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Friday, February 10, 2012

Dawn of a new day

Thanks to all of you for your words of support yesterday. Your understanding of how much I love K and how much this is hurting me makes a huge difference to me.

This morning, K and I seized the day by taking a short hike that started when the first light of dawn glimmered on the eastern horizon. After climbing up to a viewpoint, we were treated to the moon setting in a purple sky over the Continental Divide.
We wandered a high plateau as the eastern sky became brighter. Total silence reigned. This tranquil time was precious.
As we dawdled, waiting for the sun to rise, the clouds over the Divide lit up in a stupendous orange glow as the moon sunk toward them.
Then, the life and warmth-giving sun peeked over the eastern hills. The dawn of a new day...
K had been leashed until that point because I don't like her to run unfettered in the dusky darkness. I unclipped the leash, and she chose to gaze at the mountains. Her beautiful fur looked luxurious in the sunrise light.
Her freedom gave me the chance to see if she was still limping. It appeared that she was not, and she seemed to be full of energy and happiness. When her ears fly straight up as she gallops, I take it as a sign that she's romping with full enthusiasm!
I did notice, however, that she doesn't like to have her leg with the radiation burn in the snow, if she can avoid it. That probably explains the photo from yesterday when she propped that leg up and out of the snow. She kept doing the same thing today. Perhaps, the "limp"  that I saw yesterday was from her radiation burn rather than anything in her bones. I hope so!

Thanks again to all of you. I felt really sad and worried yesterday, and your comments lifted my spirits immensely! The power of the paw...


  1. Your mornings with K are so special, she will try and keep her leg away from the snow just like our raw skin after a burnor graze,but her running and with her ears spread way out is so joyous to see.The colours in nature are beautiful. Cheers from Jean.

  2. What a special time and place for you and K. So glad you to are doing better
    Dachshund Nola

  3. That 3rd photo was just stunning! MOM keeps talkin' about how she will be in your area in June. I wish I could go with her, but it's for work and she has to fly and she does not think I would like to fly cuz I could not sit next to her.
    Did you know that Fridays are Sweet K Friday for me and MOM? Yep it is. Now ya all are a part of our prayers always but on Fridays it's extra special meditation time about miss K and you.

  4. I am sorry we missed yesterday's post, but I am so happy to see K happy and full of life today. Those pre-dawn pictures are amazing!

    Your pal, Pip

  5. Your posts always scream:
    I LOVE LIFE...
    from you and the dogs!
    The last photo: I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky!

  6. We just read yesterday's post, so sorry you had a bad day. Thankful that today was better for all of you.

    Woofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae and Max

  7. I came back to show Chester's dad the mule deer from the previous post and was pleasantly surprised by another round of stunning pictures. I'm hoping that looking at them before bedtime my dreams will be that I'm plowing thru the Rockie snow beside 2 beautiful labbies!

    Chester's Mom ;0-)

  8. I am sorry that I missed your post on Thursday! But it's so good to read that today was a good day--I continue to keep you in my prayers that the good days greatly outnumber the ones that have their worries and challenges!

  9. Wow - You guys were up early today! Love the sunrise and moon! Wish I could be there!

    K should be able to fly with those ears!!! And a happy tail too! She had a good romp today!

    (Did you ask the doctor about the leg issue? Just curious as you share so much with us bloggers)

    Bark at ya later!


  10. your pictures, your words and your love for your dogs are uplifiting to me. I found your sight a few weeks ago and love to see your daily updates. I will continue to hope that your days are filled with such great times, memories and love with K and R.

  11. Oh, this is better news! It does make sense that K would favor her leg to protect raw skin from the snow. Paws crossed that that solves the limp question.

    And look at her fly!!

  12. OK, and this makes it alright for me to say again, wrap that leg for warmth and comfort seeing if it makes a difference to K. I know that it would to me.

    I'm so happy that today is better.


    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  13. she always has such a serious, yet feel good look on her face that she loves every minute of each day
    Benny & Lily

  14. The only word My Vickie could think of when we read todays post was "Stunning" All around Beautiful. Every Single Photo filled us with deep emotions.

    My Vickie thinks you two are the most brave critters in the world. Not only for how you are going through what is happening to you but also because you go out into the wilderness at all hours with just hte two of you.

    With all the years she has had in SAR, she is still afraid of the dark. Look at all the beautiful sights she is missing.

    At least we can look at your photos and experience time in that way.

  15. Your photos are always incredible, but every once in awhile there's one that jumps out at me that just seems so special... today I agree with Goose. That 3rd photo is just so SO awesome. Glad you both enjoyed your hike and thanks for always sharing with the rest of us!

  16. That silhouette of K is just breathtaking! You make me wish I got out of bed every morning and had time to track a sunrise down, although I am pretty sure ours are not nearly as stunning as yours. K would be beautiful no matter what, but you make her even more so when you turn your eye for beauty on her! Having a roller coaster of emotions just means that you're human with a big heart. :)

  17. Gosh, what a special morning that you and K shared. The photograph is unbelievable. Again we can feel what you saw with your eyes... That very quietness of the still morning.
    We are glad that K is not limping today.
    KB- always remmember that you do not need to hide your feelings from us. Speak your heart.

    Blogville understands how you feel.
    We are all fighting along side you for K, and for you.
    Because we love all of you, and we want K to be okay. We want you to be okay too.
    nitey nite

  18. Good observation about the leg being sensitive to the cold and wet of the snow. Hope that's it, because her radiation burn will heal. Can't visualize what you could put on her leg to protect it that wouldn't cause its own problem when it rubbed on her skin. Glad today was better than yesterday.

    Jed & Abby

  19. Fantastic photos!! Breathtaking morning you had. Happy to see K so well after all. Soon will you have spring an she can run everywhere.

  20. We are so sorry we missed yesterday's post. But you and K are always in our thoughts and prayers. We hope her burn area gets better and less painful for K. She sure is a trooper the way she can get out there and face the day with such enthusiasm.

    Hope your weekend is a good one.

  21. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful morning with us. Your right, K's radiation burned spot on her leg is probably more sensitive to the cold wet snow. I laughed at her ears in that last pic, they almost look as long as Fred's! What a fun picture. And guess what? We woke up to a ton of snow this morning! Yay!!

  22. Great to see K being active and in action form. We are always thinking of you both and we always have you in our prayers.

    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & Forgie

  23. What a happy dog, that K! It is so nice to see her out with you. Her good attitude is her best medicine :D
    Sending healing vibes your way,

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  24. We're glad today is a new day and sounds like you are feeling much better. Have a wonderful weekend. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

  25. Those few moments between night and dawn are the moments that most fill me with powerful hope and open me to the magic of the Universe. In those minutes the world holds its breath in anticipation and potential.

  26. So many of us are with you on these up and down days. Power of the paw! Definitely

  27. Such beautiful photos!! We send purrs to K.

  28. I am jealous of your nature

    Stop on by for a visit

  29. Your amazing photo's together with your heartfelt writing allows all of us the joy of each day and who better to share with - our loyal companion.

    Keep going.

  30. Our paws are crossed for your sweet girl. We like your blog a lot and the zest for life. Keep romping.

    KT and Easton

  31. Hi again! THe rock has a story. In 1620 there lived 2 sisters who didn´t get along. One of the sisters lays at the cementary but the other sister refused. So she is in the park of Trollebo. Every Thursday she goes as a ghost to this rock and cries together with her sister and regret their lives.
    This rock is always wet. No natural water flows there and you can taste some salt in it...believe or not....thats the story.
    I will write more of it in coming posts.

  32. Hi KB...K is certainly enjoying the jaunts...this struggle you are facing I know must be heart breaking but the joy you are giving us with your photos makes it much more bareable for that selfish...I don't think's we bloggers dealing with life in a new and different way...take care!

  33. What a beautiful series of pictures, and a beautiful memory to cherish forever. Your photographs are amazing and clearly evoke the bond between you and K, and the love you have for her, and she for you.

  34. Hello, I am a friend of Raising Ruby and followed her link to your blog. We send K our love and healing prayers. You will be in our thoughts. Take care...

  35. Hi Y'all!

    Unbelievable silhouettes of K!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog


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