Sunday Stills – Celebrating National Pets and Kids Day

….not sure if this is strictly an American thing but thanks to Terri Webster Schrandt for hosting Sunday Stills https://secondwindleisure.com/2021/04/25/sunday-stills-celebrating-pets-and-kids/

After doing a little research I did discover that today, April 26th is recognized as National Pets and Kids Day in the U.S. It is intended to raise awareness of the importance of picking the right pet for children at the right time. It’s an important decision that can lead to a lifetime of bonding between pet and child.

We have been pet owners for over 30 years. Our first pet, other than gold fish, was a golden retriever followed by a second golden. They were great dogs to have around children. When the kids grew up we adopted a mutt who instantly became my husband’s dog. Our daughters both became dog owners when they set up their own homes and our son who has moved about Europe for the last 15 years is sans a pet.

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Lucy – Our daughter, Gaelan’s dog
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Frances and Lucy – best friends for 14 years
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I have to admit that I was nervous when I first saw this photo but over the years these two have always gotten along
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Our eldest daughter, Andrea with Olive
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Frances loving the snow
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When Olive and Winnie first met
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My cousin’s little boy and dog
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Winnie and Lucy five years on
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Olive loving the water

Last on the Card March 2021

thanks to Bushboys World for hosting https://bushboy.blog/2021/04/01/last-on-the-card-march-2021/

The last photograph on my Lumix Panasonic is of our dog Frances sunning herself on our deck on March 31st.

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On my iPhone the last photos in March are ones that were sent via WhatsApp and landed in my Photos page. These two are my daughter-in-law and granddaughter, Sevin. In the second shot you can see the new shiner that Sevin is sporting. She’s just learning to walk and she took a tumble and fell on the edge of a chair.

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The last photo that I took on my iPhone is just before I got back in the car after our hike along the Etobicoke Creek on Tuesday.

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Our PUPs for January Squares

thanks to Becky B for hosting January Squares https://beckybofwinchester.com/2021/01/10/square-up-10/

In our extended family we have three special pUPs. You’ve seen all of them at one time or another on my blog. Recently I posted a photo of Olive jumping up on the beach and I explained to some of you that Olive needed surgery. Well here she is back from the vet hospital. She ruptured a disc in her neck and after the surgery her prognosis is good. No jumping or running for awhile. That will be hard for this little girl.

The other two dogs are Frances who is 14 and Lucy who is 12 1/2. Their days consist of sleeping, sleeping, sleeping and eating and then sleeping some more.

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Finally A White Christmas

after predicting a 20% chance for a white Christmas the weatherman was wrong again

Christmas Eve started out with rain, mild temperatures and grey skies. It looked like we would be having yet again another green Christmas. After our Zoom Christmas with the family in the afternoon I packed up a few more gift platters for the neighbours. The sun had just set as i set out to make my deliveries and looking up into the street lights I could see that the rain was changing to snow. All of a sudden everything seemed that much more Christmasy.

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The next morning everything was covered with a clean white blanket of snow.

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Frances and I went for a walk and came upon our first snowman of the season. Something was missing but I soon figured out that our little snowman had not been given a mask to wear during the ongoing pandemic. Problem solved.

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Feet or Shoes (Human or Animal)

….thanks to Cee for hosting the Black and White Photo Challenge https://ceenphotography.com/2020/08/27/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-feet-or-shoes-human-or-animals/

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Lens Artist Photo Challenge – Summer

….thanks to Amy for hosting this week’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge

Summer is different this year. So far I’ve spent all of it in the city. I miss the Island and hope to get up there soon.

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Swimming off the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto
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Farmers’ Markets have opened again
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Enjoying a meal on the deck in the backyard.
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Cooling Off in the Dog Days of Summer

…my Frances is getting old but she still enjoys a dip in the Lake

I love walking to the beaches over at Col. Sam Smith Park but Frances is finding the walk a little too long so I helped her into the car and we drove as close to the park entrance as possible. She must have sensed that we were going somewhere special because she walked quicker than she normally does.

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge – #95 – All Wet

…thanks to Tina from Travels and  Trifles for hosting this week’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge

I recently posted photos of flowers covered with rain drops so I had to go into the archives for these shots.

Our old girl loves the water…..3-B936922-6-B5-E-4-F21-B0-CD-3-D1-EE6483-D77

…do most of the family
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So does her buddy, Olive.
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At the conservatory
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After a rainstorm
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Top Dog

…thanks to Becky B for hosting #squaretops

We’ve owned three dogs during our married life. The first two were Golden Retrievers. We had Abby for almost eight years before she passed and Scully lived to the ripe old age of 15 years and 40 days. My husband always said that when Scully went we wouldn’t get another dog…..until he met Frances.

Frances came to us as a puppy because our oldest daughter who had been working from home got a brand new job that required her to leave the house every day. Not ideal for training a new dog. My husband agreed to look after her until a new owner could be found but after one week with us he couldn’t give her up. She is now 13 1/2 and has slowed down considerably.

Frances, in the eyes of my husband is his dog and will always be Top Dog.CFE0-BA5-E-46-F1-4693-8397-441-B04-F7-D162-1-201-a
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