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August 2, 2015 3 comments

What is it that changes in a dog’s face that suddenly makes her look old? Is it the lightening around her muzzle? Or, the increasing milkiness of her eyes? Or, is it the way she smiles, flashing that toothy grin at us?

What is it that we first notice? Is it a moment or an accumulation of moments? It seems like one day we are looking at our dog and seeing a young and energetic face, and the next day we see an old one in its place. It always seems like a surprise to me when I finally see it.

A couple of months ago, I took a candid shot of Cupcake standing out on the patio. What I saw on my camera’s viewing screen made me stop and stare.  “Wait. What happened?” I thought, “That doesn’t look like Cupcake. That looks like an old dog.” And it was. It was my Cupcake, in all her glory and beauty, as an old dog.

It was as if all the little pieces of the puzzle (her diminished eyesight, her inability to hear me calling her in the dog park, and her slowing, arthritic pace) coalesced in that moment to magnify and make me realize what I had not seen (or wanted to see) before. Cupcake was a senior citizen. She was an old dog. What a revelation.

In my mind, I had been seeing Cupcake like this.
My sweet girlNot like this. Cupcake waits

Of course, I’ve known that she was getting older (as have all of us), I just didn’t SEE it. My brain had continued to live in the past while life (and Cupcake) continued to move forward. I guess my brain just needed a jolt to see her as she really is now. 

Seeing her as an older dog hasn’t changed how much I lover her, if anything I love her even more, but it has made  me more conscious of the subtle changes in her behavior and when she is not feeling well. It has also made me more conscious of her ability to get around. Getting up and down on the hardwood floors is a little more difficult now. Keeping the fur in between her toes cut short helps with that (as do rugs). Tripping over the bottom step when coming in does happen on occasion, but lighting the step with my iPhone helps. And I may have to lift her into the car for the rest of her remaining days, but I don’t care. The joy she gets when we reach our destination is worth it all. 

Seeing Cupcake’s old dog face was a good thing. It woke me up and made me treasure our special moments all the more. 

And you know what? She is still just as beautiful, sweet and strong as she was when she first came to join our family. I love her face no matter how old she gets to be. 

Black and White Sunday #140 – A setter in the woods

August 2, 2015 6 comments

Clover photo-bomb

My thanks to our hosts for this blog hop Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever.

Unfortunately, WordPress.com doesn’t allow Java script so I can’t provide a direct link to the linky, but you can join here.

Favorite Video Friday – The amazing Alex and Jumpy

July 31, 2015 4 comments

I am constantly in awe of dogs who can do a multitude of tricks. They are so physical and magical at the same time. The ones who can fly through the air, and manage to look like they float there, are just awe-inspiring.

Of course, we all know that behind every amazing dog is an amazing human. A human who spends lots of time with their dog and who trains them and builds a strong bond with them. These are the people who impress me.

Today’s Favorite Friday selection features an amazing dog with his equally amazing owner. Can you imagine going down the street and seeing them flying and flipping through the air? Wow!

I hope you enjoy the video.  Happy Friday!!!

Wordless Wednesday #250 – Post Bath Time Pics

July 29, 2015 7 comments
Cupcake shakes

The Shake off

Drop drying on the lounger. #Cupcake #sheltie #shetlandsheepdog

The drip dry

Daisy takes a break after her bath

Post bath look away

You said I had to have a bath. You did not say I had to stay clean. #Daisy #dogsofinstagram #labradorretriever

Post bath roll in the dirt look

Maggie got a little muddy after her bath too. #sheltie #shetlandsheepdog

Cheese face – maybe she’ll forgive me?

Bath time with Daisy and Maggie

No more baths please

After bath smiles

Bath? What bath? Cheese please!

Black and White Sunday #139 – The Look

July 26, 2015 12 comments

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My thanks to our hosts for this blog hop Dachshund Nola and Sugar The Golden Retriever.

Unfortunately, WordPress.com doesn’t allow Java script so I can’t provide a direct link to the linky, but you can join here.

Favorite Video Friday – Puppies, Kitties and Mirrors

July 24, 2015 3 comments

After two long weeks of worrying about mom and praying for her recover, she is finally out of the hospital and now in transitional care helping her to get stronger so she can go home. Yay!

She is somewhat of a miracle woman. Her surgeon, a specialist in gastroenterology, has only seen what she had one other time in his career. It is called a paraesophageal hernia, which is a rarer form of a hiatus hernia. Blood supply was being cut off to her stomach, so immediate surgery was the only option. Because of her age, they were very concerned about her ability to recover, but her daily workouts are what brought her through. She was much stronger than they expected.

Anyways, she is on the road to recovery, so I think it’s a day to celebrate and laugh. Being able to laugh in times of worry and fear is a luxury, so we need to enjoy these moments when we can.

Today’s video is full of silly little puppies and kitties encountering a mirror for the first time. I am sure you can guess what happens, but the giggles and silliness is definitely worth watching. I hope it starts your day off with a smile.

 

Happy Friday everyone!

 

The Top 10 Reasons Shelties Are Awesome

July 23, 2015 13 comments

I saw a post this morning that made me laugh: 10 Reasons Why You Should Never Own Shetland Sheepdogs.

If you have never known or owned a Shetland Sheepdog, then you may not know how the truly wonderful they are.

To be honest, I have always been a little hesitant to tout them too much for fear that there will be a mass swelling of people looking to buy one. There aren’t many people I know who would willingly give one up once they get one. Many of the ones we get into rescue are surrendered due to hardship, illness or death. They are just that loved.

So what makes a Sheltie an awesome dog? Let me give you The Top 10 Reasons Shelties Are Awesome..

1. They are so cute that it’s almost criminal.

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2. Shelties are smart, and quick learners.

. Did you want my other left? #Jasper #sheltie

3. They love to play with you.

Wanna play ball? #Jasper #sheltie

4. They love to make you laugh.

We have no cheeseTrue.

5. Shelties are always happy to see you.

My little Howler #Jasper #Sheltie

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6. They are eager to please you.

Seriously? The camera thing again? #Cupcake #sheltie

7. Loyalty is their middle name.

A muddy mess, but very happy. #Jasper #dogpark

8. Enthusiasm is their second middle name.  

Jasper would live to be on your cover! #lifeanddogcoverstar

9. Cuddle time is a must.
Time for bed #Maggie #Daisy

10. A sleeping Sheltie will melt your heart.

Sleeping beauty #maggie #Sheltie

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