential problems with infection and further damage to her already weakened jaw because of the additional stress.  She already has issues with infection because of her cancer and the damage that was done to the Eustachian tubes, and because of that, may have more surgeries in her future as well as additional hearing loss.  Right now she is at 85% loss in one ear and about 60% in the other ear and will eventually need hearing aids.

Okay, hang on to all of that for a minute......moving to the next scenario......I do petsitting and one of my clients is this lady, Suzanne:

Suzanne is Bingo's mom -- those of you that have followed my photos have met Bingo, and his cat Boyla, and they had a guinea pig, Nibbles, who sadly got his wings a few months ago.  Suzanne was showing me a special place she likes to walk Bingo and we were talking about stuff.....and the subject came up about Suzanne's knowledge about fund raising and nonprofit organizations and various other things...and I mentioned Linda.  Suzanne said she refers clients to various entities so knew that there was help out there for Linda.  I passed that information on but Linda had already tried several of those places and was denied help.  After Nibbles got his wings, Suzanne and her husband decided that their daughter was such a good guinea pig mom that it was time for her to have her dream dog -- a pug.  So i told her Linda had a pug and i would see if she had any connections or leads on a dog.  And mentioned again that she was having no success with the denture situation.

Suzanne had some ideas about ways to help Linda, so we decided to get together and discuss everything over coffee.  There were a few things that we could put into play, fundraising locally, an internet appeal with a chip-in on Facebook and Myspace,  contacting political figures and news media outlets with this story and trying to generate any interest or help anywhere, because it really was a matter of the clock ticking, of Linda really needing to get these dentures to avoid other potential health issues.

I am really limited in my ability to set up things on the internet, to do a page on Facebook, so i contacted some of the animal/rescue people i have met on Facebook and got some hints and ideas of how to go about this.  We needed for Linda to write out her story and we needed to post it with pictures and links and somehow spread the I contacted this man, who happens to be my son, Cory:

Cory knows his way around the computer and set up a wonderful page for himself on Myspace.  He's learning Photoshop and how to do different things with webpages.  So I told him Linda's story, asked him if he could help, if his band, Broken Roots, might be interested in doing a benefit show, maybe getting some other bands involved, anything to raise money towards dentures for Linda.  He agreed immediately and we set up a time for him to meet Linda and get more information from her about what we needed and the best way to do this.

And then....Cory took the ball and ran with it.  He took the information back to his work the next day, Tuesday, October 5.  He spoke with the human resources division of his company.  They have in the past assisted people in situations not unlike Linda's.  Cory's supervisor, James, is a part of that group. And he knows from personal experience what its like to be in a position like this and need help.  He participated in some fund raising for his own brother who had bone cancer.  This is James:

But wait!!! It gets better!!  James' wife, Shawna, is an oral surgery tech here in Reno. the past she worked for a dentist in Dayton, Nevada.  Shawna made a phone call.  This is Shawna:

On Thursday, October 7, Cory called me.  The dentist that Shawna worked for previously in Dayton, Dr. K, agreed to see Linda in consultation on Friday, October 8.  He was willing to help her pro bono. His time, the man behind the scenes in the lab, Gary, and the dental assistant Tiffany -- they all made this happen for Linda because of Shawna, because of James, because of Cory.

 We met with James and Shawna Thursday night, and on Friday, Shawna took Linda to Dayton.

Linda goes back on Tuesday.  The impressions were made and whatever the process is now, she will go back however often is necessary and within a few weeks will have her dentures !!

Is this not an amazing story?  Maybe its because i know these people and have watched this story unfold that it makes me cry while I'm sitting here typing.  I am so proud of Cory and the man he has become.  And his friends.  And their friends.  Everyone working together to help one woman that no one even knew until this week!!

So we all met today at Cory's place to brainstorm where we go from here.  Linda is going to need hearing aids.  And those are also NOT paid for by her Medicaid/disability insurance.  So we are going to do a fund raiser for her.  We are working on a venue.  Broken Roots is going to put together the entertainment.  There will be food.  There will be drinks.  There will be flyers printed and distributed.  There will be media involvement.  James even gave it a name -- ROCKERS FOR HEARING AIDS

This is Linda and her mom at the meeting today:

These are the girls that are going to help with the fund raiser, talking to the casino people they know, maybe get a banquet room, maybe get some food or beverages donated, pass out some flyers at UNR -- get people to come out, have a good time and help one of our own!!

Alexa and Waverly
I think I'm finally done telling the story, except to say, I think it's pretty amazing how a dog and his swimming pool started this whole chain of events and brought these total strangers together to make a miracle happen.

This story isn't over.  There will be more pictures when Linda gets her dentures and when we have more details about the fund raiser.  Cory is putting the websites together.  There will be a chip-in linked to the websites and this blog.  For those of you not familiar, Chip-In is a really simple way to send money.  You click a button, it takes you to Paypal, and automatically connects to Linda's donation site.  One click and you can send her a little bit of money to help her get the hearing aids.  The cost of a pack of gum, the cost of a cup of coffee.  Just a tiny donation.  We've seen the miracle of what a small group of people can do.  We can make her hearing aids happen, too!!!

Stay tuned -- and meanwhile -- HUGE round of applause for Cory, Shawna, James and Suzanne!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

catching up again on Friday

This has been a jam-packed week!! Besides catching up the transcription....have had lots of pet sitting -- new clients AND repeat clients!!  In addition to the Yankee boys, the ferret boys are back -- started taking care of them yesterday.  Bella and Rascal and their springer sister, Penny, are weekly a lot of the time -- when mom is gone long days, i get to go give the dogs a break.  However, tonight mom is going out of town so I will be seeing Bella and Rascal all weekend!!  and Shadow & Sunny start up again tonight through the weekend.....and monday is a new kitty named Addie.  this is like The Perfect Weekend, except for no sleeping in.  lol.  

The best part of this weekend....tonight is a metal show at Club Underground.  yeah, i know i'm way too old to like metal but since my son is The Best Drummer in Reno, i like to go show support.....however they don't start until 10:45 tonight so i'm definitely going to have to catch a nap before then!!

And then.....a story has unfolded that has involved many people -- all of whom didn't know each other until now....each one has had a part to play in making all of this come together.  All of us are meeting Saturday afternoon to discuss The Plan.  I think i will document this "historic event," take some pictures and share what has happened.  It is a life-changing set of circumstances and truly shows the power a small group of people can have in altering the course of someone's life.

A lot of people may not be interested in knowing about this but to me its pretty amazing.  To the woman around whom this story revolves, it is mind boggling, surreal, and life altering.

And it all came to be because she ran an ad on craigslist looking for a swimming pool for her dog. 

So.....look for this story Saturday Night :)

Ozzy & Those Yankee Boys

This week we have had guests....those Yankee boys, Yogi and Jeter.  They are schnauzers and have been a lot of fun.  Actually they will be here through next Wednesday.  Jeter really likes to play with Ozzy.  Yogi (blue collar) isn't quite so sure.  We have had a lot of rain this week and yesterday was the first day the patio was dried up enough that they could be outside for a longer period of time. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

At the Marina




Ozzy and I went to the Sparks Marina last night to meet a friend and her dog, Inyo.  lots of nice dogs and a fabulous sunset on the way home!!