Posts Tagged ‘dog vacations’

Celebrating Daisy’s bonus time

August 12, 2015 12 comments

Back when we were kids, my dad had an old time movie projector on which he would play family movies he had taken throughout the years. I remember the flicking sound of the 8mm film running through the reels, and watching the images flash on the screen. We kids loved to watch those old movies, most of them featuring our young family interacting with one another or being goofy in front of the camera.

Whenever dad wanted to get to a good part on the film, he would turn a knob on the projector and fast forward through the boring stuff.  I would watch as fleeting images appear quickly on the screen, just little wisps of family and memories flying by at a rapid pace, until dad would stop the projector, pause, and then turn the knob and let the movie run at regular speed again.

To me, time is a lot like that film in the old movie projector. Sometimes it runs at regular speed and you sit back and soak in every little moment. At other times, it seems to go whipping by in fast forward mode and you only get the chance to see fleeting moments of days gone by. But every once in a while, the film stops, and in that moment something changes and you are forced to take stock.

Six months ago, I heard the words insulinoma and cancer and Daisy, and the film stopped. I was forced to take stock, and to take action. I remember those early days and the agonizing decision-making involved. So much happened so fast and yet, so much slowed down too. There is nothing like hearing your dog has cancer to make stop and take notice of all that is around you.

Looking back now, I am amazed at how much time has gone by. In fact, it wasn’t even until today that I realized six months had already passed since Daisy’s surgery to remove her insulinoma. I guess the film in the projector sped up again somewhere along the way huh?

Back in February, I had so many doubts about whether I was doing the right thing by going forward with the surgery. Today, I am grateful for the extra six months with my girl. I am hoping there will be even more.

We’ve made good use of our extra time together.

In the past six months (what I now consider bonus time), Daisy has…

I'm watching you. #Daisy

Taken a vacation


Awoken to the sound of loons calling across the lake

Exploring the woods. #Daisy

Sniffed lots of new smells

Up at the Cabin

Gone hiking in the woods of central Minnesota

Daisy's good friend, Kellie #dogpark

Gotten extra lovin’ from her friends

Daisy Paws a Moment

Taken lots of extra walks in the woods

The 3 Muskateers

Hung out with family

Daisy takes a break at Scharr's Bluff in #Hastings #mn #labradorretriever

Hiked Scharr’s Bluff in Hastings, MN

A smiling Daisy- May 25, 2015

Enjoyed a perfect spring and summer in Minnesota

Happy girl went swimming. #mississippiriver #Hastings #mn #labradorretriever

Swam in the Mississippi River (Twice!)

Seriously. #Daisy

Enjoyed a lot of extra cuddle time

Daisy sleeps 6/30/15

And even more cuddle time


Bonded with the person who loves her most

Can I get six more please?

Favorite Video Friday – Dachshund Bahama Vacation

June 26, 2014 2 comments

It’s vacation time at Casa del Mel. We might not be going on any bog trips, but we are certainly going to have some fun!

It seemed like this week’s video was the perfect way to kick things off.


Happy Friday everyone!

Favorite Video Friday – Happy Beach Dog

July 5, 2012 13 comments

I’ve been in vacation mode all week – relaxing, reading books, playing with the dogs, napping. To be honest, I cam pretty close to being a slug.


Of course, I had envisioned a whole different kind of vacation. I had planned on long walks at the dog park and maybe a couple visits to the beach and some dinner and coffee with a few friends (well, I did get that last part in), unfortunately the weather was less than cooperative. With 100 degree days and humidity that could have filled an ocean, we were stuck inside a lot.

That’s probably why this week’s video appealed to me so much. The fun that this owner and dog are having are exactly what I was hoping for this week. I guess I’ll have to live vicariously through them. 🙂

Luckily for us, the weather is supposed to improve starting tomorrow, so I think we’re going to be packing in a lot of fun time to make up for lost time.

Stay cool everyone. We know we’re not the only ones dealing with the heat this past week.

Happy Friday!

Favorite Video Friday – Because Dogs Need to Stop and Smell the Roses Too!

January 12, 2012 6 comments

My thanks to my friend, Janet Roper, for sharing this wonderful video with me earlier in the week. I absolutely loved it from the first moment I saw it. What dog parent hasn’t wished for a chance to give their pup one last hurrah before they can no longer do so? Well, this family did just that. It’s a joy to watch. I hope you think so too.

Happy Friday!

P.S. If you decide you want to do something similar with your dog, I am sure Go Pet Friendly can help you find accomodations. 🙂

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