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11 years and counting!

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This post is for the member of my family who I have known the longest.  My first love, my constant, loyal companion, my Devon on her 11th birthday.  Named after Devon, PA a town near and dear to my heart, Devon came into my life a scared, skinny, probably abused, fearful of men, 1 year old puppy in 2004.  She was there, and given half credit to, when I met Steven, and she fell in love with her life partner, Zevon .  She’s been there through 3 houses, 2 kids, another dog, and now 2 states.

“All because two hearts fell in love.” is displayed on a sign in our house.  And we had to find the one that said hearts not people as many have in their homes, because the two hearts we really give credit to are Devon & Zevons.  They brought Steven and I together and without them (me without Devon) we would not have a house full of love and laughter, little lady, little man, and even Baxter!

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As the kids and I took her to a new vet (which was hard because we had been at Animal Medical Clinic in Peachtree City her whole life), I read the chart and she now falls into the geriatric category.  That hurts my heart to read.  But I was encouraged by the new vet, a wonderful woman who specializes in canine physical therapy (of which there is a center conveniently right next door.)  After some x-rays of her hips and back legs, we confirmed arthritis and some fluid build-up in her back legs, knees, and feet, and discussed many options.  Nothing was pushed on us – just outlined.  Who knew that between drugs, lasers, water therapy, and much more, we have so many options.  Nothing is guaranteed, but it could improve the quality of her life.

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And I should preface, other than not using one of her back legs and not being as agile as she once was, she is still doing great.  And even more so, she wants to do everything we and the other dogs do, so we can only hope and pray for many more years to come!

While our move was stressful, OH has actually been good for her, as GA summers were not her favorite.  We are able to walk often and even get to the beach, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed for how the winter will go, but I think we’ve picked a good retirement home for Devy.  Here are some pictures of her around town:

And I found these fun pictures.  First is our first family picture in 2005 and second is right before we moved this summer (not the best but I dare you to try posing 2 kids and 3 dogs!)

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

To the world you may be just one person, but to one person dog, you may be the world.

Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.

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I’ll stop now before I lose it completely.  I just wanted to honor my oldest best friend.  Devon, we love you and look forward to many more birthdays, Happy 11th Birthday old girl!!  I’ll leave you with even more pictures (most are either from 2005 or after 2010 – things were much more interesting after kids!)

 

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Dogs of Halloween Past

No dogs were harmed in the making of this post.  If you know anything about me and my husband (especially pre-kids, and now with kids) is that we are crazy dog people.  Our dogs are spoiled rotten, so please don’t go calling animal control on us, as we have (now) 3 of the most loved dogs in the whole world!

Fortunately for Baxter, he has yet to be subjected to a costume, but unfortunately for Devon and Zevon, I have 9 years worth of photos to embarrass them.  They are such good dogs and good sports and I promise, were never forced into any of these – if anything it earned them more attention!

It was fun looking through past photos, not all are Halloween, but all involve our dogs in some sort of get up.  Many more great memories and topics came to mind too, but let’s start with this one and stay tuned for more!

I hope you enjoy as well!

Here’s some Halloweens past:  (I regret that I don’t have Devon’s very first Halloween which happens to be the first time I met my hubby Steven.  Devon was dressed up as a little hula dancer with a Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt!)

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Christmas:

New Years 2012:

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Winter 2010:
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Easter 2011:
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4th of July 2012:
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Outdoors:
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Fun with Kids:

Other Fun Times:

Thanks for stopping by.  We love our dogs and hope that came through in all these pictures I have fun pulling together.  There is only one other thing in this life that compares to the unconditional love of dogs…the unconditional love of our Father above and I truly believe He placed dogs on this earth to give us a small glimpse of His love for us!  Amen!

And check out this video/past post here too!

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