Our Dogs

Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.

– Dean Koontz

We are very blessed to share our lives with 3 amazing dogs.

Brodie joined our family on Easter Sunday 2017.  He is such a sweet, affectionate boy.  A joy to have around.

Tilly joined our family on 2010 March 12.  She is a ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel born on 2009 December 22nd.  It is wonderful to have a small breed dog in our lives again.  She became a certified Pet Therapy Dog in 2015.



Spirit joined our family on 2015FEB04.  She is a Bernese Mountain Dog.   Our hope is to do Pet Therapy, Carting and whatever else she enjoys.



Gone…..but never forgotten

Wally was my heart dog and the love of my life.  If he were human, he would have been my soul mate.  We fostered him for 8 years while he was a stud for a guide and service dog school.  He had the most gentle personality and he always has to be with me no matter where I went (yes….even in the bathroom).  It did not matter if I got paged in the middle of the night and I had to sit in my cold, dark den and work for a couple of hours, he was always there lying at my feet…keeping them warm.

Wally 2001APR08 – 2018MAY09


Tango was a foster dog that was being training to be a Guide Dog.  Unfortunately she had too much of an “A” type personality.  When she flunked out of school at 18 months old, we adopted her.  She hung around the house for a few years and then we got involved in Search and Rescue.  She was born to do the job.  She had an amazing nose and total focus for the job.  When she was 9 we discovered that she had Degenerative Myelopathy (DM).  It is basically the canine equivalent of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).   She put up a brave fight but on November 1st, 2014 we made the heart breaking decision to free her from her DM nightmare.  Until we meet again my beautiful girl…..

Tango 2004FEB12 – 2014NOV01



17 responses to “Our Dogs

  1. ooohhh your fur babies are precious! Visiting from Blogathon Canada. I know I should be commenting on quilts, but I am a fog person 🙂

  2. oh, that picture of the golden… heartwarming
    We have a standard poodle who often makes posts under the side label poodle ponderings and has his own page. Come for a visit!

  3. Wow, 8 years! i fostered for the last three years and only fostered 3 dogs. i thought fostering one dog a year was a long time. i adopted my last foster last dec. i lost my golden last sept. 😦 my foster really helped me get through it. i could not loose her, too.

    • They definitely take a large part of your heart when they pass on. Wally will be 13 in April and I don’t know how my heart can possibly survive losing him. I can’t even think about it without getting emotional

  4. We just got a Cavalier King Charles-his name is Ben and is a Blenheim male-we love him to bits. Found you on the Needle and Thread network, but had to comment on your beautiful dogs first!

  5. Lea

    I discovered your blog because of one of your beautiful quilts but I love seeing the photos of your precious dogs too.

  6. Kristina

    Our family has a golden and a berner too. We just love those big hairy goofballs.

  7. We lost our white German Shepherd to DM and it is heartbreaking. They are wonderful loyal friends.

  8. Molly

    I was wondering if I could use a picture of your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in a article I am writing about the breed. I would credit you at the end. It won’t be posted for a while, but I can tell you when I post it. Thanks
    BTW all your puppers sound adorable!

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