Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Her Life in Pictures: Two

Mabel Lou continued to have a lot of firsts in her 2nd year with me. I was starting to figure out what a drama queen she was...She would often get in her bed and do this and make these guttural vocal noises.  What a crack up!

We were both falling deeply in love with our creek. My feet were getting worse and I was headed for foot surgery. I was grateful that she would go and explore on her own and come back to whatever rock I was on. It was exasperating, hiking her all out for over an hour, she'd come back to the the car and dash off into a vacant field chasing bunnies for another hour! SO much energy!
She was so hard headed, wouldn't listen. But she would look at me out of the corner of her eyes as if to say, "Go to hell!" when I gave her a command!

Mabel and my bestie's lab, Sarah Jean, were constantly together. Sarah helped with Mabel's training and got as exasperated with Mabel as I did! Back then, you couldn't hike right by the water. There was a natural rock levy. Sarah Jean and I would hike along on the top of the rock levy. But we couldn't move fast enough for puppy Lou! And she just loved to splash and be in the river.  So as we moved forward down the stream, Mabel Lou would run up and down, up and down the face of the levy... about a 5 - 6 foot drop into the river. She just had boundless energy to spare. Several times a hike, Sarah and I would look at Mabel, look at each other and roll our eyes!



I'm including this pic for the Creekerati ( my pet name for the people and dogs in our pack). Many of them have heard me talk of "Volkswagon Rock," a HUGE boulder that was in the stream bed back then.  The perspective is off in this pic but that's the rock behind Sarah and Mabel! It really was the size of a car! And the one in the foreground is nearly as large. Both washed away in the '05 flood!

I took so many pics of Mabel in the stream that spring and summer! That's when I landed our first CreekHiker logo out of sheer luck in timing! Mabel was terrified of deep water...thanks to me. My pool is deep and I always feel the need to make it perfectly clear to any new dog how to get out of the pool. Which means getting them in the pool! I throw them in and show them the way out... very dramatic! Mabel actually cut a path behind some shrubs to avoid running near the pool!

  

Mabel made her first flight to Louisiana to visit family that summer. I didn't take many pics of her there but I do love this one. We put her in one of my brother in law's kennel runs for a family event. She was NOT happy! But she was trying so hard to be cute!

I had foot surgery that October and was in a wheelchair quite a while.  I took no photos of the girl between summer and Christmas! We spent Christmas here...just the two of us as I was still recuperating and trying to learn to walk again. Here's Miss M opening her gifts:

By Spring of '04, my sister's breast cancer had returned and she and my mom came to live with us for over three months! Mabel was the buffer between all of us. She kept the peace and loved us all through it! My sister and I would leave very early every morning for the 150 mile round trip to the proton radiation center. Many days we would return to find Mabel and Mom like this:

And I think that's when I officially gave up the "No Dogs on the Sofa" Rule! Thanks Mom! 

My sister would often sit by the pool and Mabel would lurk near by. I'm certain she knew how sick her auntie was.  Mabel would always watch over her outside.






9 comments:

Ruth said...

Once again you've shared so well that I feel as though I was there to get to know her! Thank you.

Linda@VS said...

The photos in your last two posts are wonderful, Holly, as are the words that put the pictures in context. What a beautiful, vibrant girl Mabel was!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Part Two is even better than One - we didn't know about your foot surgery. We bet you and Mabel had some great bonding times then. And it is easy to see that she must have been quite a comfort to your sister.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Part Two is even better than One - we didn't know about your foot surgery. We bet you and Mabel had some great bonding times then. And it is easy to see that she must have been quite a comfort to your sister.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

rottrover said...

I'm loveing this series! What a beauty Miss Mabel was!

Mollie said...

Just love seeing all the photo's :) Our heart is with you xxx0xxx

Mollie and Alfie

Millie and Walter said...

Thanks for another lovely trip down memory lane. Mabel Lou sure was a pistol as a pup.

Cindy

Dory and the Mama said...

Such wonderful and healing stories...

Mr. Pip said...

That's lovely that she stayed by your sister's side and served as the peacemaker when your mom and sister stayed with you. Dogs have a wonderful way of bringing everyone together.