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Lindsey the Amazing Rescued Dog

September 14, 2013

Today we buried our sweet Lindsey girl.

This has been a rough, leaky week, as our furry family member declined rapidly. She took her last breaths Friday morning and we are comforted to know she’s no longer in pain.

Her life was hard. Who knows what abuse she endured before she was rescued? We know she ran away from her previous owners and was found with a rope tied around her neck. Her hocks were worn and bloody (indicative of being tied up on a short leash, likely on concrete) and she exhibited signs of being beat about the head. Her teeth were worn or broken, likely from trying to chew wood or chain. When we got her from Furry Friends Rescue at what they thought was about seven years old, she’d been with wonderful foster parents for about six months. They told us what a sweetheart she was, and they were right. This is her picture from Furry Friends’ Web site that captured my heart the moment I saw her:

Lindsey immediately after being rescued

Lindsey, a short time after being rescued.

We brought her home on a bright sunny, summer day, with her Aunt Diane in the back seat comforting her during the transition. Once home we discovered she didn’t know “normal dog things.” She didn’t know how to climb stairs, wouldn’t walk on hard indoor surfaces, and didn’t know how to play. It took a few days, but she learned the stairs with some coaxing.

Day one: Afraid of stairs.

Day one: Afraid of stairs.

Giving it a try.

Giving it a try.

Her first success without coaxing.

Her first success without coaxing.

Ours is likely the first back yard she’d ever been free to roam. In little time she discovered squirrels that she chased and barked at, tunneling under the deck after other critters, and climbing in my garden.

Running free and safe.

Running free and safe.

She loved the squirrels.

She loved the squirrels.

AND my garden. :-)

AND my garden. 🙂

We buried our sweet girl today deep under the same spot in my garden she used to love to dig. The alstromeria, from my father-in-love’s garden, will remind me of her daily.

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“Rest in Peace.”

Lindsey turned out to be THE BEST little road trip dog. She loved long road trips up to my mom’s in Washington, a 10-12 hour drive. Then when we got to mom’s she settled in like it was her second home. She loved the back yard with all its space and new critter smells.

Chillin' on I-5.

Chillin’ on I-5.

There are REALLY cool smells on the other side of this fence.

There are REALLY cool smells on the other side of this fence.

And I'm going to sit here until I discover what it is!

And I’m going to sit here until I discover what it is!

She was also an amazing companion. When I had major surgery a couple of years ago I slept downstairs and walked slowly and with pain for the first several days. Lindsey-girl slept right at my feet and if I got up, she would slowly walk right beside me. She never left my side. You just knew she knew I hurt. Until she got too weak to climb stairs she was my constant shadow. Then this week, when she was the invalid, I slept downstairs and helped her get up and walk, or just caressed her when she was beyond rising.

Always watching out for me.

Always watching out for me.

And I watched out for her.

And I watched out for her.

Good friends of Lindsey visited often this past week, taking time to share their love with her one last time and say goodbye. My besties brought flowers that continue to brighten my day and remind me that good friends share the sad times as well as the good times. Dozens of friends have left the kindest messages on Facebook. The commonness of loving and losing canine companions is evident in the heartfelt sincerity of their words.

Auntie Diane was there at the very beginning, and here at the end.

Auntie Diane was there at the very beginning, and here at the end.

Bright flowers on a dark day.

Bright flowers on a dark day.

More flowers today, from Lindsey's second mom.

More flowers today from Lindsey’s second mom.

Now the house is quiet and neat. My strong husband quietly gathered her beds, bowls, collars, and blankets while we waited for the mobile vet to arrive. The presence of these things would surely add to my grief, yet their absence is still new and strange.

Lindsey's favorite blanket and pillow. She LOVED to burrow in her blanket.

Lindsey’s favorite blanket and pillow. She LOVED to burrow in her blanket.

Jay built her a raised food bowl when her hips got weaker.

Jay built her a raised food bowl when her hips got weaker.

Dr. Marianna Juergens could not have been more compassionate when she arrived with her colleague. They sat with us and fading Lindsey, until we were ready. They were gentle, patient and kind. They were liberal with hugs afterward. After their departure, and my husband and I had a good cry, we prepared to carry on with the rest of the day. The doorbell rang and my sweet next-door neighbor was on the step to give more hugs. She’d seen the mobile vet leave and, a rescued dog lover herself, could empathize and wanted to share in the sorrow. Her kindness lifted some grief and I was comforted yet again.

We thought we’d have our four-legged friend for more than three years. We learned from our wonderful vet recently that she was likely at least 12 now, rather than 10. Still too young to die, but we are so grateful for the time we had. She was the sweetest, gentlest dog, literally changing “non-dog people” into those who wanted to find one just like her!  She leaves us and so many others with the best memories. I grieve for the pain she experienced for the first several years of her life, and the last few days of her life, but am SO glad we were able to redeem some of the “lost years” and make her final years on earth happy and filled with joyful experiences.

Lindsey giving joy to mom and daughter besties.

Lindsey giving joy to mom and daughter besties.

Lindsey loved everyone, especially the ones that loved her.

Lindsey loved everyone, especially the ones that loved her.

She loved to give kisses.

She loved to give kisses.

She especially loved her "dad."

She especially loved her “dad.”

But he didn't much care for cats on her special blanket.

But she didn’t much care for cats on her special blanket.

Road trips were her favorite.

Road trips were her favorite.

She eventually learned to share with others.

She eventually learned to share with others.

I like to think that I’ll see her again. Regardless, it’ll be a very long time before these wonderful memories fade.

She was an amazing part of the family. We will miss you, Lindsey!

She was an amazing part of the family. We will miss you, sweet Lindsey girl!

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Salsa Fresco. It’s the Thing.

September 4, 2012

Salsa Fresco

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2 large, firm tomatoes
2 small or one very large avocado
5 green onions
1 large jalapeno pepper
1 small bunch (~1/2 cup) cilantro
Course sea salt, to taste

Chop up all the vegetables.
Add sea salt.
Mix well.

Voila. Enjoy with your Juanita’s gluten-free tortilla chips. 🙂

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Totally Committed or Utterly Deranged?

May 26, 2012

Early this morning (at exactly 5:50 AM — I know because I had just taken the dog out for her morning pee and yard sentry duty) we started hearing what sounded like sand bags being dropped in a wheelbarrow, or maybe the tailgate of a pickup repeatedly slamming closed down the street. I finally get up to investigate at a quarter after six. I look through the window blinds, out over a very quiet street, thankful not one of my lovely neighbors was violating my #1 rule of neighborly love (NO loud noises before 8 AM!). So back to bed. The noise started again. UGH! What IS that?!?

Up again, standing in the middle of the room listening for direction of the sound. It’s coming from the bathroom. Ah HA! A totally committed Robin body-slamming the master bathroom window. Over and over and over again. I open the window, try to sound mean and scary, and tell him to “behave yourself for cryin’ out loud what the heck is wrong with you you nutty bird go do crazy bird things somewhere else!”  Back to bed again. Hoping for just-one-more-hour. Body-slamming bird eking its way into my half-asleep dreams. I finally get up and get the camera. This kind of commitment really must be recorded.

Last week this same bird flew in under our large wisteria-covered arbor and showed his commitment against the sliding glass door. A few days before that, he thought he’d have a go at the kitchen garden window. Totally committed or totally deranged?

I took a Webinar on “Coaching for Results” last Wednesday and the speaker quoted, “The person who is the most committed wins.” That bird displays the most commitment I’ve ever seen, but I think the window will win.

Totally Committed

There is likely a parable in here somewhere. I’ll have to find it.

After I take a nap.

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Afternoon Hiking

August 22, 2011

Not far from my neighborhood is open space with wonderful hiking trails. After work hikes are most gorgeous with the sun beginning to set and the fog creeping in from the Bay.  Who can sincerely say there is no Creator?

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Men for Sale

August 20, 2011

Saw this while shopping the other day…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: “Morning”

June 11, 2011

Capturing my favorite morning routine with a new Olympus digital camera using the Drawing filter.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: “Red”

May 13, 2011

VERY Red:

Red, Red Wine Barrels