That's Just Life  

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I almost forgot how to make a post on this damn thing. It's been so long it seems since I have managed to get a clear thought in my head.

I've heard the saying "When it rains, it pours." Truly I have felt the weight of that statement before, but I guess I got a case of the poor pitiful me going on. With all the stuff with my dad, I admit I was a bit down in the dumps. Then out of nowhere my dog Paprika passed away suddenly. To make matters worse, my son found her on the patio and he was a bit shaken up to say the least. I buried her at my parents house next to Scooby our other wonderful dog because we bury all of our pets at mom and dads (yeah we are weird). Then the very next day my best buddy Lucky who was Paprika's son died suddenly. We thought for sure it was poisoning and even had a necropsy done. It came back that he had a chronic liver problem that exacerbated. I say they are full of shit. There is no way that a healthy happy active dog goes from jumping around and running one day to dehydrated, anemic and ultimately dead the next. To say that we were shook up is an understatement. We had Lucky cremated and he is on our mantle. I loved those dogs, but Lucky was something special, he was my pal. He could make me smile any time I was near him. At 140 lbs. he was a big lump of fun. Licking and jumping and just happy to be near you and be petted.

I decided that I was just feeling sorry for myself and have tried to do normal stuff again. It's amazing how much of an impact a pet can have on your life, but they were part of the family and will be missed always. I have the two little dogs still and they can sense something is different. They still act the same as they always have and for that I'm thankful. There is no sign of poison in the yard anywhere and I'm going to have to just accept the fact that Lucky and Paprika are gone without a reason being given.

So as I was feeling down and out, I get an email from a manager within our company telling me that there is a job opening out of state for a position that is higher up than mine. Now I'm a little flattered that he would think of me. I have only been back with this company for a little over a year, and for him to consider me a viable candidate means he thinks I know what I'm doing. I wasn't really excited by the prospect of moving 1,000 miles away though, so at this point it's not going to be something I pursue. Then today I get a second email by another manager telling me that I would be a good candidate for this job and I should consider it. Now I'm having second thoughts. It's a good opportunity, but I'm just unsure, so I'm taking a wait and see approach (not the best idea I know). The wife and kids are behind me and tell me to do what I think is right and they will support me. So I guess a little time to digest this won't kill me.

Other than that life goes on. My dad has been getting all of his preliminary testing done and so far everything is looking really good. We are hopeful that the surgical team will consider him a good candidate. Another month or so and we will know for sure. I'm holding out hope, but not expecting too much yet.

It is always a good thing to hop on here and just vent sometimes. Therapy was never cheaper than starting a blog. Pretty soon we will have football and then I'll have plenty to be upset about, but for now I'm gonna stick with real life.

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I'm so sorry to hear about the pooches. that sucks! It really does sound odd and hard to believe. Whatever decision you make in regards to the job, will be the right one for you...
hang in there buddy...

August 30, 2010 at 9:54 PM

i'm terribly sorry to hear about your dog.

things will get better :)
and i'm sure you'll make the right decision.

August 30, 2010 at 11:59 PM

John, I love you man. I'm sorry to hear about your puppies bud. As I said before you ever need another ear you know how to find me.

Take care of yourself.

August 31, 2010 at 12:03 AM

You have really had a lot of bad things hit you at once, my friend. I'm so sorry. You've been missed.

August 31, 2010 at 2:04 AM

I'm sorry about your pups, I know they are like family.
Job descisions can be tough...I guess you have to decide if where they want you to move is better than where you are...then you have to consider finances, changing houses...yuk. Probably not worth it unless they give you an obscene raise.

August 31, 2010 at 5:07 AM

Thanks for the comments guys..

Our dogs are part of our family, as is pretty commmon I know. It's just a hard thing to deal with all at once. My kids are doing ok with it now so that makes it a little better.

As far as the job goes. The money would surely be quite a bit better, but I'm more concerned with the fact that this could be a huge step up the ladder if I take the plunge...Guess I will have to do some soul searching...

September 2, 2010 at 12:45 AM

The job sounds promising! If nothing else, you're right, it's an ego boost. Good luck if you pursue it!

My condolences on the puppy dogs... I know what it's like to lose a pet. :(

September 12, 2010 at 7:41 AM

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