The Month of the Heart of Winter

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Shen at Ten!

ate shen at 10-1

The first time I saw her in 2007 I crush her from the start, that despite the existence of our adorable B then I still wanted someone like her. She was so charming and gorgeously sweet to everyone.

ate shen at 10-2

In 2008, the heavens heard my plea and gave her to us. Her humans left her to stay with us for the next three years, of course I was the happiest but I worried that she may not cope with the separation, I have heard stories before –some died because of a broken heart. But with her very friendly and naturally happy disposition, she gets along easily with the “boss” of the house. The “boss” of the house is the one who’s very possessive, jealous and prima donna. You know who! 🙂


The “boss” approved our adoption of her, thus Shen-Shen became part of our family and the “boss” big sister from then on. They became inseparable, and until this day I believe Ate Shen is the only dog B could ever love. B loves her dearly even if she’s not that showy. And Ate Shen loves her back; I can tell how Ate shielded B one time when the latter was attacked from behind by our neighbor’s small-but-terrible Aspin. But you know how naughty B can be at times, there was this time when B locked Ate Shen at the comfort room, so, without anyone around Ate was trapped the whole day. Those were the days.

ate shen at 10-3

Ate Shen’s relocation to my parent’s house in 2009 was another major decision; we have to consider the pros only because we thought it’s best for her, foremost taking into consideration her age and her condition. She needs a cooler home by summer and a garden to strut her legs. Also, Ate Shen needs someone to look after her during the day. We do regular visits, and regular photo shoots for the two biggies. Ate was always the happiest seeing us.

ate shen at 10-9

When it’s B’s time to go home and join Ate Shen at my parent’s house in 2011, Ate Shen became B’s comfort; she ensures B won’t feel unhappy at all. She stands as the big sister from the start. Now that the two of them are together once more, all I can see from Ate Shen’s eyes is happiness and contentment. She cannot ask for anything more except for a meaty and saucy meal all the time. 😀

ate shen at 10-8

And on this day, despite Momi and Dadi’s absence on your special day Ate, we never forgot to ask Lola to cook something for you, we never forgot to remind the kids to greet you today, we’re missing your big birthday nevertheless you will always have that special mark in our hearts. You just don’t know how sad I was when your humans went back, I thought we’re losing you for good, but God’s will you were given to us for keeps.

ate shen at 10-5

Ate, I know each day you feel your age by now. I know how you feel when at times other humans will call you the sluggish one, if only they know how you still love to run and chase away the wind they would not judge you from beyond.

ate shen at 10-10

For us, you remain to be the happy one, the charming and sweet canine, except for the white hair around your snout and eyebrows you remain to be like the first time I met you.

ate shen at 10-6

As you turn 10 today (and 66 in human years), may you have the happiest, we wish you another hale and hearty year. Don’t forget to look up high and smile! We love you Ate Shen from the deepest of the sea and from the highest of the skies. 😛

ate shen's 1st birthday with us in march 2008

ate shen’s 1st birthday with us in march 2008

Happy Happy Birthday Ate Shen!  –Love, Momi-Dadi-B-Luckydoo


Shen at 9! Read HERE and HERE.


9 responses to “Shen at Ten!

  1. madjewel March 16, 2013 at 9:49 am

    wow 10years! happy bday to your cuddly ate shen. She’s a lucky dog to have loving owners, i can see contentment in her eyes too. and that was a funny story of how B locked her up in the comfortroom hehe, naughty B!

  2. Lui March 17, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Oh, my eyes watered at this! I will be posting about Sweepy this weekend because he turns 11 on MOnday! Btw, our vet count 7years to 1, so Ate should be around 70 in human years. Wow, what a fine big girl! Hapibday, Shen!

    • january March 18, 2013 at 6:04 pm

      hi, lui. i’m using the online conversion to compute for the dog years. its says that the formula is: 10.5 dog years per human year for the first 2 years, then 4 dog years per human year for each year after. in addition, dog years changes depending on its size. 🙂

  3. Sweepy March 18, 2013 at 1:08 am

    Happy Bday Shen!
    It is mine too.
    Good looking dogs share the same bdays!

  4. Sweepy March 18, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Hullo January! You asked about the glucosamine I take: it is called InHancer supplements which the vet said can be taken by Babur because he has ricketts. I also take 1 teaspoon of virgin coconut oil. Keeper takes 3 tbsps a day!

    • january March 20, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      thanks for the advise lui, will ask local vet of the supplements too.
      btw, sweepy’s comment were directed on my spam folder, seems something is wrong here…

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