4 Our wedding day on New Year's Eve, 2001. I remember a few funny looks when this shot was taken, but it seemed so natural to me to have my doggie girl in the picture.
5 Part of the Christmas gathering in Norwich, CT, 2002.
6 The second of six homes Caffrey moved to with us. This is the view from our apartment in Norwich. We had to keep looking carefully for a place that would rent to a family with a pet, and a big one at that. She was 80lbs in her prime. Plus, it had to be a decent place for all of us - easy to take her out for a walk, etc.
7 This was her small run that I took her to every morning and evening. Nice view of the river.
8 Enough room to toss a frisbee!
10 And good sniffs in the air :)
12 A happy girl...such a good, good dog. Never a mean sound or look.
15 I always thought she was the most perfect Lab ever born. Tall, lean, red-haired, beautiful eyes.
17 I loved how she would lay down next to her frisbee, very close to it. Very possessive of it :)
18 Paw touching frisbee. And coffee mug handy!
19 Slide show of Caffrey's 5th birthday - a day I have not forgotten. We went trail running, then a swim, then an ice cream cone! I made it a point to give her a very special day. I also remember a doggie birthday party later in Coronado with doggie friends of Caff's, including Jenni's Sierra.
20 At Brandt Lake. I am missing a picture somewhere of a camping trip with her. She was so freaked out sleeping outside at night that she took my tent down twice by wrapping it up with her leash. I had to get out of the tent and free her up. I remember spider webs on my face! yuck! I finally brought her in with me and she collapsed on me heavily, exhausted!
21 Christmas in Connecticut.
25 So Dave was getting home from sea while I was traveling in NY for Merck. I guess I left him a package and a sign :)
26 Now we're in FL, enroute to Coronado. She LOVED having a beach at her doorstep. Brought home "fossils" - bird bones she had dug up in the sand.
27 Getting ready to fly to CA! I remember crawling in the crate first, treat in my mouth, to show her that it was ok.
28 Now we're in CA - Coronado.
29 Reunited with my puppy girl! It's 2003 now.
30 One of my favorite pictures. Clearly, no kids in the picture yet. I was just devoted to her.
32 Our Coronado deck.
34 Thanksgiving for Caff!
37 Up at Gramma's for Christmas 2003.
39 Loves playtime!
44 That's brother Doug playing, too.
45 Ooops! Might have gotten a swim in Gramma's pool!
55 Caff looks gorgeous here. But look at my face! huh? too funny!
57 Getting ready for a kiss!
58 Puffer cheeks!
59 Time to leave! Hop in!
64 Getting ready for Dave to come back from sea. Everything got spruced!
65 Gramma is a great groomer!
66 Thanksgiving in Coronado, 2004. We had 11 people staying in our 500 sq ft apartment! Dan is on the deck!
67 Look at the fun we had! Hi Grant! Good morning!
68 Poker with the guys.
69 Eight months pregnant with Sam!
70 Seven years old here. In her prime, and well loved :)
71 Such a cute apartment that was. Loved it. See the tiny tiny tree?
72 Oooooh! I sniff something!
73 What's in my stocking!?
75 Getting ready for another move - to WA this time.
76 On our way now to WA.
77 I am 37 weeks prego. Hoping I don't pop on the way!
78 Not bad, mom. You did ok with this place.
79 Bye Coronado! (We're on the beautiful Coronado Bay Bridge.)
80 Mom and Caff waiting for us to come home with Sam!
81 I think she is frowning!!! Too funny :) Like "hmmm...what is this? a new toy? for whom?"
82 Lounging in Poulsbo, WA.
83 And now there are four of us in the family!
84 That's better, Caff. Pose for the camera :)
85 I remember taking her on a walk that February afternoon. I think it was the first day I could really walk with Sam and Caff. Sam was a month old exactly when this photo was taken.
86 Easter is always fun - treats for doggies in eggs, too!
87 Found one!
88 Now in Hawaii!
89 Making Santa cookies!
90 Sam gave Caff a good grooming every time she shed, which was very frequently here.
91 Nice guy grooming his doggie.
92 Ben lounging on Caffrey. He really loved his doggie and would often go sit next to her and pet her, or give her cars to play with. I just wish I'd known how special those memories would be to me now and had taken more pictures of them together.
93 A too-infrequent beauty day for Caff, but you can tell I still loved to take pictures of us together. I love you dearly, Caff and am having such a hard time letting go of you. I know you know how much you were loved. Thank you for loving us back!