BULLIES come in all ages

BULLIES come in all ages
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Surround yourself with positive people,
energy, and situations;
always avoid negativity.

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Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So, love the people who treat you right.

Forgive, and then forget about the ones who don't.


Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday's Mosaic Memory ~Mother and The Pups


Mother and The Pups
Cleveland, GA
~1998


Mother loved her Miniature Schnauzers, Penelope (Penny) and Patrick (Patty). It was decided that they should be bred, with the intent of giving my step-sister 2 puppies and finding loving homes for the others.

My mother had only one child, me; and I'm sure she was sedated as much as medically allowed during my birth.
I have no children, so it's safe to say that between the two of us,

we didn't know nutin' 'bout birthin' no babies
or puppies!

Somehow, I was appointed midwife and was expected to help Penny deliver her pups.
Why are puppies and babies always born in the middle of the night?

All went well until pup #4 was stillborn. I suctioned out his nose and throat, still no movement.

Mother is frantically pacing the kitchen floor, with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of wine in the other screaming,

"Kit, Do SOMETHING!"

I started vigorously rubbing the little body between the palms of my hands and breathing warm air down his throat. I was about to give up when I saw the slightest movement of a paw. My step-father had gotten the blow dryer and we gently blew warm air on the little body.
When he let out a little squeal like a pig, we knew he was going to make it!
That special little fellow would become one of my step-sister's pups.

 Mother and I had a wonderful time helping Penny raise her pups. 
I would have to say, that was one of the happiest experiences Mother and I ever shared.

Thank you for allowing me to share it with you.


Today would have been Mother's eighty-first birthday. 

28 comments:

Ninny said...

That is a wonderful story! Although I have never met your mother (or you for that matter!) I could just picture her pacing with that cigarette and glass of wine. You described the event so well. Thanks for sharing with us.

Liz

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Thanks for sharing those great memories and images with us!

Happy Birthday to your mom!

Cheers!

Life With Dogs said...

Just a great big ♥ to you for that wonderful trip down memory lane. I don't know about you, but I don't miss puppies as much as they try to make me. :)

Huskee and Hershey said...

Sending loving thoughts to you...

What a great thing you did for not giving up on that 'stillborn'!!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Oh Kit, I'm starting my day crying at your touching post and video. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Mango said...

That is cool. What a nice memory. Hey, I hope Buddy is OK after his big adventure. Can't imagine what got in to him signing on with the goon squad.

Slobbers,
mango

Miz Liz said...

That's a sweet memory :) I can visualize your mom yelling with a glass wine and a cigarette...too funny :)
but glad that the little pup made it and Happy Birthday to your mom. She is in Heaven having a party :)

countryliving said...

You had to make me cry.....

Great tribute. Wonderful daughter.

Susan said...

Did not recall it was your mom's birthday! I had heard the birthing story once before, and I would love to have seen it! Of course, your vivid retelling almost makes me feel as though I were there! So glad the little fellow made it. And even happier you and your mom had a great experience. Precious memories! Thinking of you.

Susan said...

Did not recall it was your mom's birthday! I had heard the birthing story once before, and I would love to have seen it! Of course, your vivid retelling almost makes me feel as though I were there! So glad the little fellow made it. And even happier you and your mom had a great experience. Precious memories! Thinking of you.

Madi and Mom said...

Ms. K...Mom and I are absolutely speechless what an amazing tribute to your beautiful loving Mother.
You look very much like her. She not only love you to pieces you inherited her kind heart and love of all creatures great and small.
Happy 81st Birthday Ms. Gerry
Hugs Madi and Mom

Priscilla said...

A really lovely tribute! Thanks for sharing!

Gloria said...

Lovely vidio of your Mom, Kit!

♥I am Holly♥ said...

That is a very beautiful tribute to your mother. I know how much you miss her. Happy Birthday in heaven to your dear mother. Thanks for sharing such great memories. Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Frankie Furter said...

Grrrreat Memories!!!

Hound Girl said...

What a great story and thank you for sharing that. I love that your mom was pacing with her cig and wine - too cute. You are right - why are they always born in the middle of the night hahaha.
Happy Birthday to your mom if she was here.

Mr. Pip said...

What a sweet story! Thanks for sharing!

Your pal, Pip

Ina in Alaska said...

what a sweet memory.... I too know nothin' 'bout birthin' no babies.. thankfully! xoxoxo

3 doxies said...

Awwwwe...dat was a beautiful memory, especially helping dat little pup survive!
My mum has only had one child and hers can honestly say her don't knows nuttin bouts birthin' eithers...yea, hers was drugged PLENTY!!!!!!! They actually had to tell hers when hers was havin' a contraction...hows dat fur details...hehehehe!
I hads to giggle bouts cigarette and wine.

Puddles

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Kit,
I do know about birthin babies. Two legged and four legged!! That was wonderful of you to save that little pup!! I would have done the same thing!!
Bambi is doing pretty good so far!
Girlfriend, Fern

Heather said...

Wonderful photo story about your mom!

What really caught my eye was how many dogs were part of her life from the time she was a little girl.

Thanks for sharing.

Remington said...

Beth here -- that was so beautiful! You are a great daughter and the memories you have to cherish forever....I miss my mom too....she left me 16 years ago....I miss her so much....

Sharon said...

Your visual was something else! You did do the right thing for that little puppy and aren't you glad it made it? Sure a bunch of the cutest puppies - they do make the best babies!
Happy Birthday to your Mom, She's sharing a November Birthday cake with my Mom and my MIL. (also gone)

Tammy Kauffman said...

That was beautiful!

mayziegal said...

Oh, I just luvs your stories about your mom! I can tell she was one of a kind, for sure! I'm glad you were able to save that baby puppy and I'm glad you have such a special memory abouts that night.

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

Benny and Lily said...

great story, loved the video
Benny & Lily

Buy WoW Priest said...

what a tearjerker. *sniff*
no, im not crying.T_T

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

What a beautiful tribute to your Mother. You are so fortunate to have all of those fantastic pictures.