For the past 14 years there has always been one constant thing when visiting the Gamblin Home… Tinkerbell. Tinkerbell was our fun loving yellow lab who as we used to say would kill a robber by licking them to death. Our yellow lab was unique, special and part of the Gamblin Family. She was not only our dog but a dog that seemed to be loved by all. Our neighborhood all knew who Tinkerbell was. Tinkerbell spent most of her days not only at our home but on the porches and front door steps of neighbors. Neighbors who we had never met, but they knew Tinkerbell.

Age got the better end of our Tinkerbell. It is hard to talk about Tinkerbell as she spent her last days with us as she was not hearing or seeing well and it would be hard for her to get up to see you when you got home. But on a warm fall day Tinkerbell would chase a tennis ball and act like she was a puppy again which was always fun to see.

Many people have always asked me how did we decide on the name for Tinkerbell? When Tinkerbell was a puppy she used to get really excited and pee all over the place. (When Tink gets excited you better watch out her tail because it was deadly!)  Someone said that she tinkled tinkled in the garage. It also helped that we are huge Disney fans and Tinkerbell was a perfect fit.

So in this blog post I am going to share my top 10 favorite memories of our dog Tinkerbell

10. The first night we got Tinkerbell Hillary our animal lover of the family slept in the laundry room with Tinkerbell so Tink would not cry throughout the night.

9. Manure and cows. This would definitely be my mom’s lease favorite memory of Tinkerbell who would roll in the local cow pasture and cover herself in manure. Tink would wander back on home covered in green and brown manure cacked on her hair.  My mom would tie Tink up and get the hose out to clean her off and yell at her. I honestly think Tink did this at times to get back at my mom and I am being dead serious.

8. Tinkerbell dominated by the cat. FU (Pronounced Foo and spellled F…. U…. still a great inside family joke) was a mean cat. Tinkerbell and FU did not get along very well. Tinkerbell was not your typical dog as she got along with all our cats. They would sleep together and never had an altercatio but that excludes FU. Tink had her kennel in the garage with her blanket. FU would parade her way into her kennel and take over the blanket leaving no room for Tinkerbell. Tink instead of getting into with it with FU would just take it from the cat and sleep on the cement.

7. Dynamic Duo Tinkerbell and Andrew. I just want you to imagine a little boy Andrew (not the 18 year old version now) with just barn boots, swimsuit, no shirt, a shovel and a yellow lab. Now imagine Andrew screaming at Tinkerbell to stop getting in his way as he would dig. Tink then would always try to catch the rocks and dirt Andrew threw to the side.

6. Dog at sea. While at our cabin on Lake Cle Elum we all jumped in the boat to go waterskiing and about 5 minutes later we noticed that Tinkerbell was half away across the lake in the water following us. She was so far away from shore that we had to pick her up in the boat and take her back to shore.

5. Christmas Lights. Putting up Christmas lights at our house is an event often times turning into a 2 day event. As light bulbs would break or fall onto the ground it was always a mad dash to grab Tinkerbell before she started to eat the broken glass. Tinkerbell would eat just about everything including rocks which she had an odd fascination with.

4. Hose and Water. Tinkerbell like many yellow labs loved water but I have never seen a dog to the extreme as Tink. While watering plants she would attack the water coming out of the hose. This would turn into a game as we would squirt the water in the air and watch Tinkerbell try to catch the water. It even got to the point where Tinkerbell would grab the hose and drag it out so we would turn on the water for her to try to attack.

3. Neighborhood Dog. Tink not only was our dog but she was the neighborhood dog. There was a span where Tink definitely added some pounds as all the neighbors felt they needed to give Tink bones and treats. She loved being up at our neighbors and especially the Lyman’s who offered many times to adopt Tinkerbell from us.

2. Tinkerbell and the cabin. There was nothing more fun then taking Tink up to our family cabin on Lake Cle Elum. Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall Tinkerbell would jump into the lake and take a swim. Tink loved the cabin. All you would have to do is say Cabin and she would be ready to jump in the back of the truck. I think Tinkerbell liked the cabin the most as she would sleep in the laundry room.

1. As mentioned before that Tinkerbell would drink water from a hose. This involves the Dynamic Duo of and Andrew and Tink. One day while Andrew was digging in the dirt he decided that going into the house to go the bathroom was to much. Andrew decided that going outside was a lot more convenient. Long story short I walk around the corner to Andrew giggling while going the bathroom and poor Tinkerbell trying to drink or should I say bite his pee.

We will miss our beloved Tinkerbell. Coming home will never be the same. We will miss that smile from our yellow lab.  Maybe now she will learn how to drop a tennis ball!


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