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Thursday, September 27, 2012


Today was one of "those" days when nothing went as planned. I woke up to the sound of R vomiting. This is not the first morning this week that he's been sick so I decided that it was time to get him to the vet (for the umpteenth time in the last month). So, Shyla and I missed our morning hike. It's incredible how quickly she has learned to love our routine. She seems already addicted to galloping through our forest every single morning, just like the rest of us. She was disappointed this morning - but I can't do everything!
Alas, R's sickness seems like it may be a continuation of whatever has been going on inside him for the last 5 weeks or so. He had tests today, and we'll get the results tomorrow or the next day. He's taking anti-nausea medicine, and if he gets sick despite it, he'll have the honor of spending tomorrow in the hospital for some more tests.
In between his bouts of upset stomach, R has been playing with his sister almost non-stop. In the photo above, you can see how he "self-handicaps", flopping over on his back to let Shyla win a round. Then, as you see in the photo below, he comes roaring back to win the next round.
Since we didn't have our usual fun times today and I'm feeling a little down, I went through some recent photos of "beauty" to share with you and lift my spirits. I love Shyla's fur and eyes with the golden aspens as a background.
I love seeing her romp in the sunrise light.
I love the late season purple asters that are blooming among the yellow aspen.
I love the clover that is also a late bloomer, brightening the world with it's brilliant purple flower.
But, what I'd love most of all would be for R to magically get all better and be able to romp with his sister through the aspens!


  1. We wish the same for R.

    Consider the hugs delivered:)

  2. Let the magic work, and make R well.The clover flower is magnificent, is that with a macro lens? Sending all positive wishes for a safe and fast recovery.Fondest greetings from Jean

  3. I wish the same for him. Beautiful pics!

  4. Love all your pics - so sharp and vivid. Sending healing light and prayers for R and hugs all around.

  5. We'll just keep on saying prayers for R until he's completely well again.

  6. Poor R... We're still praying, so will say our prayers tonight a little louder.

    Lily Belle

  7. We wish, hope and pray for the same thing.
    We do enjoy the photos of them playing. It's better than watching anything of TV.

  8. We want R to be better too! All well!
    So of course we keep sending our healing wishes.
    Always remember we are with all of you.
    Shyla and R lifts our spirits to see their happiness! So much joy!
    Just visiting your site and seeing the beauty you share is like magic medicine to our very own souls.
    We send healing thoughts to R,

  9. I'm hoping that R is back to his good old self soon! You definitely chose some great beauty as a distraction today. Shyla looks like she glows!

  10. Ann..from..Outer Banks of NC....Our prayers will create a healing path...bless his heart... R is so fun loving... as I can see with his sister Shyla in each picture...their playing gives me such joy...I just hope the food hasn't played a big part with his upset tummy....sending prayers....And your flowers are so beautiful...each one seems so special.....Happy Friday..Thinking of You.... HUGS

  11. That is an amazing photo of R besting Shayla! And I hope so much he gets over this whatever soon.

  12. Dear R: Listen up here, you just forget this sick stuff and get on with having fun with your new sister. You are too wild and beautiful to go around with the sicks!

    We love you!

    From your pal Stella

  13. I hope all goes well with R and he is feeling better. I love the pictures of them playing.

    Anne and Sasha

  14. Here's wishing R a great big dollop of magic.

  15. I REALLY hope R gets to feelin' betters. It's just awfulls not knowing why he be sick.

    I am so lovin' them fotos of R and Shyla playin'. I needs to go find my brudder so we can play now.


  16. Oh no....poor R.....I am praying for him to feel better and ger rid of this bug for GOOD. And those are truly beautiful pics :):)

  17. Paws crossed for R. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  18. fab pictures as usual xxx i love asters sooooooo much!!! xxx

    hope R gets better soon i can imagine how awful it must feel for him to still not be right it must be so worrying :(

    Charlene and Stormy

  19. Darn it! It's so frustrating not having answers about R yet. I still think it's food related (whether contaminated, toxic or simply allergen?). Maybe food's not sole the cause but certainly an agrevator to something else. Gosh sure hope they figure it out soon. You need this like you need a hole in the head.

    Shyla is just beautiful. I like how lean she looks. i know she's a puppy still but her face looks more narrow than most labs, and I think it's darlin'. Real lady like.

  20. Paws crossed for the V-E-T to figure out what's wrong with R soon!

  21. Beautiful pictures! I am wishing the same for R:)

  22. Sending good thoughts R's way.

    Nadine & goldens Neeli & Elle

  23. Our Jasper is 8 now, and he's been our only dog since Bouncer died in February. We recently got a new dog, Willow, who's about a year old.

    She's giving Jasper a run for his money! They wrestle a LOT. They take turns being on the bottom, though Jasper lies down more than Willow does. It's kinda hilarious to watch them.

    Best wishes for quick and thorough healing for R. I know he'll get the best of care with y'all. I'm just sorry you have to worry about another dog so soon after K. :(

  24. Beautiful photos, as always! I'm so sorry to hear R is still having health problems. I'm going to focus on the fact that he's still active and playful--surely that's a good sign! Shyla is such a gorgeous girl, and it's great to see the two of them having such fun together.

    Wrigs has been having some health issues as well. Sometimes all that testing doesn't give the answers you need. I hope things turn around for R soon!

    Susan T in AZ

  25. Paws are crossed for R... we sure hope the vets can get him fixed up soon. We know how scary it is not knowing.

  26. Sorry to hear that R is still not feeling well. Hopefully new tests will reveal what is going on and get him on the road to recovery. All paws and hooves at the Red Cross Ranch, aka The Lab Ranch, are crossed and praying for a speedy and complete recovery!

  27. Drat, I hate hearing R is still under the weather. Hope you get some answers soon. The shots of the kids playing together just makes me smile. I love their energy.
    The last photo of the clover is it a macro shot??

  28. Beautiful indeed! We're sending positive vibes to R and hope he will magically get all better.

  29. I too hope that R will be magically better. He deserves it! The pictures of the two of them playing together are spectacular.

  30. Hi over there! Great pictures of the duo plaýing....
    I´m worried because Konjak screamed when we picked him up today. I checked his back and noticed that he wasnt well at the sides.
    Could be some dachshunds problems with the back...hes eating, doing his thins ok....will he has still something hurting I go to the vets

  31. Our paws are crossed for you, R!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  32. I hope R recovers to full dog very soon! I'd say even at half strength he's quite the fellow! As always, I enjoy your lovely photographs.

  33. Those are some beautiful shots, and I love the ones of R and Shyla romping together. We are keeping him in our thoughts and hoping for good news!

  34. Hi KB, Just today I was up in the Rockies and my thoughts went to you my friend. I immediately had to check when I got home; I am so sorry about R's continued upset stomach; praying the tests reveal something so small-like gluten sensitivity. Love seeing your pups. The colors were beautiful today as well as the herds of Elk. Sending hugs your way!

  35. Hi Y'all,

    Playin' catch up on the readin'. Love your photos.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  36. In this case, reading backwards was good, because now I know R is feeling better. I love your happy photos. They made me very happy, especially the late bloomers, which I've been seeing a few of, too!

  37. I am sending all my 'healing" warm wishes to R and hope that health is on the horizon.
    Thank you for sharing the beauty of your life and your animals,'s a real privilege to read your posts.
    Sending lotsaluv

  38. Have they checked him for ulcers? Also, if he routinely throws up in the morning ask your vet about giving him Pepcid before bed.


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