R.I.P. Monty

On Wednesday 9/20/2017, my little buddy of almost 17 years went over the rainbow to see Dorothy and Toto.

He’s been uncomfortable for a while, half blind, mostly deaf and his hind quarters have seriously deteriorated. He will be missed.

I scrounged a bunch of older photos of him.  He was a blast.

Special thanks to Mikes Mobile Vet for coming out and taking care of him and Matthew (who’s 9) who dug his grave so I wouldn’t have too.

River: Rest In Peace

Yesterday, April 16th, 2013 we laid our Missouri Fox Trotter to rest.  “Red” River was an awesome horse.  Originally purchased to be a pasture pall for Cisco.  He was gentle and smart and fun to ride, except for that one day he decided he didn’t want to be ridden. 


Like Cisco he ended up with eye issues, unlike Cisco they couldn’t be overcome.   In the end they were painful enough that his quality of life was beginning to suffer so we had to make the decision to let him go.

River, you will be missed.

Emma Update

So our little pup that we got back in August:











Is getting all grown up.


She’s now well over 60lbs, in only 3 1/2 months.   We recently had her spayed by Mike’s Mobile Vet.


Which I highly recommend.  Yeah he costs a little more, but it’s worth it.  You don’t have to drag your dog to the vet, or bring them home so it saves time.   I will warn you though that when you take your dog to the vet for surgery, they usually keep them for half a day or maybe overnight.  What you don’t get to see is them coming out of the anesthesia.  It’s not a pretty sight, but at least it happened at our house.   Even with that experience which was new to us, I’d still do it again.


OK, so Claudine has been Jonesing for another Golden Retriever since we had to put Comet down.  He was a great dog.

Then all I heard about was, never again, never will we get a dog that:

a) Sheds and clogs up the vacuum cleaner
b) Is big enough to clear the coffee table with one swift wag of the tail
c) Makes us buy food by the 50lb bag

But enough time has passed that she forgot all that stuff.

On our way home from my rained out NASCAR Experience, she happened to glance on craigslist and there she was.   11 week old female golden.

We picked her up that evening.   She’s HUGE, and she’s gonna be HUGE, Comet-like we hope.

We’ve had her a week now and for the most part she hasn’t eaten anything she’s not supposed to and the accidents have been minimal.

Meet, Emma:





She’s a doll.

Just a Photo Update.

A few shots of Matthew from this weekend.

From More Matthew_1

I had forgotten how much Monty loves the pool.

From Monty in the Pool

As long as the kids are in the pool that’s where he wants to be.   I’ll walk around the outside edge and hop on to a body board and float around.  When we had more than one he’d hop back and forth between them.   He’s playing life guard and will start barking if anyone goes under…