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My Furry Alarm Clocks

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Mark this under getting to know your blogger.  Today, I’d like to tell you about my pets.  Or as I like to call them.  My furry alarm clocks.  All of my pets are rescue animals.  Our dog “Boo”, who was named by the shelter, was found on the side of the road.  It was in South-Eastern Kansas (USA). Apparently, a vet saw her starving and bitten by flies on the side of the road.  He opened his backseat and she jumped in without being asked.  Then two weeks later she was up here in Minnesota waiting to be adopted.

The adoptive agency had not even put her photo up on their site yet. We met her at a large adoption event at Pet Co.  There had to be over a hundred dogs and more people.  We met about 8 dogs but we couldn’t find the right one.  We were there for hours. Finally, my son who had just finished Kindergarten was restless.  So my husband took him next door to the toy store.  Then I went in search of another dog.  I asked one of the volunteers for a friendly dog that was good with children.  We have so many kids in our neighborhood, we wanted to be cautious.  The volunteer showed me several dogs many of which we had looked at.

Then the volunteer brought me to a cage with an Australian Shepard in it.  The dog appeared frightened, but wanted to come with me.  I brought it outside.  The dog really loved being petted and immediately rolled over for tummy rubs.  Then my son and husband came back.  My husband said “Who is this?” I told him that I think I found our dog.

My husband had liked another dog, but I wasn’t fond of it.  I preferred this one.  Then I went and sat down on a bench and my son sat on the other end. The dog immediately jumped up and sat between us.  Boo was the only dog that paid attention to my son and I.  Other dogs we looked at were more interested what was going on then us.

So finally it came time to choose.  My husband had his favorite, I had mine.  So our six year old son would have to break the tie.  He choose the Australian Shepard “Boo”. She was about a one year old female.  We don’t think she is a pure breed.  We don’t care about that.  We filled out our paperwork, had her get chipped and took her home.

She was so frighted at first. She got physically ill all over our carpet.  We had the white builders carpet that so many home builders put in new homes.  The previous owners had not ripped it out.  Why is white carpet a thing?  Anyway, she was so ashamed when that happened.  She crawled over to me as if to say “Don’t hurt me.”  We had to reassure her she was not in trouble.  We gave her rubbed her head and spoke to her in that high pitched baby voice only dog owners know.

In the beginning she was my shadow. Actually, she still is my shadow.  It’s a trait of her breed.  They call Australian Shepherds the “Velcro” dog.  They follow you everywhere.  When I say everywhere I mean everywhere too.  It’s like having a toddler.  For once I would like to go to the bathroom without company.

She wasn’t as keen on my husband though.  She seemed scared of him.  My husband was confused as to what he had done.  I had to reassure him she liked him.  We just didn’t know her background.  I felt that she had been abused by males in her previous home(s) and that is why she was so fearful.  When my husband would grab a leash to take her for a walk she would cower behind me.  While we cannot say for certain, I feel whoever abandoned her used a rope to hurt her somehow.  For about a year after we adopted her she was skittish over ropes, and leashes if they were held by my husband.

Over time she warmed up to my husband and loves it when he takes her on walks.  It’s the only time she leaves me.  The minute my husband says the “W” word or grabs the leash she is right there by his side. Happy as a calm. She also waits for him in the window. When she sees his car she runs to the garage door waiting for him to come in.

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She also loves my son.  Her relationship is a little different with him.  She has always checked on him every night since we got her.  She also had to walk him to the bus stop and pick him up from the bus stop in elementary school.  If she felt that I was going to be late getting him she would bark at me to make sure I didn’t miss the bus dropping him off.

She loves the kids at the bus stop so much that one time she got out of her collar and ran onto the bus just as the door closed.  The bus started to pull away with her, and I had to run next to it and bang on the side.  Fortunately, the bus driver heard me and stopped.  He thought someone forgot something.  “No,” I told him.  “You have my dog.”  He gave me an odd look and I pointed to Boo laying in the middle of the aisle on the bus.  Happy as can be. All the kids thought it was hilarious.

After my son went to junior high school, she would still sit in the window and watch the elementary kids get on the bus.  When the bus pulls away, she gets down.  She really doesn’t care about the parents who are left, just that the kids got on safely.  Today, she runs out the door whenever I leave to drop off or get my son.  She wants to come along.  I’ve tried to say no. She just ignores me and jumps over, or around me and runs out.  Once I tried to tell her no and walked over to get her.  She ran away from me.  I wound up chasing her around the car four or five times.  Now I know how Wylie Coyote felt chasing the Road Runner in cartoons. Finally, I gave in.

Sometimes I have tried to fool her with treats.  She has endless hunger.  My dog trainer said since she was a stray food would most likely always be an issue for her.  She cannot be fooled.  Once okay.  Twice, not on your life.  She gives me this look like “I know that trick.”  The one where I throw the treat towards the back door and run out the front.  Then she gives me another look as if to say “Those treats suck too”.

The vet wants me to keep her weight down. Because of this the treats have been massively reduced in size and quality. Can’t make them too tasty.

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She rides very well.  When we took our first long car trip as a family, we found out another fear of hers.  I think whoever previously owned her took her on a long car trip, removed her collar and  left her.  About an hour into our first long car trip she jumped from the backseat to my lap in the front seat and just shook.  At least I was not driving at the time. She would not leave no matter how much I reassured her.

At the half-way point we took her out to get a walk and she wouldn’t take a step without me.  She kept her eye on me at all times.  Finally, she agreed to get in the backseat again.  We even took her collar off thinking it would make her more comfortable.  Wrong.  She got so upset and began to nudge the collar in our hands to get it back on.  We never take her collar off anymore.

Boo will always be by you when you are sick.  When we sleep at night she curls up in her bed at the foot of ours or jumps up on the bed to wedge herself between us.  She is so loving I can’t imagine not having her.  We love her to bits our furry alarm clock.

Stay tuned for “My Furry Alarm Clock, Part 2- Cat Edition” coming up soon.  How does your dog make itself part of the family?

Journaling

10 February Journal Prompts

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  1. What is your favorite Valentine’s Day gift? If you have not gotten one, would you like one?  What would it be?
  2. What would you like to try that you are afraid to do?
  3. What are your favorite colors?
  4. What is your favorite mythological story? Give a brief summary.
  5. Write down everything you do for a weekend by hour.
  6. Have you ever gotten anyone’s autograph.  Describe the person and the circumstances.
  7. What are you most afraid of?  Make it a tangible thing like spiders, ghosts etc.  Then tell what you are most afraid of that isn’t something physical like failure, or losing.
  8. Do you wear a watch? Why or why not?
  9. Draw or paste a picture of your favorite butterfly or bird.
  10. What was on your bedroom wall in your teens?
Clothing

10 Fashion Terms to Know

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So many terms, so little time.  Here is this month’s installment of 10 Fashion Terms to know. Learning different fashion terms not only enables you to discuss fashion on a whole new level, but can give you new clothing ideas and a history lesson to boot.  Enjoy!

Aglet:  The plastic or metal tag at the end of a shoelace tip at the end of lacing.  Can be ornamental.  Used to join clothing in earlier periods.

A-line: A term created in 1955 by Christian Dior to describe the style of dress where the dress starts out close to the shoulders and then slowly falling away from the under arm area to the hem.  It resembles the letter A.

Alpaca: An animal that is related to camels but has a sheep like coat.  It is native to South America.  While related to the Llama, it should not be confused with it. It’s coat is used to spin yarn which has a lustrous sheen.

Bagheera: A fine uncut velvet characterized by short, close loops.  It is known to be crush resistant.

Bandanna: A scarf made of cotton, calico fabric on a red or blue background.

Blouson Blouse: A blouse that has fullness at the waist that is gathered into a band.

Bow Blouse: A blouse with a band around the neck with two long ends you can tie in a bow.

Gypsy Blouse: A blouse with a drawstring neckline and short or long sleeves that puff out.

Peplum: A shirt or jacket with a separate seam at waist to which a ruffle or circular piece cut on the bias is added for fullness. Can also be a blouse that is long and full with an elastic waistline.

Snake bracelet: A bracelet made in the form of a serpent coiled around the arm. Dates back to the ancient Greeks.

 

 

Self

New Year, New You?

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A New Year usually means giving ourselves new goals for the year.  In 2019, I am trying to give myself a bit of a break.  I’m still doing resolutions, but more kinder and gentler ones. I want to continue to work on making my health better.  It’s an ongoing struggle.  I have been eating a lot better.  I tried two meal delivery services.  We tried Hello Fresh and Factor 75.  I love Hello Fresh.  My family gets the classic menu for two people, two meals a week. I have loved the vast majority of their meals.  They have been really tasty and fresh.  I look forward to having them.  Definitely better than the same old, same old meals. I’m really tired of spaghetti, if you know what I mean.

Factor 75 is another food subscription service. This one I got just for myself.  I wanted to eat healthier lunches and one have individual portions.  Factor 75, the company, got the best reviews online for a more veggie based menu.  They cook the food in advance and you reheat it.  I honestly didn’t care for the taste of it.  So I cancelled it.

I really need to lose weight.  Since I have gone on medication for my chronic migraines and pain I have gone up four dress sizes. I’m thrilled to be able to live again without pain, but I hate looking at myself.  I hate going to the doctor and getting a lecture on my weight.  What?  I’m obese?  How could I have missed it? (I so wish there was a sarcasm font)  I want to start exercising again.  I’m pretty weak, especially after my month long bout of pneumonia. So it will be slow and steady. The subzero freeze isn’t helping either. It got down to -53 wind chill.

I would like to improve my marriage.  We have been spending all of our time on the remodel from hell and our son’s troubles that we have not been working on us for awhile.

The fourth thing I want to pay attention to is painting again.  It has been so long since I have done it.  I really want to get back into it.

The next thing on my mind is to do more reading.  I used to love it. I’ve got a huge stack of books to finish. Plus, I have a wish list of other book titles I want to look at.  So many pages so little time.

Last, I need to finish my to do list that I’ve had for over a year.  It’s over 30 things that do not need attention right away.  The do need to get done.  Since there is no rush they often get put on the back burner.  Do you have one of those “to do” lists? Things on mine include get curtains for the guest room, work on family history, finish beading a bracelet, clean out the laundry room etc. I’m all over the board.

What are some of your resolutions this year?