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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me.

Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap!

Happy, health, sound
Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase.

Continue lessons with Beth and Babette
This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the Morgan Dressage Association scholarship, I was also able to attend two clini…

RIP to the best dog in the world

Lucy
2004 - 2014

Lucy was a wonderful pet and the most loyal dog I have ever owned. She came to me almost seven years to the day she died from Arkansas as a stray who only wanted a family of her own. She was my little sidekick and I often joked that given the chance she would climb inside me so I could birth her (hahaha - sorry if that is offensive, but it is true!). 

The morning of February 13, 2014 she woke up very ataxic, disoriented, anxious, and was running into the walls and furniture. The vet thinks she had a seizure or stroke overnight and it made her completely blind in a very short amount of time. It was heartbreaking to see her so anxious and literally unable to see me, which completely freaked her out. There was no way I could allow her to live in such a diminished state. Some dogs may have adjusted, but Lucy's temperament and separation anxiety from me would not have allowed her to have any quality of life. 

I know my dog like a best friend and I knew the kindest and most loving thing would be to put her down. I have never cried so hard in my life, but I was with her to the very end. She went peacefully and is now chasing chickens and cats and eating horse manure in doggy heaven. 

My mother offered to come along with me so I would not have to say goodbye to my girl alone. And the best small animal vet, Dr. Beever, is honestly the most compassionate vet I could ask for. I don't know when I will be ready for another dog, but someday I am sure I will; however, those dogs will never live up to my little black mutt.

Rest easy, sweet girl.

We are closing in on two years since she died.  It still isn't any easier.



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