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Vega Victoria Von Huelsman Johnson
1996-2008

Hello my MoFo friends....I apologize for being absent for so long. I really have missed you. There have been events happen in my life over the past 6 months that have significantly changed a lot of things for me...some good changes and some not so good. I have actually stepped back from a lot of things in my life during these last months that I am now entering into once again. Overall, this time has been very fruitful.

Since I had posted about her here before, I thought I'd update you on the passing of our German Shepherd, Vega (the picture is from our two-foot snowstorm in central Kentucky in 1998). We got her from a breeder in Kentucky and spent my first full paycheck at my first pastorate out of seminary in the summer of 1996 just to get her. Due to my love for astronomy, we decided to name her after the brightest star in the summer constellations, Vega- (not the singer Suzanne or the car)- which is Aramaic for "swooping eagle." Even then, I was thinking to the time when she would no longer be with us, but I would have some sort of stellar monument to her when I would stargaze. Anyway, she was a solid dog, fantastic temperament with all people and keenly dignified and intelligent, as are all GSD's.

After about 4 years of suffering through severe hip dysplasia and due to complications from her pain medication, we had to put her down back on February 19th of this year. You can imagine the bond we'd struck with her since my wife and I don't have a child and she lived indoors with us.

Signing the permission waiver to administer the euthanatic drugs was one of the most difficult things I believe I've ever had to do, even though we knew this time was coming and it was the best for her. Since last Thanksgiving, she had gone downhill quite a bit and her already decreased mobility was cut in half. In some ways, I believe she was telling us she was ready to go. Even going out to use the bathroom for her was an ordeal; she would just plop down in the yard from exhaustion before she could even go as if to say, "that's it." The way she'd look at me then, in such a foreign moment of lost dignity for her, was her giving in. A week later, we brought her in to the vet because her urine was abnormally dark. That was when we learned her liver was failing. It was a no win situation by then.

I have been surprised by how much I've grieved over her. But I am ultimately heartened by remembering how much life she gave to us...even up until the end. Many of you have lost pets before, so you know what I'm saying. I simply just wanted you to know.
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Hi sweetie! Once again, I'm sorry to hear about this. I hope you guys are getting along OK, and that you can come by to see us more, as time passes. Take care!



Hi Tank... nice to see you again... but I'm very sorry to hear about your Vega... Hugs...
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Hey Tatanka, I'm so sorry to read about your loss of Vega, what a beautiful dog she was. I'm not surprised you've been grieving for her a lot, a dog gives their whole life and loyalty to their family so missing her is only natural.

Take care
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Hi sweetie! Once again, I'm sorry to hear about this. I hope you guys are getting along OK, and that you can come by to see us more, as time passes. Take care!
We are doing good now. Thank you Destiny for your thoughts. I am definitely looking forward to coming by more. Each of you make it worth it.

Hi Tank... nice to see you again... but I'm very sorry to hear about your Vega... Hugs...
Good to hear from you too, Caity. Thank you as well for the condolences.

Hey Tatanka, I'm so sorry to read about your loss of Vega, what a beautiful dog she was. I'm not surprised you've been grieving for her a lot, a dog gives their whole life and loyalty to their family so missing her is only natural.

Take care
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That is so sad Tankgirl it took me three years to feel ready for another one

Here is a picture I took if him tonight, What was I thinking Hope it cheers you up His name is Boris
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That is so sad Tankgirl it took me three years to feel ready for another one

Here is a picture I took if him tonight, What was I thinking Hope it cheers you up His name is Boris
With a face like that, how could one not be cheered? Thanks for that Nebs! He completely smashes the cute-meter.

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Nice-looking pooch.....Greyhounds are cool...exquisitely streamlined....was he/she a rescued dog?



My cousin has a rescued Greyhound... beautiful dog.... she's made a trail shaped like a race track in the grass behind his house... thankfully he lives out in the country...



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Hi Tank! We missed you!
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My wife just bought my little boy, 2 gerbils. He has named them "Pikachu, from daddys game" (smash brothers brawl) and "Jerry, from Tom and Jerry" he loves tom and jerry!

He took them in to school today and he showed them off.

Here some pics of them, they are real fun to watch.


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My pet list is:

2 cats: They're mixed breeds, brother and sister they're both 13

1 pure bred timber wolf named sheeba she's 11 she is the first "dog" that is ever going to have to be passed down from generation to generation.

I just got a puppy last week he's a Boxer Terrier/Black Lab mix. His name is Buddy/Peanut. He's about 3.5 months old and wieghs in at about 22 lbs. already

I'll try and find some pics of the all, might be a little tricky.
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