I can’t say I’m sad to put 2017 behind us. Truthfully, we’ve had worse years – 1999 comes to mind as a year we experienced some tragic losses; my mother, our dog Shelby to cancer, and our cat Miss Bones to an attack by the neighbor’s dog. By the end of the year we had found our sweet Lab mix, Maggie, so it was not all bad. Most bad years have some good in them and 2017 was no different.
However, we started it off by losing our golden retriever Sheba to cancer in January, and then finding out in May that both the Dadz and I would be losing our jobs. Our beagle Cricket was diagnosed with an enlarged heart, and taking Luke to the vet for simple things was a nightmare because of his fears. The last few months of work were not easy, and then at the end of September we got done, and I am still out of a job. Worse, in October my family suffered the devastating loss of my brother-in-law, my oldest sister’s husband.
There are times I’ve had trouble keeping my chin up, and I’m trying not to carry that into 2018.
On the bright side, Cricket has responded well to her heart medications and has mostly been feeling well (her cough is worse lately though so they may need an adjustment), and Samantha is doing quite well for a 15-year-old cat who is blind, plus has hyperthyroidism and high blood pressure. Luke has been healthy, so we won’t have to face those vet visits too often, we hope (knock wood).
I had a good trip to the BlogPaws conference in South Carolina in May with my friend Sheryl, some great weekend getaways with all “the girls” (my sisters and friends), and best of all we started our little farm. The chickens and guinea hens have turned out to be so much more fun than I ever expected. The good times are what get you through the bad.
I don’t know what 2018 is going to bring, and the unknown is hard for me. But I do know that as long as I have my hubby, family and friends, our little farm, and the Wag ‘n Woof crew, it will all be OK. We’ll get through whatever is coming together, and hopefully a year from now I’ll have moved on from some of the losses of 2017, and be in a much better place.
Even on these bitter cold mornings we’ve been having lately, the sun rises on the beauty of the snow. Cheers to a new year meaning renewed hope for everyone!
Are you sad to see 2017 go? What will 2018 bring for you and your pets?
Bell Fur Zoo says
Pawraying dat dis are da best year yet!!
Matt, Matilda & Bell Fur Zoo Mama
Anita Aurit says
Praying for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2018 for you and your family!
Thank you so much, Anita, we wish the same to you and your family!! ♥
Lynn LaChance says
Hoping for only good things in the New Year for you at WagN Woof, Jan, but nice thoughts on the past you shared. Let’s remember the good times always!
We sure will, and we’ll make more in 2018!
Shadow & Ducky's Mom says
I’m glad to have 2017 behind me. Having had to deal with Sam’s heart and hip issues – which thankfully appear to be resolved; Ducky’s bratitude toward Shadow and her UTIs that were resolved with the surgery in February; and Shadow’s elevated liver enzyme levels and worsening arthritis. I’m glad it all seems to be at manageable levels at least and look forward to a much better 2018.
Shadow & Ducky's Mom says
PS. I still think of Sheba often, just as I do Callie. I hope they’re having fun together at the Rainbow Bridge.
I think of them both often too, and hope the same.
I’m so glad Sam’s issues are behind you, and that Ducky has been doing better overall. Our girls (Shadow and Cricket) are older, so the best we can hope for is that they keep hanging in there!
Edie Chase says
Happy New Year! I’m not sad to see the end of 2017. I hope everyone has a good 2018.
It’s been a crazy and tough year in a lot of ways, for a lot of people. We hope it gets better for everyone!
Sand spring Chesapeake says
Happy New Year! I hope all goes well this year and glad cricket is doing so well!
Thank you! I am feeling optimistic (today anyway….LOL)! We wish you the same, of course. ♥
Happy New Year! We’ve been blessed with your friendship!
I am so grateful for yours as well! It was so fun to get to meet you at BlogPaws!
Miss Harper Lee says
I’m with you on 2017. It wasn’t the worst year and we had some fun adventures, but there was something nice about putting it behind us and heading into the promises of 2018. Wishing you all the best on the journey ahead!
Thank you, and we wish the same to you!
Monika & Sam says
2017 won’t be missed and we too, are looking forward to a kindler, gentler and more sparkly and fun 2018. Hope it’s grand for you!
Thank you! Kind and gentle would be a very good thing, wouldn’t it?
Roby Sweet says
2017 was good for me personally, but it was troubling to see the turmoil and disasters happening around the world, so I am not sorry to see that year end. Wishing you all health and happiness in 2018!
I agree….hopefully it can all settle down and there will be far less of those things in the new year.
Ellen Pilch says
I am glad to leave 2017 behind after losing 2 beloved kitties. Here’s to a better 2018 for all! XO
I’m so sorry for your losses. I hope we can leave all the sad happenings in the old year, and have none of them in the new! ♥
caren gittleman says
I am thrilled to see 2017 go, it was a crappy year on many levels, personally and in the World. Praying 2018 is a kinder, gentler year. Sadly, I NEVER have a clue what is going to be in another year so I am right with you! Happy New Year!
I do hope things can settle down in our country, and people can learn to get along in spite of all their differences.
The Island Cats says
We hope the new year brings you much happiness. Happy New Year!
Happy New Year to all of you. We started 2018 with a 4 am hairball and having to “off” one of our betta fish. Nowhere to go but up from there! 🙂
Oh boy…..now that’s the right way to look at it though! 🙂
Da DB Boyz says
Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018!
Arty, Jakey & Rosy
Melissa K. Clinton says
I am not sad to leave 2017 in my rearview mirror although it wasn’t necessarily bad. I just think 2018 is going to be our best year yet! We have lots of plans and are working to make them a reality. I hope that your New Year will be incredible!
I think 2018 is going to be a very exciting year for you and your family! I look forward to reading about it all.
Hopefully we will have lots of happy stories to share about where our lives go too!
2017 wasn’t too bad for us aside from the broken ankle. We hope 2018 will be as good or better than 2017. Happy New Year!
While the unknown can be a bit nerve wracking, it can be exciting wondering what the new year might bring too!
Brian Frum says
Happy New Year from all of us at Brian’s Home!
2017 had a lot of sad things in it’s pocket… it was a little as if the haunted 2016 would never end and infested the new year too…. we hope so much that 2018 is a brandnew year with good things and peace and much joy…
We couldn’t agree more, and have the same hope for all….
We are glad that Cricket and Samantha are still holding their own. We hope that the new year will bring blessings to you and your family including the four legged ones!!
Happy New Year!!
Thank you so much, Bert!!