Thinking of you and Ricochet and Rina, during this trying time! Me and my Furbabies are sending you all the love and good wishes we can imagine for you and your beautiful family !!! We are thinking of you constantly! Get Well Soon !!!
Love, Jody and Furbabies: Joseph, Afton, Cedar Forest, and Kaija :)
Judy, with all the positive energy and wishes for wellness, the surgery was destined to succeed! Hopefully, the gnomes will not trouble you too much over the next week or so! We will continue to send positive thoughts & love your way until your up and walking with Rina & Ricochet again on the beach ❤
Now, I have to go find the 2nd shot of tequila as promised xoxoxo
So glad to hear that you came through surgery okay! I pray that your recovery will be quick and pain-free and that you will be back at home (and online!) quickly. Just do what you can do and don't worry about the rest. You are such a blessing, now sit back and let others take joy in blessing you.
Maggie and Madison send their love and say, "Get well soon!" Okay, they really said, "Woof, woof!" but I know that's what they were trying to say!
I've been thinking about you a lot and wondering how you're feeling as the days tick down to your surgery. Have you updated your journal yet as to the date of the surgery? We are all praying for you!
Again good luck Judy! I will be thinking of you and I really hope that it goes well for you and you have a good/speedy recovery! I think that just what we read through Ric's page and what you say/do...that you are a wonderful person and sweet person who is beautiful both inside and out! I know you are scared, but I also can see that you are strong willed and you can get through this. We are all here to listen when you need to get something out. I know that if I lived near by that we could be friends (we both are just too nice, lol). Too bad I live so far away..until my son graduates at least, ha ha.
Was wondering when your 'date' with your doctor is scheduled. You're in my thoughts and prayers....Carmen's doggie prayers, too!!
You be a good "pawtient" and maybe you'll get a treat from the good doctors and nurses - BOL.
My family and I just wanted to let you know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Judy, I am praying that everything goes well with the surgery and you are back on your feet with your beloved fur-babies as soon as possible. Ric and Rina, I'm praying that you at least try to stay out of trouble while your mom is recuperating and for you to be there to give her lots of sloppy doggy kisses as soon as she gets home. Those doggy kisses will make her get better soon!
Judy, Kate (age 7), Harper (7 mos)
Lord Buckingham (Buddy)/rescue cavalier and Lady Kensington (Lady) rescue cavalier/poodle mix
I've been thinking of you and the girls and praying that you find peace and strength in the coming days as you approach your surgery. I won't pretend to know what you are feeling or going thru right now. But I do know that God is hearing all of the prayers from your family and friends. I believe in the power of prayer and I have faith that you will get thru this an even stronger person. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you for a successful surgery and recovery.
"This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NLT)
Thankx for the update for the surgery date! I have you up in prayer and the surgeons for a successful surgery! Your babies are in good hands & keep yourself strong for this big day! Enjoy your girls before you go in! Take special time to yourself & be good to yourself...you deserve it & it will help reduce the stress. Sandy & I will see you when you get back! TLC is on order when we see ya my dear Friend! OXOX, Joy
Judy you will find that this experience is happening to you for a reason. After that horrible ordeal I went thru in 2007, I later came to see the reasons why it happened besides it was meant to happen. I know it changed my life, and Im sure t his will change your life. Im not talking about the physical as much as the other aspects. I know this is asking a lot, but try not to worry to much, and pray pray pray!!! I had not prayed in so long, but I started again when I was sick, and now its important to me again.
The Coast News will be doing an article on Dog's Nite Out in the up coming weeks. I was sure to mention what an inspiration you and Ricochet are to me and alot of other people. I hope I can raise some awareness for all your great causes. You will definitley get a copy of it. I also did a donation into Michelle's Place but I posted it not to reflect any amount so you can't see it. Also is there anyway I can get the Pink Dog's Nite Out Board from your Garage from your sister if not no biggie!
I hope everything is well and Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you.
Dear Judy, You and Ricochet are such an inspiration to so many people for so many worthwhile causes. I started following Ricochet when my daughter sent that video to me about Ricochet starting out as a Service dog and becoming a Surfice dog instead. I cried every time I watched it but was so amazed at all the effort put forth to help others. I am an RN and what i do is all about caring, but I could not begin to reach the people you benefit with Ricochet and his passions. Just a little background as to why I love dogs and especially Goldens so much. I was blessed with my first Golden when my daughter took pity on me after she went into the Coast Guard and returned to claim her two Goldens back that I had taken care of for her. I had fallen so in love with her Golden ,Cody, she let me keep him. He passed away at 14 years and i swore I would not go through that heartbreak again. My daughter had other plans as she just happens to work with a rescue organization in the Murrieta area and found a 5 month old Golden that I could not resist, hence my 3 year old goofy Golden, Otis. My daughter has always been a dog lover and you can bet that anything she does will involve dogs even if it does not appear to at the beginning. She volunteered for the Sheriff's Department doing the Trauma Intervention program(TIP) and eventually worked in comfort dogs and trained others to use dogs to comfort children who had witnessed traumatic accidents or events. She is now starting up a business to benefit those with very unstable Diabetes who go into life threatening highs and lows with their blood sugars even while sleeping. Oh yes, the dogs do the alerts before the glucose gets to those dangerous levels. I could go on but I want to get back to what you are doing. I am a 7 year Breast Cancer survivor and now volunteer as a Patient Support Representative at the Breast Care and Imaging Center of Orange County which also contains the Cordelia Knott Wellness Foundation. Many of the patients seen by our Doctors and Volunteers here have been given information for Michelles Place for their support and for resource services closer to their homes. What an absolutely worthwhile cause(Reality Rally)! These women can use your support and the money will all go for their needs. The stories I have been told would break your heart. To see these women after someone stepped up to help get them through each crisis with kind words and a hug, a grant, a place to live, or a wig. To know that someone else has been through this before is a lifeline for these women as they are traveling the jpurney of their lives. It got me through just knowing that I was not alone. When you are ready and know where you will be having your procedure, a support group or class with others is so helpful. It is frightening to face the unknown and to suddenly realize that life is truly fragile. It is okay to cry and certainly necessary at times, but you will find more strength in the process in you continue to see the humor in it. You truly make me laugh and brighten my days with the antics of Ricochet! What a treasure she is! I have discovered such riches in my journey such as friends I would never have known if I had not had breast cancer. You should hear us laugh when we get together! I am not saying that a scary diagnosis is a good thing but that you must find the good in each experience . I have learned that life is so precious and each day is a gift. I look at life and the people I love and feel blessed to be where I am and doing what I do. One of my favorite quotes is:"when you come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to drop off into the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen;there will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly." Judy, you will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this journey. there are so many people who love and care about you. What a beautiful world this would be if there were more people like you and, of course, more dogs like Rina and Ricochet. You will get through this and along the way, you will inspire others who will look to you for wisdom when they face similar challenges. I hope that I get the chance to meet you and Ricochet one of these days. That would truly be an honor. Hugs to you and your FurGirls. Love, Candie Keller
I wanted to tell you I have no doubt in my mind that this surgey will be nothing less than a success! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I also posted up all your links for Surf Dog Ricochet and his charities. So far om 2/22/11 at 1:30 PM. The current running total is $2,626.00 out of the $ 3,000.00 Goal
I hope to get a small donation in there too. wish you well.
I just want you to know that I am holding you in my thoughts and prayers. You are an awesome lady, and I'm sure you're ready to get on with the surgery, recovery, and then back to all the wonderful work you and Ricochet do.
Max, Sadie, and I have you in our thoughts and prayers. You are such an awesome individual, and this challenge will just be another milestone in your extraordinary life! Please let us know what we can do to help!
I just read your story and your journal entries. I am 31 years old and about to embark on mitral and aortic valve replacement right around the same time you will be having your surgery. I agree that all of this is pretty terrifying and the only person who can fix any of it is your surgeon. I have actually been through this 10 years ago when I unexpectedly had my valve replaced and the only thing that calmed my nerves was when someone pointed out to me, that your surgeon probably performs this surgery several times a week, and while it may not be routine for you to have the surgery, luckily for you it is very routine for your surgeon. Please feel free to look me up on this site, Tara Gambardella, I have just created an account and will be blogging before and After my surgery. I can also be reached by email at TaraTGambardella@yahoo.com
Good Luck and try your best to stay positive, i know how hard that can be but try to surround yourselves with friends and family who can lift your spirits!
My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know this isn't an easy time and I don't want to say anything cliche, but I do believe you will take this battle on like a warrior! I see you fight for everyone else - now it's time to do it for you and allow others to be there for you. Remember what I said; if you decide to go with a surgeon up in my area, I will be glad to take you to appointments, ask Chelsea to watch the girls, host any relatives or close friends that need a place to stay when visiting you in the hospital. Whatever you need.
Lots of Love,
You've done what you can do Judy. Now it's your surgeon's turn. He's good because you spent the time finding him. Your friends and family take over the next step with prayers, energy and deep relaxing breaths. Because it's hard to jump the steps inbetween to get to "the it's all over step," you have to endure the scary stuff. I wish there were a magic pill to send you to make it all go away. There's not so swallow all of our wishes for you instead and know we're thinking about you. Will be thinking of you and waiting for your sister-in-law's updates 'til we get yours again. Lovingly, Myrna
My parents both have had the surgery you are about to have. It was scary for both of them, and rightfully so. Fast forward many years and they are both fine. Mom and Dad complained more about pain in their legs from harvesting veins then anything other pain they had.
It is very important to get up and walk as soon as you can, they will give you a little pillow that will become your best friend as you recover, hold it close to you when you cough and it will serve it's purpose.
You have alot of people praying for you. The work you do with Ric and Rina is unreal looking from the outside in.
Judy you will be just fine, when you get anxious at night, just close your eyes and picture Ric chasing after birds, that thought alone will calm you.
My prayers and thoughts are with you. All will turn out great, and you'll be better than new afterwards!
As I told you I reside in San Diego, so if there's ANYTHING you need PLEASE do not hesitate to call!
Oh Judy, you are being so brave and so realistic. You humble me with how you are handling this. I know I can't tell you, "don't be scared" as that doesn't help. Just know that a LOT of people are going through this with you because we all care very much about you. My thoughts and prayers are very much with you. I pray for your peace and comfort.
Julie Vandegrift and The Pack (Tucker, Disney and this year, Piper)
Let me know what we can do to help, what kind of food you'd like to have brought over, etc. Chutney & I are close by & would be happy to help in some way(s). Chutney would enjoy playing with your girls & giving them a bit of extra exercise.
You are always in my prayers and thoughts. Thank you for inspiring so many people with all that you do. It is a Blessing to call you my friend.
I hear ya about sedation. First thing I asked was "Is Odie overweight?" when I woke up. Go figure that the furkids were the first thing on my mind.
If you need any help whatsoever let me know.
Nancy and gang
It sounds as though you are in very good hands. I had open heart surgery at age 39 to repair a small hole in my heart (congenital) and it went very well (I'm 52 now). If your experience is like mine, you'll be back on your feet in no time and the experience will definitely provide you with a renewed appreciation for life.
All our hearts are beating love for you to get through your heart surgery and to make a swift recovery which I know Richocet will help you do without doubt. Animals are the best medicine with lickings of unconditional love.
Thinking of you from Torquay, Devon.
Love Sue & family xxxx
Hi Judy--We are following your journey. You are such an inspiration to so many. Your love for people and animals is sure to be returned as you have your surgery, heal, and recover. You are a person of the heart, and now your heart will be better than ever. -- Linda (& Allen) Anderson