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18 Dec 2018

New Ink for Nitro

Author: dobemom | Filed under: Uncategorized


Our second Christmas without Nitro is drawing near….he is gone from our side, but still very present in my thoughts – so much so, that I got a new tattoo in his honor.

It’s still in the healing phase, so it looks a little ruff yet. Not that I need another permanent reminder of him, but I do love a good tattoo!

The tree is up, full of all our dog’s ornaments – a special reminder of how our lives have been blessed by paws through the years.


yes, our tree hangs on the wall – safe from tiny terrors




some of the ornaments


Such a bittersweet time of year – but I guess every day without him is bittersweet. A memory came up on Facebook the other day showing Kodi opening presents, and Nitro was in the background, watching him.

It still amazes me, the bond I have with him; I’m forever changed because he came into our lives. A cancer diagnosis gave me friends that became family, who could ever have guessed?

And so we move forward with life, a very different life, with tiny terrorists. Kodi continues to do well as he moves towards his 15th year. The tots annoy him at times, and at other times he frolics and plays like they do. I do think they keep him feeling “young”. Grizzly and Tucker are the best of friends and bring much joy to the house. Christmas is pretty much over for us, as we celebrated it a week ago when my sister was home from Arizona. John and I are both working the entire holiday week, but that’s ok. The boys will still open their presents Christmas Eve after work – the paper will be flying! We are very blessed here at the Ehlers’ ranch, and hope all your Christmas miracles come true.


8 Responses to “New Ink for Nitro”

  1. midnighter94 Says:

    Hmm…guess your tree can’t faint! lol
    I do love your tree, but it would never have enough room for all my ornaments! 🙂
    Your boys are adorable, and I’m so happy that Tucker has fit in so well. He was just what your home needed. Nitro did well.
    Love you my friend,

  2. paws120 Says:

    Love that tree!! That is the first tree I have ever seen off the ground that was not upside down, lol.
    Love the tat!! I have been thinking of getting one in the same area but a very simple “one or 2 line” silhouette of Rosie’s face. If I can find her likeness, it is mine. Right where I can see it every day.
    Somebody that I work with has a sick pup. He brought him into work today so that I could show him how to pill and give insulin injections. I gave Buster a hug (he is a pittie) and memories of my girl came flooding through like it was yesterday.
    I feel you, I really do.
    I wish a peaceful Christmas full of pup filled fun… those little furbabies of yours are gorgeous!
    Jackie and Huck

  3. tinsch Says:

    Your tree is indeed “up”! 🙂
    I have been thinking of getting new ink. I don’t know if that goes to show how much the two of us are in tune but there’s that.

    No, Christmas will never be the same, but then nothing is anymore, is it.

    Love you tons

  4. jerry Says:

    Oh I love your tree Paula! What beautiful ornaments, it’s truly a lovely sight (and I don’t say that lightly, as we aren’t all that Christmasy around here!).

    And the new tat is PERFECT!

    Hoppy pawlidays to you and the pack! May 2019 be a year of fun little terrorist acts around your hose and many good times with Angel Nitro orchestrating everything from above.


  5. benny55 Says:

    Yeah…ditto Michelle and Linda.

    The tree does, indeed, encompass your whole heart ❤ And you’ve done it all on a three foot tree hung on a wall!!! 😎 I thoroughly enjoyed focusing on on each ornament. So much love and thought went into each one.
    Curious which one of you two came up with the idea of deciding to get half a three foot tree and then hang it on rhe wall?

    And I can’t wait to see the video of the gift unwrapping either!!

    Ypu memorialize Nitro in so many beautiful ways….ways that keep him with you furever. He REALLY is, and always will be, a part of you…..and a part of all who come and go to this site. But he’ll especially always be a part of your Whacky Women Soul Sisters 😊😚

    And yes, lots of Christmas miracles have emanated from the Ehler’s’ ranch 💖

    Lots of love
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too !

    • dobemom Says:

      Well the idea of a tree on the wall was mine of course! If left up to “The Voice Of Reason”, we wouldn’t have a tree at all! Apparently “The Voice’s” middle name is Grinch 🙂

  6. linda8115 Says:

    Love your new tattoo! Nitro was such a Warrior and he made you into a Warrior too. So the tattoo speaks to both of your spirits. So fitting. I love how your tree encompasses your whole heart with the each ornament both past and present. Merry Christmas my friend sending much love!

  7. Michelle Says:

    I love the new tatoo. Of course Nitro is always going to in your mind and towards the front of it. I am so glad he brought you 2 Tiny Tots to help fill your life with laughter.

    I love each and every ornament and your Christmas cards of the 3 babies.

    I hope you have a joyous time watching them open their gifts

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

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