Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sandy Pandy

Yesterday my parents were faced with a hard decision to put our long lived dog, Sandy, down.  My parents are the biggest animal lovers I know.  (Although, Lauren & John Thompson..and their 5 dogs.. are right up there with them!)  I wish I had some of the oldest pictures of Sandy on my computer, but unfortunately she was a little ahead of the social media world and majority of them are printed off back at my parents house.  If you are an animal lover yourself, you will completely understand the story to come.  If not, go get a dog.  Unless you are crazy, you will quickly become an animal lover as well.

Sandy was a fighter from the beginning.
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You see, we already had a cat, a bird, some fish and 2 dogs...we didn't 'need' another animal.
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But we found a young Sandy howling outside our house during a rain storm.  She was cold and wet and my dad big talked "We are absolutely NOT keeping this dog."
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  Too bad she was already in the back yard before he got home from work.  My dad wanted her to find a new home but he could never do that...and never tried.  (Remember, mom and dad are animal lovers!)
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Well after the lack of effort to run Sandy off, my mom and dad decided to keep her.  Boy were they in for it!  We used to call her wild stallion because she would run like crazy in the backyard.  Dad worked with her day and night training her.
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It took quite a while...she had that fighter in her.
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Once we moved to the new house, there was no fence so my dad built one out back to keep the dogs outside.  Sandy never liked going into that fence.
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Mom would drag her by the collar to get to the fence and Sandy would buck like the wild stallion she was resisting to go in.
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When my dad would get home she would run back and forth on the fence and jump high enough that her head would reach just over the 6 ft fence.  I remember playing 'tug of war' with her chew toys and she would throw me on the ground with her fighting strength.
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And she loved to lay right in the way at all times.  Notice her in the background (right in the path of the doorway).  Don't worry, we never made her move.  Just walked right on around her.  ;)
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She was 'Clint's dog' and she definitely favored him.
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Every time he came back home from college she would go nuts.
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Much in the same way mine and Jared's dogs had done in the past.
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But it was my dad Sandy had been attached to from day 1.
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She followed him around constantly and he was her world.  Sandy was around for 16+ years.
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The longest we'd ever had a dog live.
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My parents loved to sit out on the porch in the mornings and afternoons with her and she loved that too.
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She was some good entertainment in her younger years showing off and running circles around the yard.
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She lived the longest of any dogs we've ever had in our family.  She saw graduations, kids grow up, weddings, the adoption of 'cousin dogs' and more!
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But her long life was to be expected...she was a fighter.
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In the past year and especially in the last few months fighting had gotten harder for Sandy.  She had developed some health issues but the main problem was that her back legs had given out and she was having a hard time getting around.  She would fall over and mom and dad would have to help her back up.  But they knew she was starting to get embarrassed and wanted to be able to keep up.  You remember one of her favorite things to do was follow my dad around and that was getting harder for her until it was almost impossible.
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My mom and dad have never made the decision to put a dog down.  They've let them pass naturally.  But, they've never had a dog that was going to fight until the very end.
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She was hurting and in pain but I'm 100% positive my parents made the best decision for them and her.
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They made sure to feed her chicken fresh off the grill for her last meal and they sat with her on the patio all Sunday day & night.  And I know she is peaceful now.
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There are some things you just understand when you are a dog lover yourself too.  And because I always saw my parents take such good care of their dogs...
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...I now understand that sometimes you have to make that choice to help ease the pain of your animal.
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Especially for those fighters...
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The Rest of Easter 2013...

A little behind but wanted to include the rest of Easter! ;)

We went and ate breakfast with Alisa...always a good time!
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Then we came back to spend some time with this adorable little one.  Our God-Daughter Elle.
Love. Love. LOVE her!
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She loved her new little Easter toys and treats from us.  :)
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Later that day a storm came in pretty quick at my parents house.  The clouds were very cool and slightly eerie.  We had planned to get on the road before it hit, but we missed it and had to stay a little extra.  (darn!)  ;)  We were not upset at all.  hehehe
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easter Fun!

My mom had opted to watch Angela's boss's kids on Friday.  It was part a favor but more for Victoria to have some friends over to do Easter activities with.  :)  Kaitlyn (6) and Kelsey (3) came over and we started the day off with cartoons and snacks which led to rice krispy treat eggs, dying eggs, sand art and an egg hunt!  It was a fun-filled day for the girls.  They were all so cute.  We had fun entertaining them for the day.  :)  Mom & I were definitely tired by the end of it!  haha!
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Butter hands...hoping for not as much sticky.  Didn't work out so well...as you'll see later.  ;)
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Yum!
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Even with a mouth full of Rice Krispies she's cute!
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Kaitlyn brought the sand art over for her and Victoria to do.  It was the perfect thing for the 'older' girls to do while Kelsey took a nap!
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Egg-Dying!
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Before:
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After:
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And I wonder whose this is??...hehe...(MOM!)
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And finally, a little outside easter egg hunt and game of tag to end the day with!
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The 'older' girls had to give the Kelsey a little bit of a head start on the egg hunt.  She tried so hard to keep up but that 3 year age difference made it a little tough!  ;)  Even though we already let them know they would all have to get the same amount of eggs in the end...the magic number was 16 each!
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I might be a little partial but I'm pretty sure I have the most gorgeous niece in the world!  ;)
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After Victoria and Kaitlyn found their 16 eggs, they both wanted to help Kelsey.  ;)
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Kelsey was so cute to watch running after those eggs.  She would hand the bag over to my mom and then run over to get as many eggs as she could hold (maybe 4-5).  Then she would run them back to my mom and drop all but 1 by the time she got there.  Poor thing! lol!
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Precious girls!  We had so much fun!  So glad Victoria had some friends to play with for her Easter activities.  She loved having them over too.  :)
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After they left, Victoria got to open her easter basket from her Auncle Charlad.  :)  Funny thing her Auncle Krint got her the same basket from Target but a lamb instead of a daisy.  We got a big kick out of that!  And yes...she got some school work in her basket.  Girl LOVES school!! 
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Goofball!!!
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