Sunday, July 3, 2011

Life Goes On

A very quiet holiday weekend for us.  All we've done is spend time at  home with the dogs.  Rudi had been doing really well--Her appetite was good, and she felt well enough to go on walks with us.  But yesterday her abdomen again started to feel bloated, and the paleness of her gums returned.  With that brought a loss of most of her appetite and energy.  We'll take each day as it comes, enjoy them and let her decide the pace she wants to take.

On the flip-side we are of course enjoying the energy that only a puppy has!  Todd had his first vet appointment Friday, and our little growing boy weighed over 10 pounds!  There are also very brief moments when Charlie doesn't seem to mind Todd--Progress!!
Around us the fruit and vegetable stands are opening up for the season.    
And just as I decided that I liked the overgrown field next to us, it was cut for hay.  
Life, like Todd keeps moving on in our little corner of northern Virginia.  
I hope you're having a good weekend!


  1. For a girl that, at one stage, wasn't going to make it through the night, Rudi has enjoyed a few precious extra weeks. Going for gentle walks? Brilliant. She wouldn't do that if she didn't want to. Sweet girl.

    The photos of Todd are SO CUTE! That last one with his little paw, gorgeous!


  2. Love that little paw "print" in the last photo. It pretty much summed up the theme of your post. Life goes on. :)

  3. My heart sure goes out to beautiful Rudi and all of you. Todd has got so much personality wrapped up in his sweet little face!

  4. Hoping Rudi comes around again! She's still so young.

    That puppy is going to stop any dull moments from happening at your house for a while! He IS so cute!

    Enjoy your long weekend!!!

  5. Life's juxtaposition is very evident at Golden Pines......the way it should be.
    Todd, you are 'killing me' with your cuteness!!!!
    Happy 4th Kim!

  6. oh, sweet little rudi...

    and that paw of todd's and his face... priceless! i'm glad you have that joy added in to your household.

  7. Wish Rudie our best and we hope that she enjoys as many Golden Moments as she can. As to Todd, Tails UP, which means "Happy" in dog speak!

    Mogley G. Retriever

  8. I just bumped into your blog and I am looking forward to "watching" more golden adventures.
    Todd is super adorable!!!!!!!
    have a happy weekend

  9. I bet Todd is helping Rudi in ways we don't understand. Just that sprig of life must lift the heart of the old.

    Still sending comfort and love wishes for Rudi.


  10. Hugs and prayers for Rudi and all of you. How is it that Todd gets cuter every time I see him?

  11. Another Day of Grace for Rudi...

    Oh Todd, if I could get my hands on you.... :)

  12. Ohhh poor Rudi.....give him a big hug from me cute your sweet puppy.....lovely

  13. So glad you are getting a few extra special weeks in with Rudi-the puppy is gorgeous ! sigh ! xx

  14. Todd looks like a stuffed toy! How cute. Here's hoping Rudi remains comfortable. Your attitude is so good...enjoy every day.

  15. Pale gums . I wonder just how many homes have monitoring that as part of their daily routine ?

  16. What a blessing these extra weeks with Rudi have been. Time to soak up all the memories you can of her sweet self.

    Todd is just adorable. That picture of him in the chair is downright frameable.

  17. Kim, you are such a talented photographer. I love the composition of your pictures so much. The first one of Rudi shows so much emotion. The first one of Todd shows so much personality. The last one of Todd - I am loving the pad of his foot as he prances off!! Your pictures speak!
    *Boondocks' mom*

    We continue to pray for Rudi. Todd stop by our place and get some ideas for how to prank your paw-rents!! Mwah ha ha!! We'll show you how to have some real fun!

    Boondocks and The Love Shack Pack

  18. Glad to hear that Charlie is starting to soften toward Todd. I predict a friendship in their future.

    Give Rudi our love and have a safe and quiet weekend.

  19. I was just thinking the same thing about how wonderful all of your photographs are. Ditto to Boondocks post.
    Isn't it wonderful to know that you made the right decision about Rudi's life. Prayers for another rally and more days of grace.

  20. OH Todd is such a dah-ling! It was nice to know that Rudi was getting better. But then she started feeling all sickie again. Sigh. That poor old girl.

  21. Happy 4th to you and yours. Todd makes me smile, especially with all the health issues going on with Rudi. Hugs today to you.

  22. I sure hope Rudi picks up a bit... If only Todd was contagous, he'd have her up and going in a minute. I have to coment on the last photo of Todd... Perked up ears and tail, round little belly, and that paw, that little paw is saying catch me if you can. Too cute.

  23. So sorry to hear about Rudi!!
    It is one thing after another with your pack.
    Todd is just so cute and I'll bet he gets you up early in the AM and wants to go go go!!
    Have a good one. My feet have been up now for 3 days and their are feeling pretty good!!! Thank you.
    xx, Fern

  24. Todd has got to be one of the cutest pupsters around, what a face!! Sorry Rudi is struggling a bit, hope she has a restful weekend. Lovely to see the photo's of around and about you, have a great week and look forward to hearing more of Todds Tales! Dex & Lou xxx

  25. Oh Todd, you are a sweetheart!! Hi Kim. I'm glad you're enjoying your long weekend. Rudi looks good... glad she had some feel good time. I used to live directly above a field of hay and when it was cut, we'd get field mice in our house. Yikes... I love the country living though and wish I had it back, mice and all.

  26. Kim,
    Enjoy your holiday tomorrow.
    Todd is so cute and that behind pictures is priceless. I love his little feet.
    He certainly looks like he has lots of energy.

  27. I LOVE the last pic with Todd's little paw pads!

  28. Todd - you melt our hearts!!! And Rudi - sorries you are not feelin' so good - we are thinking of you and your pawrents so much and crossing paws and legs that you can rest comfortably this weekend.
    Sending you tons of love and kisses,
    Sammie, Avalon, Oz and Mom

  29. I'm sure Todd is bringing a breath of life and joy to all of you, Rudi included. I am so glad you have been able to have her with you for longer than you expected.

  30. Rudi is something! And so is Todd. I have great appreciation for the sensitivity you show to each of your pups.

  31. What beautiful photos Kim!
    We are sending all our positive thoughts for Rudi, to live her days in peace. One day at a time.

    Little Todd, has a big personality, and he is too cute for words. That little paw photo,, well, I would love to kiss his little face

  32. That shot of Todd on the chair is adorable! It's got to be hard when Rudi has no appetite......

  33. my zekey would fill with fluid toward the end and they would drain the abdomen. i thought it was painful for him, but the vet said they do fine, and it really makes them so much more comfortable. finally, the fluid was more blood and it was at the end. i pray for rudi to somehow overcome this... knowing full well the course of life. as you said... the comings and goings and the movement forward of life itself.
    my love to every single one of you at golden pines...
    and that puppy is the right medicine for us all!!!
    happy 4th!

  34. We are sending good vibes for Rudi!

    We hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!


  35. I can see that Todd is going to be an Adventure Dog! He is super cute which is good because I bet he is full of mischief and cute goes along way in helping little dogs get out of trouble!

  36. That Todd is too damned CUTE! He is starting to grow into those ears.... His energy bounces out of the photos. Katie

  37. Oh my goodness, is Todd a CUTIEEEE! Mommy wants to hold him and carry him around... just because he's so small! ;)

    Sending lotsa puppy prayers for Rudi!

    Big woofs & hugs for a happy and safe 4th of July!

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  38. Woof! Woof! Happy 4th! Hope you guys are relaxing today. Good to hear a Rudi update. Does Todd's ears always up? Golden LOVE to the all the Golden Pines gang. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  39. EEK, I think I just refreshed the page without sending my comment first. Boooo..

    I wanted to send some puppy prayers to Rudi, and wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July!

    Woofs & hugs,

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  40. Hi everyone. Thanks for stopping by our blog. We always love meeting new friends....and especially keeping up with a Rocky Creek pup.

    Our human was raised in Annandale and is related to Loudoun she many cousins. Our Auntie lived in Lovettsville for years; but has now moved into Leesburg..the old section. So SHE's enjoying the pictures of the VA countryside.

    We look forward to little Todd's adventures with all the Goldens!

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  41. Happy 4th Kim and squeeze Todd for me....oooo soooo cute!

  42. he's a sweetie
    I would love it if u lived closer
    I would love u could come to our open day

  43. I just love the pictures of little Todd! What a precious bundle...
    I keep Rudi in my prayers and my heart.
    Tina xo


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