|Eric, Kelly, and Josie|
What a week or two it has been! Last Sunday I had a wonderful visit from Eric, Kelly, and Josie and I was so very grateful that they were able to fit that into their busy schedule since this week was big for both Eric and me. I had sinus surgery on Wednesday, which I am still trying to recover from, and Eric ran the Bighorn 100 mile trail endurance run Friday and Saturday, finishing 60th out of 115 finishers, with a time of 29 hours 51 minutes 46 seconds, and I would imagine he is going to be recovering from that over the next few days/weeks! Congratulations Eric!
|Eric, Poosa, Kelly, and Josie|
And then I heard from my daughter, Pamela, first time in 14 years, and we are now texting! I'm having to learn how to text and also how to keep my phone charged and how to discover when I have text messages other than tweets, but I am learning and there couldn't be a better incentive! Reconnecting with Pamela has definitely brought me a joy beyond all belief!
|Oliver and Poosa|
I'm not sure what trauma Oliver went through before he came to me. His teeth were so bad that Dr. Nell had to remove most of them (he now has only 12 teeth, out of the 42 most dogs have). There was mention from the foster mom about Oliver living with toddlers who were allowed to terrorize him, but I think there must have been much more to his early life, as he is not only very shy, another scared little rabbit in our family, but he doesn't feel entitled to anything!
|Poosa and Oliver|
Then for the dogs, we have Chauncey who was a rescued dog found at the side of the road when he was about 1 year old, but he lived on a farm in Eastern Washington for another four years and then his family went through a divorce, and I was fortunate enough to be able to adopt him. He fit in right away and has ruled the doggie world in my home now for 8 years. He also knows he is entitled to care and he definitely sees to it that his needs are met. Poosa lived her first 5 years at a breeders and then I adopted her last year. From the beginning it was clear that while she was a timid soul, jumping at loud noises (she still runs every time my steamer turns off!), and while she'd never known a dog bed or a dog toy, she certainly had not been mistreated as she also is excellent at feeling entitled and getting her needs met--just ask anyone who comes over as Poosa makes sure she gets lots of extra loving.
I know that we are a good fit, Oliver and I, and that we can help each other to heal. And I know that the other two dogs as well as the cats will help us as well. Our family has grown and another injured soul has been rescued! We now consist of one human, three dogs, and three cats, 4 female, 3 male (hey, we females have to keep the upper hand!). This is a perfect time for Oliver to settle in as my calendar was already cleared off because of my surgery and my schedule is much quieter in the summer anyway, so Oliver will get settled in nicely now and never again will he be hurt or mistreated. He can learn that he is definitely worthy of having his needs met, he is entitled to all the love and care we can show him and he will give that love back doubled in spades! Welcome, Oliver, to our family!