August 28, 2009

Sweet Lucy Lu

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Lucy is the sweet dog of my sweet in-laws.  They adopted her about seven years ago and she has been such a great addition to the family.  She’s always smiling her big tongue-ey smile. 🙂
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August 27, 2009

Our Sweet Boy is Gone

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Yesterday was one of the worst and most painful days of my life.  You see, we had to put our sweet boy, Django to sleep.  We knew something was wrong when we first adopted him because he drank way too much water and had dandruff, but he was overall a happy guy.  He also was losing weight, but we didn’t think it was that much and thought it was because of the new food we were feeding him.  However, two days ago he started to look weak and in a daze, he wasn’t eating or drinking, and he was wobbly on his feet.  Needless to say, we were scared, so I made him an appointment.   We were similtaneously worried that he wouldn’t make it through the night and also hopeful that there would be a fix for him.  The next day we visited the vet.  She was amazing… honest and caring.  Turns out that Django had hidden many years worth of kidney damage and ulcers in his mouth.  He had lost 10 pounds and his ability to regulate his temperature.  Aaron and I both knew that as soon as the doctor said, “No matter what Django will not be able to go home today,” that we would be saying goodbye.  There was an option of feeding tubes, etc., but we could never afford that and the chance that he would return home afterward would be highly unlikely.  The doctor gave us a moment to “make our decision” but we knew already what would happen.  It gave us a chance to cry together and talk to him and pet him.  The doctor came and we told her our decision.  She affirmed that she believed that to be the most humane choice for our boy and she took him away to put in a catheter.  When she came back she asked if we were ready or wanted a few minutes with him.  Aaron said we needed a few more minutes.  When the doctor came back, she asked again if we were ready.  I responded that, to be honest, I would never be ready, but I knew it had to be done.  We got to stay in the room and watch him go.  The doctor gave him the injection and then the flush.  I looked in his eyes while I petted his head.  Aaron laid his hand on Django’s neck.  After a few seconds his heart stopped.  His eyes never changed, he just laid still, and I said goodbye to him one more time, although he could not hear me.  She took him away.  I cried.  Aaron cried.  We held each other.  Then we reassembled the kennel that we would now have to take home empty.  I told Aaron that I was ready to go out to the lobby, but as we started out I saw a lady with a sympathetic look on her face and I burst into tears.  We paid our fees and one of the nurses came to show me  the paw print they had made on a circle of clay with “Django” written at the top.  The lady I saw when I came out of the room came up to me and gave me a huge hug.  Probably the sweetest thing a stranger has ever done.  After we left, we didn’t know what to do.  Going home would be too painful.  We ended up going to a restaurant and tried not to think about it so we wouldn’t burst into tears in public.  Since then, I’ve made myself sick from crying so much.  My whole body aches and everytime I think about him I cry.  It may seem silly because we really didn’t have Django for very long, but I guess we got more attached to him than we could have imagined.  He was our big ragdoll boy, with beautiful blue crossed eyes.  He had gorgeous fur and an even sweeter personality.  He was just so laid back and the perfect match for Chloe, our high-strung kitty.  To say he will be missed, is an understatement.  I would like to get a large print of this photo to hang in home in rememberance of our sweet boy, Django.

August 20, 2009

Mom and Dad

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This picture is of my parents from our most recent family reunion in Estes Park, CO.  To say they have done so much for me would be an understatement.  Their love and support has always been unwavering.  I notice it most in difficult times like these but its always there.  Love you Mo’ie and Daddy!

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August 18, 2009

The Sweetest Tuxedo Cat

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Chloe has been doing this thing with Aaron where he pretends to drop something but it lands in his hand, leaving Chloe confused as to why the object is not on the ground.  She remains continually interested until Aaron feels bad and lets the object fall to the floor and Chloe makes her move (pounces and then walks away bored).  This is a sweet picture of our baby girl:


August 14, 2009

Django, 13 years old

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April 9, 2009

Infrared Berries

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February 15, 2009

Our 7th Year

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February 14, 2009

Stone Bridge in Hilo

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January 27, 2009


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January 25, 2009

My Handsome Husband

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aarontrendyphotofinishThis is my most favorite picture of my sweet husband.  It makes me smile!

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