Late Breaking News!

Phillip smiling

Smile for the camera

The Journey of Phillip, the Forgotten, to Phillip, the Fabulous in 30 days

Eighteenth in a Series

 February 28, 2016 

Late Breaking News!

We interrupt this regularly scheduled program to bring you late breaking news concerning Phillip.  His foster parents, Paul, Ellen, and the rest of the eclectic family of nurturing animals, have realized that their job of helping Phillip heal is complete.  After encouraging his body to recover and supervising his socialization, Phillip has become a very adoptable dog!  In fact, Phillip is officially “fabulous,” but we knew that all along!

The tour of duty was extended past our original 30-day commitment as we decided that Phillip complete his heart worm treatments while in our care.  The miserable mange that left him hairless was replaced with shiny soft fur.  He grew into that saggy skin which now ripples with muscles.   Even as an adult dog, Phillip continued to grow since his physical development was delayed due largely to his previous nutritional neglect.  Not only did he add weight to his frame, but height as well.  His mind was stimulated as he learned basic manners in the company of humans and dogs alike.

The decision to let Phillip move on to the next stage of his life has been a difficult one.  It is always hard when our job as foster dog parents comes to an end.  There are so many other animals that need a chance…the same chance Phillip was given.  If these animals only had a place to recover and someone to fill all those hurts with love, they could become “Fabulous Phillips” as well.  Paul and I realize that we do more to help by fostering than keeping.  We always feel blessed by the animals in our care.  Photos of the foster dogs share the walls of our home with those of the family.  We never forget any of them.

So many of you have read and followed the antics of Phillip from the stories told about him in this blog.  It is our hope that you have fallen in love with this deserving and comical creature just as we have.  You might even have a place in your home and heart for a friendly, intelligent, counter grazing, bed hogging large mixed breed dog with marshmallow toes.

Phillip, the Fabulous, will be showcased on the website as an adoptable dog in the next few days.  Now back to our regularly scheduled program of “The Journey of Phillip, the Forgotten, to Phillip, the Fabulous in 30 days.”  There are more tales of Phillip’s adventures yet to be aired.  Stay tuned!


About ellen3625

Love Cancer? Posted on June 5, 2014by ellen3625 I remember the day the we stopped dying and started living. That was the day that we stopped fighting the Cancer and started loving the Cancer. Love Cancer? You are undoubtedly asking yourself if you read that correctly. Yes, Indeed you have. We did not wish cancer upon my husband. Despite the devastating nature of this life-threatening illness, opportunities were made available to us that we would have never chosen. The illness drove us down a winding scenic road brimming with serendipitous events that led to unexplored possibilities and new realities. This drive was filled with glimpses of unimaginable ideas and beliefs that consumed our interest like never before. Unique new individuals and unexpected animals seemed to show up at each intersection providing uncharted directions that filled us with hope and wonder, displacing the fear of death. The worries of the cancer that once filled our every thought were welcomed with a no vacancy sign. That different path had always been there available to us…waiting for us, yet we never chose to take the time to explore it. There was never the time until there was no more time. We always felt there would be endless tomorrows. Cancer had seemingly removed that option. Now I say “Thank You Cancer!” I say this knowing that we have had a rare chance to embrace the treasures that are really meaningful now.. not waiting for those imagined tomorrows. “Thank You Cancer” for changing our lifestyles, our food choices, our thoughts, and our actions. “Thank You Cancer” for opening my eyes to the bounty of healing weeds that are growing in the medicine cabinet I call my “Back Yard.” I would have never had the courage or desire to try my “Home Grown Concoctions” without your shove. “Thank You Cancer” for the animals that have helped us along the way. We are forever in their debt. “Thank You Cancer” for teaching us to live each moment to its fullest for the best and highest good for all. Now when I see someone with Cancer, I don’t say,” You poor dear!” Instead I tell them, “Opportunity has just slapped you in the face. You are about to embark on the journey of your life! Buckle Up, Take in the View, and Love the Cancer!” Love Cancer? You bet ya!
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3 Responses to Late Breaking News!

  1. Pingback: Late Breaking News! | wackedoutonweeds

  2. I think this is a wonderful thing you do!

  3. Thank you for following me, Millie and Pearl. It sounds like you’re doing wonderful work with dogs needing healing and a home. I could certainly do with a friendly local shaman to help with Pearl’s insecurities! I’ll be following your blog with interest.

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