DELILAH & LIVING WITH LUPUS
Thank you Kelli, Ren, and all at Moss Creek Kennels
Last summer I was surfing the net to figure out what kind of a dog I might want to have. I have a health condition called lupus, so energy can be a real problem due to the illness and constant joint pain. In looking for breeds that would be allergy friendly, I found the goldendoodle. I fell in love with that little face and their personalities. There was something about Moss Creek that really made me interested. I contacted Kelli and asked some questions about the dogs and Milo¡¦s boot camp. I also told her a little about myself. She told me that she had the perfect dog for me. Her name was Delilah and she was almost two. In talking to Kelli, I could tell she loved Delilah and I was touched she was willing to let Delilah come to live with me. She said Delilah was a giant couch potato, very mellow, and very loving. She was right. In the last 7 months Delilah has stolen my heart and the hearts of several friends. She has come out of her shell quite a bit and is actually the leader of her doggy friends. It was so much fun to watch her go from wondering why the dogs would follow her to leading them around and getting them all to play with her.
That is not the best part though. For the last 5 years, lupus has been a daily battle. The doctors have not found the right combination to get my immune system to settle down. While I have had good days, the tests always show the disease is active and I am at risk for damage to my organs and systems. Since having the furry stress reliever in my house, I noticed I am feeling better. It is hard not to with those doodle eyes and smiles. We walk most days at least a little. When I went back to the doctor this week, he said my blood work showed I am in a medical remission. That is doctor-speak for "I have to take the medicine, but the illness is not destroying anything or giving me much trouble." It is the first time in 5 years. Thank God! Anyway, this doctor is not the king of tact. He said it did not make sense because all the medicine is the same. He wanted to know what I was doing differently. I said I was not sure and he said "THINK". He asked a bunch of questions. None of it was what he was looking for. I randomly said that I got Delilah about the time the numbers started to improve. He asked a few more questions and said "Well, that is it. The dog put you into remission." He then shut his file and left. After a few minutes, I opened the door to see if he was coming back. The nurse said she thought he was done. She opened the chart and started to laugh. I asked what was up and she turned it around for me to see. He had written "Dog works better than drugs. Keep dog and come back in 6 months."
Doodles are good medicine. Kelli, I want to thank you and your family for Delilah. She is by far one of the greatest blessings in my life.
Thanks for reading my Moss Creek story.
Kathleen and Delilah
(Delilah was bred by Sherri of Smeraglia's Teddybear Goldendoodles)