Our Girl Is Gone

La_Vie_Photo-196.jpgOur family is in mourning. Our beloved dog Mulligan died yesterday after twelve wonderful years of life. She was an integral part of our lives and we are heartbroken to lose her.

She was Jim’s and my first baby coming home about a week after our first anniversary. She loved everyone she met and would turn herself inside out each time she would see you. We will always remember her puppy run, how much she loved the snow and how she would lay in front of the fire until she would start panting. She loved to chase sticks in any body of water, but despite her breed name, Retriever, she would only bring the stick within a yard of the shore.

We will miss our Pupsters, Girlie and the World’s Greatest Dog. Our family will never forget you Mulligan.


Posts about Mulligan

Pictures of her

Photo Friday

Photo Friday – Under My Desk


This is the view under my desk. Mulligan loves to be in the office when I am working. Sometimes Will comes in and tries to lay with her, but is a bit wiggly. No wonder I have a hard time getting work done.

Family Dog Goes Camping

IMG_4604.jpgEver wonder what life is like for the family dog, especially on a camping trip? Having lived with our beloved puppy for over 11 years now, fortunately we are able to read her thoughts (and a lot of overt and obvious body language – queue the audible groans when she doesn’t get her way). Here is what our trip over the weekend was like from Mulligan’s view point.

I started to notice something was going on Wednesday when Mom was back and forth to the trailer all day. The site of packing is a source of concern for me, even when Mom tells me that I am going. So I stood by the door. That way they wouldn’t forget me. Mom seemed to be annoyed with me since I was standing in her way every time she opened the door.

Finally on Thursday they loaded me in the car and I relaxed a bit. I never know when we are getting to our spot (they don’t give me the map or itinerary and I wouldn’t be able to hold it anyway) so instead I get excited each time we stop, thinking “this could be the place.” After a really long time in the car, we finally arrive at the campsite and I can get out of the car. I must investigate every square inch – this could take some time. I detect the presence of other non-humans. Must research further.


Potty break. When we camp with our friends, the Craigs, I like to go potty in their campsite.

On this trip we got to go with Quinn and Griffin. Even though they don’t have a dog, they still play with me. Quinn is really nice to me and gives me lots of tummy pats. Dad gets my mat out of the trailer, but I don’t like this one as much as our friend Allison’s so I lie on hers instead. I finally get to have dinner (I was convinced this was the day they forgot). After the kids go to bed, Mom and Dad and the other parents sit around the campfire and have beverages that make them laugh a lot. It seems like forever before I get to go to bed, but they are having fun. I like to go to bed.

My bed is in the car because I have been told that I snore so I can’t sleep in the trailer. It is OK, I like the peace and quiet. In the morning Dad gets me up and I get all excited and do the puppy run. Even though I am older now I can still run. Although the last time I did it I blew out my ACL.

camping napDuring the days while camping it is hard for me to take my naps — there are just too many people to watch and things to do. The kids run around all day; don’t they get tired? At least Will still takes a nap, and usually Mom makes me lay down and take a nap too. The older boys ride bikes, play in the sand, go to the playground, find sticks and then do it all over again. I get tired just watching them.

All of the family went down to the beach and flew these things in the sky (kites, I think Mom said). It was really windy so it was hard to see, but Will kept spilling his snack so I got to clean up. My favorite thing about camping is cleaning up after the meals. It’s vacation for everyone.

Finally the next day we went to the beach and I got to swim. I love to swim; the boys even throw the stick for me. Although I am a retriever by name, I drop the stick in the water within 1 yard of the shore. I like to frustrate my Mom and Dad with this trick. Mom didn’t like that I was rolling in the dirt and sand, but it feels so good for reasons I will never disclose.

When we got in the car to come home I was happy because I was tired, but sad because I had fun. I like going camping because my whole family is together.

April – Memories Captured

Last week was Jack’s spring break so we decided a trip to the beach was in order; it was spring break after all. Since our new trailer wasn’t equipped with a rudder and sails we went to the Washington and Oregon coast. The weather was beautiful for April in the Northwest, but it wasn’t exactly warm. Jack decided that he needed to help Mulligan play fetch in the waves. Even after Mulligan got tired Jack jumped through the chilly water.

I put this together for the March Memories Captured hosted by Mama Wants This and These Little Waves.


Photo Friday

Photo Friday – Happy Birthday Girlie!

Mulligan upside down

Today is Mulligan’s 11th birthday. Doesn’t she look great! We love our goofy girl, who loves to lay on her back and smile while you scratch her tummy. She will turn herself inside out every time she sees you, even if you have only been gone for 20 minutes. Recently she loves to lay under my desk in the office when I am working; it is nice to have a companion.


Photo credit – La Vie Photography

Photo Friday

Photo Friday – Walking to the bus stop

Today we walked to the bus stop and Will didn’t want to take his stroller. This is the first time in two years of walking to the bus stop with him that I haven’t pushed a stroller. I asked him if he wanted to hold Mulligan’s leash. It was such a cute scene, a boy and his dog. Every time she would stop to sniff something he would say, “No Mulligan, keep walking.”

Photo Friday

Photo Friday – Good Girlie Dog


Mulligan is undergoing ACL surgery today, so I wanted to send her good karma and share one of our favorite photos of her. This was taken by Unkie Paul on a beach near Bodega Bay in North California during the summer of 2008. She is a good girl and our first baby.

Yum, yum birthday cake!

Will's 1st birthday William turned one last week and over the weekend we had his birthday party. I know it is a much bigger deal for the parents than the kids, but oh well. We didn’t go completely over the top with pony rides or clowns, but we did decorate the house and I made him his own small version of the cake. Well I did the cake so we did have to eat the frosting made with dairy free butter and soy milk. (It tasted OK, but not as good as the real buttercream.)

His actual birthday was uneventful accept for the phone calls from aunts, uncles and grandparents who all sang for him. He loved all of it.

Saturday I spent 3 hours frosting cakes, but I didn’t get to do that for Jack so it was worth getting the claw from it. I have to admit, I didn’t come up with the cake design. Jack had a sad little applesauce muffin for his 1st birthday cake, since he was still no dairy or soy at that time.

Once people arrived Will was in pretty good spirits. You never know how they are going to react to having a house full of fun, but noisy people. At one point he was sitting in the middle of the kitchen eating a cracker looking around at everyone like “what the hell are all you people doing in my house.”

Will's 1st birthday  Will's 1st birthday

willbday.jpg  Will's 1st birthday

After dinner came time for the cake (the part I was most looking forward to). We lit his candle (which fell over while I was holding the cake in front of him) and sang. Then I set the cake down for him to try. He wasn’t sure he should touch it until I pushed one of his fingers into the cake. Then he dove in, except he didn’t want to taste it. I tried giving him bites off my finger, but no. Then I got one of his plastic forks and he thought that was OK. He ate is first sweets, about 3-4 spoons of frosting.

We got lots of great photos of his hands and cheeks with frosting. Then on to his haul of gifts. He got lots of great stuff. Thanks everyone!

Will's 1st birthday

Overall it was a very fun day! We wish that all the aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents could have been here too.

Happy 1st birthday William! Mommy, Daddy, Jack and Mulligan love you very much.

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