Tag Archive | dog

Fifteen Days ‘Til Christmas

Bells ring, people sing

The Christ has come!

Gladness lights the hearts of man

As Jesus’ birth brings love and hope.





Christmas eve at home

Welcome to our home this Christmas season!





Mandy
This is sweet Mandy in her Christmas sweater. She passed away this August unexpectedly, even though she was almost seventeen years old. We miss her terribly – she was one sweet doggie!





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Mr. Snowman is glad it’s snowing!

In Memoriam – SparkyRipple 1999-2013

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Sunday morning our dear pet, SparkyRipple, died.  She was fourteen years old,  and being a German Shepherd mix, that is a ripe old age for a dog her size.  But it still doesn’t help ease the grief of losing such a sweet pet.  Now she’s gone to cross over the rainbow bridge where Sushi, her dearest friend, will meet her.

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When Sushi passed away in 2007 Sparky was so forlorn and sad.  In 1999 when I left Arizona to go to Florida to await the birth of my grand-daughter and to help her mom for the first four months I  really missed our two dogs, Armstrong and Mandy.  So as a surprise for my birthday, my daughter gifted me with a pomeranian named Sushi that we had seen the week before and I had absolutely fallen in love with her .

A week or so later I received a call from my husband back in Arizona and he gave me the shocking news that someone had put a dog in our back yard – a German Shepherd mix!  We had never had a big dog for a pet, so I tried to talk him into taking her to the animal shelter but he just couldn’t do it – he really liked this little-puppy-about-to-be-a-big-dog.  In the end, we kept the dog and named her SparkyRipple – Sparky for short.   So he also was given a dog for a birthday present (we have birthdays just five days apart).  I left having two dogs and came home owning four!

When Sushi and I drove back to Arizona we had a wonderful bonding experience.  She enjoyed traveling as much as I did! The first week home Sushi got along with Armstrong and Mandy right away – Mandy was just a little bigger than her and Armstrong, our only male dog, kept to himself.  But Sushi showed a great interest in Sparky from the beginning.   She’d get really excited and want to play with Sparky but was a little afraid of her big size.  Slowly though she would inch closer to Sparky when she was laying down.  Pretty soon Sushi would go all the way up to her and give her a kiss.  They became best of friends, and as I said, Sparky really grieved when she died and the few times that she would come in contact with a little dog she’d become excited and would want to play and have the same type relationship she had with Sushi.  She had this desire until last year when Sunnie came into our lives.  Sunnie is our white and orange cat who was born and raised outside with dogs the first two or three months of her life.  So she had absolutely no fear of Sparky and won her heart right away.  After that, Sparky’s motherly instincts were satisified.

In the beginning of February Sparky started limping on her left front leg and I took her to the vet.  The vet examined her, all her tests were okay; she said Sparky had severe arthritis and put her on an Ansaid med.  It became a little better in a few weeks but then returned and I had a appointment to go back to the vet’s this week.  Her entire left leg became swollen and she definitely wasn’t feeling well Saturday night.  When I awoke at seven Sunday morning I went to the balcony overlooking the family room downstairs to see if she was in her bed, but she wasn’t, so I went downstairs to see where she was laying.  There she was, laying on the tiled dining room floor, the first room I would go into after coming downstairs.  After moving her back onto the carpet in the family room I stayed with her and she passed away about an hour and a half later.

But,

Sparky’s Spirit lives
In me, in Roy and Mandy
She was such a joy!



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Holiday Scavenger Hunt Sunday

The prompts for today are: Season; Colorful; Weather; Silhouette; Calm. For more scavenger hunt finds go to Ashley Sisk’s Ramblings and Photos.

SEASON

IMG_3408 IMG_3404 IMG_3430 IMG_3424 SB_31127117 SB_31127116‘Tis the Season – I missed the Bullhead City Holiday Parade this year, but these are photos from last year’s parade.




COLORFUL
Suzi

Suzi is trying to figure out how to turn on the light!



WEATHER
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The cold days are yet to come.  Days are still in the low ’70s and the nights in the ’50s.



SILHOUETTE
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Here is our holiday living room.



CALM
Mandy

Mandy is calmly waiting for Christmas and a new doggie bone.


A Scavenger Hunt and a Sketch Party Too!

Happy Sunday everyone! Today on our Scavenger Hunt Sunday we have to take a photo of something related to these words: Yellow -Getting Ready – Bright – Teeny Tiny – and Connections.  All but one of these was taken just recently.

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Getting Ready

Sunny is getting ready!  There is a crisket on the ceiling and she is just waiting for it to come down.



Bright

Remember the blue moon last month? It sure was bright!  I captured this from my back yard.



Teeny Tiny

How big was it? It was just teeny tiny – this big!



Connections

Sunny and Sparky definitely have a connection.  Share and share alike!





Sunday Sketches

For Sunday Sketches I’m sharing a whimsical illustration I did in my art journal. I will be slowly working towards more involved journal entries. Right now, I’m just getting used to entering something in a book – something I’ve never felt comfortable doing.  I used stamps, colored pencils and colored pastel.

Just Journals Link Party is a blog I discovered today that gives a challenge or a theme that participants can, if they want to, use to help them have a focus for their journal. Like, September’s prompt is to clip a magazine image, glue it in journal and then use a marker drawing a line through image and onto rest of journal. Just Journals Link Party will be the first Friday of every month. Anyhow, for now, this is what I did yesterday.


Scavenger Hunt Sunday

It’s Sunday already! Time for the scavenger hunt – and find something that will represent the following words: Candid; toys; any of the five senses; batteries; and half.

Candid

This is Sparky and her first (or second) favorite toy – but this is a candid shot believe it or not.

Toys

At first, Sparky’s toys were going to be my subject but I went into my office (which I don’t use regularly) and spotted all my bears and Elmo in the chair  – aha! There’s my toys setting on a pile of papers I will get to some day, some day, some day.

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One of the five senses – Taste

Here is my Thanksgiving dinner last year.

Batteries

We’ve always kept our batteries in the refrigerator, supposedly because they last longer.  This is our wet bar frig, and oh, that O’Doul’s beer has been there  for several years.  When Mom was about 97  I switched her to non-alcohol beer since she couldn’t remember how many beers she had drank – and that could really cause problems! I guess I hold on to the beer for sentimental reasons?? or just haven’t got around to throwing it away 🙂


Half

Half a banana
Is better than none at all
Just make it the top


Scavenger Hunt Sunday Scavenger Hunt Sunday – everyone welcome!

Scavenger Hunt Sunday

What a Party!

I’m sharing my little drawing with the Sunday Sketchers.

What a Party!

Definition of discipline (one of them): train by instruction and practice; especially to teach self-control.   Example: “Parents must discipline their children”.  So I guess that is why I find it hard to pick up my sketch pad and pencil – it requires DISCIPLINE.  groan.  And yet when I start getting into it I don’t want to quit.  That’s what is so good about
Blue Chair Diary Illustrations weekly challenge of Sunday Sketchers. It’s challenging you to sit down, pick up your pencil or brush and create!

In the seventh grade, many years ago, our orientation teacher, Miss Wood, gave us a list of words that were important to succeeding in life and we were supposed to write out the definition of each word. This was a terrible task! I knew what the words meant but I couldn’t write down what they meant. I sat there through the whole class period trying to put down on paper what I knew the words meant. The definition of these words were traits important to succeeding in the world. There were about four of them, for the life of me, I couldn’t write out a definition but the words have stuck with me (up until my memory started going on me here lately). I just remembered this one, discipline, and decided to tell this story. A few of the others were determination, perseverance and adaptable.

Mandy – Poetry – a Cyhydedd Hir

A Mini-Challenge for Sunday ~ Cyhydedd Hir – pronounced cuh-hée-dedd heer.

Mandy

Mandy

She is a sweet thing
Managing to bring
Joy to make me sing
Mandy my dog

Her sport is the ball
Running down the hall
Waiting for my call
Mandy my dog

She jumps up and down
When coming from town
She acts like a clown
Glad to see me

As she gets older
I wish to hold her
Since time is shorter
For me to see

UPDATE:  Sweet Mandy passed away a year to the month later.  She is so missed!

 

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