It's interesting that I started that last post commenting on how cold January was, because right about that time, we began an extended warm spell. January thaws typically last one or two days around here. This one lasted two full weeks. It was wonderful! But the little bit of snow we had quickly disappeared and for the past month, it's looked like more like early Spring than mid-Winter. That all changed this week. We finally got a couple of good snowfalls (nothing compared to Boston, mind you!) and a push of Arctic air behind it. We usually have at least a few winter days with sub-zero highs, and we're in a stretch of that now. On top of that, the wind has been pretty fierce so it is REALLY cold! This morning, after shoveling two inches of fresh snow that had blown itself into a concrete drift in the driveway, the puppies and I played in the yard for about an hour. I've found a great toy for playing in the snow. It's called a Hol-ee ball and it's large enough, and light weight enough, that it doesn't disappear in a snowdrift. In the house, I put a Milkbone in it, and it provides entertainment and mental exercise for about an hour.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
January has been a quiet month; cold - and not much snow. We got about an inch one day last week and Scarlett was so excited. She tore around the yard, burying her head in it and popping up with a smile. This, my girl from Alabama! Go figure!
Zak and I play with his ball every evening in the living room. If he's feeling neglected, he will lay his head down on my laptop or drop his ball on the keyboard! He's loving and well behaved and charms everyone. Hasn't had an 'accident' in the house in about six months now. So nice to have that behind us! I saw an ad online, featuring a corgi and some houndstooth merchandise. Since I love houndstooth, myself, I decided to do a photo shoot of Zak with some of my stuff. He sat so nicely for me while I snapped about a dozen pictures! Pretty handsome boy, if I do say so!
I have a four day weekend coming up and it's supposed to be in the 30's! Around here, that is warm - especially in January! We look forward to some good romps in the park.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
In Memory of Princess Isabella
March 14, 1999 - December 4, 2014
I am grateful to the staff of the Casselton Veterinary Clinic for their professionalism and compassion this week. There is no easy way to let a pet go, but they certainly made it an infinitely better experience than I had with Dee Dee. I am at peace with the decision, and grateful that I was able to hold Princess throughout the procedure. She died in my arms, and the veterinarian and tech sat with us for another 20 minutes and we chatted about our dogs and the love they bring into our lives. That meant the world to me.
This week marks the end of the "Princess, Dee Dee and Elvis era". The memories of the times we shared with all three dogs are precious. So much life happens in the span of fifteen years. Princess was with me through upheaval at work, through the loss of my parents, through other changes in my family and in my own life. For fifteen years she slept pressed against the small of my back. I can hardly remember life without her.
I look at Scarlett and Zak now and try to imagine what they will be like in 12-13 years .... what memories we will make together and what those years will bring. I'll be in my 70's (yikes!!), retired, quite possibly living in some other place. Dogs are amazing creatures. They know more than we realize .... and they love unconditionally. I have marveled at that over the years. I shudder to think of how many mornings I was running late and snapped at Princess and Dee Dee or failed to give them the attention they needed. And yet when I came home at the end of the day, they were at the door to greet me - butts wagging, so happy to see me; and I, them.
I miss Princess terribly. She brought more joy into my life than I would have believed possible. She was my first corgi, and the reason I got the others. She changed my life, and I will always be grateful. Rest in peace, sweet girl. You are forever in my heart.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
|Sleeping in the car|
|Princess with our neighbors, Mike and Gina|
On Thursday, my neighbors will accompany us to our veterinary clinic in Casselton where we will help her cross the Rainbow Bridge. Unlike Dee Dee, who passed in an unfamiliar place with a doctor we'd never met, Princess will have our wonderful Dr. Schmid, and Casselton has a special room, quiet and peaceful, just for this journey. I anticipate that it will be a bit easier than it was with Dee Dee. Princess is almost three years older and I have no doubt that it is time.
|Princess and Susan|
Friday, November 21, 2014
While much of the country is languishing in record breaking November snowfall, here in Northwestern Minnesota, we have been largely spared. We've had a couple inches, and the surrounding area has had much more, but right here, the ground is bare. We haven't been as fortunate in the temperature department, as we have been well below normal (event below zero) for the past three weeks. But the lack of snow has enabled me to finish up my raking and late Autumn yard work. One Saturday, several weeks ago, I decided that I'd better go full throttle on spreading the black dirt and mulch I had delivered to spread over the area where three large trees were taken out last Spring. I planted an Autumn Blaze maple and a hydrangea tree. watered them faithfully until freeze up and look forward to filling in the area with perennials next Spring. That particular Saturday I was bemoaning the fact that I had to do this all alone, with no DH to help. Just then I turned around and saw that the 'man of my house' (aka Zak) had come to my aid and was all too willing to 'help'. That nice, cool black dirt was SO soft and completely irresistible, and he was happily digging himself a trench to lie in. One look at him, and all I could do was laugh. I was nearly as filthy as he was, and we both found our way to the tub an hour or so later. I really should have taken a picture of the bathwater!
Thursday, October 16, 2014
|Yunker Farm Dog Park|
|Maplewood State Park|
|With my favorite boy|
|With Miss Scarlett|
|Princess got the chills when she got out of the water.|
Friday, September 12, 2014
This beautiful girl turns two years old today! Scarlett has been a wonderful addition to our family. She has a sweet personality, can be quite comical at times and is very obedient. She loves to be told she's a 'good girl'. Scarlett will crawl up on your lap, unprompted, and is very affectionate. She has learned from Princess that the house next door is a good place to go for treats, and will often follow her over there. She gets very excited when she sees me grab her leash and LOVES to go for car rides or to the park. She plays well with other dogs, always has to go on at least one 'tear' and adores Zak. When I think back to last December, when I almost lost her, I shudder. We may never know what it was that made her so sick, but she is in perfect health now. I am so grateful!
Happy Birthday, Miss Scarlett! You are deeply loved!!
Happy Birthday, Miss Scarlett! You are deeply loved!!