It's been ages since I updated and plenty has gone on in our wacky lives. Many changes, some good, some bad and I am finally ready to sit down and write a long blog post about it (with lots of pictures, be warned.). But let's begin this update with the most recent and happy! Ashton's 3rd Birthday party!
Ashton is wondering when he can eat his dinner so he can get to the presents!!
- On November 17th, Ashton turned three. He celebrated by a very special treat of canned food in his red "You Are Special Today" bowl. Next he opened his birthday presents which included a Happy Birthday monkey plush toy, Angry Birds plush toy, huge bag of Charlee Bear treats and a bag of Starmark Every Flavor treats.
How long do I have to wear this silly hat? Plus, I was told there was going to be cake!
When we finished up the gifts he moved on to his Birthday "cake" which was a consumed in one bite. Needless to say, he really enjoyed his birthday.
"That was fun, tomorrow is my birthday too right?!?!!"
In memoriam: Earlier this spring our 16 year old Siamese cat Ana Ng went over the Rainbow Bridge. She passed in our home which she ruled with an iron claw. If you think of the two Siamese cats, Si and Am, in the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp, well, let's just say Ana made it look like they sugar coated how Siamese cats behave. Once we left her at our apartment alone for two days, she destroyed an entire couch! Not just torn up, but pooped/peed on too! Beyond help it went to couch heaven. She was all that and some. I'm pretty sure she allowed us to live with her because she viewed us as useful domestic pets. But we loved her anyway.
Ana Ng April 5, 1995 ~ April 17, 2011
Right before Halloween we had to make the hard decision to help our 14 1/2 year old mix breed dog Brynner over the Bridge. He had been struggling for quite some time but got to the point where he could no longer stand on his own or stay standing. We knew it was time. The day before we took him in we gave him a free day to do whatever he wanted. Eating tons of treats and a special steak cooked just for him he seemed happier than we had seen him in a long time. The day of he got a king sized Hershey's chocolate bar which he loved. With his head resting on his favorite stuffed fish he crossed over the Bridge peacefully.
Brynner March 5, 1997 ~ October 28, 2011
Rest in Peace Ana and Brynner. We will always love and remember you both. <3
In addendum: Working at a vet clinic guarantees that you will be without a pet for a limit time. One day our Fed Ex drive came in with a kitten he had found. It's left front leg was mangled (possibly fan belt) and very infected. The docs amputated his leg and he was ready to go to a forever home. You guessed it, it's our home.
I brought home this tiny kitten and realized why he lost his leg, he has NO fear at all. He just bounded around the house like he had always been here. He bonded very quickly with Ashton and now the two are BFF. We are pretty sure he thinks he is a corgi. He will sleep in Ashton's crate, FRAP around the house together, wrestle, go walkies in the backyard with Ashton and even play tug with the dog toys. For fans of the anime Cowboy Bebop you'll appreciate his name. Since the kitten took an instant liking to Ashton and part of Ashton's name is Ein, logically it only makes sense to name a kitten missing it's left front leg this name! Yup, it's Jet Black!
Ashton "Ein" and Jet along with a picture of their name sakes from the anime Cowboy Bebop.
We are also expecting a new corgi!! We knew when Ashton's breeder had another litter we would get a little sister for him. The last litter she bred was Ashton's 3 years ago and we are finally moments away from the next litter. The litter is due any time now so needless to say we are excited, nervous, happy... such a jumble of feelings. Hopefully there will be a little girl in there for us, if not, I am sure Ashton will be great with a little brother. So we are looking at the first part of January to bring our new baby home. This is worse than waiting for Christmas!!
Brag: Ashton's performance year ended with him earning his AKC Rally Excellent title, Coursing Ability title and Novice Agility title. Corgis truly can do it all! :D
Through the tears of loosing beloved pets to the excitement of future ones, this year has been filled with ups and downs. All the great times out weigh the bad ones and I wouldn't give them up for anything.