Peter’s New Life

Hi I am Peter and I wanted to tell you a little bit about me.  I had a bit of a rough start in life but with the help of some very loving humans here I am; happy again.

My rescuer told my new mom that I was born in Kentucky and was in a home but I don’t think they really wanted me there. I spent time outside with little love until I wondered away and nobody went looking for me.  I ended up in a shelter; I was cold, scared and lonely. I just wanted someone to love me , I have so much love to give , I just wanted a chance.  I heard my rescue team tell my new owner I was in a high kill shelter and if I had not been rescued I would have been sentenced to death.

Then it happened, Our Angels dog rescue saved my life, as they do many others that end up there.  I can’t say enough good about our angels dog rescue, they showed me love and compassion and I will never forget them.

On March 24, 2018 I started my long journey to Canada, but I didn’t know where I was going and was a little scared.  I traveled all day into the evening.  I met many friendly volunteers that helped my on my journey.  We then got to the USA / Canada boarder and I got to meet some more friendly people as we waited to cross over to Canada.    travelling to Canada 3

I was traveling with a few of my furry friends so that made me feel more comfortable.  I was the last one to be dropped off with my new foster care family. I was hoping they would love me and would keep me safe and adopt me.  Then it happened, at 9:30pm the car door opened and there she was, she had a big smile and I greeted her with a smile back, a wagging tail and lots of kisses.   She took the collar off me and put a new sparkling collar around my neck with my name on it.

It was time to head back to her house.  The drive wasn’t to long but I was still a little scared.  We finally got home, it was dark but we went for a little walk around the house so I could see where I was.  We went into the house and I was soooooo excited I was running and jumping everywhere.  I had a soft bed, LOTS of toys in my toy box (that I chewed apart one day when I got bored), treats, and then she gave me dinner too.  We spent the night getting to know each other and it was a great night of lots of love, snuggles,  and playtime. I didn’t know where to sleep so I kept jumping on and off the bed until she showed me where to settle down.  I was just so excited, every hour I jumped on the bed to give her kisses and even though I kept waking her up she just smiled and put me back to bed.  My new mom is nice and she really, truly loves me. The kids weren’t here that day but I was hoping they’d love me too.

I am home… really home this time.  But I couldn’t have got here without Our Angels Dog Rescue.  They work endless hours to help us that are turned away from our original owners.  They survive on donations given by people who also love and want to save us.  They work long, long hours with the reward being saving a life and finding second chances for us.  I wish I could help Julita she works so hard just for dogs like me.  I’ll never forget her and my new human and her have become friends so I will get to see her again too.

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So here I am, I’ve been adopted and no longer in foster care with my new humans, I’am very happy. My new mom works from home and I like that I can sit by her feet while she is working. Sometimes I try to be silly while she’s working and make her laugh… I usually succeed.  That’s when she came up with the idea of Peter’s barking blog.  We live by the lake and we thought we would post some pictures of the scenery from when we are on our daily walks.  I hope you will stop by and follow us on our adventures on Peter’s barking Blog.

BTW… if you would like to donate to our angels dog rescue and help save more of my friends CLICK HERE

Back In The Saddle

Seems I’ve been missing in action for awhile, I didn’t plan it, it just happened.  I feel a little disconnected from my friends, clients, networks.. and I miss you.

When I first started on this path of being a single mom I never imagined the triumphs and tribulations that would come along with it.  I continue to seek employment and grow my business at the same time… after all its up to me now on my own.  Sometimes those words are scary but I am a fighter always have been and failure is not in my vocabulary.. not even on the toughest of days.

I often hear, “you should get out do for you.”  But between kids and their own struggles with the changes in their life, work, the never ending household chores, lawyers and court days… there seems little time for me.  Its funny I think the only one that doesn’t notice that I don’t have free time is me.  I have become very reactive but ya know what, most single moms will probably tell you its the only way.  My days of planning and scheduling seem to be long past now its about what issue I am dealing with at the moment.

Although life has been challenging I’ve also have a new found happiness.. life is actually really good.  I am the healthiest and strongest I’ve been in years.  When they say stress takes a toll on you, well I can vouch for that, but I love my new found health and happiness!

I have learned to stop and enjoy.. all of it!  The kids and I recently were at that Sutton Fair and I went on the rides with them for a change.  The smiles on their faces was worth the cost of the extra tickets.  Bumper cars, to spinning rides and games.. I played and rode almost everything the kids did.  Of course I enjoyed all my fair food favourites too.. what would the fair be without Big Bone Pulled Pork or some cotton candy?

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Although I was always very active with my kids playing with them, doing crafts, attending all their school activities and events,  I have become more active and patient in everything we do.  A recent visit to Fern Resort proved to be worth it.. although not in this single moms budget, I decided it was much needed for all three of us.   Every minute of our trip was enjoyable.  I was climbing the ropes, playing the games, and enjoying the smiles it was bringing to the kids faces.  Fern Resort holds many good memories for me of my momstown days and going back with the kids as we are all dealing with different issues from the result of a divorce, it just seemed fitting.. and I was right.  The budget only allowed us to be there for one night but we arrived early and stayed as long as we could to take in every minute of the break away from home.  Even mealtime proved to be a fun adventure full of giggles and conversation.  I do hope to take them back before the summer is over as it was the first time in awhile the kids and I didn’t think of anything but the fun that was in front of us… Thank-you Fern Resort.

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So you see.. I’ve been a little busy piecing my life back together as I have moved on as a single mom and first and foremost making sure the kids find peace in their new life too.  Juggling between the work I need to support us and being there for them has had its struggles.  Summer has been especially hard but enjoyable.

Life is good… and so am I .. finally!!!  

September is when I jump in with two feet and continue to grow my business bigger and better so that I can continue working hard and at the same time, being there for the kids when they need me most. …. I am back in the saddle 🙂

 

 

Nearing 50 – and a new me

Nearing 50 and not liking me…..

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I was a size 0 when I was in high school and I liked my small frame, now at the age of 48 I worry about my larger size and my health.   I remember my brother used tease me when I was young, “If you turn sideways you’ll disappear,”  I was ok with that, so why now does it bother me when people say, “oh you’ve lost weight you look good.”  I guess back in those days I knew I didn’t have the weight to lose so when people say it now I feel like they see me as a person that needs to lose some lbs.

My first job out of high school was at a company called A.B. Chance Co of Canada, located in Scarborough.  One day on my way to work it happened and this would start the change in my life.  My lung collapsed, sounds simple enough go to the hospital take care of it and get on with your life.

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So why do I bring up my breathing issues when I am talking about my weight gain?  my breathing issues were also the introduction of steroids to my daily life (and weight gain).  From pills, nasal sprays, inhalers and more this became a regular part of my life during asthma attacks.  Through the really bad episodes it was found that only regular high doses of prednisone would bring me back, I hate the prednisone!!  One of my drs once said, “it’s the lesser evil of your choices” , and I sadly agree.

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I summarize my journey here for sake of time but this has been a 25 year journey, specialist after specialist, test after test and still no diagnoses. One Dr says, “exercise!!!” another will say, “take it easy”.  I’ve had regular visits for months on end to St. Michael’s hospital and therapy sessions that still left me undiagnosed and some weeks, fighting for my life.

Then in 2005 I was pregnant with my first child, through constant breathing problems and inhalers and then gestational diabetes I put on more weight and that started me on more of a down spiral to how I felt about me.  In 2008 I had my second child and again had gestational diabetes and more breathing issues. (although I would not change it for anything as I was blessed with two beautiful babies).

My children are 6 and 8 now and I don’t like them to hear how I feel about me, I try to keep body image as a positive one but honestly sometimes this is hard.  “mommy you need a new bathing suits.”  EEEEKKK!!! I DO NOT want to go bathing suite shopping but I also don’t want to tell them why.  Truth is I very rarely go cloths shopping at all. A few years ago my husband and I went on a vacation on a cruise and my biggest fear was the pool and having to put on the dreaded bathing suite. I never ended up in the pool on the ship.

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I am also the community producer and co-host of a show called mommy talk on Rogers TV Georgina.  On taping nights everything in my closet comes out to see what I can put on that will hide my body figure especially when I sit on that red sofa.  When I watch the show I am proud of the content and the amazing show we’ve created but I cringe when I see my rolls on TV.

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So here I am with 50 creeping up in a few years and every winter I say I’ll lose weight in the summer when I feel better.  Then the summer hits, if flies by and aside from swimming in our pool I miss out on my weight loss goals, then my health issues kicks in again and its a big fail.

My new favourite show is Dr. Oz, I watch it every day for tips, how to live a healthy lifestyle, and great recipes, even my daughter loves this show now. I have always been a healthy eater but still needed improvement and Dr. Oz has helped me since I need to keep my energy up, always been a tough one for me, and lose weight.

This year on May 9th I will be doing a 5k walk for the Recovery Cancer Foundation and this I am hoping will motivate me to continue my journey through the summer months and beyond.

I have also ordered some products from the Jeunesse line I sell as an independent distributor.  I am going to keep my journey on my blog so that you to can follow my travels, keep me motivated and maybe I can even help you with yours.

Amanda’s Wish – A trip to Disney World

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Kim and Amanda

6 years ago I got a call from a lady that wanted to buy my bumbo seat that I had for sale on a local facebook buy and sell page, we’ve been friends ever since.

Our boys were close in age and we started having play days together.  When I decided to open momstown GEG in 2009 it was Amanda by my side.  As momstown grew she continued to support my chapter joining at events and recruiting moms along the way.

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They decided to moved a little further out of town and we spent more time on facebook then in person but our friendship was still solid and we knew we could depend on each other.  When I closed my momstown chapter earlier this year Amanda made the trip, although not feeling great, she joined in to support me at the momstown GEG good-bye party.

She is a young mom and after many tests was diagnosed with breast cancer; her battle has been a fierce one but her strength has amazed all of us around her.

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Here is a little bit about Amanda’s journey:

Amanda is a dedicated wonderful young mother of two gorgeous kids Amanda (Mandy) Dufour. Amanda at the young age of 32 was diagnosed with breast cancer.

 Her Journey began in June 2013 when she started feeling something strange on her left breast. After few weeks of checkups and misdiagnosis; she finally got diagnosed with a very aggressive type of breast cancer.  

 After numerous scans from head to toe; she found out that her cancer had spread. She is now stage IV. It is now on her spine, lymph nodes, underarm, and back of her neck.

Obviously this news were not what she wanted to hear. She is a devoted mother of two precious angels and a wife of a hardworking man.  

 Her diagnosis brought many tears, many questions; what would their children do without their mommy? Why so young?  

After a week of crying over it; something snapped! Amanda decided to FIGHT tooth and nail and stop feeling sorry for herself. She started her chemo dose. Her hair was falling out and her skin got dry. As the time went on, she started filling more ill; but she kept pushing.  

 Amanda is a fighter. She is determined to do whatever it takes to be with her kids. Leaving her kids is not an option. They NEED her. She has been an inspiration to many people around her. Her battle is a hard one but she chose to fight.

 She only has one wish; she wants to spend as much time as possible with her kids and husband. Her dream is to go on a family vacation to Disney World before she gets to ill to travel.  

Lets raise awareness that breast cancer can happen at any age; and also to come together as a community and help Amanda’s wish come true. Let’s send the Dufour Family to a well-deserved Disney World Vacation.


Amanda’s wish is to take her family to Disney World while she can still travel and If I could wave my magic wand and grant her this wish I would.  With your support I hope that we can help her grant her wish.

I wish I could grant her the wish of health but I can’t so this is the next best thing I can do to help.  One day when I take my own kids I want to be able to smile walking through Disney World thinking about the great memories Amanda was able to make when she took her kids thanks to the help of friends, family and her community.

You can donate directly by clicking HERE.

Any funds above the money needed for her will be donated to Gildas Club of Barrie.

Or you can contact me at abcplusk@gmail.com

Lets show Amanda’s Family that dreams can come true.