Summer Fun at Lake Michigan

Just before my niece had to go back to Alabama we planned a road trip to the west side of the state to see Lake Michigan. There are many places you can go along the west coast to see the lake but we chose a park called Norman F. Kruse. We chose this park for a couple of reasons, dog friendly beach and our friend Chuck from Collies of the Meadow recommended it.

So we packed a great picnic lunch that consisted of hot dogs and hamburgers to cook on the grill, salads, chips and assorted other goodies, packed up all three dogs, my niece, nephew, his friend and my brother in two vehicles and hit the road.

The weather looked like we might get some rain but the skies cleared and we could not have asked for a more beautiful day. The drive wasn’t to bad, about an hour and a half and we were there! The park was beautiful, very clean with a nice picnic area and actual restrooms. I don’t know about you but I much rather have a real bathroom opposed to the outhouse style Winking smile 

It was a bit of a hike down to the beach but well worth it. I was able to let the dogs off leash, well not Riva as she likes to take herself on little walk abouts so I had her on a 20 foot long line so she could move about freely but be reeled in if needed, but Maia and Titan ran free playing and splashing. The water was quite rough but it didn’t hold Titan back. Maia wanted to go in but each time she started to venture in farther a big wave would come up and she had second thoughts.

Everyone got in the water and did some swimming except me, one foot in that cold water and I was not going to emerge my whole body in it, so I took pictures and threw the bumper for Titan.

Some photos of our day…

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We enjoyed a leisurely day and made some great memories. The dogs had a blast and slept all the way home. We will definitely go back to this park again!

Tina and the Brown Dogs

Blessings Come In Many Ways

So I thought I would share some things about me instead of the dogs today.

2015 was challenging at best. But my faith in my Lord and Savior saw me through and continues to provide for me everyday.

The year started out pretty much like any other year; dog shows, I was able to take a vacation to Tennessee with Maia, Titan and very good friends, attending the Chesapeake Nationals, family reunion, hunt tests, fun days, but then on June 10th…

this happened…

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You can see the hair stuck in the windshield.

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The inside of the van was covered in glass including me.

Yep a big ol deer leapt in front of me going down the freeway at 70mph! Booommm!!! I saw it out of the corner of my eye with it’s head coming out of the tall grass in the median but it happened so fast there was nothing I could do. It hit and rolled right up over the top of my van. I had dogs in crates in the back but they never knew anything happened. But you see this could have been much worse, that deer could have come right through my windshield and crushed me, I could have lost control and hit the semi’s that were right next to me in the right lane. What a blessing that only the vehicle was damaged and not us.

The body shop that did the repairs, oh yes it was repairable at the tune of $8500, did a great job. My insurance covered it all minus my deductible. The shop gave me a loaner to use until mine was repaired. They had it done and returned to me in just over a week. She looks brand new!After Repairs (1)

For a long time after this I was a white knuckle driver with whiplash from looking back and forth so much watching for deer…lol  I was sure the deer had it out for me. Just days after the hit I was driving home from a friends house, it was dusk…scary, and standing right in my lane was a huge deer. I was driving pretty slow so I was able to stop, yes stop because that good ol boy took his sweet time moving off the road. I know he was taunting me! So I drove a bit farther and now it is dark and what runs across the road right in front of me, yep you guessed it another deer. I was so glad to finally get home! Then a couple of weeks later I was coming home from another friends house and passed eight, yes eight deer along the way. Where are the hunters, oh right it wasn’t hunting season!

So then life went back to normal until November 24 about 5pm. My brother and I had been out shopping for Thanksgiving dinner supplies and while we were unloading the groceries I stepped up on my bottom porch step and slipped off backwards…boom! Well I had to be rushed to emergency because just looking at my right wrist we could tell it was broken and I wasn’t sure about the left. I wish I had taken a picture of my right wrist but when you are writhing in agony on the ground you aren’t thinking “oh wait that would make a great shot for a blog post” lol.

Sure enough I severely damaged the right which required surgery with a plate and screws to repair it. The left was fractured also but it was clean and in place so my Orthopedic Surgeon left it to heal without a cast so I would at least have my left hand to use. I did have to wear a brace on it but oh how thankful I was to not have both arms in casts. It took over eight weeks for things to heal so I could return to work and start driving again. I still have some healing ahead of me as far as full use of my wrists but at least I am moving forward. But you see this could have been much worse, I could have broken a hip, had a closed head injury, broken ribs any number of things could have happened. I have many people in my life that were there for me and helped me until I healed.

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So my year was quite eventful! I have many favorite verses but these seemed to be the ones I thought of the most.

Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God;

and

Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

So heading into 2016 I am so thankful and blessed for all the Lord provides for me. He has provided for all my needs and put so many wonderful people in my life. I have a great support system through my family, friends and Church family. I could ask for no more.

My Little Pretties

I thought today I would share some of my favorite little pretties.

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This is one of my favorite photos of Cheyenne, there is just something so regal about her standing there. She was ten years old here.

Riva, Cheyenne,  Sierra & Reveler

This is Riva standing on the dock frame and Cheyenne, Searra and Reveler swimming in.

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My friend Michelle and I set up our first photo shoot with the dogs, I did three dogs and she did several. We learned a few things to make it better next time.

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This is Bitsy, she is Maia and Titans sister.

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COBO BEST BRACE IN BREED 2010

Our show photo from 2010, the DKC show when the girls and I won Best Brace In Breed.

Chesapeake Bay Retrievers Cheyenne and Riva.

Same show after showing we were just chillin at our bench. Yes both dogs managed to get in my lap.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Riva and handler Hailee

This is my niece Hailee and her dog Riva as she informs me all the time. Hailee’s very first time showing a dog. Her and Riva did very well.

Schawn and Hailee 2013

Two of my most favorite people, my niece and nephew Hailee and Schawn.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Riva

I love how Riva is looking out over the water.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Maia January 16, 2015

This photo was taken by my friend Michelle. I love Maia’s intense look.

Chesapeake Bay Retriever Titan January 16, 2015

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My first nephew and my first Chesapeake 1993.

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Shamrock, the horse I really learned to ride. She’s gone now but I will never forget her. She was a beautiful Appaloosa with a very sweet heart.

Cheyenne ~ Chesapeake Bay Retriever (25)

And the last one for today…Cheyenne charging!

Wordless Wednesday ~ Happy-Happy-Joy-Joy

Schawn and Hailee 2010

In just a few hours these two will be here, this photo is from 2010 and we haven’t seen them since 2011.

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Give Thanks

Today all across America people are celebrating Thanksgiving, in other parts of the world people may be celebrating under a different name but this is a day to be thankful for family and friends, two and four legged and all that we are blessed with.

I think everyday should be a day of thanksgiving but with the hustle and bustle of every day life I for one sometimes forget to stop and give thanks for all that I have. The list of all that I am blessed with is endless; my family, friends, my wonderful animals, all of you in blogville, a job, a home, food, and the list goes on! For this I am most thankful!!

I hope we all can remember to give thanks everyday for all that we are blessed with; which is I’m sure more than some and less than others but it is being grateful for what we have and not what we want that is important!

So from our house to yours have a very blessed Thanksgiving and may you enjoy your time with family and friends today and everyday!!

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