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      The Magic of Cooler Weather (and a note of sadness)

      DH lets Kimber sit in the front yard by herself sometimes. She sits right in front of the picture window of his office, so she can see him and he can see her, and since his office is right near the door, he can quickly go help her when she wants to come back in. (She needs to be boosted up the front porch steps.) These days, walking is so hard for her, she never goes more than 10 feet from that spot.

      Yesterday, the temps were in the 50s, with a nice, brisk wind: perfect labrador weather. Kimber wanted no part of being inside. When DH looked out the window and didn't see her, he trotted outside- and discovered she was halfway to our neighbors' house! We live in a rural area, everyone owns multiple acres. She was sniffing her way through the tall grass that separates our two lots- it's a good 100 feet from our house. She was in zero danger- it's nowhere near a road- but of course she needs to stay where he can see her. He coaxed her back to our front yard. A little while later, she was gone again! And this time, she had made it all the way to the neighbors! They watch her when we're gone, so this is very familiar territory for her- but it's farther than she walks almost ever!

      DH called her and she was deaf (insert eyeroll). He had to physically go up to her and grab her collar to come home. Silly Kimber! When she got home, she took a long nap. It's exhausting being Dora the Explorer!

      We can't be mad at her for wandering a bit; her world has gotten so small, and it's lovely that she *wants* to explore. Each day is a gift.

      On a sadder note, a 9 year old labrador owned by a colleague had to be PTS this week. He suddenly lost all mobility, in the space of less than a week. The vets think it was an aggressive brain cancer. His owners are devastated. Kimber and this lab used to play in their youth; it's heartbreaking to see her old buddies cross the bridge. Run free, sweet Scout. May you find lots of squirrels to chase.
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      Good to hear Kimber is wanting to explore, just watch her closely, HEAR that Kimber.

      So sad to hear about Scout-hate that horrible cancer. Run free sweet Scout and chase those squirrels.
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      Sounds like Kimber has set her own schedule for long strolls in the neighborhood. Bless her heart she got so far.

      So sorry to hear about Scout. Please extend our condolences.
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      Oh Kimber, to travel the paths you've trodden for so long, following your nose. Such a wonderful day trip in the cooler weather. So, will your husband watch and allow her to travel the familiar route or insist she stay closer to home so he can get some work done? Gotta love that selective deafness but hooray for her big heart.

      I'm sorry to hear about Scout. A neighbor's 11 year old standard poodle had to be put to sleep yesterday. He hadn't been thriving, they thought he had pancreatic insufficiency. He developed bloat and on x-ray they found widespread cancer, too, making surgery for the bloat not a loving option. They, too, are devastated by their loss. Last time I saw him he trotted up to me in a very jaunty fashion despite being just skin and bones. He had more obedience/rally/utility titles and ribbons than I've ever seen in my life. It's hard to see our friends' well-loved pets grow old.

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      It's good your DH is so attentive. Sometimes when they get older they get the same cognitive dysfunctions we can, and they can get lost or hurt so easily.

      My condolences on your doggy friend Scout. For Scout's sake I hope it was as quick as it seemed.
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      Kimber and Gracie are probably at the same level of mobility and this cooler weather has rejuvenated them some what which I'm happy to see even if it's only for a little while.

      Our condolences on your friends labby Scout.
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      Enjoy every minute Miss Kimber!

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      Good for Kimber!! And very sorry about your friend’s dog ... 9 is very young :-(
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      So sorry to hear about Scout

      But glad Kimber has got some of her energy back. Way to go Kimber!

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      This weather HAS been magic. Glad it has helped Kimber

      Sorry to hear about Scout, that's so sad

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