Gizzy in Heaven!

Gizzy in Heaven!
I love you forever and ever, Amen!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Weezie and my Valentine's Day adventure

I trust everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day yesterday! Weezie and I visited our local Nursing Home facility for the very first time yesterday. I've been wanting to do this with her for a long time, and finally decided to go for it. Weezie is the total opposite in temperament of Gizzy's and I never could have taken him to be held or petted by strangers. Weezie however did great. Weezie, sporting a strawberry scarf, was a big hit from the moment we walked in the door until we left about an hour later!

The night before, I made about 80 Valentines to bring with us. I attached a photo of Weezie to each one! I used them all up giving them to the patients and nurses who were all thrilled to see us.

Due to the HIPPA laws I was unable to take photos for my blog, but the Activities Director, Karen, took photos for their bulletin board and she asked me to provide her with a big picture of Weezie to frame and hang on their wall for everyone to see their new Therapy Dog! 

I'm so thrilled because we are invited back anytime and I will make this our new weekly adventure for it'll give Weezie something to look forward to as well. She was so calm and mellow when people petted and held her. Many asked if she could stay and take a nap with them and one man (who I learned was difficult with taking his medicine) was bribed with Weezie if he took it. He quickly took his pills and received the Weezie with open arms in his bed. One lady I was told rarely speaks, but she opened up and talked when she saw Weezie and held her in her arms. I saw many big smiles and requests to let them keep her... one man got very emotional and cried when he found out we had to leave, but we reassured him that we will be back and gave him a photo of Weezie to keep. All the staff was super friendly and very encouraging about our visit.

It was one of my most rewarding Valentine's Days! 

After I got home, I got ready for my Valentine's luncheon with my friends Arlene and her sister Marcia. They came over for tea and sandwiches and playing Scrabble till dusk. Romeow had to be restraint a couple of times because he kept wanting to play with the chips, but we all had a good time and I want to make it a regular game night as well.

As always, I remembered my biggest love of all, my dearly departed Gizzy whom I miss every day! Rest in peace, big boy, till we meet again! Mommy loves you!

(This photo was taken on our last walk around the lake, the last time he drank water, two days before we said our last good-bye! You could tell he was not feeling well!)

If he had lived, I believe that he and Weezie would have become good friends since he was already trying to be friends with her. 


Silke said...

Oh, Doris, this post made me all teary. What a wonderful thing for you and Weezie to do! Dogs are such angels, aren't they? They can bring us such joy!! I'm glad you had a great day, even though I am sure you are still feeling the absence of Gizzy! Much love, Silke

Beansieleigh said...

It's so good to hear what a wonderful Valentine's Day you had Doris! I still can't keep a dry eye when seeing and remembering your dear Gizzy; but in time a good and proper smile will replace those tears, I would think!.. In the meantime, I got a kick hearing what joy she brought to the people you visited! The both of you are a team now, of angels I'd say, to those people, I'm sure!!.. Happy Valentine's Day to you Doris! ((hugs)) ~tina

Robin said...

Doris....what a beautiful post! You are an amazing lady - with one of the biggest hearts ever! I cried when I read this and Weezie brought such PURE JOY to those people...think of all the lives you have brightened and given hope to.... they will be waiting to see Weezie, to hold him, to kiss him... how fabulous that Weezie is a gentle girl - and likes the attention! You two are Angels! (Of course, the *Orange Teufel*, while kein Engel, IS ADORABLE too!) I laughed at the picture in my mind of Romeow wanting to *play* with the chips.

I KNOW Gizzy was there with you your heart - and all around you with his Spirit.

Love to all,

♥ Robin ♥

Su-Tra said...

Hallo Doris,
es tut mir richtig leid um deinen Gizzy und schäme mich, das ich dies nicht mitbekommen habe :'(

Ich hoffe es wird dir bald wieder besser gehen.

Da der Valentinstag schon vorbei ist, wünsche ich dir jetzt schon mal einen schönen Frühlingsanfang, der ja auch für einen Neubeginn steht.

Alles Liebe und Gute

Linda in New Mexico said...

Fabulous thing you have given to the elderly sweeties. Giving joy away is it's own reward but I would say that you have gathered some extra stars on your chart for thinking of others and providing a much needed moment of love. You are a dear one. Oma Linda

Anonymous said...

What a lovely post, and what a wonderful thing that you and Weezie did. What a great Valentine's Gift they got at the nursery home. Have a lovely day!


Ann said...

what a sweet and special way to spend Valentines Day. You and Weezie brought happiness into some lonely lives.

AkasaWolfSong said...

(((Dearest Doris)))...I'm so happy you celebrated with Weezie at a nursing are such a dear to think of others when you've recently been through so much.

I still have a hard time reading about Gizzy...his Auntie Akasa loved him very much even tho she never knew him!!!

May You, Weezie and Romeow be blessed beyond our wild imaginations for the love you bring to others!!!!

I love you Dear Woman!

Ima Weed said...

A wonderful and beautiful thing you did . It just may be what Weezie is meant to do.

Chatty Crone said...

What a wonderful Valentine's Day you had Doris. Sounded like a lot of fun and a busy day.
Fur babies are the best.
That comment moderator looks hard - why do you have that on?

Chatty Crone said...

Just checking to see if you word verification is off. Love, sandie