Our life with Hexum started in January of 2006. We had been living in California for about two years. Amber, being in the medical field started her work day, and got home very early compared to me. We didn’t have any friends really, so Amber would  understandably get lonely waiting for me to get home every night. She began to start asking for a dog to keep her company. Things were crazy enough as it was so I did not like the idea of taking care of a dog.

One day, I don’t know how or why but my sister Jenny emails us a link to a Boston terrier at the local animal shelter. She knew we liked Boston terriers but I still had no intention of getting one at the time. He had been found strolling down the beach in Balboa and even though he was  cute as can be pure bread Boston terrier, no one had come to find him. To make a long story short we ended up going to see “Angus” which is what the shelter had named him. Amber fell in love instantly but “Angus” wouldn’t stop barking when I went to see him so I still was not thrilled about getting a dog. Amber wanted him bad and he came with a 30 day money back guarantee so I agreed we would take him home. We named him Hexum. Here is a photographic journal of our time together in this life…

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Amber counting down the days until we could bring Hexum home.

The first day with us he was a bit confused and under the weather. We did our best to make sure he was comfortable in his new home.

While I was at work the second day he came up to Amber, pushed her hand out of the way with his mug and laid down on her lap for a big long nap. Ambers heart melted and he was officially part of the family.

He even started to win me over.

Chapter 2: The Boat

A few weeks later Hexum and I were buds. We were walking around the harbor on my day off when we came across this family putting their boat up for sale. I asked them how much a sailboat costs (I have always wanted a sailboat because I am a pirate) and to my surprise they wanted to sell this boat fast, the result being I could afford it. We bought the boat cash, named it “Speak Easy” and everything was (for the first time and limited time) completely perfect.  Hexum would try to chase the sea lions like he chased bunnies. Luckily we always caught him before he actually got out of the boat.

Chapter 3: The business

Chapter 4: Hotels & travels

Chaper 5: Nursing school & hiking

Chapter 6: Getting old