Morgan

Not Saying Goodbye

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To our dear friends, family and those following us on our life adventure.

Today was a very sad day as we had to let Morgan, our Golden Retriever, go. 

Our precious Morgan was 17 years and 25 days. She was our best friend, hiking buddy and our joy. 

Here are a few of our favorite photos. 

She was born November 13, 2000. She was one of a bunch of puppies and we picked her. Her tail was painted yellow and 9 weeks later we picked her up.

We knew these dogs were destined to be ours. They were born on Dale and Dorana’s moms birthday. Their moms middle name is Golden! How could we not know these girls were ours!!!! 

 

Dale’s sister, Dorana, was with us when we went to get Morgan. She saw Morgan’s sister and it was love at first sight. 

 

Morgan is in the black leash, Amika in the red. This is such a fun story to tell and if you have time I hope you read it. You will laugh along with us. 

We were going on a trip with our singles group and staying in a house at Sun River. On the way there we remembered NO DOGS ALLOWED. Well, we had to sneak the girls in the room and keep them there all weekend. Some one had to stay with them so all 3 of us were never seen together which made everyone wonder. We had to sneak the girls out through the window, daytime and night time, to do their business. When they would play and growl and bark at each other we had to make noises to cover up their noises. No one ever knew they were in that house even when a dog toy ended up under the wiper of our car. Oh, we have laughed and laughed over this for 17 years. And will continue to in years to come. 

This is the girls first hike at 9 weeks old at Smith Rock State Park. Sadly, we lost Amika a few years ago.

 

Morgan loved her sticks and balls!

 

She’s Miss Anal about her balls and toys.

 

She was our hiking buddy and loved being on the trails. As she got older (about 15) and couldn’t do much walking, she still wanted to be on a wooded trail.
She loved the ocean!

 

And the snow!

 

Annie and Morgan were buddies. Sadly, we lost Annie the first of 2017.

 

She was always smiling! That is what I will remember about her. The love and joy she brought to our lives. Incredible and could never be replaced. Until we meet in heaven. Always in my heart. 

 

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Desert Critters

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We have been watching for animal life in Death Valley. For 10 days we didn’t see much.

Dale saw a lizard on a hike he did. No photo! It got away too quickly. We have been watching for the Big Horn Sheep but haven’t even caught one running away from us.

We did see this beauty on the way to Ubehebe Crater. I think this is my first sighting since we have been coming to the desert since 2006.

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We have see Ravens and some little birds flitting around. Also a couple of butterflies. Today at the Furnace Creek Inn we saw two Coots in the garden creek.

Two nights ago the coyotes came calling. More like howling and screeching it was. We think they smelled Morgan and wanted her to come play. Thankfully, Annie was in that night and safe. She didn’t much like the racket outside than we did. The next day we saw two coyotes roaming Furnace Creek Ranch. Sure hope they forget our space for the rest of the time we are here!!!

Life is good. All God’s creation is beautiful.