Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Getting ready

[photo from 2004 or 2005??? or 2003? I dunno. Friends start arriving on Thursday!!!]

Every year for so many years that none of us can agree just how long it has been, some friends get together for a holiday hug. And a whole lot of good food. And belly laughs. And a gift exchange.

We used to live within an hour of each other. We'd see each other nearly every weekend at a dog show, or obedience trial, or lure coursing. We saw each other through the very best times, and we saw each other through unspeakable tragedies.

We were our dogs' favorite other people.

Linda was the first person I told I was pregnant. Jake just turned 32 on Thanksgiving.

When I moved fourteen hours away, I drove home for our holiday get together. And other years they flew out here.

Last year, we all decided it was just too expensive. Wasn't that a foolish decision?

This year, they're flying out here. This year, Linda and Rhonda and Cheryl each have a new puppy to tell us about and show photos of and miss. This year, Crystal, of the trip to Sweden, will be joining us.

My dogs will go completely bonkers.

So will I.

I can't wait.

hug your hounds


  1. Friends who have been with us through life, love and loss are so precious. Enjoy the hugs and sharing the news, but come back to us, we need you, Bill, the waggle and your stories.

    gussie and muzzer

  2. How great that you have friends you've had for so long.

  3. what a special treat! so much love in one place. Have a fabulous day!

  4. Sounds like fun! I hope you have a great time with your friends!
    Hugs & Snugs
    Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

  5. Isn't it amazing how when we are with friends like these, normal time has no meaning. We immediately resume where we were before the last time together.

    What a gift dear friends are; even more fun than chasing bunnies!


  6. Life wouldn't be complete without our friends who know everything and love us anyway! Have Fun!

    Sue, Gracie, and HotRod

  7. Have a great time! I know you will. :)

  8. Friends make life worthwhile!

    I know you ladies had a lot of fun!

  9. How wonderful to have such friends ... we hope you enjoy and celebrate each other very well!

  10. Martha and P-doggyDecember 2, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Yay to friends,young and old!!!

  11. What a special reunion. You all look FABulous too! xox!

  12. Leaving on a jet plane soon....Can't wait to see everyone at Casa Renzulli and celebrate another great time together. I just know we will share lots of laughter and create more memories!


  13. This sound really exciting! I am very happy for you, Patience.


  14. Friends like that are real friends! You're a lucky girlie, Patience!

    Can't wait to hear all about your adventures!

    Goober love & smooches,

  15. That is so nice! I bet you will have a great time with your friends :) It's a really nice tradition, and you will get to hear all about their puppies. It's just so sweet - and that's what holidays are all about.

    PS: Xsara wants to know about the bunny on the table?!

  16. This made us all smile, we are glad you are getting together again. We would like a report on the food first and foremost, but then we want to hear about the laughs and good timees.

  17. Have a great time...please give Rhonda a big hug for me!


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