Friday, October 16, 2015

Looking Back: A Barkday Perspective

Some days I like to look back and think about how far I've come thanks to LBR. A guy gets really sentimental the day before his barkday, you know? Take a look at this sorry fellow below. I wasn't even a year old, and all I'd known was the hard life. Living with a bunch of other dogs in a dirt backyard, no shade and no medical care. I had a bad case of demodetic mange (what poor Mabel has been fighting lately!) and lost most of my furs. I was hot, itchy, and so miserable. I didn't think there was any way for my life to get better.

Me in May 2007 when LBR volunteers first evaluated me

But then... someone convinced my owner to surrender me to LBR, and my whole life changed!! I went to live with a new foster family, I got all the medical care I needed, and eventually, I found my MOMMA!! She's the BEST part of my life, and she says I'm the best part of hers. Well DUH!

Me in July 2009, about seven months after Momma adopted me

And furiends, my life just keeps getting better. It hardly seems possible, but every year I just find more and more wonder and joy in this world. I still have a momma who adores me, and then there's Grandma and Grandpa, my Auntie, My Boy and Auntie Jess. The memory of my angel siblings, and the FUN of my siblings right now. There's all my pawesome furiends at Blogville, and THIS year I'll finally get to meet them in the furs at the Blogville Awesome Retreat! And every year I find new ways to help LBR help other dogs just like me. I just don't think my life can get any better -- but I've been wrong every year before, and I'm sure I'll be wrong again this year!!

Me in August 2015, as handsome as ever!

14 comments:

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Casey, maaan, you fell on all four paws at last!!! You rock that bow tie mate. So looking forward to meeting you in the furs! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Mark Muller said...

that 7 months later photo looks completely different and I'm glad that your life became such a fabulous one! I love your bow tie it's like a sign of happiness :o)

Julie said...

Dear Casey the before and afters photos say it all...you haf really fallen on your paws....woohoo...and you do look amazingly handsome!
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

rottrover said...

Casey, you has come a long way, baby!! And you has a wonderful photographer!!

-Ruby and Otto

stellaroselong said...

Dear Casey, your picture brought tears to my eyes, but then your new pictures brought our smiles, we are so happy that you found the way home, I know your road had been full of potholes, and rocks along the way, but you eventually got there, and what a pot of gold you found. Momma said she can hardly wait for the day to come to give you all a real hug and neither can I. We love you much...........stella rose and momma

Madi and Mom said...

CASEY MY SWEET HANDSOME FRIEND...BLESS YOUR HEART....I KNOW FOR SURE THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WAS THAT GLORIOUS DAY YOUR FOUND YOUR MOM....AND YOUR SWEET PRECIOUS MOM LOOKED WAY DEEP INTO YOUR LOVING EYES TO SEE THE BEAUTY IN YOUR SOUL...THAT NOW SHINES LIKE A DIAMOND
HUGS TO YOU ALL
MADI YOUR BFFF

Sandra said...

it hurt my heart to see you when they rescued you, really hurt, but then the hurt stopped when i saw you in the next pic. so handsome and now you are truly beautiful and handsome.. God bless your momma for saving you...

Dory and the Mama said...

We are so very happy that you and LBR and then you and your Mama all found each other!! You are such grown into such happy and go lucky guy!!!
Smileys!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Did you say your barkday is tomorrow! Hope there's plenty of cake!

Idaho PugRanch said...

Casey - you are my personal hero. You had such a rough start but found the bestest furever home with your momma. I know I can get past this nasty mange when I see how handsome you are now!
hugs and love
Mabel
Bailey & Hazel too

HH and The Boys said...

You're looking so good Casey and yes we agree with you. It's wonderful that we all found our moms at just the right time.

hugs, Bugsy and Knuckles

The Army of Four said...

Oh, Casey! We are so thankful you were surrendered to LBR!!! How else would your mom have found you!?!?!? You two BELONG together!!!
Cammie!

Murphy said...

You don't even look like the same doggie! Yes, it is good to reflect!

Your Pals,

Murphy & Stanley

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Casey, we are so happy to read about the wonderful life you have now. We are so thankful for peeps like your Mom and LBR.

Woos - Ciara and Lightning