Ready, set, GO! – Summer of Lincoln 2.0 begins…

It’s been a while since I’ve checked in. Unfortunately, I’m dependant upon my Mom’s opposible  thumbs to type, and she had a bit of a run in with a knife, and hasn’t been able to type for me. In fact, she is typing this one handed, so it seems that I should be able to assure you that this will be short, but, ahem….I think you all know my Mom by now.  Brevity isn’t her strong suit…especially when it comes to talking about me. You remember the video, right? Totally. Embarassing.

My Mom told me this saying the other day, she says it reminds her of me;  “There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart”  ~Celia Thaxter.  If she means that I’m grateful, she’s right. If there ever was a blessed dog, it’s surely me, even with all of my medical issues (by way of reminder – brain tumor, TPLO #1, TPLO #2, Osteosarcoma/Amputation, re-growth of brain tumor). It’s been interesting, to say the least.

Anyway, we’re back at the cabin starting my second summer as a tripawd.  None of us ever expected I would still be around, but here I am. My Mom and Dad insisted we just take things one day at a time, and I have to give them credit because we are all super happy. Even Quinlay has turned out to be a perfect fit. I didn’t expect to, but I do like her (she is in love with me, FYI, but who can blame her, right?).

So today was just like a normal day except that it was almost 70 degrees, which my Mom says means that MY SUMMER 2.0 has officially started. Whoooooohoooo.  You all know what I did first thing, right? If you are betting that I snuck down to the lake while my Mom was distracted with mowing the grass, then you are a WINNER!! Of course I got busted pretty quick because she still worries about me being in the water alone, but it was pretty great while it lasted.

 I should mention that I got to swim like four different times today, plus we went to the winery and my Mom rediscovered her happy place. Shocker, right? All this time I thought I was enough 3 legged red to keep her happy. Turns out that today, Tildio Profundo was the red that made her relax. We all know that when my Dad and I take her to Tildio, she seems to remember that, for now at least, we are all together and healthy and happy.

After the winery I got to swim one more time. As you’ll see, Quinlay jumped in front of the camera and interrupted my photo-op. Somebody needs to remind her that I’m generally the center of attention. I’m not sure what she was thinking, but she does tend to get right up in my Mom’s grill. She can be a pretty big attention whore, if I’m being honest, but she is pretty sweet, I must admit.


So, here we go again. I’m ready for another great summer with my Dad and Mom, and family and friends, and dogs and sun and swimming. It’s everything I ever dreamed of and it’s more than I ever imagined it could possibly be. I never stopped believing that this summer would happen. I never gave up hope.

It’s like this saying my Mom told me, ‘When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try it one more time.” ‘~Author Unknown