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Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Fun Day!

It was a rough week with way too much serious stuff going on.
 So, I tried to do nothing but relaxing and fun stuff today.
Shyla and I played fetch with her favorite toy at sunrise, and our game totally absorbed both of us.
 Shyla's pure joy over the simple act of retrieving was infectious.
Each time she handed me the toy, she pleaded for another toss. When I met her 17 months ago, she had no drive for retrieving. Now, she's one of the most intense retrievers I've known.
After our joyful game, I tried to snowbike on our trails (and Shyla ran) but it's tough biking, even with my gnarly snowbike, due to bad snow conditions. The wind has been blowing relentlessly for days. Every day, the forecast seems to include "gusts of 50-75 mph", which causes snow drifts and windpacked snow. Needless to say, it makes for tough biking on the trails.

When we got back home after our ride, R was snoozing, like he's supposed to do. And, Shyla finally laid down with him. She seemed to know not to lean on his sore limb.
It warmed my heart to see the two of them snoozing together.


  1. so glad she got up close to him! maybe she'll even be okay with the cone. :)

    glad you had a good day!

  2. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Be well dear friends.

    xo Cinnamon and Linda

  3. Comfort after surgery, having your best friend by your side. Shyla is so sensitive, and now maybe that antiseptic, anaesthetic smell is wearing off, she is happier there. Super photos, take care in that deep snow. Greetings from Jean

  4. Sounds like a great day. What a thrill to see Shyla becoming her real self.

  5. It warms my heart to hear you had a good day!! And I just love the photo of the two of them lying there together. Hope R is feeling better!

  6. What is R. able to do these days? Is he eating? He and Shyla look good side by side.

    Cheers and hugs,


  7. Hi Jo,

    R is able to eat, drink, and limp around the house a little. He's not allowed to go for anything more than a potty walk. I plan to start some sedentary training games with him but he's too loopy from all the pain meds right now. The first 2 weeks will be the hardest, and then, in theory, he's allowed to start walking and rehabbing more.

    Thanks for the comment!


  8. I'm glad you had a day of fun and relaxation!

  9. We're so glad you had such a fun day and just love the photos, and it was wonderful indeed to see Shyla and R snoozing together.

  10. We're so glad that you got to take a break from the serious stuff. Molly is as serious about her tennis ball as you are about your rope toy, Shyla!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  11. Have you ever owned a herding breed? Now they are driven retrievers! My first corgi would have retrieved until he dropped dead of exhaustion! He would swim under water to get his frisbee when it sank to the bottom of a stream! Both he and Wilson retrieved with no training from small pups.

    And then there is Jimmy, LOL, he loves to go get the toy, but not give it back. :-)

  12. Very good to hear you had a good day. You know R and all of you are in our prayers my friend.

  13. Sam was a retrieving nut too. I usually had to call of the games - I was afraid he would end up hurting himself. He'd always set the toy near my foot and lay there, sort of like he was saying "I'm ready whenever you are."

    Have a great Sunday.

    Monty and Harlow

  14. They look so content sleeping together. Shyla is going to help R recover fast with all her positive energy.

  15. Oh, that retrieving game looks like the most fun of all! I love the picture where the rope looks like it's wrapped around her nose.

  16. Beautiful photos. Glad you guys had a fun day. It is sweet that she seemed to know to be careful of his leg.

  17. It is so great when they learn how to play. And awwwwwww for the snoozing pups pic.

  18. What a joyous time! Good for you, and Shyla too. And it's lovely to see them napping together again. I'm sure it must be comforting to R.

  19. WoooHoooo!! Those are some pawsome action shots!!! Shyla, you look like you could do that furevers!!
    Oh, R looks so peaceful....heal soon!!
    Ruby ♥

  20. Love the second photo of her, like she was surprised getting caught on camera. Ohh, so much love in those eyes, just bursting for you. :)

    Hope your surgery decision give you some peace.

  21. Dogs can cause you worry.....but they can make it up with all the happiness they give you. Keep going, Shyla, you're family needs your antics so much at the moment.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  22. Hey KB, most of all we are glad to hear you could relax and enjoy yourself out there with Shyla. It is just amazing to hear how much joy you get from her. It is also interesting (and impressive) that one can have a retriever who isn't interested in retrieving but then you can train them into doing so. Dogs are interesting, I am learning.
    Glad to hear R can rest.
    Best wishes, Melon

  23. It's good to see your pups snoozing together and R healing.

  24. Fun, fun, fun, snooze, snooze, snooze!

  25. How qute they look!!! What a Lovely couple.

  26. Hi Y'all!

    I can tell you now that I wouldn't have been running alongside you! I would have been barking at the door hoping someone was home to let me inside!

    Actually, wind causes vicious migraines for my Human so she would have been just anxious to get inside as I would have been.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  27. Gosh, it warms my heart to see the two of them snoozing together, too. I'll bet R is so glad to be out of the collar! Even if only for a little while.

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