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He’s really gone

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I thought I was doing really well with Lance being gone.  I guess not having to “not” see him every day it really hadn’t sunk in.  I had to go down to my parents last night and I thought it was going to be fine.  It’ll just be a little different.  I walked in the door and see his bed is still laying behind the chair in the living room but not big fluffy Lance in it.  Ok, a little sad.  I walked in and said Hi.  My dad got up and went to grab something.  He handed me a paw print.  It was Lance’s paw print.  The vet ever so kindly sent them 4 prints of his paws.  I just about lost it. Even sitting here typing this I’m fighting back tears.  He’s really gone.  I’ll never see him again. Never sit in that black chair and have him run waddle up to be pet. Never have him lay under the table at my feet.  Never have him bug us at the big family meals for food.  I thanked my dad for sharing that print with me.  I’m going to print up a photo of my Lance and frame it all nice.  That way I can see him every day and remember all our wonderful moments together. 

My Old Man Lance's paw

I got in the car today (I am borrowing my Dad’s for the weekend) and while driving to work I look out my right window while doing a lane change and see his nose prints.  I just lost it.  I don’t want them to ever wash those away.  They’re his little marks on the world.  His little doggie nose art.  A week later and I feel the wounds are so fresh. I really do miss him.  I just hope wherever he his, he’s running chasing balls and chewing on bones.  That’s really what he loved more than anything.

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My First Boy Love

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I have been an animal lover of as long as I can remember.  I would always pester my parents to let me get a pet.  I’d do reports on how I would take care of them, walk them, clean up after them, etc.  I tried so hard to let them get me a pet.  We had a dog and a cat previously when we lived back East, but once we moved out West we were petless.  I tried for years to convince them and then to my surprise, the summer before I started high school, they said yes.  I couldn’t believe it!! I was so excited and did searching online to figure out what breed we would get.  I dreamed of a small to medium-sized dog, fun to play with, and a great snuggler.  Then one Saturday morning I woke up and was told we’re taking a little drive down south to get a puppy.  I was so excited!!!  When I asked what kind of dog it was, I was shocked by the response.  We’re getting a Golden Retriever.  See there was this movie, I’m sure some of you have seen it, called Air Bud.  It’s about a basketball playing Golden.  Yup, Air Bud is the reason we got a Golden.  That and they’re amazing with families. 

So off we went on our 1 ½ hour drive to pick out some puppies.  I already knew it was going to be a boy but we were able to pick out which boy we wanted.  We arrive to the house and walk into a room in the back to see a pile of soft, fluffy, wiggly puppies.  I just wanted them all.  I jumped in the middle and let them lick all over me.  Now was the hard part, which one to take home.  I immediately saw this little dark one sitting in the corner away from the siblings.  I asked if that was a boy and they said yes.  Picked him up and knew he was the one.  Then the owners came and said, “oh no, you can’t have that one.”  I was so disappointed but continued to look.  There was this little light-colored one chewing on Dad’s shoelaces.  He had little light lines on his shoulders and was so fluffy.  We decided since he picked Dad we’d take him.  We packed him up in the car and headed on home. 

On the ride home we started to talk names.  We really hadn’t planned anything so we were trying to come up with something really great and original.  Now a little embarrassing background on me, at this point in my life I was obsessed with this little new up and coming band called N’SYNC.  Yes that is right, N’SYNC.  I had watched a behind the scenes special and remembered the member Lance talked about how the second he’s on the tour bus he passes out.  I looked down and our new puppy sound asleep in his crate.  They both had golden blonde hair and fell asleep in the car. I made the suggestion and it stuck.  His name would be Lance and it fit him perfectly. 

That summer was amazing.  I had a brand new puppy, I was starting high school, and life was good.  That summer my sister and I went to band camp for a week.  The last day your parents drive up to pick you up.  I was so happy to see my little fluffy puppy, yes even more than my parents.  I took him over to meet all my new friends, and of course all the boys I had crushes on.  Everyone loved Lance and Lance loved everyone.    This was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. 

Stay tuned for the continuation of Lance’s legacy…

It’s Never Easy

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It truly is never easy to say goodbye.  No matter how long you have prepared yourself for that one last time, it still hurts like a ton of bricks.  Later today we’re saying goodbye to our long loved family dog Lance.  We all knew the time was coming.  He is an elderly, almost 14-year-old, Golden retriever with severe allergies, hip dysplasia, thyroid disease and basically no teeth.  He now struggles to stand on a daily basis.  It is time to let him go.  I was told the decision had been made this weekend and I really didn’t have any emotion about it.  That was until last night when it really hit me. This was it.  No more big ball of fur laying next to my feet whenever I go to visit my parents.  I will post a little eulogy tomorrow when I can gather all my thoughts.  For now I want to say I will miss you Lance but I will never forget you.

Big News!

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We’ve been waiting awhile for our next big announcement.  While it’s still a bit in the planning stages, we just couldn’t wait to share the news. 

 

We’ve started a hiking/walking club for pitbulls!!!  Come visit our ExploraBull page and learn more!!!

 

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Living with a couch hog

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Living with a couch hog can be hard.  There are times where I get up to grab a drink and return only to find my seating choices quite limited.  It happens in bed all the time, when we do on the rare occasion let a dog sleep with us.

Who is the culprit you ask???   Well none other than the beautiful little diva in our home.

Oh I'm sorry, were you sitting here??

Miss Bella loves a good snuggle with the best of us.  But sometimes her brother Devo just wants to join in on the love.  And they usually snuggle up quite well together. 

 

(Notice their beautiful new Sirius Republic collars)

 

But then there are times when the Diva just doesn’t want to share her our couch with her stinky brother.  So what’s a boy to do? 

 

I can fit anywhere!

Curl up into the tiniest little pocket-sized Devo ball and snuggle right in.

Saturday Surprises

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Bella and I went on a nice Saturday afternoon stroll. We went to the lake by our house to sit in the nice warm sun.

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She’s a wonderful loose leash walker. We got to the lake and there was a huge crane sitting on the edge. Bella couldn’t take her eyes off him.

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And wouldn’t you know it right as we were sitting there he dove right into the lake and caught a fish. Bella was so intrigued. Needless to say she really couldn’t take her eyes off him after that.

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It was a lovely thing to see. We sat for awhile and watched him eat the fish and then continued on home to take a nap.

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