1961986_808783805816520_1941380670_oWe are walking in the JDRF San Diego Chapter Walk to Cure Diabetes. If you would like to donate to us, you can do so here. We are walking with our Canine Hope family, and we all had some new hardware made for the dogs, these awesome CH collars. I took the dogs outside to get some pictures of the collars. The kids were in the house playing with Angus.

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We spend a great deal of time with dogs. Our dogs use/need things like beds, crates, harnesses, toys, training gear, leashes, collars, food, etc. We require things that are sturdy and long lasting, that work well, and that are easy to use. I will randomly post a piece/review on some of our favorite things, gear we love, products we use, etc. First up is our new Kuranda Reversible Pads.

For those of you that follow along,  we use Kuranda cots for our dogs to “place” on. It is their go to spot in the house. We have 3 of the cots, 2 in our family room, and 1 in our bedroom. We love them for lots of reasons, easy to clean, easy to move, indestructible, orthopedic, and they can be used outside.  About a year ago, we were in a contest, and won a fleece cover for one of our cots. That cot, especially in the winter and at night, is the “coveted” cot :), and normally Raven’s on it. Here is a picture of our cots, and you can see the one on the right has the pad:

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Every once in awhile, a dog comes along that changes everything. For me, that dog is Major. I have had dogs all my life. As a matter of fact, I can’t remember a day since I was a child without one. There have been a lot of dogs. But there has never been a dog like Major. He had a rough start in life. Undeserved. Cruel. And unlike people, he holds no grudge. But like a lot of people, he was looking for an opportunity to prove himself. To show his stuff. To make a difference. To be loved. To be appreciated. He has flourished in our home. He continues to make me smile. To make me say “WOW!” To make me wonder how he does what he does. And he does it all for a scratch behind the ears, a treat, and a warm place in my heart.

He is our protector. Not just my daughter’s. He watches over all of us. He always needs to see both Stella and Dash when we are out. He insists that we exercise together. He keeps us safe. Yes, he has saved Stella’s life more than once. But he has saved mine too.

He is our dog. Our companion. Our friend. Our protector. Our running buddy. Our keeper of secrets. Our type 1 diabetes warrior. He is our family. Today is his 4th birthday. I can’t begin to tell you how much this dog means to me. I LOVE this dog. He has changed my life. He has rekindled my passion for photography. He has made my daughter’s health better. He has introduced us to amazing friends, people that are now family. Just a dog? Hardly…

I apologize in advance for the length of the video. But understand, it could have been HOURS with the amount of images I have of Major. I had to pull down the audio. But feel free to play Cat Stevens “I love my dog” in the background 😉

I love my dog…

Team Blackdogsrule

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