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Setting a Limit Without Limits...Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on April 9, 2015
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Welcome

Hi everyone just wanted to settle in for a little Fireside time and say hello again after being away for so long. The contract I took on here with the Alberta Government has been filled and I am freeeeeee again.

Please anyone should I ever be so foolish as to agree to something this insane please free to give me a fast and solid boot in the behind. It has been a real challenge to meet the deadline considering the amount of data that was involved, unknown health issues that have come about and the fact that I hate deadlines.

Anyway slowly back in the saddle and the health issues are being looked at one at a time. I have no less that 4 appointments with the specialists in their own fields between now and the end of the month. I will poked, prodded and lain out on a slab and dissected by some monster machine that will hopefully share some inner secrets. There has not been much that has slowed me in life but I can tell you anyone that suffers from migraines you have my sympathy. Know that you are all dearly loved no matter what you suffer with.


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Our Pets


Maybe an odd subject to be chatting about but over the years the one thing I have learned is we all love them. Me, well I have had some special ones over my time. Each of course holds that place in our hearts that can bring smiles to our faces and yes even tears to our eyes.

Each is different and each captures a different part of our lives. I would like you to meet Tannis Mountain. She was a registered American Cocker Spaniel that captured my heart several years ago and filled many a dark day with her love. Tannis was with me during some of the darkest times of my life. Our start was rocky until I proved I was worthy of her trust and friendship.

Tannis had lived through some very horrible days and deserved the right to be angry. She proved it in the only way she knew at the time and that was sinking her teeth deeply into my arm and hand when I attempted to rescue her from the hell I found her in. Horrible conditions, beaten and bloodied and yet the heart of love she had over the next 14 years could never be accurately recorded.

Tannis and I would spend weeks at a time in the wilderness of the far north. One of her favorite activities was being flown into these regions by helicopter. Growing and barking as we passed over moose at low altitudes but at high speeds. No matter where we were she became the master of her own domain. Tannis Mountain became the teacher of the subject of love, faithfulness and determination over those years. My reward for paying attention was her love and dedication to follow no matter where I went. I watched this small ball of fire square off with a grizzly, a moose and a Mountain Lion and yes even the neighbors cat. All in her duty to protect her master.

The good news is that Tannis the great lived out the remainder of her life away from the hazards of the wilderness resting in the utmost comfort of where ever we found ourselves. She was indeed a true and special friend and I miss her a great deal. The day I was forced to have her put down was a very sad day indeed. Tears flowed freely from my eyes as she was such a great part of who I had become.


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Tyber Jane

The first time I met this little gem was in the backseat of a car. She and 4 of her brothers and sisters had just been to the vet to get their shots. She was so small she could fit in the palm of your hand. Six weeks later she was adopted into my home as a full fledged member of the family.

Tyber was a Chinese Pug with an attitude and yet as smart as they come. The first week I had her I ended up having to sleep in the recliner because she just needed company to sleep. The laundry room all alone was a scary place. Dads lap though in the upside down position was just the place she needed. Of course a little pat like you would while burping a baby was in order. Once settled in all you could hear was her snoring.

When I say smart, let me paint you a picture. An ice creme pail filled with sixteen toys, each she knew by name. I worked out of the home at the time on the computer. She would stand and grunt and I would tell her the toy I wanted and off into the other room she would run and fetch it among the pail of toys and bring it. I would collect them all and we would start all over again. Smart as could be...

Her favorite part of the day was her bike ride in the basket I would place her in. She had a hat she would wear Granddad had bought her. She would announce her coming with a bark to anyone that got in her way. Tyber I left with a friend when I moved on with my life. I saw her several years later and she remembered me. She had become greyer like me but still had many kisses when we met again.


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"Wind"

This is "Wind." She was a special dog as well. She spent the better part of her years with Tannis. Tannis became her teacher and mentor and slowly and silently taught her the ways of the life of living faithful to her human.

Wind was a cross Shelty/Whippet and her name was earned through the speed she could run. Much less aggressive as Tannis in nature but so filled with love and understanding and always ready to please. As faithful as anyone could ask. Very sociable in regards to other animals and she had maternal instincts and adopted to any other pets that may be around.

I still smile at this picture of Wind and her success at her first real hunting expedition. I was outside digging potatoes and of course there was always a gun handy in the north as there were bear and cougar in the region. This particular day I had opportunity to take a Grouse for supper. Carry a gun and Wind was always ready. This was one of the many training days we had and her first success in retrieving can be seen. Proud of her accomplishments and yes supper was shared.

Sadly Wind was another I had to have put down a few years after Tannis. Arthritis and kidney failure had taken hold and she lived to be 16 years old. She is another that is dearly missed.

Over the years I have seen many come and go. These three though stand out the most in my mind as being faithful and loving. Some have been working dogs such a sled dogs. Others have just simply come and gone for one reason or another.


Quigley

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Quigley

Present day has brought a new breed into my home. This as many of you know is Quigley. This dog is so filled with love and brings great joy into life. There is not a mean bone in her body and is always ready for some action. There are a few words in her vocabulary that mean much to her.

"Truck Ride" means sitting high in dads truck and watching the world go by and a good chance we might be stopping at the talking box. It is the one that good smells and treats come from. No matter if it's the A & W or Tim Hortons the staff know her. Let me tell you this is some serious stuff in her world.

Yet another is the ever present ball or toy she has to greet you with when you come home after leaving her a few hours alone. She just teases you by coming close and she hangs onto it until you manage to grab it away from her. Then the game is on of toss and retrieve. To her it is the highlight of the day.

Nine o'clock at time is treat time. Generally a favorite is having to share an orange with her. She has this internal clock built in and she sits and makes this little grunting sound to let you know what time it is.

Next comes bedtime and she has to be all covered up with her favorite blanket. Now here is where she becomes the teacher and a constant reminder of the fact she has needs as well. Her days are spent laying at my feet and as often as not snoring. Rattle a paper wrapper or go near the kitchen and she is right there waiting. She is a treasure to have around.

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Life Passes

Now as life passes slowly by I can stand where I am and know that I have been blessed by each of these animals. They have all left a lasting legacy with me. I can not help but ask the question if we will ever see them again.

They have taught us all lessons hat runs parallel with some basic principles we all have. If we choose to live them as our pets have then we have been taught well ourselves. The common threads are love, loyalty and unconditional understanding. There is a bond that is formed quickly and quickly shared when they approach you.

It would be a much better world if we as humans could take what we learn and apply it to the way we interact with others. The world is becoming more and more a place where hatred and revenge is taking its dark and ugly roots in so many lives. It is not the way we are called to live.

The dog is such an animal that will remain faithful to the very last day. I thank all these close and wonderful friends for what they gave so openly and freely.

Now my friends in a final word I would like to share with you that you are dearly loved and appreciated... Hugs to all.

© Rolly A. Chabot

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      I really did enjoy the photos of the dogs and how you show through your use of words how much you loved each and every one of them. Voted up.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Kathi... Tannis was a dog that knew little or no fear. Sadly she would get us into trouble at times, and I would have to dispatch of the intruders into her world. Generally speaking wild animals such as the bear and mountain lion will skirt the dangers of man until they are threatened. It was something she never really understood.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I love the picture of you and Wind, very cute and so is Wind . . . hee! My heart goes out to Tannis. She risked her life for you and that is so awesome. Did the mountain lion run off . . . and the neighbors viscous cat, lol? Hugs, Kathi

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi lrc7815 ... they are such valuable companions... I went several years without one but one look at Quigley as a baby and well I was sold right away. So glad you have a companion my friend...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Rose... so glad you found your way here and welcome to the Fireside... I do hope you find some peace and love here. Cats are special indeed, actually been thinking of getting one as a playmate for Quigley... just a thought now...

      Hugs and Blessings to You

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi drbj ... Pets are just the greatest thing to have around... they do cure so many ills especially when you have one that is full of antics like Quigley...

      Hugs and Blessings my friend

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Carol... Thanks for the comment and yes they do and thus I think it so important to love them back as best we can. It would be such a better world if we took lessons from our pets...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

      Thank you for sharing your four-legged friends with us. Each is adorable in their own way and I am certain they provided the companionship you needed at the time. Dogs have a way of knowing what we need. Having a sighthound of my own, I am partial to Wind and appreciate the speed you described. This was a beautiful journey to share and I enjoyed meeting your friends.

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      Rosemary Amrhein 4 years ago from Boston, MA

      Someday I do hope to have a dog. I'd really love to have one actually.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi aviannovice ... so very true about time... There are times when I make a trip and have to leave Quigley behind. The greeting is the same no matter the time. She has toys spread all over the house... Pick one up and she is ready for the toss. Yes they are such an important part of who we are...

      Hugs and Blessings from my home to yours...

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning anniebetty ... they are a gift indeed and can teach so much about life and love... especially forgiveness. Show love and you have a friend for life.

      lol... Tyber Jane... now that was personality in her little pink hat with the brim folded back... People just laughed and she would scowl and move onto the next intruder in her world... She was a hoot.

      Hugs and Blessing from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Gypsy... thanks for the visit as always and you being at the Fireside always brightens the day. Quigley and Sis need to do an interview one of these days. Sid could teach Quigley a thing or two about being famous...

      Hugs and Blessings my friends...

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper... thanks for stopping and leaving a blessing in your kind words... They are precious and I still keep coming back to the question will we see them again... smiles... Like you and many I certainly hope so...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Eric... Thanks for sharing your with us and glad some thoughts and memories were stirred...

      Hugs and Blessings tp you and yours

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Leslie... Hugs to you for taking the time to give your faithful puppy more time... they do grow on us. They see us through the good times and not so good and are always there in between.

      Hugs and Blessings my friend...

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Deb... thanks for the comment and thank you for loving them as family... it is special indeed to have them near...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rosemary Amrhein 4 years ago from Boston, MA

      My first hub read of yours..I have never had a dog but would like to someday..I've said that before..I have loved many cats though, especially Maurice who resides with Mom right now...Lenny was dear....there was also Oreo...Snowball....I would like to get another....when I get a chance...been busy as well...and now free to return back to HP.

      Hope all is going well with your health, many blessings Rose :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Welcome back, Rolly, and good luck with all the upcoming health appointments. You have been blessed with such clever, loving dogs in your life, and so, of course, have they to have had you find them. Complicated phrasing, I know, but you know what I mean.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Parting from our furry friends is no easy feat. They burrow themselves into our lives with a great and yet calming assurance. I have a cat now that is like a dog. He loves to curl up next to me any chance. Hope you take care of all your health issues...I can imagine migraines are no fun. I always enjoy reading your words...Take care of yourself.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      A pet is our life's blood. We can know them better than anyone, and they are always there, not matter what. They give us the same greeting if we are gone for ten minutes or ten days. I hope I get to see mine in better days.

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      anniebetty 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      We are a blessed people, those of us who have been loved by a dog. Our house stands hollow and silent when our dogs are away. We have two English Labs at present. They are the fifth and sixth dogs of my life and are a funny, smart, and entertaining mother-daughter pair. I've had some extraordinary cats, too.

      My favorite of your stories is the image of Typer Jane in the bike basket greeting those who might approach. Fabulous! Thank you!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Wayne... like you I certainly do we get to see them again... Thanks for the comment and yes they are very much a part of our families.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Good Morning Jools99 ... thank you and yes they are a part of us as much as we of them. Each is different just as we are. I may start barking now that I have come to that conclusion... Was Bugsy and American Cocker like Tannis by change...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. All of your wonderful furry friends found a place in my heart as I read this. And of course lovely Quigley. Sid loves that pic of her and sends his warmest meows. She has such soulful eyes. Enjoyed every moment of this and passing it on. Hugs and love to you both.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Aw, it's okay precious heart. Seeing all of your beautiful pets, also made me think of my childhood three-legged dog, Brownie, who I wrote about here "My Ode to My Three-Legged Dog." He was the pet devoted dog ever. He would walk to school with us and wait on the playground when I was in first grade and then walk us home. So, thanks for the sweet memories.

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Faith Reaper... Thanks for stopping and I know this hub may have been hard to read for you. I do hope it brought back some fond memories for you even in the smallest way... Thanks for your comment and such kind words. You are such a treasure...

      Hugs and Blessings fro Canada

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I was youngest in our family, even our large dachshund was older until I was 14. Thanks for making me think back and sharing yours.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Rolly, my dear friend with the huge heart - i had a lump in my throat through this entire story, and often - more than that!

      i have never been without a dog - one at a time - so as not to feel guilt while giving one attention...(seriously..)..

      my soul-puppy is almost 14, and - we just had quite the scare with her..i thought i was taking her in to be put down...or be told i ought.

      it turned out to be a viral intestinal infection - and 7 days later (11 pills/day) - she's PERFECT again..

      well..as perfect as a 14 year old, 85 pound half lab/dobie - can be!

      your dogs were as lucky to have you as you were to have them...

      i prefer them to people - truth be told...

      present company excluded, of course...LOL

      voting/sharing...

      sending karma so all those pesky health issues will simply disappear - or be easily managed..

      with lovexx

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Rolly dear sir.. what beautiful pets. you have had.. I have loved each one of

      my babies.. they have been and are my children that's the mother in me..

      always loyal pets. I love all kind of dogs and cats.. I love your companions.. I love cockier spaniels.. I remember having one when we lived in California.. fort Ord... he was the best.. he wouldn't let anyone get near us kids.. very protective.

      great hub

      sharing

      Debbie

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      So nice to see you again, my friend! And so nice to meet your wonderful friends from the past and present. They certainly do have a way of working themselves into our hearts. Glad you've been blessed by them.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Rolly for sharing this story of your companions with us. Will we ever see them again is a good question. I truly hope so. Pets can be the ultimate example of unconditional love.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Rolly, what a thoroughly enjoyable read this was - it is clear just how much each of these dogs meant to you; even admitting Tannis' aggression was just a throwaway comment, she clearly grew on you and you on her over the years you had together. All dogs have their own personalities and I was fortunate as a child to have a wonderful cocker spaniel, Bugsy, who I still think of often with a smile and a little ache in my heart. Shared etc etc - others will enjoy this too much to keep it all to myself.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful and loving furry family members with us all!!! You are and have been blessed to know of their unconditional love. The photos are priceless of them, as well as those of your scenic area in which you are blessed to live and enjoy.

      I can so relate to this lovely hub of your pets/family. I have been blessed too to have many pets in my lifetime who have brought nothing but love into my life.

      Please know I am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, and that you are loved as well.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper