Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Three Anniversaries



September 6,  2006 ~ I move to the canyon  with my crew.


We bought this place in 2005 and my husband lived here on and off for a year, fixing it up. We moved our furniture in June 2006 and then, finally, on September 6, 2006, I moved up here with my crew of three dogs: Bandit, the hound dog mix, Angel, the German shepherd dog, Princess, the Border Collie/Black Lab cross, Sindbad, the cat, and Pippi Birdie, the parakeet. 

Looking back, this was the best matched dog pack we've had since we had Gypsy and Red, the Dobermans we lived with early in our marriage. Everyone got along, Angel was the alpha dog, but Bandit though HE was, and she let him. In her own quiet way, Princess took care of everyone, made sure no one strayed. 


Sindbad, the cat, the great love of my life, moved with us also. He was eighteen years old here and I could feel how he didn't like to move away from the familiar territory he had ruled for so many years. He died at Christmas that year, but he will live in my heart always. 


Angel was so sweet, I love this picture of her and Sindbad. Any animal we brought into her life, she would take care of. She would have been a wonderful mother. 


Bandit keeping an eye on a squirrel in our tree in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the pictures from when we arrived at the ranch are in my broken computer. Bandit loved it here, there were so many things for him to chase and so many smells to smell. He was in hound dog heaven.


Princess was a true country dog who was always at my side. She was the kindest and most helpful dog I have ever known. But they were all wonderful dogs and so great together. 


Pippi Birdie was the final member of our crew that moved to the canyon with me. I don't like caged birds, or the idea of them I should say, but my hubby rescued another parakeet from the L. A. streets and we got Pippi as a companion for her. It didn't take long for this little bundle of bird personality to win my heart. 

And now, only six years later, they are all gone....... 

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Summer/Fall 2007 ~ I meet Soldier for the first time and fall head over heels in love!

I don't remember exactly when my husband rescued Soldier, sometime in the late summer of 2007. They were both living in our Los Angeles house then because my husband still had his business and worked. I will never forget the first time I met Soldier. I drove down there to meet him and I fell in love on the spot. I sensed how needy he was and he still is.  After he moved up here in 2008, it didn't take long for him to become my 77 pound lap dog. He is 12 years old now and in this past year he was severely injured and has gone through a lot. But his previous owners named him well, like a true soldier he marches on. In addition to loving him so very much, I have come to admire his courage this past year.



August 14, 2009 ~ My blog is born as I post my first blog post.

My blog had its third birthday on August 14, 2012. Lately, I have seen people saying Happy Birthday to their blogs, so I will too. I also want to thank my friends, early supporters, and Barbee, my first blogger friend for their encouragement.

I had no idea what I was doing back then, but I slowly began to make friends, new worlds opened up for me, I learned about many new things, both from reading blogs and from doing research for my own posts. I met many cute dogs, cats, and every kind of barnyard critter. I have enjoyed gorgeous photographs from all over the world: fences in Texas, barns in Wisconsin, nature from Norway to Namibia, and flowers from Florida to Alaska; it's amazing how blogging has opened up my mind and my world. 

While I completed the A to Z Challenge of 2011, I met many authors and others who love books as much as I do. It has been interesting to read about the hard work, difficulties, frustrations, and joys involved in writing, editing, and getting a book published. I also began to write book reviews for amazon and for my blog. A new experience for me. 



Blogging has opened my eyes to nature. I have always loved nature, but I see things now that I would not have noticed before. I have become a recorder and reporter of things that happen out there in the canyon or on the road. Point and shoot photography has become a hobby of mine. I say point and shoot, because nature just sort of displays itself, I point my camera, shoot, and hope for the best. All the while enjoying myself tremendously. 

My First Post ~ August 14, 2009





Last Monday was the big day: the Wild Blue satellite arrived and was installed by two guys from Gilroy. They were pretty efficient and got everything working for me. So now that I have high-speed Internet, the time has come for me to finally start my blog. I have discussed this with Princess to see how she feels about having her own Dog Blog and she seems excited about it. You know I'll need a partner in crime and some help with all these new things.







28 comments:

  1. You've had many wonderful animals in your life!

    Happy blog birthday :-)

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  2. I enjoyed reading your historical perspective. What fun to see the pictures of your pets - and yes, sad when they go on. At least we can find comfort in the idea that we loved them and provided for them while they were with us.

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  3. What an interesting and delightful post, Inger. You have had such a full life, thank you for sharing it with your readers. Yes, this Internet 'thing' has opened such wondrous opportunities. The WWW stands for World Wide Web, but I prefer to think of it as the Whole Wide World. When we were teenagers, I never ever dreamed of such a great thing to come along, much less that it would be something in which I could participate. There has been much to learn, and its been exciting. You have done a grand job with your blog. You just needed a little nudge in the right direction. Your photos are a blessing to all of us who visit you. Thank you.

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  4. i teared up reading about your pets from the past. we never forget them. you already know Soldier is a twin to our Max that is in doggy heaven. the 3rd dog you see on my fourpaws blog today, is gone to. we have 2 just like you do. and even after all these years we still miss them. i very much enjoyed your story today, thanks for sharing. and i smiled at your first blog because yours like mine was on pic and very few words. we have both definitely evolved from the first post.

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  5. congratulations on all of your anniversaries. my heart swelled up a bit with the sweet 'pack' memories. it is hard to let them go - they always hold a place in our hearts.

    i am glad you share your world with me/us. :)

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  6. Our pets work their way into our hearts, and sometimes they're more reliable than people.

    Happy anniversary for all three reasons! I'm glad I met you duing the A to Z challenge. I like the part too where blogging opens up vistas to us we might not have known.

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  7. Happy Blog birthday! I think all of the animals we have live forever in our hearts.

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  8. I enjoyed this post a lot Inger . Wonderful fur people you have had in your life.

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  9. This is beautiful and sad, and then beautiful again. My favorite picture is Sinbad, what a handsome boy.

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  10. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY X 3!!!

    May your life continue to be full of love--both giving & receiving!

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  11. Oh dis was just wonderful takin' a trip down memory lane withs you. You sure did have some special animals in your life and I knows you'll never furgets them.
    I loves da canyon where you lives, it's so beautiful.

    Puddles

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  12. Nice memories Inger :) Beautiful animals...!

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  13. Hehehehe...my mum has a glass of wine at night. She says it be to unwind from da day. It sounds logical to me I reckon.

    Hmmmm, I don't knows of anudder Sampson. You sures wasn't havin' a nightmare?

    Puddles

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  14. Congrats on your anniversaries. So glad to have met you in this blog world!

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  15. It's amazing how blogging can open us up to new friends. Happy blog anniversary!

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  16. I love hearing about what brought you to the desert and what kept you there. Without the blog universe, we never would have known of the others lives!

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  17. This is a very special post.... remembering the ones we lost is always bitter sweet but as long as we remember them they are never truly gone.

    Happb BBirthday and thank you for sharing your world with the rest of us.

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  18. Hi Inger! Wow!! I have learned so much from reading this post. Sinbad was BEAUTIFUL!!! All of your animals were beautiful.. and I loved reading about them and how you moved to the canyon. When I get time, I would love to go back and do some more reading here. I've always loved your blog. You always have the most beautiful pictures to display and you are one of the sweetest people I know!
    Gracie does have a message for Samson: "Puddles will break your heart. She's only interested in beer and Cheetos. I promise, SamPson is only a friend.. and believe me, if I had my choice I would not be going to jail and seeing him." love, your gracie.

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  19. Samson Says: Thank you Gracie, I love you so much and I was worried when I heard about the other Samson with a P. I will go to your blog and post this there too. Puddles is cute and funny, but you are my true love.

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  20. Such wonderful animals and memories.

    I'm so glad you're part of the blogging community :)

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  21. Happy Blog Birthday, Inger! Congratulations!

    Love reading this beautiful post and to know all your lovely dogs, cats and birds. Sounds you and your husband live in a gorgeous place, surrounded by dear friends.
    I admire so much Soldier too and yes, he looks a very courageous boy.
    Hope you have a good day!

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  22. Vad trevlig läsning och fina bilder. Grattis till bloggfirandet.
    Kram från oss.

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  23. Pets steal your heart faster than people most times don't they? I'm sorry you lost the top ones and so glad you have Soldier now. I'm also glad you are blogging. Congrats.

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  24. Lovely and heartbreaking all at the same time Inger.

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  25. A wonderful post Inger, lovely and heartbreaking to read about your first dogs. Thanks for stoping at my blog and writing wonderful comments!
    Wish you all the best in the big country, from Lasse in your small "old" homecountry!

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  26. Dear Inger, I so enjoyed this post. Learning about the dogs with whom you've lived and Sinbad and the parakeet and the various beginnings--like meeting Soldier--helps me know and appreciate you even more.

    Sinbad's long gray fur reminds me so much of Eliza. She moved to Missouri with me in 2009. She was twenty years old and the move was hard for her. She died just six months later, in November. I felt a real affinity with you and Sinbad when I read that he, too, died after your move--in December. Peace.

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  27. If nothing else, a blog is an excellent method to document not only the important days, but also the everyday routines we tend to forget over time. :)

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  28. So much has happened in a few short years. Happy Blog Birthday!

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Thanks for leaving a comment.. ~~ Inger

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