Memories of Nico

Our sweet festive boy

Nico was our one and only grand-puppy. He was a Golden Doodle who had the sweetest, most loving temperament I’ve ever witnessed in a dog. We only had Nico in our lives for five short years before he tragically left us, but he will always live on in a special corner of my heart.

Even though it’s been over a year since he passed, I still miss him when I visit my daughter and her family. They have two cats now, Ginger and Joey, but no one can ever take the place of this big boy who was full to the brim with life and love and fun.

Baby Nico
First visit to Newtown with the fam
with Leah
Summertime fun
Looking out over Lead Cove
Chillin’ with his sister Ginger
Nico and his dad
Just another visit at Nanny’s house
Enjoying a summer day in Lead Cove

Getting over the loss of a pet is never easy, and is particularly hard for animal lovers like our family. I can’t imagine what it will be like to lose my cats when that time comes. Then again, maybe they will outlive me.

Have you lost a special dog, cat or other animal recently?
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Weekend Family Fun

 Last Friday, we took a trip to Lead Cove, the little outport community where my children grew up.

193Time spent with fun-loving family…

10550980_10152529410910395_7292094118337443846_n…on a warm summer weekend, is high on my list of favourite things to do.

197 Around the bay, the pace slows down where time together is savoured and enjoyed.
(Our boy fell and skinned his knee after I took this one, but let’s not talk about that.)

206Nico explores with Poppy, making the most of his freedom from the leash.

Our little girl spends a pensive moment beside the sea.

214Nico joins her.

238Perhaps they are watching the fishing boat near the horizon.



When we return to the summer-house, our chef checks on the roast he is smoking with maple chips.


Nico finds a shady spot.



Pulled pork sandwiches with all the fixin’s. Yum!















Everyone loves it. ❤






Nico is savouring every minute.




So nice to see the kids playing and spending quality time with their mom.


 Later, we light a fire and serve up spider wieners.

342 Happy girl.


What fire would be complete without s’mores? My first one in decades. 🙂