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Robin's Roost - rest your feathers!

My friend Fox lost her battle and died on June 19. I visited her every day and when she could no longer converse, I would sing to her. She would hold my hand and sometimes make very direct eye contact, but she had mostly stopped speaking. When my visit concluded, I would kiss her on the head and tell her when I would see her again. The next-to-last visit, I sat and sang to her and when it was time to leave, I bent down to kiss her goodbye and her eyes flew open, she grabbed my hand in a surprisingly strong grip, and very clearly said, "NO!". I laughed and asked if she was forbidding me to leave. She continued to stare at me, and I said it was time for me to go. She said "No!" twice more, all while gripping my hand. So I sat back down and went back to singing. She relaxed and eventually loosened her grip on my hand and drifted back into sleep. I left without waking her. The next day she was completely unresponsive, but I sat with her and sang anyway. She died the following day, and her daughter asked me to please come over, so I did. The people had already arrived to take her body away, but her daughter asked them to wait as another family member was on the way (me!). She died with her partner, stepson, daughter, her daughter's best friend, and her stepson's mother (they were very close friends) around her, along with the hospice nurse. We should all be so fortunate to die surrounded by the people we love and who love us. We all shared stories and laughter and tears until they took her away. In a bit of a fog, I went to the PIG*SIG and received the gift of gentle friends and warm hugs. The Miccosukee Land Co-op, where Fox had lived for many decades, held a bonfire for her that evening. Her daughter said it was overwhelming to see how many people turned out who loved her mom and wanted to share stories about her. We are now planning a celebration of life as a formal memorial service for her. This has been a hard transition for me. Fox and I saw each other at least once every single week and had for years. When I left for the trip out west, she was doing well, and when I returned, she was seriously ill and never recovered. The suddenness of her decline and demise has left me reeling a bit.

In other news, we got the carport moved to its new location. We likely won't take any action on getting the fill dirt or building the RV carport until we return from our next trip. But having the carport moved has made a huge difference to the available space in the driveway! The RV is home from the shop and things appear to be working as they should. We hope to do some noise reduction tricks in the cab before we leave again because it is VERY loud up there when we are underway.

I have been searching for someone to come in 3 or 4 times in July to water my plants and fill my feeders, but so far I have not had any luck. I will keep trying.

We have a new addition to our family. Ray found a 12-year-old Yorkie online whose humans had gone into a nursing home and could not keep him. We are both missing our little Yorkies, so we went out to see him and things appeared to be fine, so we took him home on a trial basis. As it turns out, he doesn't like having another male dog in the house and he has attacked Tiny several times. In breaking up their fights, he has managed to bite me more than once, which has resulted in him getting a lesson in who is alpha in this pack. I get the impression his former owners let him be alpha. It has been a challenging adjustment and so I contacted the woman we got him from and explained the problems we are facing and our concerns about traveling with him in the confined space of the RV. She refused to take him back! She refused to even take him for the time we are traveling! I then learned that he had proven to be a problem with some of her other dogs as well, something that was NOT shared when we went to meet him, and I think she is happy to have him be someone else's problem because he is requiring a lot of time and retraining. I have bought calming collars and sprays in hopes of getting him to settle and I am also trying CBD calming stuff for dogs because I believe he has some pain from some of his physical conditions. When he is sweet, he is VERY sweet. But I think he might need to be in a home where he is the only dog.

We had planned to go to Canada and Niagara Falls and visit family in Buffalo, NY on this next trip, but the past couple of months have left us both pretty weary and raw, so we will just go to my reunion, then to my family in Michigan, and then come home in time for my cataract evaluation.

I'll be sorry to miss the PIG*SIG at The Driftwood this month, always fun to try a new place. I look forward to hearing all about it from those who attend.

Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

Robin

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