|| Koolax & Kadigaan Get their Wags
We got our puppies yesterday and absolutely love them. They are so gentle and loving. They are perfect.
The first day they seemed kind of scared but they quickly warmed to our family and have realized this is their new home. They get along with the kids great and have already become their new best friends.
I'll send some pictures soon.
Thank you so much,
The McAlpin Family
October 12, 2011, Today is the day!
Koolax and Kadigaan BOTH Get-A-Wag Puppy
in a DOUBLE DONATION
Our son Koolax, who is 4 yrs old, was born premature with many difficulties and spent the first month of his life at the Childrens Hospital in Seattle. He also has severe clubbed feet and has had multiple surgeries at Shriners Hospital for Children to correct this defect, and has had to wear cast and leg braces for the first three years of his life. He started walking when he was three years old but still has to have more surgeries in a couple years after his muscles grow more.
While we were at his last surgery at Shriners Hospital they had a therapy dog that he fell in love with. He has many stuffed animal puppies that all have names and he loves very much, he has to sleep with them all, and he even acts like a little puppy a lot of the time. A couple of weeks ago he saw a puppy on TV and said "OHH, I want a puppy like that one, with Big Floppy Ears." He keeps talking about that puppy with big floppy ears, so we started looking into getting a dog, and our research has led us to believe that one of these dogs would be perfect, but because of past medical expenses and expenses in the near future, the price is a little beyond our budget.
We thank you for your consideration,
Meet Koolax & Kadigaan
October 2011's Get-A-Wag Double Recipients
See More pics of the boys & their Alaska home
Koolax's birth has affected our lives in so many ways that we weren't expecting, there has definitely been added stress in just about every aspect of our lives, but more importantly there has been an immense amount of exultation and a greater appreciation for all that we have. After spending time at places like the Children's Hospital, Shriners hospital, and even the Ronald McDonald Houses we learned that we were kind of normal there because everyone else understood the struggles and difficulties, we also quickly realized that we not only were normal there but most of the time were more fortunate than a lot of others.
Kadigaan, our older son, has a heart defect, which is apparently hereditary, and he see's a heart specialist that comes to Ketchikan every year. My wife Loni had a heart surgery when she was 18. Kadigaan has been around doctors and hospitals quite frequently growing up and even more so when his little brother was born. I think he has been Koolax's biggest support and closest companion, he surely spends more time with him than anyone else. Kadigaan has always been very loving, understanding and patient. Through all the doctor appointments and other difficulties, both our boys have been able to enjoy and take delight in every situation.