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Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Little Bit of Nostalgia: Pictures from Years Gone By

My friend Victoria commented on the last post asking about Teyman. This got me looking for a photo of Teyman from the good old days, when Bow was a baby, and Teyman was in good health, roaming the woods and hunting rabbits.

Of course, once I get digging through the old files, I get distracted by a lot of things I hadn't thought of before. So, to feed everybody's curiosity about how things were when I first started Project Bow, I thought I'd share some snapshots from 2002.


 Here in the photo below, we see Teyman, the mighty huntress, emerging from the woods with her prey -- or what's left of it!




Teyman was at this time less than a year old, but she was quite the warrior and bread winner.



Teyman much preferred to hunt for her own food than to eat industrially prepared dog food, and because she left her dog food untouched so often, I didn't have to buy much of it to feed her. On the other hand, she had to be de-wormed often.


In comparison to Teyman, Sword and Bow, during that same period, looked child-like and innocent. Sword at the time was not yet three, and Bow was an infant in arms.



Today, when Sword is a teen and Bow is a headstrong ten year old, but Teyman is an elderly dog in need of special attention,  it seems hard to believe that not so long ago, everything was so different for all of us!




 Can you recognize Bow? I think he still has the same face!



12 comments:

  1. Aya, these are lovely pictures. Thanks so much for the beautiful trip down memory lane you shared. Indeed, time flies. Oh...love "Bow with Peonies". :)

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    1. Thanks, Sherri! So much has changed since then. Even our landscaping has grown a bit wilder!

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  2. I love looking at other people's pictures, and it reminds me of when my dog Buster was little. Teyman had a good life exploring those woods.

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    1. Thanks, Julia. I do think Teyman has had a good life. When she was young, she had more freedom than most dogs. If she wanted to provide for herself, she could. If she wanted to share what we had, she could do that, too. Now that she is older, she has the care and companionship that are right for her time of life.

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    2. Our dogs and cats did the same thing. You know my mom was horrified, but I tried dog and cat food as a kid, and I can understand why they might want to get their own food in nature. It tastes a bit bland and mealy.

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    3. Julia, glad to hear your dogs and cats had that kind of freedom, too. I must say that you are more intrepid than I am, in tasting the dog and cat food.

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    4. I was about five, and my mom freaked out. Anyway, it was on a dare from a friend hanging out at our house, and you know how kids can be. All I can say is if you are a dog or cat, it gets boring eating that same stuff every night. I know Stripey cat helps to keep gophers at bay in my parents garden, so her natural hunting instincts are helpful.

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    5. Oh, the things you do on a dare at age five!

      It not only gets boring to eat the same thing, but most commercial pet foods lack key nutrients, fat being the primary one.

      Good for Stripey cat!

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  3. I love your photos of Bow and Sword. They are so adorable. Thanks for sharing! :)

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