Monday, January 30, 2012
Carley is doing fabulous! She is truly my angel. It was a tough year with my Mom, but when ever I need to laugh or take my mind off things, she's there for me! She also has a good effect on my Mom as well. When we're at her place, Carley shows my Mom lots of affection and I think it calms her some. Dementia has many side effects, and two of them are anger and depression. When Carley is hugging and kissing my Mom, she seems to be much happier and upbeat. Her dog is not a real affectionate dog, and doesn't cuddle much, but Carley will get up on the couch with her while we're watching TV and cuddle with her for hours...and of course in return, Carley gets lots of back scratching and brushing.. haha It's a win, win, win for all of us!! I guess another bonus is that Naughtya gets to go for nice long walks and runs while we're there, so she is happy too! Naughtya is very tolerant of Carley's clown antics, and shares everything with her. My Mom bought Carley a doggy bed for her place and now they even share that..well they try to! (see photo) I'm so blessed to have Carley as my companion, roommate, roadtrip partner, entertainer and pet....she is special and I know she will help me make it through this year as well. I adore her!!! ;-)
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I just wanted to send you a picture of me and Jagger and show you that he is getting used of the snow this year and that we are enjoying him so much, he didn't much like the cold snap we had but neither did I. Anyway thank you again for him.
Friday, January 20, 2012
To My Foster Mom (or dad)
There I sat, alone and afraid, You got a call and came right to my aid.
You bundled me up with blankets and love.
And, when I needed it most, you gave me a hug.
I learned that the world was not all that scary and cold.
That sometimes there is someone to have and to hold.
You taught me what love is, you helped me to mend.
You loved me and healed me and became my first friend.
And just when I thought you'd done all you do, There came along not one new lesson, but two.
First you said, "Sweetheart, you're ready to go.
I've done all I can, and you've learned all I know."
Then you bundled me up with a blanket and kiss.
Along came a new family, they even have kids!
They took me to their home, forever to stay.
At first I thought you sent me away.
Then that second lesson became perfectly clear.
No matter how far, you will always be near.
And so, Foster Mom, you know I've moved on.
I have a new home, with toys and a lawn.
But I'll never forget what I learned that first day.
You never really give your fosters away.
You gave me these thoughts to remember you by.
We may never meet again, and now I know why.
You'll remember I lived with you for a time.
I may not be yours, but you'll always be mine.
- Author Unknown
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Thank you Jennifer. Brigette was spoiled, and demonstrated both a childlike lack of patience at having to wait to open her gifts, and an enthusiastic show of her ability to open her present despite lacking opposable thumbs. Teeth and paws work well together. She continues to delight us with her affection and desire to be in the middle of all that we do. We are working on the challenge that she is presenting us off her desire to be aggressive with dogs and people we meet on our walks, particularly men. Trying to find some training for socialization. we have had good luck with introducing her to family members and their dogs (cats are out of the question). She is willing to accept them into her pack once she has been properly introduced. However that is not always possible on walks. SHe seems to get anxious, hackles up, growls, and a little nippy. We're are keeping her on leash and working at reminding her that we are her alpha people and will protect her, we stay relaxed, and when she does, its worth a treat.
We are still very happy that she has joined our house and thoroughly enjoy her, minor challenges and all,
Wishing you all the best in 2012 as well,
Dirk and Mary Ann
P.S. While I like to call this picture her "you want me to what?" look, it is her practicing her very total focus on her stick ( a look I am sure you are familiar with), while we force her to wait, wait, wait, until we throw it. Her feet are a whole lot tougher now, by the way.
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