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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Happy Birthday to R

Believe it or not, our Cracker Dog, R, recently turned 6 years old!
He's now the lead dog, the elder statesdog, and the wise dog! After flourishing under the tutelage of K, he now is teaching Shyla the ways of the world.
But, don't you worry. He still has his goofy side. I tried to take a nice portrait of him during his birthday hike, and this was the look that he gave me! The Runner has trained him well!
When R plays with his little sister, he still gets the craziest looks on his face that almost scare me.
One of the things that R has re-found since Shyla arrived is playing. K was a serious dog who focused on humans, and she didn't play with R very much. In contrast, Shyla adores wrestling and racing with R. Shyla is so fast that she has forced R to raise his game to a whole new level. I think that sticking out his tongue must help R run faster!
R is now our link with the past. He's known two elder generations of our family's Labs in his lifetime. Of course, he knew K. And, some of you may remember our yellow lab, S, who was about 14 years old when R burst onto the scene. For some reason, the links between generations of dogs are very important to us humans. It makes us feel as if our current dogs were partly shaped by our very first dogs.
I've loved every generation of dogs in our family, and I love this one. R might seem like a crazy tough guy but, in fact, he's sensitive and sweet. That's become even more obvious as he's moved into the role of the older brother.
Happy Birthday to R!!!! Here's Shyla singing Happy Birthday to him!
For his birthday, R and Shyla have been sharing a steak that they've eaten a little bit of each night. They'll finish it off tonight! Yum!


  1. Happy. Birthday to that sweet R!!! What a wonderful big brother he has become. Loved all the photos of him and his little sister. You sure can tell they love each other.

  2. Happy Birthday to R and many more to come!!! You always get the best pics and you have a great way with words to describe them:)

  3. Happy birthday, handsome boy!

  4. Happy birthday to R my favorite Cracker Dog!!!! Love that second photo, LOVE IT!! If ya need any help with the birthday steak just let me know.

  5. Happy Birthday R
    Enjoy your steak dinner.

    xo Cinnamon

  6. Happy Birthday!! They look so awesome together, I'm sure R loves being the big brother, and teaching Shyla what she needs to know.

  7. WHat a joyful post this is. I have smiled all the way through. You have two very charming characters that share your loving home, I am so glad you share them with us. Happy Birthday dear R.

  8. Lots of pics of my favorite cracker dog, R! He is really such a beauty and seems to have more fun than the average dog or human. May it always be so!



  9. Happy 6th Birfday!! You are in your prime so pawty with Shyla!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  11. Happy Birthday R!
    I love that he's a serious goofball:)

  12. A very special Happy Birthday to R!!! Those are some really great shots of the 2 of them.

    Anne and Sasha

  13. Happy Birthday! What great photos but what I notice most is how close they are now. They appear to be really good friends.

  14. Happy Birthday, R, Happy Birthday to you!

  15. Happy Birthday R! I love all the pictures in today's post.


  16. Happy Birthday R :) We hope you had a great day and we loved all your photo's. Milo & Jet

  17. R, you shine in every photo, goofy, serious, my favorite, two heads turned together. Happy birthday, so special. Greetings from Jean.

  18. Happy birthday, R! Here's to many, many more happiest of birthdays.

    I was going to say that the second picture, with R and Shyla looking in the same direction was absolutely precious, but heck, ALL of the pictures you took are precious!

  19. BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...OMD, I loves dat pikture of Shyla singin' to R!
    R has gots such an expressive face and he just always makes me smile.
    HAPPY BIRFDAY R!!!!!!!


  20. Sing it, Shyla! Happy Birthday, R! Enjoy your steak and have the most wonderful day!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  21. happy birthday R!!! you have brought much joy to your family!!

  22. HAPPY BIRTHDAY R! You may be a cracker dog but you are soooooo sweet to me. I would love to meet you one day.

    Your friends,

    Diane and Indy Bones

  23. Happy Birthday R! We know you had the bestest birthday (after all you got steak!)

    We wish you many, many more healthy years romping and rolling in the Rockies!!

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  24. Happy Birthday! Great photos, sometimes the ones that didn't turn out right are even better. Enjoy the wilderness!

  25. Happy Birthday, R! That sniffing photo is hilarious! What a great shot!

  26. Happy Birthday, R!! As usual, your photos are so fantastic! Their coats look so shiny and fabulous! Such healthy, happy pups!

  27. Happy Birthday R!

    Nadine & goldens Neeli & Elle

  28. Happy Birthday R!!! Today here 6th Nov our Konjak is turned 10 years....
    THe second Pictures is great. Now its time to go to bed here in Sweden, a Little bit early but I´m tired. The dogs have already gone to bed......
    Hugs from Sweden!!

  29. Happy Birthday, R!!!!

    Wow - finally a human that gave her dog steak for his birthday (and even let Shyla in on the celebration)!!! Love it!!! :)

  30. Happy birthday, handsome boy!!

  31. This is very sweet :) Love the pics.

  32. Belated Birthday Greetings 'R'. enjoy sharing with Shyla that delicious steak.

  33. Sorry we missed your birthday, R! We hope you had a fabulous day!

    Susan and Wrigs


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