||I am a retired business owner; had a quilt shop till 2007 when we experienced what half the country did. Had to close the shop and lost our home to foreclosure. I now live alone with my crazy dog Maggie and two cats. My husband passed away a little over a year ago after being together 25 years. Maggie is my #1 priority. Since moving to this small town in the mountains about 4 years ago, I discovered the world's greatest vet. He's saved Maggie's life twice now. He discovered she has a rare auto-immune disease called masticatory myositis, a condition that attacks the muscles in the head and nerves in the jaw. Had he not seen that she eventually would not have been able to open her mouth enough to eat. This did not affect her brain in any way - she's just naturally nuts! Then last year right after my husband died, she was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. This disease has a short term life span of 110 days from diagnosis to death, long term 350 days. She was on prednisone for a year and she has now had 4 clear blood tests, the last was after being off prednisone for 3 months. She has now beaten the odds way beyond what we thought since her diagnosis was about 450 days ago. She's sweet, loving and very, very active. She's a very high energy dog. She'll be 7 years old in January, but shows no signs of slowing down. We adopted her from the shelter at 8 weeks old. She and her two litter mates were found on the side of the road in a box. It was the middle of Feb. in the mountains in the snow. We were so lucky to get her. We had just gone to the shelter to donate some fleece fabric for the dog and cat beds. She came up for adoption that day, just about at the time we got there. She's a black lab and either chow or border collie mix. There was a waiting list for her, but no one showed up so we got her. The name of my quilt shop was Serendipity which means making delightful discoveries purely by accident. That word definetly fits how we got her. She makes every day a great day, my reason for getting up in the morning.