Tuesday, July 3, 2012

thank you

Graham came home Sunday.

I don't know if I understand the distance between that sentence and the ones we heard from Dr. Geis late last Wednesday night, "I would like to do surgery now. I'm not sure he will make it until morning."


But he did make it, through five surgeries, through a drug induced coma, through days when we could only see him through a cage, then with the door open, then in a room for five minutes, then in a room for thirty minutes. And the day before yesterday, we brought our dog home.


But, not just our dog, your dog. See, neither of us had any question of whether or not we would try to save him.


It's Graham.


We made the call on the surgery that night. But once the credit cards were maxed out our only options were to take our half-healed puppy, still very much in danger, home to fight an unwinnable battle or allow our great friends, Liz and Amy, to ask the world for help.


And you helped. You all helped. You very much helped in great droves and with great generosity. You saved him.


And so, Graham is no longer just our dog. He is your dog too. When you see a picture of him online, when you see him at a 5k or the dogpark, when you are at our house or we are at yours, you can say, "That's my dog. That's my Graham."


When he came into our house, he saved Katie and made us a family. Now you have saved him and you are family.


Thank you. Forever. For everything.


Love,
Thom

28 comments:

  1. Awww so happy about the good progress!

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  2. This makes me cry a little--I'm really counting on his full recovery!

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  3. That is such great news! All of you will continue to be in my thoughts and I know Graham will make a full recovery.

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  4. This whole post brought tears to my eyes. Glad Graham is home and doing well. You guys are still in my thoughts and prayers often.

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  5. (typing thru tears)...so, so, so happy to see Graham at home and recovering. love and puppy kisses!

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  6. Oh what a beautiful story, restores faith! I just heard about it on Facebook via Patrick Gavin. I make pins for causes and would love to show my support and send you one of the "My Dog Rescued Me" pins. Is there a mailing address you can send me?
    best,
    LisaBeth Weber
    www.causepins.com
    create@lisabethweber.com

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  7. So many happy tears! I hope Graham is back to 100% health and bragging about all of this excitement in no time. Continued good wishes to the whole family.

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  8. I totally agree with Ultrarunnergirl. :) I am so glad Graham is doing better! He is such a fighter.

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  9. I was once told by someone that when you go through something like this you really find what's in peoples souls.

    So glad Graham is home.

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  10. Fantastic news! I've been checking a lot to see if there was an update....so glad he is home and in such loving company! Cheers!

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  11. I am so relieved to hear this! What a fighter you ( I mean we) have!

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  12. Seriously, you guys, this is like the fourth time this dog made me cry. Stop it already! That said, I'm really happy the little bugger is pulling through. Give him a couple of weeks... I predict much fetching and furballs.

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  13. Ok Pooch...keep the postive vibes coming...I'm down 3 pounds...no turning back now! (I don't go back on my promises..you better keeps up too!)

    I'm very happy for your family. Just tell him to stop dreaming about chasing my kitter! (I can see it in his face.)

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  14. I am incredibly happy for all of you. Heartfelt prayers for a rapid full recovery. _Amy

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  15. I just want to say to him "OUTSIDE!!!!!!"

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  16. Please tell my dog that his favorite bitch is so glad he's on the mend. Also, tell him I hope he learned to stay away from panties, as they only lead to heartbreak and/or surgery.

    Much love to the entire family.

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  17. I'm a new visitor to your blog and just spent the past twenty minutes catching up on this with a big lump in my throat. I'm so thankful to read Graham is doing better and that he came home. A community is incredible and it seems like this one absolutely is (I'm a veteran book blogger and a new running blogger). My heart is full reading your posts and I will continue to keep up with your site.

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  18. So glad to hear that Graham is doing better! He must be so happy to be home with you!

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  19. Tears. I'm so glad he's home where he belongs.

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  20. should have waited until later to read this.
    *sob*
    lots of love to you guys!!

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  21. I'm sitting in Starbucks crying my eyes out as I read this. I am so thankful that Graham is at home and on the mend. You're all still in my thoughts and prayers everyday.

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  22. OH what wonderful news!! So glad to hear Graham is doing better! Brings tears to my eyes!!

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  23. I have a puppy, yay! :-) Can I bring treats?

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  24. I am beyond happy for Graham and your little family that he pulled through. Every time I read your latest update or see his sweet face, I tear up a little bit. Keep fighting, Graham!!

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  25. This is such a beautiful story!!! So happy for u!

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  26. Beautiful. So happy for everyone.

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  27. I'm crying. I haven't been following up with blogs lately and just now got to check in and see how Graham was doing. I AM SO HAPPY TO HEAR HE IS HOME! I am still wishing him a healthy recovery. There is power in prayer and community. Hugs to you all.

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