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Hello to old friends and to the many who have joined this wonderful group. I fell way short on my promise to be more attentive--it's been almost a year since I last posted. Since that time, we lost our dear sweet boy, Quinn. He passed suddenly and unexpectedly right before Christmas last year; we were in Florida. I was shattered and continue to miss him terribly. He was truly my heart hound and I am quite sure I will never have that kind of bond again. While he and Gracie were never cuddly loving siblings, they did have a bond and when he passed, she lost her pep; she became older. It took some time, but she did regain her zest for life and everything in it and our sweet girl is loving life and doing very well. 

We weren't looking--we weren't ready--but as things often happen, especially for those who share their lives with dogs, and mingle with those who share their lives with dogs, we were presented with an opportunity to have a puppy from a wonderful breeder of Irish Wolfhounds. As suddenly as Quinn left us, Hazel joined us. We picked her up in April, shortly after arriving home from Florida. Hazel is without a doubt a ball of fire. She is willful and filled with energy and mischief--as only a giant puppy can be. She is also smart as a whip which will serve her/us well, but at the moment is somewhat two-fold LOL. She is currently 10 mos. old and we have her in both obedience and nose work. She learns rapidly and is doing well with both. I think Gracie enjoys having a 4-leg companion again, but I am also pretty sure she has her, "What were you thinking??!!" moments Hahaha. Just as with Quinn, Hazel needs some maturing and mellowing--for Gracie, that can't come too soon!  

I've attached a few photos of Hazel beginning at 5 mos. up until now--10 mos. I included a couple of Gracie and Hazel together, but it's hard to get those, as Gracie often focuses on maintaining a one clobber paw radius when Hazel is up and moving. 

And finally, a photo of Quinn... I like to believe this old soul hound is running free across the bridge and that one day I will be able to hold him in my arms again.

I haven't taken the time to read back through the blog posts, but I will. I hope this message finds you all happy and enjoying life. Big hugs from me and from Gracie and a loving clobber paw from Hazel.

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Comment by DonMarie & Picco on September 12, 2019 at 7:34pm

So sorry about Quinn, what a ride his short life was!  You gave him so much love & care, and so did Gracie although she probably did reluctantly! She's a good sport.  I read all your postings about Quinn and fell in love with him too!

Congrats on your new addition!  Hazel looks like Quinn without the shaggy coat :-) 

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on September 12, 2019 at 5:07pm

So very sorry to hear of your loss.  Quinn was one special dog, and you took the best of care, giving him a good life.

Best wishes on your new adventure, she's going to be one huge dog!

Comment by Lois - Izzi on September 12, 2019 at 2:59pm

I'm just delighted to read your post...  It is a joy in life to watch a puppy grow into family life...   The photo of her finding 'that' dog in the pond is my favorite...     Love your family .. 

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