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Channeling pain to do good [Jan. 31st, 2010|02:35 pm]
Barkley - The dog that made me realize the connections that humans and dogs can have. A simple dog who adored all humans, especially those carrying food.

Rags - The reason that I am still alive. A dog smarter than me, who could push every single one of my buttons. Then, melt me into a blob of love two minutes later.

Chopper - The living example of a gentle giant. All creatures loved Chopper because he was so simple, honorable, and gentle.

Dawkins - The ball loving dog that crawled in my soul and still remains there. Scared of the world and needed so much. Yet, he gave back ten fold in his love for those than earned his trust.

In their memory, I am training to run the Chicago Marathon in October. I will be raising money for several animal charities. The fire that I feel is amazing. It feels good to have an outlet for the grief that I think does justice to these souls that have touched my life so much.

More to come.
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Good-bye sweet Dude [Nov. 23rd, 2009|10:32 am]
Today we are saying good-bye to dear, sweet Dude. He has been struggling for quite some time and has continued to deteriorate rather than getting better. He stopped eating or drinking this weekend and is having break through pain despite high pain killers. So, we feel that those are his signs that it is time for us to let him go.

Dude, we only knew you a short time but you placed yourself right into our lives and hearts. We wish we had more days, weeks, months, years with you. You will never, ever be forgotten, big man.
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Kitchen Updates [Nov. 8th, 2009|06:12 pm]
We added a backsplash to the kitchen. Well, *we* didn't add it. We *paid* someone to add it. It was a disaster the first time. But, they made it right .. and now I am happy.

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Too much feline estrogen [Oct. 30th, 2009|01:09 pm]
Yadi has smugly taken over Hazel's bed. (Yes, it *is* on the dining room table. Don't laugh because one day you too might be living in an open concept house where there are few places for the cats to escape from menacing dogs.)

Hazel isn't really happy about this change of positions. She just sits, glares and occassionally hisses.

We need some testosterone around here. Badly.
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Elton dresses the part [Oct. 21st, 2009|06:59 pm]
Yes, it is Elton, *the* famous Elton. We have an annual party -- The Sweatpants and Mesh Hats College Football spectacular. Rules are simple -- you have to wear old school cotton sweatpants (elastic top AND bottom) and a trucker hat. Elton came to the party this year and he dressed the part. Well, minus the trucker hat which would stay on due to his lack o' ears. We let him slide on that one.

How flipping sweet is that business?

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A happy ending .. [Oct. 2nd, 2009|05:47 pm]
Dave and I just got back from being out of town for a few days. We had a great time but returned to a missing cat. Yadi typically greets us at the door with her adorable barking meow. But, when we got back today, she was nowhere to be found. We were reassured because our dog sitter (Dave's sister) had seen her at 8 PM last night. We did have some workers come to the house this morning. They swore they hadn't left a door open longer enough to escape but we suspected otherwise.

After many many many tours around the house and property, Yadi wondered out from the woods this evening. She raced right in to her food and water dishes, acting like nothing ever happend. We rewarded her return with lots of good treats and cuddles.

We're glad she is home .. and hope that she never gets out again. She has become a very very very special part of our little family.

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A note to Hazel [Sep. 23rd, 2009|01:50 pm]
Dear Hazel,

Thanks for killing the mice that get in our house. But, can you please refrain from bringing them to me proudly first thing in the morning when your dad is out of town? You are welcome to do anything else with them (e.g. deposit them in your dad's shoe). I just really don't want to admit that I live with mice and/or touch them.

In denial that mouse live in my home,
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Hazel [Sep. 11th, 2009|05:37 pm]
Thank goodness she is pretty, because she sure is a PITA.

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Eagles .. [Aug. 13th, 2009|10:40 pm]
are dead to me.

Apparently I am supposed to do something more valuable with my Sundays than sit on the couch, eat crap and watch football.
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Good things ..... [Jul. 27th, 2009|12:05 pm]
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