Can someone please throw me a pity party?

I am going to attempt to come up for some air before going back to work, something my husband does not get since he keeps telling me I am not being paid for anything I do, ha ha.

I have been attempting, despite a disability that these days keeps me home-bound more than I’d like to admit, to revamp my 1000 page site, additionally adding some special product lines that I adore. I have managed in a few weeks time to get to a few hundred pages, but as you would suspect, that’s nothing when you look at the number I need to handle.

The foundation makes very little from my store, as I only carry a few items, and some are quite pricey. Honestly, the store is not there to make money, per se. It is merely a way for me to detail many of those items I personally love and can’t do without, and my desire to share that knowledge with others. Some of the items are really ‘out there’ as some people would say, but, for me, it’s a plus just if I can get folks to read about them and possibly consider why they may be helpful.

With so much on my plate, I have been unable to get to my blog as much as I had in the past, and I miss that. I love searching every day for news to provide cheer.

I am being contacted by more cancer research scientists as they have begun to notice my determination in getting out a high level of valuable information. And, I hope you are reading some of the wonderful articles at my comprehensive sub-site on cancer. It’s importance, of course, made it the first thing I tackled when I began my revision. Do look at the new screening test (tiny blood sample is all that’s needed) for lymphoma, something I already did for my guy Alfie. It is a test similar to that of the PSA for men with respectto prostate cancer, but better as it uses multiple markers. And, it should be done annually or bi-annually depending on specific variables.

I am making more of the information at the site user-friendly, creating PDF documents from lengthy articles and material. That way you can print out pages and keep for later reading or a resource file. I have also taken the article that I wrote for the 2003 Golden Retriever Annual and produced a 53-page PDF document. Do not ask me how much time that little idea cost me.

I will obviously be changing over pages, from my old look to my new, sleek, professional look and sound (much less music, which you can now control), for several months. However, the fun stuff can still be accessed . And, you may see some of your own Goldens in the slide shows that define my new sections, photos that will constantly change to keep folks interested. These slide shows can be seen at:

Live and Learn
Love and Laugh

Loyalty at Work

Being Cancer Aware

Golden Brick Road

Okay, now comes the really fun part to all of this craziness. I am due to bring in a new little puppy girl the first week of February, almost 1 year since Darcy left my side. I have to admit that I am still grieving very deeply over Darcy, as she was the best girlfriend anyone could possibly have. She had such attitude, which Gary says came from her mom, ha ha. But, she was so sweet as well. Oh, how I miss her personality, her intelligence, her mothering & soothing when I’d be ill. I am crying just writing about it.

But, I must move on, if more for the sake of others, and little Alfie, who has gotten way too spoiled and too solitary. I am concerned about how he will take to the new intrusion, as he is turning 8 in May, so I am now busy trying to get more info on how to handle the transition. What I really want is a gifted behaviorist willing to take up residence in my house …. free of charge, of course. I guess I tend to dream big lol.

I was hoping I’d have someone help me to get to Midland, Texas to get my new baby, as traveling is very tough, and traveling alone is …. well, you can imagine. But, no one can get off work to tag along. So, I’ve tried to schedule all kinds of help and I am staying over in Texas to give myself more time to do everything. I am going to Texas on Tuesday February 6th and returning Wednesday. The plane has a connecting flight in Dallas, so on Wednesday evening during a 2-hour layover I will get to meet some rescue folks that I’ve only loved and respected by phone and online. Of course, they will not be interested in me. They’ll only be interested in getting some of that all-powerful puppy breath.

I won’t be arriving back home until 1:30am so that should be interesting as well. But, I will have all my crates in various locations of the house set up and all ready to go ….. hopefully. Right now, I’ve got to get busy preparing my ingredients (pureeing & storing) and baking & freezing up muffin batches for the home-cooked Canine Life (West Coast & East Coast) meals that only befits such little princesses.

Although I am the one responsible for all the training, housebreaking, cooking, grooming chores, guess who got to pick out the name for our baby? Well, I’ve got to throw the poor guy a bone. He merely gets carry-out while my dogs get home-cooked, all-organic meals. Thank goodness I love his choice. He selected the name Olivia, after our all-time favorite name of Oliver. I probably will call the new Princess Livey, pronounced Live — ee, the emphasis certainly on the word ‘live’. And, when calling my little one, I can say, “O – Livey!” Livey’s middle name will be Reba, the name of her very special mom.

Baby Olivia will be similar to Alfie, in that she will be a cross between American and English lines. Her daddy is actually an import from Australia, but it was some special English kids in his pedigree that made him such a find. Of course, I’d be thrilled if she could have Alfie’s youthfulness, puppy attitude, and almost 24-7 tail-wagging (just look at him and he wags, or if you hear boom boom boom, it’s Alfie’s tail going back and forth as he is lying somewhere in the house–don’t ask me what he is thinking about, but it must be good because his tail never stops).

There are no photos yet but that shall come. I just need to get out my camera and brush up on my skills. That, and a million other things I need to do to get ready. So, please understand if the site gets somewhat messy and emails are not answered as quickly and my blog is not updated nearly as often. I have a special window of opportunity that I cannot let go by, my clicker at the ready in anticipation.

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8 thoughts on “Can someone please throw me a pity party?

  1. Wow, sounds like you have enough to keep you busy for a long time. What you are doing is truly a labor of love.

    That is SUCH exciting news about Baby Olivia!!! Looking forward to the photos and stories!

  2. Rochelle , there is no amount of money that could be put on all the information and endless time you give here on educating all of us on how to help our golden babies and keep them as healthy as we can.

    And for that I Thank You from the bottom of my heart; as I’ve said before you have helped me in ways no one else could, with your help I have found a new and holistic way to help Carly and for that I am eternally grateful.

    And girlfriend you are getting a baby girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am so happy for you…..all I can say is here I come Olivia!! I have to see the baby and Alfie too of course 😉

  3. Rochelle;
    We can only repeat what the others have said, we know this is a labor of love and there is so much benefit to so many people and of course Goldens.
    We are so happy that a bundle of fur will be joining you family and we are sure that Alfie will love her as much as you and Gary.
    We wish you all the best and all the happiness in the world with your new addition.

  4. Congratulations! You probably have this covered, but here goes:
    We do this to get dog used to a new Human Baby smell, so why not a Canine Baby? : Have them send you a towel/plush toy with Olivia’s Eu du Parfum on it and present it to Alfie with lots of praise!
    Thank you so much for all your dedication to keeping us all informed on Golden News!

  5. YAY! A new puppy! I gave mine a bath today, cause he was covered in pooh and dirt! Puppies are so fun….

    Congratulations on getting Olivia! That’s way too cool.

    And thanks for all you do, really – I am a golden nut and you’ve become a daily must read for me.

  6. Congratulations Rochelle! This is such exciting news. I’m sure that all the exhaustion coming your way with the trip will be well worth it. The new site is awesome, I spent a bit of time exploring yesterday and I continue to keep learning. Don’t forget to take care of yourself in the midst of all this!

  7. Rochelle,

    I am so happy for you. And look forward to hearing all about little Olivia. Best wishes with the trip to Texas!

    I also want to thank you for all you have done creating and are doing now to upgrade Land of Pure Gold. I learned about it a year before I adopted Molly, and I don’t know what I would have done without all the excellent information and wonderful support I have fouind here.

  8. Whoopee! I am just catching up on the blogs as I’ve been away on vacation and I’m so glad I caught this one! Our puppies will be coming home about the same time – Barley comes home Feb. 3. Above all our pain and loss, is the beautiful promise of more love to come!

    Good luck Rochelle, and thanks again for all your hard work!

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