Thursday, October 28, 2010

Our Girl Rita is 14 today!

Today our girl Rita (a.k.a. Sweet Reet, Rita Gazeeda, Girlie Girl) turned 14!
The first photo was taken many years ago. It's one of my favourites of Rita giving her best 'don't mess with me' look (it never worked). The second photo was taken a couple of weeks ago, looking lovely as ever. And the last photo was taken 9 years ago, when Rita was 5. She was such a beautiful and powerful looking dog. When we walked her off lead in the woods she'd barrel through the trees so fast that if you didn't get out of her way she'd take you out at the knees.
Today our walks are much calmer. She's deaf now so she stays close and the barreling run is more like a steady horse trot. The one thing that hasn't changed on these walks is that big ass 'now this is the life' smile that (I swear) she's always sporting.
Happy Birthday Rita!


M said...

Her 'power' barreling through your woods was impressive to watch, a beautiful alpha female and very affectionate as well- nice characteristics in a person or a dog. Happy 14th Rita.

Sylvia said...

Happy Happy Birthday Rita! Thanks for gracing Karen & Doug & the girls with your 14 years. I still remember the day I picked you up from the Buffalo airport almost 14 years ago. Thanks Karen & Doug for giving Rita a wonderful life & for taking such good care of her.
Hugs & pats,
Love, Sylvia

Miska, Tyro & Diva said...

Happy Barkday Rita from the Varazs Vizslas! Hope your humans gave you some great treats to celebrate!

Sue said...

Yes! sweet Rita,