I don't have as many photos as I'd like, particularly of the years before I got my first digital camera. Don't have any of her in her obedience training or agility either, in part because I had to sneak in to watch so she didn't know I was in there! But I was happy, combing through years of photos, that I made it a point to take some whenever I visited my parents in California, and that I have two movies as well. So wish I'd had my current camera when she was a puppy!
There is no denying that she had a wonderful life and a lot of love, and came a long way from the puppy who threw up on car rides and was scared of the water (and all other dogs). In her later years she scared a few years of life out of a few unfortunate USPS/UPS workers, that's for certain! She liked cats but didn't seem to learn that skunks were a bit different.
I'll never forget the time she got loose while I was housesitting for my parents, went off for a refreshing swim in a nearby pond, and then put herself into her kennel afterward!
October 2005, St Croix River
March 2006, at the dog park
June 2006, when she went on vacation with my mom and me to the North Shore
And she had a blast
Here in Flour Lake near the Gunflint Trail and Boundary Waters
September 2006, right before the move to California
August 2010, swimming is even more fun in hot California!
December 2013, I fully expected I would not get to see her again...
But I was wrong! June 2014 was our last meeting, this side of the veil.