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Introduction to Living Prepared

So I’ve decided to start a new page for my blog to discuss “Living Prepared”.

But what exactly does this mean?

Preparedness, for me, covers a wide range of subjects that have to be confronted and dealt with in order to ensure survival for one’s self and one’s family.

Now this isn’t a doomsday manifesto per se- this is a project geared towards opening up discussions about being prepared and explains the steps I’ve taken to ensure preparedness for the best of times and the worst of times. And while we all need to be prepared for doomsday like events, we also need to be prepared for life in general.

This project will tackle a wide range of events, issues and every day life that I believe people should think about given the fact the unexpected always happens.

I want to share what I’ve learned over the past 5 years about preparedness in several areas such as:

  • Money
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Medical
  • Pets
  • Blackouts
  • Natural Disasters


It’s my goal to provide you with information that will help you out in life and information that will help you survive and thrive.

I hope you will enjoy this project because I’m eager to share with y’all!

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Frank Update 3

Sorry that I haven’t updated about Frank.

We went to visit him yesterday to see how he was and if we could bring him home. As you can tell from my shoes he was still bleeding.



We decided keeping at the vet’s office for at least another day would be a prudent move.

Today we were able to bring him home though there is still some bleeding. No where near the level it was.

He has been urinating better although he hasn’t quite figured out that he can’t lift his leg right now.

We are still not out of the woods. There is a possibility that he may need 2 more surgeries in order to get everything functioning normally again and there is a slight possibility that his penis will have to be amputated but I don’t even want to think about that.

There could be scaring in his urethra that would cause us to have to another surgery but that is a month or so away before we have to deal with that.

Please feel free to share these posts- we need all the moral support we can get!

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Frank Update 2

Well we were supposed to bring Mr. Franklin home today after his surgery last night however after they removed the catheter he began bleeding. Sadly there could be bleeding for some time.

Right now, the doctor feels it could take a couple months for everything to heal properly and if it doesn’t, sigh, we face possibly another surgery.

The poor little boy can’t even pee out of his Mr- it has to come out of the incision area and he doesn’t have control over it. Hello puppy pads and more money (that we don’t have) spent.

Frank We will be going to visit him daily until he can come home and we are thinking out every aspect we need to get covered to make being home restful instead of stressful.

We are facing rather big bills here as he will have to visit the vet every 2 weeks for quite awhile now. And of course, I’m still laid off-going on three weeks now.

Hopefully we can get things squared away.

Please feel free to share Frank’s story. He’s our boy-not a pet-he’s our family.

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Frank Update

Franklin was released from the Tri-County clinic Sunday night and came home exhausted. He’s still blocked and can’t urinate properly. He’s in good spirits though.

We’ve taken him to Cass County Vet Clinic in Virginia, Illinois where the doctor  believes he can perform the surgery without complication. Frank could be there for awhile, depending on how everything goes.



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A Husband’s Plea on Mother’s Day

Meet Franklin.


This is my wife’s beloved pug. This is her piece of Maine while we live in Illinois. Besides our daughter, Frank is her pride and joy.

Currently Frank is at the Tri-County Emergency Animal Clinic in Peoria, Illinois because he has 4 kidney stones.

puggles stones

As you can see the stones were lodged in his urethra. The vet was able to flush out three of the stones but 1 is still stuck. This stuck stone has caused a complication that will now require us to take him to the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois to have the surgery performed on Monday. He’s currently staying at Tri-County so that a catheter can be kept in place and he can be monitored.

All of this is going to be very expensive. We are looking at starting at $2,000  to $3,500 just to have him at the University and if they have to get into a more advanced surgery the cost could be more. Plus the cost of having him at the Clinic.

So here’s the thing: I’m laid off from my job as of current and my wife is attending school. As you can imagine finances are a little tight and lucky us, the University (as well as the emergency clinic) aren’t willing to take payments. I’m writing to ask for your help in getting Mr. Franklin Pugglesworth properly treated. If you can donate that would be fantastic! If you can just share this blog I’d appreciate it! I’ll even take positive vibes- anything to bring my wife a happier Mother’s Day. I hate seeing her cry.

Any help in any way would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your time.

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Religious Lobbying

religious lobbying

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no political parties

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