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Monday, September 20, 2010

She's A Grand Old Birthday Dame

It's hard to believe, but it's true!  Fifteen years ago today, Lilac, or WW Line if you prefer, was born into a litter of nine puppies, the only female of the litter.  After a career as a racer, she gave up the track life to have two litters of puppies of her own before hopping on a hauler from Kansas and heading to Illinois at the tender age of seven and a half.  The minute she got out of the crate to come home with me that night, she wrapped her head around my neck and squeezed.  That quickly, SHE decided that she belonged with us, although  it took us several months to realize it.

When we decided to adopt her, she was considered a senior dog.  I actually got a discount on her adoption fee because it was adopt a senior month and she'd been here for four months without any inquiries about adopting her.  Mr. Taleteller and I reasoned that she'd probably only be with us for a few years before she passed away and that she deserved a quiet home where she'd know that she was loved and could be spoiled. 

Ha!  She outlived both the hounds that we had before her who were younger than she was.  Now Mr. Taleteller believes that she'll outlive us all.  I see her getting more frail this past year, after her scary incident a year ago.  Still, I have to say that we realize that every day with her is a treasure.

If you haven't yet shared your life with a senior dog, I hope that someday you do get to experience it.  I say that in all sincerity.  Yes, it is hard to see them age and struggle with things, but there's just a certain sweetness that comes along with an older dog.  She enjoys simple pleasures and she isn't afraid to ask for what she wants.  I can never refuse her, either.  If she were human, I suspect she'd be a bit like Mae West.  She's sassy, opinionated, brassy and fearless.  Getting older hasn't tempered her spirit any, nor has it made her any less shameless.  While the rest of our hounds will hang their heads in shame at just the thought of being caught in a misdeed, Lilac will look you straight in the eye and dare you to be upset with her. 

Today, we celebrate fifteen years of a life well-lived and hope that everyone else out there shares in our happiness.  May you all celebrate as many years with a beloved canine companion.  Our journey has been a sweet one and we wouldn't trade a minute of it.  Although, we would appreciate it if she'd give us a few more minutes of sleep.

Lilac would like to send her thanks to Frankie, Beryl and their mom for sending her Vegemite to try!  She is pleased as punch that she got a card and present from New Zealand before any of the others have.  We'd also like to thank Doggie Stylish for sending her a collar for her birthday.  She's mainly just happy to have the day all about her, and trust me, she'll be even more spoiled today than she already is!

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69 comments:

  1. Happy #15 Dame Lilakh!

    Should I khurtsy?

    I'm sure woo will have the BESTEST week - pampered and khoddled!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra

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  2. Happy Birthday Lilac!

    Our brother Stepper is going to turn 10 on the 24th, The Momma says seniors ARE the best ;) some would consider us seniors at 8 going on 9 in February...... but we still act like pups!

    -Bully and Nelson

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  3. Here's hoping Lilac likes the Vegemite cos it will probably help her live til she's at least 20;-) I've never got a senior dog, but have had plenty live til they are senior dogs. They are extra special:-) And Lilac knows she is, lol! I hope Lilac's most senior years are splendid and I look forward to sending more Vegemite next year .... if anyone likes it;-)

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  4. Congrats Lilac on you 15th! My Stella is using you as a role model on how to be sassy, opinionated, brassy and fearless in her senior years.

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  5. Everyday is a bonus especially when you can spend it with the furries you loved most. Happy Birthday dear Lilac! May you have a great celebration and be spoiled over the board today and every day of your life.

    woofs & licks,
    Dommy & PP

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  6. At the Greyhound picnic today, all hounds aged 8 and older received a 'senior' gift of a lovely flannel blankie. If Lilac had been in attendance, she would have gotten a blankie and been revered as the oldest in attendance!

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  7. Happy Birthday Lilac. Enjoy being spoilt even more than usual.

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  8. Happy birthday Lilac, from Snoopy & Arrow and their humans

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  9. Lilac!!!! Yous 15 years old!! Bless yous sweet heart!!

    Happy birfday girl and yous tuff little cookie and yous tell us yous fountain of youths secret secret!!

    we's be right back...

    hold on...

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  10. Barbie LOVES vegemite. I hope Lilac likes it too. What a good present idea! :)

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  11. You say it's your birthday
    It's my birthday too--yeah
    They say it's your birthday
    We're gonna have a good time
    I'm glad it's your birthday
    Happy birthday to you.

    Yes we're going to a party party
    Yes we're going to a party party
    Yes we're going to a party party.

    I would like you to dance--Birthday
    Take a cha-cha-cha-chance-Birthday
    I would like you to dance--Birthday
    Dance

    You say it's your birthday
    Well it's my birthday too--yeah
    You say it's your birthday
    We're gonna have a good time
    I'm glad it's your birthday
    Happy birthday to you.

    hee hees!!

    hugs!!!
    Josie, IzZY and Anakin Man

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  12. pee-s 'dats beetles.. (just in head cases peeps wondering.. Anakin Man didn't writes it).. SNORTS

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  13. Grand old ladies are timeless.

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  14. Happy Birthday Lilac! You are on your way to living forever I think. Hey! Somebody has to keep the rest of the pack in line.

    Slobbers,
    mango

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  15. Happy Birthday, beautiful girl! Enjoy your special day :)

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  16. A vety happy birthday Lilac.

    {{{huggies}}}...Mona & Mommy too!!

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  17. Happy Birthday Lilac!! *Extra purrs and rubs*

    Lu-Lu & Lucius

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  18. This is a very special birthday and Lilac is a grand lady. I hope there are more good years ahead for her. Fifteen is a most wonderful milestone to celebrate. Party on, Lilac!

    lotsa licks, Lola

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  19. We are wishing you a Very Happy Burfday Lilac!!!Our mommy thinks you are so Beautiful!

    Aladdin, Pongo, Jasmine, Sophie and our mom and dad too!

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  20. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to QUEEN LILAC!!!

    You look as loverly as a pup of 9 or 10 yrs old!

    And, in YOUR honor, Lucy has released a line of Lilac Inspired cosmetics today.......
    An eyeshadow duo called "Lilac and Lace"
    and a body spritz called "Lilac's Cool Breeze"

    her thinks they will be great sellers!

    Enjoy YOUR day, ALL day!
    MinnaK

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  21. Woof! Woof! Wow! 15th ... Happy Golden Wishes. Looking great. Happy Happy Birthday! Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  22. Yappy Barkday Lilac!

    Yappy Barkday to you,
    Yappy Barkday to you,
    Yappy Barkday dear Lilac...
    Yappy Barkday to YOU!!!

    LOVED reading about you Lilac!
    Gorgeous birthday pic!

    Chasing my tale...
    Addie, Lucie and Hailey

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  23. Happy Birfday, Lilac! And may you has many more to come!

    Pee Ess - My mom hiked in Pere Marquette State Park many, many years ago way afore I was around. She say it do be sad they not taking care of it.

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  24. Happy Birthday, Lilac!

    Sam and Pippen

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  25. Happiest of birthdays, beautiful Lilac.

    I loved this post, Mrs. Taleteller. All three of my babies are seniors now. It's an amazing, super-concentrated sort of love, isn't it? :)

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  26. Oh crap...I's gonna haves to gets all mushy todays withs da posie da Greyhound Lovin Momma did! Dat was such a wonderful postie fur a milestone of a birfday.
    Miss Lilac I hopes you has a wonderful day. And I haves been so honored to haves met ya'll. Ya'll is truely special to me's since I haves met you way back in March.
    Save me some cake too!!!!

    Puddles

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  27. Wowww!! 15 is a loooongg time we hopes our old dogs lives to like 15 or 20!!!Happy Birthday Lilac!!!

    ~Texas

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  28. Happy Birthday Lilac! Yes, you should enjoy each day...

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  29. Happy Birthday Lilac - your peeps sure are fortunate to have had you for so long. And we know you are happy to have them.


    XOXO
    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

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  30. HAPPY HAPPY HAPEEEEEEEEE BIRTHDAY LILAC!!
    WOW... Anakin sang the birthday song for you and... LUCY has released TWO new PRODUCTS in your honor. What more could anybuddy ask for??? Vegemite.. NOPE not good.
    May you have a WONDERFUL day of Fun and Food to celebrate your VERY MUCH SPECIAL DAY.
    PeeS... I just about fell out of my cliner chair when I saw your comment about Albert and licking his butt. BaaaaWaaaaah

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  31. Happy Birthday, Madame Lilac! And may you have many more to come!!! You're such a sweetie and deserve a fancy pawty and loads of prezzies!

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  32. Happy Birthday Lilac. Your descriptions of her are beautiful - I feel like I know her. Also, your love of her shines through so brightly!

    We adopted S when he was 10, and we never regretted it. He had the same clear-eyed view of life as Lilac, never looking away when he'd done something "bad" - just gazing into our eyes and saying "so there" but not in an angry way... just an honest way. I agree with you about adopting seniors - their sweetness will convert you in a minute!

    I hope that your sweet girl has a wonderful birthday with you.

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  33. Happy Birthday, Lilac! Mama and I agree that senior dogs rock!!

    Your pal, Pip

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  34. Oh, Happy 15th Birthday Lilac! My Aunt Maggie is 15.5!!! It's a great treasure to your humans :-) I sure do hope you enjoy your birthday! And many more healthy years to come for you!
    -Corbin

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  35. We hope your day is filled with lots and lots of cuddles and treats! Happy Birthday beautiful girl!

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  36. Happy Birthday, Lilac - a very special girl!!! We know you will be pampered like the princess you are deserves. Enjoy your day and many more to come.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

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  37. Hi Lilac and the Bunny gang,
    Happy happy Birthday!!! I love it love it so much!! What a survivor you are Lilac!!! So pretty too!!!! I hope when you do leave this world you do it peacefully!!! I would love to give you a birthday kiss!!!
    LOVE, Fern

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  38. Happy birthday, sweet Lilac! I would love to see Bunny, Blueberry, and Morgan bow down before you today! =)

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  39. Happy Birfday miss Lilac. Mango did send us on over here. You sure are a purty girly-wink wink (from Bobo)

    Bobo and Meja 'who doesn't count when I'm tryin to make the moves on miss Lilac'

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  40. Happy birthday to you!
    Happy birthday to you!
    Happy birthday Miss Lilac!
    Happy birthday to you!!

    We hope you have 15 more birthdays!!

    love and kisses
    Trixie, Minnie and Barbara

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  41. Wow, happy birthday! I had no idea you were a 15 year old teenager! And you are so much more dignified and well-behaved than many of the 15 year-olds in my classroom.

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  42. Happy Birthday, Lilac! What a lucky pup you were to find your forever family. They reall do love you.

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

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  43. Happy BIRTHDAY Miss Lilac!!! I hope you have many more and you are so pretty and such a good girl!

    xoxo
    Fred and Haylie

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  44. Happy Birthday, Sweetie! You are beautiful!

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  45. Happy, Happy Birthday, Lovely Miss Lilac! Don't you love being a senior dog? We sure do!

    Birthday Wiggles,

    Jackie and Dillon

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  46. Happy, happy birthday, Lilac! Oh, gosh, I hope it's the bestest birthday that anybuddy ever had, EVER! Did you know you're my role model? Yep. It's true! When I'm a "mature" dog, I wanna be just like you. I've been taking notes and everything.

    Wiggles & Wags,
    mayzie

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  47. Happy Birthday, Lilac! I hope I can be 15 someday and look as good and be as loved as you. Enjoy your day!

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  48. Happy birthday, Lilac! :) You don't look a day older!

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  49. Happy birthday Lilac! Have a wonderful 15th birthday with your family, and remember to watch out for cake or for those special food treats!

    Woofs,
    Riley

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  50. HAPPY 15th BIRFDAY! I bet your a wee bit older than when I read the post because it took me ages to scroll through SO many birfday comments! That's pawsome! You're a well loved girl and I bet you're just loving the extra birthday attention - as you should!!

    Wags,
    Zona

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  51. Hey Lilac...was dat you swinging from da chandelier at Alien's? Yea, i thought so.
    Just wishing you a happy birfday....again!

    Puddles

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  52. Wishing you a very Happy 15th Birthday Lilac!

    love and best wishes
    Clive and Murray

    ps-we so agree with your comment about giving a senior dog a home - when our guide dogs retire at 8 or 9, some guide dog owners cannot keep them for various reasons, often it is too hard on the retired dog when a new guide dog arrives on the scene. But these retired guide dogs make the most wonderful pets.

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  53. Happy 15th birthday, Lilac! We read about you at Mango's blog! I'm 12 years old and mom totally agrees with everything your mom says! Seniors rock!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

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  54. Puddles sent us over! Happy Purrthday Lilac! Wow! You have sure seen some stuff in your life huh? We are very glad that some human adopted you, even though you are a "senior". give that human a big slurpy kiss for us k?

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  55. Happy Barkday, beautiful Miss Lilac!!

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  56. Happy Birthday, Lilac!
    I am sure you had a nice and relaxing time celebrating your big day!
    Kisses and hugs
    Lorenza

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  57. woweee 15 years old. What a beautiful gal. Happy Birthday!

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  58. 15..wow, your like old as mom in human doggy years. Happee happee Birthday girl!
    Benny & Lily

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  59. Happy 15th! Hope you have a great year. I'm sure hoping one of my husband's seniors make to 15 so Reagan has some company as she gets used to being house dog. I'd rather she not be all alone.

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  60. Happy Barkday, Lilac!... wow, 15 good years, you go girl!

    Licks, hero

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  61. Happy Happy Day! 15? I only hope to live that long. Momma said everything your Mom said about you is so true about us "older" dogs. This is a very sweet post and put a smile on all our faces.
    Snuggles,
    Twix

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  62. Happy birthday, Lilac!!! You are indeed a grand dame doggie!!

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  63. Happy birthday, beautiful Lilac!

    I hope it was super special.

    Nubbin wiggles,
    Oskar

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  64. oh deawest lilac how ever to we tell you how much love we send you on today your shpecial day. the most sugary kisses to you from the whole pittie pack
    you so furry special. and we loves you dearly

    pibble sugars
    the pittie pack

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  65. miss lilac,
    three cheers for you!!! happy happy 15th birthday!!! you're lookin' so good -- you don't need miss lucy's miracle cream stuff at all! teehee! :)

    *woof*
    the booker man

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