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Sunday, January 29, 2012


K seems like she's feeling tired but isn't having any intense side effects from her chemo treatment. However, her radiation burn, from the stereotactic radiation treatment 3 weeks ago, has become a sore subject. We're keeping her leg covered with a sock at home, and my fingers are crossed that it doesn't get infected when her white blood cell count almost inevitably drops after this chemo treatment. Here she is, enjoying a kong with her dog food frozen inside it. Kongs can distract K from almost anything.
This morning, we hiked up to Hug Hill, for only the second time since her diagnosis. It's not a long hike to this peak but the trail is covered in several feet of snow. Until a few days ago, it was loose snow and almost impossible to walk or snowshoe through. Then, after a warm day that consolidated the snow, it froze solid so we can hike on top of the snow! K led the way this morning.
As we hiked up the steep trail today, I felt so grateful that K was capable of visiting our favorite local peak. If she'd had her front limb amputated like osteosarcoma patients normally do, I don't think that she could do this hike, especially not on a slippery snow surface. Because we chose radiation to kill the bone tumors, she still has her front leg, and we can climb to this beautiful spot.

K seemed over the top happy to be on Hug Hill too. She ran right over top of the peak when we arrived. I called her back and she popped over the top! Doesn't she look happy? Look at the sparkle in her eyes.
This evening, all four of us took an evening hike. Again, I felt overwhelmed with gratitude that we have this time with K. Who knows how long it will be? But, we can wander the forest together, all four of us, right now.

During our evening hike, the sun set on mountains with snow blowing off the peaks.
After we'd fled the cold wind back down into the forest, the skies lit up in brilliant pink and blue.
Nature is an artist like no other.
And the moon shined through the sunset.
Another day with our K... and I am grateful.


  1. So beautiful and paws and fingers crossed
    Dachshund Nola

  2. Oh WOW!

    What great pics!

    Thanks again for letting K 'paw'ticipate on today's transport!

  3. K's journey is an amazing one! I'm glad you both were able to get out and do the things you love together. That sky looks like something someone painted that's just too beautiful to exist in reality! Thanks for sharing your day with us. :)

  4. What a glorious sky. You captured its beauty in and inspiring way.
    And of course that K is always beautiful. Today MOM and I are grateful that you shared this with us.

  5. You certainly do have some beautiful nature there and your photos allow us to share in it too:)

    Hoping so much for K to be well.

  6. Beautiful pictures! So glad that K is doing so well right now. It's wonderful to see her happiness!


    Mr. Nubbin'

  7. Mother Earth painted a masterpiece and shared it with you!
    And now thank you for sharing it with us. Not only does K look happy- she looks determined. She looks contented. She looks like she is living each day to the fullest, and her eyes are at peace! They just shine!

  8. A beautiful day with a beautiful girl! I can't believe the sunset. Zephyr has a hard time with wounds healing too and I have had to put antibiotic cream on them and cover a lot of them. It takes awhile but they heal.

  9. The healing power of the kong . Here's to many, many more days like this!

  10. Colours of a sunset and K out in the snow,nature will heal all things in time.As a non-dog owner, I had to resort to Google to find out what a Kong is.Now I know!!!
    Lots of wishes sent your way.Cheers from Jean.

  11. K looks really happy. The sunset pictures are fantastic.

  12. Our paws remain crossed for you, K. Not a day goes by that we don't think of you.

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and angel Maggie

  13. just left this long heartfelt message about jamie and k and the supid computer messed me up.

    i am on an old old old laptop becaue my computer crashed last night and i lost everything, but my rage.

    anyways.....we send our love and we are so glad each day to read and see how beautiful k is doing

  14. I hope K's burn doesn't get infected. The tube sock is a great idea! (so fashionable too! LOL!) I'm so glad you get to spend these tremendous moments with your K! Sparkle she does! :)

  15. I just love your positive attitude. I don't have to work til later today so was able to capture an awesome sunrise this morning. I am grateful...
    grateful for sunrises, sunsets and blogging friends that cherish them as well. Have a great day!

  16. Naure is most definitely a great artist, no doubt. Checking on K's status is the first thing I check on Mondays when I come to work. Kongs are the best thing ever! Indy loves his with frozen peanut butter in it.

    Rest well, K - sorry about your leg ouchie.

    ~dt and Indy Bones~

  17. What glorious skies!

    We're keeping all our paws crossed re-the radiation burn.

  18. The sparkle in K's eyes and the sparkle in Mother Nature seem to accent each other...beautiful!

  19. I've been wondering for a couple of weeks what had happened that caused you even more sadness; now I know. K truly does have a miraculous spirit, and it's good to see her eyes sparkle in spite of what she's enduring.

  20. K is loving Life! All we really have is right now since nothing is guaranteed. I'm so glad she can be out on these lovely CO days/evenings. We've been having pink sunsets, too - they're so gorgeous.

  21. The shaved patches and radiation burn are really the only signs K gives in these photos of being afflicted with something so nasty. Your attitude is so positive, KB, and I, too, am so glad that you are spending this quality time together.

  22. KB, you teach us all that it is quality, not quantity that matters....I'm sure that as lovesd as K has always been, she's never felt more loved and honored.

    We are learning so much from you

  23. Hi Y'all,

    Y'all have the most beautiful sunsets. K seems to enjoy them as much as you do.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  24. We just LUVS your corner of da world, so beOOtiful, just like K.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

    PeeS Thanks for comin' to my pawty today. Mom says her still feels like crap but is hopeful the worst is behind her. :)

  25. What a lovely post. Although our situations are very different, we certainly understand feeling grateful for every moment ...

  26. What fabulous shots! K as always looks stunning.
    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  27. I imagine when you are in the presence of such awesome natural wonderful forget about everything else and live in the looks like K does not have a care in the world and is not bothered by anything and is still enjoying herself.

  28. Beautiful shots! I have to visit your blog to get a dose of winter. We haven't seen any snow so far, and it has been in the 60s this week. Weird weather for sure!

  29. I am so far behind in blog reading and posting it's sad. But I have been thinking of K and how she is faring with her treatments. My heart did a flip-flop in my chest seeing her on top of that peak and staring right at me thru the lens. It's as if she is saying "Come on - what is taking you so long??"

    Thank you for sharing your world with us.
    Chester's Mom ;0-)


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