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Milestones / Birthday Weekend Bash

So the last weekend of January was Manni’s birthday weekend. He turned 10! Another milestone for us! Our milestones since the diagnosis included: for all fur to grow back: check. Summer and sea: check. Colder weather and the woods: check. Snow! For him to see snow again!!: check (could have been more though). Live through Christmas and into the new year: check. His 10th birthday: check!!

Since I am afraid of what happens if I run out of milestones the next one I set is my birthday in April. This year is the year of big birthdays for all three of us. All of us celebrate the next decade so he had better stick around for my birthday as well.

So after we celebrated Manni’s birthday with his friends at the dog park I talked to him at night about what he wanted to do with the rest of the weekend:

“Tell me: what do you want to do for your birthday?” “I want to go to that beautiful place with the forest and the lakes and the sand!”













Hey! That’s a great idea! We had not been there in a while. Ok, that’s decided then.

Looking forward to our trip!

So the next day we packed our things and off we went. All in the spirit of Manni’s milestone birthday! 🙂


That is one of the trips that we have to take Manni’s buggy, or cart along because you can walk for miles there and that’s just a little too much for a tripawd. While he doesn’t exactly love his cart he has it figured out by now that if he gets exhausted he stops at the cart and puts his front paw up so we can lift him into it. Smart pup that!


The place is gorgeous and we had a picnic with cake and coffee for the two-leggers and a birthday-bone for birthday-boy.



The last leg of our trip to took us to the part with the lakes. Even if it’s freezing Manni loves to cool his feet a little and sit and play in the sand. We are just along to enjoy the view:


“Don’t worry mom, I have everything under control!!”

Afterwards, all of us were pretty exhausted but very happy and relaxed. Manni went straight to his bed. We found that we really have to work on his definition of right direction/wrong direction 🙂


So after dinner that day it was more than about time to go to bed. And to enjoy time together. After a wonderful “together-day” like this, if you were to look for us, you would find this:

Not sure who’s watching over whom, but I guess it doesn’t matter.

Never has time together been more precious than these last 14 months. Let’s make it 14 more.

A howlin’ hound.

I love my dog. I really do. More than anything. And I think what makes him all the more special are his (not-so-little) character quirks.

But sometimes, just sometimes I wonder if he’s a little crazy (which probably helps him cope with me…). (It’s actually HIS food I’m preparing here:)



I am very thankful for being able to take Manni to work with me and when we have a little time we get to go outside and play with his prey-dummy so he gets to stay busy, too.

I decided to just keep blogging our little day-to-day adventures in the hope that others find a little joy in this as well and see how well tripawds can do. I found it is also very therapeutic for me to leave something of a legacy of Manni.

Have a good week folks!

In case you’re wondering how we came about

This blog is mainly for our “is now” status, so I decided to add a little page of our history. You can find it here:

The world’s worst first dog.

Making lasting impressions and having fun at every opportunity

So, according to Manni this is THE best season by far. I don’t agree at all. I hate the cold, I live for sunshine and warmth. However, one of my goals in this awful journey was for Manni to see snow once more. And finally we got some. Not much, mind you, but enough for him to roll in. He never does that, unless it’s cold and snowy.

One happy camper I have now! 🙂 He is actually full of energy now, which I put down to the cold temperatures (it doesn’t necessarily work this way for me I might add…).


So I try to make the most fun times for both of us at every opportunity. Since it still gets dark waaaaay too early some of this we have to do at home:

It is so good to see him play again. There were times I wasn’t sure I would see this again.

And lastly: I found that this whole journey, the last 13 months, left a pretty deep impression with me and I wanted to do it justice. so I got this and I am really proud:

(it’s 3 paw prints, the picture doesn’t do it justice)

So, no matter what happens: Manni will always stay with me.

Entertainment in rainy times

It feels like I’ve only written pretty negative stuff so far so I thought I’d just share what we’ve been up to the first few days of the new year.

The year started out ok, weatherwise, so our forest walks are fairly standard by now:


Enchanting dog in enchanted forest.

Manni just loves being in the forest and run around on the fallen leaves. I was too late to capture how he actually played with a tree branch. He’s not done that in ages and I am so happy to see that!

Two days ago the weather turned into something atrocious. gale-force winds and rain. Yay. We do go outside, obviously, but none of us is having any fun with that so we have to make do at home:

And this is the face that looks at you after:

Pretty useless, uninformative post, I’ll give you that, but fun nonetheless 🙂

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