Monday, 5 May 2014

Sunshine Award

My pal Finley recently gave me the Sunshine Award!  Thank you so much Finley for this honor!
My Sunshine Award from Finley!!
As with any award there are some rules, so here goes:
The Sunshine Award are given by bloggers to other bloggers that they admire.  The rules are as follows:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award. Thank you so much Finley!!
2. Name ten things about yourself that others might not know.
3. Pass the award on to ten other bloggers

Well, I already did number 1!  See  above.

Hmm, now 10 things you may not know about me.  Well mom had to think about this and as we have received this award before, there isn't much new to share about me or mom.  So mom has decided to share 10 things that you might not have known about my late fursis, Abby.  I am sure many of you knew I had a pawsome fursis that was very much a big part of mom and dad's lives for 11.5 years.  I wish I could have met her because I have some big paws to fill.

1.  Abby was a Chesapeake Bay Retriever/German  Shepherd cross.  We know her mother was a purebread Chesapeake.  Before adopting Abby, the peeps remember reading that a Chessie was considered a large and solid dog with a stubborn personality.  Yes, she was stubborn, but that made her all the more endearing.

2. Abby was born in Gatineau, Quebec and was adopted in Ottawa, Ontario at the age of 8 weeks.  She lived with the peeps for two years in the Ottawa Valley before the peeps returned west to Saskatchewan.

3. Abby walked softly but loved to carry big sticks.
Abby and her stick!  She found this one floating in the river one day.
 4.  Abby was a fearless protector of her yard and tangled with porcupines, skunks and chased any stray dog, coyote, deer, whatever off of her property.
The aftermath of one porcupine encounter.  Ouch!
5. Abby ruptured her CCL in the fall of 2010 and needed surgery to correct it.  She made an awesome recovery and within a year was able to start running and having fun once again.
Abby with her nurse (aka mom) recovering from her CCL surgery.

6. As a young pup, Abby took part in agility, and while she never really excelled at it, both her and mom had a good time.  After moving to the prairies, her favorite thing was swimming in the river behind our house and retrieving sticks out of it.
Abby enjoying being in the river.
7. The above picture became somewhat famous.  When Abby became sick mom entered this picture in two separate calendar competitions.  One competition was with The Konan Koalition.  They are a pawsome organization that started out in Saskatoon in 2011 after Konan injured both his CCL's.  He needed surgery and his owner's did a fund raiser to raise the money for his surgery.  After Konan's recovery, his owners set up The Konan Koalition to help other dogs in need.  They have now expanded their reach and have helped dogs from Manitoba to British Columbia.  The Konan Koalition raises money through the sale of clothing to help fund these medical procedures for dogs in need.  Unfortunately, sometimes they don't have enough available funds for all the dogs needing help.  The Koalition attends trade shows all over the Prairie provinces and we encourage you, if you live in the area, to purchase some of their clothing to help dogs in need.
Abby's picture in the 2013 Konan Koalition Calendar.
All proceeds from the sale of that calendar went to help set up the clothing line that now funds those owners with pets in need.
Mom modelling her Konan Koalition hoodie.  Yes, I am indeed a 78 pound lap dog!
Mom then entered that picture of Abby in a calendar competition for The Sanctuary for Senior Dogs.  A friend of mom's encouraged her to enter that picture in the competition.  Mom honestly didn't think she would have her picture picked as one for the calendar, but that is exactly what happened.  The  Sanctuary for Senior dogs is out of Cincinnati, Ohio and they do awesome with seniors dogs in the Ohio area.  We encourage all our pals, that are 7 years or older, to submit a picture to this awesome group.  Abby's picture was the only entry from Canada picked for the 2013 calendar and we were shocked, but proud that she made the calendar.
Abby in the 2013 Sanctuary for Senior Dogs calendar
8. Abby was diagnosed with Mast Cell Carcinoma in June 2012 and went to the Bridge on August 5, 2012.  The Veterinary College in our area is currently doing some awesome research into canine cancer and mom is following this closely.  Hopefully we are one day closer to finding a cure or better treatment for this dread disease.

9. Abby gave the peeps 11.5 very happy years as a faithful and trustworthy companion.  She was my dad's first ever dog and she taught him the relationship a man can have with his dog.  I am trying my best to emulate her and mom says I am doing a great job.  I have already turned into a mighty hunter just like she was the mighty huntress.  If I know there is vermin outside, I am after it.  Thank you Abby for teaching me from the Bridge how to be such an awesome dog.
Abby, she was quite the photogenic pup!
10.  Abby you left a huge pawprint on the pawrents hearts and we are sure that you were looking down and sent me the most awesome pawrents I could have.

Now we come to rule #3 and I am to pass this on to 10 other bloggers.  Well, sometimes I am not obedient and I'm not gonna do that, BOL.  We have already passed on another award to our pals, and if someone reading this would like to share 10 things about themselves on their blog, please do so.

Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me share my pawsome Angel sis with you.

Abby - January 12, 2001 to August 5, 2012
We love you, we miss you, rest easy sweet girl.


  1. I adore your photos. :) Losing our fur babies is always tough.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words.

  2. Great job sharing, Buddy.
    Angel Abby was a special girl.

    This is still me, Tux. Zoe should be in recovery right now. Bol.

    1. Tux and Zoe, I know you remember Abby. She was quite the girl and she is greatly missed.

  3. Luved readin more bout Abby. She were a special pup.

    1. Thank you Whitley! Yes, she was a special girl.

  4. That was a lovely tribute to your Angel Sisfur, Abby.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Freckles and growlmy. She is still in our hearts.

  5. Crikey Buddy .... that was awesome!! No wonder you wish you could have met Abby! She was special. You got big boots to fill like me! Our Harri was special like that too.

    1. Your Harri sounds pawsome Charlie and these special dogs live in our hearts forever.

  6. Congrats on your great award, I enjoyed reading and learning about your love Abby.

    1. Thank you for stopping by. She is loved and missed everyday.

  7. Congrats on your award! I enjoyed learning all these things about you guys! Thanks for sharing into your life. You really deserve this award!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

    1. Thanks for coming by. Abby was a very special girl.

  8. What a great tribute to Abby - she certainly was a lucky dog and you were lucky to have her too.