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Pillars of Strength for Our Real-Life Friend K

Lilly and I could NOT be more pleased to take part in Pillars of Strength – A Special Day for K on this of all days. You see, K (who is both a real-life dog training and local dog blogging friend) is the QUEEN of all Heart Dogs. So, a tribute to her on Valentine’s Day seems fitting.

All the love in the world to you, beautiful K (and your family). May all the strength and blessings in the universe rain down upon you as you fight back against the darn cancer veterinarians found in your bones.

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You can follow the daily hiking, mountain biking, and (now) medical adventures of K, her human companion KB and The Runner, and her canine brother R — as well as some of the best nature and wildlife photography and videos on the web — at Romping and Rolling in the Rockies.

Below via the embedded Blog Hop, you can see just how many blogs from around the WORLD are taking part in this special Valentine’s Day Tribute to K.

All of us strive to be true Pillars of Strength to K today (and all days).

I’m lucky enough to know K in real life. She and Lilly are about the same age and trained together for several years. I love having the chance for Lilly to train around dogs we know and trust. It helps her feel more comfortable in potentially scary situations.

I cannot tell you how many times I made sure K (or other classmates we trust) stood between Lilly and any approaching “strange” dogs. Lilly and I knew that K would be able to intercept any interlopers before they had a chance to freak out Lilly.

We will ALWAYS be grateful for that help.

As both Lilly and K face perhaps biggest the medical challenges of their lives (and trust me … BOTH of them have had some big medical emergencies), it’s the perfect time to reflect on how amazing our dog friends are every day … especially when the work and wildness of puppyhood is gone and the routine days of canine adulthood meander past us.

I hope you’ll take a minute to let K and KB know that the entire WORLD of dog lovers will be Pillars of Strength for them.

We had grand plans to take photos of Lilly’s strong feet and legs atop boulders as our tribute, but our sweet canine heroine isn’t so steady on her feet these days, so these Puppy Toes of Strength will have to do.

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Ginko wanted to get in on the act as well. He says this:

Dear Miss K: Anytime your legs feel not-so-strong, you can borrow some of my ooph. Did you know I have bionic knees? It’s true! Plus, my tail makes an excellent rudder, if you ever feel tippy.

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Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Jane Boursaw - February 18, 2012

Lovely. All good and healthy wishes for K and Lilly.

Jeanine Barone - February 18, 2012

What a lovely post and a perfect tribute! Hoping K and Lilly do well. I’m sending them good thoughts.

Alexandra - February 15, 2012

Loved this blog hop. So impressed with the organization and love that went into it.

MyKidsEatSquid - February 15, 2012

I hope Lilly and K feel better soon.

Living Large - February 15, 2012

Wow, what a tribute. All good wishes for K and for Lilly.

Samantha - February 14, 2012

I wish I could be as lucky as you to know KB and K in real life. Your stories about K being Lilly’s guardian in class are really touching.

I’m so glad to have met you, Roxanne, and am so grateful to count you as one of my “real-life” friends, too! One day, I’ll be able to say the same for your special girl, too. 🙂

Casey@Good. Food. Stories. - February 14, 2012

If K and KB have hearts as big as you, Lilly, and Ginko (and I absolutely bet they do), then I know there will be much love and support coming their way.

AC - February 14, 2012

Love hearing your stories of K and Lilly in training class. Hope you are well and hanging in there.

PS-Ginko, my knees have been unreliable lately. I may just have to borrow that rudder tail of yours.

kb - February 14, 2012

I am SO grateful, Roxanne, Lilly, and Ginko. We think of you very often. I hope that both Lilly and K win their medical battles and have many more happy days with us. Thanks from the bottom of our heart.

merr - February 14, 2012

I join your good wishes for K! Our first grey had osteosarc, but with good treatment lived longer than ever expected, and had a lots and lots of tail wags, tummy rubs, hamburgers and fun rides in the car. May this and more be in store for K!

Vera Marie Badertscher - February 14, 2012

Lovely tribute. I join in your good wishes for K and best to Lilly, too! Smooches for Valentine’s Day.

Brette Sember - February 14, 2012

Wonderful. Sending strength to K and Lily.

Sheryl - February 14, 2012

So sad when our dogs have to suffer. Sending healing vibes.

The Thundering Herd - February 14, 2012

What a great post. That is the great thing about Pillars of Strength – they are their for K and for Lilly too.

val - February 14, 2012

Hello, been following your story since learning of it thru KB. Sending you lots of “pillars of strength” for Miss Lilly and your family.
Blessings, val

Bert - February 14, 2012

What a joy it must be for you to know these two in person. And how great for them to have friends like you.

We have watched you and LIlly take the path less traveled as well and our prayers are with you two as well.

We feel lucky to know all of you.

Bert and My Vickie

Bassetmomma - February 14, 2012

That is beautiful! We are here for KB and K! Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that Lilly is getting better too!

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