Traveling Dog Lady: April 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life; Week 17: Earth


What better depiction of "Earth" than a hound lying in the DIRT?!
EARTH is this week's topic in the 52 Snapshots of Life blog hop, hosted by our furry pals at The Lazy Pit Bull.

Charlie Brown and I, along with our human friend, Andrea, participated in Sweetpea's bi-annual fundraiser walk at Barre Falls Dam this morning.  Sweetpea for Animals is one of our local shelters, and I've known the folks who run the shelter for many years.  

I briefly hesitated, and thought about canceling, because we had said goodbye to our beloved Hobie, yesterday after dragging out his life for far too long.  He was the best dog in the world.  I know everyone says that about their dog.  

After much soul-searching, I decided we would walk (and donate) in his honor. We called our little team of three, Hobie's Heroes.

Andrea was kind enough to snap this pic of me and Charlie.
Honest to Pete, I look more and more like my mother every day.
Yeah, I am not afraid to wear my "Crazy Dog Lady" t-shirt in public!

There'll be no "Earth" burial for Hobie, per se -- he is being cremated so I can bring his ashes to various places on the Earth where we spent time together over our 15-year companionship.

You may remember, we buried Hector in the back yard a few years ago.

In happier times:  Hobie, soaking up some Earth at one of his favorite places, Thompson Pond

Sunday, April 19, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life; Week 16: Quizzical

Definition of QUIZZICAL:  
(of a person's dog's expression or behavior) indicating mild or amused puzzlement.

"she he gave me a quizzical look"

Did you just say..... WALK!?

This is not a recent photo.  It's probably eight or nine years old.  It's a funny one of Hobie that pops up sometimes when I'll be looking for another photo.  I thought of it right away when I saw that this week's topic for 52 Snapshots of Life (hosted by our pals at The Lazy Pit Bull) is QUIZZICAL.

Have a great week!!
(See you at BlogPaws in May!)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

52 Snapshots of Life; Week 15; Blessings

This is hopefully the last of the bittersweet posts for a while.

It's three weeks since we lost our Gil, and I'm trying to find some semblance of "the new normal". After spending 30 years with someone, it's very strange making choices and decisions about everyday things, without consulting that person or taking their feelings and desires into consideration.

"Life goes on."  He would say, often.

To prove his point, last week, Gil's twin grandchildren were born.  Unfortunately, they didn't get to see their grandpa on this earth, but I believe they "met" in the cosmos between birth and death, if there is such a thing. He's watching over them, and us.

In the middle of all this grief and sadness and shock, the twins are more than a blessing.  They are a great gift.  A carrying-on.  The next generation.

Hopefully their parents won't mind me sharing these pictures for this week's 52 Snapshots of Life post, hosted by The Lazy Pitbull.

Without further ado, here are "my" youngest grandkids:

Big sis Lucy (ha ha I love that!) and her little brother, Drew!!


And for fun:  Gil (boy on far right) and HIS siblings, parents and grandparents!