Saturday, April 16, 2016

Heavy Heart

Woo I feel like my decorating blog has become about sadness of late.  As most of you know Junk Chic Cottage has been on hold for a short time while our lives are in transition.

This has been a hard year for us with Terry losing a job he loved and all the crazy with the employment world to find another one.

We sold Junk Chic Cottage and have been living with our daughter until we can move into our new nest which we closed on yesterday.  That is the good news.  The sellers are getting 30 days to rent back before we can get in there and start the decor transformations.   I cannot wait to share with you and feel like Junk Chic Cottage is coming back to life with new decor happy things to share with all of you.  Just need to be patient a little while longer.  I promise Junk Chic Cottage will be back and will have lots of decor crazy transformations happening.



Now for the heavy heart news.  We adopted Cooper a few weeks ago.
This is my favorite picture of him.  This was his car ride home to come to our forever home.  He was smiling all the way home from Ohio to Chicago.


 Cooper has been the best little guy ever.  He is so sweet and loves everyone.  Almost too good to be true for a rescue dog.  No barking, begging, or bad habits.  Just a great little dog.  We have fallen deeply in love with this little guy.  

NOW with that said, we set Cooper up to go to our Vet for a through check up and get him started with a new Vet for his care.  They found a tumor on his cheek that they did a biopsy on and it was cancer.  So the next step was to remove as much of the cancer as possible and have pathology determine what kind and what his treatment options would be.  We did that last Tuesday and yesterday we got the devastating news that Cooper's cancer is a very aggressive sarcoma and he probably only has weeks to maybe a few months of life left.

This cancer is so invasive that to do surgery to get it all is almost impossible.  We would be looking at him losing his lips, gums, a lot of his neck and all the lymph nodes.  He probably would not survive that kind of surgery and then would suffer through chemo treatments to only give him a little while longer.  

So we decided after talking to our new Vet and her consultation with an oncologist that the best possible thing we can do is give Cooper the best possible life with us until he begins to suffer or it is his time to cross the Rainbow Bridge.  
He is just a love and does not seem sick now so we will go with that and spoil him and love him.  He deserves that with all he has been through.   We will keep him comfortable and happy as long as we can.  He is so deserving of that.  He is just a gentle soul and loves beyond anything you could imagine.

They are going to start him on some pain and inflammation meds that have proven to help keep them comfortable and helps to slow the growth of the cancer to give him hopefully more time.

He probably has had this cancer for a little while and maybe the people that had him took him to a kill shelter knowing they would put him down.  Just glad he was rescued by the rescue agency so we could adopt him and give him a good life with what time he has left.

  Our hearts are breaking into a million pieces but we feel he was brought to us to give him love and happiness for this short time in his life.  He is just a big bundle of love and only asks for us to love him.  He is a gift to us to be able to enjoy this little guy.  He is a dream doggie and so sweet.  So each day will keep him safe and happy and spoiled.  

While are hearts are heavy he will not have a lot of time with us, we feel blessed to give him a good and safe home until he no longer can fight the cancer.

Even with all that has happened to us in the past year, Terry and I feel so blessed in so many ways.  We just closed on our new nest and we will be blessed with a new grand daughter in June to love and we are settling down and living near our family and friends.

Life can be hard but also can have so many blessings too.  I promise and look forward to bringing Junk Chic Cottage blog posts back up to happy decor posts soon.

I cannot wait to share the transformations with all of you.
Thank you for all your prayers and good thoughts for Cooper.  He will be loved and spoiled with us.

Hugs,
Kris


118 comments:

  1. My heart is so heavy for you my dear sweet friend. Sending you lots of Luv and big hugs!!!
    Praying that the time you have left with your dear pup will be wonderful before you have to say goodbye.
    BIG ((HUGS))
    Gee

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  2. Oh, Kris! That is absolutely heartbreaking news! :-( But I think you are exactly right that dear little Cooper deserves to have a happy life for the rest of his days, no matter how short they may be. The good Lord knew that your family would pour lots of tender loving care on this sweet lil' pumpkin. Hugs and prayers sent your way, my friend.

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  3. Kris, I am SO sorry to hear this news. Cooper is so blessed to have you in his life, if even for a short period of time. Sending hugs to all.

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  4. Aww, my heart breaks for you. So much sadness. Cooper is so blessed you brought him into your lives. Loving him and spoiling him is the best you can do in his remaining life. It's so difficult to lose a fur baby. They bring so much joy into our lives. Big hugs to you.

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  5. My heart breaks...... Sending hugs to you, Kris!!!!

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  6. I am so sorry to hear about Cooper. Prayers going up.

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  7. Such a LOVE he is. Sending BIG hugs your way. ~ Lin

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  8. I am so sorry to hear about Cooper. At least he will have his final days with a family that loves him and will treat his last days with respect and love. I am happy to hear that you have found a home and will be in it soon.

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  9. So sorry for that awful news. Cooper is lucky to have found you and I know that you will make his time the best that it can be, full of love and pampering. He is adorable… such a sad situation …

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  10. I am so sad about sweet Cooper but he will live out his last days being loved and comforted. It was meant to be that he came into your lives when he did. Blessings and hugs!

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  11. Kris, sending love, hugs and prayers of thanksgiving that Cooper found a loving home with you and Terry to spend his last days with. God has a plan for all of us and his plan was for Cooper to have you and Terry in his life. So happy that you sold your home and will soon be in your new home - can't wait to see how you decorate and follow along as you make your new house into a beautiful home. I can only imagine how anxious you are to start working your magic on your new home. God Bless, hugs and love, Erin

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  12. I'm so sorry, Kris, for such sad news. Cooper is fortunate to have you as his family. xoxo Su

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  13. As I told you yesterday, Cooper was placed with you and Terry for a reason - possibly to help all 3 of your - and I know that you are the best guardians of him for now.

    I can't wait to see Junk Chic Cottage back in full glory!

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  14. OH Kris, my heart goes out to you and your sweet boy. I am so happy, though, that Cooper will spend his remaining days knowing he was truly loved. That is a wonderful gift to him. Jane

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  15. I am so incredibly sorry, Kris. How I wish there could be something for all of us to do for you. I'm so thankful that Cooper has found a forever home with you and your husband. You'll love him as long as you can and that's such a blessing for him. I wish every single dog could have a home and you are making this one so happy. ♥

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  16. Oh Kris <3
    I'm so sorry to hear about your sweet Cooper. Your kindness has touched his little life forever. He's a very blessed little dog to have you in his life. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Love and hugs..
    Tamara

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  17. Oh no, this breaks my heart! Clearly Cooper was meant to be with you during his last moments in life, he deserves to be loved and spoiled and you guys are definitely giving him the best life he's ever had. I am so sorry that your new love will be crossing the rainbow bridge soon, but I know that you will enjoy him while you can. Sometimes love can work miracles and keep him around longer than expected. Sending love to you!

    ~Trisha

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  18. SO SORRY KRIS...MY HEART IS BREAKING FOR ALL OF YOU. GOD BLESS YOU FOR THE LOVE YOU ARE SHOWING COOPER EVEN IF ITS FOR A SHORT TIME...

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  19. I think Kris you were meant to have Cooper, even if for just a short time. How lucky he is to have such a loving family to spend his final days with. Thinking of you all xxx

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  20. Thank God that he brought Cooper to such a loving family! Prayersd!

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  21. So sorry for the bad news - I know you and Terry will enjoy every moment you have with him, such a sweetie!

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  22. Oh Kris my eyes are full of tears. I am so very sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. God always has a plan and I think He did not want Cooper to be alone during this difficult time so He picked a very special family for Cooper to be loved by. I also feel that the love in the hearts of your family members is now growing exponentially in the wake of Cooper's devastating prognosis. I am thinking of you and keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Your family and Cooper are very blessed to have found each other, no matter how short or long the time is that you have together.
    XO Barbara

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  23. I am so sorry, Kris. Bless you for making the end of his life a happy one. xo Laura

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  24. So sorry, Kris. I'm glad he has y'all for at least a short time. Yes, just spoil him rotten!!!!

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  25. Oh Kris, my heart is just breaking for you! You two are good souls for giving him a good life for whatever time he has left. Some wouldn't have given him that time. I applaud you. I admire you. You two are tough survivors.
    Brenda

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  26. I just feel sick at heart for you all and Cooper. But having this time left with you is such a blessing. He will love you with all his heart. Hugs my friend

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  27. Oh Kris, my heart just breaks for you. I am so sorry to read about Cooper. He came into your lives and I would say God knew he was going to need you at this time. You are such a beautiful person. Keeping you in prayers and that Cooper doesn't suffer but really enjoy the days ahead. Sending hugs your way. xo

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  28. Kris, I am so sorry to read this. It is heart breaking.I am sending hugs to you and Terry. God must have something extra wonderful waiting for both of you. Bless your hearts, xoxo, love, Susie

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  29. Kris, my heart is sad for you, dear friend. Cooper just goes to show a happy face sure doesn't tell of the sorrow and troubles within. And that goes for people, too. :'(
    XO

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  30. I type this with tears in my eyes. Cooper has been given a true blessing in having the two of you to give him the best life before his illness takes over. Give him an extra special hug from me and my little Tia xx

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  31. Kris,
    My heart breaks and since we've been in contact though emails you know I've shed many tears over your past year and now Cooper. All I keep thinking is Cooper was just meant to be in your loving hearts and care. I send you my love and your heart a gentle hug.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  32. Poor sweet Cooper. What a blessing you are to him and him to you. Enjoy every day. Hugs for you. Lots on your plate. Exciting baby news.

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  33. Kris, I just recently found your blog and your story about Cooper. This is so sad. We lost our Schnauzer to cancer, but we didn't know she had it until it was too late. She did start exhibiting some signs that I wish we would have caught on to sooner, such as wanting to go off by herself, running fever, having accidents and being very scared of things. Maybe my experience can shed some light on these things, if and when Cooper starts acting different. Blessings to you.

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    1. Thanks Debbie. That does help us a lot to know. Thank you.
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  34. Kris - I am in tears hearing about Cooper. How lucky he is to have you in what time he has left - so much better than being in a shelter. So sorry. Prayers for you all.

    Love,
    Judy

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  35. Oh my friend!!!.... Was just smiling and rejoicing the other day when i read of the happy adoption and the ride home....and now today the news is sad....what a sweet sweet boy... He has been placed in your care for a reason. Just love him with all your hearts while he is with you. He will never forget your love and kindness and someday he will be greeting you at "the rainbow bridge".

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  36. OH Kris, this is heartbreaking. I am so sorry to hear this news. I can only think he was meant to be with you at this very important time in his life. I will keep you in my prayers for strength and comfort...I know he will be loved by all of you...xoxo

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  37. Dear Kris,
    my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. I am so sorry there was bad news about Cooper.
    Sending you many hugs,
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

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  38. Kris
    You know my heart is breaking also as you write this hard post. Cooper is a very special little guy and he is in a very special home with you and your husband.
    I also feel Cooper was meant to be with you but for a short time to heal you from losing Libby.
    Now only prayers can ease the pain of this cancer of Cooper's
    I do believe in miracles and have prayed for one for Cooper.
    He is such a handsome little guy hugs and kisses to him

    With all my love to Cooper

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  39. Kris, my heart is very heavy. I can't believe this news. You and Terry were so excited about the arrival of Cooper. My heart breaks for you and Cooper. A tough life to a happy home and then this.

    It seems the older we get sometimes heartache seems to happen more often

    We lost Johns sister this week to colon cancer. We were next to her with her grown sons. It was a scary situation. I'm not going to post about it when I get back to blogging out of respect of my nephews.

    Kris, I'm more sorry for you and Terry than you could know. Stay strong my friend

    Cindy

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  40. Cooper has the right family to love him "forever"! saying this with tears in my eyes...
    deb

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  41. So heartbreaking to hear!! But if anyone can give Cooper the love and care he so rightly deserves right now, it's you! Pets are such a joy and it's always so very hard to say goodbye to them. You're in my heart and thoughts, Kris.

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  42. Oh no, I'm so sorry to hear about sweet Cooper's diagnosis. I know you and your family will keep Cooper comfortable and well loved during the time he has with you in his forever home. Blessings and hugs to all of you.

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  43. Kris
    I know what you are going through as we had a very similar experience many years ago with a dog we brought home from the shelter. I felt privileged to have had our dog for what time we did.
    I'm so glad he is bringing you and Terry so much joy! I look forward to seeing how you decorate your new home.

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  44. My heart was breaking for you as I was reading your post. I know Cooper will be very loved in the time he has left here on earth.
    hugs,
    Cindy

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  45. Awe poor Cooper, so sorry. Such sad news well at least he got some love from you. Looking forward to see the new cottage with love Janice

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  46. Cooper is a lucky dog to be able to spend the rest of his days with such a loving family, Kris. I admire your positive attitude with all you've been through the past few years and I hope it's all good from here on out. I'm looking forward to more of your decorating adventures and I know you are, too!

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  47. That is just the saddest news. I don't know what to say except to offer you hugs and tell you that you and Terry are such wonderful people. Cooper is fortunate to have you.

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  48. I am so beyond sad. I'm a huge animal lover and I know how much you have suffered from the loss of one beloved pet and now the inevitable of your new guy. So terrible. You and Terry are good people... you are going to do the best for Cooper and be by his side. He needs that and it will definitely be hard on you but stay strong. He deserves that and you will always have good memories of your precious little guy.

    Love and hugs to you, Kris.

    Jane

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  49. Oh Kris, I'm so sorry to hear about Cooper. I think he was meant to be with you and Terry... so that you could give him the love and kindness that he deserves. Such a sweet little guy.

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  50. Kris, I as so many here have expressed am distraught over the news of poor sweet Coopers diagnosis. I feel strongly that he was placed in you path to be the family to help him enjoy what is left of his short and all too tragic life. There is much to be said for knowing that you are the person that will help another creature transition from this life to his afterlife...but primarily knowing that you are giving comfort and love to another sole can only be a good thing and truly a blessing that can not be expressed in words. It takes a special kind of person to be able to look past their own grief and stay strong for the ill and bring comfort in the last days of life. You get to spoil him in ways you may not have if you knew he might have a long life that you would want to preserve with healthy habits. I see many extra treats in Coopers limited future and when treats no longer have an appeal for him, he and you will be both comforted with snuggles and hugs....Cooper if was mine to love, would enjoy the privilege of sharing the space right next to me on both my bed and sofa. Hugs to you and hubby, you are both angels placed on earth to guide Cooper across his Rainbow bridge.

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  51. I'm so sorry Kris! I agree that he was meant to be with you and Terry. Hugs to all of you!

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  52. I'm so sorry Kris! I agree that he was meant to be with you and Terry. Hugs to all of you!

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  53. OH Kris I am so so sorry* I was so hoping the news would have been good. I love your positive attitude though and Cooper is lucky to have you and Terry. Enjoy this special time with sweet Cooper
    deezie
    oh and congrats on the closing!!!

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  54. So sorry to hear this news about Cooper. He has a wonderful end of his life home with you, filled with lots of loving, spoiling.

    May God's continued blessings be upon you and Terry.

    Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

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  55. Oh Kris, I'm so so sorry for your sad news. Just know that you have brought as much light into his life, as he has into yours. I'll be thinking of you all. xx Julie

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  56. Dear friend,

    The heaviness is too hard to bear alone, but thank GOD you have your family near by and US!!!!!! At all hours of the night or day, you can always write me or any blogger pal who cares, and we are here. Thank goodness for this mode of communication that allows us to share our hearts 23/7.

    There are really no words of remedy, or a silver bullet to change these circumstances, but only the canopy of faith, hope and most of all love will see us all home.

    LOVE, Anita

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  57. Oopps....I meant 24/7! I just cut out an hour of our precious days!! teeeeheee

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  58. Oh Kris that's just heart breaking. Congrats on your new nest! Sit back and enjoy your crazy life.

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  59. My heart is breaking for you but what a blessing Cooper is with you. At least his final days will be filled with love and care.

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  60. So sorry to hear about Cooper. I had high hopes that they would not find cancer. At least he has you and Terry to love him through these final stages.

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  61. You know my heart is breaking for you--but I feel that God put YOU in Cooper's life to ease his transition and let him know how loved and special he is. I am so sorry, Kris. xo Diana

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  62. Tears of sadness right now! We are such animal lovers and my heart is breaking for all of you! Really hard to understand Gods plan but you WILL be united in heaven FOR SURE ! blessings,Cindy

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  63. Oh no! Poor, poor Cooper. It's just not fair! I'm so glad you have him and can love on him for the rest of his life. My heart is breaking for you. Oh, Kris. This is so sad. Give him some love from me. Big hug for you!

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  64. Oh...Kris...that just kills me. Thank goodness he has you to love him in the little time he has left. That is the only good of this...that he has a family that loves him more than anyone could love him. Oh dogs they just break your heart in the end. I didn't know about your troubles this year cause I've been busy with my changed life. I had a very sick dog to care for and new job that eats up all my time. So just read all this news. I know exactly how it is to suddenly be unemployed and have to reinvent myself at a new job. I've done this several times in my life and it's exhausting. Now on a new career path but still struggling financially because of the change. I can't wait to see your new place...the old one was so cute...I'm sure you will make this one special too. Hang in there...I will be thinking of your and Cooper.

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    1. Thank you Nita. I know you have been through a lot too. Just hoping for better days ahead for all of us. I am excited to get my decor crazy going in the new place. Just have to be patient a little while longer. Hugs to you. Have a good new week ahead.
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  65. I am so sorry that your time with Cooper will be short but grateful that fate sent him to be with you!

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  66. Dear Kris: You know how I feel. Cooper knows that you love him and what a wonderful end of life for him. Life teaches us some hard lessons..Happy Week to you..xxo Judy

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  67. I send ***precious Cooper*** and your family a HUGE collective H-U-G.....God Bless you all xxxxx

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  68. oh, dear...and we all had such great hopes that this would be anything but that. When I learned my Charlie had cancer he didn't seem phased by it. I gave him all the love possible until I knew that the time had come, and that's when he stopped eating. When he no longer cared for that yummy canned food, I knew. Until that point, nothing seemed to bother him. But when an animal won't eat, so many other things can happen, and that's when I knew he would suffer. I cried hard when I took him to the vet, and stayed with him until it was over. My heart is so heavy for you, knowing what you are going through, but rejoicing that both you and Cooper were put into each other's lives for a reason. Cherish your time with this awesome little creature!

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  69. I am heartbroken for you. Thank goodness you rescued Cooper and will give him comfort and love as long as you can.
    There is a very special place for you for taking him into your heart.
    Prayers are with your family and Cooper.

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  70. Cooper is adorable and it is so sweet of you to offer him so much love for as long as he will live.

    I am sorry reading of all your struggles. Thinks are certainly tough for you right now but I have to say, I LOVE your positive attitude. It's like "life is giving us lemons? Bring it on!".

    Hang in there. :)

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  71. So sorry to hear this about Cooper, Kris. At the same time, he couldn't be in a better place right now than with you and Terry, where he will be so well loved and cared for.
    Thankful to hear you closed on your new home and will be able to move soon. Looking forward to seeing how you put all your ideas to work.
    Mary Alice

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  72. So sorry to hear about Cooper... Sending healing thoughts and prayers your way... He is so lucky to have found you and your family to spend the rest of his days with... <3

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  73. I'm so sorry. I will be thinking about you during this time. You have got to be such a blessing to sweet, Cooper.

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  74. Poor little Cooper. I think God brought him to you so his last days would be filled with comfort and love. Bless you all for that.

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  75. Kris, so sorry about Cooper! I know that he will have the best last days possible with you and your family loving him. Congrats on closing on your home. I'm sure you are so anxious to make it your own!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  76. I'm so sorry, Kris. He sounds like the sweetest pup every, but I know that he will be comforted in his last days as he is spending them with you. Hugs to you...xo Kim

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  77. I wrote a whole big long message and it disappeared. Suffice it to say....I am praying for you all. Poor sweet Cooper. He's lucky to have been sent to you. So very sad for you, Kris. Big hugs and a special cuddle for Cooper. Xoxo

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  78. Ohh..I' m so sorry for these news! I 'll pray for your sweet Cooper
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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  79. I am so sad to hear this Kris...what a big impact this little guy has made in such a short time. Prayers for sweet Cooper and your family. Enjoy your time together.
    Hugs
    Karen

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  80. Cooper could not be any better home on the human planet...than YOURS! We are shedding tears...but yet are SO happy that he has all of you...& you have him! Much love & prayers for Cooper's comfort...and for being in his forever home!!
    xoxoxo
    Janet

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  81. Very sad news, was truely believeing cooper would pull through another hurdle and live forever happiest with you both.
    Yes my dear, spoil that by, he could be in better loving hands.

    Looking forward to your move in.
    Xx
    Dore

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  82. Kris,
    I'm so sorry to read your news about Cooper. But I believe that God had a much better plan for Cooper, he knew that Cooper would be cared for by you and Terry in a tender loving way. As a lover of dogs, especially those rescued, I am thankful that Cooper is in your loving hands during this time.
    On a brighter note.....Congratulations on your closing, and the upcoming birth of another granddaughter. Stay strong my friend...the best is yet to come!
    Kathleen

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  83. Oh honey pie, I am so sorry. I'm glad he got the chance to be loved and cared for by two special people. I know you are looking forward to your new place. Prayers in all things.

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  84. I am so sorry to hear this sad news. Something about you finding
    Cooper and he finding you seems divinely ordered. He is so blessed to have warm, caring, loving people by his side at long last and especially during his final days. Sending hugs your way💕

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  85. Kris, I can hardly believe it. Bless his sweet little heart. I know that you and your family will make your little Cooper happy. The good Lord brought him to you at a very vulnerable time in your life, your hearts are so open to help Cooper through a very tough time.
    Can't wait to see your new plans you have for your new nest. Magazine cover coming up soon, I can feel it!
    xx Jo

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  86. Kris, it's Been a little while since I visited here. So sorry to hear about Cooper but I believe it was Divinely appointed for you both to adopt him and give him comfort and love. You feel like we do about furry animals. Your hearts are open to give him the best. So may changes in your life and you chose to give this little fella the love and care he deserves. It makes me love your heart even more. I love that you share your experiences here in blog land because we can all share in the happy times and the vulnerable times of life's up and downs. It makes it more real than just all pretty pictures all the time (I love those too) Congrats on your closing and the upcoming arrive
    Of your grand baby! Good to see all the support and love here on the blog.

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  87. My heart aches for you right now, my friend. Cooper is such a sweet, loving dog and I know you'll make him the happiest he's ever been in the coming months. I'm sure your love and attention lights up his life on a daily basis. Sending prayers your way. xoxo

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  88. I am so sorry to hear about Cooper....but I believe that God led you to him as you and Terry will be giving him the utmost love and attention that he needs towards the end of his sweet life....I just do not understand when people can be so heartless as to not take care of a sweet dog as Cooper....I think you are right, they knew his fate and just let him go....So happy that you two rescued him to give him a wonderful life till the end. You know that he will be wagging his tail and romping around with Libby...and they will both meet you at the gates of heaven. Congrats on the closing. xoxoxo's

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  89. Oh, Kris, I'm so so sorry. It's heartbreaking. I so admire your perspective, though. That this is an opportunity for you to give sweet Cooper a time of love and happiness in his life. I know that's why you and Terry had to go through this. But it doesn't lessen the pain and heartache you are experiencing. God bless you and Terry for giving Cooper the quality life he deserves. It still makes me sad to think how he was treated. I'm so glad that now he is experiencing how a dog's life should be (even if it's for a short time). . .filled with love and compassion. Gentle hugs, Nancy

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  90. Oh Kris, I'm truly so sorry to hear about Cooper. I know you will all keep him comfortable. I wish you a lot of luck with setting up your new home. Take care. Julie xo

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  91. I just now got over here to read this. Glad for all the good news, and sad for the bad news. Your little Cooper is so blessed to have you for a little while. I know you will take good care of him.

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  92. Oh Kris! I am so sorry to hear the news about Cooper! He looks and sounds like the sweetest guy! I love that picture of him in your car too - all smiles! You can just tell how happy he is to be going home! The funny thing about rescues is that they come along when we need them and when they need us. We never know what we'll get since they usually come without a history, but no matter what they've been through, they seem so appreciative to have a forever family and home. Our Gilbert had the same type of cancer as Cooper. It was in his mouth and the doctor said that the chemo would not do well like it had with other dogs that had lymphoma. Even with a short-time prognosis, he lived happily and healthy for about a year. The sarcoma did not take him, but rather an enlarged heart that cockers are prone to. Every additional day was a joy to us and to him and we knew that adopting Gilbert made a huge positive difference in his life, as well as in ours. So, no matter how long Cooper stays, know how much happier he is with you and how he cherishes each and every moment, being a part of your family. I pray he beats the odds and is around for a long time! Love and hugs, Leena

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  93. I am so sorry to read the bad news about Cooper. But somehow, he's so lucky to have you as his family in such a difficult time and I know you'll do everyting so that his last moments happy. One of my cats is a stray who is very old and limping. Like you, I chose to give him the best life I could rather than to adopt a kitten.

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  94. Dear Kris
    Yes this is sad news, but with just one look at Cooper I know he is a happy dog.
    He can't believe his luck to be living out his days with you and Terry!
    He's loved to the max and spoilt beyond his wildest imagination I bet!
    I call this Divine intervention! The three of you needed each other at this time!
    So, live in the moment like Cooper is and hold each special moment in your heart as I know you will.
    Things always happen for a reason and The Great Planner is working on the details - leave it in His safe hands!
    Love to you all and please give Cooper a special cuddle from me.
    Shane xxx

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  95. Oh, Kris, I'm so sorry for the bad news! Bassets are just the best dogs, and Cooper being the best of the best breaks your heart that he won't get to be here for long. Give him lots of hugs for us, and all the love you can. (((hugs))) from me.

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  96. oh my goodness sad to have that happening to this little guy - so sorry for this sad time in his life and yours. Happy you have a home and things are getting back to a new normal...wink! We are still without work and health issues are still hanging over us... but good news my sweetheart shoulder surgery was a good thing and he is recovering SUPER well and we are rejoicing..
    Hugs
    PS can't wait to see your new ideas.. keep safe!

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    1. Hi Kris,
      Sorry to hear that your work and health issues on your end are still going too. The employment world out there is crazy believe me from what we have been through. I am glad your sweetie's shoulder surgery went well. That is a sign of good things are coming. Have a great new week. Thanks for your visit.
      Kris

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  97. I know the pain of having a beloved dog having to leave us. I am with you in your sorrow but hope his time with you will be a remembered time of goodness. Also will be following you with your new "nest".

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    1. Thank you Connie. We will give Cooper everything we can possibility give to him and make his life very special in our care.
      We will be getting into the new nest soon and I cannot wait to get my decor crazy going in the new place.
      Have a wonderful new week. Thank you for your sweet visit.
      Hugs,
      kris

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  98. Oh Kris, Cooper is the luckiest dog ever to have you! You are amazing in your strength... as you know I've been in crochet rehab for a long while and just checked in on you. So many changes but so much to look forward to. You will create a beautiful new white nest while you're not busy with family and friends. Wishing you both all of the best in your new adventure and much love to you all. Extra smooch for Cooper. :)xo

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  99. Kris, I am so sorry I missed this...it is so sad that you all just found each other and Cooper has cancer. Cooper is at least getting his happiness finally, even if short lived, he will know what love and kindness is through you both. The pain of our furbabies is great because they are our pawed children and very important. My prayers and sadness are with all three of you. But I believe it was meant to be you found each other because you and Terry know that his life, as short as it may be now, will be filled with happiness, joy and love.

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  100. Hugs to you! Sweet little Cooper...what can I say? So sorry! Everything falls into place and happens for reasons we don't know.
    Deb

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  101. Kris, So sorry to hear about Cooper. I fell in love with him when you shared the photo of the ride home. He has got the sweetest smile. Sending hugs to you at this difficult time.
    Jody

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  102. Dear Kris,
    We are praying for all the time you can love on Cooper. He never would have felt the love he has without your family. What a blessing no matter how short the time, you made a HUGE difference in this sweet dogs life.
    Hugs!! Sending Lots of HUGS!!
    Carla

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  103. I'm so saddened to read this Kris. I adore animals, and especially dogs, and I can't fathom how anyone could just abandon a dog when he needs them most. So heartless. Thank goodness he has you and Terry. You two will give him the love he needs and deserves and in turn, he too will give you the kind of unconditional love as only a dog can.

    I'm so sorry I just saw this post. Since changing my blog I no longer get blog updates to my old email. I didn't think you were posting anymore due to the move but I saw this in another blogs sidebar. I will resubscribe.

    xxx

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  104. What a blessing you are to Cooper. I believe you two were meant to be together Now. You both can to comfort each other as you are going through a lot of changes in your life.
    . A time to reflect and give. God bless you.
    Wenell

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  105. Oh sweet Kris, my heart is breaking and so sad to hear this about your love, little Cooper. He's been blessed to have you and your husband in in life now and bless you for loving him so much. Kris, I know you'll be hitting the ground running once you start up your decorating again and Junk Chic Cottage will be flying high!
    Hugs, dear friend,
    Nancy

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  106. Dear Kris ~ I have not been by your blog in ages; sorry about that. I was just thinking about you and your blog and decided to check it out and here I see that your husband lost his job (how in the world did that happen...wasn't he the fire chief for LZ?! You can email me if you want...melriley62@gmail.com) and the devastating news about your new pup. I am so, so sorry. My heart goes out to you.

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  107. Oh my goodness, how my heart hurt reading that. Im new to your blog, just actually found it today looking for inspiration as I too am headed for a new nest soon. May Healing and Love bring you all through your trials and this journey of a life we all are going through. Peace,Love and BLessings to you all, Rebecca <3

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    1. Thank you Rebecca. Thank you for coming by my blog. Please know I will be posting again soon on decor crazy when I get into the new place and begin to do changes. Good luck to you too.
      Hugs,
      Kris

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  108. Prayers fro Cooper Kris! Breaks my heart but makes me happy to know he has such a loving home to be in! Loosing fur children is so very hard. Can not wait to hear all about the new cottage and all the wonderful plans you and Terry have in store for it. Congrats my friend!

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  109. Sending you prayers to you for sweet Cooper. That just breaks my heart and am so glad you'll be spoiling him and keeping him happy.

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  110. So glad to hear the good news of your house...and sorry for Cooper. Our daughter's family has a little dog we all love to the moon and back..his name is Wilson and he is beginning to get old...he also has cancer but they are using chemo and other meds right now..most of his hair has fallen out..but he seems to be feeling ok for now. They have one more treatment and if it hasn't worked, they will just love him and make him as comfy as possible.
    Can't wait to see your new Junk Chic Cottage. xoxo

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  111. Bless his little heart, I'm so sorry, Kris. This is heartbreaking. Obviously you feel that God sent Cooper into your life so that he might know only gentle, loving care during the time left to him. Bless you for being there for him.

    Dewena

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  112. My heart hurts for all of you my prayers are for him to have a comfortable life and I know he's blessed to have all of you loving him he looks like such a happy little fella I'm sure you can't help but smile when you look at that face

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