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Fraggle Friday: The Year in Pictures

This year was a roller coaster with the dogs for sure. While Siri grew up, Stella grew old. But, despite how some moments along the way were looking, I still have the two of them with me, which is really what’s most important.

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This picture brings a smile to my face. Stella looks like little yellow riding hood running through the woods

The year started off pretty well, walks in the woods and hikes with family.

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Wow. There really was no snow here in February last year.

We got out for plenty of adventures and then we added foster dog Picabo (now Lucy) who in May drove all the way to NY with me where she is happily living with my Dad on his farm!

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Lucy and Siri were fast friends

And then in April, Stella, at 14, went in for back surgery. Those weeks immediately before and after her surgery were definitely the worst of the year. Not knowing if I had made an incredibly selfish decision gnawed at me constantly.

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Franken puppy

Siri, on the other hand, thought the visit to the vet was the best thing ever, as Stella’s surgeon had adopted her brother when I adopted her. (He wanted a dog like Stella, I have apologized profusely that he did NOT get a Stella…) So, they got to have a reunion.

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Two dorks. But he is a MUCH bigger dork

I was still on pins and needles with Stella and her recovery but man she recovered well. Each week she got stronger. She never had an accident in the house, and that dog was determined to run again. And she definitely has spent lots of time run hopping to her heart’s content.

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And so much swimming this summer!!!  This was at a derby where she finally could run and stay upright. I couldn’t keep her out of the water.

The month of  June, the seizures started. And I thought I would lose Stella. But, um, again, this dog doesn’t give up that easily. I was told we had anywhere from 1-6 months. We just passed the 6.5 month mark, and she is as happy as ever.

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After she climbed to the top of this mountain she told me I need to relax and not worry so much.

And Siri. While she has definitely grown up, and proven herself to be an overall great dog, she has still had some moments.

Like the time she had to go to the vet because she ate something “edible.”

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It wasn’t me, I swear.

I won’t get into what happened here, but lets just say Siri’s trip cost me about $300. I hope she had a really good time.

And then there was this, most recent destruction, also to the tune of over $300:

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Thanks Siri!

But really, when it comes down to it, there isn’t a canine family I could possibly love more. The highs far make up for the lows. Having two dogs who make me laugh and remind me how precious life is, is more than I can ask for.

So, here’s to another year with them, and all the adventures that ensue!

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Fraggle Friday: Horse Show Dogs

Oh man was it lovely to take my best buddy Stella to a horse show with me again. I had forgotten just how good she is, and how much she enjoys it!

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I swear this is her “I’m so happy” face

Not surprisingly it took her a little longer to settle in and get used to the routine. Old dog dementia makes new places a little tougher. But by day two, if she knew where her favorite bed was, she was happy to lay down and watch the world go by.

Once the cross country course opened, and we could go walk to the pond, she was in her element. She literally sprinted to the water!

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I love having her with me and hope we can get another show in together.

What did surprise me, was how good Siri was on her first recognized horse show adventure where I brought a horse! I was kind of worried about what I would do with her all day, but she was great about being tied up, and loved hanging out in the air-conditioned living quarters when temps were in the high 90s.

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Soooo comfy

She made lots of friends and loved going on walks with June and I. I have to say, I think I have a really good horse show dog in the making!

And while I love bringing my dogs and try to be an uber responsible pet owner, this was the first show where I was surprised at how irresponsible people were being. There was dog crap EVERYWHERE. I’m not sure what was worse, the dog who crapped right outside June’s stall, where she stepped in it, or the dog who crapped right outside our trailer, and Sarah stepped in it. Not picking up after your dog is like one of the biggest sins IMO. Siri was “attacked” by one aggressive off leash dog, and we had multiple dogs come into our camp when our dogs were tied up, hanging out with us. Luckily, my dogs are super friendly, but those dogs learned not to mess with Sarah’s Dachshunds!

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I always worry a rule will be put in place that dogs aren’t allowed at recognized shows anymore so I am hyper vigilant about mine being good citizens. I was so annoyed at this last show that I walked around picking up other dog’s poop. (Do you have any idea how disgusting dog poop in a horse’s hoof is?)

Ok, so this will be the last negative post I have about that show, I PROMISE. All unicorns and sunshine here on out. And lots more fun times with my fraggle dogs!

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Fraggle Friday: Stella Milestones

Today marks two months from Stella’s first seizure.

When that seizure happened, I hoped I had one month, prayed for two months, with her. I heard brain tumors grew quickly, and 1-2 months was a reasonable prediction for how long she would have.

Stella had back surgery on April 10th. On that day I hoped she would make it through surgery and regain some mobility. I hoped she could walk on her own again. I never expected her to walk up stairs or run. At 14 years old, I kept my expectations in check for what this dog would be able to do.

But apparently I forgot it was Stella who had back surgery and a brain tumor. Stella, the dog who I joked, if she were a human, she would be a multi sport Olympian. This is not a dog who is going to sit around and let anything stop her.

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This photo was taken 7/13. Clearly she can run…. PC:Nate Liles

And, so, a summer of adventures began. And, because it was summer, our adventures have involved a LOT of time in the water.

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Amazing weekend trip to Stanley, Idaho. Stella hadn’t been in the water yet this summer, and I worried she would have trouble. She didn’t.

On this trip to Stanley, Stella realized she felt GOOD. She took off down a trail thinking that’s the way we were going. Bring that she is basically deaf, and totally independent, I ended up running after her down the trail for 5 minutes when it became clear she was not coming back to me.

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She’s still one of the strongest swimmers. Siri does her best to keep up

She still loves to play fetch, although sometimes she can’t actually see the stick once I’ve thrown it into the water…

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Ready to fetch!

And to be honest, some days are better for her than others. Yesterday she just wanted to sleep. It’s been hot and smokey so I pretty much feel the same way. I’ve stopped thinking “is this your last day?” every single day, and instead am just enjoying every single day we have together.

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Siri is really good at convincing Stella to cuddle

It’s been an incredibly fun summer with her, and I am so thankful I get to continue having her in my life!

 

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Fraggle Friday: How Siri Proved Me Wrong

My young dog, Siri, is a German Wirehaired Pointer who I adopted at the young age of 8-10 weeks old. I was super reluctant to adopt her not only because she was a puppy, but also because if I am being totally honest, I wasn’t sure I wanted a GWP.

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But who wouldn’t want this???

See, I was a Griffon snob. GWPs in my opinion, were the lesser breed. Originally bred with terriers, in my opinion, they were more independent, aggressive, and not as magical as a Griffon. The ones we got in at the Shelter seemed to always be really nice dogs, but I kept with my snobery and refused to believe anything else.

But then I met Siri. And I figured I would give it a shot. And while I cannot speak to the breed as a whole, I can admit that my bias of the breed appears to have been unfounded.

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Having grown up with horses, she learned about how delicious horse poop is at a young age

Siri is a very submissive dog. In fact, she is a bit of a target for other dogs, which makes me feel very protective of her. But, I’d rather she be omega than alpha. I never need to worry that she’ll be the fun police. In fact, she is ALWAYS looking for someone to play with.

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Stella isn’t the playmate Siri was hoping for in a sister, but she has taught her tons about how to be a good dog.

Siri is great with everyone. I got a chance to meet her mom, and get regular check ins from her brother, and both are equally friendly and happy dogs.

I definitely think Siri has good genes in the temperament department.

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Siri’s first collage

So, the GWP. They’re actually really nice dogs. And while they maybe aren’t as mellow as a Griff, and may be more prone to chasing cats and livestock (I still can’t trust Siri with the chickens despite having grown up with them), they’re actually a wonderful companion. Thanks Siri for proving me wrong!

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I’m lucky to have both of these fun fraggles in my life!

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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- Stella’s 14th Birthday!

My little turkey monster baby, as I call her, turned 14 on Tuesday!

We celebrated the day with a hike up a mountain

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And then she did some serious napping in preparation of a special birthday dinner.

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She gave Siri some wisdom about how to last well into your teens, and how to be the best dog ever.

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I hope Siri heard her.

Happy Birthday Stella! The best dog I’ve ever known.

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Fraggle Friday-Pro Photos Edition

I was lamenting the other day that I didn’t have any good photos of me with my dogs. Well, lucky for me, the photographer for our animal shelter offered to take pics of staff with their pets.

I was the first to sign up. And Nate was nice enough to grab lots of different photos, lots of them didn’t have me in them, which was great.

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Having one eye can make it tricky to photograph her. And, when all her hair covers that one eye it gets trickier. But Nate did a great job.

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And I swear Siri was born posing.

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The two of them even obliged and sat next to each other for a photo. I was so impressed with how well-behaved they were being despite all the hustle and bustle around them.

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And then, the family portrait. All that’s missing is a horse. Or two.

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So grateful to have this photo of the three of us. Love these pups so much!

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Fraggle Friday

Sometimes, I just can’t handle how cute she is.

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She gets away with a lot because of it.

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I feel like there should be some sort of puppy support group, a group of puppy moms that can commiserate on what’s going on with their puppy and be told it’s all going to be ok.

Because deep down I know she will grow up to be a fantastic dog, but some days I wonder what the hell I was thinking adopting a puppy.

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