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    Smile Reunion!! — 10th Anniversary Celebration for k9cushings.com

    About this time in April, ten years ago, a group of Cushparents from around the world were working sooooooo hard behind the scenes to prepare k9cushings.com for its official public “launch.” Years earlier, we had first formed a family on another website. Without explanation, one day the site owner shut down that forum and left us stunned, heartbroken and homeless. Out of the goodness of her heart, Natalie, the owner/administrator of k9diabetes.com, provided us with a temporary home and the opportunity to regroup. After a ton of learning and experimenting, regrouping is exactly what we did! On May 20, 2009, k9cushings.com posted our official “Welcome” and opened our doors to all Cushparents, everywhere.

    “Support...Educate...Encourage...Remember” has been our mission from the very beginning. We’ve tried our best to be of service; we hope we’ve been successful. So many parents and so many pups have graced our family throughout these ten years. There has been success and sadness, laughter and tears. But throughout it all, we’ve remained a family. A far-flung family, but universally connected by our love for our dogs and our desire to keep them as healthy and happy as we possibly can, throughout each day of their lives.

    Time marches on, and so many of our precious pups are now beside us in spirit only. Understandably, folks have moved on with their lives. New ways to connect with one another alter the need for a message board such as this. But we’re hoping that perhaps, even if just for a day, some of our old staff and old friends will return and post a note. Share a memory, share a smile, shed a tear. Most of all, to honor our Cushpups and their bravery, and to reflect on the journey that we’ve taken together — and the path that still leads onward.

    So please, anyone who reads this post, do feel free to add a note. Whether a veteran or a newbie, an old member or a current member, we’d love to hear your voice. Happy Anniversary to us all!!!!

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    Default Re: Reunion!! — 10th Anniversary Celebration for k9cushings.com

    My dear, sweet Pia crossed The Bridge August 14th, 2013, and there's not a day that goes by that I don't think of her. She had a fast-growing pituitary macro tumor, and her journey through Cushing's was short and horrible. Without this group, I don't know how I'd have survived. It was so devastating for my darling Pia, and this group helped me to get through my own struggles to cope with all of it, not only with their knowledgable answers to questions, and with suggestions for her care and her quality of life, but supporting me through my own grief as I knew my time with her was short.

    I cannot express how truly grateful I will always be to this group. Thank you.
    Bonnie - Mama to Maggie, my sweet 15 year old Boston Terrier who is deaf, blind, has cardiac issues, and an occasional seizure, and to Pia my darling 8 year old French Bulldog who had a stroke at age 5, and was diagnosed with Cushings 6/11/2013 at age 8. Sadly, my sweet Pia crossed the Rainbow Bridge August 14, 2013, and my dear Maggie joined her November 29, 2013. On December 3, I am sure they brought Kelly, a homeless boxer into my life. I am forever grateful.

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    Default Re: Reunion!! — 10th Anniversary Celebration for k9cushings.com

    Thank you so much for coming back to say, Bonnie! I get to talk to you often on FB but I am sure others here will be along to chat with you!
    Hugs,
    Leslie
    "May you know that absence is full of tender presence and that nothing is ever lost or forgotten." John O'Donahue, "Eternal Echoes"

    Death is not a changing of worlds as most imagine, as much as the walls of this world infinitely expanding.

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    Bonnie, thank you so very much for your kind words! It’s wonderful to see you back here once again, and to give us all the chance to remember and once again honor Pia. Her photo on our remembrance thread is just one of the sweetest ever — those beautiful, soulful eyes...surely now the eyes of an angel.

    I’m so sorry about your loss of Maggie, too. But now you have Kelly in your life? I’m so glad! Any time you’d want to tell us more about Kelly, we’d love to hear ;-). But in the meantime, thanks so much for coming back and joining our party. It means a lot to us to see you here!

    Best wishes always,
    Marianne

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    And a very good morning to all of you from The Netherlands, from Quincy and myself So glad there's this 10th anniversary reunion and do I remember that time! I came here way before 10 years ago with my Cukie (Boncuk), what a wonderful place to go to Then, everything was lost...but the group rose again like a phoenix from it's ashes and look, 10 years later, still here with still many beautiful people and their animals I do think about this group still so very often...yet never seem to make it to stop by and visit. So this reunion was the perfect oppertunity to do so and say hi Quincy and I are doing wonderful. Quincy will turn 7 in 2 months but still going strong She coincidentally just had a wart removed from her eyelid, last friday, since it was scratching her cornea and thus had to be removed. But it's the first and only event we have had so far...it's sooooo peaceful (medical wise) living with Quincy She loves her work still so much, loves her Hooperclasses (she's the Queen of Hoopers, hehehehe...), she comes with me every day to visit my mom and behaves so lovingly and kind to all the habitants and personel at the home for people suffering from dementia... she's my little, magical, happy and bright, black Polish pearl

    Anyway, when I heard about this reunion, I had to drop in and say hi...

    Sas and Quincy

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    Oh Sas, can you see me doing a happy dance right now???? It’s so great to have you back here with us today!! I’ve thought about you so many times, and hoped so much that you and Quincy were doing well. What a wonderful report on our shiny black girl. Coincidentally, Luna recently sprouted a “thingy” on her eyelid, too, and our vet said the same thing — if it starts to scratch her cornea, it’ll have to come off. So I’m trying to watch it carefully. Luna will be 11 this summer. My “baby” will be 11, and I can’t believe it. Just in the last couple of months, she has really started to age. Where has the time gone? And for Quincy to be seven, I can hardly believe that, either.

    Once again, it’s wonderful to see you again.

    Thanks so much for stopping by — it truly is party time!

    Marianne

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    What an amazing reunion!!! I don't know where to start! Hello to you all! Such a joy to hear from Addy, Kim, Sharlene, among others. You were all such protective moms which held me together during my darkest hours with Buddy. I remember you all taking shifts so I would never be alone. Many of you staying with me throughout the night, until the AM shift arrived. I hope the night shift pops in also. Mel, Trish and Tina. Tina used to check in during Jasper's potty breaks during the night. It was a love fest like I have never experienced before. We hung together when there was nothing to say, discussing movies, chocolate, Addy's husband and his recliner (lol I remember!), etc. Pretty much everything and nothing! Addy, love to you and Koko Puff. Sharlene, kiss Vanilla for me. Kim, so much love and support. Those of you who have stayed with us, Lori, Marianne, Leslie, and Glynda, I can never thank you enough for keeping this going for so long and doing it so well! There are many more of you! Thank you all!

    PLEASE DROP IN AND SAY HELLO!! I has missed you all so much!!!
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    Kathy and Angel Buddy. The mightiest of all lizard hunters!

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    Default Re: Reunion!! — 10th Anniversary Celebration for k9cushings.com

    Hello to all my beautiful long time k9 friends! Wow, I cannot believe I am back here and seeing all your comments brings back so many warm memories of our time here, helping and loving one another. Finding the amazing people behind this forum was a Godsend for sure. You all helped me save my precious Princess & I will never take that for granted. As some of you may know, the last 5 years since we released Princess went spiraling down with my own health and was dxΒ’d with breast cancer. Surgeries and everything else tied to cancer. I am doing well and am an official 5 yr survivor! Whatever that means. Woot wooooot though! Lol. It is so great to come here and see so many familiar faces. I love you all to pieces & always will hold a very special place in my soul.
    While we have not still rescued another puppy, a little bundle of joy kitty did fall into our arms a month after Princess departed. He is a sweet cuddly bunny & while he can never ever fill our hole in our hearts, he certainly has earned a very special place in our hearts and lives. Chico is doglike at times and very gentle soul. Seems the gentle ones always find us & we are good with that.
    My dear friends, what a pleasure it has been to read all of your posts. Catching up is certainly enlightening.
    I love you & all your sweet furbabies.
    God Bless & tight ones OOOOOOΒ’s
    Jeanette :-)

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    Jeanette,

    I am so very glad you were able to come back and say "HOWDY!" for our 10 year anniversary! Your precious Princess has never and will never be forgotten...and nor will you, sweet lady. Of the many blessings this forum has given me, friends like you are the greatest. We are bound through our love for our cush babies and the journeys we took with them here as well as through our darling Terri. So many joys and laughs, and yes tears, form the cement that will hold thru the years to come. Thank you so much for dropping in to say Hi and for remaining in my life.

    Much love and many hugs,
    Leslie
    "May you know that absence is full of tender presence and that nothing is ever lost or forgotten." John O'Donahue, "Eternal Echoes"

    Death is not a changing of worlds as most imagine, as much as the walls of this world infinitely expanding.

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    How great to see so many old friends still stopping in for the Reunion thread. Waving madly at each and every one!
    Sharlene and the late great diva - Molly muffin (always missed and never forgotten)

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