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February 19th, 2017

 
I haven't updated this site since Affie died. Putting his obituary up on the day he passed was overwhelming. Here it is 3 1/2 years later and thinking of him brings tears to my heart. Even now as I try to write the thought of losing him makes me so depressed. It's the same for Griffie, but Griffie was always unhealthy so losing him was expected at any time. But, Affie! He was the sweetest dog that never did anything aggressive or wrong.  All he ever did, was want to be with me and love me (and eat). He was healthy for 9 years and then just went downhill rapidly starting with losing his eyesight and then he was so scared of everything.... It makes me sick how he got screwed in life. Not a day goes by without thinking of him. I carry a small vile of his and Griffie's ashes around my neck every day. Call my crazy, but they are my little boys. (I have no children.)
 
Well, here goes!  Since Affie crossed the rainbow bridge, Sandy and I bought another Prevost bus RV and started traveling more seriously. We only have the one dog 'Katie' who holds her water for extended periods. That makes it much easier to travel than with three dogs. If you'd like to see some of our travel history go to bottieri.ME. All the RVs since the beginning in 1974 are posted there and travel photos starting in 2014 are there also.  Prior to 2014 are accessed thru the Photo Albums link on the left of this page.
 
A year ago (Feb 2016) my 95 year old mother who was in exceptional condition fell and did serious damage to her brain. She passed in Hospice on February 15th, 2015. My stepfather Ray who was 89 and not in as good a shape as her had to go to assisted living and he passed a few months later. They were living out in Tucson. I was very fortunate to have my mom for 75 years and in such good health.
 
At the end of 2014, Sandy and I got the brainy idea to sell the house and move into a condo on the beach. That lasted about three months and we'd had enough of the noisy ocean and unpleasant neighbors. So, we bought another home in a gated community. At least the unpleasant neighbors aren't in the same building like in a condo.
 
More later!
 
Last update was:  9/30/2013
 
September 30, 2013
 
Taken 9/26/2013
 
Affie was euthanized this morning at 9:30. He's been getting sicker and sicker with blood and mucus in his poop every few days. He went blind due to a genetic disease he was born with.  He also was deft in one ear that had a medical problem the vets couldn't correct.  He was losing his balance and tripping and bumping into things. We both loved him so much, but had to release him from his misery. He was the sweetest dog that never did anything to hurt anybody or thing.  We will miss him very much!
 
 
 
July 9th, 2012
Griffie was euthanized today at 5 pm.  He was very ill internally and stopped eating.  I will miss him more than anyone can imagine.  He was my little first-born boy.  The pain of losing him is more than most could comprehend.  However, a dear friend of mine and Sandy's buried her son today (he was 25) run down by a hit and run Hispanic in Tucson. I can't imagine her pain!
 
March 21st, 2012
 
Sandy, Griffie and Kate are back home.  We got back last Wednesday afternoon after an uneventful trip from Tucson.  I drove the RV out and bought a tow dolly at Lazy Days in Tucson and towed Sandy's car back behind the RV.  Griffie is doing okay. His age is showing and he has a lot of health issues, but he is so very happy to be home.  He was like a kid when I brought him into the house.  He realized it was home and he was acting like a puppy running and jumping all over.  That alone made it worth the trip.
 
February 15th, 2012
 
On January 7th Affie and I went out to Houston so he could have a hip replacement.  Over the previous few months it became obvious that he had very serious arthritis in his left hip. On January 10th he had his surgery and we headed home the following Friday. We were in the RV.
 
After five weeks of recovery (penned up and on a leash), he had x-rays on the 14th of February and his operation seems to be fine.  He can now begin rehab of walking twice a day progressively increasing the distance over the next 30 days.
 
Around March 14th, we will head to Tucson in the to get Sandy, Griffy and Katie to bring them back to Florida.

 
 
March 14th, 2011
 
While out in Tucson last month we noticed Griffie's feet and skin  condition were healing fast. We have been trying to do that here in Florida for two years. Also, Sandy could breath better and her allergies seemed to be gone.  So... yesterday I just got back from Tucson again having moved Sandy, Griffie and Kate into a townhouse there. Now it's just Affie and me here in Florida. Strange and lonely!
 
January 29th, 2011
 
We just got back from a RV trip to Tucson and back with a stop in Houston for Kate's medical checkup.  The surgeon says her infection is gone and she is well enough to be free from restrictions.  She's a happy dog now that she can run and play as she wants.
 
December 23rd, 2010
 
Sandy and Kate got home about 2pm yesterday and Kate is doing very well.  She limps a little and doesn't put full weight on her left rear leg, but if you didn't know she had a problem, you probably wouldn't notice it.  We are all happy they are home, especially in time for Christmas. Kate's well being is the best Christmas present I ever got. There is no way for me to explain how I feel about that little dog.  She's my little girl.
 
December 18th, 2010
 
Sandy and Kate are still in Houston. Kate has been having therapy to learn to walk minus one hip joint and she's doing well. Apparently the pain is gone now and she's moving around happily.  They will visit with the surgeon on Monday and if all is o.k, they'll head home in time for Christmas.
 
December 9th, 2010
 
Sandy and Kate are still in Houston.  Kate is recovering well and getting regular therapy. As of today she is allowed to move about pretty much as she wants.  No more restriction, cages, or anything.  She has a limp, but the pain seems to be gone and she's happy and active again.  They should head home the end of next week.
 
November 23, 2010
 
Yesterday, the surgeon in Houston removed Kate's left hip implant.  It was major surgery and she's in much pain right now.  Hopefully, if a few days she'll be feeling better. Now she has no hip joint on the left side.  Ironic! That's what we started with before any hip replacements as she was born with no hip sockets. Except now the leg bone is shorter and she has a hole in her hip.  We expect she'll adjust and live a normal happy pain-free life.
 
 
October 27th, 2010
 
Sandy is in Houston again with Kate. Kate's knee wasn't getting better (so we thought) and she was in a lot of pain. So after two months of recovery without progress, we had her x-rayed locally and found the surgeon in NY failed to put in the pin where he drilled a hole in her knee.  Sandy went to Houston to see if the surgeon there could fix it, but found the problem not to be the knee. It her hip! There's bone deterioration around the cup part of the hip replacement. That means there is either an infection or cancer there.  Yesterday afternoon they took some needle aspirations to try to determine if/what infection it is so they can treat it.  She will probably lose the use of that hip by means of an FHO procedure. If it's cancer we'll have a very difficult decision to make.
 
Kate is one of the sweetest nicest, most lovable dogs you could ever imagine. It just isn't fair that she was born without hip joints and then to have so much difficulty with surgeries.
 
September 20th, 2010
 
Sandy and Kate board an Amtrack train at Penn station NY this afternoon to head home. They will arrive around 1:30 tomorrow afternoon in Kissimmee. The boys and I will go get them in the RV.
 
September 6th, 2010
 
Sandy is in NY again with Kate.  Kate tore her knee on the leg that just had the 2nd hip surgery. We knew it was bound to happen, but not so soon. They operated on her knee on Wednesday afternoon and she's now attending physical therapy and recovering in NY until the stitches are removed around the 14th. She'll come home and have to be restricted in her freedoms for a total of 3 months.  The poor dog has been going through this since January, half of her life.  Hopefully, she won't have any more mishaps and this will be the end of medical treatments and the beginning of the rest of her life in good physical condition.
 
August 12th, 2010
 
Kate is doing well and we bought another motor home.  It's not a huge expensive one, but rather it's one that will fit in the man cave when not in use. Photos Don't know where we'll go first, but Kate has to have a check up in Long Island in September, so that will be one trip for sure.
 
July 14th, 2010
 
Sandy and Kate got home Sunday evening July 11th. Kate is doing well, but has to be restrained from running and jumping for about six months to make sure there's enough natural growth around the artificial hip joint. That's no easy task for a 1 1/2 year old dog, especially now that the pain is gone.  Sandy has to be with her most all the time. 
 
July 1, 2010
 
Kate had her third hip surgery on June 25th, in New York by the very best and most experienced in the world, specialist in small dog hip replacements. The operation was a success as he replaced the failed rotator cup in her left hip. She now has two artificial hip joints that are working properly. Sandy and Kate will remain in NY (Long Island) until the 11th of July to be sure all is healing well before coming home.
 
June 21, 2010
 
Sandy and Kate leave tomorrow morning by plane for New York to visit a special surgeon there who will fix Kate's displaced artificial hip. We just couldn't leave her limping around with discomfort. Sandy spent over a week doing research to find this specialist who performs hip replacements on small dogs and cats and who is recommended by the hip manufacturer as the best for small animals.  She will be gone for about two weeks and we hope Kate will be fine when she gets home.
 
 
June 12, 2010
 
Sandy and Kate arrived home Thursday.  Kate's problem with her left leg now is with the new hip. Something happened that it popped or slipped out of the correct position and the vet claims there is nothing they can do to fix it. She will always limp somewhat on that leg. She doesn't seem to mind and gets around just fine.  Other than that, all is back to normal and life is good again.
 
 
May 30, 2010
 
On Friday the 28th, Sandy was on her way home with Kate (from visiting her daughters) when Kate tore her left rear knee cap.  Sandy turned west on I-10 instead of east, and headed back to Houston to see Kate's surgeon.  She managed to get there before they closed and the vet confirmed that problem.  Kate will go into surgery on Tuesday morning.  Meanwhile, Sandy is sick in bed in the hotel.  She's been sick for three weeks.
 
May 8th, 2010
 
Tomorrow's Mother's day and I'm very grateful I still have mine. Yup!, we've been together for over 69 years. :-)
 
Griffie is having digestive system problems, but Kate is doing well with her two new hips and one rebuilt knee.
 
March 22nd, 2010
 
A friend of mine Jack Ryals, went fishing this weekend FISH:
Jack Ryals is available for real estate transactions in Melbourne Florida @ National Realty 321*795*7534. He's the best!
 
March 19th, 2010
 
Sandy and Kate arrived home on the 17th in the afternoon.  Kate had the 2nd hip replacement on March 3rd and is doing pretty well. She is now walking on both rear feet well and would take off running if she wasn't restricted. Photos at the bottom of this page HERE.
 
March 16th, 2010
 
Two members of the first band I ever played with back in '63 came to visit at the Man Cave. There was a full four piece band to entertain us, Organ, Drums, Guitar, and Sax with the sax player and guitarist singing. It was wonderful to visit and party with my lifetime friends, Mel (Mousy) Erickson, and Dick (Tweety) Lupien.Several local friends came to join us.  The music was great and the social we wonderful. Photos HERE:
 
March 8th, 2010
 
On February 22nd, Sandy left for Houston again with Kate. Kate wasn't using her new right side hip very much and the vet thought she should have physical therapy. So off she went. On March 3rd, the surgeon replaced Kate's left hip joint and she is now recovering in Houston.  Sandy and Kate will stay there until the surgeon removes the stitches and gives her the o.k. to head back to Florida. After six weeks at home she will have to go back to Houston for evaluation and possibly physical therapy again for a couple of weeks.
 
January 25th, 2010
 
As stated previously, I sold the most recent RV. It went to a very nice couple, Wally and Karen. They've been to Vegas to the Consumer Electronics show and stopped in Quartzsite.  While there they took a photo of the rig. Here it is: Click
 
January 25th, 29010
 
Sandy is still in Houston with Kate and said Kate is doing pretty well.  Today she put some weight on her foot.  That's very good considering she had Patella rebuild and a complete hip replacement just 6 days ago.  Sandy thinks they'll be ready to head home by Friday.They are driving!
 
January 12, 2010: Last evening Kate while jumping up and down on her hind legs, tore a knee ligament off her right knee. This morning when they x-rayed it they also found that both her hips are deformed from birth and she will eventually have to have hip replacements. I'm just sick about it.  She's barely a year old and already she's in pain.
 
Sandy will leave for Houston as soon as the surgeon there can fix her knee, probably around a week from now. IN the mean time Kate has to live in a crate to keep her from doing further damage.
 
January 3rd, 2010: My brother Rick from Tucson came by with his wife Irene to visit for a few hours. We had a nice time and he entertained us playing the guitar and singing. My nephew John and family joined us. It was very nice!
 
December 23rd, 2009: The Christmas party at the Man Cave was awesome! If you missed it, you missed the best party of the year. Sonny Petrillo did two Sinatra shows. Kenny Michaels sat in with the band and did a soul music review with Paul Santa Maria on lead guitar. Kenny Clarke played Hammond organ, Tommy DeQuartro on drums and Mark Korpi on guitar and vocals were the house band (so to speak). They were awesome! 
 
September 10th, 2009: Sold the RV today. I'm done traveling for a while. Thought I wanted to do that again, but realized I don't.
 
Sandy is still in TN trying to get her mother's old house fixed so she can close it up for the winter.
 
The boys are here in FL with me and doing fine. kate is with Sandy in TN and doing fine.
 
July 15th, 2009: Sandy's youngest daughter Sarah, is coming to visit for a few days with her first child - Sandy's first grandson.
 
July 12th, 2009: Griffie and Affie got their teeth cleaned.
 
June 20th, 2009: We bought another RV. It's a bit larger than the last one, but lots smaller than what we've used to.  This one has 3 slide out so there's quite a bit of room when camped.  Photos on Photos page under 2008 BT Cruiser! We hope to meander up the coast sometime this summer. A few miles a day and lots of local food!
 
 
April 2nd, 2009: Joe's DogHouse Garage is about complete and we've had some very successful band rehearsals. See photos page: Art Festival and Garage Band 1, Also, take a look at the series of photo albums covering the conversion from warehouse to playhouse.
 
Kate is growing and she chases Affie around all the time. Affie has lost 3 pounds in the last two months (he's also on a low carb diet). Griffie is a grouch and doesn't want anything to do with her, but he'll come around.
 
February 16th, 2009: Okay, so we're nuts! Today we got another baby - a female Brussels Griffon puppy 15 weeks old. Her name is Kate. Affie and Griffie are not happy about having a stranger puppy in the house, but they'll get used to it and love her too.  We'll talk some photos tomorrow and post them from the Photos page index, and give her her own page from the index on the left. See "Kate"
 
January 23rd, 2009: There are some new photos of the garage conversion project being posted tomorrow. However, I've decided on a new name for the garage: 'Joe's DogHouse', for a couple of reasons. One: my boys will be with me there frequently and two: is obvious. :-)
 
January 20th, 2009: The holidays have come and gone and my project at this time is to convert some warehouse space into a personal garage and playroom. A Man-Cave some would call it! You can follow along with the progress. Go to the Photo Albums page and scroll down to Joe's Garage pages.
 
Griffie is doing very well with his hips and he is free of the itchy blisters he was troubled with most of his life. Affie is also doing very well, but a little heavy. Sandy is doing great with tennis and is winning frequently.
 
Today we have a new president who is going to fix everything. Just remember this: 
 
"The government cannot give to anyone anything 

that it does not first take away from someone else!"  
 
 
September 27th, 2008: Where has this year gone?  Fall is upon us and it's cooling down here in FL - good motorcycle weather now until mid-December, then its a bit chilly in the morning and evening. Griffie is doing better. His nose is healing nicely. Sandy is doing well with tennis and my organ playing is getting better. It'll never be good enough for me. I'm thinking about starting another business for something to do. I seem to be busy enough in retirement, but have a need to be productive.
 
September 5th, 2008: Good news so far, Griffie still doesn't have cancer.  All the tests aren't back yet, but there's no cancer.  We are very happy! 
 
September 2nd, 2008: Griffie had surgery again on his nose.  The vets don't know why bumps keep growing on it and other parts of his body, but hopefully with this biopsy compared to the last one, they'll figure it out.  He has to go back on the 16th for follow up work.
 
July 31st, 2008: Quit the Eau Gallie Yacht Club and needless to say why here.
 
July 15th, 2008: Sold the little RV.  We aren't using it and it doesn't look like we have much interest in traveling any more.  
 
July 13th, 2008: A couple of months ago I bought a new Harley (again).  Here's a photo: HERE

April 6th, 2008:  Good news; the bump removed from Griffie's nose is not cancerous.
 
March 27th, 2008: Griffie had to have surgery again. There was a bump growing on the side of his nose we had removed and sent for a biopsy. The vet who did the stem-cell procedure took a scraping and was supposed to send it for a biopsy a month ago didn't send it out and the bump was getting larger since.
 
March 11, 2008: Griffie seems to be doing fine!
 
March 7th, 2008: Griffie got his stitches out and he is a happy boy!
 
February 29, 2008: Griffie had the stem-cell procedure on his left hip this week.  Monday they removed some fat from his groin area and Thursday they injected the processed cells into his hip.  He's limping since the injections, but gradually getting over the soreness.  He and the process will be evaluated at the 30, 60, and 90 day points to see if it's working to correct his arthritis.  He's doing fine, but the challenge is to keep him from licking the incision area and chewing out the stitches.
 
February 7th, 2008: Griffie was evaluated for a stem-cell procedure to his left hip and it will be performed in 10 days.  We are hoping it will cure or at least relieve the arthritis in that hip.  We'll post the results ASAP.
 
Dec. 31st, 2007 through Jan. 20th, 2008: Visited friends and relatives in Tucson. It took three weeks going and coming in the new RV. Traveled mostly the side roads through the Florida panhandle, Alabama, Mississippi, and LA.  Stopped in New Orleans, but the weather was terrible and it was Sugar Bowl day so we didn't go to the Cafe du Monde.  However, we did stop there on the way back and the weather was very nice.  There is a lot of rebuilding along the beaches through AL and MS.  Most of the old southern mansions are gone and new high-rise condos are being built.  The beaches have been rejuvenated and look great.
 
November 20th, 2007: We went to the Florida Keys for the week to give the new RV a shakedown.  It worked out fine and the little Mercedes diesel got around 15 miles to the gallon.  The nicest thing about it is that it's small and can go just about anywhere a car can.
 
November 13th, 2007: We bought a small RV so we can go places with the boys.  It's a Winnebago View.  You can see one here: Winnebago View We bought the 24J model.
 
October 19th, 2007:  As new members of the Eau Gallie Yacht Club, (pronounced 'O golly') we went there for lunch yesterday.  The people (employees) were happy to have us and were very nice.  However, twice they overcooked my cheeseburger, served a bad draught beer as the first glass (probably the first pour of the day) and got the check wrong twice.  Other than that, it was very nice.  Sandy already knows several of the members as she and they are in the Brevard Symphony Orchestra guild, so we feel comfortable there already.
 
October 18th, 2007: Griffie is doing fine now.  His rash is just about gone and he's much happier and playful.  Today we will go to the Eau Gallie Yacht Club for our orientation and finish the membership process.  The house upgrade is nearly done and the new dining room set should be delivered Thursday. I'll take photos and build a new page in the photo section around Christmas when Sandy's family is here.  There are two new pages in process.  "Self-centered" - from the Index page, and "Memories" of my boating friends from Key Biscayne around the early to mid 80s.  That page is accessible from the "Photos" page.
 
October 14th, 2007: Griffie is doing much better running and playing and his rash is almost gone.  This evening will be our first Yacht Club function - Member Mixer
 
October 8th, 2007: Griffie had his cholesterol tested today and it's down 140 points (over a three week period).  That's good news as we can expect that it will drop further in the next three weeks, and hopefully back to normal.  He has new medication for his rash and something to keep it from itching.  He is playful and doing some running in the house.  It looks like he'll return to normal soon.
 
October 7th 2007: Griffie's knee is healing, but his leg is easily hurt if he moves wrong. His rash is back and he doesn't seem to feel very well.
 
September 27th, 2007: Our application for membership to the Eau Gallie Yacht Club here in Indian Harbour Beach, has been accepted.  Now all I have to do is decide if I accept them and if it's worth it.
 
September 17th, 2007: Sandy and Griffie arrived home safely.
 
September 14th, 2007: Sandy and Griffie left Houston for home.  We expect they will arrive by Sunday.
 
September 13th, 2007,  Update on Griffie:  His knee is healing very nicely.  There's good news and some not-so-good news about his blood!  The good news is he doesn’t have Cushing’s disease, but the not-so-good news is they still don’t know what’s wrong with him. They're sending him home for six weeks with a new special diet. In six weeks he has to go back to Houston for more testing. The vets are hoping with six weeks of rest at home, total recovery from the surgery, and a new diet he'll show some improvement in his Lipids.  Thanks for being concerned! It means a lot to Sandy and me ‘cause you all know how much we love our little boys.
 
September 2007: We will assemble and add two new sections to this site one each about each of our dogs from pups to date - Griffie and Affie.
 
September 2007: The redecorating and upgrading of the house is coming along while Sandy is in Houston.
 
August / September 2007: Sandy is in Houston with Griffie for surgery to his right knee.  He tore a ligament off his knee cap. In doing the blood test they found he has high lipids so Sandy and Griffie will stay in Houston until they can find the cause.
 
Between June and August 2007: Sold the two Lowrey organs and the Hammond A-100, and bought a new Hammond B3 with Leslie.  I love the B3, but doubt there are enough years left to learn to play it well.
 
July 2007: Instead of building a new home here in FL we've decided to upgrade this four year old house with some modifications and all new furniture. We like the location and under FL law, our real estate taxes will remain relatively low and only can increase at the rate of 3% a year. Moving to another home would cause us to loose that benefit. (It a bit complicated.)
 
June 2007: Sold the house in TN.
 
May 2007: Sold the Prevost bus RV
 
March 2007: Sandy is back in Florida with the two boys (my dogs who I love more than life). We've decided to sell the home in TN as it's too cold there in the winter and too hot in the summer. Now we'll build a new home here in FL as soon as the house there sells.  We'll probably sell the Prevost (bus RV) too.
 
Lately, I've been trying to learn to play the organ between my going to the gym and getting back in shape.  Now I have three organs and an electric Yamaha piano.  Good grief, I never know when to stop buying things I enjoy. :-)    
 
Update: On March 31st, 2006, my dad passed away in Tucson where he was living.  The oldest of two boys and the second oldest of the family (five girls and two boys) he out-lived them all. He was 89 on January 1st, 2006.  My dad was a great guy who always tried to help people and who loved animals like no one else I've ever know.  He was my best buddy and I will miss him greatly.
 
Update 11/6/2005 - Ya' know! I'll be 65 January 7th, 2006.  I've retired three times and they just don't seem to stick.  I'm about done with this Internet business and will sell it soon. My plan is to be retired (like normal people) when I reach my 65 birthday. I've had a wonderful life and accomplished so very much more than I ever imagined possible. There's been periods of retirement at a young age whereby I've been able to live life like it should be (enjoy life while young and then work later). Life is good for a guy who was kicked out of high school in my senior year as a loser.  I have a beautiful lady and two wonderful dogs, and financial security to enjoy the rest of my life with.  Everything worked as planned!

 

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