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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

a couple of birthdays





The wife probably does NOT want me talking about the fact that she is now deep into her 50s, and for a month she is 7 years older than me. WOW! Looks like she is 20 to me :) To celebrate her birthday I made her favorite chocolate cookies in Mickey Mouse shape, as you see below.

Buster, our old black lab, turns 12 today. He is so wonderful, the best dog you have ever met. Never has misbehaved, always sweet and friendly...and enormous. His mother was a 126 pound rottweiler, actually, and he was once nearly that heavy.
Buster actually inspired me to put the animals on the pots. You see a pic up there in the collection showing him hanging over the edge of his playpen. (I carred that group of pics to shows for years, telling why I put dogs on pots etc). When he was 6 weeks old, Buster had been hit by a car at our neighbor's house and his leg broken and a concussion. They were just gonna put him to sleep rather than treat him, but we took him to our vet who said he would be fine, and he has been, for 12 years! Always had a small limp, has typical hip problems for a big old dog now, but always active.
Buster has had a tough winter. In December the vet said his kidneys are starting to fail. He fell going down the porch steps on the ice a couple of times back then, so he has not had any walks in the snow, we just go out walking into the yard. I am glad he is making it to this spring, we can walk more easily, but I am very sad to think it may be his last.



20 comments:

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

Sweet cookies for your sweet. ;-)

As for Buster :-(. We went through this with Blue, our old weimer about two years ago. It was hard. Our pets are such a long and large part of our lives.

We buried him under a newer oak tree we had planted here. It is officially named, "Blue's tree". Lil'Gal will go sit out there every once in awhile.

I hope Buster beats the average and makes it another year two.

cookingwithgas said...

sweet words and thoughts for Buster.

Patricia Griffin said...

Love the story about why you put the pups on pots. Happy Birthday to all!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Awww...Buster is pulling at my heart strings!!! I am so glad you have him...and that he has such a lovely family.
The Missus should be proud of her age...she is gorgeous!!!!!
The cookies look yummy!!

cm said...

"deep" into? She's only in the shallow end. ;-)

Happy Birthday to both!

Michèle Hastings said...

what a sweet post... who can resist a puppy!

jim said...

happy birthday maude and buster... may you both have many more

Jay said...

Happy birthday to the missus and to Buster!

Reverend Awesome said...

I agree with Busy Bee, Maude=Gorgeous! A very happy birthday to a wonderful woman! God bless her for putting up with that mustache. And happy birthday to Buster!

kcinnova said...

Gary, I'm so sorry that you and Maude are going through the impending loss of yet another beloved pet. Those black lab mixes make the bestest dogs!

Okay, snapping out of sadness...

Happy birthday, Maude! ♥
and
Happy birthday, Buster! ♥

*See, as wonderful as he is, she still comes first. :)

Gary's third pottery blog said...

oh yes, a lab mix is probably the best dog on earth :)
SHE PUT UP WITH THAT monster 'stache for ten years! Holy crap, what was I thinking??????

Pauline said...

Happy Birthday Maude, the 50's is youuung!
Buster is such a gorgeous doggy, such a sweet face.
Wishing them both many more birthdays :o)

littlewrenpottery.co.uk said...

Buster looks like such a lovely dog I can see why you chose to include him on so many of your pots!

Hope a great birthday was had :)

gz said...

Happy Birthday both!

The look on Spikes face....bliss!!

Susan as Herself said...

Buster rules!

And that Spike. What a ham!!

Lori Buff said...

Happy Birthday Buster & Maude

Cheryl said...

Please wish Maude a very Happy Birthday for me! And give Buster a scratch behind the ears from BuddyTheElf and me. I love Buster's story, thank you for giving him a wonderful life. Hope spring comes soon so Buster can take you for lots of nice walks! The cookies, by the way look YUMMY!

Shortstuff said...

Oh, a very happy birthday to Missus Tastycakes. She looks mahvelous and not a day over 29. Dear Buster reminds me of our old yellow lab Champ who died 18 months ago and who I miss every day. He was a sweetie, too. Give all the critters a scratch for me.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

Homemade cookies are a superb present.

Sweet dog. I know how you feel--we have an old man, too.

k.a. barnes said...

Oh sweet baby boy Buster! So funny to think of him once being so tiny.
Happiest of days to the Fabulous Madame Maude!
I love Kasey's comment about the 'stache. You know, my mom used to have a sign in our kitchen that said "Kissing a man without a mustache is like eating an egg without salt."
I never completely understood that one.

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