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

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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Jumping Up in the Air – Day 6

….thanks to Becky B for hosting January Squares https://beckybofwinchester.com/2021/01/06/square-up-6/

Olive loves to jump. How do you discourage that behaviour after one (Olive) slips a disc. The pain meds and muscle relaxants have slowed her down somewhat but I think this jumping thing is in the Frenchie DNA.

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Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Negative Space

thanks to Amy for hosting this week’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/

Negative space is the area around the main subject. It is usually empty, subdued, peaceful, calm, and isolated.

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A Photo a Week Challenge – Action in Series

….thanks to Nancy Merrill for hosting the A Photo a Week Challenge –https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2020/09/10/a-photo-a-week-challenge-action-in-series/

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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.

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…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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A Photo a Week Challenge – Babies

….thanks to Nancy Merrill for hosting A Photo a Week Challenge

I love babies and our family is expecting a new one in January. For this challenge I had to go back into the archives to bring you baby pictures.

Our granddaughter has always loved the camera. In the second shot you can see how she perked right up when she knew that her photo was being taken.20160713-dsc0463jpg-27904656623-o
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Olive as a young puppy.
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Our niece’s little boy.
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Lens Artists Photo Challenge – Waiting

…thanks to Lens Artists Photo Challenge  for this week’s theme, ‘waiting’

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Waiting to start kindergarten
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Waiting to see what Olive will do
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Waiting in line
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Waiting to be seated in the restaurant
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Waiting for me
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Just waiting for his turn to touch the car
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Waiting for her pizza
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Lens Artist Challenge #57 – Taking a Break

….thanks to Travels and Trifles  for hosting this week’s Lens Artist Challenge

Last week my daughters and I took a break from city life and spent four days at the cottage with our dogs. Frances (my dog) and Olive get along very well despite the large age difference (10 years). I’m very much a water person and love living by large bodies of water, both at home and the cottage. The cottage is on Christian Island in Georgian Bay which is part of Lake Huron. We had a wonderful time swimming, playing with the dogs and trying to put together an impossible 1000 piece puzzle of the moon.

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During our stay these two lovely ladies put together the new barbecue while I read the instructions. After it was completed Josie made us a fabulous dinner on the barbecue. I do all my cooking outdoors when I’m at the cottage. Great food, lots of wine and spirits (but not too much) and time spent with friends and family; I can’t imagine a better way to ‘take a break’.IMG-3177
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When it was all over Frances needed ‘a break’ from all that running and playing on the beach. She is after all 12 1/2.