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    Default This weekend only: Handing out good karma. Doggles not included- Conclussion -Pg 3

    Maybe a few of you remember me. Hi again! I haven't posted in a while. I used to have the resources to help a few lucky horses and shared their stores with you- Champion Lodge, the imported stakes winning TB we found foundering in route to slaughter a few weeks after leaving Santa Anita- Willy a $50 weanling- Oliver Twist, and $2.50 cent auction purchase colt- Fritz the old chestnut mare who the owners had to give up after 20 years- Desert Spark the scattered brained chestnut LarksparCo so kindly continues to love-and the list goes on.
    Well, all of that earned me a lot of good karma, and this weekend, I'm offering some of it to you. As a bonus, I'm begging you to let a great old dog run around your farm. Doggles not included:
    http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...Picture7-9.png

    I found Whitney at the first vet clinic I ever worked at, about 9 or 10 years ago. She was covered head to tail in ticks, was scarred with burn marks, her tail was injured, infected, about to fall off, and she was petrified of people. She picked me to come home with. For about 2 years, she wouldn't let a man touch her. Now, she's the friendliest, kindest dog you will ever meet. That's the amazing thing about animals, how resilient they can be.

    On my ranch in Colorado, Whitney was the only dog I could trusted free-rein. She would come to the window and remind us to let her in when the sun would start to set, like clockwork every night, or she'd let herself in through a dog door if she had that option. She lived the perfect life on our ranch for 5 years, and she deserved it after everything she had been through. This was her usual position: http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...Picture8-7.png

    Then our lives changed. A year ago, while I was studying for one of my last vet school exams on island, I received a phone call. The caller asked if I could come get my dog. I told him I'd be on the next flight. I quickly submitted paperwork to export her (which is neither quick nor easy).

    As the story goes, my (now) ex-husband decided to move off of the amazing ranch we owned, without telling me, to rent a house with his new girlfriend (who was pretty pregnant at that point), and Whitney ran away and refused to go back. Good dog.

    So, I flew Whitney to live on island with me for 3 months in the Caribbean. (her first plane ride: http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...icture3-11.png strolling on the beach: http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...icture6-10.png) I took a semester off to sort things out, and Whitney loved living in downtown Austin, TX with me last summer. In August we moved east, to a place where we knew no one within an 8 hour drive, to finish up my last year of vet school. Whitney just isn't coping well anymore.

    Neither am I.

    I'm so grateful for all that good karma I somehow accrued, as that's been what I've been living off of for the past few months. I live with a friend, because I can't afford my own place, after my (caribbean) school lost their student loans. I had thought (wrongly) I'd always be married and I could always access the $100,000 in cash we put down on our ranch, to help finance my last year of school if I ran into financial trouble. I am able to hold onto my 2 horses only because of the kindness and compassion of friends who are keeping them for me. I've made some amazing friends and am growing stronger and wiser by leaps and bounds. I don't come home to tension, anger, and disrespect anymore, and I can be truly happy again. Long story short, I gave up (some could call it lost) just about everything. The ranch, our savings, my other dogs, but more importantly, my stability. I let all of it go so that I could continue and finish vet school. School is amazing, and I am so incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to be here, surrounded by and learning from some of the most amazing veterinarians in the country. I feel like I'm hanging on by a thread, outside of school, coping with all of this. I keep reminding myself I am so close to finishing my DVM degree (board exam is in 2 months, clinics completed in 6 months).

    Whitney is downright miserable at my friend's house and isn't welcome to stay there alone, so, she sits in a kennel 12 hours a day while I am at school. It's a safe place for her to stay, but not the sort of life an old hard-luck dog should live. I promise her, we're almost done. She's recently become downright miserable in the kennels, although my other dog has been able to adapt very well. It's causing me an incredible amount of stress. If I only could afford an apartment, a dog sitter, or to fly her to Colorado and someone there that could watch Whitney for a little while....

    I just need to lighten the load in my backpack on this uphill journey I'm traveling on right now, because it's affecting my ability perform at my best at school. I'll get stronger again, and things will get better soon, but I just need a little bit of help for a little bit of time.

    I'm hoping someone with acreage may be in need of a little bit of karma, and wouldn't mind letting Whitney stay with you for a while. You may not even know she's there. She's self sufficient, wise, smart. All she'd like to do is have the ability to stretch her legs during the day, and a warm place to curl up at night inside to sleep. I've gathered up just enough money to cover the gas, and am going visit my best friend in Urbana, Illinois for a few weeks, in hopes of finding my path again, as I feel just so lost right now. I just need a little break to regroup and recenter myself, and to be back around someone who cares about me. My best friend does not want Whitney in her apartment, because she's over the pet limit. I leave tonight, and will be in Illinois by Monday...

    I'll figure out something (I always do), but, I'm finally learning how to ask for help. Maybe someone would like to borrow Whitney for 2 or 3 weeks while I regroup at my friend's, or maybe even for a few months while I finish school. So, is anyone on the route I'm driving through in NC/TN/KY/IA/IL interested in meeting my special little girl this weekend? What's the worse you can say, no? She's in no danger, as I will never let anything bad happen to her. Maybe this is inappropriate to ask, but, I don't know what else to do. I have exhausted many other options.

    Our last morning on island: http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...icture1-15.png

    Roadtrip out east: http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...icture2-13.png

    A much younger, less grey, Whitney: http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i1...icture10-4.png

    She can come with all her food and flea/tick medications. She's about 12 years old now. She gets along with everyone and everything, is incredibly healthy, and I'm not sure if I have ever heard her bark. She loves car rides, romantic walks along the beach, and cat poop. When she comes in at night, she will curl up on a pillow or the corner of the bed, and won't move for about 12 hours.

    I'm packing up and hitting the road shortly, but if you're interested in seeing Whit (or lending me a hug), please email me If not, can you lend a jingle or two that I will find me way through all of this? I'm taking US-40 tonight, because it looks like snow on the northern route, and with 213,000 miles and a slipping transmission, we're avoiding as much snow as we can. I'll be in Lexington, KY with old friends Saturday and Sunday, then to Illinois Sunday night, most likely.
    Last edited by FatPalomino; Apr. 1, 2012 at 02:08 PM.



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    Many jingles for Whitney the wonderdog!

    Sadly, I am under strict orders not to acquire aged canines....my sweet hubby dies a thousand deaths when his pups leave him.
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    Holy crap, lady! Where have you been?

    Jingles for the pup-pup and big hugs for you. We'd make something work here, but it sounds like you've got other options in Colorado. Let me know if we can help!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Simkie View Post
    Holy crap, lady! Where have you been?
    I'd be headed to Colorado if I wasn't petrified my little car would blow up on the way there.

    Thanks for the jingles, girlie. We need to catch up. Odds are I will wind up out west again later this year when (or if) I finally make it to graduation.



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    Your girl is welcome to stay here if you think she can live happily with three other very rowdy dogs, four cats and children. I would hate for her to be overwhelmed and unhappy with the menagerie we have going on. But I also would hope someone would make space for one of mine if the situation called for it. I am in NC. PM me your thoughts.
    "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
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    Quote Originally Posted by EqTrainer View Post
    Your girl is welcome to stay here if you think she can live happily with three other very rowdy dogs, four cats and children. I would hate for her to be overwhelmed and unhappy with the menagerie we have going on. But I also would hope someone would make space for one of mine if the situation called for it. I am in NC. PM me your thoughts.
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    She is adorable!!! Such a sweet face. Sorry that all I can offer is good wishes and Many {{{{{ HUGS }}}}} to you and your girl, as with 5 dogs and 5 cats in a smallish house in town we have no room at the inn. I really hope you can work something out with EqTrainer. Wishing you a safe journey and great exam results!



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    I just got off the phone with EqTrainer, and she's literally on my route.

    Whitney will go meet her tomorrow. Instead of leaving tonight, I'm breathing a big sigh of relief, and going to get a good night's sleep.

    Asking for help is hard, but the consequences of not, are harder. And, jingles work!



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    Big jingles and big hugs for both of you! I would take her in a heart beat if i was nearby and not on the other side of the world.

    You can do it girl!

    P.



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    Of course we remember you FP.

    Whitney looks like a dear girl... I'd offer her a space if I were on your route. Instead I offer you both good wishes for a safe trip and a soft spot with friends.

    Hang in there ... you're so close to be done with vet school.



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    Quote Originally Posted by FatPalomino View Post
    I just got off the phone with EqTrainer, and she's literally on my route.

    Whitney will go meet her tomorrow. Instead of leaving tonight, I'm breathing a big sigh of relief, and going to get a good night's sleep.

    Asking for help is hard, but the consequences of not, are harder. And, jingles work!
    Whitney could not find herself a better place to stay, nor a better surrogate mama, than EqT. Will jingle that it works out for you guys. If it does I will be sure to send some goodies to EqT's place for her.

    FP, please let us know if you need anything whilst on this leg of your journey-through-life, ok?
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    Whitney is here and cuddled up on the couch with LMEqT. She is an absolute sweet pea and even fits into the black and white color scheme around here

    Glad to have gotten to meet FP who is a lovely person. Wishing her a safe trip in this nasty weather!
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    FP

    sorry to hear about your current situation.

    Jingling for a safe trip to KY today. It's cold, cold, cold so I hope your heater in the car is working.

    If your vehicle blows up in KY, take it as a sign. We need more equine vets here.

    Lots of hugs girl and stay safe.

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    Adding a pic of LMEqT and her new best buddy, Whitney.

    http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/d2d3c892.jpg
    "Kindness is free" ~ Eurofoal
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlashGordon View Post
    Whitney could not find herself a better place to stay, nor a better surrogate mama, than EqT. Will jingle that it works out for you guys. If it does I will be sure to send some goodies to EqT's place for her.

    FP, please let us know if you need anything whilst on this leg of your journey-through-life, ok?
    Ah, good karma to EqT! so glad to read this morning's update.

    And, yes, FP, please let us know ....



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    o man,,,,i was waiting for you to post your phone number...would have tried to catch you before you left to keep your gal...........but, i see she is in great hands, whiich is terriffic......i like the suggestion about staying in KY...lol..

    DO keep us here at COTH posted........you can see that karma does go round.......give the rest of us a chance to build our karma......................sorry for your chain of "events"..........i often wonder why there IS a male gender...but then i look at my gelding, and realize that someday, humans may evolve to that level.....



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    Quote Originally Posted by EqTrainer View Post
    Adding a pic of LMEqT and her new best buddy, Whitney.

    http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/z...y/d2d3c892.jpg
    AWWWWWWWWWW. Sniff! That's so sweet!



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    You guys freaking rock! Tears....



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    Thank you EqT.

    Whitney looks right at home already.
    Lucky doggie.

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    Seriously, the pleasure is all ours. Whitney hasnt moved from the couch. Kids love her. Thanks to FP for allowing us to help out! What a sweet doggie.
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