Our household experienced both wonderful events and tragic events over the past 6 months.  For those of
you who have visited some of the first pages of this website, you may remember seeing some of the pictures
of our son and daughter, Jeff and Shelly, when they were just youngsters.  Later you got to meet our first
grandchildren, Lindsey, Cortney, and Jason (children of Jeff and Nicole).

On September 12, 2007, Shelly and Nick presented us with two new little bundles of joy.  Please let me
introduce you to our two newest grandchildren, Rylee Katherine and Nolan James.
These kids are being taught to love dogs (like Grandma and Grandpa) right from the start.  Here they are,
with their very own dog, Tyson.
Moving on to the tragedy of 2007.  On October 5 my little Max was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disc
Disease.  This is the very same disease that paralyzed my Doxie, Ginger, back in 1992.  Ginger's son, Bart,
inherited the disease from his mother, but was spared paralysis because we were more familiar with the
disease and acted quickly.
Quick action has also spared Max from being permanently paralyzed.  He had immediate surgery to relieve
the pressure on his spinal cord and came home the day after his surgery.  He was walking when he returned
home, and we were all quite pleased about that.  He still has a slight limp and will probably have it for the
rest of his life, but he will have a completely normal life in every other way.  For this we are very thankful.
Following are some pictures of Max, and a short video taken the day he got out of the hospital.
CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW TO VIEW A VIDEO TAKEN THE DAY
AFTER MAX'S SURGERY.  REMEMBER TO CLICK THE "BACK" BUTTON ON
YOUR BROWSER TO RETURN TO THIS PAGE.
A near tragedy for Holly was avoided in November.  A couple of years ago a serious ear infection resulted
in a very painful surgery for Holly in which one of her ears had to be closed and her eardrum relocated to
the side of her head.  Early this month she developed the same condition in her other ear.  We expected to
have to put her through the surgery a second time.  Fortunately, the infection has cleared up for now and
her ear has almost returned to normal.  I have to thoroughly clean her ear every day to try and keep the
infection from returning.  


The infection made Holly's ear appear to be
stuffed with cauliflower.
A couple years ago, this same infection
required surgery to close Holly's ear
and move her eardrum to the side of
her head.
Holly is healthy and happy today without a
second surgery.
Hopefully there won't be any more unhappy events for a while.
Now it's time to meet the rest of the crew once again.
TARA - 15 1/2 YEARS OLD
DUSTY - 14 YEARS OLD
RENO - 12 YEARS OLD
SERENA - 12 YEARS OLD
BENJI - 11 1/2 YEARS OLD
DEE DEE - 10 1/2 YEARS OLD
BAILEY - 8 1/2 YEARS OLD
SARAH - 7 YEARS OLD
HOLLY - 7 YEARS OLD
APRIL - 6 1/2 YEARS OLD
ANGEL - 6 1/2 YEARS OLD
TUCKER - 5 YEARS OLD
RUSTY - 5 YEARS OLD
MAX - 3 1/2 YEARS OLD
AMBER - 3 1/2 YEARS OLD
JENNIE (THE BABYSITTER) - 3 YEARS OLD
AND NOW, SOME CANDID SHOTS
THE BROTHERS - RUSTY & TUCKER
BLACK AND WHITE
APRIL - THE FLOWER CHILD
SERENA & TARA - "HANGING OUT"
PRETTY DEE DEE
ANGEL - MY "PROBLEM CHILD"

TUCKER & RENO ENJOYING A GAME OF "TAG"
DEE DEE ALMOST SEEMED TO
ENJOY THE CAMERA THIS MONTH

SWEET BENJI
TARA - VERY OLD, BUT YOUNG AT
HEART
OH NO!  HERE WE GO WITH THE
SQUEAKY TOYS AGAIN.
BAILEY, RENO, AND RUSTY ARE MY
SQUEAKY TOY EXPERTS.

BUT AMBER IS LEARNING QUICKLY
RUSTY & RENO WATCHING FOR
THAT SQUEAKY TOY
TUCKER TRYING TO DECIDE
WHAT TO DO NEXT   
MAX ENJOYS RESTING IN HIS
"TEEPEE"
SARAH, JENNIE, HOLLY, AND SERENA JUST LOUNGING AROUND.
RUSTY MAKES A GOOD PILLOW FOR APRIL.
CAN'T LEAVE OLD BENJI OUT
OF THE PICTURE.

REST TIME FOR DUSTY TOO
DEE DEE, CAUGHT BY THE CAMERA
YET AGAIN.
OK, NO COMMENT ON THIS ONE!
RENO GETS BABYSITTING DUTY - AND RYLEE GETS A KISS

MY CHRISTMAS PRESENT?????
RENO - THE RED-NOSED
REINDEER
LET'S TAKE A STEP BACK TO HALLOWEEN 2007
FEATURING RYLEE AS
"THE CHILE PEPPER"
AND NOLAN AS
"THE PEA IN A POD"
HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2007 FROM JOHN & I
AND
ALL THE DOGS IN MY LIFE
AND ALSO FROM NOLAN AND RYLEE
ON THEIR FIRST CHRISTMAS
AND
JASON ON HIS SECOND CHRISTMAS
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO
VIEW THE FIRST PICTURES
TAKEN IN FEBRUARY 2008