“Just A Dog” – Author Unknown

I’ve read this wonderful poem before, but it really spoke to me again today as I get to know my precious puppy more and more and as I watch my aging elder dog slow down a little more almost every day, it seems.  They have been magic in my life and have loved me when I didn’t feel loved by anyone else.

Dogs are truly a gift from God above!

Just A Dog

From time to time, people tell me,
”Lighten up, it’s just a
dog,” or
“That’s a lot of money for just a dog.”
They don’t
understand the distance traveled,
the time spent,
or the costs involved for “just a dog.”

Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.”
Many hours have passed, and my only
company was “just a dog,”
but I did not once feel slighted.

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a dog,”
and in those days of darkness,
the gentle touch of “just a dog”
gave me comfort
and reason to overcome the  day.

If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,”
then you probably
won’t understand phrases like
“just a friend,” “just a sunrise,”
or “just a promise.”

“Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of
friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy.

“Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience
that makes me a better person.

Because of “just a dog,” I will rise early,
take
long walks and look longingly to the future.
So for me
and folks like me, it’s not “just a dog,”
but an embodiment
of all the hopes and dreams of the future,
the fond
memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment.

“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and
diverts my
thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.

 I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a dog,”
but the thing that gives me humanity and

keeps me from being “just a man or woman.”
So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog,”
just smile — because they “just don’t understand.”

– Author Unknown

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Check Out “The Cheap – Nook Deals”

I just realized that I have not yet blogged about the Nook that I received as a gift earlier this year, and I will most definitely do that very soon, along with a few of the great books that I have read so far this year.  For now, though, I would like to share a new site that has been created as of today to share free and discounted e-books for the Nook.  This is the result of two popular sites that have now merged their resources on Nook finds, and I have regularly checked both sites each week for deals with great results.  I am quite happy that they have now combined their efforts, and the new site is even better than before as far as ease of use and the ability to find books that I am interested in reading.  The site’s owners obviously do a lot of research to find so many great freebies and discounted reads (that are actually good), and I am excited about this new direction that they are taking as of today.

The site is called “The Cheap – Nook Deals.”  Check it out if you have a Nook device or a free Nook app for your computer or mobile device.  I have also linked the site under the “Fun” listing on the right side of this page, along with their “piggy” page logo, and they can also be found on Twitter at @theCheapNook.  I am a big fan, and if you are a Nook user, I think you will be, too.  I am all about saving money, even though I don’t mind occasionally paying full price for a book that I really want to read, too.  It’s nice to have options!

Happy Reading!

D

A New Love in My Life

Several years ago, we lost our family pet poodle that was seventeen years old.  She was a miniature poodle, and both of our kids literally grew up with her.  She was truly one of the family, as was her younger “big” (standard) brother that came along several years later.  Losing our precious family pet was harder on me than anyone else in our family, probably because that’s just how I roll.  I get very attached to both people and animals, and I cried for days and weeks off and on after she died.  We have enjoyed “big” brother and so blessed to still have in as a family pet, even though he is now thirteen years old, but ever since big sis’s passing, I’ve had a hole in my heart where she was.

Despite this gaping hole in my heart, I realized that I probably was not ready to get another dog to replace her.  I needed time to mourn her passing and really think whether or not I wanted another dog, since I am already past fifty and not getting any younger.  I also love to travel, and I thought long and hard about adding a second dog back into our lives and how it might impact the travel we would like to do while we are able to do so.  Sometimes, I think I over-think things, though, and that is definitely what I did on this decision by waiting so long to “think” this over.  I think I knew all along that I needed another four-legged love in my life in addition to “big” brother.

We picked up our new sweetie on Sunday after a few days of exhaustive searching for a standard poodle puppy in the price range we wanted to pay.  We were quite stunned to find how much some of them sell for these days, too.  Since we only wanted a loving pet, not a dog to show or breed, we kept looking beyond the expensive breeders.  I would love to have adopted a standard poodle, but there are no rescue groups within a reasonable drive of where we live.  My husband finally located a newspaper ad for some puppies in a town about two hours away, and off we went to check them out.  The only female in the litter was soon to be ours, and what a sweetie pie she is… Mon Cherie!  (My Sweetheart)

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Our new standard poodle puppy at 10 weeks!

She is possibly the cutest, softest, most loveable little four-legged creature on the planet, too… but that’s just me.  She also weighed in at 11 pounds, 4 ounces on her first visit to the vet on Monday, and she is a healthy little girl all around.  Her owners opted to not have the tails of the puppies cropped at birth, too.  We will possibly revisit that when she is old enough to be spayed at six months of age, but right now, that long curly tail is just pretty darn cute.

Here’s to many puppy hugs in the days to come!

D