Queen of our Hearts

Okay, so both fur-girls hold that title, but today’s all about Missy Sissy, Princess of Moo, Haddon Wood’s Princess of Joy, Mango Minster’s Best of Show, winner of the Shameless Doggy Diva category, and so much more. 

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The most darling girl is four today.  Ironically, today also marks 10 months since she lost vision in her left eye due to glaucoma.  Yes, on Christmas Eve.  I’ll never feel quite the same about that day… but today is a celebration!  Please pop over to the fur-girls’ blog and enter the contest.   We intentionally didn’t announce prizes because we want everyone to participate… so we promise we’ll dream up something good when the winner(s) is/are selected.


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It’s been one heck of a year with the Queen.   One year ago, we were battling eye allergies, but otherwise, she was great, and she still had that beautiful left eye.

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December 26th

Then came Christmas Eve and the roughest January on record.  I hate that photo, but it’s terribly important that you see it.  That’s what glaucoma looks like, and yes, that’s pain and suffering on her sweet face.  (I couldn’t bring myself to edit it, so enjoy the snowy steps, okay?)  We were bolstered by the best vets in the world, and continue to be grateful for their compassion, wisdom and whole-pack care, and held together by you, our friends and relations.


I’m pretty sure both girls got their Mango Minster wins on sympathy votes, but even I am shameless and proud.  It was the beginning of our heeling  healing, and again, we are grateful for each and every one of you who voted, made a spouse or co-worker vote, etc., and for the judges, who are shameless dogs and divas in their own rights.

Since then, our luck has indeed turned, with the noted exception of losing Wondervet to her home state and her hubby’s dream job.  But she’s not really gone… she just isn’t here to put her hands on Sissy anymore.  That’s the kind of impact this dog has on lives… she just wins people over everywhere we go.

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We love you, goofy, sweet girl.  It is truly an honor to be your caretakers, to tuck you in each night, to give bellyrubs on demand, to tend to your walking needs, to watch you mother the Wee One…  Happy birthday baby, and may there be many, MANY more.

19 comments on “Queen of our Hearts

  1. Sue says:

    Wow, Happy Birthday Sissy! This is quite a week, you were born today, Tess was born tomorrow and the rest of us were born on Wednesday. What a lot of celebrating we’ll be doing this week. We’re trying to talk Mom into baking cookies today for our party. Have a wonderful day.
    The Portie Pups

  2. Kari says:

    Im in love with all of her crown pics, she is such a cutie and Happy Birthday to her. What a wonderful and loving mom you are. I think the dogs will illness’s make us have such a deeper bond with our fur babies!

  3. gMarie says:

    Beautiful post and a lovely tribute to your sweet girl! Happy Birthday to her. I hope she has a fabulous day! g

  4. Ruth says:

    Happy Birthday Diva Grrll!! Glad you all have had this time to appreciate the Princess.

  5. StarSpry says:

    Happy birthday to Sissy! I love that first picture of her 🙂 I’m so glad things have gotten better for her since January!!

  6. AlisonH says:

    Beautiful. Happy Birthday!

  7. Nancy says:

    Happy Birthday, Sissy! I hope you get a few loving scratches behind the ears today, and of course, a few treats.

    The crown/tiara shots are perfection.

  8. Kathy says:

    Happy birthday, Sissy! I hope you have a great party with your little sister and parents!

  9. Marjie says:

    Of course, you had to post a picture with snow in the background, so you could remind us that it’s coming again soon! Those are cute pictures of the girls, as always. Happy Birthday, Sissy!

  10. Mr. Puffy says:

    Such a sweet post and a little bittersweet too ~ Happy Birthday Sissy ~ you are beautiful and congratulations on your award :)))

  11. best Wishes Sissy!!!

  12. Susan, Chelsea and Cory says:

    Happy B’day Sissy!!!

  13. kathy b says:

    They are about the cutest things EVER! Best bday Sissy!! I love the tiara!

  14. Louise says:

    Happy Birthday Sissy! I LOVE this post!!!

  15. Blond Duck says:

    Queen Bitty and Bear wish Sissy a fabulous birthday!

  16. Katherine says:

    Happy birthday sweet Sissy. You are a fabulous diva doggie and have a b-e-o-o-tiful kissy face!! Big birthday smooches and wishes for lots of toys and bones to share with Gretchen. Love you girl!!

  17. Bubblesknits says:

    Oh, I love that last picture!!! Looks like she’s smiling. 😀 Give the Queen a birthday belly rub for me, please.

  18. gypsyknits says:

    Mr. Bettis here: Dear dear Sissy, I hope you had a wonderful birthday. My owner has been slipping lately on birthday wishes and gift giving so I’m taking over. Of course she claims I have ADHD, I’m beginning to think she’s talking about herself. I certainly hope you had a wonderful birthday and those pics! Those pictures are magnifico ;).
    Shake a paw and hope you enjoyed your day (although every day is OUR day ;),
    Mr. Bettis and Co.

  19. I’m only a week late, but happy birthday Sissy!! What a lovely girl with such caring furparents!

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