Dogs


The era of the Lambert Girls, a.k.a. The Red Collar Club, turned the Sutphin Girls began 17 years ago. I was 32. Over the course of less than two years between 2001 and 2003, I adopted four dogs – one from Nassau, one from Maryland and two from Nairobi.

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The Lambert Girls were my life when Don and I reunited at our 20th high school reunion. (If they hadn’t liked Don, he would’ve been history.) They weren’t a very well-behaved pack, especially with strangers. I was pretty nervous having Don meet the girls and I’ll never forget what he did the day he met them. He walked into the backyard of my Maryland house and rolled right over onto his back. They instantly fell in love with him, just as I had.

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The Girls made the move with us to Albuquerque in April 2007, then made the move back east with us (us by that time was Don, me, the Girls, Whisky, seven donkeys and a goat) to Virginia in December 2013.

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Kassie and Whisky died a week apart in 2014/2015, the day after Christmas and the day after New Year’s. Enzi and Suni died three days apart in May 2016.

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Kike died Friday, July 6, 2018. Kike Kyote, Little Fart Squeaker (LFS), Hairy Hairy Kike (HHK), our African Queen, Deeker… our skittish girl. She eased the passing of the others for us. We’re positive that without Harper and Vivien, Kike wouldn’t have held on for so long.

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With the death of each of my girls went a bit of my youth. With the death of each of them went a family member who had weathered so much by my side. With the death of each went a child I loved unconditionally and who loved me in return.


I’m thankful every day for Harper and Vivien (The Blue Collar Club) and the journey we’re beginning with them. A life without dogs – impossible to imagine. ♥♥♥♥♥♥

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We adopted Vivien on December 5. When I saw her photo on the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA website, it was love at first sight. Her name then was Pretty Girl, and I was smitten.

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She came to Charlottesville through the Best Friends Animal Society from a shelter in Houston established for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

As is the case with many of the dogs rescued from Houston, Vivien tested positive for heart worm. She went back to the Charlottesville SPCA later in December for her last treatments.

She was still pretty sleepy when I brought her home the afternoon of December 21:

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For the past month, Viv’s been spending lots of time being a couch potato:

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And loving on Kike:

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Being a city girl from Houston, we’re pretty sure Vivien had never seen cows or donkeys, heard coyotes, and most likely, never experienced snow before coming to Morning Bray Farm.

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She’s settled in quite nicely, is learning the ins and outs of being a country girl, and is definitely finding her way into all of our hearts.

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We’re all especially looking forward to this Thursday, when her post-treatment restricted activity period ends.

Viva la Viv! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Hulls Cove, high tide:

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Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park:

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Acadia National Park:

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Jordan Pond, Acadia National Park:

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Bernard, Maine (Ellsworth, Maine is very close by):

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Hulls Cove, low tide:

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Hulls Cove, sunrise:

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49 states down, one to go.

 

 

Getting annual jabs is exhausting.

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Our new pup, Harper. We adopted her in September. ♥ ♥ ♥

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Just like that. Enzi is 15 years old today.

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She had tuna for breakfast. Shrimp for lunch. She’ll have tuna again for dinner. What Enzi wants, Enzi will get today.

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Well, it is her birthday and she is the Diva of all Divas.

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Impossible to believe that it was 15 years ago. She rescued me.

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♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

June 2002. Kassie’s fourth birthday; her first with me:

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June 2014. Kassie’s 15th birthday:

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♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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