For those that don’t know, Stanley passed away today. This is very tough for me to write about. Jo and I are having a tough time with his loss.

He had recently had surgery to remove a large lipoma, a fatty mass, from his hip. It turns out that the mass was cancerous, however it was a low grade cancer. Unfortunately shortly after his surgery he developed several infections. We took him back to the vet several times for additional antibiotics but he was not able to fight off the infections.

It’s been very nice to hear from everyone that knew Stanley. It seems that he was a pretty special guy in that he touched a lot of people’s lives. Jo and I will miss him terribly.

The boy finally had surgery to remove the rather large lipoma from his hip. He’s been a real trooper through all of this. The first two days were not fun but he’s already doing much better and he doesn’t look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame. He just resemble Frankenstein with his big scar now. I told him chicks dig scars so not to worry.

Well Stanley has begun to take after Natalie in requiring frequent vet visits. Stanley has been going to Camp Bow Wow when the realtor shows the condo during the work week. I picked him up after work on Friday and he was fine at first then started to act a bit off. He wouldn’t lay down or sit and seemed to be in a lot of discomfort. Jo and I ended up taking him to the emergency vet, VSA, and it turns out he has pancreatitis which causes a lot of irritation in his digestive system and he had a lot of air built up which caused the discomfort. So he stayed over night at the vet and he’s doing much better now.

The vet this weekend was great though. Jo and I were very impressed with her. She gave us a lot of information and she was very thorough. She also checked out his lipoma (the fatty tumor) on his hip and she said he was developing some fluid which isn’t quite normal. Usually it would just be a fatty mass with no fluid. So she is recommending we schedule to have it removed even with his age. She said it didn’t have to be right away but we should have it done fairly soon.

Anyway, the boy is home now and doing very well. He even has a nice new red bandanna from VSA.

What is a Labrador to do on a beautiful Saturday morning? I mean he woke Jo up at 7:30 this morning demanding a early morning jaunt out to the park. He had his breakfast which included scrambled eggs. I was watching soccer and not giving him the proper attention he felt he deserved and his mid day walk is still some time away. So a good snooze on the patio sofa seems like the best option when you think about it. The photo of the flowers were just thrown in on this post because I thought they looked nice.

Yes that is the face of a Labrador who knows how to ham it up for the camera. Well, there isn’t much new lately at the chiti-graf household. I’m still running and blogging in my spare time. I haven’t played soccer since November but I think my ankle may be about ready to test in a pickup game soon. Jo is still playing and practicing the violin. I think she improves every week. She hasn’t been running since aggravating her IT band, so she’s been going to yoga with friends from work. I think she likes it.

The rainy season is coming to an end here in Northern California and spring time here is just ridiculously beautiful. I included some photos below.





Well Jo and I didn’t have a wild New Years like we did last year. We went out early, had dinner and some drinks, then we came back to spend New Years with Stanley while watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffith on CNN. Was it just me or was Kathy Griffith out of control. Yeah, she really did say that on the air. If you didn’t see it just Google it, you’ll find it. I think there is a clip on YouTube as well.

Jo and also upgraded our projector, as kind of a Christmas gift to ourselves. It’s a Panasonic PT-AE3000U, 1600 ANSI Lumens, Widescreen, 1080p High Definition, Home Theater Projector with Smooth Screen Technology. It was a little pricey but well worth it.