At Freedom Park summer 2010

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Patricia B.


I can't seem to log in to you as a follower of my blog for Starskey.  I am getting a new computer and wondered if you had saved all our communications about all my furry family....and the feathered ones too.  If so .....please email them to me.  Use know the rest.

I may look in to having them put together and published......At least for family.  Thanks!


Another First Snow

Hi there Starskey!

The first snow came on Dec. 10 again....but was just a little one.  It has gotten added to each day since.  It is now deep enough that Pele is more then belly deep.  It does remind me of the day that you disappeared so I can't help but think about you.  I am sad that you are gone but so very grateful that you were here!

Pele snuck out with Buck yesterday and took off.  It scared me but he had his blaze orange coat on and he was with big brother Buck so I knew he wouldn't get lost.....but he was naughty to sneak out like that.  I think they plan it together too.....Pele tucks himself under Buck's belly so when the door opens we can't see him and out they both go....stinkers anyway!  I wish you could be here with them!

They stay around home but they have to run through every bramble and thistle they can find....and you know how many we have!  Buck's fur is like yours so he can roll in the grass or snow and get most of them out - but Pele is kind of like Missy.  Not as much hair but it is long so he can get parts of his body connected to each other in weird ways with the brambles.  Buck will help him get rid of some of them but I usually have a lot of work to do too.....I think he likes it so gets them on purpose.  He gets special attention from both of us.  He is not a dumb dog that's for sure....just a naughty one.

There is another example of something you brought to us.....I grew up with lots of pets in the house but Jeff didn't.  He had a special furry friend when he was a kid but as he grew up he just had the livestock animals and they were for selling or eating.  That place in his heart where his special friend lived never had the chance to grow.....he wouldn't let it.....until you came to us.  You opened up that place in his heart again and helped it to grow!  Thank you for that!!!  You changed him and changed our lives forever!!

Buck is out helping (?) Jeff put the chains on the tractor in case it snows some more.  Pele is laying on the couch beside me having a nap.  That is a good have a warm pup beside me again!  He doesn't like the porch that is still "our" place.  You wouldn't recognize your old play area.  This summer we put a cement slab in place of the palettes we used to use as a deck.  Then we added a brick patio on to that.  Not all of your playground is gone.....just part of it.  Your favorite grass wrestling place with Dufus is still there.

The little maple tree we planted outside the back door has grown big.  It shades the patio and grass really nice....but there are still sunny spots here and there.  Do you remember the campfires we had at the park.  You used to lay beside them and enjoy the warmth with us.  We made a place for campfires by the brick patio so we can sit around a fire and enjoy our old memories and make some new ones.  Missy and Jack would have enjoyed that.....the only fires we used to have with them were when we needed to burn the brush pile.  I would sit in the grass and they would sit on each side of me and we would watch the fire together.  That didn't happen as often as our campfires did.

The sun just came out.  It makes it bright outside as it bounces off the snow.  I cut up a lot of wood yesterday from the maples we took down beside the garage last month.  I need to go stack it and clean  up the brush to go to the brush pile.   By next summer it will be dry enough to burn with our oak in the campfire.  It would be really great if you were here to share the fire with us!

Buck has come in to warm up so now I have both boys inside.  They are laying on their pillow in front of the fire together.  I still miss you and wish you were here to complete this day.   I love you Starskey.....I always will.  I just wish you were here!  My heart still misses you........This blog and my posts to you help me feel a bit better because I can't miss you any matter how life goes on.

Jeff used to think this kept me stuck in the bad depression I got in to after you disappeared.  I think he has learned that it really helps me to get my thoughts and my pain expressed.  I should have started it earlier then I did and maybe I wouldn't have gone so far down that dark path in the firsts place.  I know it doesn't bring you back to us.....but it brings back good memories and helps we deal with the ones that hurt.  Technology has it's advantages.....I just wish it had done more to find you and help you to get back home.   I love you.  I miss you.  I pray for you.  Maybe someday.......

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Hello Starskey - wherever you are.  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day so I am seriously thinking about the things that I am thankful for in my life.  You are high on that list.  I don't need to repeat the things I have already posted....I wrote them so I didn't have to keep reliving it but can always remember the good times!  Life does go on and even love changes but is never forgotten.

You were responsible for opening up hearts......and a way that I never believed possible. What you left behind was a more open heart and a more willing mind when it came to fur covered family members.  We have more now...and some of the same that were here with you.  Midnight is still trying to teach the kid how to ring the bell to go out.  Buck caught on quick but Pele just refuses to do it.

Both dogs are not only in the house....but on the furniture!  Well Pele is anyway.  Buck is half way on and half way off.  His back feet are braced on the floor with his front feet on the blanket covering part of the couch and his head in my lap......that is Major!  You broke down the house barrier in Jeff's mind so you got these guys inside to work their own magic on him.  It was Pele first....because he had lived in a house before and knew to behave,,,and he isn't that big anyway.  Jeff still objects to Buck being even part way on the couch.....but unless somebody gets down on the floor with him....that is where her has to come for his loving.  I don't mind at all - except for the licking part.  He feels the need to lick things until they are wet.....pillow, arm of chair, me, whatever.  What is it with the licking anyway?

Back to the Thanksgiving part......Thank you for choosing to spend part of your life with!  You changed ours for the better.......I can't tell you how much.  We have loved all of our pets and cared for them the best we knew how at the taught us new ways to love and care.

Thank,You for loving me at a time when  I wasn't sure I was still lovable.  I thought I couldn't do much right but it was enough for you.  You loved me with no questions asked or demands just loved me!  Thank you for saving all the bones Missy stashed.  Ike was grateful and he left them for Pele.  Thank you for teaching me the power of simple things like a walk with my dog.  Thank you for the wonderful greetings I received even if I just came back out of the were always glad to see me.  Often I needed that more then I realized.

Thank you for being you!  You may be elsewhere right now but I can't  look at the porch swing or the plastic summer outdoor shelter without feeling a glow in my heart.  You made a permanent home in my heart - and Jeff's too!  Wherever you are right now.....I hope you are warm, safe, happy and that you know how much you are loved and valued and cared about!

I do wish you would go to the vet and get your chip discovered.  I would be even more thankful to be able to have you back at home with us.  You'll love your new brothers......and they will love you!

Thank You Starskey - for coming in to my life and for changing it to the better.  I miss you.....

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

You are loved...

Starskey my boy....just when I think you may have left my mind - my heart kicks in and reminds me otherwise!  You will forever be in my heart so therefore in my mind as well.  

It is a sunny fall day with leaves all over the ground.  It is the kind of day where you would have been running all over the place and enjoying the sounds your feet make in the fallen leaves.  It is also cold out so you would come in for snuggles and to warm up before you would ring your bell to go out for another round in the leaves.  Pele enjoys such adventures now but his outdoor runs are short.  His winter coat is just starting to grow and he is short enough to collect all the burrs....that have to be brushed out before he can come in the house.  

Buck is understanding that his days of easy running are limited so he is taking advantage of all the run time he can get.  The race track around the pond is his favorite but he has to check out the timber and long grass too.  Burrs don't stick to him as bad (shorter hair) so he doesn't have that problem....and he so loves to run!  When the snow comes he'll have to create packed snow trails to run on and I bet he makes a lot of them as well as sharing the deer trails.

I sure do miss your communication with your ears.  That made understanding what you wanted easier.  I just plain miss everything about you!  Wherever you are, I pray that you are happy.  I also hope you know that you are loved!!!!! 

 You are welcome to come home any fact we wish you would.  Buck and Pele have heard all about you and would love to meet you and have you as their brother.  Life has reduced the amount of time I have to continue to search for you so I pray that you are safe and happy and continue to hope that someday your chip will be discovered and you will begin the trip back in to our lives.  Be safe my boy!  I love you.....

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Have you been listening?

Starskey my boy!

I have been thinking of you a lot but I have been so busy that I haven't been able to write to you.  I've been talking to you instead.  Have you been listening?  Have you heard me?  I don't know whether to hope you have or not.  Hearing me could mean you are at the Rainbow bridge with Ike.  If you can hear me any other way I sure do wish that you would come home!  I miss you!!!

We had snow on December 10th.  It was pretty but it made me sad.  All I could think of was that same date in 2010 when you were frolicking in your first snowfall - and it was the last day that we saw you.  I have wondered if you went to look for Dufus to play in the snow with you - he was at home you know.  No - we've already talked about that.  I don't want to go there again.

That snow has melted now.  We have gotten a few more little snows but nothing we get excited about.  Pele' is a tougher little dude then I thought he might be.  He wants to be outside almost as often as Buck does.  Pele' has to go on the trolley though because he gets naughty if we let him loose.  He dug up all of Randy's flowers around his gazebo last fall.  Randy caught him on his wildlife cameras so we have pictures to prove it.

When you come home there will be some new rules.  Do you remember the collars that Pockey and Paucha wear at Robin's to keep them inside their invisible fence?  Well we have some of those now too.  Our invisible fence is different then theirs but it works the same way - you get a correction if you go outside the boundary.  Ours won't use wires in the ground (too many critters that might wreck them).  Ours uses radio signals.  We'll start with one that will give you all 3/4 of an acre of free run area - and we'll add more later so you can still go to the shop and the timber.  Yes, they are water proof so you can go swimming too.

Pele' wore one when he lived at Robin's house so he'll remember what it is.  Buck came from a house where he had the underground kind too so he'll know what that correction means.  The ground got frozen too fast so I couldn't get the boundary flags put in.  I didn't think it was fair to make the guys find the boundaries the hard way so until spring we'll stick with the trolley runner and leashes.  I also have training collars so if somebody starts doing something they shouldn't be doing.  I can tone them - that is all they seem to need if anything at all.

It is about making things safer for you guys.  You can still run around the farm, swim in the pond, chase the squirrels and all the other great dog things - and you'll do it in a safe and protected place!  Not that our great big yard isn't a safe and protected place - but you went somewhere (on your own or with help) and I don't want to risk that happening again.  I have already learned I can't trust Pele' to not visit the neighbors!  This will give you more freedom then a regular fence (or a kennel or a leash).  We can even take it camping with us!

Oh how we miss you!  You transformed our lives.  Buck and Pele' are benefiting from many of the lessons you taught us - and most of the things that we discovered together....and Dad and I  are able to enjoy them more because of you!  God knew what He was doing when He put you in our hearts and let you choose us to love.

Wherever you are now - I hope the people there know how special you are and love you as much as we do.  That way I know you are safe!  But I still want you back home with us - where you started and where you are missed.

I got more then a little upset today when Pet Link had me update your information (and mine).  There was a link to an Animal Hospital site that I had never seen before so I checked it out.  I entered your ID chip number and the site said it did not monitor for that.....not monitor for what?  For that brand of chip or your number?  You are listed on both Pet Link and Home Again - and both of those sites are monitored by them.  What's up? 

Have you been close but unable to be found because your chip number isn't being looked for or that brand isn't checked for or doesn't show up on scanners?  What is the deal here?  Do something - crap on the rug or get fleas or something.  Get yourself in to a vet office and insist on getting scanned.........your chip may have migrated under your skin but it is still there.

I posted that on the Animal Lovers Linked In group.  Maybe somebody there will know what's going on.

I am going to keep writing to you (and keep talking to you when I can't write) because that is what keeps me from going goofy.  I also keep writing to you because I hope that someday - someone will read it and know where you are or where to look for you. 

By the way - the bones in the yard are new ones and you and Pele' will have to share them - I bet you'll lay side by side and chew on them.....Buck could care less.  He is more interested in the deer and turkey and whether he can get a reaction out of them by barking.  Sometimes he does and sometimes they just look at him...............

I love you Starskey!  We're all waiting for you......