Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thankful Thursday: Saying A Golden Goodbye

On March 16 we all got the sad news that Sugar the Golden Retriever, of Golden Woofs fame, had passed away. She has given joy and golden smiles all over the world. Together with her mom Rosalyn's captions, her photos have inspired people from all walks of life. If you aren't familiar with Sugar's blog, you can use the links under each picture to see for yourself.

Photo Credit: Golden Woofs

She truly was "one of a kind". I am already missing her and her adventures. 

Photo Credit: Golden Woofs

Through Sugar's eyes, we all could see beautiful sights at Maui, Chicago, and SoCal. Oh, won't we miss seeing her in her purple booties!
Photo Credit: Golden Woofs

Through Sugar, we learned about new products. We got good advice about safety with pets. Sugar's lifestyle modeled good nutrition, regular exercise, and healthy living for dogs. Few Goldens are so active and live such long lives as Sugar. Most of all, Sugar was an ambassador for spending time with our pets, sharing adventures and unconditional love.

This image has been re-pinned over 2,000 times from my Pinterest board alone. Photo Credit: Golden Woofs

Thank you to Sugar's family for sharing her with us. Thank you for all the Golden Smiles, Golden Woofs, and Golden Love. I See Beautiful {This Moment} whenever I think of Sugar.

Photo Credit: Golden Woofs and Zoolatry

Thank you to Brian's Blog for hosting the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Friday, March 10, 2017

{This Moment} :See Beautiful - This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land

This land is your land, this land is my land

From California to the New York Island

From the Redwood Forest, to the Gulf stream waters

This land was made for you and me
And I went walking that ribbon of highway

And saw above me that endless skyway

I saw below me the golden valley

This land was made for you and me
I roamed and rambled and followed my footsteps

To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts

And all around me, a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me 

For helping us see beautiful for a lifetime, this post is a tribute to the park rangers, and EPA staff, and all who have protected our public lands for decades. They have my gratitude forever.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sunny Saturday

It's cold - like it should be at this time of year - with warm sun in a bright blue sky. We took Toby to Northwest River Park, wearing our hiking boots for the expected muddy spots in the trail, with a bag of treats for one of his favorite games.

The trails wind through woods and are mostly deserted on chilly days. Toby can walk off leash, which is why he loves coming to this park so much. He stands on the console between the seats as we get close, panting with anticipation as the familiar landmarks slide past. 

When we reach the river we split up in the open field. Each of us has a snack stick, and we call Toby back and forth. He runs as fast as he can and scoots to a stop on his rear right in front of one of us. Once he has his goodie he spins around and races to his other person. We call him, but he know the game so well now that we don't really need to. 

After three or four rounds he starts to get tired and is just a bit slower. His tongue starts lolling out. He's been eating so fast that his spit is frothing on his lips. We end the game while it's still fun and go to the riverbank for him to get a drink. Today I threw a few sticks in, hoping to entice him to wade deeper or even swim. No dice - he will only walk in up to belly level.

We enjoy the pretty view and bask in the warm sun at a picnic table for a few minutes. Toby sniffs around near us. Eventually we get up and hike back up the trails with a very contented dog leading the way.
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