My sister brought her son's dog Daisy in from the farm. She had just been spayed and needed a warm, safe place to recover from the surgery. Mom immediately had organized her bed, her feeding and going out schedule, all handled by her. Daisy is a sweet, calm, lovable dog who gets along with everyone. Mom takes her out first thing in the morning:
Daisy is a 2.5 year old purebred Labrador Retriever who was originally trained to be a gun dog, but it didn't work out. Chase got her from a friend who was going away to work on an oil rig and couldn't look after her. First thing Chase wanted was pups to sell and had her bred. Unfortunately, Chase was going away to another city to finish his schooling for journeyman electrician. So poor Daisy wasn't being looked after properly, with Chase's dad going over just once a day to make sure she had food and water. Most of the pups were sold, Chase keeping the one looking like a rottie cross. Poor Daisy was locked in a small shed for her own protection, but unfortunately, her pups were able to get out, and in her frantic efforts to get out and follow them, she cut up her face and has permanent scars on her face. We were furious when we saw this and heard the reason why. We may love our relatives, but don't think they should be having pets :(. So Mom agreed to foster Daisy and has great plans for her. As she is so absolutely friendly, sucking up to everyone, she sees her being a great therapy dog, visiting nursing homes and hospitals. And to burn off her energy get her into flyball.
Mom walked her along where the coyote had been traveling and she was constantly nose down investigating:
Unfortunately, most of my photos were blurred -Daisy is a dog who loves to be in motion lol.
So ever since Daisy arrived, she has been the entire focus of my Mom's attention. Unfortunately, she is not even letting Angus handle her. I wish she wouldn't be so dominating. Talk about an alpha female!!! Its that age old story -she thinks she can do a better job then Angus with continuing her training. Which is why she won't let Angus help around the house (if he even could) as she isn't happy with the results. I am lucky she lets me do the dishes, but she won't let me do anything else.
My Week with Mom Tuesday to Sunday, was quiet, peaceful and very restful. I still had trouble with sleep, always waking up, but had no chance to sleep in as Mom would get up at 4:30 am. That part was very difficult to deal with as I felt I might have been able to sleep longer. The problem was, some good movies were on and I was staying up late until midnight to watch them. She of course, hit the bed at 7 pm every night, watching TV until she fell asleep. We only went on a couple of hikes and mostly did shopping around, but didn't get anything except snack food in preparation for the New Year get together. unfortunately, my brother's wife is really sick and has missed two get togethers now. Don't know if she will make it when the whole family finally comes in. The weather was bitterly cold the whole time I was at Mom's and it was too dangerous to spend much time outside.
A photo from a 'short' hike we took:
It was a very beautiful, frosty morning:
Mom always likes to go down to the weir:
I never get tired of walking the trails along the river:
I am working Monday's senior game at the club and once again, am not sure how many will show up. I don't think a lot of seniors get into New Years, so it may be just a normal game. Mom sent some meals home with me, turkey, stuffing, roasted root veggies.
My brother wants to do his deep frying again for New Year's Day. Mom is putting her foot down on some of it -she didn't enjoy the deep fried stuff anymore than I did last time. He could care less about his weight, but I feel sorry for his pre-diabetic wife who would like to lose weight but won't ever when all he lives on is McDonald's and fried, processed foods and an endless supply of diet Coke. My sister has regained 15 lbs, and is trying to stay healthy, but is facing too much opposition from her family who don't like her 'healthy' offerings. Some she can get away with, but not all. She had to give up making bread, buns and wraps because they wouldn't eat them, too 'dry' and crunchy -they are used to the soft white bread.
I will be okay once I have settled back into my routine. If the weather moderates after the New Year, I hope to try walking to some of my fitness classes. I really need their challenge. I am feeling more pain in my back, right hip and right elbow now, which are making things a challenge, but all you can do is push on and see just how far you can go! Never give up!
Have a wonderful evening and a great sleep!