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Last week we took Wally and Tango to Chewed Slippers photography studio to get some pictures taken. We had so much fun. They ended up featuring two of our pictures on their blog. The first one was of Wally lying down in front of his favourite treats….Timbits. The drool was pouring out the sides of his massive jowls and he was desperately waiting for the ‘OK’ command to chow down.
Check out the blog post here… Dog Drooling over Tim Horton Timbits, Doggie Tales, Dogs in Edmonton, What’s New | Chewed Slippers.
The second picture features our beautiful SAR girl Tango with a Canadian Search Dog Association jacket in the background. Isn’t it absolutely stunning.
Here is a link to the blog post: Custom Designed Artwork For Dog Owners, Doggie Tales, Dogs in Edmonton | Chewed Slippers.
Today we are celebrating 12 wonderful years with our handsome Golden Boy Wally. Our tradition has been to give him one timbit (his favourite treat) for every year. As he started approaching double digits we cut it back to half timbits because we were concerned about feeding him so many rich treats. If we are lucky enough to celebrate 13 birthdays next year, I think he will get the full meal deal…..not halfsies. I set my camera on auto and tried to capture him snarfing each one.
I subscribe to a blog about Golden Retrievers called The Daily Golden. The owner of the blog asked people to submit pictures of their goldens to use in future blog posts. Today she used a picture of my handsome boy in an article about the relationship between early spay/neutering and cancer. Wally will be 12 years old in a few weeks and he is still in intact. We are blessed to have a very healthy, active (fingers and toes crossed that he will stay this way) “senior” dog that doesn’t act his age. He can still do a half marathon with me and he is very disappointed if I go for a run or walk and don’t take him with me. Here is a link to the post with Wally’s picture.
I stumbled across this article written by a dog walker in Ontario. She describes what she has come to know as the Golden personality. Reading it almost brought tears to my eyes. It is a perfect description of my golden boy Wally. I’ve said it many times before…..if he were human he would be my soul mate. My boy will be 12 years old in April and the thought of him going to puppy heaven any time soon is more than I can bare to think about. On a happier note……if you are a Golden lover or just a dog lover…..I think you will enjoy this article “Golden Retrievers and their DNA”.
I came across this link on a wonderful blog dedicated to Golden Retrievers called The Daily Golden.
It was a beautiful, mild day on Sunday so we knew that we had to grab the puppies and spend some family time outside. First Don, Tango, Wally and I went for a brisk 12km walk. Then we packed everyone into the van and headed out to Stony Plain. Wally and Tango did a little SAR training and then we all went for a nice off leash walk. Everyone was wet, muddy and very happy when we were done.
Yesterday I posted this picture on facebook and identified my gorgeous boy as my favourite Valentine. Today I am forced to recant this statement and set the record straight. I actually have two favourite Valentines…..Wally and Don.
Last month I had strongly hinted that this Valentine’s Day I wanted to feel special…..you know…..I wanted to be romanced…like in the “olden days” when we were in lust. I have to take my hat off to the skinny guy. He took on the challenge and boy was I surprised. I have to admit I was a little worried when 5pm came and went and I didn’t even have a card yet….but then it started. First he produced a beautiful, long stemmed red rose. That was quickly followed by a beautiful pendant and necklace. Then I was told that I had to hurry up and get ready because a limo was picking us up in 30 minutes. We enjoyed a wonderful 4 course dinner and wine. I feel truly spoiled and loved. Move over Wally there is a new (renewed) love in my life with two legs instead of four!!
I found a talented local artist who did these spectacular drawings of our “kids”. I just gave her pictures of the dogs and I got these wonderful keepsakes. I know that when they have all gone to puppy heaven, I will have these amazing drawings to ease my heartache. She is particularly talented at capturing the eyes…they show the heart, soul and personality of our dogs. People who have seen the drawings and know our dogs comment on how she has managed to convey much more than just an image. I love them all but I especially love the one of Wally with his big, jowly puddles. If you would like to commission a drawing of your beloved companion animal, get in touch with me and I will give you her contact info.
I surprised Don and got this extra drawing of Tango in her search vest that he can hang in his office at work.
Wally has made his final blood donation to the Canadian Animal Blood Bank. He will be 11 years old in a few months so he will no longer qualify as a donor. I think he is going to miss having all the young Vet Tech students smooching him up and telling him how beautiful he is and all the treats he gets at the end of the procedure. I wonder how many puppy lives he has saved in his 10 years of donating?
Today is Ebony’s 4th birthday. She and her partner Sam have formed an amazing working team. It was wonderful to hear how much she assists him at work and in his day to day life. It was always so hard to say goodbye to a foster puppy but it was especially hard to say goodbye to Ebony. We had an incredible bond. She was so easy to train and she loved to work and please me.
I always worried about my foster puppies’ future. You hope they are going to be teamed up with someone who will love them and much as you do. Well I certainly don’t have to worry about Ebony’s life. She lives in the most beautiful home (my dream home), on a large acreage with a lake to swim in. She’s got a puppy housemate named Bear that she can play with when she is not working. Sam and his family obviously love her very much and my heart is at peace when I see them together.
Here’s a picture of my handsome boy Wally (Ebony’s Dad) with Sam and Ebony. Look at that amazing view in the background. You will notice that Wally managed to find the one pile of donkey poop on the property. My boy has never met a pile of poop that he didn’t want to roll in. Stinky or not, I still love him.
We spent another wonderful day at Patty’s acreage with all the dogs. It was great to walk the property without trudging through thigh deep snow…..but…..the damn mosquitos were crazy. I’ve never seen so many in my life. We had to bathe our entire bodies in deep woods off to keep from getting eaten alive. There were so many that you could hear a loud hum. The City is saying that we are experiencing the worst mosquito infestation ever in recorded history. The annoying part is that this variety is out in full force during the hottest part of the day. Poor Hope got so many bites on her pretty, black face that she was all swollen and itchy. She must have an allergy to them.
Even with all the skeeters we had a wonderful time. Tilly got to meet a horse up close and personal…..I think the horse enjoyed it more than she did.
Wally managed to roll in everything stinky and disgusting that he could find. His beautiful golden coat took on a greenish patina from all the poop he ground into it. We left the big dogs outside in the dog run so that they could dry off. Tango managed to squish her fat head through the gate and got herself stuck. Thank goodness my “mommy” instincts kicked in and I decided that I needed to check on the kids so we were able to free her before any damage was done. It took two baths to get the green tinge and disgusting smell out of Wally’s coat.
I can’t believe my boy is 10 years old today. Yikes……I just can’t even bare to think of a day that I will come home and not find that beautiful, big golden boy face waiting for me at the door. I keep telling my Vet that the day I have to put Wally down he might as well have a second injection ready to put me out of my misery. I know, for you non-dog lovers, you think I am nuts. I have such a strong connection to this boy and he brings such joy to my life that the thought of him aging and one day going to puppy heaven is almost unbearable. Ok…enough sadness, let’s celebrate his wonderful life.
Wally’s favourite treat in the whole world is Tim Bits. So this morning he got 1/2 a Tim Bit for every year. You can see the drool pouring out of his big, jowly muzzle and the leftover yogurt on top of his nose (from cleaning out my breakfast bowl).
Last weekend we attended a fund raising event for H.A.R.T. (Humane Animal Rescue Team). They had a professional photographer that donated her time to take Valentine themed pictures with proceeds going to HART. I think they turned out pretty good.
Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your two and four legged loved ones!!
Today we had the pleasure of celebrating both Hope and Tango’s birthday. Hope turned 3 yesterday and Tango is 7 today. Don’t they look marvellous for their age!
We spent the day at Patty’s acreage and we all had a wonderful time. It was a surprisingly mild February day for Alberta. We had lovely home made pizza for lunch and then the whole gang went on a walk around Patty’s acreage. I got to wear Patty’s snow shoes to try and keep from falling through the deep snow. I had a few good wipeouts and Don and Patty had to hold my hands on the steep downhill parts but I survived! Tango scraped the underside of one of her dew claws. Good thing that Patty is a Vet and she was able to put her skills to good use and put some blue vet wrap on our drama queen’s boo-boo.
After our walk the two legged party goers enjoyed Patty’s delicious rhubarb crisp and the 4 legged ones enjoyed a special birthday cake homemade by Susan.
Here are a few more pictures from our wonderful day.
My poor boy. The Vet warned me that it could get even worse before it gets better. It is quite common in the summer but he rarely sees it in the winter. It is often caused by bug bites….especially from spiders. The dog develops a severe reaction and they get swelling and ugly blister like things that weep and burst. Wally is on some steroid medication. I feel so bad for him. The drugs are supposed to make him drink and urinate more and possibly be more hungry than normal. I just want to hug him and make it all go away. He got some Timmy bits to help make him feel better.
This morning I had to take Wally to the Vet because he had this weird, weeping, crusty, inflammation on the side of his muzzle. While we were waiting to see Dr. Scott they asked if I would be willing to allow Wally to participate in a study that the University of Calgary is doing. They are taking blood samples from pure bred dogs to study their longevity. My golden boy has been a regular blood donor for almost 10 years now so getting a blood sample from him would be easy. I mentioned that I had my other dogs with with me and offered their blood too.
Wally was in and out in 2 minutes. Then came Tango…my drama queen. She is such a German Shepherd. She started vocalizing the minute she got into the reception area. They took her into the back to get the sample. I could hear her screams from the waiting room. The Tech was laughing and shaking her head when she brought Tango back to me. Then came little Tilly. I thought for sure she was going to be a drama queen too but she surprised me. All the techs were busy in surgery so one of the other Vets volunteered to get her blood. Poor Tilly….I felt so sorry for her. They had a hard time finding the vein in her neck and they kept stabbing her repeatedly…my little ruby pin cushion. Finally the Vet gave up and got a Tech to complete the deed. As you can tell by Tilly’s facial expression…..she was NOT amused.
Well we finally had a nice weekend without tons of new snow or freezing temperatures. We celebrated by meeting out at Patty’s house with all of the dogs (Wally, Tango, Tilly, Hope and Bentley). The gang went for a walk in the waist deep snow desperately trying to keep to the narrow track for fear of getting stuck in the deep stuff. At some points the snow was so deep that the dogs looked like they were dog paddling in water to keep from sinking into the snow. Of course Wally found a pile of horse/cow poop to roll in and all the dogs had their fare share of “meadow muffins” to eat. The wind was incredible but at least it was a couple of degrees above zero so it wasn’t bad.