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post 5th Nov 2017, 9:37 pm
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My little man is 17 today!

We never thought we'd be so lucky as to get this far, but Grabby is, as always, full of surprises.

For those who don't know his story, we adopted Père Grabouille, better known as (formerly) Fat Grabby, almost 8 years ago. Apparently he was left on his own most of the day to wander around the village, mostly hanging out at the local school. One day the principal got fed up and called animal control - but his people weren't interested in taking him back. And so he found his way to us.

The first meeting he tentatively came up to me, shyly put his head on my shoulder. My heart melted then and there. He chose me! wub.gif

Little did I know that he did that to all and sundry... lol.gif

I thought we had found in Grabby that elusive miracle, a sheltie who didn't bark. He was quiet as a mouse, carefully watching the madhouse run by Fraulein Nora and Monsieur Linky, making sure not to put a paw wrong. A barkless sheltie, how could I be so lucky?

Well as time went on and Grabby found his feet he also found his voice. Dear doG, what a voice! In over two decades of living with shelties, thinking I knew a thing or two about barkers... I have never, ever faced such an extreme case. Grabby's motto: I bark, therefore I am. We had a long and winding road ahead of us...

But many years and many tears later, we got there. Grabby hasn't always been easy, but he has always been very very much loved. I am so grateful that we found one another.

Grabby has battled a number of health problems, he has had a rough couple of years, including a crisis 19 months ago where we thought it was the end. But he pulled off a miracle. And then a few months later another crisis, another miracle. We bumbled on together, his world ever shrinking but still enjoying himself.

In the last month there has been a marked decline, I'm sad to say. There are no miracles left - but let's leave that for another day.

Today we are celebrating. So please join me, Fraulein Nora ,and Jester the Heffalump in wishing our darling little Grabby a very, very happy 17th birthday.

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(I'll post pics once I figure out why photobucket no longer works with this site...)


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post 5th Nov 2017, 9:58 pm
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Happy Birthday, Grabby! (Surely it can't be 8 years already, it feels like it has only been a couple of months since you brought him home)
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post 5th Nov 2017, 10:07 pm
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post 5th Nov 2017, 10:10 pm
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Happy Birthday Grabby you legend wub.gif party.gif
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post 5th Nov 2017, 10:53 pm
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Oh I can't believe that it's that long. Grabby certainly is a D P legend of epic proportions. Bless him and you for his long and happy (or is that 'yappy'?) life. A very happy birthday, you little rascal.
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post 6th Nov 2017, 6:48 am
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Belated Happy Birthday Grabby!!
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post 6th Nov 2017, 8:44 am
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post 6th Nov 2017, 9:23 am
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Happy 17th Birthday Grabby party.gif yippee.gif biggrin.gif
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post 6th Nov 2017, 9:51 am
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Happy birthday Grabby. wub.gif What a fabulous age to get too.
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post 6th Nov 2017, 11:11 am
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Belated Birthday Wishes Grabby - hope you had a lovely day being indulged completely. wub.gif
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post 6th Nov 2017, 12:40 pm
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post 6th Nov 2017, 1:25 pm
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Missed this yesterday, so extra wub.gif wub.gif wub.gif today for the gorgeous Grabby's 17th birthday. It doesn't seem 8 years since he came along to torment you lol.gif

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post 6th Nov 2017, 2:56 pm
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Belated birthday wishes Grabby. Hope you and yours had a lovely day with lots of treats.
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