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A Tale of Nerves...

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Hi, it's Trevor with our June tale. As you know, we are living through a pandemic, which has been going on for months. It seems like dog years to me. BOL 
Brenda has been logging the numbers in her journal, regarding the cases of COVID-19 in her state of North Dakota. This has always been a fascination of Brenda's, keeping track of statistics. Dates are a thing with Brenda. I'm not talking about romance here. BOL How could you now with social distancing? When are we going to be able to hug again? I miss my fellow golden friends. All I have are memories of our times together. That sounds like a romantic novel, doesn't it? BOL I kind of got off course here. Sorry. BOL
Brenda comes from a smaller state, so what we are about to share, does not reflect what is going on nationwide. As of today we have 3,251 reported cases of COVID-19. The current active cases being 293. Those who have recovered is 2,882. Currently hospitalized is 28. Sadly, there have been 76 deaths. Let me br…

My Tale of Gratitude Continued...

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Last month during our monthly tale, Trevor shared his pawspective and my thoughts on gratitude. This month, I want to share my personal thoughts on the subject. T Man is getting a month off, as his paws have been all over the keyboard this year. I couldn't ask for a greater or golden helper.

This is also Arthritis and Brain Tumor Awareness Months, so I've been doing double duty, with trying to spread awareness. As you know, I have lived with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for twenty-nine years. I say live, not suffer. It's not always easy navigating this disease, but when my attitude toward it became more of gratitude, that is when things started to change. Ultimately, it took a brain tumor diagnosis and subsequent craniotomy, for something life changing to occur.

As a result of where my brain tumor was located, the right frontal lobe, my personality took on some changes. Not all good and not all bad either. That is where gratitude comes in. I'll expound on that more in a m…

A Tale of Gratitude...

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Hello, it's Trevor here with our April tale. Brenda was having a hard time, coming up with a subject for this month. We are in the middle of a pandemic, something that many of us did not see coming, or could even imagine, ever having to experience. I'm setting the stage for this particular tale, because it centers around, what I just mentioned.

Brenda has been most impressed by many events that have taken place, over the past month. One of  those are daily press conferences on COVID19, with the Governor from our great state of North Dakota, Doug Burgum. Brenda was inspired to have me share this blog post, because of the fact that during his press conferences, he always ends with something relating to Gratitude. It might be a quote, or thanking someone for all the hard work they are doing, during this time. He even has recognized several organizations. He has a great team, or as he refers to them: #TeamND. We are so proud to live in this great state, especially at this time.

Br…

A Tale of Change...

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Hello my fellow readers! Trevor here, with our monthly tale. It was to be last week, but Brenda was feeling under the weather and since she dictates what to share, that wasn't happening. BOL

Brenda has been dealing with a lot, these past few months. Change is never easy for any of us. That is why we are going to tackle this subject, in our latest blog post.

Brenda has been dealing with eye irritation on and off now, for about a month. It started with eye pain and a terrible headache. It ended up being keratoconjunctivitis. Thankfully, not considered an infection, so it was not contagious. Brenda thinks she knows what started it and hopes it has been solved. The ophthalmologist put her on some steroid drops for a short time. Her eyes were not red, but oh, did they hurt. She has also been checked closely for glaucoma, as this can be something that can pop up, as a result of living with RA. She needs to be checked on a yearly basis, but at this time, there are no signs present.

Brend…

A Tale of Glitter & Gold...

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Hello my fellow readers! It's Trevor with another tale. This one is going to be all about glitter and gold. Brenda celebrated her 60th birthday on January 9th and designated this year, to be one of her best yet.

Later on this year, she is going on a mini trip that will include seeing one of her favorite singers in concert for the 2nd time; Sir Elton John. Her ticket was actually a birthday present to herself. She is going with a long time friend, who loves rock concerts, as much as Brenda.

Brenda has been been slowly getting items that she will need. As you may know, when you attend concerts, you can no longer carry those big and heavy handbags, so Brenda found the perfect one for the occasion. Glitter was the ticket, as after all, it is Elton John we are talking about. Splash a rainbow wallet to go along with this ensemble, and Brenda is ready to party.

Brenda will also be sporting her Elton John "ME" t-shirt which is actually the photo on the cover of his new autobiogr…

Tale of a Golden Legacy

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Hello, my fellow readers. It's Trevor with our first blog post of the year. We want to pay a special tribute to ParkerPup, a therapy dog who went to the Rainbow Bridge this past Saturday. We first want to send our heartfelt condolences to the McFarling family. To Dan, ParkerPup's human dad and Jenn, who Parker, always referred to as his girl. We realize that Parker did not speak, but neither do I, but still manage to tell pretty good tales. BOL

Reser and Gill the 2 golden brothers left behind are probably wondering where did he go? Reser is a golden hero and will continue to do his part in the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study through the Morris Animal Foundation. A study of 3,000 golden retrievers who enrolled to hopefully find out why 60% of this breed ends up getting canine cancer. This is a fact that Brenda and I were not aware of.

We've learned so much about golden retrievers in general and that is all thanks to ParkerPup's page on Facebook, that Brenda discovered i…

A Tale of the Blues...

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Trevor here, with our final blog post of 2019. What a year this has been for Brenda. She started her 32nd year with the clinic, where she is employed.

Brenda recently had her #1,100 injection of the biologic she has been taking for 18 years. She says being able to take this for so long, has allowed her to remain employed full-time and continue to live as normal a life as possible.

I suppose you're wondering what we meant by our title. Blue is actually the awareness color for arthritis. As you know by now, if you've been reading this blog for the past 10 years, that Brenda has lived with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for 28 years. You probably all thought it was going to be about the holidays and how they can be hard for some. It's true, they are not an easy time for Brenda, as she does not have family near and will likely be alone. We did not want to dwell on that, rather to show that there is HOPE, even while dealing with the challenges in life.

As you know, Brenda is a great…