Taking a break in autumn photos for a throwback to me and Kilo in the week or two before he died. I am so grateful @jaclyntanemura was able to get these photos of us. I wish I had more photos taken with him over the years. I still think of him all the time. This past year just went by in a blur.
Sometimes I wonder, when did the cancer start? We were skijoring almost daily at end of December and January. I only noticed him slightly fatigued towards the end of January and then he had his first bleed about two weeks later. HSA is such an aggressive cancer 💔
This lake was actually quite cold but made for a refreshing swim on a hot day. Bjorn had been swimming after sticks for awhile before this and got cold so instead of following me in like he usually does, he sat as close as he could without going back in the water haha. Can’t believe how big he’s getting!
There were many times on this hike I thought of Kilo and wished so badly he could be standing next to me up there. One of my regrets is not taking him on more hikes like this. We did lots of hiking on the trails around here but only made it to the Rockies a couple of times and didn’t do any hikes in the mountains with him.
I am so glad Lola could come along. She looked SO happy when we loaded her up in the jeep that morning. She doesn’t get to come along on as many adventures; mostly with her issues with other dogs but it’s something I will work on and get her out more. Kilo was reactive towards other dogs and a reason why we didn’t go on as many trips. If only I had known what I know now on working with him past it, we could have done so much 💔
My dog and I
After a couple of kilometres on switchbacks in the trees it was nice to get this little viewpoint on the way up. We stopped to have a snack here before continuing our climb up to Abbott Ridge. It was much cooler in the mountains than it was at home so luckily heat wasn’t an issue for Lola.