Sunday, January 24, 2016
"Put me in coach, I'm ready to play!"
Trouble will be convalescing for the next eight weeks due to a broken toe--he's taking it really well. (In reference to the expression, "Put me in coach, I'm ready to play", Drew found this great baseball retrospective on Youtube featuring John Fogerty's song, "Centerfield." My father would have enjoyed seeing it as he was a big baseball fan and former coach. Ahh... the good times we had watching the Mets at Shea Stadium in the 60's!)
Friday, January 22, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
|My last photo of Blue on Dec. 20, 2015|
This is the last biscuit he'll ever take gently
from my hand with his cross-eyed look...
|Our friends all loved Blue. Even my sister and nephew|
were lucky enough to meet him a few years ago.
(Click on the photo set for a larger view.)
We were but two of his many royal fans.
His death has hit us all hard.
Here is our abbreviated history with Blue:
|I think Veronica took this photo from our first Greyhound Meet and Greet|
in Brunswick. This is where we first met, and fell in love with Blue
(and Queena Bettina, as I fondly call her) on May 26, 2012.
Our favorite two dogs were Blue and Bettina, owned by a woman who also lives in our town. She brought her mother’s dog, Crandall, to the meet and greet as well. Crandall is a brindle greyhound, while Blue is a gorgeous white greyhound with grey ears. Bettina is a sweet, petite, black greyhound.Veronica took it upon herself to give us her phone number if we had more questions about Greyhounds. We didn't want to pester her, but we were thankful for her kindness, which blossomed into a friendship that has lasted for the past 3.5 years.
|July 29, 2012: The first time Veronica brought Blue and Bettina to our yard|
to socialize with the newly adopted Lady Flame! Blue was 8.5 years old.
Here is our first play date at Veronica's house, in July of 2012. We've had these play dates periodically, during Veronica's lunch hour on Wednesdays, over the past several years. They are short visits, but always fun. This was the first time that we had gotten to see Lady Flame run, since we had adopted her, because our fence wasn't built around our yard yet. You can see Drew and Blue playing together as well.
|4 year old Toby chases almost 12 year old Blue! Fun, Fun, Fun!|
Blue remained playful up until his death. He could still kick up his heels at 11.83 years old...This photo was taken at one of our play dates in October, 2015.
|Blue on Popham Beach. His one foot supports both he and Drew!|
Here is my favorite photo of Drew and Blue. It was a cold winter's day, in March of 2013, at Popham Beach, and Blue really kicked it into high gear!
|And, here is Blue in all his royal glory. We love you, Big Blue!|
Run, Blue run...
|Oct. 11, 2015 Play date: Those Big Blue ears...|
One of Blue's greatest attributes were his ears! We love seeing those perky ears in almost every photo we ever took of him.
|Four cute butts of four best buddies!|
Even his boney butt was cute!
Blue was magnificent! We miss him with all our hearts, and we'll treasure every memory. He was one of a kind...
|Veronica and her beloved hounds at our Hound-o-Ween party! Oct. 2015|
Veronica wrote a beautiful tribute to her "Big Poppy". I know that it had to be one of the toughest things she has ever done, but she is a gifted writer and a hard core lover of her hounds.
Lastly, another royal fan of Blue's, Bille Axell, created a lovely tribute video of Blue. Bille, you rock!
Monday, January 18, 2016
On snowy days like this, we really see that Toby's eyesight is less than spectacular. Drew has snow plowed a path around the perimeter of the back yard, and down the middle. Toby finds one path and only runs back and forth down it. He cannot chase after Lady Flame because he has no idea where the path ends and the deep snow begins. Kinda sad that our young buck cannot play with the joie de vivre of other pups his age.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
Drew took the pups for a walk on the Starbird Corner snowmobile trail this afternoon.
It was rough going, even though snowmobiles had gone through. They ended up walking single-file in an effort to find the most highly packed snow.
Even so, each step went down into the powder making for a very rough and exhausting trek. This is the type of walk that my wobbly knees cannot handle. So, Drew and the pups get to have this kind of "fun" all by themselves!
Saturday, January 16, 2016
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Monday, January 11, 2016
|Lady Flame & Toby by the Sabattus River|
Sunday, January 3, 2016
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Muzzles are necessary to keep the hounds safe due
to rambunctious play.