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Fraggle Friday: All About Stella

I got a little caught up in work and then watching Rolex dressage, but don’t worry, Fraggle Friday will not be missed!

This post is all about Stella as I have WAY too many cute pics of her right now (and Monday is Siri’s bday so you know we’ll have lots of media from that next week…)

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Just chillin. And looking adorable

We’ve had a LOT of rain. And for the first time in 13 years I decided to dress Stella up. In a raincoat. I cannot believe the cuteness I have been missing all these years

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She was less thrilled, but a good sport

I mean, look how happy I am about Stella and I in our rain coats!!!!

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I couldn’t contain my happiness

She was happy when it was sunny again and could look like a normal, tough, hunting dog.

She came to the schooling show with me last weekend and was a perfect angel. And happily shared the backseat with the weiner dogs. But she couldn’t figure out why they wouldn’t let her cuddle. It’s tough being a big dog sometimes.

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Enjoy your weekend and have a great Fraggle Friday!

xoxo

Stella and Siri

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Fraggle Friday- My 5 Heart Dogs

I’m taking a cue from She Moved to Texas and this Fraggle Friday am participating in a blog hop of My 5 Heart Dogs!

I’m going chronologically, not in order of importance, as all 5 dogs hold a very special place in my heart, obviously.

  1. Montana
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    The one that started it all

    Montana was the first dog who was all mine. I adopted her from the SPCA while I was in college. Unlike most college students who adopt dogs, I was OBSESSED with her care. She went on a million walks a day, and soon became a fixture at my friend’s homes and when I had to go out of town for sports tournaments, my friends would fight over who got to petsit her. She was so easy and well behaved and the perfect dog for a college student. I adopted her when she was about 3 years old and had her for ten years. She started my interest in animal sheltering and I credit her with my career of helping people and pets.

2. Maya

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Ridic

Maya was given up to the vet school where I was working because she couldn’t walk. The neurologist diagnosed her with myasthenia gravis and her prognosis was grim. About 10% of dogs with this disease recover. To everyone’s surprise, Maya made a full recovery… and then they needed to find her a home. I have always loved Springers, so I stepped up to the plate. Maya was the SWEETEST puppy. My Dad, who was going through a divorce and feeling quite lonely met her and fell in love. Not giving him Maya would have been cruel. They were constant companions for 12 years. She was the easiest dog- we never trained her, she just knew what was expected of her. She loved everyone she met and a nicer dog could not be found.

3. Stella

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I cannot describe how happy she makes me

My fiancee at the time got Stella to be his hunting dog. And she was a hunting MACHINE. She was also a running and hiking machine. She was my first foray into high energy hunting dogs, and she made me WORK for any affection. But, when we broke up, and Stella was a crazy 2 year old, the thought of giving her to him forever wasn’t an option. So, I eneded up making him very angry and kept Stella. My ex and I don’t speak, but I don’t care. She would have been hit by a car, or discarded by him, shortly after he had her full time. She was one of the toughest dogs I’ve ever had in terms of energy requirements and training. But it was worth every minute. She’s always had a friendly and social personality and I have never had to worry about her around kids, strangers or other animals. Now 13, Stella is easy. She still goes for 3 mile runs, and hikes with me, but is also happy to spend the day lounging. She has always been my heart dog- I have worried about her every day for 13 years. I cannot express how much I love this dog and she had better be with me for a lot longer.

4. Sassy

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Also ridic

I had Stella and Montana, and was contacted by someone giving away their dog. They needed it gone IMMEDIATELY. She wouldn’t hunt and was basically worthless to these folks. I wasn’t looking for a third dog, but once I met her I couldn’t say no. Sassy and Stella became best friends. Sassy was ridiculously easy for a puppy. I ended up driving her from Idaho to NY for my Dad who had been looking for a second dog. Sassy still lives with him, she’s about 12 years old now, and my Dad mentions every day how much he loves her. In fact, she has turned him into a lover of bearded dogs as well. Sassy is the sweetest. I love how happy she’s made my Dad and also love that every time I go back home, she remembers me and immediately ditches my Dad to come sleep in my room 🙂

5. Squirrel

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That’s Squirrel on the right when we drove from Idaho to NY and attended the Millbrook Horse Trials

Squirrel was another dog who I didn’t expect to get. A hunting facility was closing down and getting rid of their dogs. There was one dog left. A 7 year old, unspayed, female. She had never lived inside, and when I went to go meet her, her pen was DISGUSTING. I literally said I would take her before even letting her out of the kennel. The guy thanked me, and was relieved he wouldn’t have to shoot her. Such a lovely man. Turns out Squirrel is Sassy’s mom.  She had Sassy when she was just over a year (good breeders). One of my favorite moments is when I drove Squirrel back to NY and she and Sassy were reunited. They may not have remembered each other, but they were fast friends and poor Stella lost both her best friends on that trip as Sassy and Squirrel refused to do anything without each other. Squirrel passed away from mammary cancer just over two years ago. I had her spayed when I got her, but it wasn’t enough to keep the cancer away. I loved Squirrel so much. She was naughty, and quirky, and a total dork, but considering what her life had been before I met her, she acclimated to life with me incredibly quickly. She and Stella were absolute besties. I think Stella still misses her.

You may notice a certain monkey dog who isn’t on this list. I have no doubt Siri will one day be one of my heart dogs, but for now, I wanted to honor the dogs who have had a lasting impact on me already.

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Fraggle Friday

Spring in Idaho can be a cruel season.

We go from this:

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So pretty and warm

To this, two days later:

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Same view, different day. I didn’t think I should make them pose this time…

Regardless, Stella and Siri still enjoyed themselves and thought I was silly for wearing a hat, gloves and jacket.

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This is Stella’s “you’re ridiculous” look. You’ll see it a lot…

Siri is still adorable, don’t worry. Her birthday is right around the corner! Can’t believe she is going to be a year old! Wow that went fast.

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Hoping you’re enjoying better weather than we are!

Happy Fraggle Friday!

xoxo

Stella and Siri

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Fraggle Friday

Work had me on a long road trip into Washington and northern Idaho. I took Stella along with me, as she is perhaps the best road trip companion ever known.

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She does a LOT of this

The first day she was happy to sleep the entire time. I got a little worried, and a little sad, thinking that my old dog was really OLD. But then, we got to Sandpoint Idaho, mid way through our second day, and she was JAZZED.

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Stella loves water

She basically dragged me down the bike path and wanted to go swimming despite it not being all that warm in northern Idaho…

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She also wanted to play fetch

I was happy to see her back to her usual antics.

And while I checked out baby horse (so exciting!) she and her buddy Warren had a good romp on the property.

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Of course she decided to run through the water…

Stella proves once again that age is just a number.

We got home and back to our regular routine, but she decided that perhaps, now that she got some Mommy and Me time, Siri can sorta/kinda be her friend.

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Only one of them is enjoying this arrangement

Have a great weekend!

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Fraggle Friday

Siri started an obedience class and lets just say..she’s not the star of the class. I mean, puppy has a time limit on how long she is willing to learn for, and you know she’s DONE when she starts jumping all over me and becomes unable to focus on anything. It’s pretty funny. The nice thing is, that on the drive home, she looks like this:

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Learning is exhausting

We’ve been petsitting an adorable Clumber Spaniel that Siri became fast friends with.

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They like to play, which Stella appreciates because she can do more of this:

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Comfort level high

We’re finally starting to see some green among all the white outside and the dogs are really enjoying it. Hopefully Stella can teach Siri how to be calm when outside. It’s still a work in progress…

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Happy Fraggle Friday everyone!!

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Fraggle Friday

I swore I would never forget to post on Fraggle Friday and yet it seems to be getting more and more difficult to remember!

The dogs and I were able to do one of our favorite hikes! It was really windy, but the snow was packed down enough to keep us from post holing, and we had a great time.

Stella galloped up the mountain ahead of me and then was super proud of herself at the top. She never ceases to amaze me!

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Ears blowing in the wind…

Siri posed at the top for a picture before tearing back down like a maniac.

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That view!

 

Days when the sun is shining make winter much more bearable. I’m still ready for it to be over though…

I’ve upped my mileage when out for runs, and it results in more pictures like this:

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THIS makes me very happy

Knowing I can wear this dog out gives me hope…

Happy Fraggle Friday!

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Fraggle Friday, On Saturday

It’s not that I forgot Fraggle Friday. It’s just that the week once again kicked my butt and it may have slipped my mind.

So, here you go, a bit delayed…

Here’s proof that it’s still winter here. But you see that blue stuff in the sky??? We haven’t seen much of it lately, and it glorious.

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Stella is pretty much deaf. I really don’t think it’s just that she has mastered the art of selective hearing. But at least Siri will sit when I ask her to.

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Old lady has been running 3 miles with me a few days a week though, so don’t let the grey beard fool you. She is still young at heart.

I’ve kinda had a breakthrough with Siri and told her she is officially a family member. I’ll probably cut back on threatening to return her now. 🙂

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I hope you’re all having a Fraggle and sunshine filled weekend!

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