Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Birthday, Pup.

You would have been nine years old today...

Party Animal

RoseBud always celebrated her birthdays with lots of food (preferably meatballs!) and lots of gifts.  She had a Super Sweet First Birthday that was lots of fun...

Treats:  bone shaped petit fours, chocolate covered marshmallows with rosebuds on them, paw print cookies, pup cakes and more...
Craft: All the kids made frames and had their picture taken with RoseBud.

Gifts: Lots & Lots of gifts!

Love: All the kids wrote something to RoseBud for her birthday.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

You are my (sunshine) RoseBud

Since I was a little girl I would always sing the song You are my Sunshine with my dog's name in place of the Sunshine...

You are my RoseBud - my only RoseBud
You make me happy when skies are gray
You'll never know dear - how much I love you
Please don't take my RoseBud away

So, to RoseBud Clementine, Gypsy Ming Rose and Pepper - keep shining!




PS - Happy Birthday to ME.

Friday, October 31, 2008


RoseBud had a lot of clothes & a lot of costumes!  She had many fans on Halloween that would come by to see what she was dressed as.

Here are a few of her costumes.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Still here... It's actually February!  I'm going to do some back posting so check back for new posts soon!

In the meantime... I came across a site called wordle that creates a design or "word cloud" (as they call it) of words used in recent posts. Kind of neat...

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Oh, RoseBud

It's been 6 months since we said goodbye to RoseBud.  After she died we started a journal of her. We wanted to capture EVERY memory we ever had - not that we'd EVER forget the time she spent with us.  It's full of nicknames and places we visited and things we did...  One memory is how we would always say "Oh, RoseBud..."

Oh, RoseBud - what do you want to do today?
Oh, RoseBud - we better take you outside.
Oh, RoseBud-  you are so silly.
Oh, RoseBud - your feet are dirty!
Oh, RoseBud - you're the prettiest pup around!!!

Even today, 6 months later, we're still saying it.

Oh, RoseBud - we miss you!

RoseBud lounging in Norfolk, VA - 2006

Monday, October 13, 2008

5 Star

Dear RoseBud,

I know you stayed at all kinds of hotels - La Quinta and the Radisson and the Hilton and a couple beautiful beach houses but I'm sorry you never got to stay at a 5 star hotel.  We always talked about taking you to New York City to stay at the Plaza like Eloise and her pug Weenie and we never got around to it.  We were just in Bedford Springs (which we also talked about taking you to visit because it's pet friendly) and thought of you -  you would have liked sleeping in the big comfy bed!

Love the Bud,

Little Pumpkin

Little Pumpkin from 2006

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


While we are on the subject of flowers...
Soon after RoseBud passed away I was greeted by a sea of dandelions in my Dad's back yard. Got a little creative and made RoseBud's name in Dandelion heads.

(Thanks for the inspiration, Chrissy & Eva!)

Friday, September 5, 2008

Dear Flowers - I'm sorry...

Dear Flowers,

I'm sorry I haven't watered you since the middle of April.  It's now September.  I know a lot of you are still holding on but some of you just couldn't take it anymore.  :(  RoseBud and I used to come back from our morning walk and "give you guys a drink" and since she's been gone there really hasn't been much of that (if any) at all. RoseBud would get so excited when we walked in the door and I went for the watering can.  She knew we would be going outside for a little longer.  We would go in and out a few times to refill and each time we went back out she was just as excited as the first.  Hopefully there will be more Buds (in all respects) in the future and I promise to water all of you.

Love, J

Here are a few photos of The Bud and Her Buds...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Diamond in the Ruff

When RoseBud was just a little pup she visited her "cousin" Diamond.  
It was her very first trip out to visit the family.

Diamond recently passed away.  She was fifteen years old.  We'll miss you, Diamond! We hope RoseBud was there to greet you at the Rainbow Bridge.

Just this side of heaven lies the Rainbow Bridge.
When a beloved pet dies, it goes to the Rainbow Bridge.
It makes friends with the other animals and frolics over hills and peaceful lush meadows of green.
They are as healthy and playful as we remember them in days gone by.
Together, the animals play, but the day comes when a pet will suddenly stop and look into the distance... bright eys intent, eager body quivering.
Suddenly recognizing you, your pet bounds quickly across the green fields and into your embrace.
You celebrate in joyous reunion.  You will never again separate.
Happy tears and kisses are warm and plentiful, your hands caress the face you missed.
You look into the loving eyes of your pet and know that you never really parted.
You realize that though out of sight, your love had been remembered.
You cross the Rainbow Bridge together.

Her Perpective

As I said before, we are not at a lack of photographs of The Bud. After she passed away, though, we went around the house, yard and my Dad's house and took a series of pictures from "her perspective" which are actually some of my favorites.

Here are a few...

In her bed under the desk at my Dad's house.

From the chair at her grandpa's house (her only babysitter) watching Dave get out of the car.

The view of our car from the garage - ready to go for a ride.

Monday, August 25, 2008

You talking to me?

I'm not sure why but she always reminded me of a little bad ass in this photo - like her Harley is parked off to the side somewhere.  Leopard collar, silver initial... Looking fierce.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Me and My Shadow

Wherever  I Go She Goes...  My Buddy and Me.

OBX 2006

Our Outer Banks trip in October 2006 wasn't quite what we expected...  
It started out ok.

Then there was an unexpected flight.

With a layover here.

And RoseBud's SECOND stay at a hotel.  A 30+ day stay actually.

LONG story.  We'll get back to this one later.  :)

More in 2005

Jockey's Ridge - Nags Head, NC.  The tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States.

Ready to go home.  Just need to buckle up!

Visit to Williamsburg, VA.

Visit to Berkley Springs, WV.  Home of warm mineral springs noted as Medicine Springs in 1747. In 1776 George Washington's family and friends drew up a plat of 134 lots, named the streets, and incorporated the Town of Bath.  The magic of the springs prevailed and the town and surrounding area are known by Berkeley Springs.  My dog tags are there somewhere!

OBX May 2005

Going for a walk on the beach with David.

RoseBud and her "baby" relaxing in the sun room.

Going for a jog.

The Bud's "Aunt & Uncle" and "Cousins" came to visit for a couple days!

Watching everyone leave to go home.  (Such a cute little tail.)

More in 2004

GET ME OUT OF HERE!  RoseBud loved the beach but she wasn't too crazy about the water.

Anyone for Golf?

Playing with the Earth Ball.

My very own cabana.  Taking a little siesta in the sun.

OBX May 2004

Stop over at La Quinta in Williamsburg, VA.  First hotel stay. 

Some wrestling fun with Grandpa.

Best. Cheesesteaks. Ever.

Just like home - Spider and Percy (and many others) come to the beach too!

Seeing the sights - OBX 2003

RoseBud loved to explore and see new places.

Bodie Island Lighthouse with David, The Dad and Aunt Gloria

Visiting the Wright Brothers Memorial