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Puppies: Hannah Clarice, Diego, Lucy

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Hannah Clarice

Hannah Clarice

In Loving MemoryIn Loving Memory

Hannah has been the matriarch of our family for years. In her old age she had retired to her little corner by the bed where she can prop her hind legs up so her dysplasia doesnt hurt so bad. She doesnt get many walks anymore but we play with her in the yard and play what little fetch she can get away with before hurting to bad. She used to love to go swimming, playing swords with sticks, running after anything and is still well apt at destorying any size stick. We sometimes call her the "Shredder" and should have probably named her that but you don't see those characteristics until long after you've given a name. ************ UPDATE*********** Hannah my beloved passed on Friday the 10th of December, at home with her head in my hands as I told her "I loved her" as she slowly slipped away. Hannah's dysplasia had got to the point where she could no longer get up on her own, just to go to the bathroom. I had hoped to push is past Christmas but she just degraded too quickly. One of the few places that Hannah was ever nervous was the vet...any vet. So I found a vet who would come to the home and send her off. I did not want Hannah's last minutes spent in fear or anxiety. The vet we had come to the house was wonderful, respectful and offered all options, explained everything etc. This started as a poem and maybe I will finish it one day but - Good Bye my dear Hannah! Bite 'em! Oh my baby bear How much you filled my life How much you filled my heart with only the love a companion like you could give. From your black and fire red hair as a pup To the grey tuffts on your snout near the end. You showed me your true gentle nature And protected our home from threats and watched our beds From those who might hurt us as we slept but now near the end, I just worry for you. Worry you are in pain Worry you are inflamed Worry you are happy in your little corner But now I am free of that worry and can bathe in the happy memories you given Like your first swimming lesson and how you came to love water Your first real training and how proud and excited you were to show off When I realized you had moved from puppyhood to adult life and realized my little girl had grown up. Every time you looked lovingly into my eyes and we made that connection. I will miss you girl, from your funny "heads up" thing you did with your head and neck to the many many times we cuddled up near or on the couch in your senior years. You were the smartest dog I ever had with a vocabulary pushing 200 words that you could understand. I was so afraid to let you go. You were my baby bear....my hannahranna, rananna, ranny, banana bear, senior bear, big bear, H bear, and the million other names you had.

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Diego

Diego

In Loving MemoryIn Loving Memory

Diego was our perfect old man. He loved to go exploring and would eat anything that closely resembled food. You could always find him at your heels, or not far behind...unless he found an interesting smell to follow. He lived a good 14/15 years we think. I got him at around 7/8 years old and had him since. I miss my old boy greeting me at the door (Hannah our GSD - greets when she is ready). He had a passion for tennis balls but really wasnt into other toys at his old age. Diego got really sick the last week of January and at the recommendation of our vet, a lot of personal thought and with great hesitation, we put him to sleep. He went very peacefully the morning of January 30th. See you soon my old buddy boy!

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Lucy

Lucy

We found Lucy in a local pages back in February, after losing our first black lab last January 2009. We went and saw her and she just melted our hearts. We paid the $60 dollar which included all her toys, nice food bowl etc and she came home with us. It only took a day for her to get over her pensive nature being with new people and started to accept us as her family. It took one more day for Lucy and Hannah our German Shepherd to decide and define the new hierarchy...Hannah of course came out first but I think Lucy was okay with it. She's has brought so many smiles to our household and has even been good for Hannah our elder dog - bringing out some motherly instincts that she never got to express early on. Lucy's favorite toys so far are chewing sticks, tennis balls and things that are red. She's been incredibly good for a lab puppy, having only destroyed a 1/10 of what most puppies would have by now...I think to date we've only lost a belt and a couple shoes...otherwise she sticks to her toys. She has already learned all of her basic commands in English, German (Hannah only speaks German) and Sign. She also likes to blow bubbles in her water with her snout! We caught this and put it on Youtube...if you search Lucy Blowing Bubbles (0:53 second long) - you'll find it...look for the lab with the blue (dirty) water bowl. The video is a little dark but if you turn the volume up you can hear her blowing bubbles and me trying my best not to crack up. Thanks for joining our family Lucy! *********************UPDATE************************ Lucy is now a big one and a half years old. I have started some rigorous training with her to get her back up to speed. Not that she is at all bad...far from...she has actually surprised me in every way but she has developed a few behaviors I would like to correct, like pulling on the leash when walking. She never grew into a full grown lab, which is fine. I love her size...its perfect. She is still fascinated with red things...I've discovered she loves chasing her red laser pointer at night when it can be seen. She'll run for a half hour from the back yard to the front chasing it. She also loves playing "Find" or hide and seek with liver treats through the house. I was very sick over this last weekend with the flu. The first night I was up taking a shower ever couple of hours...every time I would come back to the couch, she would jump right under the blanket and snuggle with me...kiss my face or hand. Funny how they know when their "humans" are distressed. Oh my little "Roo"...how I love you. You take such good care of me.

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