July 31, 2010



"Thinking a smile all the time time will keep your face youthful."

Hi dearest friends,

We are  so very, very excited about whats going on around the blogging world to help
 Miss Shelby 

Check this link out:


Thanks to JD & Max at


& their wonderful Mommy, who is sponsoring a FANTASTIC fund raiser for Miss Shelby, it looks like a bunch of money will be coming in for Team Shelby and their will be lots of happy doggies and peoples around. We are also still accepting donations through Pay Pal.

Shelby Update

Mommy here............

This morning Sandra and I took Miss Shelby to see Dr Briles for another checkup. Dr Briles still hasn't been able to locate any mites but does think she has Demadex mange so he is treating it accordingly. Her heart is still strong but there is a problem with the supplier of the heart worm shots not being safe so until he can find anybody that has any he has started her on Heartgard Plus and Prednisone. I asked him if this was just here but he said everyone is having the same problem. His supply is gone but he said he will keep checking around to see if anybody has any that is safe to use. He said it wouldn't hurt her and the Prednisone will help with her itching. If he can find the shots she will have to stop taking the Prednisone. Her skin is so much better and her hair is growing back. The really raw spots and sores she had before are aren't nearly as bad anymore. We take her back in a month and then we will discuss her being spayed. She is having no problem with her eye injury and Dr Briles says she has a cherry eye now. Here are some new pictures all taken this morning. Sandra said that Shelby loves to ride in the car and I believe it. See headed straight to my car and hopped in with a little push to the butt.
"OK, I'm ready, lets go."
"Mommy got me up early, wake me when we get there"
"Are we here yet??"
This is where Dr Briles lives.
Waiting our turn.
"My butt's looking much better, don't ya think?"
Sandra waiting with Shelby while I pay the bill.
Shelby trying to kiss Sandra through the window. Home at last.

When I came out, Shelby was socializing with everybody in the the waiting room, it was so exciting to see her greeting everybody. She loves people. There were no dogs in the waiting room but Dr Briles said we can start introducing her to other dogs but to go very slow because she might be terrified of dogs since it was dogs that were forced to hurt her. Please pray that she can can handle being around other dogs. 
Please help us wish my dear friend
Phantom Godspead when he has
his surgery next week.
Mona here.........We started this post hours away. But it's Saturday night which is means its "Animal Planet" night at the Ricca household. We never miss Dogs 101, Last Chance Highway and Pit Boss. So now lets talk about ME!

As soon as Mommy got back I was waiting at the door. I do this everyday time Mommy comes home from work. NO, I am not bowing down to her I'm just stretching........
and then I wait for her to pick me up so I can cover her with kisses
Please excuse the mess behind me...I kinda drug the towels out of the laundry basket and torn some Kleenex up.
"Do you forgive me Mommy?"
"Of  course I do Bobbitt"
Who could ever be mad at a face like that.
Mommy here again..........

My Mona is doing very well, so far, with her Arthritis. She hasn't been jumping, except into her chair or the couch, and hasn't had to take anymore of the Rimadly but it's here just in case. I am giving her Gloucaphage and Controtine (probably not spelled right) pills and chicken strips that have the same thing in it. I pick her up to sit with me and put her up on the bed (she never could jump that high anyway) and take her down when she wants to get down. She never has to jump again as for as I'm concerned but I know she really wants too.
Oh, yes!! They say that misery loves company or at least that's what Mommy says, so Thunder went and gots a ouchie on his snooter and he has to wear the dreaded collar. I think that Thunder didn't want Phantom to feel bad being in a collar next week so he did it on purpose. Brothers gotta stick together you know. Their Mommy found a nice comfy one, actually two now, so it don't look to bad. Now lets hope Ciara doesn't run in to any problems.
That's all for one tonight.

Love, kisses and {{{huggies}}} to all....Mona & the Mommy too!!


The Daily Pip said...

Shelby looks SO GREAT! Thanks for sharing!

Your pal, Pip

AFSS said...

Shelby is looking so much better.

mayziegal said...

Gosh, I can't believes how much better Miss Shelby looks! My paws are crossed that she's not skeered of other doggies. But I sure wouldn't blame her if she was.

And Mona, who could NOT forgive you for tearing up a few kleenexes? Specially when you look at 'em like that!

Wiggles & Wags,

Zona said...

I'm so glad Shelby is doing better! It amazes me how we doggies can still trust two leggers after this kind of thing. I hope she isn't too scared of the friendly dogs she will soon meet. Poor dear...

I'm glad your not needing those pills anymore! And hey, what's a tissue or two when you're waiting for Mommy?! :)


3 doxies said...

Oh Shelby looks so much more wonderfuls now and her butt does look betters too. Poor thing has been through so much. I hope she tolerates other doggies well. I thinks her might surprise everybuddy though.
Mona, next time...gets da toilet paper cuz it just unroll and unrolls and unrolls and makes a beautiful mess. BUT....ummmmm, don't tells your mommy I gaves you dat idea okays.
We haves our paws crossed fur Phantom and his family. Just devestating fur them to haves to go through dis again.


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Shelby is looking so much better. We hope her heartworm treatment can get underway soon so she will be very healthy soon. Thanks for the good thoughts for Phantom and Thunder too. We all appreciate it very much. We have crossed our paws that Mona's arthritis won't be too bad for her.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Lola and also Franklin, too said...

Shelby seems to be doing so well. It appears you all really did save her life. Paws crossed that she does OK with other dogs. I'm also happy to know that Mona's doing well. That's another piece of good news. I hope all goes well for Phantom and the other doggies who are facing challenges in the immediate future as well.

lotsa licks, Lola

sprinkles said...

Shelby is looking soooooo much better!

It sounds like Mona is too!

Lorenza said...

Hi, Mona!
I am so happy to see Shelby. Sure she is looking much better now.
I have my paws crossed for Phantom too!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

the booker man said...

miss mona,
it's grrreat to see how miss shelby keeps getting better and better!! me and asa and mama have big smileys on our faces. :)))
we've got our paws crossed for phantom this week, too.

the booker man

pee s -- miss mona, you know the best kleenex to go after are the ones that your hoomans have blown their noses in. teeheehee!

The Word Place said...

So glad for the good report on Shelby! It's amazing that she loves people after everything she's suffered! Will be following her progress with much interest!

The Luke said...

So happy that the Shelby is lookin so much better!

And I'm wishin her all the best in her recovery... physically and other wise. What a shame upon the human race. Just sayin.

Mona, wif our shared mct experience, I fink of you as my teeny tiny sister. And I love you! Hang in there, Sweet Girl!!!

wif love from the Luke

Raising Addie said...

We are sooooo very happy to see Shelby doing well!

It sounds like you have a great vet that is taking extra good care of her.

Please let us know if you need anything at all!

We hope it was not 105 degrees in your area today. This heat is just horrible!

Please give Mona a BIG hug from us!

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

Huskee and Hershey said...

We are soooo glad to see Shelby doing so wonderfully well!! And the soreness on her bum bum is almost all gone... We hope that her introduction to other dogghies will go well... the poor baby has been through so much.

Aww Mona, I (Huskee) love to shred up Kleenex too!! It's looks like 'snow'..wheeee..... Love your sweet face to bits!!

kishiko said...

Hi Mona!
Oh Shelby,she is so cute.
Your mom is wonderful to take care of her so well!
Give Shelby a lot of hugs.
I am crossing my paws for Phantom.
And Mona, take care of yourself.
I love your cute pictures!

Simba and Jazzi said...

Hope Shelby continues to improve,

Simba and Jazzi xx

Scout and Freyja said...

Great news about Shelby!

Uhm, what happened to your bloggy? Do you need some help fixing it again?

Sagira said...

Wow, she is really looking so much better. Keep up the great work!

Glad that Mona is also doing well.

We have our paws crossed for Phantom.

Kari in Alaska said...

Thanks for the link to the auction!

Don't forget, we've moved to http://dogisgodinreverse.com

Taffy said...

Mona, Shelby is looking so wonderful! I hope things are going well as she starts being aroung other doggies. I have that arthritis thing going on too but I am taking Metacam. That Rimadyl make me act all crazy. You and I are having kinda a tough year, huh?

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

We are so glad that Shelby is doing so much better!!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Pat Wahler said...

So pleased to hear about Shelby's improvements! And here's hoping everyone else keeps on the healthy road, too!


Lauren said...

Yay for Shelby!! I am so pleased about her progress as I am sure everyone that knows her story is. Lots of love and kisses to you, Shelby, and of course lots of kisses and love for you Mona!!!
-Lauren and Kangol

Miss Lizzy said...

Mona, you are a super cutie and we are excited about the new fundraiser for Shelby -- we'll go check it out! Thanks to the Mommy for the Shelby update -- she just melts our hearts. So glad that she is doing better.