It was a good summer overall which included taking a sabbatical from the web. Despite the summer starting with the loss of one of our labs to a brain cancer, we got to spend some great time with him and were so fortunate that he graced our lives for exactly 7 years to the day.
We then threw ourselves into a kitchen remodel, completely gutting the old, and 8 weeks later, we have a modern, beautiful space to enjoy. A lot of sweat equity in this project and the memories of the inconveniences of that period have faded.
To help our other lab get over losing her best bud, we found her a new assignment. We discovered she was a perfect candidate for AAT (animal assisted therapy). We worked with her all summer to prepare for the final exam which was just a few weeks ago. She passed with flying colors and Ann and I are anxious to get her started at some local facilities. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
Throw in a lot of mountain biking, some trail work, a few fishing trips, and some great hikes in the Sandias that I’ve been meaning to do for many years, and the summer passed quickly. Lastly, a trip to the land of Yoopers to help out around the homestead and the summer transitioned into fall. We even managed an awesome paddling trip through the Les Chenaux Islands. Yep, it was a good summer, and we lived life and are so very grateful for all we’ve been given.