Wednesday, December 16, 2009

(Not So) Wordless Wednesday - Too Much Eggnog?

I'm posting family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless Wednesday posts like others do - I simply am incapable of having a wordless post.

I went looking for Christmas time photographs in my collection and found this one:

Poor old Santa Walter was plumb tuckered out after a long day wagging his tail, getting belly rubs and wearing his funky Santa costume. Or - he drank too much eggnog, I don't remember. I do know that Walter had a wonderful time on this Christmas Day with so many people to love him.

Who is Walter? Walter (1999-2008) was my daughter Tami's basset hound - what a marvelous dog he was. Full of energy, happiness and slobber. He never met a cat poop, peach pit or leftover pizza he didn't like, and would go for a neighborhood walk at any time of day or year. The baleful eyes, the howl, the low-to-the-ground gait, the tail wagging, ah - Walter was the greatest. Walter was one of the featured bassets in the Howl-a-lujah Chorus when they held the Doodah Games in Pasadena each year. Unfortunately, Walter's life was cut short last year by cancer. We all miss him.

This picture was taken on 25 December 2001 at Tami's husband's parents' home in Victorville CA. We had a good time visiting there, but it was a somber week because we knew my mother was dying soon.

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