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What a wonderful update. 13 1/2 is certainly a gift nowadays!
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A couple of months gone, so time for another update.

Blissfully, things are still pretty uneventful with Chumlee. Deer hunting season is over here so we can get back to our usual walks and that makes him so happy.

Last week, my car, (aka "The Dogmobile) was in the shop and the mechanic was stumped. I had a rental car with a clearly stated "No Pets" policy. Chum was stymied and a little irritated that suddenly he couldn't go for rides for a couple of days. He would look out the window and growl at the rental car like it was an evil stranger in our driveway. Made us chuckle.

The Dogmobile is back and Chum is elated to again be able visit the ladies at the bank and other drivethru windows again.

My DS is doing well and has a great job that he loves. He tells us the only thing he needs now is a new girlfriend (he and his GF broke up several months ago.)

All the young 20-somethings use an online app to meet other singles in the local area and I jokingly suggested that he take a picture with Chumlee to be his profile picture. I guaranteed he would get dozens and dozens of matches because Chum is so irresistible. DS rolled his eyes but to humor me, he did just that. DS, DH and I were eating dinner at a casual restaurant. Suddenly, DS's phone started dinging repeatedly. DS tried to hide it, but I asked him what was going on.

He finally admitted he had gotten 27 "interested" girls in about 15 minutes after posting the picture of himself with Chumlee! See, son! I told you that Chum is a "chick magnet'! And obviously, the girls have good taste!!

Chumlee had his usual Sunday morning egg on top of his breakfast and then took a few minutes to gnaw on his Himalayan chew and mess up the extra blankets on his bed. Such an exhausting morning that he has decided to take a little snooze....
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Aw, that's so cute, Chum certainly is a real hit with the girls and now he's showing his brother how it's done!. Really glad hear he's doing do well and enjoying his wonderful senior years. I hope you all have a great festive season and an even better New Year xxx


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It's nearly Spring and not much new to report, thankfully.

Chumlee is still delighting in the snow that the rest of us are so sick of. He makes sure to start each day by sticking his face in the snow followed with a good roll. Maybe he was a Malamute in another life...

In December, my old car, aka "The Dogmobile" finally let me know it was time to go. At almost 200,000 miles I had to agree but it was awful. Am I the only one who gets ridiculously attached to a car?! If the Rainbow Bridge accepts cars, I think that's where mine will go since I spent so much time transporting animals! So many memories. Anyways I began my search, knowing it had to be comfortable for Chumlee and I found just the car. It's kind of ugly and bears a striking resemblance to a toaster but Chum can get in and out of it quite easily. He's happy with his new ride.

And I just had to share silly picture of Chum. I was sound asleep and I thought DH was, too, based on the quiet breathing I heard beside me. Then I opened my eyes and found myself nose to nose with Chumlee's handsome face. At nearly 14, he can still jump up on the bed. I just love this dog!
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That photo is SO cute, Chumlee is adorable. Sorry to hear about your car, you made me giggle about it going to The Rainbow Bridge, I'm sure all the dogs will be riding around having a blast!. Please give Chum a hug and some treats from me, great to hear from you as always.


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Aww Chumlee, was a beautiful sugar faced boy you are.

200,000K miles is outstanding for a car........ you sure got your money's worth out of it. Really glad to hear it was used to transport animals.
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Amazing memory

I snapped a quick picture of Chumlee as he was sprawled on his back on the bathroom floor. He always looks so silly when he lays like this!

As soon as I came into the bathroom, he watched me warily for signs of opening the vanity door where his dreaded ear medicine was kept - 4 years ago!!!! It amazes me that he still remembers this.

I may start another thread to ask if anyone else's dog has such a memory...

Chum continues to do well, going for walks and rides and having his favorite Sunday breakfast - a cooked egg on top of his food.

Last weekend I went away for a girls weekend in NYC. It was exhausting but so much fun. When I got home, Chumlee charged down the stairs and I received such a joyful, enthusiastic greeting. He acted like I had been gone for ages instead of a couple of days. It was quite a display.

DH and DS had been gone for a week just a few days prior to my trip and when they returned home, Chum, well, was much more, um, relaxed when greeting them. It led to many eye-rolls and disparaging comments about Chum's loyalty and love for them...
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Bless him, loving the "up the wall" look!, Barnaby used to do the same thing.

It's so cute that you got such a wonderful greeting after your trip, I'm sure you must be his "favourite" 22 human!!.

Please pass on some Easter treats and hugs from to precious Chum xxx


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14 today!

I am so happy to report that Chumlee is 14 awesome years old today!

I was nervous when adopting him at age 6 that we wouldn't have him for long. I've kept my fingers and toes crossed, threw salt over my shoulder, knocked on wood, and was very careful to never step on a sidewalk crack - all kinds of very silly, superstitious things in the attempt to keep Chum with us. And it worked!

I'm very grateful that his 2 previous families weren't clever enough to see what a wonderful dog they had and that they turned him over to rescue so he could come to join our family. This is where he was always meant to be.

Happy Birthday, Chumlee!

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I'm also going to wish Chumlee a Happy Birthday over here, in case the other thread does get deleted. 14 is indeed awesome! He is lucky he wound up with you to live out the best years of his life.

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