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Photos: Saying Goodbye to Lily

April 20, 2018 |  by  |  Photos  |  No Comments

Saying goodbye is painful, especially when you know it’s the end. We said goodbye to our best friend with four adorable paws on Sunday night. It was not easy to say goodbye and it still hurts deeply. Lily, or Lily-cat as I often called her, had an exceptional life; and with having her in our lives came some of my most cherished memories. She loved to play, eat ice cream, and go for car rides. More than that, though, she loved people and she loved life. Lily taught me to live in the moment, to find happiness in the little things, and to slow down. She was a close talker and would come right up to your face and sniff you, not touch you, just be right there with you. I loved it.

Here are a few of our favourite memories of our dearest Lily.

Lily was born in Michigan in January of 2009 – she flew to us in Dallas and when we picked her up at the airport her crate was zip-tied closed. I panicked. How are we going to get her out? After about 3.2 minutes she was out of her crate and on the grass playing with us. In the car we had her in the back seat. Think she could stay up? Nope. She fell all over the place, paws in the air and all. This experience, I believe, is why she was such a good traveller.

Here’s Lily playing tug as a sweet pup.

Family walks – she grew quickly for being only 6 months old here.

Canmore hikes with Bella and us. Funny story – both of the girls, as we used to call them (then ladies when they got a tad older) were doing so well walking off leash and staying close. On this hike we were about 3 minutes in and Bryce and I thought, heck, maybe – just maybe we could let them off leash. Then, 4 steps later, 6 deer came dashing out of nowhere and Bella pulled and Lily jumped. They both were just ready to run. Me, I laughed and laughed. No way I wanted to lose either of them in the woods while they tried to chase deer – so it was leashes all the way.

See – this is what happens when they’re off leash.

We live in the country on a few acres and we often get wildlife. Well, this coyote lost. Lily won. She was much more of a lover than a fighter, yet don’t be fooled, she could fight.

Treats! Lily was so particular about her treats. Salt and vinegar chips – check. Sweet potato bites – check, check. Popcorn with butter and salt, the real good homemade stove top kind – check, check, check! Bryce found out just last year that Lily loved popcorn. I often eat it for dinner when he’s on nights and he was so shocked when I had a bowl and Lily jumped up on the couch right beside me and just sat there waiting for a few kernels.

Below, this is her and Bella (who you can see is eyeing up Lily’s treat, trying to strategize how to get both) eating cool summer treats on the deck.

There’s that tongue again – she thinks the snow is a treat! Lily must have eaten her weight in snow every year.

If you loved something then it was only a matter of time before Lily loved that same thing. It’s nap time.

Oh, all the stuffies! I told you if you love something she’d love it too.

After Bella passed away I asked Bryce if I could get Lily the biggest pink horse I could find. He happily said yes. About 4 days later I asked him for some help – can you grab the stuff from the truck, passenger side. Well, Sophia the pink unicorn was buckled (yes, a seatbelt) in and ready to meet her friend, Lily.

Sophia is huge, as you can tell, and far too big to fit in our washer so she stinks like goodness. Lily liked to play tug with all of these stuffies and sometimes they’d rip – one day I had to preform ‘surgery’ on about 9 of them. From lacerations to head contusions and from stitches to abrasions my little sewing ER got busy, yet I never minded. Anything for Lily-cat.

Speaking of anything for Lily-cat, this huge memory foam bed, which is actually our twin bed from our Boler trailer, was brought upstairs in January 2017 and Lily loved it so much that it stayed for the rest of her life in the middle of the living room.

Car rides with Lily were the best. From Yellowknife to Kelowna and even all the way to Sault Ste. Marie, this girl was a road trip champion.

Hey, that’s us in Yellowknife! All dressed up and staying warm.

Coats, windows, truck ceilings, baseboards, appliances, the tv, plants and somehow even our faces were often covered in Lily slobber. She learned to shake from Bella and boy oh boy did she ever send her slobber flying.

The best was when she would run with this sort of drool – she never really ran straight and her slobber would end up all over her. Then she’d stare at you, like ‘what?’.

Lily I love you – you and the spot between your eyes which fit my nose just perfectly. Head hugs were the best.

Remember how I said that Lily loved ice cream? Well, this is a rather dignified photo.

This one, not so much. She’s making a mess – ice cream and slobber down the side of the cone and she often got it all over me. Who cares, it was my favourite thing to do with Lily. Absolutely my favourite.

Bryce in his housecoat taking miss Lily for a ride down the block to see her Leonberger friends. She would bark and bark while all three of them would run the fence line as if they were chasing the white truck away. She loved it. Flat out her favourite thing I’m sure.

Lily on the deck – she loved to be outside. This was taken on her 9th birthday – yes, in January she even wanted to just lounge outside. Not without a blanket, though.

This is the last photo I took of our sweet girl on our camera. I was in the kitchen cooking away on Saturday and she propped herself up like a boss and just stared at me. Lily loved to live in the moment and taking photos of her wasn’t the easiest thing; it was better to just put the phone down and play tug or give her a bum rub.

Lily-cat I miss you. You were my best friend and Bryce’s too. You taught us to live here and live now – you never held us back and joined us on so many wonderful adventures. You will be forever loved. We were given over 9 years with this head-rub loving pup and she made our hearts richer. She enjoyed ice cream for dinner on Sunday and we took a ride around the block so she could say goodbye to all her friends. She barked away and as always, enjoyed the ride.

I love you ya-ya-ya. I love you ya-ya-ya. I love you ya-ya-ya – oh, yes I do, oh yes I do. I love you Lily-cat, I love you so much hunny-bun. Sweet dreams.

Photos: Lily’s 9th Birthday

January 20, 2018 |  by  |  Photos  |  No Comments

Lily's 9th Birthday:

It’s Lily’s 9th Birthday! Well, it was on January 18, 2018. She’s a Great Dane who is full of spunk and excited to turn 9. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already seen these, yet they’re too good not to share here, too. Let’s check out the past year for Lily!

I remember back in June, when we were in Glacier National Park in Montana with Lily, a lady came up to us and just started hugging Lily. Her Great Dane was at home and too unwell to travel. I asked how old she was – 9 said the lady. Later on when Bryce and I were by the fire I got excited – do you think Lily could live to be 9??!!? Neither of us thought it would be possible, yet here she is, a 9 year old happy Great Dane. Who, I should mention, travelled to BC this past weekend.

She is flat out one of the greatest dogs (Bella was awesome, too). The neatest part about Lily is how much she loves being the centre of attention. We didn’t ever really know this until she became our only dog, yet she likes the spotlight. Here are 9 photos of Lily over the past year – it was a great one.

The Past Year

The photos above was taken on Thursday morning, the day this pup turned nine and in true Great Dane fashion, she’s stretching and being bashful.

Below, Lily and all her stuffies. She is ridiculously spoiled.

Lily's 9th Birthday:

Rice on her nose – what? I have rice on my nose? She didn’t eat one day in July so we gave her some rice – hoping it would entice her to eat. Well, it did and after looking at us the next meal, like ‘ah, where’s my rice?’ we’ve been giving it to her ever since.

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A fall walk around the property. She loves living in the country.

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Slobber on her face? I told you she likes to play!

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Glacier National Park travelling on the Going-to-the-Sun-Road. Lily loves car rides!

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On the deck, protecting the property. This is how she spends her days when we are home and it’s even slightly warm out. She loves nature.

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Lily in the City of Yellowknife Visitor Centre smelling a polar bear. This pup braved the cold and had an adventure of a lifetime.

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That’s us almost a year ago in Yellowknife. Staying warm in the Arctic winter.

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Overall, the past year with Lily has been so much fun. We hit up Dairy Queen yesterday to celebrate this one of a kind pup! Thanks to all of you who love her and love all dogs – dogs are the best, aren’t they?!

Lily’s 9th Birthday

Lily loves ice cream! And will casually stare down the drive thru attendant while waiting.

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Feeding her a cone is so much fun – pure awesomeness. Happy Birthday sweet pup – congrats on being 9!

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Thanks so much for visiting and celebrating with us!

Project: Guest Room

December 16, 2017 |  by  |  Photos, Projects  |  No Comments

Guest Room:

Our other guest room – it’s all done, bright and ready for guests. Last week I shared our DIY headboard project with you and promised some updated photos of our guest room. Well, here they are! You can tell from the photos of the headboard project that the room was a dark grey. With the new mirror barn door (another post to come soon) and the white walls, the room is much brighter, more welcoming, and overall, mega awesome. Let’s check it out!

Guest Room

First the whole room. Notice the headboard?

Guest Room:

Look at that large mirror! We took our old barn door and turned it into a huge mirror barn door. Makes the room look and feel huge.

Guest Room:

Our happy spider plant making itself right at home.

Guest Room:

Floating bedside tables.

Guest Room:

The bed, up close and personal.

Guest Room:

Guest Room:

A guest room is never complete until it’s filled with photos of those you love. We have so many windows in our house that the guest rooms are some of the best spots for photos. The bonus part, those we love are shared with others who love to visit – it’s like a little win-win.

Guest Room:

One of my favourite decor pieces. That auction was awesome.

Guest Room:

I can’t get over how great that mirror is – so cool. Post to come soon on how we made it.

Guest Room:

Guest Room:

Thanks so much for visiting and if you’re ever in rural Northern Alberta, you can visit in real life, too!

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