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Fraggle Friday: Ski Joring

Ski Joring with your horse is a pretty popular sport here in Idaho. And while ski joring with our dog isn’t as well-known, it’s also a lot of fun.

Back in the day Stella was pretty amazing at it, and she won our shelter’s fund-raising ski race a couple of times. Once with me, and once with a friend when I got to the race and realized I forgot my boots.

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The look of happiness

For a dog not bred to pull, she sure could pull. As long as she got to run, she was happy. She even had a guest appearance as a sled dog and carted around some kindergarteners.

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Pseudo sled dog

Stella is by far the most athletic dog I’ve ever had. I joke that if she was a human she would have been a multi sport Olympian. And if she was a horse, she would have won multiple 4* events.

In her prime she could do it all, and do it WELL.

And even as she aged, and I didn’t ask her to pull me down a ski trail anymore, she still just loved to come and run alongside me.

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In fact, she got to run ahead of me, free and happy far more than having to pull me around. She loved running down the path, believing it was groomed just so she could run as fast as she wanted.

Skijor champion, sled dog and incredible athlete, Stella has sure shown me just how versatile and fun the Fraggle can be.

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These days she’s a champion napper

 

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Fraggle Friday

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The girls got to go on a long hike yesterday and our foster dog Butterscotch joined us.

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He thinks he’s pretty tough, and to be honest, he kind of is. No shivering or getting tired for this guy. He had no problem keeping up with the big girls.

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We have so little snow right now, which is nice in that all my favorite trails are still easy to access. But not so nice in that it is winter in Idaho and we should have substantial snow right now…

At the end of the hike Siri learned an important lesson about ice. It breaks. And maybe you shouldn’t run across it unless you’re ready to go swimming.

I’m hopeful this was her last mid December dip

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Wet dog looks like she learned a lesson

Grateful for another great outing with the Fraggles and Butterscotch too!

 

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Fraggle Friday: Oregon Coast Edition

When Macy and I had to scratch from our eventing debut I was determined not to stay home and mope about it. I called up a friend and asked if she’d want to go to the Oregon Coast with me. Luckily she was game!

So the dogs and I hopped in the car and headed to Portland! We picked up my friend and headed to the ocean.

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If you haven’t been to the Oregon coast, you really should go. It’s stunning, and quiet, and super duper dog friendly. Siri ran the length of 3 different beaches and both dogs had an absolute blast.

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Pure Siri joy

We ate some amazing seafood, I got to run on the beach, and was constantly walking around saying “look how pretty that is.” While it wasn’t the same feeling as running cross country on horseback, it was really great.

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Our last night in Portland we went to Stella Taco, a fun street taco joint and honored my favorite dog by eating delicious tacos and drinking margaritas.

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It was a great trip all around and definitely made not going to an event bearable.

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Fraggle Friday Catch Up

The quickest synopsis of the last couple of weeks ever:

At Stella’s yearly exam I was told she had a cancerous tumor that had to be removed. Fourteen year old dog is not having surgery unless she absolutely HAS TO, so I got a second opinion.

From Siri’s brother’s adopter, who happens to be a board certified surgeon.

He said she is fine, NOT a cancerous tumor.

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She hates the vet so much… but is such a good girl there

Best money I ever spent was getting that 2nd opinion.

There will be more of this:

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Happy Dog!

Family came to town as I was giving a talk at:

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I was SO excited.

Siri instantly fell in  love with my Dad.

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Zero loyalty

And has been sad ever since he left.

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She got to go shopping with us and was really good at not knocking over retail racks

And now life is back to “normal.” Daily hikes and lots of cuddle time.

Happy Fraggle Friday!!

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Fraggle Friday

It's been HOT!
Good thing the girls love swimming

Stella is one of the best swimmers I know. And despite her age she shows no hint of slowing down in the pond otter department.

She's also incredibly smart about where to lie when the heat is unbearable.
And not surprisingly she still lets me know photo ops are stupid on hikes.
This is a dog with serious opinions.
Which is probably why I love her so much.

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Fraggle Friday

We’re in a bit of a Rebecca hangover right now.

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But, summer is ticking along and we’re just trying to keep up!

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The weather has thankfully cooled down a bit so we’re getting out as much as possible and even exploring some new trails.

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It’s not ugly here, that’s for sure.

Sometimes we need a break from it all, so find a cushy spot.

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Hope you’re having an equally great, dog filled, week!

xoxo

Siri and Stella

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Fraggle Friday

It’s not lost on me that I missed Fraggle Friday last week. My dogs were being replaced by their counterparts in NY

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Clearly I have a “type.”

It’s good to be home with my girls, although they seem to have had a bit too much fun while I was gone, as they’re both pooped.

 

Hot weather meant it was time to break out the pool for Siri. Her favorite place to be after a good run.

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Happy Fraggle Friday everyone!

 

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Fraggle Friday

Not sure how many more hikes I’ll have with Stella so have decided to cherish every one.


She’s still hiking mountains with me and begging to go running, but she has never been good at self limiting. 


The trip to Aspen was hard for her, new place, new routine. She’s happy to be back home.

I think she’s still got some great years ahead but if I want to keep her happy for the long run I should probably make the sacrifice to leave her home more often when I go on longer outings.

It’s tough leaving your constant companion and best buddy behind.

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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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