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A New Year Full of Change

Thursday, January 02, 2014

As I sit here this morning typing this blog, I have a little sandy colored ball of fur sleeping beside of me. When my Thor passed away I was heartbroken and couldn’t imagine bringing another pet into my home too quickly. But things don’t always go as planned.

I picked up Thor’s remains on New Year's Eve and will very soon be returning him to his rightful place with Tommy. It was a sad time, but my boys are both at peace and together again.

As a pusher of pet adoption, I regularly go online and look at all the adoptable pets trying to match my human friends with a furry friend that I think would be perfect for them. That’s what I was doing Sunday night when I came across a new little face that immediately jumped out at me. This little dog they called Daisy was nothing like my boy Thor. It described her as an Australian Cattle Dog mix that was white and tan and 4 to 5 months old. She was definitely not the type of dog I would pick for myself, but for some reason I kept going back to her picture and looking at those big brown eyes.

The next morning I found myself at the shelter with my daughter-in-law asking to meet Daisy. I was so surprised by what a petite little girl she is, quite the opposite of my big boy Thor. I hadn’t planned to get another pet just yet, but soon found myself filling out an adoption application. They called me back that evening to say my application had been approved. Daisy (now Sahara) would be spayed and micro chipped the next morning and ready to go home with me at 5:00. We changed her name to Sahara because of our love for the desert and her sand colored fur. After picking her up, we (my son went with me) stopped at PetSmart to fit her with a new harness and leash and bought her several toys and puppy food. When we got home, she quickly laid claim to Thor’s bed and gathered all of her new toys together on it. She is a very loveable little ball of energy with an endless supply of kisses. She can never replace my Thor, and is certainly nothing like him, but she has her own little unique personality with lots of love to give and I'm happy to have her.

So just hours after bringing Sahara home, I brought in the New Year with my newest little family member resting comfortably beside me. As soon as she is completely healed from her surgery, we will be out on the hiking trails together. With the new addition to our family comes new hope and happiness for 2014.

Happy New Year my friends!

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    Well, now I see Sahara's story! Where the hell have I been? I hate when I subscribe to friend's blogs and then do not get them! She is just lovely and I am so glad you rescued her, she is a very lucky girl! I know she will never replace Thor but she doesn't need to...new time, new special rescue in need of a loving home!
    So glad you let yourself be pulled in....
    1460 days ago
    Dear Cindy.....
    Your blog brought tears to my eyes......You painted a very realistic picture (as you always do) of what you've been going through. Grieving after such losses is so natural - and you must go through it. And you have! Nothing will replace the little holes in your heart left by the loss of Tommy and Thor.
    But I've learned through many similar experiences ---- the heart is big enough to lovingly accept new and different 'loves'. And what a heart you have!!

    Sahara is a dream.....and as I've said before, a lucky dog! It sounds like you two have bonded completely......it's so wise of you to let her be her own being - and not a replacement for any other pet. She is and will be, a beloved companion.

    I know what you mean about abandoning the positive things in your life. I too, have been mourning - but in my case - I'm mourning my former life. The realities of my new life are very painful to accept - literally and figuratively. But I'm working on it. I'm much more reflective - thoughtful - and I keep looking for the little pleasures that make life worth living. I'm still battling constant pain and loss of mobility - but I have a new doctor who seems to 'get' my problems and he promised me he will do all he can to help me. So, I'm hopeful again. And you're so right ---- about not losing touch with important people in your life. I've severed several friendships because I thought I couldn't be the kind of friend I want to be......and I will work hard to repair these relationships. Going it alone ------ sucks, big time.

    Lucy is still the light of my life -- she's going on 13 and just starting to slow down. I'm hoping all the love I lavish on her will keep her young!
    (I should have emailed you this long message.....)

    The future will be bright for you ---- because you bring light to others......and because you have such a healthy outlook.

    Sending you big hugs..... (to Sahara too.....)
    Love, Libby
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    1481 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Sahara is one very, very lucky dog:)
    1549 days ago
    Sahara looks like a little love. And what a great way to begin the new year. I am happy for you that she found you.

    1558 days ago
    I am so, so happy for you - and for Sahara, too. My boy Robin is still here but I know the end is coming and I am a strange mixture of normality interspersed with sudden tsunamis of howling tears! But, having had so many beloved dogs, 14 to date, I know that life will go on and that, in time, another 'person' will join the fold in order to be loved and fill the 'apartment' Robin vacated. It's part of the cycle and circle of life and the joyous times must always dominate the grief. And that's what you've done with Thor and Sahara. You 'get it' perfectly.

    Three cheers to you for taking Sahara - boy, is she going to have a lovely, lovely life. Your boys will be looking on and are thrilled that you are going to give her what you gave them. A huge hug to you both.

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    1560 days ago
  • _JODI404

    Sahara is beautiful!!

    That seems to be my pattern too -- I see one that just pulls at my heart and I can't stop thinking about them. Always when I am not looking for one either. I think it is "meant to be."

    I'm so happy that you had her there to bring in the New Year!!

    I'm sure you will have wonderful hikes together. I love that you are feeling hope, and wish you the greatest happiness in the new year!!

    1568 days ago

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    How heart-warming! emoticon I'm so happy for the joy you have brought into each others' lives.

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    1572 days ago
    Congrats Cindy! She's beautiful!!
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    1572 days ago
    I can sure see why she would capture your attention & your heart. I'm sure you two will have lots of great times out there hiking those trails together. emoticon
    1572 days ago
    She has a lovely expression. She will entertain you, comfort you, and give you her heart. You'll share so much. Congratulations!
    1572 days ago
    cindy, that is so neat that got her, she just won the lottery :) when my beloved yogi died I was heartbroken and doggie less for a week. then I found skippy online and we both won the lottery have a blessed new year

    1572 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/3/2014 7:10:15 PM
    I see what you mean by those big brown eyes! Sahara is adorable! If she is like others of her breed she will be so smart and I can't wait to hear all about her. So happy for both of you! emoticon
    1572 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    Congrats on your new addition. I think Thor sent her to you. That is usually a high-energy breed. She may keep you hopping! (And hide your slippers and shoes until you know they are safe.)

    She is a real cutie! I think she picked a good Mom!
    1573 days ago
    That is wonderful that you have another to share your home with. It must have been lonely with both Tommy and Thor gone. I bet the house felt empty.
    I am so glad that you have a new friend, and boy is she cute! She is a lucky girl.
    I wish you two all the best on your journey together!
    1573 days ago
    I'm glad you could get her. I wouldn't have dreamed of a dog for you so soon, it seems somehow you were meant to be together. Just like one child can't replace another but has it's own love to give, so it's the same with the dogs. Sahara can't replace Thor but will add her own special brand of love. I hope you both have many great times together!
    1573 days ago
    emoticon Oh Cindy - I couldn't be happier for you. Sahara's gorgeous - and precocious looking. She'll be a great companion and comfort for you. How large will she grow? She doesn't know what a lucky pup she is......to have been chosen by YOU! Gotta' say it again - lucky dog!!

    Enjoy her and keep us posted on her progress......and her misadventures as she grows up!! OK???

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    1573 days ago
    She's very pretty!
    1573 days ago
    I am just so very happy for you.
    1573 days ago
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