Sit, Stay, Fetch!

October 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Well I honestly haven't made a blog post in quite some time...  A lot has happened since the last time I posted anything!!  I started this back in May thinking that I would get it posted, but honestly with the new job and finishing up some summer classes, my blog post completely slipped my mind...

 

One of the major things that has happened includes the passing of my old dog Duchess.  On April 16, 2015 cancer took her away from me, she had a wonderful life of being spoiled but in the end her life was rather short.  We were expecting it though, you see she started slowing down considerably in the last year of her life.  The cancer she had started in her ears, causing growths inside the canal of both of her ears thus causing hearing loss along with a lot of irritation.  The cancer then spread throughout her body and one of her paws grew out of proportion.  She was well loved, but we knew it was her time.  We are thankful that she did pass on her own, as no-one in the family had the heart to take her and put her down.  She was a member of our family.    I was fortunate though, my best friend Katie Daller took it upon herself to get me a puppy prior to the passing of Duchess.  Having Acelynn helped with the passing of Duchess, she was a good comfort.

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I am extremely grateful for having Duchess in my life, as she did teach me a lot about raising a dog and preparing me to raise Acelynn.  As you can see Duchess has been with me for most of my young adult life.  Often or not I would be having a bad day and I would just go out to the woods or the back-field to clear my head.  I would always take Duchess with me as she would enjoy the exercise and I would enjoy her company.  I still remember the day my parents brought Duchess down to my grandparents as a surprise (surprise gift that is).  You see I always have wanted a dog growing up, and Duchess was my first dog!   The reason why I didn't have a dog earlier in my life, is due to the reason that we had a cat named Kittyboots (my mom named him, and he was in the family a year before I was born.  Kittyboots or Boots for short, and I didn't really get along...  Beside the fact I was allergic to cats, he really wasn't a friendly cat to anyone.  So I struggled to form a bond with him, he was also an outside cat and didn't hang around very often which made it harder as well.

So when Kittyboots died, my parents surprised me while I was visiting my grandparents with Duchess!!  

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And she grew fast!

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She was a great companion and I do miss her, but at the same time I got the chance to meet another beautiful puppy name Acelynn, who I love dearly.  What surprised me, is how similar Acelynn (Ace for short) looks like in comparison to Duchess.  They are both the same color, but the main difference is Ace has no white on her paws like Duchess did.  Which I am completely okay, another difference that I have noticed is that Ace resembles more of a lab than Duchess ever did (plus her natural oder is not as bad as Duchess's).  Ace (pictured below) is definitely a lot of company and a lot of fun. 

 

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She may be a little ornery as well... 

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I am thankful everyday that she has been in my life.  I believe that her and I have a lot closer bond than Duchess and I ever had.  It helps a little that she gets to stay inside the house...  

Ace is a true companion, she absolutely wants to be by your side and not be alone.  I take her for truck rides and have entered her in a dock jumping competition (we couldn't get her to jump off the dock into the water unfortunately).  I plan to keep trying to get her to jump off the dock, I will try to keep everyone posted on our progress...

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The medal is just a participation medal (above photo courtesy of Julie Wright).

 


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