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Have I mentioned that I got a new pup?!? Just maybe. LOL :)

Monday, December 22, 2014



Wow, I look at these pictures and some look so much like Utah. I was and am in no way looking for a Utah replacement. Nothing could replace my unique and wonderful boy. However, it has been really weird. Traveler is himself, his own being, no doubt about it. I am happy to have him as our new addition. However, at times it is spooky/odd. It feels like Utah is speaking to me through him. I feel like a kook. I am not sure what I am saying or thinking. It is crazy.



Note - he is NOT allowed in this chair. emoticon
emoticon I have personally never seen him get on the chair (that my husband has custom made 15+ years ago).







Anyway, I love him fully. I guess it is true. I have such a big heart when it comes to dogs. I feel more full. Again, no replacement of Kanyon, Aspen or Utah. It is a new love, but no doubt a full fledged love. It feels better. I hate that inexplicable feeling of a hole.

Well, better get back to work. I have a call in 15 minutes. Yes, I will give an update on the trip home with Sierra, our several walks, sleeping and much more :)

HUGS2U!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/24/2014 7:43AM

    Beautiful dog. Wonderful pictures. So glad that your heart is once again filled! Enjoy!! Hope the holiday is filled with happiness and Traveler!!!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 12/24/2014 6:40AM

    He is beautiful, and he reminds me a lot of Utah. I'm glad you found each other. Merry Christmas!

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MARYJOANNA 12/23/2014 5:00AM

  Very pretty dog!

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/23/2014 4:56AM

    He is a handsome boy for sure..From our experience, every time we brought a new dog home, they ended up to be just as much of a joy as the dog we lost..You do have a big heart..
Enjoy your new cutie!!

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SOPHIEDO13 12/22/2014 8:56PM

    Congratulations on getting traveler. I'm on the rescued and adopted pets team we have a great time please join us, you'll see the link to the team on my SparkPage.

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LOPEYP 12/22/2014 8:23PM

    Certainly looks like Traveler is fitting right into your family. That is awesome!



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KEKEIKO 12/22/2014 2:42PM

    Life is good again! I know what you mean. They are all individuals. They have their own little personalities. They could be similar but still not the same.

Traveler is unique in name and in spirit. Wishing you well with your new fur pal.

Ut oh on the chair! emoticon emoticon

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ALICIA214 12/22/2014 1:46PM

 

I have had dogs all my life and it has broken my heart every time I have had to say good bye to them and I say I will never have another dog because I cannot bear the
pain of goodbyes but the loneliness is even harder so see the pic of my latest fur baby..
Your fur baby is beautiful and it looks as though he has found his place in your heart...

Merry Christmas.. emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 12/22/2014 1:13PM

    I can't wait to hear more. Is his name Traveler? He is beautiful!

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ERNOINACTION 12/22/2014 12:50PM

    What a cutie pie. congrats!

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Chester

Thursday, December 18, 2014



Yes, we will rename him. My DH asked that & I spoke with the foster Mom and she said the rescue group gave him the name and he does not seem like a Chester. My DH will come up with something. He has named all of our pups (Kanyon, Aspen, Sierra, Utah).

We are scheduled to pick him up on Saturday. We are meeting the foster parents somewhere I think. I need to better puppy proof the house. Luckily I am working from home today and tomorrow so that helps a bit. Day's still seem full but that's ok. They are not sure how old he is. They guess between 1 and 2. I guess I should have our vet look at him, right? They say he was a stray. It seems so odd to me. I assume they check to see if he is chipped and if anyone is looking for him.

I was thinking last night that maybe it is my husbands turn. I think it would be great for him. He has not gotten super duper close to anyone since Kanyon. When we first met, he was not sure if he wanted dogs, actually said no. His BFFwas a pup that brought him through terrible times and when he passed he did not think he could do it again. That however was a deal breaker for me. I just did not know who I could live happily without a pup. Crazy huh?

Well Kanyon was his BFF. He was there through very difficult times when I was traveling every week for years and years. Not good on our relationship. Anyway, after Kanyon passed DH has not gotten quite as close. I guess whatever happens happens.

It will be interesting to see what I feel. I have realized that I wake up every day and go to sleep every night telling myself that everything is ok, not to stress. I think I have only started doing this since Utah passed. Everything WAS simply ok when Utah was here. Life was good no matter if it was or not. He was in it. That's how I felt. I know I have gone down this road so many times. I am good. It still just baffles me to recognize how much I loved him. Crazy and unexplainable.

Let's see what else.

emoticon Work is good. Not sure how much I will be working over the holiday. It will all be remote. :)

emoticon I am finally getting on the treadmill again. After last weekend, I asked myself, why aren't you doing the basics. Nothing major at all, just the basics. Well, I am now doing the basics again. I feel less achy (old age LOL) when I get up. Forget that. That's DH, not me. I am a spring chicken, right? Opps, did I say that aloud. DH is not at all old... but he has been hard on his body over the years so it can me achy. Not me.

emoticon Yep, I am munching too much throughout the day but I am at least trying to be smart in my choices. It's ok.

emoticon It will be so very interesting to see how life changes with Chester. I will be a new Mom again. Watching over him so he does not eat the tree. Yes, we have a tree in the house that we bring inside in the winter. Thsi should be a challenge. I hear the equally big challenge will be to get the pup to sleep. We'll see. We have a pen. I think I have shared this before. Oh yes, with Utah in it.



Anyway, I will keep you updated. I am open to advise :)

Remember friends, if your like me.


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PUPPYWHISPERS 12/20/2014 3:15PM

    I'm so happy to hear about Chester! I kind of like the name, I think it fits him. Please post more pics as soon as you can; Jasper is wagging his tail and can't wait to meet him.

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GOOZLEBEAR 12/20/2014 10:01AM

    I am so happy you are getting Chester and I know he will fit just fine in your family! He is so beautiful, I can't imagine anyone letting him go. I agree, surely they checked for a microchip.

Looking forward to hearing stories about him whatever his new name is going to be!!!
You are so right, everyday is just fine as long as I have my Zoey in it!!!!!

Merry Christmas with love! emoticon

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JANET552 12/20/2014 7:21AM

    Congrats on Chester -- or whatever new name you choose!

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/20/2014 6:34AM

    emoticon I'm thrilled for you. I can't wait to see more pics of him. Sierra will have someone to play with as well. I hope your Hubby gets attached. He sounds like a real loving person.

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LOPEYP 12/20/2014 5:52AM

    That is great news! I am so happy that things are working out for you. I hope that you and your hubby bond with Chester (I kind of like the name). It will be good for both of you.
Hubby was complaining that the cats don't sit on him only me and I pointed out that he doesn't pick them up, give kitty kisses, etc. so they are closer to me. I think it is just the nurturer instinct in a woman.

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HAWKEYERANT 12/18/2014 9:02PM

    GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited about you having a new rescue in the house. I have been thinking recently about introducing a new (rescue, adult) dog into our home for the first time since we lost Beau. It's a hard decision.

Maybe that is why I get why your DH is having a hard time. I'm still having a hard time. I have those moments ---- before bed mostly --- where I lay and cry about my little boy. He was such a good soul and... I think --- everyone has a hard time losing a dog, but I think some "souls" -- and maybe your DH included -- has a harder time coming back from losing a dog.

I don't know if I'm that type of person, but I can see, especially for you all - losing Aspen and then Utah so soon - how hard it would be to trust your heart in a dog again.

THAT SAID...

Chester looks like an angel.

(yes,please change that name! Have you heard that 'chester, chester, child molester' rhyme before????That's what I think of immediately!!!) emoticon

I'm glad you have something and someone (sweet) to concentrate on during the holidays. It'll be such a fun ride.

And just lastly - because this is a long comment already --- I want to say, Chester (soon to be named) will be so lucky to have such a wonderful family. What a Christmas miracle.

Love to you all. And congratulations!

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/18/2014 2:37PM

    I am so thrilled for you , I look forward to watching "Chester " (I agree his new name will indubitably suit him better ) grow into a beloved family member.You will be a wonderful doggie Mum no dog can replace Utah but this baby will have its own special place in your heart .You have a very big heart with room for all of your dogs former and present ! hugs,Cheri

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KEKEIKO 12/18/2014 11:48AM

    emoticon YAY! Most definitely vet check him and they will be able to give a more accurate age.

Wishing you well on your new addition. It's going to be great since you'll be home the first few weeks of adjustment.

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ALICIA214 12/18/2014 11:19AM

 


I have had dogs all my life and the hardest part of having a pet is saying good bye to them, each time I lose one I tell myself I won't adopt another pet, but I can't stand that empty spot in my life, you can see a pic of my current fur baby on my page. I would
guess that your new fur baby will soon make his own place in your hearts...

Merry Christmas...

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BLESSED2BEME 12/18/2014 10:11AM

    I'm crying, I am so happy for you! And believe it or not, the number of strays dogs never claimed is astounding. Doesn't surprise me at all that he was a stray. Yes, I advise having him checked over by your vet soon after arriving. This sounds like a very responsible rescue group though. Most people rename the dogs they adopt from our rescue group. The name the dog comes with typically doesn't mean anything to the new family and dogs actually pick up their new names much quicker than people think they will - especially if they have not had them long. I renamed Louis and Anre when we got them but didn't stray far from the names they had because they'd had them for 1 1/2 years - Lewy and Arnie - icky names!

I also find it interesting that even though we have expectations of who the dog will 'belong to' mostly, dogs pick their humans. It does depend on interaction and stuff but Piper knew me best and still picked my hubby for her human.

Puppyhood - oh boy! Have fun. Just like having a toddler around the house.

If my DH hadn't been an animal lover, it would have been a deal breaker for me too.

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GAYLLYNNE 12/18/2014 9:35AM

    Enjoy your new fur baby!!! He is a lucky guy and so are you!!! You all will have a wonderful life together!!

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TWEETYKC00 12/18/2014 7:07AM

    Good luck with your new baby there. Hugs for all of you.

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DMEYER4 12/18/2014 6:30AM

  good luck with your new puppy. I just got one this summer and we named her Shelby she is 1 1/2 years old and a wonderful addition to our family. I hope you get as much joy from him as we get from Shelby. Have a happy Holiday

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Oh my goodness a baby. Chester! I am blessed.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I was up at 4:40.
emoticon Weigh myself, starting to slowing slide back after this weekend.
emoticon Let Sierra out
emoticon Get coffee & a bar

same ol', same ol'



Meet Chester....


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Yes, I broke into tears immediately as soon as I saw his picture. I had a dream about Utah last night too. I got to see him.

I e-mailed Foothills Rescue back and hope they call today to explain next steps. I am off to work/to the office today & tomorrow but am likley home through to January 5th. My husband has 2 weeks off starting Monday. Sierra's vet visit went great last Thursday. Her ACL is healing real well. We can even go on short walks.



Perfect timing. Perfect.

This is the description the foster Mom sent...

Chester is great! He definitely has a lot of puppy in him still, and he was very nervous when we first brought him home. It seems that he hasn't been around other dogs much, because he was really hesitant to play with Mia at first, but now she's taught him how to wrestle and tug, so they are really enjoying playing with each other. He also LOVES tennis balls and playing fetch. He's got a lot of energy, so it's hard for him to stay in once place for a long time, but he does like to be petted and have attention from humans and will sometimes come sit on the couch with us. He always wants to be in the same room as us - if one of us leaves the room, he will try to follow or will sit at the door and whine until we come back in. We have been crating him when we're both gone and at night - he was barking a lot when we put him in the crate, but he's gotten a lot better with that over the last day or two.

He definitely needs an active family - we've been taking him on daily walks and he's starting to get used to walking on a leash, but he prefers running in the backyard. I'm not sure how he would do with young children...I don't think he knows how big and strong he is. Older children would probably be fine, and I think he would love another dog to play with, but would be fine being an only dog as well. We have not tested him with cats. He does play well with our neighbor's golden doodles too, so he's fine with dogs his size and smaller. He's house trained and has not had any accidents. He does know "Sit" and we're working with him on other commands.



  
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HAWKEYERANT 12/18/2014 9:04PM

    That TONGUE makes me want to hug and kiss him. He has the NICEST eyes. Love him already.

Good thing that family/rescue picked YOU... because you are one of the most active people I "know".... you're going to have a great time walking him!! emoticon

Congrats on your newest addition!

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WINE4GIRL 12/17/2014 6:23PM

    That is wonderful news! emoticon
Glad to see that Sierra is doing better! She will need to be ready when Chester comes! Will you change his name? emoticon

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/17/2014 10:42AM

    Maybe a puppy for Christmas. I know Sierra and him would do great together. Glad sierra is getting better.

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JANET552 12/17/2014 6:19AM

    Chester sounds like a great dog!! I'm glad Sierra is healing well.

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TWEETYKC00 12/17/2014 6:03AM

    Aww, sounds like Chester was a wonderful pup. I bet Utah and Chester are having a blast together right now.

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/17/2014 2:50AM

    Oh my goodness, he is a doll. I'm thrilled for you!! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/17/2014 1:58AM

    Chester is adorable ! Congratulations ! You will be the best dog Mum ever ! Big hugs,Cheri

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BLESSED2BEME 12/16/2014 11:30AM

    Chester is so adorable! I pray this works out for you and that he is the one. Sierra will be a good big sister to him I bet.

Hurray on Sierra's injury getting better. I want to just throttle my DH...he isn't following the protocol our vet gave us for Piper and her problem is not improving.

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NILLAPEPSI 12/16/2014 11:30AM

    Oh how awesome!!! emoticon on your new family member. Beautiful dog!! emoticon

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LOPEYP 12/16/2014 8:50AM

    Great news!! He's beautiful. I love the description of him. That's what you need.
I hope that things work out and you get to bring him home.
Keeping my fingers crossed!

So what's the next step?

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KEKEIKO 12/16/2014 8:07AM

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Chester is beautiful. I hope you get to meet him soon and that you are his forever home. Is he local or do you have to travel?
Glad to hear Sierra is doing better. emoticon
It's a good day! emoticon

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Wow, so long since I have blogged.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

It feels like forever since I have blogged. I have loads to say but spend all day on the computer and simply do not feel like blogging after that. Maybe I can hit the high points.

Sierra emoticon
I am still not walking her and only allow her to go up & down the stairs once a day. She doesn't even get to get the mail as often as she likes. In other works I have limited her activity greatly and I am happy to say that her limp is MUCH better. It was 3 weeks ago last Sunday that she hurt it.

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I have been wanting to blog on this topic. It is just amazing to me what a difference the change in my routine had made... negatively. Not starting my day with a walk with Sierra. My steps dropped big time and fitness in general along with it.

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I am happy to say I am starting off December right though. I am getting back on the treadmill and back to my basic ab work and dozen pushups a day. It is only a little but it is amazing what a difference when I stop these little things.

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I finally put up decorations last weekend. They look great. I could use some more greenery. The major frustration is that I have greenery with lights strung through on the mantel and figures that my DH painted in undergrad or something there BUT... the lights don't work. I either need to re-string or try to work through each bulb. It is a bummer. It would be great to turn these on in the mornings and evenings.

I have wreaths on many of the doors but we have no tree. I don't know that we have had a tree since we have been in the Carolinas (14 years). We say this is because of the pups I think. Don't really know. Maybe we are just lazy. Have have alll the ornaments and such. Beats me.

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I rarely buy much for DH (if anything good) anymore. We buy for ourselves throughout the year. However, this year I have bought several things. FINALLY good ideas.... I hope.
- - BBC Life video (not sure about this but it was only $10)
- - Truck cover for the Tundra (It sits at the acreage a lot.)
- - ATV/4 Wheeler (that we have yet used) cover - another big surprise. It is covered with tarps now.
- - T-shirt with sick figures and it says, don't worry, I got your back LOL
Stick person holding the other person's back. LOL I love it.
- - Work gloves
- - The Millers video - He will love this. It is a stupid move he thinks is hilarious. He acts like an 12yo boy when watching it.

DH's birthday is 1/11. I have to decide if I am going to keep any of this for that.
AND emoticon I have bought a bunch for myself. Good deals. I feel a bit bad about it but I am trying to make good choices.


This is yet another splurge but well worth it. I pay $15 a month I think and listen to a book on the way in to work. I LOVE it. I am sooooo much less stressed with the drive. Great book choices so far. I get a cred a month to pick a book but they also have deals. I bought 5 at $4.95 and some others for even less so I am stocked up. I have listened to...

Gone Girl

Bag of Bones - Read by the author

Stay

I get to start a new one today.

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Work has been good. I am hitting a good balance between going in and working from home. I am still enjoying it.

emoticon I have had a few times when I flash back to finding Utah in the hall way. I 'simply' say emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon until I get rid of the thought. Life I suppose. I will have to deal with this.
emoticon On a positive note, I have gained a better appreciation for having the 3 years. I think it hit home over Thanksgiving that I was very lucky to have him for 3 years. It could have been 1. If it was one I would be sooooo thankful for 3. And I did have 3 after all.


Lastly, we are waiting patiently (sometimes) for the rescue group to get the perfect pup for us. Not sure if I should spend energy in looking elsewhere. I guess I should at least routinely look at the other rescue groups. The search has a significant impact on my heart. This is why I don't.


for listening and being there.

  
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WINE4GIRL 12/11/2014 2:34PM

    Glad to see the update! Sounds like you are achieving more and more balance. The pup will come when your heart is really ready for it. 3 years of making Utah's life so much better and showering him with love - not bad.

Love listening to books while driving! I actually learned to speak German when I spent a lot of time in my car. I have the tree up, but we decided to buy gifts together this year because we are refurbing our boat, so "all" the gifts have to do with that. I'll slide in a couple of stocking stuffers.

Where did you get the stick person shirt? Love it!

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/11/2014 12:50PM

    What a wonderful update.I love hearing your news.The book audio company sounds fabulous.I love your Snoopy background.I am keeping my fingers crossed that you get a new pup soon.Your Christmas gifts seem well thought out and like they will be a lot of fun !

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KEKEIKO 12/11/2014 12:18PM

    Thank you for the update. You're way ahead of the game on holiday deco & presents.

I have a small table top tree. I don't have to add lights. Just take it out of the box and fluff it up and plug it in. It has fiber-optic lighting. I have a table skirt I put down first. I don't decorate like I used to when the teens were small and there was the magic of Christmas in the air. Nothing like celebrating through a child's eyes. I miss the excitement of it all.

Glad to hear Sierra is doing better. Poor gal. Your DH will be surprised. You're so sweet to remember the little things (like his favorite movie). The audio books are a nice treat and gift for yourself.

Tis the season. Happy holidays! emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 12/11/2014 10:23AM

    So very good to catch up with you. I think about you everyday and pray that life is treating you well.

We have not even started decorating. I need to though. With my Dad and Step-Mom coming, I want the house festive!

Very glad to hear Sierra's limp is improving. Piper's has not but we are staying the course of treatment hoping the vet's plan will work.

I used to read all the time and now I just don't. I guess I'd rather crochet but perhaps I should look at audio books. I could listen to them while I crochet. There's a thought.

DH actually gave me gift ideas this year. He never does that. Of course that means shopping. I hope to get that all finished this weekend.

Keeping taking care of you! You are a precious friend.

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DEBBYFROMMT 12/11/2014 9:19AM

    Wow, sounds like you are ready for Christmas! Those #$%$^*& lights! I hate it when they go out and you know it's probably just one blub. And you can't always find those kind of lights any more. Well, at least not up here. Good job coming up with ideas for DH for Christmas! I NEED SOME IDEAS! LOL!! Still need to put the tree up, maybe today.
What a cool idea about the audio books! Love it!

Have a wonderful day!


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My crazy thoughts and a Sierra & pup update

Sunday, November 23, 2014

I have lots to blog about only because there has been a lot flowing through my mind. You know me, I think s much.



Too funny, this is not the picture I planned to post but as I was looking for my Happy Sunday picture, this jumped out at me. I think this is it. I have not been thinking right. I can talk my self in or out of anything, including happiness. Goodness, my mind is all over th eplace. I can barely type.

I guess the elephant is that a good spark friend is back. I am thrilled to have her back. However, she did not know that Utah passed. She thinks of me and Aspen. It has brought interesting thoughts and of course feeling.

This happened for a reason I know. I have been a bit numb I think. I fight my feeling of missing my boy and I am not sure how much that works. The lesson and important reminder she brings me is this.... I LOVED Aspen with all of my heart. She was everything. She helped me through the very most difficult times of my live.

Then Utah, WOW, my boy. I LOVED him so. It is hard to explain. It is a bit freaky the depth of my love for him. I can only imagine that it compares to how a parent loves a baby. So much that it just fills you completely. LESSON = these are absolutely amazing miracles in my mind. And I had TWO. Crazy.

Yes, it will hurt but I just may find another baby to pour my love into. If not, there will be some other purpose. That my be teaming with my DH more, focusing on the acreage activities like building the shed. Or who knows but there is a purpose I think. I just have to embrace it or simply let it come. I know it will only come when I am ready.

Anyway, enough blabber.



This is what I need. I will get back to this in a minute.





Sierra. Yep, she is still limping. I took her to the vet on Friday. She thinking it is her ACL/CCL. She suggested that we give it more time and try our best to keep her from running and jumping. She will be 10 on the 30th but acts like a 4 year old. I gave her a great bone yesterday and that did the trick. She even allowed me to go upstairs and vacuum without following me.

The vet also talked out taking her to a specialist and possible surgery (up to $2500 possibly). Very invasive but good surgery. Some research that I have been doing says let it heal itself but it will take months. I imagine it depends on if it is a pull or tear or rupture or who knows what. She mentioned an MRI (maybe $1500) or x-ray. Who knows. We are taking this a day at a time. You know me, I would like to go to the specialist just to know exactly what is going on.

She does not put weight on the foot but other than that she does not show that she is in pain. I do have her on some pain meds for another week. Then I think we will stop those. We'll see.

OK, BALANCE.

I seems to go from extreme to extreme. This is NOT at all new to be. My DH has pointed out more than once over the years that I get tunnel vision and I know I do. Anyway, I will skip to the lesson.

MY TO-DO!
emoticon - Focus on balance, not going overboard.
emoticon Drink water
emoticon emoticon emoticon Eat healthy foods but give yourself treats too (to avoid any sort of binges or feeling deprived).
emoticon Get on the treadmill. I seems to do 3 miles every day or nothing at all. I am not even walking or getting in my steps (as I consistently did) because I am not walking Sierra and I am not getting in walks when I go into the office because of the "cold".

Those really are the bare bones basics.

Oh and I think I really need to stick to basics when it come to
emoticon emoticon emoticon I need to do some consistently.



emoticon Lastly, work is going quite well. I am still not doing as well as I like but I am enjoying it. I was surprised one of the people I work with said I was being too hard on myself. That was nice to hear. Bottom line is like like to be busy again and I like being challenged.



I almost forgot to give a puppy search updates as well. The Golden rescue group does not have a pup/dog for us now but I have gone through the questionnaire process and interview process. The home visit is scheduled for tomorrow at noon. I cleaned yesterday. The house is still not great by any means but it is what it is. Then we will be set so if a pup (they are suggesting a pup around 4yo) becomes available we will be pre-approved people ready and willing. Again, time will tell.

A friend just posed this so I thought I would add it in as well.

  
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LOPEYP 12/11/2014 9:19AM

    Wow. You've been busy! Great job on all the gifts. We decided to go shopping together this year and just get what we need. Hasn't happened yet as hubby has a cold.

My company is going to 100% wfh soon to save space and I'm not sure how I'll like it. Certainly makes your world smaller.

Take care!

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LENKA763 11/29/2014 3:08PM

    hi, it has been too long, and lot have happened on both ends..
for now I happy and thankful for the goodie you send me.

glad to see you trying to find balance, I'm working on mine too.

be back soon

stay strong, I know you can do it!

Lenka


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BLESSED2BEME 11/24/2014 11:16AM

    So good to get caught up with you again.

We are so alike - all or nothing. That is me 100%. Such a hard thing to break or balance.

Yes, you were so blessed by both Aspen and Utah. They were in your life for a reason or season. Still watching over you. Still loving you in their own way. Angels in Heaven.

My heart hurts for Sierra just as it does for Piper. We seem to be dealing with nearly the same problem. Piper had a rough weekend. I'm think I need to take her to my old vet personally and really get to the bottom of what is going on.

Back to the Basics - best choice ever. Working on that myself.

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/24/2014 3:39AM

    We had a Gordon Setter that tore her ACL and we also had the surgery.Our dogs are like children and when one dies it takes a piece of our heart with them but when we get another dog we grow to love them just as much ,people who have had many h=dogs have very big hearts . You are a wonderful dog parent. Aspen and Utah and now Sierra are lucky , a new dog will be too. You are a special person.I will keep my fingers crossed a new puppy comes available for you from the golden rescue. hugs,Cheri

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KEKEIKO 11/23/2014 6:59PM

    I've missed your blogs. Very good blog with lots of information. I don't understand how they can just approve you for a fur pal 4 YO? Is that up to 4 YO? Was this age requirement your request? I just know the right pup will come into your life when the time is right. Having emotions for the past loved ones is okay as I still think of Mags and the unfairness of her leaving so soon and the same with my little Sophie.

I thank you for your support and uplifting comments in my blogs. I will let you know when I post a video. It was a blast and I'm sure you would love it!.

It was beautiful today and I semi-winterized my turkey house since they got the reprieve. I just realized I never dug the space under the steps for the blocks. Good grief emoticon - I had all summer, LOL

Keep up those miles on the emoticon emoticon
I hope Sierra heals with time. emoticon
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HAWKEYERANT 11/23/2014 6:21PM

    I'm glad to be back. :) I couldn't believe it when I saw Utah had passed. I know he was taken too soon, but you're absolutely right. We get miracles in our babies, and the nice part is you're going to be able to rescue yet another dog and find room in your hearts for another miracle. I know how wonderful you are to your animals, and how lucky your dogs are to be a part of your life.

I'm also glad you got feedback from someone at work that you're too had on yourself. That means you are doing a great job and need to be a little easier on yourself --- don't break yourself down. Know that you are doing your best work and that other people see it too. Stay strong on this!

Poor Sierra. I wish it was an easy fix. It must be hard when she acts like nothing is wrong. Maybe if she babied it more (or if you could force her to! impossible I'm sure!) it would heal faster? 2500 is a lot of money. Is she on something for pain? My friend's dog is very arthritic and I know the pain meds really help her.

GREAT to do list. You can definitely get back to the basics. You are a strong woman and I know you succeed when you put your mind to it! You inspire me. Here's to a great week.

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DEBBYFROMMT 11/23/2014 5:11PM

    We had a dog that tore his ACL but he was only 2 or 3. Surgery worked great but was not cheap. Good luck with Sierra. You are pretty brave to want a puppy! (ok 4 years old is not a puppy anymore). I think I'm too old to deal with a puppy. Our dog is getting up there and when he's gone I think I'll stick to fish. But love dogs and always will. Just enjoy my kids' dogs. The closest thing to grandkids we're going to get for a while.

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TWEETYKC00 11/23/2014 9:49AM

    Hang in there and take a deep breath. I know you loved your fur babies, we have fur babies for just that reason! They are family and only other parents of fur babies will understand. I hope Sierra can heal fast so she won't have to be in pain. Hugs for all of you.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/23/2014 8:40AM

    Alice tore both her ACL. One when she was a year old, the other at 2 yrs. We had the surgery done, and glad we did. She is 8 yrs now., and walks/ run great. Did Sierra get pain pills? It is painful, and you know how dogs can hide their pain. Hope it goes in your favor... emoticon

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