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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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My Golden Valentine

Now and then……..I can’t image a life without this amazing boy.  He is my heart dog!!!  (He looks so serious striking a pose in both pictures.)

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As a thank you to my Golden Valentine we went for a walk (just Mom and her boy) to Tim Hortons to get him his favourite treat.  He usually only gets a Timbit but today we went for the whole donut.

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Family Moment

I love it when we can start our mornings out on the deck enjoying our morning coffee/tea together.

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Proud Grandma

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On Sunday I attended the graduation of one of Wally’s children.  I have a very special spot in my heart for Garnet.  Of the 51 puppies that Wally’s sired, he is the only one that really looks like his Dad.  He spent the first few years of his working life as a guide dog for a wonderful gentleman.   Sadly he passed away suddenly and Garnet was returned to the school.  They decided that he was too young to retire so they retrained him and placed him with a psychologist to act as a therapy dog for her clients.  Garnet is 7 years old now and watching him and his mannerisms….OMG he is definitely his Daddy’s boy.  He has the same loving and gentle personality.  Here is a picture of the whole graduating class.  Garnet’s beautiful deep golden colour makes him stand out in the group….”one of these is not like the others”.

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I was able to get up close and snuggle with my beautiful grand-puppy.  Isn’t he just beautiful.

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A blast from the past…..in 2010 we had this photo taken (courtesy of Laughing Dog) of Wally and Garnet just before Garnet went into final training to be a guide dog.

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Birthday Boy is 15

To say we are blessed to have our beautiful Golden Boy at the ripe old age of 15 is an understatement.  Not only is he still with us but the quality of his life is really good.  He is my “heart” dog.  I love all of my fur kids but he and I have this very special bond that I just can’t put into words.  I can’t imagine life without him….

Wally’s favourite treat are Timbits.  Traditionally he gets one for each year.  Once he got into double digits I started cutting them in half.  Today I cut two ends off of each one and left the slice in the centre for the other dogs.  It didn’t take him long to polish off 15 ends.

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Ready and waiting

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Patience

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Here we go….

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Going…..

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Going….

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Gone!!!

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Nothin’ left but a pile of drool

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Hug Your Hound Day

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Did you know that Sept 13th is National Hug your Hound Day.  To celebrate, Wally and I participated in the Bockman Foundation Wheel, Walk or Run for spinal cord injuries.  My old boy was able to do the whole race with me.  I would have liked to have included Spirit but she is too young to do that kind of pounding and she has had a bout of panosteitis (growing pains) so we just do gentle walks together.  Just as we were about to cross the finish line the generator stopped and the inflatable start/finish line balloon came down on top of us.

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Tribute to Bella

Life has a way of really testing us.  The day I published the post about Wally and Bella’s reunion I got a message from her family saying that she wasn’t doing well.  She had stopped eating and had trouble breathing.  They took her to numerous vets and the prognosis was not good….she had cancer.  I had wanted to get Wally and Bella together because my boy was so old and I wasn’t sure how much longer he would be with us.  I never dreamed that we would be losing Bella first.  Three days later I got the news that my beautiful girl was gone.  We are devastated……I can’t imagine how her family is feeling.

I think Wally has now outlived all of the puppies from his first litter.  I’m so blessed to still have him.  I put together a slideshow of pictures.  I hope that it will help her mourning family.  It starts with a picture of Misty, Bella’s Mom.  It shows the puppies when they were just minutes old and goes up until the day Bella left us when she was 6 months old.  Bella was the darkest puppy in the litter and she wore a baby blue grosgrain ribbon collar.      Goodbye my beautiful Bella….Tango, Ming and Tasha will keep you company over the rainbow bridge.

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