Weaving In the Puppies

When I sit down to post a blog, I so often think of people. I think of Nell, who follows along with our canine family and friends from southern Utah. I think of Carol who sends along her thoughts on various posts via email. I think of Joan, who now lives without a berner.  And so on. My mind so often rests on people I wish I could see regularly someplace other than my mind. Such is the nature of living life in a community that spans so many miles.

But a large and caring community helps in the time of loss, even if from a distance. So many of you rested your mind on Alex and Mesa and the rest of their family; they send along heartfelt gratitude and want you all to know how much your cards and caring thoughts helped.

Mesa died from Leukemia -- that was not on anyone's radar, and points to the value of establishing cause of death rather than making assumptions. Thank you to Jennifer, Ralph, and Alex for caring enough about community to contribute that information into the public domain.

These dogs, in good times and in heartbreak, are part of our shared tapestry -- the one that speaks of community, of caring, and of shared lives. I am glad you have chosen to weave yourself in.

How can it be that Zoey is a grandma?? Or that I am a grandma, for that matter?!

Puppies, like small children, remind us to have fun -- this is apparently Puppy Twister...

Love the way the puppies are matching in this photo. 

They match in behavior as well -- for example, Tika was leaping in anticipation for her breakfast this morning and landed in the water bowl, creating a big flood; Claire did the same thing earlier this week. Yes, I should move the water bowl ;)

Zoey got a leaf with the ball, and this is Claire making the grab.

Zoey and Tika.

I included this photo so you can see the curls along Claire's back -- Tika has a matching set. It is like they have mohawks -- of curls. Do any other Sparklers have that going on?

Harper B for Bad Knees tweaked her knee and that has slowed things down but she is doing well and making progress. I wanted to mention that her second TPLO was $2600 -- I was quickly reimbursed by her health insurance for $2500 of it. Her first one was more -- I was reimbursed about 85%. I love pet health insurance -- it is both helpful with the bills, and provides peace of mind. Send me an email if you would like to know which company we use and etc. sontag.bowman@gmail.com

And have a wonderful Saturday! 


by mohawks on Sat, 07/08/2017 - 10:15

Lucas has a strip of shiny wavy fur down his back. He certainly looks like a Sparkler as I view the blog puppy pics. It's fun to see the puppy play time. Thanks!

by Jennifer G. on Sat, 07/08/2017 - 19:50

I just wanted to again thank everyone for the cards and kind thoughts. We miss Mesa so much but are so grateful to be part of this community and to know that so many people knew Mesa.

by Nell in Cedar City on Sat, 07/08/2017 - 21:05

Our sixth and last Berner will turn 8 next week. I've been to 20+ specialties but now I use a motorized wheelchair and have not walked a step outside our house in 3 months and fewer and fewer inside. We will not see Berners and their folks again unless you step off I-15 and come visit us. Your stories and pictures are very important to us. What a joy to see these young ones learning the world.

Thank you


by joan on Mon, 07/10/2017 - 18:24

My first Berner Simon was born August 16, 2001. I have had one ever since, until the past few months. I've had a Mary-Ann for that same 16 years! You are in my heart every single day!

by CA Heidi :-) on Thu, 07/13/2017 - 13:10

This little group has meant so much to me, and likely will for the time it exists. It's good to have peers in the emotional realm, just as it is in the professional arena. No one wants to feel always on one's own, and groups like this do important work.


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