Joy when she was a few months old.
When my last Golden Girl, Bonnie , passed away, I said ‘No more. I can’t go through this pain again’. Then 3 weeks later I was searching….
And eventually I found Joy.
First Christmas. Just over 3 months old. Picture was taken while she was asleep.
I have often called her ‘the most joyful person I know’ and ‘my wild child’, and ‘my wild and crazy girl’. She has been all of the above.
This was her first sighting of the ocean. Sand dunes, Sand City, California. The beach below these dunes turned out to be one of her Favorite Places.
Her excitable, extraordinary, extreme exuberance has been a problem at times, mostly with her ‘obsessive-compulsive greeting disorder’ as I call it. The thing is, for her it’s all about love-beyond-measure for everyone and everything that touches her life.
Same beach, so many years later.
So at age 14, she is 98 in human years. She has various physical problems now, but that strong Joyful spirit is still able to overcome them.
I love her and her ‘brother’ so much!
We will be celebrating all week. 😀
Today we leave St Regis and head south….well south east, but eventually just south. The going will be slow, to avoid heat. Looks like instead we will be cold, with 30 degrees at night, and rain and snow in the forecast coming up soon! This is great news for Montana with its raging fires.
Next is Missoula, Butte, and Dillon Montana, before we head into Idaho, Utah, and Arizona.
Again, Happy Birthday my sweet Joy Bell!