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04/15/14 - Blaze Through the Years My Blog  Yesterday was a very sad day for our family.  We had to say goodbye to our beloved dog, Blaze.  She had bone cancer in her left front leg, and we weren't able to control the pain well enough for her to be comfortble anymore.  She was 14. Blaze came to us from the SPCA of Wake County in 2000.  She was found roaming the streets of Raleigh and was about 1 year old.  I was volunteering at the shelter then mostly fostering puppies.  Everyone loved Blaze (Aubrey was her shelter name) for her unique auburn color and calm temperament.  While the other dogs would jump on their doors and beg for visitors, Blaze would sit near the back of her kennel patiently waiting.  For a short while, she was adopted out to a family, but they brought her back.  The mom got her for her kids, but returned her saying that Blaze would only bond with her.  The foster moms took our puppies and a few older dogs to Petsmart one Saturday, and Blaze came with us.  She spent a good part of the day sitting on a captains chair looking as cute as could be.  (Does anyone have a picture of that?)  Still no interested parties.  I suggested she come home with me for the rest of the weekend to get a break from her kennel, and it was okayed.  She never went back.  Poor thing was quite timid and hand shy and definitely preferred women over men.  Of course we'll never know why she was so scared, but we hoped she would eventually come out of her shell.   For a while, I was just fostering her with the hope of getting her more comfortable so that she could go to another home, but I was in love with her and also felt that she needed a real dog family to manage her.  Soon, I adopted her.  Those who lived near us and visited us over the years can atest that she came out of her shell.  She got used to men, really enjoyed children, started to try to boss other dogs and critters around (well except when her boyfriend Jake would saunter through or my foster puppy Zoe would sneak over from her home nextdoor), and became a real friend and joy to family and friends.   She handled Kitty's arrival a couple of years ago with minimal issues, and she transitioned well when we moved last July.  As long as she was with her family and had her doggie bed, she was content.  But earlier this year, she fell one day and yelped badly.  I thought she'd sprained her leg somehow, but no bruising or swelling, and she avoided walking on it with no improvement over a week.  An x-ray at the vet showed that she had bone cancer.  Not at all what I was expecting.  So sad...  Although I've had to say goodbye to other beloved pets over the year, particularly to my Leo who died of heart cancer at 4, nothing ever really prepares you for it. Especially hard was letting the boys know that she was sick and explaining why we weren't going to let her suffer anymore.  Hard to manage my grief and their's at the same time.   I think I'll be looking for her in her spots by the fireplace hearth, near my bedroom door, and under the kitchen table for years to come...missing her.  Johnny wasn't able to read without her last night, but I hope in a few days he can find a new routine and get back to his reading.   A special thanks to Dr. Rodriguez at Fuquay Verterinary Hospital for crying along side me yesterday as we said goodbye.   Donnie took great care to prepare a place for her to rest near a dogwood tree in the front yard.  Daffodils are growing nearby, and I put a sasanqua camelia over the grave.  We'll remember her well when we look out over the front yard.     SmugMug Link  HAGD,  Maryann
4-15-14. Baby Gator. La Chua Trail, Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Gainesville, Florida. 2014.  Baby alligator, about 1 1/2 feet long.
Looked in my crystal weather ball...  Saw cold and wind and that's not all.  Saw two plus inches of snowy fall,  And icicles to top it all.    DP105-2014  Posted (late) April 15; created from photos taken the same day.    All I can say is that it was a demented groundhog that predicted a mere six more weeks of winter on Ground Hog Day.  More like ten weeks.  Yikes!    Ann Arbor, April 15, 2014  (Title:  Winter Wins Again!)
Day 105: Cherry Blossoms - April 15.  So happy to see flowers beginning to bloom this past weeken - cherry blossoms, forsythia, magnoliia trees.  Hopefully, the rain and wind and projected freezing temps tonight will not kill all of those beautiful buds waiting to burst open.
A comparison of two shots of a grackle.  In one (the left) it (he?) is spreading wing and tail feathers and plumping up breast feathers.  Its eyes (bright yellow) are still wide open.  Moments later, it is pouring forth its song.  Feathers are not quite so spread out, and the eyes are covered by the nictitating membrane, and look a dull milkly blue color.    DP104-2014  Posted (late) April 14; created ditto  The single frames, each cropped significantly from the original shot, have been uploaded to my 'Bird Encounters' gallery (http://arctangent.smugmug.com/Birds/Bird-Encounters/23238463_gZw8TP)    Gallup Park  April 12, 2014  (Title:  Focus on the Eyes.)
April 14, 2014 - Mt.Diablo views  so surprised and happy to see a deer in the photograph, didn't notice it when I clicked the shot !
04-14-2014 "Tulip"  Another flower from my yard.   there were certainly a lot of wonderful images yesterday for the alphabet challenge.  This is certainly a creative group.  I appreciate all comments and critiques and welcome them. Donna
I found some more of those strange looking bugs...this time they were on the neighbors squash!!
 5th year Pic 154 - 13-Apr-2014.   Weathervane! - Worli Koliwada, Mumbai      Worli Koliwada info   Critiques welcome!  ADDED: By oversight had placed wrong pic and realised when I read Rick's comment. Have changed the pic - the original also had a crow. Thanks Rick!
Our favorite beach place has this interesting mural of steel town life but I like that he seems to be looking at the messy tray with a scowl on his face.    Having a friend look at my PC tomorrow . Will be able to brows thereafter or contact SM. It snowed today!  16/04/2014
04-09-2014 - Barn Owl Shot at Tucson, AZ - Arizona Sonora Desert Museum          Link to Photo Without Frame      Thank You for Making this Daily Photo  the #1 Pick on 04-09-2014
13APR2014  Into The Light  My great friend passed away last night….such a short time we had together.  Unlike my brothers, he cared about me like a brother….yet he knew so little of my past…  My heart hurts from you leaving so soon my friend…..i know your in a better place….carry my prayers to my mom and dad as you walk the road into the light, guide my lenses from harm help me with my watering viewfinders, help me Rory get ambition and focus in my life, help me share my life with those who have little and are in need ……my zoom cannot go where you are, know i will see you again….always optimistic, never a frown…..as the shirt says he was from the big town.  The autopsy revealed Rory had an enlarged heart…..I could have told them that.  Busy lives tend to keep us from thinking of the time we have left here on this planet.….maybe the next life has you knowing a predetermined end date and some requirements of you while being there…..your faith set you free. Forty nine years old Rory told me his tales from his life, his struggles and strife, he painted quite a tough life….he apparently got done what was required of him here.  Waiting for the train….we have all done it, mostly as an inconvenience or as a mode of transit they impact our lives. The rush of the wind as the locomotive passes either on the platform or in the siding still caused a smile from Rory each time we went out to shoot……the long breaks between trains turned to conversation and laughter….friendship.  Rory and his wife Jenifer are both members of the Omaha Camera Club here in Omaha Nebraska, Rory shot with a Sony camera.  Linda and I met him at the train museum in Council Bluffs Iowa…..wandering aimlessly around the dead steel out front, he kept getting in my images as i moved around. I finally went up to meet him and gave him my card and the club card as well told him to send me an e-mail after looking at my train images on my site….two guys New York born in Council Bluffs Iowa.  What a way to go…..naked, dreaming... with the woman you loved laying next to you……Christ saved all your luck for the end my friend…..please sign me up for that one Rory or drop a note in the comment box for me….   Like so many days this past year…..i would end up down at the tracks with Rory. This was the evening the sun comes down on the tracks that are situated east and west here in Omaha, Rory is getting a great shot  here at Seymore.
Car Tag is Cruzing
5th year Pic 124 - 14-March-2014. Sea cadet girls  - Mumbai      During the Republic day parade on 26th January, the sea cadet girls put up a wonderful dance routine.     Best viewed in large size  Critiques welcome!   Thank you for your comments and voting this pic at #3 place
04/15/14 - Blaze Through the Years


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Yesterday was a very sad day for our family.  We had to say goodbye to our beloved dog, Blaze.  She had bone cancer in her left front leg, and we weren't able to control the pain well enough for her to be comfortble anymore.  She was 14.
Blaze came to us from the SPCA of Wake County in 2000.  She was found roaming the streets of Raleigh and was about 1 year old.  I was volunteering at the shelter then mostly fostering puppies.  Everyone loved Blaze (Aubrey was her shelter name) for her unique auburn color and calm temperament.  While the other dogs would jump on their doors and beg for visitors, Blaze would sit near the back of her kennel patiently waiting.  For a short while, she was adopted out to a family, but they brought her back.  The mom got her for her kids, but returned her saying that Blaze would only bond with her.  The foster moms took our puppies and a few older dogs to Petsmart one Saturday, and Blaze came with us.  She spent a good part of the day sitting on a captains chair looking as cute as could be.  (Does anyone have a picture of that?)  Still no interested parties.  I suggested she come home with me for the rest of the weekend to get a break from her kennel, and it was okayed.  She never went back.  Poor thing was quite timid and hand shy and definitely preferred women over men.  Of course we'll never know why she was so scared, but we hoped she would eventually come out of her shell.



For a while, I was just fostering her with the hope of getting her more comfortable so that she could go to another home, but I was in love with her and also felt that she needed a real dog family to manage her.  Soon, I adopted her.



Those who lived near us and visited us over the years can atest that she came out of her shell.  She got used to men, really enjoyed children, started to try to boss other dogs and critters around (well except when her boyfriend Jake would saunter through or my foster puppy Zoe would sneak over from her home nextdoor), and became a real friend and joy to family and friends.



She handled Kitty's arrival a couple of years ago with minimal issues, and she transitioned well when we moved last July.  As long as she was with her family and had her doggie bed, she was content.  But earlier this year, she fell one day and yelped badly.  I thought she'd sprained her leg somehow, but no bruising or swelling, and she avoided walking on it with no improvement over a week.  An x-ray at the vet showed that she had bone cancer.  Not at all what I was expecting.  So sad...



Although I've had to say goodbye to other beloved pets over the year, particularly to my Leo who died of heart cancer at 4, nothing ever really prepares you for it. Especially hard was letting the boys know that she was sick and explaining why we weren't going to let her suffer anymore.  Hard to manage my grief and their's at the same time.



I think I'll be looking for her in her spots by the fireplace hearth, near my bedroom door, and under the kitchen table for years to come...missing her.



Johnny wasn't able to read without her last night, but I hope in a few days he can find a new routine and get back to his reading.



A special thanks to Dr. Rodriguez at Fuquay Verterinary Hospital for crying along side me yesterday as we said goodbye.



Donnie took great care to prepare a place for her to rest near a dogwood tree in the front yard.  Daffodils are growing nearby, and I put a sasanqua camelia over the grave.  We'll remember her well when we look out over the front yard.







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HAGD,


Maryann

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04/15/14 - Blaze Through the Years My Blog  Yesterday was a very sad day for our family.  We had to say goodbye to our beloved dog, Blaze.  She had bone cancer in her left front leg, and we weren't able to control the pain well enough for her to be comfortble anymore.  She was 14. Blaze came to us from the SPCA of Wake County in 2000.  She was found roaming the streets of Raleigh and was about 1 year old.  I was volunteering at the shelter then mostly fostering puppies.  Everyone loved Blaze (Aubrey was her shelter name) for her unique auburn color and calm temperament.  While the other dogs would jump on their doors and beg for visitors, Blaze would sit near the back of her kennel patiently waiting.  For a short while, she was adopted out to a family, but they brought her back.  The mom got her for her kids, but returned her saying that Blaze would only bond with her.  The foster moms took our puppies and a few older dogs to Petsmart one Saturday, and Blaze came with us.  She spent a good part of the day sitting on a captains chair looking as cute as could be.  (Does anyone have a picture of that?)  Still no interested parties.  I suggested she come home with me for the rest of the weekend to get a break from her kennel, and it was okayed.  She never went back.  Poor thing was quite timid and hand shy and definitely preferred women over men.  Of course we'll never know why she was so scared, but we hoped she would eventually come out of her shell.   For a while, I was just fostering her with the hope of getting her more comfortable so that she could go to another home, but I was in love with her and also felt that she needed a real dog family to manage her.  Soon, I adopted her.  Those who lived near us and visited us over the years can atest that she came out of her shell.  She got used to men, really enjoyed children, started to try to boss other dogs and critters around (well except when her boyfriend Jake would saunter through or my foster puppy Zoe would sneak over from her home nextdoor), and became a real friend and joy to family and friends.   She handled Kitty's arrival a couple of years ago with minimal issues, and she transitioned well when we moved last July.  As long as she was with her family and had her doggie bed, she was content.  But earlier this year, she fell one day and yelped badly.  I thought she'd sprained her leg somehow, but no bruising or swelling, and she avoided walking on it with no improvement over a week.  An x-ray at the vet showed that she had bone cancer.  Not at all what I was expecting.  So sad...  Although I've had to say goodbye to other beloved pets over the year, particularly to my Leo who died of heart cancer at 4, nothing ever really prepares you for it. Especially hard was letting the boys know that she was sick and explaining why we weren't going to let her suffer anymore.  Hard to manage my grief and their's at the same time.   I think I'll be looking for her in her spots by the fireplace hearth, near my bedroom door, and under the kitchen table for years to come...missing her.  Johnny wasn't able to read without her last night, but I hope in a few days he can find a new routine and get back to his reading.   A special thanks to Dr. Rodriguez at Fuquay Verterinary Hospital for crying along side me yesterday as we said goodbye.   Donnie took great care to prepare a place for her to rest near a dogwood tree in the front yard.  Daffodils are growing nearby, and I put a sasanqua camelia over the grave.  We'll remember her well when we look out over the front yard.     SmugMug Link  HAGD,  Maryann
04/15/14 - Blaze Through the Years


My Blog



Yesterday was a very sad day for our family.  We had to say goodbye to our beloved dog, Blaze.  She had bone cancer in her left front leg, and we weren't able to control the pain well enough for her to be comfortble anymore.  She was 14.
Blaze came to us from the SPCA of Wake County in 2000.  She was found roaming the streets of Raleigh and was about 1 year old.  I was volunteering at the shelter then mostly fostering puppies.  Everyone loved Blaze (Aubrey was her shelter name) for her unique auburn color and calm temperament.  While the other dogs would jump on their doors and beg for visitors, Blaze would sit near the back of her kennel patiently waiting.  For a short while, she was adopted out to a family, but they brought her back.  The mom got her for her kids, but returned her saying that Blaze would only bond with her.  The foster moms took our puppies and a few older dogs to Petsmart one Saturday, and Blaze came with us.  She spent a good part of the day sitting on a captains chair looking as cute as could be.  (Does anyone have a picture of that?)  Still no interested parties.  I suggested she come home with me for the rest of the weekend to get a break from her kennel, and it was okayed.  She never went back.  Poor thing was quite timid and hand shy and definitely preferred women over men.  Of course we'll never know why she was so scared, but we hoped she would eventually come out of her shell.



For a while, I was just fostering her with the hope of getting her more comfortable so that she could go to another home, but I was in love with her and also felt that she needed a real dog family to manage her.  Soon, I adopted her.



Those who lived near us and visited us over the years can atest that she came out of her shell.  She got used to men, really enjoyed children, started to try to boss other dogs and critters around (well except when her boyfriend Jake would saunter through or my foster puppy Zoe would sneak over from her home nextdoor), and became a real friend and joy to family and friends.



She handled Kitty's arrival a couple of years ago with minimal issues, and she transitioned well when we moved last July.  As long as she was with her family and had her doggie bed, she was content.  But earlier this year, she fell one day and yelped badly.  I thought she'd sprained her leg somehow, but no bruising or swelling, and she avoided walking on it with no improvement over a week.  An x-ray at the vet showed that she had bone cancer.  Not at all what I was expecting.  So sad...



Although I've had to say goodbye to other beloved pets over the year, particularly to my Leo who died of heart cancer at 4, nothing ever really prepares you for it. Especially hard was letting the boys know that she was sick and explaining why we weren't going to let her suffer anymore.  Hard to manage my grief and their's at the same time.



I think I'll be looking for her in her spots by the fireplace hearth, near my bedroom door, and under the kitchen table for years to come...missing her.



Johnny wasn't able to read without her last night, but I hope in a few days he can find a new routine and get back to his reading.



A special thanks to Dr. Rodriguez at Fuquay Verterinary Hospital for crying along side me yesterday as we said goodbye.



Donnie took great care to prepare a place for her to rest near a dogwood tree in the front yard.  Daffodils are growing nearby, and I put a sasanqua camelia over the grave.  We'll remember her well when we look out over the front yard.







SmugMug Link



HAGD,


Maryann

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