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Sharing Keeper's birthday/Gotcha Day

Rick C
June 27th, 2009, 06:50 PM
Yesterday was Keeper's 11th birthday and today is her 10th Gotcha Day.

Keeper was ironically named by her former owners and we kept it when she joined us at one year of age. Abby was also one at the time.

Today, Keeper celebrated with Abby up on Elbow Pass, about 7,000 feet I think up in Kananaskis Country, Alberta. This was a surprisingly brisk day in this place, windy and a temperature at this time at about 8 celcius, although warming up a bit on the way back.

Below, Keeper chills out in a small stream. This is a brisk, straight up walk for a short ways then surprisingly flat. Keeper could actually walk home to her acreage on the prairie on this path, looking east here, where it eventually emerges our side of the Rockies. I think it's about a 20 or 25 km hike to the trail-head and then, well, a bit further to the house!!

Below, sharing adventures for a decade now, Keeper and Abby. Keeper is getting stronger now that her chemo is over with.

Keeper's origin story, in her own words, is at

Rick C

June 27th, 2009, 07:59 PM

Looks like you had a great hike in beatiful Kananaskis:thumbs up

June 27th, 2009, 08:28 PM
Happy Birthday and Gotcha Day Keeper!!!!!!!

June 27th, 2009, 09:15 PM
HAPPY GOTCHA' DAY KEEPER!! I hope you had a great 11th birthday yesterday with lots of spoiling and cake!
I am so glad chemo is over and she is doing so well. :thumbs up
The pics are amazing as usual!

June 27th, 2009, 09:34 PM
A big Golden Happy Birthday Keeper!

and Happy Gotcha too! 54042

June 27th, 2009, 10:19 PM
Those streams look so inviting! :cloud9: It's been so hot here, I'd settle for 8 C, too :p

happy birthday/gotcha day, Keeper!! May you have many more summers to enjoy those cool mountain streams!

June 27th, 2009, 10:41 PM
What a lucky girl to have found herself in your family :goodvibes:.

Happy Birthday, Happy Gotcha Day Keeper!!!

June 28th, 2009, 01:26 AM
Happy Birthday / Gotcha Day Keeper

Looks like you enjoyed a fabulous day :cloud9:.

June 28th, 2009, 02:13 AM
Happy Birthday & Happy Gotcha Day Keeper!! :lovestruck:

Keeper looks wonderful :lovestruck: so does Abby :lovestruck:

Nice day for a stroll in the woods :cloud9:

June 29th, 2009, 12:38 PM

Happy Birthday Keeper x

June 29th, 2009, 12:45 PM
Happy Birthday AND Gotcha day Keeper!

Dog Dancer
June 30th, 2009, 10:59 AM
Somehow I missed this thread, hope Keeper had a great Gotcha Day and Birthday, but somehow you just know she did. Any bets if I died my hair blond if I could get adopted by Rick??? What great shots Rick, as always. The dogs look so wonderful and happy (and healthy).

June 30th, 2009, 11:42 AM
Great pictures. :)

June 30th, 2009, 11:49 AM
Beautiful pics!

And happy belated birthday/gotcha day Keeper!