We got the word yesterday around 6:00 pm that we could bring Scout home. Her fever was down and she’d been given fluids and antibiotics. Her chest X-ray was clear. Her bloodwork was fine except for some elevated levels in the liver, most likely due to Lyme disease. Her heart looks good. She has a very bad case of Lyme but it hasn’t affected her kidneys, which is a relief.  She was feisty as ever last night when we brought her home, and we were so grateful that she was back when she belonged, with her family.

She’s a bit more subdued this morning and may be running a slight fever, but that’s the way it is with an infection. She’s a fighter and so are we. Seeing her sweet face was the best birthday present ever.

Our local animal hospital is filled with the most wonderful caregivers – loving and caring, compassionate and kind. I am grateful they are here in my little town, available any time we need them. As you can imagine, our bill is shockingly high, but we are grateful that we can make payments. Another plus of living in a small town where everyone is your neighbor.

We’re rather tired but managed to stop at the store yesterday and buy the makings of a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. And we will have our little celebration here at the cottage, grateful for the kindness of doctors, techs and nurses, grateful that our little girl is home with us, grateful that I have been given the gift of 60 years here on earth, grateful for all of you. Thank you for all of your kind messages and prayers for Scout. I know they made a difference. Thank you for all the birthday greetings; they warmed my heart.

I’ll share more about my birthday tomorrow. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.



  1. pam mikel says

    i’m so happy you got your birthday wish claudia! scoutie home. your blog is so real. i’m thankful for you and your blog today as well as a million other things. happiness for you & don today and every day. pam in burleson, tx

  2. Susie says

    Claudia, I am happy for you to have your Scout back home. Enjoy this day with Don. I am going to my daughter Karen’s.xo, Susie

  3. Just Cats says

    Whew! So happy to hear this. Love this photo. It will always be a reminder of your relief to have her home. Well, now you can celebrate. Hugs, Deb

  4. says

    Hi there,
    I’m very glad he is home. You must have been besides yourself.
    I’m a bit behind. Happy Birthday!! I hope it was wonderful!
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving with Don :)
    xoxo Liz

  5. Charlotte MacDiarmid says

    Dear Claudia, It makes my heart happy to see that Scout is home with you and Don. Your Thanksgiving will be complete now. My day will be much happier too. I do believe that prayer works and I will continue to keep all three of you in your cottage in my prayers.. I’m thrilled that it wasn’t anything more serious~~~~the Lyme is serious enough for sure..
    I hope you had a peaceful birthday with much relief knowing that your baby girl was coming home.
    Enjoy your day today~~~~we’re going to Cracker Barrel~~~~I’ll think about you when I’m eating some biscuits.
    Hugs, Charlotte

  6. Charlene says

    Caudia, you have made my day! I have been praying everything would be fine with Scout. I know how much she means to you. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

  7. says

    SOOO happy to hear the good news, and that you get to enjoy Thanksgiving with the family in tact. xo

    We’re off to the local mountains with my husband’s younger brother and fam for the weekend.
    When I went to collect my package at the post office yesterday, they had closed early ): I’m pouting.

  8. says

    What a great birthday gift to have Scout home! You are very blest to have a vet nearby that allows payments. Ours does not. When our Max gets sick I just want him well, but then later I cringe when I am given the total. That picture of you and scout
    is precious. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving Claudia!

  9. Caseymini says

    Happy Birthday and Happy Thanksgiving! Claudia, I am so glad that scout is taking a turn for th better!

  10. GinaE says

    Hi Claudia,
    That photo says it all!! I was so happy to see it this morning. I know you got just what you wanted for you
    Birthday….a Scout that has rallied. I couldn’t be happier for you. I hope you, Don and Miss Scout have
    a wonderful Thanksgiving. Something to be thankful for indeed! Hugs, Gina

  11. Julie Shaw says

    Claudia – I was so happy to see both your faces this morning!!!! Truly Thanksgiving for you and Don to have Scout back home. J

  12. says

    Cllaudia, I was going to wait to do visiting later, but I just had to come on here and see if you had word of Scout. Such wonderful news! PTL! I could not be happier for you and am doing a happy dance of thanks for Scout’s healing. I will continue to pray that she is well and healed. And I am so happy for you that you got your baby home for your birthday. Hug her tight for me, okay? Mr. Magpie sends his love to you, Don, and Scout. He got in LATE, so we are getting a slow start today. We opted out of festivities because we were supposed to be out of town. And we are opting out locally because both of us are tired. Sometimes shifting plans are a blessing. And I’m thankful that he and I will have time together. To me, that is priceless. For that, I am thankful.

    Continued good health to Scout and all our love to all of you.

    Happy Thanksgiving!



  13. says

    oh! I don’t think anything could have made me happier today than reading this post! Yippie! So very glad your darling Scout is home with you. Doing the happy dance over here.

    Happiest of thanksgivings to all of you!
    Sally xo

  14. Denise says

    You and Scout have been in my thoughts and prayers. I was so relieved to see the
    photo of the two of you. I pray that your baby continues to improve
    each day. Many blessings to the three of you on this day of
    thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. Gail says

    Oh Claudia – I’m so thankful for you that Scout is doing better and got to come home!! I hope she continues to improve quickly and get back to herself. I know this makes a Happy Birthday and Happy Thanksgiving.
    I know what you mean about getting older – how did I get to be 58??? I’m sure I’m still under 40 and just getting things figured out!

  16. cheryl says

    So happy Scout is back home with you, brought a tear to my eye and lump to my throat l know how much our pets can mean to us, l have lost 3 of my babies in the last 7 years but l still have my Millie, l pray she keeps on improving.
    cheryl xx

  17. Donnamae says

    Reading your post just a minute ago has made me so happy! So, so happy Scoutie is back home! May you and Don and Scout have a very Happy Thanksgiving!! 😉

  18. says

    Beautiful picture of you and Scout! I think you should frame it! I’m so happy she is there at home with you. I pray she makes a complete recovery and soon! Have wonderful Thanksgiving, I’m very grateful I got to know you better this year!


  19. says

    Yay!!! I’m so happy that Scout is home with you and Don. Perfect birthday and Thanksgiving gift. And I do believe she is smiling in this photo. :-)

  20. LuvWheaties says

    Beautiful photo of you and Scout. She looks happy to be home, and the relief on your face is very noticeable. I know that your home will be a bit brighter now that Scout is back with Mom and Dad! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  21. says

    Claudia, I can’ t think of a nicer birthday/Thanksgiving gift than having your sweet baby back home.
    Wishing you and your family a beautiful and Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs, Debi

  22. says

    This was the best news of all on Thanksgiving Day – so happy, so thankful. Just what you deserved.
    Way to go Scout!

    I bet your vegetarian dinner was delicious – I skipped the turkey of course but did succumb to nice piece of fish!!

    Love and hugs – Mary

  23. says

    HAPPY THIANKSGIVING! This is wonderful news that Scout is home!! Love the photo of the two of you. Scout looks like she’s smiling. Yes, there is much to be grateful for today. So glad you had a wonderful day!

  24. says

    Hi Claudia and Scoutie,
    It’s 7:43 PM MST and I am just now reading your post and I must say that this is a very Happy Thanksgiving! Just seeing
    Scoutie’s smiling face at home with her mom made my day even better. Keep up the fight dear Scoutie. There are lot’s of us cheering you on.
    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  25. says

    Dear sweet girl…I’ve been so very worried about your Scout!!! I know I haven’t said anything but just know that I wanted your baby to be OK! Your Thanksgiving sounds like it was wonderful ~ sending you big ol’ hugs and much love, Dawn

  26. Nola says

    The photo of you and Scout was all I needed to see to know everything is okay again. It made me cry. Prayers are answered, miracles still happen. I know that was all you needed for a wonderful Thanksgiving. I rejoice for you and with you!

  27. says

    I’m so glad Scout is back home! Such a sweet, sweet photo. And Happy Birthday, too! You sure do have your hands full around here. Big hugs!!

    Meanwhile, I wanted to invite you to link up one of your posts from last season for the Christmas Inspiration Linky Party we’re running right now. I remember pinning SO MANY of your posts last year — the one showing the amazing bottle brush wreath, and of course your beautiful crocheted garlands… I’d sure love it if you want to link up so that even more people can see them.



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