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Friday, January 13, 2012

Seize the Nap!

I visited the cardiologist today and things went surprisingly well. My vitals were good and the fluid is GONE from my lungs!  I had an EKG and it showed some moderate mitral regurgitation, which means about 25% of the blood is leaking back into my heart through the mitral valve. However, the cardiologist feels I am otherwise healthy and with good care can live with this condition - probably a year or two, if we are lucky.

 According to the doctor, I must stay calm ...
 avoid strenuous activity (as if)
 maintain a healthy diet (huh?)

Most importantly, make the most of every day since there are no guarantees on how my heart condition will progress. In other words, SEIZE THE DAY NAP!

Thank you so much for all your love and support. I am pretty sure all your good wishes, thoughts and prayers had something to do with the fluid magically disappearing from my lungs!
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  1. Does dis mean I has to start eatin' healthy too? Burp, squze me, I hads pizza fur dinner...buuuuuurp, and a beer.

    Live every moment to da fullest Pip...and I 'll helps you.

    Puddles

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  2. Glad to hear the fluid is gone from your lungs Pip. Your just gonna have to try and follow doctors orders. Right?

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  3. Thank heaven for the good news! Puddles, only one beer? Maybe one six pack!

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  4. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT NEWS PIP!!! Just GRRRRRRRRRRRREAT.
    I think we have ALL learned to live every day to the Fullest... after what Blogville recently went through.
    I believe you will make a point of reminding us to do just that.
    Perhaps.. you might even be able to have a Pawsitive Effect on a certain Dachshund Girrrrrl who shall remain Nameless butt her nickname is Barrel Butt.
    I'm just sayin buddy!!
    CONGRATULATIONS on your GRRRREAT report... and I am soooooo very much glad that you are HOME where You LOVE BEING... On YOUR Couch!!!

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  5. Well, all things considered, we think this is very good news indeed!!!

    I loves your new mantra....Seize the Nap!! Its a very good thing you have that brand new sofa to do all that relaxing on!!!
    Plus, I'm thinking you might needs to change your 'beverage of choice' from Beer to da Red Wine. I've been watching Oprah's Guy....Dr Oz, and he says da Red Wine is good for the ol ticker.

    Hugs to you........and to your mom. We know her is relieved.

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  6. Such wonderful news Pip! We are so glad you are doing OK.

    Always seize the nap! (and at least one cheeseburger. :)

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  7. I am so happy about the news pip. Just chill and enjoy!!

    wags
    Jazzi and Addy

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  8. Great news (for the most part) on the heart issues Pip! I love your motto, "Seize the Nap!" I try to do that every day. Stay well.

    Cindy

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  9. Pip, me has been tinkin' bout you all day! Dat is good news but guess you'll be doin' lots of sleepin and restin'. Good ting you got dat new couch! Do everyting da dogter says (and don't forget to stash the burgers so you can sneak out at night and eat when no one is lookin')

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  10. Hi Pip
    As soon as I heard your health report was out, I came running!
    Your report sounds wonderful to me!
    The fluid is gone- and you will be just fine.
    Seeze the moments and the naps too
    love
    tweedles

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  11. Good new PIP. Now take it easy, as you said "Seize the Nap". And get Puddles to seize a beer for you.
    Bessings,
    Goose

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  12. No worries, Pip, I has mom whip you up sumpin healthy when she gets her veggie share on Thursday. It will taste like cheeseburger and beer (NOT!). It woz so hard to woof that with a straight snooter. BLECH.

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  13. Oh Pip, I know this has been a hard couple of weeks for you and your human, but it has been very worrisome for us too.

    I am so glad you had an ok report. I am not by anymeans up to date on this stuff, but have you checked into some natural stuff. Not sure what they call it.

    Anyway...this makes us happy.

    Love
    Bert

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  14. Well, you know us kitties. Live with the nap. Naps are cool. Nap, nap, nap. Take a lesson!
    Seriously, glad the tests were good. We love you, and want you around for a long time!

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  15. Oh Pip. we are so happy got a good report. We love to Nap, so does Mommy. Maybe a cheeseburger once in a whiule won't hurt.

    {{{huggies}}}....Mona

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  16. Pip,

    We is doin' da boxer wiggle butt happy dance! We has been thinkin' 'bouts you all day.

    Seize da Nap is a very good mantra to lives by. :)

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

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  17. I was thinking of you today, Pip, while I waited for K at the v-e-t. I am very happy about your lungs... but I wish that your mitral valve would magically be fixed too. Maybe we can all think positive thoughts about your valve, and it will heal!

    We all need to seize the day (or the nap!). We love you Pip, and we're all thinking of you.

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  18. Pip, you know how thrilled we all are to get this pretty decent and upbeat report. We are all seizing the nap too right now after we did a huge husky happy dance for you.


    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

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  19. Well we will keep on sending pawsitive thoughts your way, little Pip! We can't imagine the world without YOU!

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  20. Hey Pip I had my paws crossed over the outcome of that appointment. So good to hear your improving news - and napping is a good cure all I reckon!

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie

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  21. I really like your idea of seizing the nap! Glad your report was good!

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  22. My dear Pip,

    I'm so glad to hear of the good news about your health. Sorry that we have not been able to drop by that often but do know that you are always remembered. Yes! seize the nap when you can as rest can be a good medicine at times ;)

    Love ya,
    Jon Terry

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  23. Those are good news, Pip!
    I am very happy!
    Take it easy and you will be with us for a looooong loooooong time!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  24. A year or two... THEN what??? This concerns me... Oh Pip!!! I am most happy to hear you are better. You are adorable and so sweet.

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  25. Hey Pip!
    Wow, I am so hugely relieved and happy for you! I just knew all the vibes and crossed paws would do the trick. Gosh, you get extra naps now...that's great! A little Cheeto or burger won't be bad for you just once in awhile. Happy, happy news, my beloved furiend!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

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  26. Pip, we are so happy to hear the news that you got a good report! Hopefully you can keep enjoying turkey burgers instead of tofu and baked Cheetos so that you can enjoy life to the fullest with us for a good while longer!

    Bunny

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  27. We're so glad that you got a good report from the doc. I know you are getting the best of care, so no worries on that score, right? So follow doctor's orders and keep healthy, ok?

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  28. Oh Pip I am glad you had a great report from the vet! Seize the nap-great advice!

    Chewy

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  29. Glad you got a good report!
    Love,
    Dachshund Nola

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  30. That is good news. Me likes the one day at a time though!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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  31. Oh Pip - that iz such gggrrrrrrrrrrreat newz. Yes, we Beaglebratz no just how much we NEED to SEIZE THE NAP - we du just that whenever we haz a chance - in fact we iz gittin'ready tu du that agin an'so iz our mom.

    Oh, u haf sumthin'in common with our mom - one of her hert valvez duz that same thing - where so much stuff leakz bak tu the hert - she'z had that problem fer 'bout 4 or 5 yearz butt still not on any med fer it. Ok, time tu go SEIZE THE NAP!
    Shiloh'n Shasta

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  32. I'm so glad you got good news, Pip! That's wonderful! And, it looks like you know exactly how to take care of yourself. :-)

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  33. Seize the nap is an excellent mantra, Pip! I'm sooooooooooo thrilled fur you and your family that you got such a good report. I know what a relief that must be to your mama.

    I will continue to keep you in my prayers. And I'll try to eat healthier too, in honor of you!

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  34. So glad for the good report. Please keep us updated on the healthy lifestyle. Maybe we can join you in improving our health. I'll be happy to take the first step...seize the nap.

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  35. Pip, I'm purring so very loud for you. I know you're a strong little one and you'll be able to beat this and have a long happy life ahead.

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  36. We'll keep purrin fur you, Pip! Good report! Thanks fur keepin us updated and nap on!

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  37. That's a good report, Pip. We'll keep purring and woofing for your good health.

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  38. Napping is the BEST Pip!!! We are SO glad that you had good news from your doctor...now just keep resting ok!!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

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  39. Pip, we're glad it was a good report! You're right about seizing the day...or nap. Because not one of us, kitty or human or other Being, knows how long we have to live.

    Kitty kisses from us!

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  40. Oh Pip, we are sorry to hear you have not been well but are very happy that you are much better now!
    Dip has heart problems and she agrees with you, resting is the best medicine - and bossing everyone around of course, bol!
    Wags, Dip Bridge and Elliot x

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  41. Hi there Mr. Pip. That is such good news. We are so excited that things aren't too bad. So now all you have to do is take naps. How easy is that.Big hugs to ya and sending lots more purrs and woofs. Take care and have a happy week end. We know the human is so happy.

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  42. We're glad to hear your better. So rest your little heart and make sure you don't over stress yourself.

    Huggies and Cheese,

    Haopee

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  43. Oh,Pip this is good news to hear. We are so glad things are improving for you. Hey nothing wrong with taking it easy and eating cheeseburgers. He did say you can have your cheeseburgers, right? Sniffs, The HoundDogs

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  44. Glad to hear it! We were thinking about you! Seize the nap! We can help you with that!

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  45. Yay Mr. Pip for such a good report from the Dr. Now that you have a note from the doctor 'to rest' you must demand that your foodables be brought to you to nibble on where ever you are at din-din time!!
    You are living proof that TLC and purrs can cure many many ailments.
    Hugs to you handsome friend,
    Your BFFF,
    Madi

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  46. That is some good news Mr. Pip! And remember, when it comes to seizing naps, we'll all be right here to help you!

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  47. Pip, great news.. Alex and I were worried sick about you buddy. Rest well, and make sure that servant of yours waits on you hand over paw!

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  48. That sounds like good news.

    Now, I hate to get all bossy and school teachery with you...but YOU DO AS YOU ARE TOLD. OK??? We want you around for ages and ages and ages yet - so you do as your able assistant tells you. She's pretty smart for a human, we think.

    Lots and lots of love and licks, Winnie xxxxxx

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  49. Oh my darling Pip, I believe this is really good news. I know that you will stay calm and just enjoy a beautiful life filled with soothing naps and wonderful days lying in the sun. Sending lots of healing love your way.

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  50. Hi Pip, I've been out of circulation so I didn't know about your health scare, but glad to here that you're feeling better. "Sleep the Day" is my motto and I thoroughly recommend it as a lifestyle choice! Deccy x

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  51. Howdy Pip, Hurraaaaaay!! We are so glad the visit went well. Try and do as your Dr says (but you can be a bit naughty if you want hehehe). You are probably tired from all the smooches and hugs your family have been giving you. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

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  52. Pip, what great news. We are so happy for ya.Healthy food and napping that's easy.

    The silvers and more

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  53. This is the best news we've heard in a long time...we're singing:

    "Pippity do dah, Pippity ay...My oh my, what a wonderful day!"
    xoxo

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  54. Naps are super important

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com

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  55. Hi Pal! :) Got your message. Sent one back to ya :) Glad you're restin up and SOOOOOO HAPPY about your good report from the specialist :D

    Mom's been workin on one of her Lab projects. Learnin how to make widgets. What's a widget? I don't know butt, she said you inspired the design of her first one. A Power of the Paw widget. Has a heart that keeps sendin out strong wellness vibes 24/7 :D
    You can see it on the top of my blog's side bar.
    She said she'd send you the html code in an email if you want it. She hasn't figured out how to put that on my site without it turnin into the widget yet. Knowing her she'll eventually get that. You don't happen to know how do you? Oh that's right you're nappin. Shhhhhh. I'd sing you a lullaby butt the only one I know is rather weird...somethin about a baby up in a tree that when the wind blows it rock its cradle then the tree bow breaks and the baby falls out of the tree. Not too sleep inducing in my book. What crazy peep came up with that one anyway? ;)

    Waggin at ya,
    Roo

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  56. That is excellent news Pip. Momma's last dog had far more advanced cardiac condition and lived 2 years from start of treatment. Woo seize the napballs. Hmmm do you have to stop sawing logs- does that count?
    nrowood

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  57. Great news, Pip! Here's to living each day to the fullest, filled with cuddles, a lot of naps, a healthy (eck) diet, and hugs and kisses from anyone you can steal them from. xoxo little man!

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  58. Pip, you stay real calm, okay? Life can be enjoyed very much in a calm, content state of mind. We're always praying for you.

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  59. Pip, I hope, hope, hope that our purrs, barks and prayers truly did the trick and will continue to do so.

    We love you, little furry guy and you know what? You seize that nap any ole time you feel like it!

    Hugs,
    Tom, Mom Julie & Mittens

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  60. So pleased to read that encouraging news Pip. I am thoroughly in favour of any strategy which involves seizing, well, anything, really!
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.

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  61. Dearest Sweetest Pip, that is like the BESTEST news like EVER!!!!!

    The peeps just gots to admit that the Power of the Paw is MIGHTY!

    I just feels bad that you have to give up your CheeseBurgers and Tacos. But heck, doin that fur a chance to be with all of us fur a LONG time is worth it right?

    I say the more naps the better! Enjoy a nap right now!

    woos, Tessa

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  62. Hoping for all the best for you Pip, (and we agree naps are important).

    the brown dawgs

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  63. Pip, if anybuddy can seize the nap, it's YOU! You are always Most Successful at whatever you sets your mind to. I'm just super glad that your pawrents got the new couch just in time for you to relaaaaax.

    I know that you and your mom and dad are gonna make every single day count. And we'll all be with you ever single step of the way.

    We luvs you oodles, Pip!

    Wiggles & Wags,
    Mayzie

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  64. Oh Pip...so glad to hear the good news! Now seize the naps as often as you can! (Gentle) Husky hugs to you and keep being well and getting strong. Lots of <3 coming your way!

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  65. What wonderful news lil Pip... we are so so glad. Seizing the day i mean nap seems like a good idea. Just keep warm.. don't get the flu and sickies and you should be ok. The power of the paw with you my lil buddy.

    many lickies,
    Dommy

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  66. I am so happy to hear this good news Pip!! Go rest now:)))

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  67. Wow, that's amazing. Glad you are doing better. We're hoping you will be around for a loooooong time, Pip.

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  68. We're glad to see the glass is 3/4 full, dear Pip. We know your pawrents will take the best possible care of you and your kitty siblings will help keep you calm. And of course you'll have all this power of the paw going for you. And carpe diem is a good philosophy for all of us.

    Slurpy kisses, Jed & Abby

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  69. Hi Pip
    We are pleased you are a little better. We will post little Lilly Mae over she will cheer you up.
    Licks Bobby

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  70. We are so happy that the fluid is gone from your lungs. Follow doctors orders and tell mom maybe some hawthorne extract will help, that is supposed to be a good supplement for hearts

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  71. Mr Pip.
    We are happy to know that your lungs are fluid free.
    Listen to the doctor. We wan't you around for a long, long, long time.
    Love Ruby & Penny

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  72. Great news Pip! We are happy for you and your hoomans:)
    Yup.Seize the nap...and the LOVE.You are surrounded by it :)

    your friends,

    the critters in The Cottage xo

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  73. Listen to your doctor, Pip! We want you around for a long time!

    Wyatt

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  74. So pleased that you got good news little fella, I saw the third picture down and thought that can't be topped, then I saw the fourth pic down and, oh how wrong I was, you are so handsome, no wonder our Molly Pops and ronnii adore you.

    Hugs

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  75. HH didn't have the computer on for me or I would have run right over when your results came in yesterday. So glad to hear that the fluid is gone and that you just have to take care of yourself. You do that, cuz we love you and want you around for a long time, pal.

    pawhugs and extra purrrs for good measure from Max, Bugsy, Knuckles and HH

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  76. Great news! Good to know you are healthy my friend. My pug paws are always there for your.

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  77. Yay Pip!!! I've been praying for you!!

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  78. Oh Mr. Pip, we're glad that your condition isn't too bad. Now follow the doctor's orders!!

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  79. No more racing Bunny, ya hear! I'm glad you got a pretty good report, buddy. Take care of yourself! xoxo

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