Wednesday, December 31, 2008

GOODBYE 2008 - REFLECTIONS

Hey Hounders, It's me, Abby (Dabby-Doo). Well today is the last day of 2008; the new Year's Eve. We don't plan on going out to any parties or drinking and driving; it's safer just to stay at home and have a quiet celebration. Mom and dad said that today we should reflect on what occurred that affected our lives. We figure that a lot of important stuff went on in the world and in the country that affects everyone but it's above our level of concern. Please pardon me if I'm long winded, but I'm just a little Yellow labrador Retriever and it was a very big year, so here goes. We're gonna limit ourselves to our immediate family members so our tiny pea brains don't explode from overload. 2007 ended on a somber note because our brother Chance lost his battle with cancer. He was a brave fighter right to the end. When we started our blog, dad wrote the first posting and dedicated it to his BFF, Chance. (http://bumpasshounds.blogspot.com/2008_03_16_archive.html) Mom and dad, as well as the rest of us, made it through the holidays and into the New Year of 2008. Then just a few weeks into January we were suddenly hit with another unexpected tragedy when our our senior pack member, Gordon, got sick and died of a cancerous tumor within 3 days. So that is the unanimous choice of all us to be the low point of the year. We all loved Gordon and he was the best ever. We are thankful that he was not sick for a long time and didn't suffer. Mom and Dad think that Gordon was 15 years old or older even. Sometimes it was hard to realize that he was blind he got around so well. We all still miss him and think of him often. Well, we started blogging in March and that was a high point since we've gotten to correspond with sooooo many other dog bloggers. We have a lot of friends but Huffle, Mogley, Gus, Steve, Kat and Wilbur are our closest buds that we hear from the most. And it isn't even important that they are not all Golden Retrievers. Well Mogley is, but Gus is a wiry looking terrorist or something and Huffle isn't even a dog, she's a cat (Boru thinks she's beautiful) as is Wilbur. Steve and Kat must be big because they're called Huskys. Our total Dogs With Blogs experience has been a lot of fun all year. We entered the PawLympics and actually won an event. We got to try to help all of the homeless dogs at Almost Heaven Golden Retriever Rescue and Sanctuary. It's always a high point to help Ms. Carol and Mr. Skip with the great work that they do. We all got to visit with Doc Witter and his staff at the Confederate Ridge Animal Hospital not that we consider that a high point by any means but we really appreciate what Doctors Witter, Collins and Newman do to keep us as healthy as possible considering how hard we try, inadvertently, to kill ourselves. It was a good year and then in October Dad was requested to do a transport of a Golden from Charlottesville up to AHGRR. The dogs dad had to give her up for adoption because her mom is very, very sick like Chance and Gordon were. Mom and dad wanted to give the dog's dad the opportunity to get her back if he wants so they agreed to foster the dog and that's probably the high point of the year, when Ms. Sophie came to live with us as a Bumpass Hound. http://bumpasshounds.blogspot.com/2008/12/meet-new-girl-in-pack-sophie.html
So the low point of our lives this year was losing an old family member and friend and the high point was gaining a new family member and friend. We all have each other, all twelve of us, oh yeah, and mom and dad too as well as the rest of our peoples family. We can tell by the evening paper that 2009 will be a challenging year but we hope to make the best of it and hope y'all do to. From all of us here at The Bumpass Hounds home -- HAPPY NEW YEAR.
- Abby

SOPHIE

2 comments:

Tracey and Huffle said...

It's been a big year hasn't it? I'm so glad to have met you all! I hope 2009 starts AND ends on high notes.

Huffle Mawson, winking at Boru

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

We're glad to have met you too! We hope 2009 is only full of happy memories for you.

Steve, Kat, and Wilbur

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