Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Relentlessly Huge Hole in our Hearts....

The world lost a beautiful dog yesterday.  Mango Relentlessly Huge passed during the night, in the company of the Mango Momma, after he suffered an intestinal rupture and infection that was just to great to fight.  And, the bloggy world caught their breathe at the moment of the announcement and a gigantic wave of sadness rolled through us.

Mango was a gorgeous, brindle mastiff, a gigantic dog with a heart just as big.  Mango Momma blogged about his antics over the last years and we all fell in love with him.  I  spent yesterday afternoon crying in fits and spurts over this news and I've grieved alongside the blog community.

Mango, Dexter (his labrador brother) and Mango Momma welcomed me into the bloggy world when I started on this journey. Their blog was one of the first I started to read and comment on, and I was always touched by the responses I received back.  Mango Momma always responds with compassion, sharing in tears and laughter.  She made me feel like I was part of the community!

I am so sorry Mango's family for your loss!  We grieve alongside you, as everyone was shocked by how fast Mango was gone.  I am grateful for your wisdom and compassion as you knew it was time to say goodbye to your very special boy.  Know that I am praying for you during this time. Thank you for sharing his beautiful spirit with us.

Run free, Mango! Bounce in peace and say hi to Mortimer for me!

Friday, September 14, 2012

6 Months Already?!?

I can't believe Rease turned 6 months old, on September 12th. Where does time go??

She is turning out to be a lovely, sweet, gentle dog who is quite crazy-high energy when she wants to be. But, she can chill on the couch with me, as long as I'm willing to cuddle. I rarely say no to puppy cuddles! :)   Rease is all legs still- a bit gangly and lanky and she is still a bit uncoordinated. But, at 38lbs and a little shorter than Sophie, I suspect she is pretty close to full grown.

So, all in all, Rease is EXACTLY what I wanted!

Not great pictures, but you get the idea at least of how big she is... Rease, and big sis Sophie.

Rease, Sophie and Spike. OF COURSE, no one wanted to look at the camera. Sigh.

Monday, September 10, 2012

We're back!!

Well, Black Dog Blog has officially moved and we are residents of the "big" city!  It's been a bit of an adjustment getting used to traffic again and a smaller yard, but I haven't regretted the decision yet. I LOVE my new house, the dogs are getting used to it, and are even starting to cope with the really slippery laminate floors, ha!

Anyway, I am back to work- been back to teaching for a week already!  It feels like I didn't get a summer and the dogs have been telling me it's not an easy adjustment for them to be crated again while I work. But, we will settle in. Fall is definitely on the way; days are getting shorter and my leaves are starting to turn. I know that routine will come back soon.

Everyone is fine around here. Sophie and Spike look a little greyer. Murphy has been struggling with a big, huge, horrible hot spot on her neck but I think we've turned the corner on it for now. And, Rease has become all legs.  She's tall and scrawny at almost 6 months. She's a beautiful, fine boned, lovely little lab and she's a darling to live with.

I promise video clips of Reason and Spike swimming next post. And, maybe some updated puppy pictures....  at least I posted and let the few of you still following my blog know we are kicking around....