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It's funny, because a lot of people initially think they want a female. They equate boys with leg lifting and humping. But females can do those things too, and the boys are just that much sweeter. I always say that if I didn't want to breed, I would have only boys . . . but if I want to continue "my" lines, then I need to have girls to breed from time to time.

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2/4/16 12:00 A

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I have had 3 females and the rest were boys.I have to admit the boys were easier.

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After Sophie, I would never get another female. My boys have been wonderful.

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When I got Lacey she was the only dog available and she is spoiled rotten but she does do pretty much whatever I want .

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He's a typical boy dog . . . just wanting to make his momma happy. That's why I love my boys so much. I find that (in general) the girls are more independent and want to know what's in it for them.

Thanks for making Opiedopalous the team mascot! I'm pretty fond of him. He's mostly a good boy . . . he certainly tries to be. I can't ask for more than that from him.

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I like it I think he was pretty clever to figure out how to do that all on his own !

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I updated the team picture....Opie!

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Awesome ! I love the socks! Isn't Opie clever figuring that out on his own !

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Just a few photos from the weekend


Opie with his Group 2 ribbon. I've never taught him to hold stuff, so he must have figured it out from watching me torture Jack Jack and Kermit


Kermit with his ribbon from earning a new rally obedience title


Kermit resting after an exhausting day at the competition


Opie at our handling class (just practicing at being a better team in the ring)


Progress on the socks . . . I've actually done more than that now . . . this was from Saturday I think.

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You will get no argument from me I am still wishing for house gnomes !

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Oh I am abysmal at housework . . . there are just so many more interesting things to do than clean.

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My house is a work in progress .Al is a bump on a log I am more likely to get help with the housework from Lacey!

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Things are quieting down now, so I won't have stories to tell of the dogs' adventures. Our next show isn't for two months, so I'll be focusing on other things, like cleaning my house and getting organized. The holidays and time since were so hectic that I have stuff everywhere and can't find anything. So it's time for some work on me!

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Way to go Kermit ! He really is a superstar.I love hearing how the dogs are doing Kelly. They really are gorgeous dogs.I love that his tail was wagging the whole time .He is really enjoying himself !

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1/30/16 9:25 P

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I am very proud of my Kermit, as today he worked very nicely for me and earned his Canadian Association of Rally Obedience Novice title (CRN). He earned the title Cum Laude, which means that his passing scores averaged over 180 out of a possible 200. He had a great time - his tail never quit wagging. I got lots of compliments on his heeling and his enthusiasm for the sport. He also did two rounds of Advanced just as practice (Advanced is off leash and has some tougher exercises). He had some mistakes, but overall he did very, very well and I'm super happy with how he did. He isn't quite three years old and he already has 7 titles in obedience, rally obedience and scent hurdle. He's a superstar!

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1/29/16 12:50 P

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My first dog looked like a purebred corgi even though he was only half corgi.

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So glad to be getting notifications of your posts😄

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I'll have to see if I can find a photo of him somewhere. He was pre-digital, so I don't have many photos on my computer. He was very cute and chock full of personality.

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Oh my gosh Kelly I can imagine what a cute mix your first dog was!

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Thanks ladies. Kim, my first dog was a Cocker x Poodle x Terrier cross that my dad bought at 4 weeks old. He wasn't even weaned yet, so we had to feed him with our fingers. He was my dad's dog through and through, but I loved him. After he died, I got my first Cocker - that was in my second year of university. Roughly 17 or 18 years ago now. The rest, as they say, is history!

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Kelly I too have always loved dogs but I was in my first accident at 21 so showing dogs was out the window for me ,I could not walk without crutches.When we were posted to Chibougamau the first place I went was the "Animalerie Richard" the man there tried to talk me out of buying Chopper my first dog he was a corgi cross and he thought the woman wanted too much money for him but I had fallen in love and it was him I wanted.For 14 years that dog came every where with me he was a world traveler living wherever the military sent us .He was in Germany ,France, Switzerland.He died here in Alberta of cancer.True was my rescue English SpringerSpaniel I loved her to the moon & back.She too succumbed to cancer.Now I have Lacey and I freely admit I spoil her rotten.I can only look after one dog owing to my limitations but that does not stop me from following everything your dogs do and thinking you and your dogs are awesome !

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Kelly, you sre such a proud dog mom. Did you always have cockers? My first dog was a springer, then cockers after that.

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1/28/16 10:00 A

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Cheri if you had 5 dogs you wouldn't want to pay to have them done . . . . I've been doing nails for forever.

I have loved dogs since I was little. My first word was dog. I went to dog shows, just to see. I tried to train our family dog Max (who wasn't impressed with my attempts LOL). Having a dog of my own was my dream from the time I could walk and talk. I read dog books, watched dog movies and coveted other peoples' dogs. Farley was my first show dog . . . I had big dreams for him. Together we accomplished a lot of them, but I still have some dreams waiting to come true. I believe that Kermit is the dog to do that with me. I want to go to the top in obedience - earn a Utility Dog title (UD). He has the capability and I have the right trainers helping me. The icing on the cake is all of the other stuff he loves to do.

On the conformation (beauty pageant) side, Opie has killed two birds with one stone by being the very first dog born at my house to earn a Champion title. I have had other dogs earn the title, but they were dogs I bought. This one was born into my hands. I watched him open his eyes, take his first steps and utter his first bark. I have done the training and grooming and conditioning. To have earned his title with a Group 2 is just icing on the cake. I have never placed in the group with my own dog before . . . it's a huge deal (at least to me it is).

Anyhow, there's the long story of why I am still on Cloud 9.

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I am a coward I take Lacey in to get her nails done !

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Well, everybody seems to have recovered from the dog show now . . . everybody is back to their usual shenanigans. Opie is harassing the cat (who loves it, by the way), Jack Jack is guarding me from the other dogs, Sylvie is chewing on toys and Kermit is in the round donut bed chilling out.

Tonight I'm going to put away my Christmas stuff and do the dogs' nails. Shhhh, don't tell them.

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Mom surveying the kingdom and cheering on the family is stressful! Jack Jack had to have presence for that ! Awesome photos I enjoyed them immensely!

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Jack Jack at the dog show, surveying his kingdom from the top of the crates


Opie and Sylvie ready to show on Saturday. The ear wraps keep the ear hair straight and clean - we take them off just before going in the ring.


Dog tired after showing and running scent hurdle (Sylvie and Kermit)


Opie taking a well deserved nap


Jack Jack was also tired, even though his big job was just to survey his kingdom

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1/26/16 1:01 A

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Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason Kim!

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Once again, not get notifications for this group, but Ism getting them for another that I don't do anything with....go figure.

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I am sure he will kick but he is a gorgeous dog !When he doesn't win I want to shake the judges and say are you blind?????

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Thank you Cheri, you've always been a big supporter :)

Now we have a break until the next set of shows (two months) so everybody can relax and enjoy life. And I can focus on training Kermit for obedience, so that when we're ready to start competing seriously this summer, he can kick butt.

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ii MIGHT BE a little prejudiced but not much and I think all your dogs are stars !!!!

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Kermit is definitely a star . . . he is really coming together as a performance dog and I couldn't be happier with his performance. He's a good dog.

No love from the judge today either, but Opie worked hard for me. I can't ask for any more than that. Now we have a break from dog shows until March, so he gets to just play and be a dog and not be too worried about grooming, other than his weekly baths.

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Good for Kermit !

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We didn't win anything yesterday, but Kermit ran awesome at scent hurdle. He was fast and accurate . . . I can't ask for anything more than that. So it was still a great day!

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Good lluck I know you will do well !

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Well, I just finished 3 hours of grooming on two dogs. Now to have a shower, make myself presentable and then head off to the dog show for day two. Wish us luck!

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Oh congratulations Kelly I saw the picture on facebook and I thought how fabulous you both looked but until I read this I did not realize quite how special it was.You know me I think your dogs are the best anyways and I tell everyone if they want to see gorgeous cocker spaniels yours are it.I did not realize Opie was your first homebred champion though.I think you should be over the moon and proud but nothing can ever take away from the fact that your dogs are gorgeous and well looked after and as far as I am concerned they will always be winners because you work so hard with them and it shows !

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Today I had a dream day at the dog show . . . Opie went to the show needing only 2 points to finish his Canadian championship. He went Winners Dog today, which gave him the points. I was thrilled, since that makes him my very first homebred Champion. Then we had to go back in for Best of Breed - and the judge really liked him, so she gave him Best of Breed over 5 dogs that are already champions!!!! WOW!!!! I was over the moon. In fact, I actually said "Holy s**t" out loud, at which point she said "NOw don't swear" (I apologized profusely, but she was also smiling).

Because we won Best of Breed, I got to show him in the Sporting Group. Imagine my absolute DELIGHT when she chose us for Group 2nd! We beat out some big-winning dogs with that win. It was really, really exciting for me.

So he is now Champion KLAD EBS Never Say Never, and I am still floating on Cloud 9. I can't believe that all of this happened today. My first homebred Champion and my first Group placement on one of my own dogs. What a day!

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I too am making socks !

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What are you knitting these days Cheri? I have socks on the go . . . my first time ever knitting socks.



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The cabled hat is lovely and the dogs look great .I thinkKermie looks so cute with his frogl

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Confession - I went to Red Deer for the day with a friend, so Opie didn't get done. He'll get his clipper work (shaving) done today, and then his bath and scissor work on Tuesday.


The cabled hat I made


The top of the hat


Ryder, my friend's dog that I groomed on Wednesday


Opie, after his bath last week


Sylvie, all groomed up for the upcoming dog show


A bonus pic of Kermie with his stuffed frog

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So is Opie looking gorgeous after his grooming Kelly?

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A bit of housecleaning but then I think I will just sew read and knit.and cuddle with Lacey a laid back day.I had company yesterday.

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Yesterday I finished the hat I've been working on for a week. I learned how to knit cables last week, so this was my project. I'm very happy with how it turned out. Now I'm back to finishing my scarf (for me!) and the socks I've started. My very first socks, so I'm excited to make progress with them.

Yesterday I groomed Sylvie . . . it took about 4 hours from start to finish, but she looks very pretty now. Today is Opie's turn . . . I estimate it will take another four hours to do him. I'm also going to a handling class, which is to practice showing the dogs. It's a class for me AND for them. They haven't been shown in 2 months, so we're all a little rusty.

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Awesome Kelly! I am going to do some reading and some knitting tomorrow.

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It's a bit chilly for my taste today, but if the weather warms up we might walk tomorrow. If so, I'll make sure to enjoy it extra for you, Cheri.

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Ican actually get up on crutches and walk now but walking outside is prohibited because of the ice and snow.So that walk sounds really nice to me !

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I think you guys have been quite a bit colder than us. We've had some cold moments, but overall it hasn't been too terrible here. We're still getting a bit of cabin fever though, just because it's so dark by the time I get home from work. I'm hoping for nice weather this weekend so we can go for a couple of walks.

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Good. I have been chillling with my cuddle pup!

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I'm glad too. It was nice, low key, just as I wanted it.

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That sounds lovely Kelly I am glad you had such a nice day!

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I worked . . . but my co-workers made the day special by baking me red velvet cupcakes and a delectable chocolate cake. After work I went for dinner with a good friend, then went home to spend the evening with the dogs. I did some photo editing and some knitting. I can't complain about that kind of day.

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I am glad you had a good day Kelly what did you do?

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Kim, I'll keep your sister in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the CT gives her good news.

I've been on many boards . . . I hope the dog park becomes reality for you guys.

Thanks for the birthday wishes Cheri! It was a good day.

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Nice to see you Kim !

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Just checked out my email preferences and they said they received notice that my email was invalid and therefore, I was no longer getting emails. Weird, because I still use that email. I changed it to a different one, so hopefully, I will be able to stay in contact better.

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Hey everybody! Hope everyone had a safe and happy new year. It has been a while since I've been one. I don't get emails anymore from here, so I am going to have to check my settings. I just don't think to come on here since I am so much on Facebook anymore. I need to get back at losing weight and getting a control on my diabetes.

Same old, same old going on. I just became the Secretary of the Board of a group that is planning to open a dog park in my community. A coworker's husband is a cousin to the guy that started the project and she notified me last night. The guy saw the post and contacted me and interviewed me via messenger. That was interesting...very slow, but only a few questions. First meeting for me is tomorrow. I have never been on a "board" before.

Sophie and Murphy are doing well, but Murphy has his good days and bad days with his vision. Sophie just has been grumpy.

We finally have gotten our cold weather. December was so mild. We had about an inch of snow yesterday and possible 3 inches tonight.

I guess I can't really say the same old, same old is going on. My sister was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the end of Oct and started chemo just before Thanksgiving. She is doing well with it. She lost her hair, but is dealing with that. She goes for a ct scan tomorrow, I think, and possible surgery in Feb. Just asking for prayers and thoughts that she gets through all of it and recovers.

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That sounds wonderful! Now for the important message emoticon I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Hi Cheri!

I'm pretty excited - I took a class on knitting cables on Saturday and am halfway done a cabled hat. I think the cables add SO much to the design. Very professional looking. I love learning new techniques!

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I am here !

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Where is everybody???

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Well, I'm home and at least partially recovered from my adventures. I'm still kind of tired, but it was a good trip. The weather was decent in Tennessee, the company was great and the dogs were beautiful. It's nice to be back home and sleeping in my own bed though.

Happy 2016! I hope this year is a good one, filled with love and laughter and only good things.

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I hope you have all had a good start to 2016

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I should talk Kelly I stayed home rubbing Lacey's belly and watching mysteries on the telly ! love and hugs Cheri Happy 2016 !

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Oh I didn't bring any dogs with me Cheri - they're at home with my good friend Ellen. I'll go to the party for a while, but parties just aren't my thing really. Too many people and too much noise.

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Even if you can take the dogs Kelly?

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I'm at work today, and then off again to a dog show in Knoxville, TN. I went last year too, but last year it was a week later than it is this year. I'm really bummed though, because the friend that I was sharing a room with just told me last night that she can't make it because of work. She's the biggest reason that I like to go - she lives in California (Bay area) and I don't get to see her often.

Anyhow, they're having a big NYE party at the dog show . . . a masquerade party or something like that. My goal is to avoid it at all costs LOL I'm not a big fan of parties.

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Do you have any plans for New Years Eve?

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I agree completely!

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Somehow it is more fun when there is no deadline!

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Phew, me too! I'm enjoying knitting at a leisurely pace, rather than as if I'm knitting for my life.

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Now I am back to reading and sewing at a less frenetic pace !

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HAppy Christmas !

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Well done Cheri!

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Yahoo am done the cross stitch!

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I finished my mom's scarf last night . . . with 48 hours to spare even! There's a real sense of victory in that. I'm sure you'll get Kayleigh's gift done too . . . I'll be listening for that victory yell Cheri.

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Oh I love thee photos Kelly .I too have enough yarn for a complete new warbrobe and some yarn bombing too ! I am still working on Kayleigh's cross stitch if you hear a faint howl of victory in the night sky tonight I finished Kelly!

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I think I have enough yarn now to knit myself an entirely new wardrobe LOL It won't happen, but I could. You know, in case of apocalypse or something like that. For 2016 I want to learn some new techniques and I am GOING to learn to make socks.

I'm hoping to get Jack Jack and Kermit trimmed so I can do their holiday photos too. Then the family pictures are complete for this holiday season.

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Breathe? That's for wimps Cheri! LOL My wrapping isn't all done - just the stuff for my best friend's parcel that has to go to Ontario. I'll send that ExpressPost today, so my account will be empty. I'll do more wrapping tonight. And probably tomorrow night too.


Sylvie AKA Santa Paws


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Or maybe he's a better rein-dog???

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Did you have time to breathe in there Kelly?Mind you you are ahead of me I still need to wrap.

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It's been a crazy busy weekend . . . I could really use some downtime soon! But I did get a lot accomplished. Sylvie got bathed, dried and trimmed. I took a couple of holiday photos that I'll share tomorrow. Opie got bathed, dried and trimmed, and I took a few photos of him too. I did obedience practice on Saturday, then hit a couple of yarn stores with my good friend Ellen. My yarn diet isn't going well LOL I definitely have to use what I have in 2016 rather than buying more. Saturday night I did a pot luck with my scent hurdle team.

Today I wrapped presents, did laundry, cleaned the kitchen and had dinner with my two cousins, my one cousin's wife and his two kids. It was a nice evening. Now I'm packing a parcel to get in the mail tomorrow and then heading to bed.

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For anyone who missed them Kelly has some gorgeous dog photos on Facebook !

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Kelly I am so sorry you are having a stressful time at work & personal issues taking their toll. I was feeling stressed until last Friday , sad as this is it seems to have put things in perspective for me. This afternoon at 2 I go to a funeral, it is for my son-in-law's step-brother a young man who was always kind to me he made a bad decision , they won't know for sure for six months as that is how long the tox screen takes .He was 23 .We are never guaranteed tomorrow , so all we can do is our best . No matter how bad things get we have dogs that love us and friends and family.In the end only love matters , we never realize how many lives we touch but believe me all you do is enough. You are a wonderful person and your photos make people smile but if you are feeling overwhelmed I did not want to pressure you only to tell you how much I enjoy your talent.You take it easy and know that you have a friend and if things calm down and you have time to come for a dog friendly dinner in the new year you are always welcome !

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Don't feel bad Cheri, I laughed at poor Nutmeg's plight too . . . but the visual is funny.

Cheri, I'm burnt out already. Between the extreme stress at work and personal issues taking their toll, I just want to hibernate and skip the holiday season all together. I have no desire to fight with dogs in an attempt to get a holiday photo, but maybe I'll try this weekend, once the dogs are groomed.

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Peggy I should not have laughed at Nutmeg except I did the same thing to our daughter's cat when it was 22 and it walked around meowling at me for hours .I am sure I have been chewed out in kitty cat !
No festive photos from you Kelly? I will miss them .

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Yes that is what the vet says but it is hard not to compare her with the others. At least she still knows me. I learned early in my life not to move the furniture once they get blind. I did one year and Nutmeg leaped into the Christmas tree thinking that's where the couch would be. She was rather bewildered and I learned a big lesson.


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Oh yeah, dementia can really change them. But it sounds like her quality of life is still good, and it sounds like you're doing everything you can to make life as good as possible for her.

Have fun taking pictures Cheri! I think we're skipping holiday photos this year due to a lack of time and spirit.

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Perhaps it is the dementia causing her to forget her way around her home Peggy .No matter as long as you are there to love her she is fine.

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Thank you for the wonderful welcome back.
Last night Star did much better. We put a small electric heater in our room and I made her a little fleece jacket. Last year she was diagnosed with dementia and fights cuddling but I force the issue and she calms down after about 15 minutes but it doesn't last long before she gets agitated again. She is very nervous if she is put on any furniture so I spend my time on the floor with her. All my past cockers went blind and had no problem in the house but Star does not know her way around the home she's lived in for 17 years and bumps into everything and gets stuck in corners. I still get kisses every day, she is a sweetheart.


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Kelly I am taking Christmas photos of Lacey I will try and post some here .I am going crazy trying to get everything done !

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