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James the Boxer, One Year Later – Update and Photos!

James, One Year Later...

Photo: Luna Azul Photography

It’s been nearly one year since our darling Boxer, James lost his left eye in a nasty accident at his doggy daycare.  We wanted to update y’all on how he’s doing.

via DippedInCream.com

James, last year after surgery to remove his eye.

“Most of you know about our dear boxer, James.  For those of you who may not have heard, our boy’s cornea was severely lacerated while he was at doggy daycare about 10 days ago.  He had surgery to repair the cornea, but it just didn’t work.  He had his left eye removed one week ago today.

There are so many blessings we have to count during this whole ordeal.  Number ONE is that our darling PATRICK took loving care of James the entire time we were out of town.  If Patrick hadn’t been so incredibly mindful of James, we might have lost him.  He noticed immediately that James’s eye was beginning to swell after his initial surgery and took him back to the veterinary eye specialist; who in turn spoke with us about James having a severe infection.  His eye needed to be removed, or else the infection would spread to his brain and would have ultimately been deadly.  The eye-removal surgery saved his life.”

Stephen and I have come to know a lovely woman named Luna Azul who is the Photo and Copy Editor and Contributing Photographer for CityDog Magazine.   Last year at this time, Luna photographed James for  CityDog Magazine.  Just days after the photo (below) appeared in the magazine, James suffered his terrible accident. 

James in CityDog Magazine for Olive Dog Sweaters

Luna asked us if she could photograph James again last weekend, and we were so thrilled at the offer.  The photo shoot went beautifully and James got to play with Luna’s own boxer, Stella!

We have so many people to thank for James’s recovery.  He had a bit of a struggle after losing his eye.  We were able to let James spend three weeks with Heather McIntosh, from Everlast Boxers in Lake Stevens, Washington.  Heather helped James overcome his fears after the loss of his eye, as well as honing his other senses. (Oh, and some training…ahem. Read: SPOILED!)  Heather kept us up-to-date several times a day on James’s progress, even posting videos!

 

Of course, Stephen and I are indebted to our darling BFF, Patrick. Without HIM, we might have lost James. We love you, Patrick.

Patrick and James snuggling...

It means so much to our family to have such truly sweet and loving people in our lives who care about James.

 

xoxo ~ Julia

Date night for DivaJulia and Stephen! Bobby Caldwell at Jazz Alley in Seattle…

Who's THAT lovely couple?

Yesterday was a big, busy day for us.  Stephen and I realized soon after James the Boxer’s eye injury and subsequent removal, that he needed help with some behavior issues.  We drove two hours (and a ferry ride) to our dear friend Heather’s home, where she will be working with James on his insecurities and teaching him gentlemanly manners.  Heather is a Canine Behaviorist, as well as a breeder/owner/handler of her award-winning Everlast  Boxers.   We miss our boy (it’s only been 24 hours!) but we know he’s in the best possible hands with Heather.

James and Baby Vaughn (Everlast Boxers) - stinkin' CUTE!
Look at Vaughn biting James's ankle...he doesn't mind.
I wonder if Heather will notice if I sneak Vaughn out in my handbag?
James, sleeping with the Big Dogs at Everlast Boxers.

After dropping Our Boy off at “boot camp”, Stephen and I needed to change for our big evening out.  I suppose we could’ve just changed our clothes in the car, but Stephen has more couth than I do, so we changed at the closest Men’s Wearhouse.  (Where the photo above was taken by our dear, Paulie.)

ANYoutofbreath.

We just made it on time to Dimitrious Jazz Alley on 6th Avenue to see Bobby Caldwell.  Oh, I know.  Some of you are saying, “WHO?” Just take a quick listen and you’ll know.

Bobby’s original version on CBS’s The Early Show:

Go West’s cover version in the early 90’s (which I actually like a little bit better):

So, after two gin and tonics with extra lime–along with a fantastic dress from Pin-Up Girl Couture, I felt tipsy and confident enough to saunter into the dressing room.  There was Bobby, all by himself.  Somehow, these dresses turn me into Scarlett O’Hara, because I blurted out, “How is it you sound better and look better every year I come see you?”  Gawd.  It’s as if I was ready for the baaaah buh que at Twelve Oaks.

When I set my mind to meetin’ someone, I do:

Julia and Bobby Caldwell - Seattle, Jazz Alley

Bobby liked my dress…but more importantly, Stephen liked my dress.  Know’msayin’?