Nothing But Norman #16

Happy Saturday Everyone!

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One more day and Norman will be 13! When Norman was diagnosed with osteosarcoma I didn’t think he was going to make it to his 13th Birthday. He was doing really well until the month of October. He was having more bad days. If you would of asked me a couple weeks ago if Norman would be here to celebrate his Birthday I would of told you no. Many of you read my melt down Nothing But Norman posts and gave me encouraging and thoughtful words.

I am happy to report for the second week in a row that Norman is doing as well as expected and is still trucking along. He is still making it up stairs and doing well. He even went on a very small pheasant hunt last Sunday. Last Sunday Nellie was outside with me and we were doing bird chores. I went into the pheasant pen and normally lock the door behind me but I knew it was Nellie with me and she wouldn’t come in, boy was I wrong! While I was in the pen fixing the netting Nellie came in and was just sniffing around not harming the birds but the birds got scared and started walking to the open door and low and behold out the door they went. I think about 15 of them went out the door before I could get there to close it. As we were trying to corral them back into the pen one flew away. This was my opportunity to let Norman get a pheasant. It landed in the ditch so we knew where it was. John went and got his gun and I followed behind with the camera. Off they went on what might be their final hunt…..

Oh my you have a gun, I get to go hunting.

Oh my you have a gun, I get to go hunting.

I know the way!

I know the way!

Are you coming?

Are you coming?

I'm going in.

I’m going in.

It's pretty thick in here, can you see me?

It’s pretty thick in here, can you see me?

Sniffing out the pheasant.

Sniffing out the pheasant.

Pheasant down, Pheasant down.

Pheasant down, Pheasant down.

Whoo hoo, a pheasant.

Whoo hoo, a pheasant.

Old man still has it.

Old man still has it.

One happy boy!

One happy boy!

This was one special day that will be locked in my memory vault for ever. He wouldn’t give up, he kept trucking until he found the bird and went and retrieved it.

We also did a photo shoot at my best friend Linda’s house. She has such a nice yard and nice fall decorations I wanted to get some pictures of the dogs there. Linda has been a part of Norman’s whole life. She has hunted with him, she has babysat him and she knows how much he means to me so she was happy to take some pictures.

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Norman and his children.

Norman and his children.

Children and grandchild.

Children and grandchild.

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Norman and his son.

Norman and his son.

Norman and daughter Nellie.

Norman and daughter Nellie.

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One day at a time…….

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30 Replies to “Nothing But Norman #16”

  1. Gizmo

    This is such a happy uplifting post…There’s nothing like watching a dog work at what he loves best and that hunt with Norman will be treasured …You got some great shots at the photo shoot

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  2. Jan K

    I am pretty new to your blog, so I didn’t know about Norman. He is such a handsome old guy. How very special to let him have that hunt, and to have those photos taken. They are such wonderful photos and something you can cherish forever.

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  3. Hawk aka BrownDog

    Hi Y’all!

    I’ll be thinkin’ of you tomorrow Norman! Happy Birthday! What beautiful happy eyes you have Norman!

    Hawk aka BrownDog

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  4. goldenwoofs

    PAWsome 🙂 Woof Woof to you Norman. What a great photos, Golden love it. Someday will take a trip to WI. Made some changes on your blog, looking great. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  5. tylersat99

    It’s Sunday so Happy Birthday Norman, what a great day you had. We knew you could still hunt and getting a pheasant was a special day for you all. Great pictures Mom and Norman looks especially proud and happy 🙂

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  6. Mel

    This post made me tear up. He looks so happy. It’s days like these that can be so bittersweet. I am so glad you have such happy memories of this day. Go Norman!

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  7. usoncloud9

    Wow! Happy 13th birthday to Norman. What a huge stepping stone. Congrats on catching that pheasant. He looks so happy, healthy, and young, despite his age and the big C.

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  8. Miss Harper Lee

    It made me so happy and so sad at the same time to think of Norman’s last hunt. I am so pleased he had that special opportunity. Your photos are beautiful, and I am so happy that you and Norman are sharing these moments. Continued good days to your bautiful boy!

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