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January 17th was a very sad day

It’s taken me a month to write this because I start crying!  In January 2004 this little lady was given to me from my husband for a Christmas gift.

Sassy was born on December 8, 2004 and she came to live with us six weeks later.

Sassy was born on December 8, 2004 and she came to live with us six weeks later.

Everyone instantly fell in love with her!

Everyone instantly fell in love with her!  She was also the runt of the litter.

Due to the fact that it has taken me two weeks to get this far in the post I will just show you some of our pictures of her as she grew.  It’s just too hard to put into words what a special dog/pet/family member she was!!

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Sassy twelve years later!!

Sassy twelve years later!!

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Sassy

A couple weeks ago Sassy, our last “child” was having a terrible time finding a place cool enough to sleep. She panted a lot at night, moved from room to room and wanted outside in the bitter cold a lot.

Sassy likes her bed during storms.

Sassy likes her bed during storms.

Sassy is a blonde cocker spaniel and like her “mommie” she about 20 pounds overweight.  Her coat is as thick as a Dorset sheep and I mean really wooly!!

My precious wooley girl, Sassy!

My precious wooly girl, Sassy!

We tried to wait on her spring trip to the beauty shop (four or five times a year is why she is so wooly).  She was miserable and we needed a full night of sleep so I call Robin our wonder groomer of Classy Pets and Robin had an opening which we grabbed.

All of the ear rubbing and treats all the way to the groomer did not calm Sassy down much because as soon as we went down the mountain and took a right on Rt 311, she knew what was coming!  Four hours later my baby came home excited and couldn’t wait to get in the house in her warm bed.  She looks 20 pounds lighter don’t you think???

Sassy girl with her new do.

Sassy girl with her new do.

Wrinkles do show up more if you cut your hair!  :)

Wrinkles do show up more if you cut your hair! 🙂  She has a crooked smile due to a mini stroke a couple of years ago.  

She doesn't look as thin from the side view but neither do I.

She doesn’t look as thin from the side view but neither do I.

Curly dog goes radical

With a full coat and she loves the snow!!  We have her sheared three or four times a year.

With a full coat and Sassy  loves the snow!! We have her sheared three or four times a year.

Sassy has this full coat right now and it’s as curly as I’ve ever seen it but she is absolutely miserable.  She’s way too fat but the coat makes her pant all night which makes all of us lose sleep.  On Thursday she made a trip to “Classy Pets” in Salem for a new “do”!

Sassy's new haircut.  She lays in the sun a lot now when outdoors and sleeps between us at night now.

Sassy’s new haircut. She lays in the sun a lot now when outdoors and sleeps between us at night now.

Sassy looks a little thinner now but pictures can be deceiving!!

Sassy looks a little thinner now but pictures can be deceiving!!

 

 

We’ve also cut down on her food and are feeding her venison jerky with a half portion of her dogfood and more water.  Now, that I’m losing weight she goes on some of my walks with me which is good for her as well but she is almost 11 years old and I don’t expect her to keep up like I used to keep up with her.

 

Sassy, you can’t be . . .

You will have to click the pictures to see what she is up to.  She sure had me fooled!

What have you got in your mouth, young lady???

What have you got in your mouth, young lady???

When I first saw the photos that hubby took, I thought Sassy had a cigarette in her mouth!

Teaching Jippy bad habits??

Teaching Jippy bad habits??

The chew bone she has in her mouth is a very light tan and normally she doesn’t eat them.  But when Jippy is visiting anything given to him and not eaten right away becomes property of the madam of the house.  She is such a character and has had our full attention while the my daughter and family are on vacation and we are taking care of Jippy for them.

NOPE, just a new chew stick!

NOPE, just a new chew stick!

Daddy’s other little girl

As much as he loves his beautiful and precious daughter, my hubby loves his second child too!  She plump, frisky, hairy, lovable, and can get under his skin in a heartbeat.

BUT, when Daddy comes home from hunting, feeding the cattle, anything that she wasn’t involved in, this is what happens:

 

Daddy and Sassy after the hunt!!

Daddy and Sassy after the hunt!!

Sassy loves Daddy!!

Sassy loves Daddy!!

 

He made her a special bed and it sits in front of our bedroom window.  She patiently (most of the time) waits/sleeps until he comes home.  Once he comes in the door she waits for him to come sit beside her and tell her how much he missed her and rubs her ears.  She listen to all of he hunting tales patiently as long he rubs those ears.  She’s not quite the joy our beautiful daughter is but Sassy comes in a fast second!!  The best part, she was supposed to be my baby as a Christmas gift eight years ago but it’s pretty clear where her heart lies.  She is definitely one of the family!!

SASSY – Our baby!

 

Miss Personality is all you have to say!!  She’s a blonde cocker spaniel and she things she rules the roost around here.  She sleeps between us most every night.  She hates a bath and trips to the beauty shop.  She loves rooting around in the garden, digging under boards, chasing chipmunks & groundhogs, and she loves to hunt.  She is my tracking dog during deer season and she bearly tolerates our two outside cats.  Here’s out Sassy:

 

 

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Sassy and Buckwheat

Sassy and Buckwheat

Really???????????

Really???????????

Waiting for mommie to come home.

Waiting for mommie to come home.

Baby Sassy-three weeks.

Baby Sassy-three weeks.

Sassy at 8 weeks with Aunt Bandit Ann.

Sassy at 8 weeks with Aunt Bandit Ann.

Fishing with Dad.

Fishing with Dad.

Snuggling with Dad.

Snuggling with Dad.

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4-wheeling with Dad.

4-wheeling with Dad.

Bath time is not fun!!

Bath time is not fun!!

Sassy four weeks old.

Sassy four weeks old.

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Sassy guarding the syrup

 

I know there’s a mouse or a chipmunk under those boards and if I wait long enough he’ll come out and he’s mine!!!!!!!!!sassy surveying the snow 2009

sassy taking nap at heathers 2005

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SLEEPY SASSY 2009