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Fraggle Friday

Going to see Junebug kinda was the highlight of my week, and I STUPIDLY did not get a horse and puppy picture while I was up there. What was I thinking??? I’m currently petsitting 3 golden retrievers, I call them a Gaggle of Goldens. Siri is in heaven playing with all of them.

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I’ve been impressed with how grown up Siri has been acting lately. Last time we petsit for these dogs she was unable to settle down. EVER. This time she plays but is happy to go to bed and even sleep in with me past 5:30am, when the Goldens want to get up and be fed.

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I think she’s really becoming a good dog

She’s still 100% puppy and I can see her brain deciding whether she should listen to me or not, but she’s got a good chance at becoming a great dog one day.

Stella had a good time swimming in the pond and is happy to not have to entertain Siri for a little while.

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Fraggle Friday

Blah weather and lots of travel has me scouring my phone for any fraggle media, but here’s what I’ve got:

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I mean, really

I found Siri walking around with my conference badge and decided to make her wear it. And she totally rocked the look way better than I did.

I also scored a picture of her brother. His adopter is the surgeon who did Stella’s surgeries and it looks like he’s got it pretty good. Which makes me so happy 🙂

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Winston

They’re total twinsies.

For a photo shoot we were doing I got to model with Stella and we got this cute pic. I kinda hate pics of myself, but when I’ve got my bestie in the pic with me it makes it far more bearable.

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She has her usual thrilled look

Looking forward to a week of good weather and lots of outdoor time!

xoxo

Nadia Stella and Siri

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Fraggle Friday: Siri’s Birthday!

Siri has turned a year old!! Sure, it’s a made up birthday, being that she is adopted (#adoptdontshop), but I think it’s probably pretty close to her real birthday whatever that might be.

The past 10 months with her have had their ups and downs. But She has turned into a really great young dog. Not perfect by any means, but really great. I’m so excited for the coming years with her!

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Hike with the Birthday Girl!

 

I knew I was adopting an active breed and Siri hasn’t disappointed. Thanks to her I’ve become a runner again. I’ve gotten fitter and stronger. Can’t thank her enough for that!

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She wouldn’t wear the Cinco de Mayo sombrero but was happy to chew on it

Stella has actually started playing with her and while Stella does give me the following look when Siri is being super annoying, for the most part, I believe they’ve become friends.

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Seriously are we not giving her up?

So, happy birthday little monkey! I’m looking forward to many more!

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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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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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