Saturday, January 24, 2009

More on Snickers

She came to us from Cincinnati and lived with us in Parma, OH, then to Walton Hills, OH (for a few weeks), then to Lansing, MI, then Jackson, MI, then back here to Cincinnati. All that time she'd ride with us on holiday and weekend trips to wherever we were going. She never complained, never gave us any reason to not want to bring her along. Even one night when the power went out and we had to get a hotel (it was Michigan winter and we didn't want Elizabeth to freeze), she was just straight-up good.

We'd let her out and just say, "stay in the yard." Even the first time in a new house, she never needed to be told where the yard was. She just stayed.

She got along with the cats, my parents' dogs, my mother-in-law's dog, whoever came along. Sometimes she got riled up at some other dogs or cats when I was around, but that was either jealousy or protection, not anything truly aggressive.

Eventually, it was cancer. We weren't terribly surprised about that -- but we were pretty shocked that we didn't have much time to deal with making a decision (well, none, really).

In perspective -- she was a dog. I won't miss cleaning the yard or all the fur all over, that's for sure. But boy, if you didn't know her, you'll never know how good a dog can be.

We'll probably window-shop dogs for a while but I don't think we'll get a new one soon. I need to get over this, and need to wait until I can have another dog that'll be his own dog, not compared to Snicks every time he does something not quite perfect.


Snickers -- quite literally, the best dog ever. Always happy, always good, always wanting to be with us. Gentle with the kids, harsh on sticks and paper towels.

She was almost 12 years old -- pretty good for a lab. And just the best ol' girl you could ever want. We lost her yesterday.
As far as I can tell, the one with her by the laundry basket is the last one we took.

We'll miss her.

Monday, January 12, 2009

New tooth

Amelia has a new tooth again. This time on top. I think another one will be here tomorrow or the next day. That explains a couple of sleepless nights.

Cincinnati Museum Center

This was our first trip there but we became members so there will be lots more photos to post later.  I love the pictures of the girls "driving."

If you take one more picture of me, lady...


Amelia's favorite snack

We have to put shoes on her or this is what she does.  The socks go in her mouth everytime.

Our little ballerina

Elizabeth's first dance and tumbling class was was a big success. She had a lot of fun and actually did what the other kids were doing!