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Sunday, February 26, 2012


It's been a busy weekend but I make hiking with K a high priority even when life is busy. The tracks of a girl and her dog out for a wander in the woods...
When I saw these tracks, I was reminded of a person who used to hike with his elderly dog in the snowy forest near our house. I'd see their tracks just like the photo above almost every day. Then, one day, there were only the snowshoe tracks and no more dog tracks. That was a very sad day and and the memory seared my heart this weekend.

Okay, enough of the melancholy. K and I had lots of fun this weekend despite the chemotherapy drugs coursing through her system. We saw the sun rise on Saturday, and K glowed in its magic rays.
K stuck to me like glue during our hikes and kept gazing at my eyes. I am so lucky to have her by my side.
She didn't hesitate to romp though. I've noticed that, in the days after chemo, she romps during our walks and then sleeps very deeply for the rest of the day. I like her style!
She also dug holes during our hikes, with her head disappearing deep below the snow.
Thanks to those tracks that I showed you at the beginning of this post, R and the Runner tracked us down yesterday morning to join us for the second half of our hike. R burst onto the scene!
K played happily with her brother, zooming around while playing keep-away with a stick.
I'm improving in my ability to let K romp without having a panic attack with fear that she'll break her leg. Based on the crazy things that I've seen her do since her diagnosis, I think that the leg is stronger than I initially believed.
As our friend Bert said, seeing K's leg as she stands so strongly makes me incredibly proud of her. She may be missing a toe, have a radiation burn, and lack fur on that leg, but she still lives with unbelievable zest and love. She's an inspiration to me.


  1. Hi K,
    Another beautiful and inspirational posting by KB. We're so happy to hear that you really enjoyed your day. Keep those spirits up!

    Lily Belle

  2. And all of you are an inspiration to us! Here's hoping there are many more of these magic days.

  3. Oh that buddy Bert of mine is a wise and very observant dog.
    MOM just loved the tracks you and K made. Just something about it made my MOM smile and reflect.
    R just cracks me up. He is the king of Crackers.
    Glad your weekend was filled with smiles and romps. You have your priorities in the right place even in the business.

  4. You are fortunate to have each other
    Benny & Lily

  5. K is an inspiration to most of us I think:)

  6. Not only is K an inspiration, but you are too KB.
    Look at the energy K has!
    She has as much energy as R!
    We love the photos of them romping.
    And we truly love the tracks. Yes, thankfully they were there so that the Runner and R to come join you.

  7. Love your tracks. Ours would look nothing like that.

  8. K is an inspiration for many of us! She's one spectacular girl, for a lot of reasons. I'm glad you had a full and busy weekend together, and to see R in all his crazy glory!

  9. Well said Bert! Just beautiful
    Dachshund Nola

  10. Ok Ok, I am wonderful and wise and I have a bare belly. YOu know they shaved off all my beautiful coat and I look and feel half naked.

    Just ranting.

    To see that R romping with his slick gleaming black coat against the beautiful white background, just reminds me what a bummer it is that I am confined to a room.

    I guess I will just have to pretend I am running with R and K. I'd let My Vickie come along on my pretend journey to the Rockies, but she continues to go out without me in the real world.

    What is up with that? There is a question of loyalty here.....

    Ah but I digress

  11. Count me among those who feel K is an inspiration, you are too!

    King Cracker on the other hand, provides laughs by the galore. I wish you could put this show on the road!

    Cheers and hugs,

    Jo, Stella, Zkhat

  12. K my pal, you are glowing and you make me glow when I sees you romping like that. That is the way to go, romp around and then just sleep and dream.

    Loveys Sasha

    "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.~W.H.O. 1948

    If that is true then K is very healthy, for he seems so full of life just from his pictures. You are all an inspiration, thanks.


  13. What a great day you had, I'm glad that k was doing great and you had a nice weather too :)

    Dog Shock Collar

  14. K is an inspiration, there is no doubt :-)

  15. You all are an inspiration to us!!! How beautiful K looks in these pics with the sun shining on her fur!! And she seems to be just enjoying life with such zest!!! She is so strong! Thank you for sharing your walks with us!

  16. We can all learn wonderful lessons from K's spirit. She is facing all this with such courage and zest. Beautiful photos.

    Sending purrrs.


  17. You are an inspiration to all of us, K! We love to see you happy.

    Love ya lots,

  18. you truly are an inspiration! live for the moment!!! K and B have the best owner ever!!!!! xxxxxxx

  19. and ofcourse you have the bestest doggys XOXOX

  20. K's inspiration is to be admired, as she glows so wonderfullly - at one with nature.

    Wonderful to see K & R enjoying a fun moment - magnificent.

    May the days continue from the heart - we all so enjoy.

    Paws and hands across the pond.

    Love from Kirra -x-

  21. What great photos! - Mom especially loves the pawprints!


  22. Another beautiful post with beautiful pictures and a wonderful attitude! You all rock!

  23. K is an inspiration to us all! That picture of R cracks me up - he looks so silly and happy!

    Your pal, Pip

  24. K is an inspiration to everyone! I love the way she takes life by the horns and controls it! She continues to show us just how much fun life can be! Love that first shot!

  25. She's an inspiration to me, too. But so are you. Both of you are showing how to love and enjoy life, come what may, and for that, I thank you.

  26. K is an inspiration to all of us! R is a true CRACKER!!

  27. Absolutely amazing photos. My dog is my constant companion on our daily explorations through the backcountry of Idaho. Your dogs are very lucky!

    Dani @ ONNO Bamboo Clothing

  28. Hi Y'all,

    Stop by my blog today if you have time...K and Lilly have a mention regarding human dog bonding.

    Y'all come by.
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  29. I love that about our dogs. They are so brave and live life for the moment with so much gusto. We could all learn a lot from that. Glad K is doing so well.

    Best from KT and Easton

  30. Great to see you all so happy. K is doing real fine. She´s a special dog...

  31. K is an inspiration to everyone... so are you, KB! Don't ever forget that.

  32. I think we all wish our days could be as filled as K and R's are! Boy, talk about tracking abilities! To find K and KB in all of that wilderness?? Not me! I get lost trying to find to my vehicle!

    Glad you had a great weekend - loved the tracks and K's "eyeing" you! All I can say about R, is that he is truly crackers! Good for him!

    Woof at ya later!


  33. I LOVE LOVE LOVE that photo of the two of them romping. Adorable!!!

  34. We love that K romps in the throes of the chemo...sort of shaking a paw at fate. And then rests as she instinctively knows she must. K's tracks will always be next to yours, whether you can see them in the snow or not.

  35. How wonderful to see you all having so much fun!
    K is an inspiration to us all!
    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  36. Oh to hear the soundtrack as R.Cracker Dog enters the scene!

    Thanks for sharing!

  37. So glad K's out being K, treatments and all. Your pictures here seem to capture the pure fun of K and R romps. =)


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