Here are two pictures to see the growth of Boomer our Great Dane. The first picture is when Boomer was 7 weeks old and the second picture is just yesterday, 17 weeks old.
Funny how the internet can bring everyone together in some way. I had the pleasure of emailing and speaking to Graham Gibbs on the phone about his company Golf Pipeline. Golf Pipeline provides golfers with a handicap tracking service, search local courses, read reviews on those courses, find other golfers in the area, and join a USGA club in your area.
Graham is very friendly individual who helped me get all set up on Golf Pipeline. I will be using this site as my handicap index this year. I have used other sites in the past but I find Golf Pipeline to be even more user friendly than others in the past and more affordable.
Golf Pipeline has provided a unique promo code that would give golfers in this area a 50% discount to the 1 Year handicap price of $18.00. A USGA handicap through the Minnesota Golf Association costs $40/year, so golfers would save $31.00 the first year and $22.00 every year thereafter. Just go to Golfpipeline.com and here is the unique promo code for golfers to use to get 50% off the first 1-Year USGA handicap: GP50%OFF2015
I recommend using Golf Pipeline and if you create an account be sure to look me up.
I never thought I would enjoy such a little dog but Jack has surpassed any expectations. When I tell people we have a 7 pound Morkie they say, “Oh he must bark a lot.” Nope Jack never barks unless Boomer is chasing him. He has always been super good when Cooper and Nora were babies, never bit them, always cuddles with them and when we got him at 16 weeks old, he was one of the easiest dogs I have ever had to house train. A 25 pound bag of dog food lasts us about 6 months and his favorite activity is napping in the sun. He doesn’t bother me when he sleeps in bed with me and he has never wandered off when we let him outside. I can’t believe it has been 5 years already. I would highly recommend a morkie and I can’t imagine our family without him.
Happy Birthday Jack
Boomer, the Great Dane, is such a creature of habit already. He is only 16 weeks old and I would never need to set my alarm again because at 6:30 AM every morning he is whining for me to take him outside. After he does his business outside he comes and sits right by his food dish. He knows it is time to eat. He eats his food and immediately goes over to the couch and lays down in the sun. Every day the same thing without a doubt.
If I decide to join Boomer on the couch he loves to cuddle. If I try to “ignore” him he makes sure to get my attention and being 40 pounds he has his ways. Funny how every morning Boomer wants to go outside, eat, and then lay down on the couch and go back to bed. But who wouldn’t want to sleep on the couch instead of a crate with a not as comfortable pad?
He’s a good dog. Hard to believe in 9 weeks he went from 12 pounds to 40 pounds.
The Boomer Adventure – Best Friends
It appears as Boomer gets older he is less likely to chase our morkie, Jack, around the house. Boomer still has his moments but this picture was a classic moment in their friendship.
Here’s a little back story, Boomer was on the couch and something outside caught his eye. He quickly sat up, starred right out the window and started barking. As soon as he started barking Jack jumped up on the couch to see what was going on. Jack quickly starred out the window. I was lucky to be sitting close by to capture this moment.
As Boomer continues to grow it will be fun to see how a 150 pound dog can get a long with a 7 pound dog.
The Adventure continues.
I wanted to share the video that was created by my sister for my Father’s Funeral. These are definitely some of the best pictures we had of my Dad and he sure loved Johnny Cash.
I am currently reading a book called Experiencing Grief by H. Norman Wright. It sure has been helpful for me during this time. Today during my reading a scripture verse from the book of John chapter 16 verse 20 says, “I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” This book sure had been helpful during this difficult time. It is helping me put into perspective there is no set time as to how long I should grieve and mourn but everyone is different and has their own time line. I will say that having family and friends just a phone call away sure is helpful. Without the support of my family and friends I don’t know how I could have made it through the most difficult experience of my life.
I miss him everyday. My Dad and I talked everyday on the phone and when I didn’t get to the phone he would always leave a voice mail that said, “Nothing important just call me back when you can.” I sure miss those calls.
I love you Dad.
This past week was the hardest week of my life. I lost my father Ed Bashaw. He passed away from complications due to a heart attack. In case you missed it. Here is his obituary from the Duluth News Tribune. I miss you Dad. There will be more tributes coming.
Edwin Eugene Bashaw, 68, passed away on March 23, 2015 at St. Luke’s hospital due to complications from a heart attack.
Ed was born in Crosby, Minnesota to Earl and Helen Bashaw on March 28, 1946. Until he was 12, he spent his childhood on the farm in Deerwood Minnesota. His love for the outdoors and the solitude of the country life, began there. When he was 12, his family left the farm and moved to Duluth where he lived the rest of his life. While attending Duluth Central High School, he met the love of his life, Linda Doty. He graduated from high school in 1965, proposed to Linda on Christmas Eve that same year and then enlisted in the US Navy. He served on the USS Providence before returning home to care for his mom after the death of his dad in 1966. Ed and Linda were married on July 22, 1967 at Bethel Baptist Church and from then on, spent his lifetime devoted to caring for his wife and family. Ed and Linda raised their children in the city and in 2006, returned to his country roots and moved into his dream “3 car heated garage with a nice house attached.”
Ed was a true family man and family always came first, especially when it came to his wife Linda. He protected her, was her biggest cheerleader and loved her more than he could ever express. Many days, he would bring flowers or a card, just to let her know he loved her. He always called her on the way home to make sure she didn’t need anything. Every morning, no matter the weather, he would put on his slippers and drive to the mailbox to get the newspaper that he knew she loved to read. He changed the oil in her car, took the garbage cans to the curb, shoveled the driveway and rubbed her feet when they were cold – not because he had to, but because he wanted to. They loved to travel together. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on an Alaskan cruise.
Ed was happiest while holding a fishing pole, carrying a shot gun, sleeping in a tent or sitting by a campfire – especially if he was with his family. Some of Ed’s favorite memories and stories were about the fishing trips with his family, his father-in-law and his group of friends who made an annual trip to Canada. He was a true sportsman and he loved the outdoors. Ed and his dog Duke, spent countless hours in the woods watching for any new critter activity and keeping an eye out for the “one that got away.”
Ed could fix anything and he would help anyone at anytime. Whenever he visited his kids and grandkids, he completed their projects. He often bought “fixer uppers” like go-carts and mini bikes because he knew his grandkids would love them. He didn’t just build a deer stand, he built a place he could bring the kids so he could share his love for the outdoors with them.
Ed was never afraid of hard work. He started his own cleaning business , Bashaw Enterprises, Inc. while working at Russell Creamery in Superior, WI. He retired from the Duluth Transit Authority in 2008 after 15 years of service. Following retirement, he continued to drive for Stride part time, a job he loved. He was a member of Lakeview Covenant Church for 26 years where he served as Chairman of Facilities and Head Usher. He was a member of the Teamsters Local 356 as well as a member of the United Northern Sportman’s Club and a lifetime member of the NRA.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Helen Bashaw. Ed’s legacy will live on through his wife Linda, his children Jeanne (Eric) Osgood of Shoreview, MN, Dawn (Jason) Schuette of Stafford, VA, and Eddie (Heather) Bashaw of Duluth. Ed was proud to be Papa B. to his eight grandchildren, Jacob, Kate, Tyson, Olivia, Emma, Duncan, Cooper and Nora. We celebrate the time we spent with him here on earth and anxiously await the reunion in heaven where he has gone to be with his Savior and wait for us.
The family extends a special thanks to Dr. Mary Boylan and the nursing staff in the cardiac unit and ICU at St. Luke’s hospital. Their exemplary compassion and care for our family during this time was a blessing.
VISITATION: will be 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, March 27 in Bell Brothers Jarvi Dowd Funeral Home, 925 East 4th St., Duluth. Visitation will continue at 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. celebration service on Saturday, March 28 (Ed’s 69th birthday) at Lakeview Covenant Church, 1001 Jean Duluth Road, Duluth. Burial and military honors at Park Hill Cemetery following the service and luncheon. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial gifts to Lakeview Covenant Church or the United Northern Sportsman’s Club of Duluth.
The Boomer Adventure – Feeding Time
I’ve never had a Great Dane before and one new learning experience for me has been his feeding time. Let’s back up. For the last 4 years my wife and I have had a Morkie, Maltese and Yorkie mix. His name is Jack and he has been a wonderful dog. He weighs only 7 pounds and his favorite activity is napping. We’ve never had to worry about his eating habits. We put out a bowl of food and he eats when he wants and in 4 years has never been overweight. Also, a 25 pound of dog food will pretty much last us half the year.
Getting back to Boomer who absolutely loves to eat and went through a 15 pound bag of dog food in 2 weeks definitely needs a feeding schedule. We learned from our vet, Boomer should eat 1 cup of food 3 times a day. Now Boomer is close to 30 pounds and his diet has increased to 1 1/4 cups 2 times per day and 1 cup 1 time per day. We are on our second bag of dog food this month, and we have been lucky to find coupons to save us some money.
We decided to stick with Iams dog food for large breed because the owner we purchased him from was using that brand. I’ve learned changing dog foods can be hard on the dog and may cause upset stomachs.
Last special thing about Boomers eating time is his need for a special dog dish. We can’t use some old Tupperware like we do for Jack. Boomer needs an elevated dog dish for better eating posture. Oh the things we do for the animals we love. As you can see in the picture, Boomers dish is at full height and will help him eat healthy with good posture. But the joke in this house is, when Boomer is full grown he might as well just eat off the table. Yea that will be the day.
Hard to imagine in 3 weeks Boomer has gained almost 20 pounds. Fun to watch him grow and fun for the Boomer Adventures.
The Boomer Adventure – Nap Time
I can’t believe it has been 5 days since the last time I wrote about my new puppy. Anyway for the past 5 days I have been trying to capture pictures of Boomer and his nap time. Like a baby he sure does like to play, eat and sleep. And with the warm weather, Boomer is loving to explore outside.
I must say that Boomer sure does love to nap on our couch, our bed (my wife brings him up there with her), and find the spot on the floor being heated up by the sun. I hope you enjoy the pictures of our Great Dane puppy Boomer sleeping around the house.
The Boomer Adventure Vet Visit
Today was a big day for Boomer, heck it was a big day for me as we made our first trip to the vet. At 5 weeks old Boomer weighed 12 pounds. Today at 9 weeks old Boomer weighs 21 pounds. It’s funny because I can tell a difference but I’ve never had a Great Dane before so his growth spurts will be fun to watch.
Putting Boomer on the lease today was a good adventure but he walked himself inside. Boomer met three new friends at the vet and did quite well. He seemed a little bit in shock to see others dogs bigger than him. Once we got into the exam room Boomer was ready for someone and as the picture shows, it is as if he knew someone was going to come and see him again.
Boomer has good health for a 9 week old puppy and only a couple recommendations from the vet. First a puppy socialization class. Yep you heard right. What the heck is puppy socialization? Well it is a time when puppies get together to play. Second, was pet insurance. I pay a lot of premiums in my life but puppy insurance? Third, was possible neutering when he is 1 year old. Sometimes I feel like vets are like car salesmen with all the things they try to get you to buy, but that’s for another time.
Boomer got a vaccine today and he needed a little nap afterwards. First trip to the vet for Boomer was a success and he enjoyed all the extra treats and attention.