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A year to remember - 2008

December 27th 2008 1:11 pm
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Two tough years with losses that cut us to the core, but we rally and stand strong. Mom will openly admit that she has never gotten over the loss of Tara. It haunts her to this day and we catch her looking on Petfinder for another black Chow. We will not be adopting again at this point but we certainly feel mom's pain. This year started out pretty good. Bruno celebrated his 10th birthday and seemed in good spirits until mid January when he showed severe pain for the first time. Within weeks he progressively got worse until he could barely walk at all. Pain meds would work great for a few days and then needed to be increased just to ease some of the pain and help his restless nights. The difficult decision to let him peacefully go came on February 9, 2008. Rest in Peace Big Guy, we love and miss you. The amount of Dogster support we received was a real Godsend. We also had lots of donations to different animal rescue organizations done in his name. We were and still are deeply touched. Thank you all. In the fall of 2007 we agreed to take Dragon into our home but we couldn't travel to Indiana until spring break at the end of March. On March 29, 2008 Dragon joined our family and became one of the gang. This was a bittersweet addition so soon after the loss of Bruno, but Dragon has proved to be very good for the soul. His lighthearted actions and puppyish behaviors bring joy to the family. He is also great with Teddy. In the spring our hubro made his Confirmation. This was a glorious celebration and a very special time in his life. He also got his permit to start driving. Watch out if you drive in MN. BOL! Tara's memorial tree, a beautiful Royal Red Maple, survived it's first MN winter and came back in the spring. It was a beautiful sight to see and we all look forward to seeing it grow each year. Bruno's ashes were buried with a Hotwings Maple tree this spring. We also look forward to seeing it come back and thrive each year. Yuki had a minor surgery this year to remove a tumor from his eyelid and the procedure went flawlessly. He's still crabby but the vet isn't a miracle worker. Teddy was next at the vet with a tooth extraction on a fractured molar and several visits for intense itching due to progressing allergies. He's still a little itchy but we're hoping a food change will also help. Benedryl has become his friend. As for the rest of us, just a typical check up and we were on our way. Big national news was the presidential election, of course. It was history in the making and President Elect Obama will soon be taking office. Lets all pray that he does a good job and helps our economy get back on track. Mia's Bears are having a mediocre year. They do have a shot of making the playoffs but they must win this Sunday and have help. Go Bears!!! That is the year in a nutshell. We extend a blessing for all our Dogster pals. We hope you have a healthy and happy 2009. Our love to you all.

The Festive Five!


The MN Gang


Family Pets

Mia Muah!
Kisses from
Teddy CGC
Tara -Forever
Chester, A
Springer Angel
Bruno -In
loving memory
Angel Yuki
Sandi (heart
Heaven's Angel
Mei Li
Salad - AKA


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