Friday, December 30, 2016

Goodbye 2016, Let's Ring In A New Year!

WE HOPE YOU ALL HAD A MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING THESE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM DOGS LUV US AND WE LUV THEM!
Happy Holidays from Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them!
SANTA WAS GOOD TO ICY AND PHOEBE.  THEY GOT LOTS OF PRESENTS AND PLAYED 'TIL THEY DROPPED, ON CHRISTMAS MORNING!


Dogs' Christmas Presents!
Santa was really good to Icy and Phoebe this year!


Christmas with Icy and Phoebe
Santa had quite a haul for Icy and Phoebe this Christmas!
AS USUAL, ICY TRIED TO HOG MOST OF THE PRESENTS, BUT DON'T WORRY, PHOEBE SNUCK IN AND SWIPED A BUNCH FOR HERSELF TOO!

Icy is a bit of a toy hoarder!
Icy, attempting to hog all the Christmas presents!
A GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL, BUT PHOEBE FOUND THE ENTIRE ORDEAL EXHAUSTING.  SHE HAS DECIDED TO NAP UNTIL NEXT YEAR (which is in 2 days)!

Phoebe is a pooped pooch after all the Christmas fun!
Poor Phoebe is exhausted after her Christmas!

ICY, PHOEBE AND I WANT TO THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO VISIT US ON THE BLOG, SHARING OUR ADVENTURES WITH US AND BEING A PART OF OUR LIVES.  YOU ARE THE BEST!

Happy New Year from Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them!

WELL, CHRISTMAS AND HANUKKAH ARE OVER AND THAT MEANS ANOTHER YEAR HAS COME TO A CLOSE.  2016 WAS NOT THE BEST YEAR.  WE LOST A LOT OF INCREDIBLE PEOPLE, BELOVED MUSICIANS AND ACTORS AMONG THEM.  WE SAID A TEARFUL GOODBYE TO DAVID BOWIE, GLENN FREY, PRINCE, GEORGE MICHAEL, ALAN RICKMAN, CARRIE FISHER & HER MOM DEBBIE REYNOLDS THE VERY NEXT DAY, HARPER LEE (AUTHOR OF TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD), NANCY REAGAN, DORIS ROBERTS, PATTY DUKE,  GENE WILDER, FLORENCE HENDERSON, AND OTHERS.  TOO MANY TO MENTION HERE.  MANY OF THESE VERY SPECIAL PEOPLE LEFT THIS EARTH WAY TOO SOON!

WE HAD AN UNPRECEDENTED, TOTALLY INSANE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION THAT DIVIDED NOT ONLY OUR COUNTRY, BUT FRIENDS AS WELL.  I CANNOT IMAGINE LOSING A FRIEND OVER POLITICAL VIEWS.  FRIENDSHIP SHOULD TRANSCEND CRAP LIKE THAT, DON'T YOU THINK?  AS WE'VE SEEN, LIFE IS WAY TO SHORT FOR THAT!

My sweet Mama, not long before Alzheimer's took her from us at the age of 94.  I love you to the moon and back Mom, I miss you terribly.

I HAD MY OWN PERSONAL LOSS IN 2016.  I LOST MY BELOVED MOTHER IN MAY.  I'M SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE BEEN BLESSED TO HAVE HAD BOTH MY PARENTS WITH ME UNTIL THEY WERE IN THEIR 90's.  I KNOW I COULDN'T REASONABLY ASK FOR MORE THAN THAT.   I AM NOT ONE TO GRIEVE OUT IN THE OPEN, SO I'LL JUST SAY GOODBYE AND GOOD RIDDANCE, 2016!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
MAY 2017 BE A WONDERFUL, PEACEFUL AND HAPPY TIME FOR US ALL!

So tell us, are you happy to say goodbye 2016 and ring in a New Year, welcoming 2017, or are you sad to say goodbye to 2016?  Leave us a comment and share!

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36 comments:

  1. I'm ready for 2017 and all of the plans that Skipper and I have. I hope your year is amazing! I love you, Cathy! 🎊

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    1. Thanks Melissa! I your year is amazing too, I love you back!!

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  2. We are thrilled to leave 2016 but have A LOT of fear and trepidation for 2017 lol. Wishing you nothing but blessings in the New Year! DakotasDen

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    1. I am also wary of 2017, lots of uncertainty but I've been reflecting over the last few days and I'm going to give 2017 my best shot! I wish you all great things in the New Year as well Caren. Good health, love, happiness, success & more!

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  3. Glad you had a wonderful holiday. Yes, last year was a challenge, so I'm hopeful that 2017 will be wonderful!

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    1. I hope 2017 will be much better too, Amy!

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  4. I'm happy to see Icy and Phoebe ha such a wonderful and bountiful Christmas. I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother, I too will be happy to see 2016 gone as we also lost someone only a few weeks before Christmas. All the best to you and your family for 2017!

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    1. I'm so sorry for your loss as well. I'm looking forward to a fresh start in 2017. Wishing you all good things in the new year!

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  5. Happy 2017 to you too Cathy. That photo of the dogs together is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you like their photo, they are such great models. This was a professional photo shoot and the photographer got the shot in like 3 minutes. She was so pleased with how good they were posing. She said they were so good that "they deserve a steak for this!" LOL!! I couldn't agree more. All the best to you and Kilo in the new year!

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  6. I am so sorry to hear about your Mom, and yes I agree with you good bye 2016 and may 2017 be a good year for all of us with love, health, happiness and everything we dream of

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    1. Thank you Ruth, it was a difficult year for us personally. I have high hopes for 2017 though!

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  7. What a nice photo of your mom. Icy sounds like Dexter hogging all the toys...attention, you name it. I love the holiday photo too.

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    1. Thank you! I really love this photo of her too, it was one of the last great times we had together. Icy is a total toy & treat hog! Glad you like the holiday photo, it's one of my faves.

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  8. Oh Cathy, I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. This has been an emotional year. Lots of changes. I'm ready for 2017. The best to you and yours in the New Year!

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    1. Thank you Shannon, I appreciate the kind words. It sure has been a highly emotional year. I'm looking forward to change in 2017 - Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  9. I am so honored that you shared your sweet mom with all of us - you have been blessed. Phoebe and Icy and just lovely and clearly are loved - they always looks to photogenic and happy! 2016 was a bugger, that's for sure - losing so many great artists and a whole bunch of other unpleasantries. Here's hoping 2017 is much better (even though we're all a little edgy - we can support one another)!

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    1. Thank you so much, Rebecca, I really appreciate that. I don't often share such personal pain on the blog, but it just felt right at this time. I hope 2017 is a much better year for all of us!

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  10. Happy new year! It looks like Icy and Phoebe had a wonderful holiday :)

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    1. Thanks, Happy New Year to you as well, Katie! Yes, they had a great holiday. Santa Paws was very good to them.

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  11. 2016 had some great moments for me personally, but I have to admit the politics drove me crazy. I try to be optimistic, but I am very concerned for the future of our country and honestly, the world.

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    1. I'm so glad you had great moments in 2016! I'm concerned too, so much change is coming and it's scary. I'll hope for the best in 2017, for all of us!

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  12. Your Mom looks a brilliant lady. I am sorry you lost her.

    She was one of a host, as you say who we lost. As someone who loved Carrie Fisher and Alan Rickman in particular their losses hit hard. What a year it's been.

    Your two must light up the days for you both pups made me smile so much in this post, I am SURE Icy didn't take ALL the presents *g*.

    Happy New Year and may 2017 be a great one for your blog.

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    1. Thank you Marjorie, yes my Mom was incredible. To see someone so SMART and so interested in everything slowly decline mentally and lose treasured memories is more than heartbreaking. I'm so thankful that I have my dogs to comfort and inspire me! I hope 2017 will be great for you as well, in every way!

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  13. I'm sorry to hear about your mother. The dogs look like they had a wonderful holiday.

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    1. Thanks so much, I appreciate that. The dogs did have an awesome holiday - they played so much and had lots of treats, they were both exhausted afterwards!

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  14. I'm sorry you lost your Mother. Happy though that you have your pack and everyone enjoyed the holidays. I have decided to postpone my new year celebrations until after surgery I'm having later this month. February will be my month to celebrate. I look forward to a fabulous year from then!

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate that. We did enjoy our holidays, it wasn't the same without Mom but we managed to enjoy it. I hope your surgery isn't serious and I hope it goes well - sending you the Power of the Paw for healing and a great outcome. Happy New Year!

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  15. So glad Santa was good to the doggies! We hope your New Year has been great so far :)

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    1. Yes, Santa was very generous to the dogs. The New Year is starting off well so far. All the best in 2017!

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  16. Sorry for your loss. On our end 2016 was really good to us. The US politics drove us bonkers (Canadian) but on the whole it was a really good year. We got engaged so ... :)

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate that. Yes, I know 2016 was great for you! I loved your engagement post and how involved little Montecristo was in the whole affair! I really enjoy your travel posts, we travel lots in the U.S. but haven't ventured abroad yet.

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  17. Happy New Year! Sounds like Icy and Phoebe were very, very good last year! Sorry about your mom.

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  18. We wish you an amazing year too. Loved the pictures they look so happy with their presents

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