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Tag: Life with Shayna

April 27, 2002: Shayna, at 15 weeks, turns into a “gremlin” before your eyes!

April 27, 2002: Shayna, at 15 weeks, turns into a “gremlin” before your eyes!

November 5, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

  I adopted Shayna on April 7, 2002, as a 12 week old pup. You can hear in my voice that my healing has begun, as has my love for Shayna, and her love for me. This was one of the most hilarious early discoveries… starting with her enjoying her baby rattle… then transforming from […]

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Jan. 17, 2011: How to make Shayna’s dinner

Jan. 17, 2011: How to make Shayna’s dinner

August 27, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

  On January 20, 2011, I was scheduled to undergo my first-ever surgery (outpatient). Were I a loner, it would be a pretty straightforward process: get to the hospital, pray for the best, come home, and heal.  But as Shayna’s “dad” and best friend, my life is blissfully more complicated. What happens if something goes […]

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January 17, 2011: A walk in the woods with Shayna and Gloria

January 17, 2011: A walk in the woods with Shayna and Gloria

August 27, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

  The first part of this story is here — in which I talk about my dear friend, and angel, Gloria, and a very hard time she was having in January 2011. As an continuation of my video postcard to Gloria, I thought, what could be more fun that taking her along for a “walk” […]

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December 28, 2009: Shayna versus the blizzard

December 28, 2009: Shayna versus the blizzard

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

  Charlottesville, VA is at the northern tip of the Mid-Atlantic South.  Since moving here in late 2001 (to rebuild my life, and look for my first dog – as discussed in my book), I’ve observed that we have very mild winters; they can be cold, but don’t have a lot of snowfall. All that […]

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April 12, 2009: Our seventh anniversary

April 12, 2009: Our seventh anniversary

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

  I cannot believe it’s been seven years since I met and adopted Shayna, as a little 14 pound bundle of black fur. How fearful yet optimistic I was, being that I was going to be responsible for another living creature. Yet look how it all turned out, after those months of hunting for the […]

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January 7, 2008: Shayna gets a new toy for her birthday

January 7, 2008: Shayna gets a new toy for her birthday

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

(This is the second video we shot today; see the first one here) It is hard to believe that it’ was six years ago today that Shayna was brought into this world.  I thank my lucky stars for her, every single day. So today, we spent the afternoon in a park… in the middle of […]

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September 23, 2003: First video of Shayna swimming – ever

September 23, 2003: First video of Shayna swimming – ever

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

As described here, Shayna had severe water-phobia for the first 18 months of her life.  It took a lot of patience (on both our parts) and courage (on her part alone) to overcome it. What you’re about to see is the first video ever captured of Shayna swimming, soon after she overcame her fear of […]

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Nov 20, 2002: Shayna’s last moment in doggie day care

Nov 20, 2002: Shayna’s last moment in doggie day care

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

In the early autumn of 2002, I was in an accident that ended up turning my life upside down. Most of the ribs on my left side were broken, and I sustained various other injuries. As I was unable to give Shayna the exercise she needed during my immediate recovery, I found out about “doggie […]

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Fall 2002: A morning on Carter’s Mountain, Charlottesville, VA

Fall 2002: A morning on Carter’s Mountain, Charlottesville, VA

August 26, 2011 | By | Add a Comment

This is the highest point in Charlottesville, atop Carter’s Mountain, adjoining Monalto, overlooking Thomas Jefferson’s beloved Monticello. What could be better than throwing the ball around with my favorite girl atop this mountain, overlooking the only town in which I feel totally at home, on a beautiful, crisp fall morning?  

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