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How One Change can Make Things So Different

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Most of you who know me, know I am very good at focusing on all the negative stuff around me. Since we got Summer, I don't. I love the feeling of a new life in the house that is all full of energy and always happy.

She is "my" dog. She follows wherever I go and, in some ways, she gives me a purpose aside from work. My husband and I took her to her manners class and I ended up being the one who worked with her. I work with her every night at home and, during the day, we work on walking on loose leash. My husband says it is too much work. I like having the focus.

I just got the feeling I could trust her. This evening, I took her out in the back without her leash and I did not hook her up. We worked on it for a bit like we have everything else with a clicker and treats. Then we worked on her fetching her ball. Smart dog. She would get her ball, bring it back and drop it to get her treat even when we weren't working on that.

She has been super with the cats and just ignores them now. To think, once again, the thought of getting another dog put me in a panic. I think it was the best thing we did. I am not in any way minimizing Sydney, but I am so happy we got Summer before we lost Syd.

I also went to the barn today and rode JC. He was such a good boy. I was really tempted to take him outside, but riding on the uneven turf in the fields really hurts my back and I'm not ready to go that far yet until I find out if I need the 3rd epidural.

It was a very nice day and things are going so well. We will know on Tuesday if my son got the job ;)
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    1742 days ago
    So glad that Summer was the perfect dog for you and that Syd was not offended by her presence. I know sometimes it feels disloyal to Syd to think about how you got Summer, but it was a good move to get her when you did, she was right there to take your mind off things at a difficult time.
    Glad, too, that JC was a good boy today, and that your day was so beautiful! You deserve good days now and then! emoticon
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    1742 days ago
    1743 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    Sounds like a great day, and I'm glad Summer has been so great for you. Good luck to your son!
    1743 days ago
    emoticon I got my dog (from the shelter - pic on my spark page) to get me running. The running hasn't happened, but we walk a lot every day.

    Enjoy your beautiful furry friend.
    1743 days ago
    I think Summer needs you...and you need Summer! Sydney knew this too and is smiling her doggie smile down on both of you! You are so focused...Summer will remind you to have FUN in this life! Honestly...the more fun you allow yourself, the better everything goes! I sometimes find I focus on the negative too...this 'save our house' fight has just about worn me out...but then I remember my fav saying..."Your focus IS your reality"! I surely don't want a BLEAK reality so I try to concentrate on all the blessings I have and go to my gratitude journal and jot them down just to concrete them! It helps SO much!

    Spark is a SERIOUS blessing for all of us...where else could we connect so authentically with like minded people? I surely haven't made the connection that I have with my sparkies~ with people in our social circle that we've known for 20+ years! They are so's a real eye opener and Spark has really helped me see that!

    Hugs to you...and keep on enjoying your life and your kids and your animals...we are SOOOO blessed! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    And...noooo...this doesn't mean that we'll never grouse on a few blogs ever again! Sometimes you've just got to get it off your chest...spark grousing can be good for the soul! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1743 days ago
    I'm glad that you got the dog and are having a wonderful time training her.
    1743 days ago
    Nice to hear that you are enjoying the pup! Positive is good!
    1743 days ago
    I am just so happy for you. i was thinking yesterday how much I love Utah. It feels good doesn't it. It IS good. HUGS!
    1743 days ago
    Animals truly can be so therapeutic for us. Summer sounds like such a wonderful soul!! I'm happy you got her before Syd left you too... Syd knew she could 'retire' because you had someone to take care of you : )
    1743 days ago
    I must say, you do sound very positive today. I'm glad Summer has brought some joy into your life.
    1743 days ago
    We lost our dog Katie of 16 yrs August 2012 and we just got a new puppy Sophie in May 2013 and now she is now 4 months old she is in the profile picture. I was Leary of getting another dog but I'm sure glad we did, she is a GoldenDoodle and does not shed which is a super bonus !! Have fun with the new Pup/dog. emoticon
    1743 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    Glad you're enjoying Summer. And don't fret about loving a new dog . . . Sydney will always be in your heart. emoticon Sounds like you had a wonderful day! emoticon Carol
    1743 days ago
    sounds like a great day! nice blog!
    1743 days ago
    Sounds like a real winner of a day! Summer sounds great! Chrissy is still so ADHD it's not funny, at about 3yo she is still our lil' monster ;) When excitement abounds (play, outside, distractions) treats are 'nothing' in the grand scheme. & she loves TUG so much more than fetch! LOL

    Great job!
    1743 days ago
    I am so glad you and Summer are bonding
    1743 days ago
    That is great Nina! Dogs take intesive training to get it perfect and it could mean their life would be in danger if they don't pay attention. Sounds like you got a really smart one in Summer! I hope you get good news on Tuesday! Have a great week! emoticon
    1743 days ago
    God made them all! Glad you have animals to enjoy. Said a prayer that your son will get his job. We had a young lady with us for 9 months looking for work. She finally landed one two weeks ago. I know it is not easy in this job market. Blessings!
    1743 days ago
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