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Happy post! yay!

I rarely post personal things here on LJ, instead using this as a forum to post my work, but occasionally I do post a few updates about my life. Sadly, most of the things tend to be negative, and I thought I would take the chance to remedy that at the beginning of a fresh new year.

I could focus on the great successes I've had in my writing (yay for being published!) but this was meant to be a more fun and less braggy post. Some of you who know me in real life know that we lost our beloved Great Pyrenees, Kilo, last November. We've always opened our homes (and hearts!) to adult rescue dogs, and Kilo came to us as a more senior doggie. While he was with us for far less time than we would have liked, he certainly touched our lives very deeply in the two years we had him. It seems that I should be used to losing pets by now, but somehow it never gets easier, it only seems to get harder when you love your pets so much. I'm sure many of you feel the same way.

But this is not a sad post, it's about the fact that we found a new guy to love and to give a good home to. Over Christmas we adopted Ranger, and he has just filled the house with joy. We've all been sad and moping and missing our poor Kilo--which is hard to believe in a house with 5 kids, 6 cats and another Great Pyrenees, but it is true! He was just what we needed.

I'd like to talk a little about his situation--he was abused terribly, and his littermate died before she could be rescued. He had never been allowed indoors before and has had to learn a lot of things, like how to walk on hardwood without being spooked. He is afraid of being hit. I could go on and on about his trials, but instead I'd like to illuminate his wonderful spirit--how adaptable he has been, how eager to please. How even though he is starved for food, he is even more starved for affection. He needs training and work, but he is worth it. And with that, I would like to encourage anyone who is considering adoption to please think about adopting an older dog instead of a puppy. We have always done it and it has been the most enriching experience for us. An old dog can learn new tricks, with a little bit of patience. And they reward you back innumerable times over with love and loyalty that cannot be repaid.

Here are some pics of our sweet new guy. I love him so much already! What a great start to the new year:

Ranger and I

Ranger close-up

the puppies

I hope that everyone else is having a happy and healthy start to your year, as well. My kids are all home from break (and we are all stuck indoors, since the actual air temp here is TEN BELOW) so I am a bit frazzled. I'd love to hear what you are all up to, but if you are too busy to comment, I understand. I'll just raise a glass in your general direction and give you a toast, because surely it isn't too early to start drinking. Right? ;)


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Jan. 3rd, 2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
He is precious! I'm glad you are doing well. I'm gearing up for another "year of me." Wanna join? This is going to be a good one! Out with complainy, and in with ... Whatever the opposite is. I don't know because I've never gone there, lol. Talk to you soon. Oh, and you can keep your ten below. Our ten above is already ridiculous enough! Oops ... Complaining already. This is going to be a work in progress. :)
Jan. 3rd, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
I am totally in for another year of me. It was going to start with me writing that e-mail I owed you, but my internet kept going out and now I am going to smash this computer. Of course it posts this fine and makes a liar out of me. And then our water heater broke, and I have water all over my basement at this moment. Which isn't really the part that's bothering me, it's the part where I had to call the guy and talk to him, and now he is coming to the house to fix it. I'd rather go out in the 10 below and plow the drive myself than deal with a stranger. Booo.

Wait, this noncomplain-y post did not last long. Well, truth be told that was just to make me sound decent to the folks who don't know I'm a total spaz. You know the real me. I'm all about the way it is. And the way it is is me being a shut-in who can't deal with people. Help!!!
Jan. 3rd, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful, sweet boy!

And you know that none of us would mind if you did want to come here and complain... we just love to hear from you.
Jan. 3rd, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
Aw, don't get me started. Too much together time here, I think it's driving me crazy!!! Is it cold enough there for you? I'm sure you're in the same boat!
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Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
aww pretty puppy. I look forward to moving because I will adopt a pup, too. (and when I say puppy I do mean adult dog.)

you did not reply to my email and give me your address! I have a stamped card all sealed up with your name on it and nowhere to send it. :(
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
Ah! I have a to-do list and "write back to Pip!" is at the top! (apparently not before "random posting on LJ?") ;) But I seriously do have you on my list, believe it or not, because I am one of those anal people with lists for everything. And once something is on my list it's pretty much ironclad! So I promise to get to you soon.

I am so glad to hear that you are adopting an adult puppy! (I call all of my dogs puppies even when they are all grumpy old couch potatoes!). I didn't mean to get on my soapbox about it. It just makes me so sad to see all these great dogs, and I think that sometimes people have the wrong idea and think that they are untrainable and have bad habits and are set in their ways. I hope you send a pic of your new furbaby when you get settled and pick one out!
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
Awww that makes me so happy to see him snuggling with you like that!! He's come so far in such a short time!! What a sweetie! (Let's just hope he doesn't like snuggling enough to try crawling into bed with you ;) )
Jan. 3rd, 2014 08:36 pm (UTC)
He's still scared of Nellie, though! He just cowers around her! (and secretly I'm like, hey, man, go with your gut on that ... we all kind of fell that way) ;)
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Jan. 4th, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
Happy new year! What a cute dog :) I'm sorry to hear about Kilo!

It's negative twenty six over here (Celsius) which was a bit of shock--I just flew in this morning, from somewhere it was only a couple degrees below. Didn't enjoy hauling my suitcase home, but I'm indoors and warm now so it's all okay. Hope it warms up there soon too! Cabin fever is terrible.
Jan. 7th, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
WHOA! That is bone-numbingly cold!!! I just did the conversion and that is truly miserable. It turns out that that is pretty much exactly where our temps are right now, but I hope it doesn't last long. I don't mind winter but this extreme cold is too much. You must be way up north in Canada, so I hope you dodged the worst of that snow that just came through. Aren't you ready for spring? *sighs*
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Jan. 4th, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
He looks lovely and cuddly! :)
Jan. 7th, 2014 11:39 am (UTC)
Aw, thanks. He's a good boy.
Jan. 4th, 2014 02:06 am (UTC)
He's adorable! When we adopt, it's always adult animals. Right now, we have a fat orange tabby.
Jan. 7th, 2014 11:40 am (UTC)
Orange tabbies are the best! They seem to have such a friendly personality! I really like them.
Jan. 7th, 2014 04:37 am (UTC)
Aww, such a cute puppy...

I've had company down here from Alaska since right before new years. She's complained that she's dying of heat, because until last night, it was in the sixties here.
Jan. 7th, 2014 11:41 am (UTC)
I would totally take the sixties! That sounds so wonderful right now! :D It's hard to believe that anywhere stays that warm in the winter when I look out my window and see a foot of snow out there.
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Jan. 28th, 2014 04:59 am (UTC)
It's good of you to take huge dogs from rescue. Ours have been rescue as well but much smaller lol. Beautiful puppies there.
Jan. 28th, 2014 12:06 pm (UTC)
I think most people are afraid to take adult dogs, but they have been wonderful! What kind of dogs do you have?
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