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
15 thoughts on “Ready, set, GO! – Summer of Lincoln 2.0 begins…”
Lincoln, its great to hear from you! And boy are we glad you are starting the summer of Lincoln2!! As far as quinlay… who can blame her for being in love with you, with your dapper looks and heroic deeds she must be smitten! And rightly so! We are just so happy to know you are doing well and enjoying the swimming! Keep up the good work my friend!
oh lincoln, you give us wings. thanks for being the compass to guide us along this sometimes scary path. we are so excited about summer 2.0, we know there are many adventures ahead.
charon & gayle
Lincoln, you look great! I knew you’d sneak down to the lake and take a dip first chance you got! Awesome, just awesome!! I hope we get lots of updates about your great summer!
What a wonderful, hopeful post! Thank you for posting, Lincoln. We are starting Summer 1.0 at the cabin, except we’re still iced in!
Lincoln, who could bame Quinlay for being in love with you? I’ve secretly had a crush on you for the last year. Oops. Did I say that out loud? Seriously, we knew all along you would have a Summer of Lincoln 2.0. After all, any dog that can “fly” like you can will kick cancer’s butt and get rid of a stupid old brain tumor.
You continue to amaze us all Lincoln. Let the Summer games begin!
Far out dude! Life is good and it’s even better knowing there’s a rock star like you out there to give so many hope that ANYTHING is pawsible. Rock on!!!
Lincoln, you are awesome. I definitely see why Quinlay is in love with you. But you know big guy, she’s pretty good looking too. Maybe you should take it easy on her. I bet she’d be your bestest friend!!
Summer of Lincoln 2.0 ???
I believe this calls for a national holiday of some sort!
Hearing from your mom is so welcome and to have such nice news of all of your family adventures makes me smile.
Best to you all as the Summer of Lincoln begins again.
Mom to Spirit JD and the quadpaws Serena & Maya
You thought you were rid of me, didn’t you!???? Well, I see way more now!
No more guessing what you are doing, I can see it all!
Nice work Quinlay! Our master plan to takes some of Stinkypants’ thunder from the camera is working!
Oh, you didn’t know that Quinny is working for me Stinkman, did you??? I got to have my paw in some action down below where you are!
……….Gotta go – the ball team (the Cool Cats) is warming up and oh geeze, Spirit Fortis has a glove on his head showing the girls his many talents. I gotta go keep them focused on the ball game!
….”F – o – r – t – i – s! Take it off and get your head in the game sweetie!”
Keeping my eye on you Stinker!
Manager of the The Cool Cats Baseball League
wow Lincoln it looks like you’ve got a great place to enjoy this summer. Hope you have many wonderful adventures
Beautiful words. Beautiful pictures.
Another Summer of Lincoln. How lovely is that?!
Catie sends kisses and Riley says: Yowsa, Quinlay’s HOT!
Lincoln, we are so happy that you’re celebrating “your” second summer!
Can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!
We know the stories will be great, the swimming will be devine and, of course, you will be the center of attention!
Your Golden friend, Shelby, the P.P.
Lincoln, I just wanna know where you live that you’re getting summer already this year. It was 37 degrees when we got up this morning. Can you send some special Lincoln summer 2.0 our way, please? And congrats on your milestone, buddy!
Lincoln, I thought I’d check in on you and holy Cow, you’re having another great summer at the cabin!!! Good for you! You are one freakin’ amazing pup!!!! Have a great summer! Swim lots!
Tracy & Maggie