Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Our Newest Best Christmas Gift Ever!!

Every few years - if you're really lucky - someone outdoes themselves while giving you a gift, and you're left with something that has much greater value to you than whatever it cost in the first place.  Several years ago, Mr. Man's mom presented us with a hand-painted perpetual calendar depicting the smiling faces of our dogs.  Aside from a brief trip back to Santa's workshop for repairs thanks to the handiwork of Ajax the cat, this calendar continues to occupy a special place in our dog-addled minds and hearts. 

Now, thanks to Shiva's Aunt Dian, we are making room for our newest favorite surprise...



She did it...she really got us a Boxie!  If you've never heard of them before, Boxies are custom hand-painted pet portraits on a box frame.  They're made right here in Knoxville, they look awesome on the wall and we can't think of a better way to immortalize our original three girls than with this.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Recent Red Dog Happenings

Although we don't post nearly enough, we continue to document our fun whenever possible. Recent adventures include regular trips to the UTCVM therapy pool, as well as the usual neighborhood stuff.  Here are a couple of pics of Shiva the Red Dog getting her swim on with the help of Mr. Man.

She loves the attention and the water, but - most importantly - her hips love the exercise.  Since beginning regular swim sessions, we've noticed an increase in both her strength and stamina.  Her gait also remains straighter for longer.  At $20 a session, we think it's one of the best deals going.

Shiva also loves to enjoy time out in nature, and the recent warm weather has given her lots of opportunities to do so.  Check her out as chills in some "sweet grass" on a recent sunny morning:

We continue being grateful on a daily basis, as we know most folks who have gone through something similar to what we have no longer get this kind of special time with their beloved pets.  We are blessed to have this bossy creature in our lives, and we appreciate all the kind thoughts, words and prayers we continue to receive from all of you.  Keep checking back, and we'll do our best to post more fun stuff!