Good Morning everyone. A raining day here today. Mother Delaney is sleeping outside the box. The pups are sleeping.....They started to open their eyes yesterday. They are trying harder to walk on all fours. They are certainly squirmy little things now. Since there are 10 of them, and mother Delaney can't seem to get into box to feed, I have been putting 3-4 pups on her at a time and they are all getting a fair share of milk. Going on 3 weeks already! I can soon start them on rice and baby food. Then Delaney will be out of motherhood. I want to say Thank you to all that are saving me news paper. It soon will be needed! With the help of Gerry and Joe Lee I don't know what I would have done, and for the baby sitting help from Pam Kennedy. They give me some sleep time and I am able to run to the store. There's also the phone support from Deb, Coleen & Cheryl. I'm trying not to get attached to these little red balls and knowing what lies ahead as far as work..... But I'm sure not going to miss these late night and early morning feedings. I bless all of the breeders out there that do this litter after litter. I can say this will be my last. Rescue is my true love and knowing that there are so many out there that need forever loving homes. I know that these little guys are going to good homes, but how many out there need good homes and looking for that special someone. I want to wish all of you a very safe Labor day. Take Care ... Joan Fiser
So much Irish these days,,, Myself with an amazing new baby... Abbey Lynn has turned my heart full of shamrocks. She has my Bailey Handsome running, and wrestling. They have their own bedding area, I will send pictures. They are a new adventure in this house. Bailey is two years younger with his new little sister. They are on a mission, morning to night. It's a pleasure to see their enjoyment.
I applaud Joan for her love and efforts on her litter. I send many wishes to Deb on having two new babies in the house while helping Peter pass with love and ease.
At a moment in time, I have tears at it all, the circle of life, my loss, your loss, your new babies. I love what we do. We raise the level of Irish Love, we share our stories, the alpha and the omega of it all.
The sad departures and the exciting beginnings. We all simply relish in the Irish Love. And that I am slightly a part of it all, gives me a great feeling of family.
Thanks to all of you for the love and support and I send it right back to you.
Always, Tonight I'm counting all of my Irish, My first Rescue Shannon of ten years, My amazing Ruby, My beautiful boy, my only boy Bailey and now my tender Abbey Lynn.
After reading Joan's entry, I've decided to share. These past 4 months have been full of emotion for me. I don't think I've cried in 40 years, what I have cried these past 4 months. I was blessed to have had a wonderful experience of having a litter. Not having a clue, I am not embarrassed to say I was overwhelmed and just beside myself at times while waiting on the puppies to arrive. Finally I was assured of assistance from Paula Fanin and Petey Tomb. This litter was safely whelped with the knowledge of those two, knowledge I had none of. What would we do without friends? On April 24, 2013, we were blessed with 3 boys and 3 girls. Claire did not make things easy but I made my way through an experience of a lifetime with the help of many. From July 8 through July 17, four went off to their new forever homes. It will be so much fun to watch them grow. Skip and I kept two girls.
And then on a sad note, on Friday August 16, we said good bye to Peter. He had been sick for six weeks with numerous vet visits. A source could not be found. On Thursday, he took a turn and on Friday, when he looked at me, I knew it was time. Skip met me at the Vets as we bid farewell, with my hand on his heart till I felt it no longer beating. We drove him home so the other dogs could say good bye then off to a funeral home for the next step. As we left the funeral home, the sun was shining, it hadn't rained for days, it was calm. Skip looked ahead and there it was~~a rainbow. I am sure it was Peter letting us know he was safely at the Rainbow Bridge, feeling much better with his ball in his mouth.
While we've had Irish for over 35 years, Peter was our first show dog, our first champion. I put my one and only title on him, RN. He hated conformation. He was happiest with Skip and I and playing ball in the yard. He taught us loyalty and dedication....he was a happy boy. We will miss him terribly.
May the shamrocks fall softly!! CH Touchstones Fire and Ice RN CGC, Peter
6-8-2001 to 8-16-2013
I thank everyone in our lives for the support and love that all of us share.
Good Morning to all. Joan Fiser here from Western Pa. A week ago I became the caretaker of 13 pups. Sorry to say that 3 of those little Red Heads, all little girls, left this world. I have 5 boys and 5 girls all thriving and I'm one tired person. My Delaney is not taking to motherhood all that well. But little by little, all is coming together. I forgot what shift work was like since I retired. I do remember the double shifts.... in my case, I'm working all three turns. Wonderful and Great can't even begin to be used to describe my friends!! All have been there with whelping a litter. The flowers, the usable items I've used and will need. But the closeness I've shared and the stories told to me, of puppies past and litters of long ago. With sad heart that I was told by Deb they had to leave their Peter go. A very bad year so far for losing our Dear fur friends. But we welcomed into the world puppies!!!! Each with a story they will give new owners in their future. Being a part of their lives for now and letting them go........I wanted to Thank Joe and Gerry Lee of Kenobi Kennels for selling me my first "show Irish" I could not have gotten this far and survived this past week without their support and long hours spent here. Thank you all for phone calls, cute flowers, words of encouragement. Please give all of yours a HUG..... enjoy the time we have cause we never know.... Joan Fiser and Red heart Rainbow gang!!!!
Hello Everyone. Joan Fiser here from Western Pa. It's been quite awhile since I've posted. What a beautiful morning it is. I want to Thank You all that sent me emails with very kind words. I never knew I could be some one's Hero.....pretty big shoes for me. I want to send my Sincere Sympathy to Bob and Shirley for their loss of Rhett. We all go though this in our own way. I want them to know I love them both and I'm here for them. Time will lessen their loss but their memories will keep the good times alive. I lost Johnny and My Dewey with in months. I, in turn, just adopted 3 older girls from rescue. They came into my life when I needed to love again. Bless you all, please give yours a HUG. Joan and my family of seven.......
Joan, Another older red family. Hope that works out and gets to YOU. There is no better place. I only hope when I drop you have room for mine. My WILL says... dogs first... . Hugs, Laura
Joan, you amaze me with the love to the red dogs. Rainbow love to Dewey and Johnny. You take care of the babies to the very end and I respect and love you for that. You have taught me so much through the last 6 years with Bailey, my boy, my loss of Ruby and the new baby. We have much to share in the future with these crazy red dogs. You are the greatest. Much respect and love. Laura
Tears are streaming after reading the April Newsletter to discover the passing of Dewey. Joan - I am so sorry. I have the pleasure of spending time with Dewey at the Oklahoma National and I was so looking forward to seeing him this year in Fairfax.
Joan - I have a big hug waiting for you.
I love the tribute about you doing so many rescues.
Love to all and can't wait to see the Pittsburgh buddies in VA. Travel safe.
Hello once again from Western Pa. Joan Fiser here. Just want to update on Iris. We will soon have a picture of Iris on the website on Happy endings and maybe a cover photo? Iris is now living with Robin. Iris went to her home yesterday. Her skin is much better, only to get much better under Robin's care. Iris tested negative for heartworm,and Lymes. We are still waiting for results on some other tests. Robin emailed twice and said Iris is fitting right in. I'm sure she knows she is in her forever home. When Robin and Iris where getting ready to go, Iris came over and gave me a lick on my hand .....Saying Thank you. It was a little lonely last night without the 6th red head laying around and yes I was getting 6 bowls of Breakfast ready this morning. Take care My little one...... Give a Hug to all of Yours
Good Morning To All, It has been a very busy weekend for my household. Last Friday, I took off on a road trip and brought back Iris. She is a 9 year old Irish (what else). Talk about a Rag a Muffin. She hardly has any hair plus black skin. She has big callouses on her elbows and on her backside. She has a rat tail but cute thing with a white tip on the end of it. At least that is still on her. A dear club member, Robin, drove up that night from WV and brought a goodie bag filled with holistic shampoo and sprays. Iris had hot red skin and kept scratching. The smell was really bad also. I'm taking her to the vet today to see what we can do and I hope she is heartworm free. She made her way from SC. Please give all of yours a HUG. Joan