I had to mention the silent inspirations in my life. These two amazing animals have jumped into my heart, showing unconditional love and support throughout life and my GP journey. I am thankful to have them in my life as a distraction as I work through the illness of gastroparesis.

We brought our cockapoo home late November of 2007. He is the product of two other first generation cockapoos. The breed itself is wonderful and our cockapoo, we named him Tucker, is no exception. He contently sits next to you for hours while watching TV or playing video games. He also has endless energy when he wants to play. Tucker also acts as our guard dog (yes, at 22 pounds he is quite intimidating!) but we find his barking more annoying than it is helpful. We hope to someday break him of this bad habit.

On April 20th, 2010 we brought home our new Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. She is now 6 months old and weighs in at a crazy 55 pounds. She is happy, healthy and full of energy. Her and Tucker are best friends. She is currently in obedience classes so that one day, she’ll be able to walk the halls of hospitals as a therapy dog. I have personally experienced the healing powers of animals, and how much of a positive difference they can make in the recovery process. I want to be able to share that wonderful gift with others through Ellie. She’s going to be an amazing therapy dog.

I recently spent some time randomly making a slideshow of my Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. Too much time and sweat went into making this video to not include it in my inspirations page. So here it is. Enjoy!

  • 5 Responses

  • claudia says...

    Dear Kirby,

    Helllo 🙂 my name is Claudia Arzillo i’am 23 years old and i have had a rocky health situation such as yourself.I am looking to get the j-tube.I have a picc line right now and get tpn and hydration through my picc.I have had lot’s of surgery’s due to tumor’s and bowl obstruction’s.My doctor want’s me to get the j-tube and I’m scared.Your website i just stumbled upon through google 🙂 and i wanted to know more about the j-tube from someone who has actually had it and knows what it feels like!Your website is so cute 🙂

  • Kirby says...

    Feel free to browse the site – there’s quite a bit of information about my experiences with my j-tube. From a regular j-tube, to a surgically placed j-tube, to a temporary j-tube with balloon, to a j-button…and all my experiences in between. There is even a video on how to set up a bag for tube feeding. Let me know if there is anything else you wanted to know. Good luck!

  • Sharon says...

    I really loved the videos of you and your babies. Made me cry and go hug my dog a whole lot tonight 🙂


  • Dourado says...

    Hi, please come like our Facebook fan page on “My dog is family”. We really would like you to be a part of this with us. We love our dogs as memeber of the family here! http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-dog-is-family/280645485291180

  • Davina Semper says...

    Magic post. thanks for the share. more ready.

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