Sunday, February 22, 2009

Won't You Take a Chance With Me

Do you ever have one of those days when nothing happens?

Klaus is still in very critical condition, but bless his big heart he hasn't gotten any worse. Just maintaining - I have to consider that a victory for the day. One in the plus column. The messages that I am receiving now are including stories and photos from some of our crazy times in New York City, Los Angeles, and lots of them from Vienna... I keep telling Klaus that he is going to have to explain more about some of these stories when he wakes up...

Right now Klaus is listening to my ipod. I have not listened to any music since this occurred, and I usually always have my ipod on. On the way back to the hospital after giving Bogart his evening walkie, I absentmindedly turned on the radio. Now here I am going to show my age - they were playing Whip It by Devo - and I started to cry and sing the song at the top of my lungs.

When a problem comes along - you must whip it

Before the cream sits out too long - you must whip it

When something's going wrong - you must whip it

Yes, I'm sure it looked as ridiculous as it sounds. Of course I was making some of the whipping motions as well. But what it did, after the song was over, was make me realize something that might be missing - music. So when I got back to the hospital I asked the nurse if I might let Klaus listen to my ipod. Well these are the fabulous nurses who let me bring Bogart into the ICU so the ipod was an easy sell.

Right now he is listening to Roxy Music's Avalon. It's my very favorite make-out album. All slow-ish songs, sexy Bryan Ferry voice...

I hope he's enjoying it. I'm enjoying thinking about him enjoying it.




Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Oh Lulu you are so in touch with your man.That is so good for him to be able to listen to your songs!Thank God for a day of maintaining. You will remain in our thought and prayers until Klaus comes home to you and Bogart. Hugs,Cassie,Patrick,BabyRocketDog & Hootie

Sunny,Scooter,Jamie said...

Fantastic idea Lulu! music is great. I know you are getting so tired. I hope you can get some rest. Our prayers remain with you. And yep, Klaus must "whip it"! (what was it with those flower pot hats?! ;)
Much love
(yep-maintaining is a good thing. one day at a time.)

Noah the Airedale said...

Hey tunes from the 80's has got to help. Great idea Lulu. I'm sure Klaus is enjoying it.

Thinking of you!

Noah Willow Tess Lucy & Denise x

Petey said...

The feel of Bogie's wiry head, the sound of songs that trigger powerful memories—these are all great forms of medicine!

You know, it wasn't a coincidence that you happened to turn on that radio and hear Devo when you did—we receive the messages we need to hear in the most mysterious ways!

Glad to hear you had a relatively calm day. No change is a good change. Because Klaus can go from maintaining to improving. That's the next step.

Couldn't go to sleep here on the East Coast until I knew the latest from Portland. Now Petey can have his last walk of the night!

Wiry hugs,

Petey and his Mom

Faya said...

Love-therapy, Aire-Zen-Therapy and now music-therapy....Klaus's nurse is a very good nurse...
Thinking of you,
VĂ©ronique, Faya & Dyos

Asta said...

I was thinking the same thing as Petey..couldn't go to sneep wifout heawing about Klaus..songs awe vewy powewful..they evoke such stong memowwies those along wif bogie and youw constant love awe the vestest medicin klaus can have..We'we so glad he is maintaining..that is gweat..upweawds fwom thewe!!!
I hope you have been eating auntie Lulu..I don't want to have to come bite youw tiny little bum bum to make you eat
smoochie kisses
ASTa and Mommi and Dadddi
Pee ess mommi says seeing those pictoowes of Klaus weminds hew of the long long time daddi was in the hopsital wif lots of tubes and stuff, and now he is home wif us and it's been thwee wemind Mommi of the two of them..lovews fowev ew!!!

Ms. ~K said...

I must say, you are one Hellava Nurse!!!
I truly believe Klaus realizes all you are doing for him-
Please take care of yourself too!
I'm saying affirmations for you both,

happy said...

Hi Bogart, keeping your dad in our thoughts and prayers.

SouthWest Airedales said...

Lots of Airedale Zen coming your way ... as we check in every day!
-- Rusty and crew

Miss Ellie and Baz said...

Oh Lulu, I bet Klaus is lovin' the music. Great idea!

Keeping you in our thoughts.
Jo, Miss Ellie and Bazzy


Jackson said...

What a great idea to use music as therapy. We hope Klaus is enjoying Roxy Music and will be thinking of him and you today. We'll be humming Devo all day too!

J1 & Jx

Dino and Family said...

I am sure Klaus is enjoying every beat of the music! Big furry hugs for you, Lulu! Love, Dino

Suzuki said...

It sounds like you have some furry cool nurse looking after Klaus :) Thats is always a good thing.
Big licks to you

Jeannie and Marvin said...

oh music is a great help to Klaus I am sure! Just checked in to see how things were with you both. And Bogart!

I must remember Whip It by Devo, but it kinda has been blocked from my memory, will check it out later on tho, I am sure my memories will flood back too!

Bryan Ferry, well say no more.......mmmmmm!

I am sure Klaus is enjoying the music and it can only be doing him good. ;0))))))))))

Thinking of you, Jeannie x Marvin x

Molly and Taffy said...

You have whipped up a lovely "recipe" for Klaus.

Bogart, Music and lots of love.

Take care of yourself Lulu.

Molly, Taffy and Hilary.

Maggie and Mitch said...

What an awesome idea! We sure hope Klaus smiles when his favorite song plays!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Luna "The Scruffy Yacht Dog" said...


When klaus comes out if this, you better kick or I should say whip his ass for getting so sick.
Maybe you should put upbeat music on to get the blood flowing again, Like devo did you!
You take care of your self in this difficult time.
Klaus are in our prays!

Luna and her Mom (Joni)

Martha Basset said...

Hi Lulu
Klaus will hear the music. The news that Klaus has remained unchanged is good - you are right staying the same is sometimes a victory in itself.
I think you should also listen to music and sing if you feel like it. Just remember to do anything that feels right for you. You need to take extra special care of yourself right now.
We are thinking of you - stay strong.
love and kisses
Martha, Bailey and their mum xxx

Mango said...

devo is perfectly acceptable music. Listening to music will be good to keep your dad company when mama has to go home to rest.


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Oh my!

Mom is smiling thinking about Avalon!

Paws still khrossed and the vibes flowing NW from here to YOU!



Oh yes Lulu...Bogart visiting with his Daddy and music too how wonderful. When Uncle Bennie was in the hospital for so long the Mommy would bring her casset player & some of his favoite albums. Music was such a part of his life and he was so peacful with Samanths laying next to him and him strocking Samantha's hair. The Mommy would watch his face every day & could tell how much he loved hearing his music.

Our thoguhts and prayers are ever with you. God Bless...Mona & the Mommy

Pugsley said...

80's music ROCKS!! Music can be great therapy for anyone. Our family's still sending well wishes your way:)

Pugsley & Family

Teddy said...

That was wonderful of the nurses to let you in to see your dad, Bogart!! I wish more hospitals could be that open-minded, and allow all members of the family in to visit.

We'll be thinking of your dad and praying for his recovery. Keep strong, and take care of your mom.


The Airechicks said...

Lulu - Bogart:

What wonderful ideas you two have!!!

Hold on tight - can't wait to see you guys dancing to "WHIP IT"


Joey said...

Bogart! We LOVE Whip It by Devo! What a great song for your mom to hear! Glad to hear your dad is maintaining - that's gotta be good. (My mom also loves My Sherona. Do you think that would help?)

Your pal,

Stanley said...

Sweet Lulu!

Whatever you do, please don't put one of those red flower pot hats on Klaus, or worse yet, take photos of him wearing one. You'll have some 'splaining to do yourself once Klaus wakes up!

Devo can work like a good jolt of espresso, and I can't think of any better music for Klaus to listen to than Roxy Music since it ties him to strong memories of you.

Keep us posted as you can and know we're still here, still working our mojo, AireZen and prayers. Please tell Bogart we're hoping he gets to move into his dad's room for awhile.

Goober love & juicy smooches,

Alasandra said...

We are sure the music will remind Klaus of the happy times he has with you and encourage him to hurry up and get well so you can enjoy more happy times together. ~Socks, Scylla, Charybdis & Fenris

Poopsie aka Blue said...

Wonderful idea of yours re the music.
And, that nurse was amazing.

Thinking of you all

Deetz said...

This is really strange....My mum and dad said they went to Applebees Sunday and they had a song on the radio that they were signing along with and they said it was called Whip it, Whip it good......bol.....You humans are hillarious.

Deetz said...

Got interrupted and couldn't finish my comment.....I worried about you guys all weekend long and music and licks between the fingers and toes is perfect medicine. Keep the Faith in the Power of the Paw

Ruby Bleu said...

You know what you need to earphone splitter so you both could listen and hold is is Bogie and so is love. Keep hanging in there!

Michele & Ruby

Joe Stains said...

I am sure he is enjoying the tunes, glad he is still hanging in there and not getting any worse.

Sally and Rufus said...

Momma is SOOOOO old she don't even know Whip It! She can sings but we all say shut it Momma, even Daddy-O says tone it down. That means let's not kill a good sing with that voice.
It is brillant you got into ICU, we thought that would be the best medicine of all. DOG POWER.
We are crossing our paws and thinking of you all day and night long.
XOX Sally and Rufus

OhMy said...

As silly as it may sound, not getting worse is better. Hopefully Klaus is turning the corner. The waiting is extremely painful, so hang in there!

When Klaus is better maybe you, Bogie, and Klaus can come to the Bay Area, CA. We have lot's of special breweries and dog parks!

Cisco Kid Ochoa
Airehead Terrier Extraodinare and his humans.

pughy said...

Thank god that its no worse. We are sending love and good vibes your way. Warm purrs from me and love from my beans.
Keep positive, I am sure the music helps.
Hugs Ginger Jasper xxxx

Kirby said...

I'm so happy that Klaus is getting music therapy now. Nothing soothes Mom like her ipod, so I bet Klaus is full of good healing vibes now. I think you and Bogart are doing so many wonderful things to help Klaus recover. It may take time, and you will have those days where nothing changes, but in a way they are good. The body is repairing itself amd making itself better. Lulu, I hope you are eating and taking good care of yourself. Don't make me send you some Kirby kibble now. Please pass on my doggy hugs and licks to Klaus. He is in my whole families thoughts and prayers.

With Love,
Kirby & family

Ellen said...

I am thinking of you and Klaus, and of course, BogartHD.
I pray Klaus recovers.

Don't forget to post to the lists if there is anything anyone can help you with. We're here.

The OP Pack said...

Mom says music and pets are two of the most soothing and comforting things around us. And she says you need to be listening to lots of music too.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Coco said...

Music and of course Bogart are WONDERFUL ideas! mommy is 28 years old and she and my daddy LOVE the Whip It song! they do the whip motions too!

Tail Wiggles & Puppy Kisses,

Coco- The Princess

Sally said...

Hi Bogart, keeping your dad in our prayers.


BenTheRotti said...

Hi Lulu and Bogart,

We want to start with heartfelt apologies that we are only just here to offer our support. We have been a little lax with the blog of late due to a few family drama's and then the kids being on vacation kept us firmly away for the past fortnight, We were horrified to learn of Klaus' condition on our return and feel sickened we have not been around to support and comfort you. We have wept very real tears reading your blog today, our hearts and minds are firmly with you. Distance means that we can't be of much practical help but we wanted you to know that we are here to support you in any way we can and that all of our love, healing energy, rotti zen and prayers are winging their way to you as we type.
Bogart be sure that you give your Mom all the love and support she needs and keep up those visits to Daddy, there is no greater healing power than love.
Lulu, your courage and strength is an inspiration, your love clear and obvious, we are here if you need anything
Klaus, (and we don't care how silly your nurses think this is) a Rotti from the UK and all of his furless family are sending you much love, strength and healing thoughts, we want you well, we want you home to Bogart and Lulu and Rotti's like to think they ALWAYS get what they want.

we love you guys,

Ben, Sue, T, Mollie and Lilli xxxxxx

Anonymous said...

I agree with the poster who said we hear things when we need to. That song on the radio was not an accident. This has happened to me, many times. A loved one plays songs for me, at "strategic" times. You may be getting encouragement from beyond. Sounds like it.
We are hanging in here with you.

The Furry Kids said...

We are holding all of you in our hearts and prayers. Music and dawgs have gotten me through a lot of really difficult times. You guys have both going for you. Lots of hugs from all of us.

The Furry Kids & The Mom

Lucia said...

Ciao caro Bogie,

We are rooting for and praying for your whole famiglia, mio amico. My girl says your mama should remember to take a few minutes now and then for a cup of tea or a bite to eat ... or to listen to "Dance Away" on the iPod. Those wonderful nurses will keep an eye on your papa!

Maggie, Mitch and Putter (and your mamas!), you have such big, kind hearts!

Tanti baci!