Whew! I think I am very tired. This last year has been a whirlwind. I look back and I wonder where the year has gone. One year ago today we had 10 4-week-old puppies, their mama, and our two dogs in the house. How did we do it?!?!? I have no idea. I have decided to chalk it up to the power of love because I truly do not know how we could have done it otherwise.
Last month we had a Puppy Birthday Party. We were blessed to have six of the ten puppies come back for the party. We had a wonderful day and many memories were made. I love my puppies and am so very blessed through everything they have brought to us. Special thanks to Monica Callahan of SPOTLess Designs -- she custom made each of the puppies a birthday collar. They are wonderful -- something to cherish and get out each year around their birthdays.
A quick update on what we are doing with them and then some pictures from the party...Elphie is our clown. She lives to target and to chew. Her attention when working with her is phenomenal. Meagan, Kendra and I have all worked with her and we all love her work ethic. Meagan wants to do some flyball with her and we are starting to work on her therapy dog registration. Dolly is the lover, the sensitive soul. (She hates when I raise my voice to anyone in the house!). She loves to do her tricks, to sniff and to snuggle. She is doing very well with therapy dog work and her attention is improving every day (darn beagle nose!). Ken and I struggle with the differences and are learning to love them. Kendra is young enough to be ultra flexible and isn't bothered by it. Nellie and Grace are in Indiana and doing a lot of Rally and Obedience. They also want to do some therapy work. Layla is with a wonderful family and she is perfect for them -- the kids love her and she loves them. Emmett is a happy farm boy!!! He travels a little with them and they hope he will doing a lot more traveling in the future. Zuko's mama is away at college, so he waits patiently at home for her and plays with her younger brother. Zip is our Nebraska puppy and she loves her Aussie brother, Zeb. She had an interesting (not so good) habit of liking metal objects -- perhaps we should be training her for Utility?!?!? Meeka and Nike are in Michigan loving their big yard and their loving family.
And now...party pictures!!!!
|Elphie, Meagan, Dolly, and Kendra|
|Kristen's Cake Pops for the Humans!!! Yum!!!|
|Elphie, Meagan, and Lily|
|Puppy Birthday Ice Cream|
|Lucas, Logan, Lily, and Layla|
|Dolly and Kendra|
|Blowing bubbles for puppies|
|The best group photo we could muster!|
|Hope and one of her pups with our friends and their dog Puggsly (a puppy friend!)|