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We celebrated some milestones in 2008--Slade's 80th birthday and Slade and Sally's 50th wedding anniversary. Going through old pictures to put together a slideshow was a lot of fun, enjoy the family as they grow, seems there's always dogs and horses involved. The parties were such great reflections on lives well lived, as I read a letter to the editor in the Jan. Horse and Rider, I thought it was appropriate, as it does seem to ring true in many dog people's lives, too:

"What horses make me do: "I'm bored" isn't said around our house. I don't take anti-depressants. I don't sit on the couch feeling sorry for myself. I don't take pills for my nerves. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than drinking coffee in the morning and watching my horses eat their hay. I don't have to go to the gym to work out.
Point of story: My horses are my entertainment, physical trainers, and therapists.They give me a sense of self, a sense of worth, and a reason to wear big, sparkly jewelry. They keep me well-rounded, open-minded, goal oriented, and pinching pennies. They leave me feeling satisfied and rewarded. They teach me how to budget money and time, and that--just like with riding--when you throw your weight around, things are bound to get unbalanced." Nikki Davis-London, PN

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