I often like animals more than I like people.
Dogs are definitely more honest than two-leggeds. They can readily sniff out a good or bad person. Listen to that bark and watch that tail wag. They know the difference.
Don’t pay regular attention to them and they get standoffish. Come home from a trip and it’s all kisses. Be somewhere without them where there were dogs and they get jealous.
I consider AJ my best friend. It wasn’t always that way. I was reluctant to have her come into my life. When Joy was diagnosed with lung cancer the first thing she did was figure out what would happen to AJ if she died. It was not a conversation I wanted to have with my friend. But if she could have it, then I had to. Of course I would take AJ.
I became AJ’s regular walker that next year as Joy did all she could to prolong her life. Cancer won.
I have had custody of Audrey Jean since August 2012. It was a learning experience for both of us. I had different rules and she was used to being the queen of the house. She won. She sleeps on my bed, sometimes even under the covers. She gets a massage most every morning, if not more often. She knows by going on a bit of a hunger strike she can get canned food. She readily jumps in the Jeep, riding shotgun as we run errands. She sits behind me as I write, at times making it impossible to scoot the chair back. I don’t understand why she lays in the hard gravel; maybe it’s some kind of acupressure.
Last summer she was diagnosed with kidney disease. Special food is helping, but it’s not a condition that will go away.
Today she turns 16.
She’s slowing down. Still, we walk nearly every day. Going to the fresh water lagoon is one of her favorite destinations.
I wonder if she misses chasing the squirrels in Tahoe or hiking in the forest. I know she doesn’t miss the cold and snow, or having to wear a coat.
When I had my first visit with the vet in South Lake Tahoe, California, she said AJ could easily live to 18. I’ve asked her to stick around until I figure out my next move. There has to be a move; the house I’m living in is for sale. It will be another major life decision. She said she’d try to be here for me. What a gift. She is a present to me every day that came out of such sadness.
Happy Birthday, my fur baby and best friend.
Beautiful…. a wonderful relationship! 🎂🎂. You will find the perfect house near the beach. Your life right now, is amazing. The pictures you posted are beautiful and so relaxing. I wish wish wish I could get in the water here in Tahoe, and feel that warmth. Right now, it is raining, and cold. Very dismal but very blessed to see a beautiful view like this, every morning. You would be proud of me, I got new skis the other day at sports LTD. Blizzards.. Black Pearl. ❤️ Be well.
You are so lucky to have fur babies. Thank you for sharing.
Love this Kae! A.J. has been a joy for us when she stays here! Such a bright spirit in our lives!
Happy Birthday to beautiful A.J. It fills my heart with hope and love when I hear stories like this. One of my wishes for the two of you is that she will fulfill the prophesy of the vet who said she might live to age 18… With your love and care she very likely will do just that. Blessings to both of you.
Beautiful! Happy birthday AJ. Valentine’s Day was our Buddy’s birthday. Still miss that dog, eight years since we lost him to kidney failure. Enjoy every biscuit!
Didn’t see this until right now. How ew love having you BOTH here in Todos Santos!! Kisses and hugs to AJ – belatedly – and to you too for smoothly sliding right into the vibe here~ xo
Thank you Kae. I couldn’t write to you and AJ until now. Just too emotional. AJ brought such joy and comfort to my sister when she really needed just pure love. AJ made her laugh and was totally committed to her. I thank you for giving her a wonderful and full life. Happy Birthday to a great sweet dog. Joy lives on
What a wonderful summation of a friendship of any kind. You and AJ certainly have a special ‘meet’ story.
I’m home with the FLU, this was the perfect tonic for my blues.
What a lovely note – all of us dog lovers can relate to, altho I am sorry you have lived thru such pain. Have you left Tahoe? I always enjoyed your newspaper. Best wishes and much happiness.