What a week! The bombings in Boston and the chaos and fear that followed until the capture of the other suspect. My hometown. Even as far west as Newton was on lock down status. Wellesley, where I grew up, is the next town after Newton. So incredible to read all of the tweets, facebook comments and photos of friends and family members that were so deeply impacted by this international tragedy. So glad to see tonight, one week later, that Boston is on the mend.
I have decided to go off course for my blog today and introduce the new additions to my family.
In order of their “adoption,” ( I use the term loosely, ) one came on purpose, two came by accident/destiny?
First up, Luke. I decided to go ahead and adopt another dog for our family, primarily to play with and help exhaust our choc. lab, Duke. My husband and I decided he needed a constant playmate. Our oldest dog, Polo, is turning 11 this year and is not so keen on keeping up with 2 year old Duke. My daughter Hannah and I made our way to the Horry County Shelter to see what kind of dogs were up for adoption. We decided to pick a older, bigger dog – one that perhaps people might over-look. I saw this big, white dog, looking so loving and I asked that he be brought out so we could take him for a walk. Unfortunately, he was SO big, that I brought him back and asked for my other choice. This beautiful, sweet looking white lab mix, was positively ecstatic when his cage was opened, was going to be ours. All he did, the whole time he was with us in the get-familiar area was hug us, literally. He would jump up and put his paws around our waist’s. Like he was saying, “you can’t leave me here, take me with you.” And that is what we did. It took all of about 10 minutes to decide on this dog, and we haven’t looked back. After his first Vet visit, we found out he was a little older than Duke. Has likely been physically abused and kept in a cage most of his life. Did not know how to play with a ball or do anything fun. He continues to be very skittish with any loud sound or sudden movement. But he is our’s and we love him!
Meet Big Boy and Teddy. I found Big Boy on the median of a very busy highway in my town. He was tiny and just sitting on the edge of the grass, so close to the pavement. I drove by and kept going. Couldn’t live with the guilt so I turned around and tracked him down out of the bushes that he dove into when he saw me coming. He was tiny, and filthy. I took him home and nursed him a bit in my studio. Funny thing happens when you actually feed a kitten – they grow! He must have been out there for some time, because as soon as I fed him on a regular basis, he grew so fast. That’s why his name is big boy – he went from this tiny kitty to a Big Boy in a matter of months. He is the sweetest cat I have ever come across, hardly ever makes a peep. But he is healthy and a new member of the family.
About a month after I brought Big Boy home, my animal loving daughter Hannah called me from a local drive-thru restaurant. There was a tiny tiger kitten sitting below the speaker she was ordering from. Could she please bring it home and put it in my studio with Big Boy? What am I going to say – “no, leave a little kitten there?” So, that is how we now have Teddy. He is so sweet, must be the runt of the litter because he is still on the small side.
How are we all getting along? Took some time initially. I am happy to report that our animal contingent pretty much tolerate’s and play with each other. Love to watch some of their encounters with each other. I am thankful that we have a large yard and plenty of space for them to roam, and can pay for quality food and Vet care. Bringing these kittens into a local shelter was not an option for me. Our local shelters are over-flowing with kittens and cats.
Duke and Luke get along great. We think they really have fun together and keep each other company when Brian and Me are not around.
I will not be adopting any more animals, anytime soon. I am over my limit, pet wise. What I will say is that there are so many beautiful dogs and cats, of every size, shape and age, waiting to be adopted out of a cage setting and into the right family setting. Please consider your local shelter when thinking of bringing a pet into your life. Luke, Big Boy and Teddy would probably agree with me.
Loving My Life.