I started blogging in this year... and Mabel managed to make her first mention in post number 3! It wasn't long before she was the main subject and chief muse of this blog. That gave Mabel Lou another reason to beg me to get off the computer as she's doing here:
In addition to our in the furs friend, Baby, at the creek, we had an occasional hiking buddy named Cocoa. Here's Mabel showing off her ball chasing abilities as Cocoa watched.
And that summer we met our dear friends Sue and Hank...the Rhodesians that live up the street from us. Oh what a trio they made:
I took a production job that year and Mabel did not like it and tried her best to look all cutified in the mornings so that maybe I would stay home:
But I managed to get her out for some creek time most every day:
It was around this time that this photo style started appearing:
My business had it's most successful year ever. I had money in the bank for once and just loved being at home with my baby. I bought my first torch and started making glass beads. I was just happy to be with my girl! She had grown up and settled down and I was finally in love with her. Hard to believe now that I honestly thought she would be one of "those dogs" that would simply pass through my life and that I would not love her. Her puppy years were hell and I did not like her at all during that time... but that was long behind us.
Here she is, ready to go to the post office and on to the creek.
Later that year, I found out I had been feeding Mabel contaminated food. We caught it in time...but it was a very scary period! Here she is after her blood tests:
But soon, she was back on the trails with her two besties, Hank and Sue: