Tuesday, October 27, 2009

About Cerritos' new web site

User friendly? I guess. New? No. Better than before. Maybe. Future of the 21st century? Not yet. But it's better than the previous one I guess. Cerritos College's new update, futuristic, user-friendly (whatever) page is up and it's okay.

ASCC President Oscar Franco is excited about, but I took a peek and it's just a page with a "better" not "user-friendly" look. I don't know what the big deal is. It's all the rage now. Everyone from MySpace, to YouTube to Facebook will end up saying it, "Check out my NEW USER FRIENDLY PAGE." I say.

Good for you ! Where's the marching band? Confetti?

Friday, October 23, 2009

(About Time!) New photos of N-dolla

These recent photos are the latest that are taken of yours truly and after the death of our beloved chow-chow dog, Prieta. SO, I have given you an idea of what I look like now.



As of right now, the fall semester at Los Angeles City College is a little more than halfway done. And I'm out by mid-December. My apologies for the delay of writing, I'm just focused on my classes and reaching the finish line.



I think I look okay, not great. I still have another 20 lbs. that I want to lose. And I'm working on it.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Our Prieta's memory is remembered

Here is your first look at the wooden urn where our beloved Prieta's ashes will remain forever. As you can see the urn has no pictures of our chow-chow just yet. Those picutures are upload to a flash drive and hopefully the urn will be filled with just pictures of her. In the last week, as I have said, Prieta, 12, passed away on Oct. 7 of throat cancer that was diagnosed in August.



Since her death I have walked over the the urn and placed my hand on it and have always remembered everything about her. There will be no other chow-chow like her. I don't know when we, and if we will get another dog. I haven't moved the bed that Prieta slept on since Oct. 7, and I don't plan to. It's the only way that I will never forget.



May we never forget. And finally, below is the generous donation given to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that I mentioned. I was in tears when I saw this. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Prieta's ashes are sealed in a wooden box

As all of you know, our dog passed away on Oct. 7. On Oct. 10 her ashes were picked up at a pet cementary in Huntington Beach, California in a wooden box. That box now sits on top of the piano in the living. As of this morning pictures of Prieta were saved on a flash drive so that way the wooden box wouldn't be so plain. As soon as the pictures are placed on the box, a photo (I hope) will be taken. As soon as that happens I will upload the picture onto the blog.



Also...I would like to extend my appreication to someone who made a generous, and I do mean generous donation to the Los Angeles Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in memory of our beloved chow-chow. A card was mailed to our home saying that this person did it in her memory. I would like to say many thanks for the loving thought. It only reinforces what I knew about Prieta; that I, my sister, my mom and dad loved her so much.

AND MOST of all...

A million and one thank yous to Prieta.

April 27, 1997-Oct. 7, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009

In Memoriam to our dog Prieta 1997-2009

Until now, these black and white images of our dog Prieta were private and as a memoriam to her since her passing on October 7, 2009 from throat cancer, I wanted to share these with you. I had take a photography class at Cerritos College in 2000 and decided to use her as my muse. First, I like to apologize for the lack of contrast and such but it was the best I could do. At the time, Prieta was three years old and I would hope that you can see why I fell in love with her as quick as I did. She was energetic, young and full of love for the four of us after getting over her initial shock and her new surroundings. She loved us all but I, fell in love with her instantly.



Never one to let a day go by without telling you she loved you, Prieta had her way of showing love, at least for me. The way she showed me love is that from time to time she would lick my hand, even when I didn't expect it and she would continue to do it for the next nine years of her life. But like I stated before she was one-of-a-kind and that to me is rare in a dog much less a human. Since Wednesday, not a day has gone by without thinking of Prieta and the routine that would following. No more waking up and taking her out to see if she needed water or go at 4:30 a.m. No more worrying about whether she had food or water. No more worrying about whether she is still breathing...and no more...no more waiting and just being able to hug her.



All of that is what I will miss the most, just her being her and having to know that she is protecting and caring for our home. I'm starting to well up in tears. I have been doing that since Wednesday but want can I do? I have never felt the emptiness of losing a family pet, a family dog until now. And I'm 29-years-old! How can anyone just instantly forget a dog that meant so much to so many people. A dog that meant so much to me. I will never, ever, ever, ever forget.



I want to end it by saying that Prieta was a good egg. She was one of a kind, she was almost human and born on my birthday. She will forever be in my heart even when I'm 100-years-old. I LOVE you Prieta!

Now if you will excuse me I have to go get Kleenex tissue to swipe the tears away.

April 27, 1997-October 7, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Breaking News: Our Dog Dies 1997-2009

Ladies and Gentleman,

With a unknowing gift for making everyone she knew happy and for teaching me how to grow old, it saddened me to inform you that our chow-chow dog, Prieta has died. She was 12. Yes, this lovable character to whom I called, "My Girl" died of throat cancer at 8:44 a.m. The diagnosis was more than a two months ago. Born on April 27, 1997 Prieta was given to us by a gentleman who was looking for a home for the rest of her family. She, at the time had two brothers and her father was a black chow-chow, and her mother was brown. She came into our home as a gift for my sister and my sister thought that the thing hiding underneath the table was a giant fur ball.

How quickly that thought changed as she fell in love with this dog and so did I. I don't have the words to say what she did for me as a human being. She changed me because I had always known that someone would be waiting for me. I don't know what to tell God at this moment because I can't speak to him right now, I can only speak about what I am feeling.



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The way in which she left me was not the way I wanted her to leave this earth. This morning the cancer took away her mobility to walk and stand and I look and told my mom that it was time to put her to sleep. She was no longer eating and the only thing that she wanted to do was sleep. In the more than a month that followed my love for this dog grew. It grew to the point that I would have given my heart and right arm to keep her for one more year. However, that was not to be. And now she's forever gone but she will never be forgotten.



Thank you to this four-legged friend to whom I owe my greatest gratitude for 12 unforgettable years. For the times that you have given me, for letting me pratice my speeches with and for the time that I just needed a hug. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! A gzillion thank yous to you Prieta. I will love you and miss you tomorrow. And always.

Prieta

April 27, 1997-October 7, 2009

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Deciding whether she should be put down

I look at Prieta everyday and at this moment I wanted to express what I'm feeling. My mom's confusing, my sister doesn't want to think about it, my dad doesn't want to think about it, and I am not ready to let her go. But I think that the dog will be put to sleep soon then expected. After more than 12 years with us, that is a reality that I am not ready to face.


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I can't imagine what that will feel like the day that this dog is no longer around. The throat cancer has possibly returned yet, she will have to be taken to the hospital in order to find out. But that has not happened. But at this moment, I am just loving her with all I can, and have asked the Man above to keep her going for as long as she can.

I don't know what else I can say. I love my dog too much to let her go.

Norma

Saturday, October 3, 2009

We will love her as long as God says so

I have been thinking about what to say to you all. I have been thinking how I would say it, but ladies and gentleman, we are taking good care of our dog Prieta for as long as we have her. I know that the cancer that she was diagnosed will one day take her from us, but in the time that she has on this earth, all of us, that is, all four of us will love her until she passes away.



I seriously don't know what I would feel, if anything, when that day happens. Prieta is our first dog, and the first one that I will forever love and will continue to do so for as long as God will let us. Mind you, I don't want to get religious, but at the moment she is concerning me with eating less and sleeping more. Is that a bad sign? I don't want to think about the day that she passes...my tears will never stop, but I was once told that crying will cleanse the soul and mind.

SO, if you have been wondering about what I have been doing what I have just said is what is going on. My love for her, My Prieta is growing each and every day. That is something I am sure of. With all this concern about her at least it brings something out of me...

I'm SUCH a mom.

Click here to read a previous blog entry about Prieta.


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