Many thanks to those of you who came to my Holiday Open House last Saturday. It was great to see you all, and I appreciate you taking time out of your busy weekends to come by. I hope you enjoyed the event. Maeve and Maggie had a great time receiving nonstop attention, and they were worn out, in the best possible way, at the end of the day. Congratulations to Nancy K. and Rhoda A. for winning the drawings. I hope you all will spread the word and plan to come back next year. Thanks again!
Just a few days to go until my open house and things are pretty busy. I thought I'd share with you how the preparations are going...
Today is the one year anniversary of Teddy's passing. We have missed him so much...We wanted to do something to honor his memory, so we donated a Kuranda bed to the Franklin County Dog Shelter. He would love the idea of bringing comfort to a scared shelter dog. And it was partly to honor his memory that we brought Maeve into our home, which has helped us move forward. But we will always remember Teddy, and our love for him will never die.
I made a little video to celebrate and remember him. I hope you enjoy it.
This is for you, my little man...
Music: Andrew Peterson, "You Can Always Come Home"
You are welcome to come sip and nibble while checking out some handmade jewelry and art for the pet lovers on your gift list. If you are on my emailing list, you should have received an email invitation. If you are not on my email list but would like to be, or you would just like an invitation to my open house, contact me and let me know. I'll send you an email with all the pertinent information.
For additional information about the open house, click here.
I don't know who to attribute the above quote or photo to, so I apologize for that. It came to me from Pinterest, and it is sadly appropriate for today. Today is the fourth anniversary of Sophie's passing...and yes, it was one of the worst days of my life. But I am so happy to have had the preceding 2,920-plus days of her in my life. I am also thankful that I went in search of a shelter dog, and that I didn't rule out an older dog.
She was eight years old when I brought her home. She was billed on Petfinder as "young" when I was searching, but that was an error. I knew she wasn't particularly young when I saw her, but I didn't know she was eight years old until I had her home and my (know it all!) husband found her age buried in some paperwork. We fell in love with her immediately, and yet I worried about how long we would have to spend with her at that age. Sometimes when I would walk her, I would pray that we could have eight more years. That seemed reasonable, right? That would total sixteen years, and she was a small dog. It was possible...
So we made it. I felt greedy at the end...having a 16 year old dog and an answered prayer, but still silently hoping for more. She was imperfectly perfect, and we loved her beyond measure. We still do. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about her.
I still miss you Sophie. Thanks for being such a great dog. XOXOXO
Come visit my booth (#344) at Worthington Market Day, Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Located at the intersection of High Street and 161 in Worthington, Ohio.
Click here to visit The Worthington Chamber of of Commerce's website for details.
Maggie and Maeve wish everyone a happy Dog Day and, as always, they are hoping for homes for all the dogs in shelters and rescues.
Maggie and Maeve got double tummy rubs as part of the celebration.
Maggie is exhausted from all the attention and extra treats (and following Maeve around the yard, which is alot of exercise for those little almost-13-year-old legs.)
Not Maeve...she's ready for her evening walk...
With this in mind, we welcome Maeve. She spent the first year of her life unwanted, discarded and wandering. Someone finally called animal control, but in rural Kentucky, controlling the stray dog population usually has a pretty grim outcome for the dogs. But someone was watching over Maeve, and rescue swooped in (www.stopthesuffering.org). Maeve's future prospects grew brighter. She came to Ohio in February and had a loving foster home with a lovely lady, and for the first time, she had a soft place to lie down at night and food that was given to her every day, and medical care, and baths, and loving attention. And then I saw her on Petfinder. I wasn't looking for a Great Pyrenees. I was looking for a Golden Retriever, but Maeve kept coming up. I even requested an application from another rescue for another dog, but there was a delay, and that dog disappeared from the online list, so I inquired about Maeve.....and now she's here. She can't be officially ours until next week, but we feel like she's ours already. I know she appreciates the soft beds and the regular food supply and the big yard and her new little buddy, Maggie, but the thing she likes best is love and attention, demonstrated by belly rubs, neck scratching, and head rubbing. She is relentless in her pursuit of affection, and once you start petting, she tries her hardest to never let you stop, and she is pretty irresistible. So, if you come by to visit her, be prepared to stay a while.
Welcome to the family, Maeve. We love you already.
One of my favorite things to do is walk, preferably with a four-legged friend (and ideally with a four-legged friend and my husband). I used to walk with Teddy, and Sophie, every evening. As long as it wasn't dangerously cold or icy, and everyone was feeling well, we walked. Teddy missed a few walks after his surgeries, but he was walking right up until just a few days before we lost him. He loved to go, and so did I. When I would walk with Teddy, and Sophie, I would listen to my iPod, look at the moon and stars, and walk. (Whenever I see the moon now, I think of Sophie...) If we were lucky, we would run into some of our neighborhood dog friends and their walkers, who were also our friends.
A couple of years ago, I got a new iPod because my original one wasn't holding a charge for very long. My new iPod holds a lot more songs, has a radio function and a fitness mode, and impressively survived a full wash and rinse cycle when it was buried in bedding I used when sleeping on the couch near Teddy after one of his surgeries. It took me a while to realize that the fitness mode was there, but once I found it, I typically started to run it when I stepped out the door with the dogs. I have only had this iPod a couple of years, so walking Sophie probably preceded this iPod, and it was probably months, maybe a year or more before I started using the fitness function regularly.
Anyway, I stopped carrying my iPod after Teddy died because I started walking with Art in the evenings, and we talk instead of listen to music. But after my surgery, I was encouraged by my doctor to walk increasing distances to help my recovery. My first walks were shuffling around the house. No iPod required. When I started walking outside, I could only go very short distances before it became painful, so there was no need for the iPod then, either, and Art was accompanying me, too. The last couple of weeks, however, I've been able to cover a good bit of ground on my own. Since I'm going it alone and interested in how far I'm walking now, I'm back to using my iPod. As I checked my steps and distance the other day soon after resuming use of my iPod, I noticed the second screen; the one that tracks steps for the week, the month and the total. I noticed that the total was well over a million steps. According to the steps I see on a daily basis, it's just under 2500 steps to a mile, so a million steps is at least 400 miles.
It occurred to me as I was looking at the screen and doing the math and thinking about those steps, that I shared every one of those one million steps, 400 miles, with Teddy. And then I missed him even more...
Thanks Teddy. I don't take a step without thinking of you...
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