Today is my sweet Shadow’s 10th birthday. What better way to celebrate Barks and Bytes Thursday than with my sweet birthday girl?!
We have been truly blessed with all of our dogs, but each one has been special in her own way. Shadow is my “Munchkin Retriever”. I gave her that nickname (one) because she has always been slightly smaller than sibling Callie and littermate Emma; and (two) because she’s as sweet as the people from Munchkin Land in “The Wizard of Oz”.
Today is a little bittersweet, too, because at some point during the day, I have always sent birthday greetings for Emma to my friends Tom & Beth. We even celebrated one or two of the birthdays together when Emma and Shadow were younger. It just doesn’t feel right to not be able to send those greetings for Emma any more. 😢. So, Emma, if you can hear me up there in doggie Heaven, Happy Birthday Sweetie.
Back to Shadow, though. Since Callie is having her second ACL surgery today (on her left knee this time), I decided to take advantage of a rare opportunity to spend time with just Shadow. I took Ducky to daycare, and then came home and took Shadow to the park for a nice walk. We walked for about twenty minutes, took a ten-minute rest at one of the benches, and then a ten-minute walk back to the car. When we got home, I cleaned up the back yard and played a ten-minute game of fetch with her. She won’t need a walk on the treadmill today, that’s for sure! She just went into the bathroom to sleep on the (cool) linoleum floor. I hope she enjoyed our one-on-one time today! She will probably want to sleep on the bed tonight while I watch a Bogie & Bacall movie. She misses her big sister.
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