Thursday, April 7, 2016



What a magnificent boy he was! This is Coal, a 6 year old Newfoundland that belonged to my friend, Carol. The shots above were taken just a few months before he passed. Coal was diagnosed with Lyme's disease, but it was too late to save him.

I miss him. Coal was a sweet dog, great disposition. Kind of like having a cop at the dog park, because he would trot over if Jake was getting ready to rumble with another dog. One look at Coal, and Jake would make a wide circle to return to my side. I loved it. Gracie and Coal were fine together. She also respected the big guy's presence.

Today is Throwback Thursday, so throwing back to remember a wonderful dog. But also a "heads up" if you are a dog owner. The ticks are already out, so please protect your pet. My two wear Seresto collars, that kill fleas and ticks. But I also added an annual Lyme's disease vaccination to the mix right after Coal died. There were a bunch of us from the park that did this. The disease is transmitted to our dogs from a tick bite.

One more thing: is your baby acting off? Kind of tired, not eating like they used to, runny eyes? Anything out of the ordinary that lasts longer than a few days, and please take them to the vet. It could be nothing, or you could be saving a life. Yes, it costs money. But if you are a responsible pet owner, you realize this is part of the package.

Gracie and Jake are my life. They are well fed, cared for, and spoiled rotten. But that's me.

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