About Zephyr, dogs and dogsports! Most often in images...not words!
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
My beautiful red dog enjoying the trails of another autumn before the winter slumber.
I have always found that Zephyr suits the fall colours best. I love photographing him this time of year. He is coming onto 13 years of age. I officially retired him at the end of this summer. His back end is starting to weaken so no more agility. He pushes himself far too hard and I never want him to overdo it. So now it is our daily hikes and walking with the kids to school.
I just love older dogs. Such dignity they have.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
How summer does fly....of course I guess life does generally. Zephyr is 12 1/2 now.....oh boy. Sometimes I have these moments where I go in to a momentary panic when I realize that he won't be here forever. Breathe.....We have been so blessed to share his life, such an amazing dog. I have known right from go that this was one special dog.
He is slowing down some now, of course. On the hilly hikes he walks the last hill with me instead of the usual running ahead. Sigh. I just enjoy every sunbeam with him and feel blessed.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
These are the days to wander when you can. To see the light change as the leaves unfurl in the woods and to watch the forest wake up. What could be better? Having the dogs wander with me, wordlessly but so perfect in understanding of it all.
My mind often wanders on such walks. Sometimes just to the moment and my surroundings but often to the other parts of life. To my children, to friends, to people in my life. To ideas to photograph, to music to anything. But I try to just enjoy the moment, time for reality when we get finished our walk.
Then we can deal with a positive Lyme test, and to Zephyr's upcoming dental surgery and my fear or how he will deal with the anesthetic this time. Such a journey life is.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
I had the fun of trialing yesterday with the Dog Agility Ontario club. Great day with friends and our dogs. Zephyr is now 12 years old but still doing great. I won't run him more than twice in the trial although I am sure he would be fine to do so. Still moves so well, and has such fun! I just love him so much and have such a wonderful time with him!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Our dogs give us so much. They leave great big holes in our hearts when they go however. In time we heal and smile at all the memories, but still so hard to say goodbye. He will be missed.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Yes as so often I have neglected this blog. Life gets just so darn busy!! But all is well! After many huge life changes last year things are finally into some sort of routine and rhythm. Not sure how long that will last, as well, this is life after all!!
We have had a hard winter here in Southern Ontario so far. Too cold and lots of snow! But I still try to get the dogs out hiking most days. I am getting itching to get back outdoors for agility too, so tired of training indoors! That will be months yet! I trialled Zephyr last September just for fun, felt fantastic to be running him. I am going to trial him in March too. Just a run or two, more for fun than anything.
Is there anything more perfect than an older dog? Zephyr turned twelve years old two weeks ago. I hope he is here for many more years. He is my once in a lifetime dog. He still enjoys the snow and running and running and just being his happy self! How blessed I have been to share all these years with such a wonderful dog.
So I go out and take his photo while he enjoys our outings. LOVE you red dog.