Tag Archives: Lili

Tale of Two Photos

I couldn’t help but notice the similarities of a picture I posted last week of Tobey and Baby Leo looking out the window to another picture taken a few years back of Tobey and our beloved Lillian in a similar pose. Both are pictured below.

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To My Lilian

My beautiful sweet baby girl Lili passed away on Thursday. She was taken before her time, she was only 6.

Lili, I remember the first time I met you. It was June 6, 2009. You were this beautiful blue weimaraner puppy. I saw your beautiful mom and thought she was really cute… I mustered courage I usually don’t have and started a conversation. The next thing I knew, I had a play date for you and my weimaraner Tobey.

You and Sarah came over and I fell in love twice.

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(Lili and Tobey in August of 2009)

I was going through so much having recently had my heart broken. You were the first soul after that I said ‘I love you’ to. I meant it. I told you before the woman who would become my wife.

As your mom and I got closer, you both moved in. It made the home complete. You were my Summer Girl. You brought so much energy and love. I was amazed everyday by something new. Whether it was how fast you learned the invisible fence, or how you sat like a person, how you hated stepping on wet grass, or how you would treat your brother as a pillow.

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(Lili snuggling with Tobey)

When Sarah moved to West Virginia for residency, it was a relief for me knowing that you were there to protect her. I saw it first hand how fiercely protective you were of both of us. Nothing was ever going to happen to us with you around.

As you grew older, you became my confidant and friend. I loved snuggling with you or just talking to you. You would always check in to make sure everything was ok. When I was having a bad day, you would lick my face or start woo’ing or try to get in my lap. You had a way of knowing. I remember so much.

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Lili, on Thursday, the unthinkable happened. Your kidneys stopped working suddenly and you passed from this world in your mom’s arms.  We’ve never felt so empty. It rained for two days straight afterwards. I think the earth was crying. I don’t think I’ve ever been this sad or heartbroken.

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(Lilian and Sarah at Medvet)

I want you to thank you for changing my life and that you’ll never be forgotten and will live forever in our hearts.  Most of all, I want you to know much you were loved.

Lilian Scarlett 2009 – 2015.

Weimaraner Halloween Through the Years

Halloween is always a fun day for the pups…. mostly because they bark at anything that moves…. In an effort to make the dogs less threatening (and because ‘re crazy weimaraner owners), we dress them up in costumes and sit in the driveway to pass out candy. Below is a compilation of some of the costumes throughout the years.

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 Tobey the Shark

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Lili the Mermaid

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Lili the BumbleBee

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Tobey the Witch

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Tobey the Panda

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Lili the Peapod and Panda Tobey

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Lili the Peapod and Panda Tobey

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Quick Post on the 5K for K9’s

My weimaraner Lillian and I participated in the 5K for K9’s last Saturday at Alum Creek state park that benefited Friends of the Shelter. We had a great time and Lillian finished 3rd and received her first medal.

The course was a trail course and wasn’t a full 5 kilometers. It also wasn’t marked very well so it was hard to figure out where to go. My GPS watch had the course at 2.76 miles and Lil and I finished in 22 minutes and 58 seconds. Hopefully next year they’ll have the course marked better or have volunteers at the various turns.

Below are some pictures from the event.

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 Mark & Lil near the finish

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Lili was not amused by her 3rd place finish.

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Afterwards, Friends of the Shelter sent out a nice email.

Despite the course issues, we had a great time and this is definitely a race we’ll participate in again next year (provided it’s on a Buckeye off week).

2014 Dog Jog and Why It Matters to Me

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My first Citizens for Humane Action Dog Jog was in August 2008. It’s something I’ll never forget. The day before the race, my divorce became final, then, in a horrible twist of fate…. my grandfather passed away a few hours later. It was, without question, one of the worst days of my life.

I had signed up for the Dog Jog a few weeks prior because I wanted something to look forward to and thought this would be a good distraction.

When I arrived at the race, I found my good friend, Billy. It was great to have some support at the race. You can see from the picture how young and thin I was.

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Tobey was so happy that day. And I felt great helping homeless animals. It was exactly what I needed. We ran 5k in 23 minutes and 34 seconds (7:30 average).

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I’ve kept the Dog Jog on my  Calendar ever since. I even showed up with a severely sprained ankle one year. I didn’t run, but I was there. I’ve raised more than $3,400 since my first race.

I started bringing my Lillian and the woman who would become my wife. The event morphed into something I looked forward to every year. Something I could do to give back to the animals that can’t help themselves and something I could do with my best friend Tobey.

This year, Tobey is turning 9. It’s something that I’m having a hard time with. He’s started to slow down physically, which breaks my heart. It takes him longer to recover from runs, and he can’t go as fast as he could before. That’s why this year’s Dog Jog is so important to me.

There is a real chance this could be the last formal run we do together. We likely won’t beat our personal record (22:35 in 2009), but we will remain committed to the cause.

We’re going to show up and we’re going to have an amazing time helping other dogs. In the end, that’s what the CHA Dog Jog is all about.

I personally can’t wait.

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