Puppy class

We had fun at puppy socialization class today. Brodie got a bandage on his paw and he wore the cone of shame with a stethoscope. Nothing seemed to concern him. Good puppy!!!!

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3 Months Old

Our little golden boy Brodie is 3 months old today. He is growing so fast. He has more than doubled his weight in the month that we’ve had him.  No matter how bad he is, I just take one look at that face and my heart melts.

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Four Legged Cheerleaders

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On Sunday morning we participated in the annual First Responders Half Marathon.  We have McMullin staying with us again so he and Brodie came out to cheer us on. They were a big hit.  Everyone wanted to stop by and say hello to the pair.

As I was approaching the end, Don handed me the “boys” so that they could cross the finish line with me.

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Brodie also helped Laura and Heidi cross the finish line.

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Settling In

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Our little Brodie is settling in nicely.  He is a little afraid of Spirit’s larger than life personality and is very respectful of my beautiful oldie Goldie Wally.  Unfortunately he is like an unruly, annoying little brother with poor little Tilly.  We have to keep rescuing her from his grip.

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I can’t stop taking pictures of his sweet little face.  Each image is cuter than the last.

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Meet Brodie

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Yesterday I got up at 3am to head to the airport for a very special trip to Victoria to meet this cute little boy.  He is the newest member of our family.  He is an English type Golden Retriever and I am in love!!!  There were 11 puppies in the litter but by the time I got to the breeder’s home all of them had already been picked up by their new families.  There were only 3 left in the house, a little boy and girl that she was keeping for her breeding program and our little boy.  We got black boy….also known as “the bruiser”.  She picked him for me because he is a very active little boy and needed an experienced family to manage all that energy.  Yikes!!!

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I got to enjoy the day hanging out with the puppies and then flew back last night.  When I got to the Victoria airport all the Westjet ticket agents were swooning over that cute face.  They had seen so many puppies leaving in the last two days that they immediately recognized him as another one from the same litter.  He was so pooped that he fell asleep on a chair in the departure lounge.

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He was wonderful on the flight back to Edmonton….except for one small problem….farting.  It was so bad that I thought he may have pooped in his carrier.  The women beside me got mad at her husband because she thought he was the culprit.  We all had a good giggle when I told her it was Brodie.

I finally got to bed just after midnight.  Our first night wasn’t too bad.  I only had to take him out once but he was wide awake at 6am.   Needless to say, I am wiped today. Here is the whole 4-legged family.

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He has already had a busy morning and is now crashed on the kitchen floor…I wish I could join him for a nap.

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Guess who is 16 years old today?

It may be grey and dreary outside but our lives are filled with sunshine today.  Our beautiful golden boy is 16 years old today.  The average life span for a golden retriever is 12 years…..we are incredibly blessed to have shared our lives with this amazing boy for 16 years.  He had a delicious birthday breakfast of fresh ground turkey with pumpkin and fresh berries.  Then he got to lick the empty pumpkin can.  We have a long standing tradition of using Timbits (Wally’s favourite treat) to celebrate the big moments.  On birthdays he would get one Timbit for every year and when his puppies were born he would get one for each baby.  When he started getting into double digits we had to start cutting the Timbits in half.  Later today he will get his 16 Timbit halves.

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We had an early birthday celebration at Patty’s acreage on Thursday.  We had a lovely lunch and nice walk on a beautiful, sunny spring day.  We even managed to avoid Wally rolling in the horse and cow poop which he loves to do (as you will see below in the picture from his 11th birthday celebration at Patty’s).

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Wally, Boomer, Stark, Hope, Spirit and little Tilly

To commemorate the big day I put together a series of images of Wally from 12 weeks to 16 years old.

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Canada 150 Mosaic

On Friday morning I went to the Enjoy Centre to paint my tile for the Canada 150 Mosaic Mural for St. Albert, Alberta.  Our group was tasked with painting a tile for the blue background.  I decided to use this picture, from our recent trip to Jasper, as my inspiration.

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It has been many years since I played around with watercolours but I’ve never used acrylics.   There were some very talented artists there so it was a little intimidating to say the least.  Here is my finished tile.

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I went back this afternoon to see the finished mural.  I was amazed to see how it all came together to make this beautiful 8′ x 12′ mural.

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I searched and searched but I couldn’t find my tile.  I thought to myself oh no….it was so bad that they couldn’t use it.  But alas, I finally found my tile.  It is 14 rows up and 7 rows in from the bottom right hand corner.

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