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my wish for you this christmas . . .



It's been a weird pre-Christmas week. The health of my little pup, Bella (who's been hanging in there like a trooper!), started going downhill about a week and a half ago. Since then, I've been going to the vet every other day so she can have an IV treatment of fluids and electrolytes. Every day she gets the treatment, she seems to feel a bit better and manages to eat a little bit of food. Every day she doesn't get the treatment, she seems to be in rough shape. Needless to say, the Christmas cheer around here has been in constant flux. One day it seems like a Christmas miracle ("She's getting better!"); the next feels like it's all coming to an end ("This is it..."). I don't know how long she will continue to receive the IV treatments. There's still hope that she will get a bit better, but chances are very slim. 

As sad as it's been for me, I've been trying really, really hard to make good use of all the tips and tricks I write about here on Positively Present. I've been trying to focus on the positive and appreciate every day -- every moment -- I still have with her. It's a constant struggle not to allow my mind to wander to the future and how heartbroken I will be when she's no longer with me, but I'm trying my absolute hardest to make this most positive, most present Christmas yet. 

You see, Bella loves Christmas. More specifically, she loves presents and Christmas tends to be a present-filled season. As sick as she's been, once she hears the sound of tissue paper wrinkling or wrapping paper tearing, she's on her feet and alert. This video provides a small glimpse into her gift obsession...


Bella Loves Christmas on YouTube (click link if you can't see the video)


None of those gifts have anything dog-related in them, but she's still incessent about getting her paws on them. Ever since she was a puppy, she's been that way. Which is why I'm determined to make this Christmas one of the best she's ever had. And that brings me (in a very round about way!) to the point of this post: my wish for you this Christmas.

This Christmas, I wish you a day filled with appreciation. Appreciate the people and animals in your life. Hug your dog. Kiss your cat. Tell the people you love how much they mean to you. Life is short and our Christmases are limited. Don't let this one pass you by without appreciating it -- and all those you spend it with. I wish you love. I wish you happiness. I wish you a Christmas filled with memories and gratitude. Merry Christmas! 




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Merry Christmas!! I hope you have a really lovely time with Bella. We put our precious old dog down just a couple of days ago. We had him for 10 years. It was so very hard to say goodbye, but he's definitely in a better place now. I wish you and Bella all the best and an absolutely wonderful Christmas.

Jenn - Merry Christmas to you too! I'm so sorry to hear about your dog. It's such a difficult thing to go through. I'll keep you in my thoughts.

Dani, thinking of you and Bella. I hope that she will be better. Have a peaceful, kind and loving Christmas with those you love.

Syd - Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. Have a very merry Christmas!

That video is so cute! I quite literally feel your pain, Dani. Our boy Dexter was giving 95 days to live back in August, so I didn't think he'd still be here for Christmas, but earlier this week, he was making snow angels and I was out buying him a few new "babies" because he apparently didn't hear what the doctor said. This is my second dog I've lost in the past three years, and it really is so sad, so hard, the letting go feels like you won't be able to stand it, but I am comforted by how much love they give while they are here, how much joy and happiness they bring to our lives, even in their memory. And even when their physical body is gone (that precious soft, wiggly, warm, cuddly body...), the love is not, THE LOVE IS NOT GONE, ever. We invite them all the way in, knowing they'll break our hearts, and somehow, someway it is absolutely worth every tear.

Dani, I recently discovered your blog and have been thoroughly enjoying it. Thank you for bringing positivity and reminders of the present to my December... They were much needed! I love the video you shared of Bella (and the choice of perfect background music). She is clearly still full of energy and life when needed for important things (like presents!). Enjoy your holiday with her. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Jill - I'm so sorry to hear that Dexter is ill, but I hope you are enjoying this Christmas with him. I'm so thankful that Bella will be here to celebrate the holiday. It's going to be so hard when she's no longer by my side, but I'm so happy to have every moment I get to spend with her.

Katie - So glad you found Positively Present. Thanks for reading! Bella still has some energy when it comes to presents, which definitely puts a smile on my face. I'm really looking forward to Christmas morning with her. I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas - Dani and Bella! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas together and as many belly rubs and kisses you can stand. The video is adorable...such a sweet Bella. I will continue to keep you both in my thoughts and prayers. Sending a high-paw/hug and hug to you both!

Saggleo - Thank you! Merry Christmas to you too! She ended up eating last night (for the first time in 15 days!!) -- a Christmas miracle! Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. It means so much to me!

Thanks for being a light and inspiration, not just during the holiday season, but in general. Your blog is delightful and I really appreciate you sharing your insights.

I'm sorry to hear Bella isn't feeling well. Hopefully the joy of Christmas worked it's magic and she'll be back full strength soon!

Julie - You're welcome! Thank YOU for reading Positively Present. I'm so glad you enjoy the blog. Since I wrote this, Bella's eaten three meals (after 15 days of not eating!) and she had a wonderful Christmas. :)

So sorry to hear Bella is sick. Hope she's getting better!

Katie - Thank you! She's been eating, which has been great! She'll never get fully better, but she seems to be doing okay now!

That is one cute hairy dog.

LJS - Haha, yes, she is!

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