10 October 2014

Tara & me, Our Story

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Just us girls!
In this blogpost I'll tell (mostly show) you all about Tara's life and our bond that grew so much over the years. Also I've done some huge discoveries after she passed away by looking at her old pictures. Take a breath and check in for almost 30 pictures with picture-inception!

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Aw..
So my sweet Tara kind of looked like am Asian lady when we first met. My Tara came home to us where she was save and were she had and heaven on earth. She didn't knew this yet when she came here. After a while we noticed she was shared of water, the remote control and the newspaper. So dogs don't lie, she was hit by those. Today I've discovered that on the second picture her head has some wet water spots, only on her face (have more pictures of that moment) This day was so not rainy! She was a happy but a scared dog, who did knew her boundaries...

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Our first moment!
on the left I'm cranky because my mom wanted to take a picture :P I was 17 :)As you can see in Tara's face she was already more relaxed. (the previous owners just left!) We bought her second hand because those people didn't want her anymore, also it appeared they only did half way with basic training, she could only sit and 50% lay down. pff there we so not dog people! In the second picture we took her on the couch, This was not normal for her because she was all in a happy shock by it * am I in wonderland?*


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We became best buddies!
Lots of time gone by and I had my life and Tara was my play friend and we would "destroy" the calm and peace at home. I was so happy she was so big and wild so we could really play insane :D There we not so many pictures from the last 2 years because she was still more the family dog and she was my buddy but this year, when this picture was taken; My mom said to me I have too much going on I can't keep taking care of this dog and because you kinda feel more for her than me, then from today it's your dog... YES!! and goodbye social outgoing life hello Tara! You wanna go out... sue but I want to be home so I can walk Tara! ;) Everything for my little girl!


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Swimming time!
She was wild for swimming and retrieving. She did this naturally, no training needed! Everytime she would fetch my a stick, I was so proud! Sometimes she was so hyper, she would jump in so heavy she would go under for a second and as you can see on the left two pictures; it would make her sneeze :P She hated showering btw but swimming was amazing for her!

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You're my lap dog!
sitting like this with Tara feels so warm and cozy! When she would fall asleep on/in my lap my heart would melt! So cute and sometimes she snorrrres :) Relaxing moment for both.

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Cat hunting!
When she could see this was one of her favorite things to do. Also I taught her that cat was that and she would go hyper. Also I would tell her that the Kitty went away and she had to miss it now, she would start crying a little bit :) so cute! BTW she never catched a cat in her life. The cat catched her two times on her nose when she walked passed a bush.

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Autumn & Christmas
Looks like she's been standing there forever. This is a position she loves to stand in when she could see. She just loved to look outside and hoped for something interesting or just checking for something. This is also cat hunting position indoors.

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Snow!
Snow was something that Tara loved & hated. Tara had a time she was slightly overweighted and in that time when we would go outside, she would stop and I have to drag her forward but her paws we just so cold. and onetime when we were playing outside like this she would lay down in the snow and look at me like I give up, very dramatic face she had then xD silly girl. When she loved snow was when she was on a diet and she became all happy and full of energy by that diet again. so snow time was fun time. Not like she played a lot with snow. More like she would get hyper by touched the snow with her nose and feet while walking.

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All about Tara
Upper left; Yes she's super crazy.
upper right; you can almost see how soft she feels.
down left: she adores and loves you.
Down right; She always feels at home and relax.

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Park adventures
So this is what we would do on an almost daily base when she still could see.
As you can see Tara was a very dominant and hyper dog by the way her chest and tail are and how far her paws are apart from each other. The second picture looks like she's a unicorn without het horn thing in the water, just like magic! Also she loves just killing twigs, never ate them just killing. The last picture is the after math in the sun. She is drying and I'm resting :P

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Nail salon
The part she didn't liked so much but she got used to it and realized it was gonna be over without ouchies! She has such a pretty belly!

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When she's not modeling
She has just the most weirdest way to lay down and sleep. She loves to sleep like a swan, That neck thing against a couch or closet is really her thing. The but/belly against the back of the couch. The last picture is was 10 minutes after we talked she maybe had so much cushions in the living room, that she would have enough with one... She knew!!

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In the garden
So again weird and creative spot to lay down. The next is when she was on adventures really IN the garden. :P first and last time but is was so cute!! And other picture is when she's hot in summer she would Always go and lay there. and the little sparrow was taking Tara's hair for building a nest in spring. So cute!

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*You tricked me*
There was a time Tara was really happy hyper on the leash that she would pull so hard; my hand would turn heavy red and painful. So we tried this thing: First a bit of cheese and then... She was so not happy about it. We walked a bit and it kind of worked but it was so not functional and when we got back she got the thing of with her front paws when I was busy opening the gate and sadly she scratched her nose :( so this was a one timer :D

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Booh
So we went to the vet for a normal checkup and suddenly she said did you knew Tara was blind and already like 50%. We were like noooo can't be she sees us clearly.. so we went to an eye specialist and he also said yup she's getting blind but another kind of normal blindness. This is something she got from her parents and this goes way faster than normal old age blindness. Sorry don't know the name now.

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*Can I hold your feet*
So this picture is since 2/3 years my mobile background and when I bought a new Phone I rejected it and gave it back because I couldn't install this background :P yes a habit person! This thing she does with her paw. She because doing this a lot more the blinder she got. She Always want to be in contact with she it's her way of knowing you're there and showing love.

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Waiting and confusion.
The upper 2 pictures is her waiting positions around walkies time. The left one is when I'm upstairs and the right one is when I'm at my pc. The other 2 pictures is total confusion. The super big bone is just too big for her, it was fun for a while but she couldn't do anything with it, still very cute! The round bone was totally new for her and I gave it to her, She ran away and directly came running back because she didn't know how to play with it. I showed her how and then she got a new favorite kind of bone. A much bigger bone adventure than with a normal straight one.

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Waterfun in the backyard!
So because she's blind she can't go swimming in open lakes etc anymore, before we knew she was blind she often had an eye infection. when we knew she was blind it all became clear. sorry no more swimming for you. I felt sad for her so I bought a child bath for her :p It was so new for her I really had to show her that it was fun and then for 2 years she had lots of fun in there! after she got bored of it (or maybe too grown up)

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Fleecefun!
I often would lay down with her like this because I would wear black pants of something and this way I could cuddle with here instead of turning white in spring & autumn. She loves to cuddle like this, also at the end she mostly falls asleep. Se adorable!

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Best gift ever!
So when I noticed in winter there was cold falling from under the curtains on her, so I wanted to give her a warmer place to sleep and I fixed something with the curtains. She loves this basket and this was the first day she got it.

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A morning at my dad's place.
So we sometimes would take Tara with us to my father. not Always because she can be quite the adventurous dog in other places than home. Her adventure face in the upper left picture. Her; *I'm getting my belly rubbed* face. Then her crazy play face and the last one is the *I'm 9 but I look 1* look.

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Random pictures
Upper left; first time meeting a cat up close without trouble for her nose. This Kitty was my new outdoor friend (when I still smoked I would stand outside and he would come play with me) Tara was getting blind but at daytime she could see a little so this was a big something for her. The upper right picture is the aftermath from a morning at my dad's place. Down left is at the vet. she kinda Always hides under the chairs and feels very happy there. She's Always very calm but she just wants to be there. And the last is just her beautiful nose!

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Just woow
This was again when we were visiting my father. but this time there was snow outside! Yay the lighting is so beautiful!

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Walkies in the snow
If you've been following me for a while you can see that the first picture is Tara from an olher header :) The lighting is so beautiful with snow and the morning is the best for taking pretty pictures. She looks like she's in a magical Paradise.

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Happy with my DSLR!
I'm so so so so happy I've bought my DSLR camera, I've taken so much pictures of everything, but an incredible amount of Tara! This Camera see's what I'm seeing and I'm so grateful for my choice that I've bought this camera thís year! If you check the Tara tab you'll see a lot of these pictures ;)

Here it comes...
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Do you see the difference?!
Milady came in in our home as an badly bullied, not so smart, scared, Asian lady and turned into and strong, loved, smart, adventurous, western lady :)

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True love!
My little girl you and me forever! Maybe she's not here anymore but she's really in my heart. bought a whole royal chamber in there with all the love she got in her life. I've said before that my "everything" was confused. I could not see her but still felt her like she was there. Now I know and I cannot cry for it; I do cry for I miss that my human senses (hearing, feeling, smelling, touching) are not satisfied, we miss Tara! all about TARA! But I do not cry for Tara is not gone. That's why I keep telling I feel okay and I'm okay where she is. I still feel warm, cozy and loved inside, the way hów warm, cozy and love I feel can only be given by my Tara. She's with me and therefore my heart is okay, because she's truly there. Also now I cry because I feel so much love overwhelming me and now I wish to hug her but I can't! I love you Tara!

Stay tuned for more about Tara.