Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012


Our little man, our Farfalle passed away this evening. He suddenly developed Diabetes, a condition that for a dog with advancing Cushings disease is a death sentence. 

Only 3 short weeks ago, he was as healthy as a 13yr old dog with Arthritis and Cushings could be. His blood levels were good; he was a happy little guy who was warming up to his new sister. On Friday he stopped eating, seemed to be in pain, was going blind and was lethargic. We watched him over the weekend and when he started vomiting water this morning, we knew it was time to see the vet. Blood work showed he was in severe ketoacidocis (blood sugar was over 40 mmol/L, 720 mg/dl), abdominal ultrasound found gall stones and a problem with his pancreas.  Given the severity of his condition, Dr. McIsaac said it was time to let him go; we would be torturing ourselves and him if we didn't. 

The loss to our household has been devastating. Farfalle has been there for every major moment, good or bad, of our adult lives. We brought him home just 2 days before Renzo and I moved in together. He was our first dog, our first baby. Little Zoey misses her big brother immensely. Just in the last few days of his life, Farfalle had started going up to her, nuzzling her snout, even playing with her in his own unique Farfalle way. We will always have a hole in our hearts, right next to the one left by sweet Bazil; a hole that will never be filled.

Sleep well my Mr. Fella. You were one loved little man who will never be forgotten.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Farfalle turned the big 1-3 today. He's definitely an old man now. He had a mass under his tongue and some moles removed a couple of weeks ago so he looks banged up but he's on the mend and back to almost his same old grumpy self. Everything was benign thankfully.

He celebrated his big day with a dinner of spare ribs and rice, a nice walk around the neighborhood and of course his gorilla. All in all not a bad birthday.

Love you little buddy! xoxo

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The boy and I celebrated our annual Valentine's feast last night. This year was a little different than past years as I had to reveal my menu early so that my love could help me in the preparation. This saddened me as it was one more thing Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disease has taken away from me. I still enjoyed our little tradition with the man I love and that is the most important thing. One day I won't be able to cook at all anymore so I will enjoy every time I am still able to while I can.

Renzo as usual out did himself in making me a meal to remember. At his request, I skipped my Methotrexate and Arava so that I could safely drink alcohol. I am so glad I did. He prepared a delicious Strawberry Maragita to accompany my Southwest themed feast.

My appetizer was a flavourful Tortilla Soup.

My main course was Tequila Lime Chicken served with  Fresh Ranch Salsa and Queso Fresco served with Green Pablano Rice. All of it was delicious!

I, with Renzo's help, prepared him a (sorta) French themed meal. It was accompanied with a crisp Pinot Grigio.

His appetizer was a Blackberry, Arugula and Baby Spinach Salad in a Warm Bacon Red Onion Vinaigrette. The salad was also topped with juicy grape tomatoes, toasted pecans and crumbled goat cheese (I did not add the chicken as it was not a main course).

For his main course, I prepared Grilled Lamb Chops with a Pomegranate Port Reduction served with Roasted Asparagus and Three Cheese Mashed Cauliflower (I used cream cheese, cheddar and parmesan cheese. I also used the immersion blender to give it more of a whipped consistency).

For dessert we both enjoyed Ricotta Marscapone Chocolate Chip Cannoli. I think these were better than the ones we had in New York City made by the Cannoli King of Little Italy

The meal was wonderful! We now can't wait for next year's feast which we have decided will have a "Best Of" theme as it will be the 10th year of our Valentine tradition.