Tuesday, December 31, 2013

One More Blog

Since it is December 31, I thought I would write one more blog for 2013 to summarize the year.  Two words come to mind, change and firsts.  It was a year full of changes without our sweet Rudy, which lead to a year full of firsts.

One thing has remained constant, the weather has been crazy!  We had a late Spring - snow on the ground in May.  Our summer was too cold or too hot, never in between.  Fall was nice, but short.  We are experiencing our second round of multiple sub zero days in a row.  The forecast states we will have another starting next week.  I know we live in Minnesota, but this is not normal!  When it is this cold it hurts my feet.  The ice freezes my toes together.  OUCH!

My kitty friends gave me two new blue toys.  They are smaller then me and I pretend they are my little brothers.  I have met a couple of new dog friends and a couple new humans that invited me to sleepovers a few times.  I played Frisbee at home in my backyard and hung out with neighbor friends Hobey and Gertie.

Mommy and Daddy kept up with Rudy's Little World and I started writing the blog.  Rudy was a good mentor.

Another part of my life that has not changed is I know how much I am loved.  Mommy and Daddy have always and will always love me and my brothers, this will never change.

Mommy got a shirt that says, "All my children have paws."  And she wears it with pride.  She also has a necklace with all the birth stones of me and my brothers.  She never takes it off.

So in a year of changes, 2013 was full of love.  I know 2014 will be too.  Other than that, who knows what is in store.  I would be happy with the love and more nice Frisbee weather!

Happy New Year, I hope it's full of love for you.

We echo the sentiment of our good friend Helen, we "truly hope 2014 will bring blessings exceeding the number of trials that 2013 held for you."

Monday, December 23, 2013

Merry Chirstmas / Happy Holidays, One Year Ago

Cold air ushered in this holiday week with a daytime high of 5 degrees.  It will definitely be a white Christmas around our home.  This is very different from last year.  Many things are different this year.  It is our first Christmas without Rudy's energy and enthusiasm.  I miss watching him run around in his little winter coat.
One year ago, we gave Rudy T-shirts or mugs to our friends and family.  We had no idea at the time it would be our last Christmas with him.  We wonder if he knew.  It was his idea for the gifts.  He was always very generous, a great big brother and friend.
Mommy and Daddy put up all the musical decorations to make it look festive.  Mommy also sings carols to me and that makes me happy.  Our Christmas socks hang over my head.
We donated gifts to "Toys for Tots" to help brighten the day for some children.  We also made some donations to local charities to help provide some holiday cheer.  I plan on giving extra kisses on Christmas Day to add to the cause.
We have attended a couple of holiday parties and have a few more to go.....
We have kept ourselves busy with some baking and Christmas Cards.  It is always fun to hear about the lives of our friends and to catch up on their adventures.
As this year comes to a close, we reflect on all the changes that have occurred and realize time is precious and should not be wasted.  Cherish it and use it wisely - once it's gone, it's gone.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

One More Milestone

In a year of firsts, we celebrated another milestone.  On December 5th, 2003 (ten years ago), an anonymous family made the difficult decision to donate their loved one's pancreas to Mommy.  We don't know them except for the fact that it was a Florida woman about Mommy's age.  During a tremendously sad time they made a very generous caring gift.  The pancreas transplant cured Mommy's type I diabetes.  The disease had already taken her eyesight, kidneys and was starting to cause other issues.  We believe this transplant helped save her life.

It is amazing how fast time flies.  The older we get, the more milestones we reach.  Next year we will have a few more, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.  A little hint is they have to do with birthdays!

In this year of firsts without our sweet Rudy, we also need to remember these important dates in our lives.  They are the challenges, the opportunities, and the events that determine our paths in life.

As a young yellow lab, I can't help but wonder if this is the coldest December on record.  I'm only 4, but I've never known temperatures this low.  My poor paws are freezing!  More snuggle time for me!

Boomer the Mellow Yellow Lab

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Special Note

When watching "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer," please take particular note of Yukon Cornelius' sled team.  One might expect them to be made up of huskies or some other kind of sled dog.  That is not the case.  A Collie, a Beagle, a blue dog and a little black Poodle do the honors.  Of course, the little Poodle is in the front, leading the way.  Very fitting, we believe!