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Lessons From The Bully Stick

Daisy

I received a delightful lesson yesterday from my puppy.  Daisy is a pure bred Bichon Frisé and full of love and playfulness.  Yesterday I had a very full day of teaching and Greg was off removing Christmas lights off houses far and wide.  Every once in a while before the heavy part of my teaching began I was able to take little breaks from preparing – and go play with Daisy with all her toys.  We played tug-a-war for a few minutes, I chased her with the Swiffer (her personal favorite thing to do as she gets all excited and jumps, runs and barks) and squeaked all the squeaky toys making a lot of noise for her.  After a time she tired of all these things and found the bully stick in the picture above and proceeded to chew on it – quite forgetting all about me, or so it seemed to me.  I waited until she was fully occupied and then tried to sneak out of the room and back into my office.  Immediately upon my rising from the recliner in the family room – she was ON ALERT and fully abandoned what she was doing and rose to follow me.

This was such a curious thing to me.  Especially as she seemed to be ignoring me.  But clearly SHE knew I was still there.  And she still needed an audience and full approval from me.

I experimented.  I brought her bully stick into my office.  I set it on the mat in the picture.  Nothing.  I sat in my office chair and told her, “get your chew stick”.  The result of that conversation is the picture above.  “What chew stick?”

It was a great lesson for me.  It was me that she wanted all along.  And as long as I am with her in the same room paying undivided attention to her – she will play with them.  But she will take me over the toys any day.  The toys always come in second.

I think that God must feel like that with us.  He allows us to be preoccupied and distracted.  But at the end of the day – He just wants us.  No toys and other time-wasters.  Just pure devotional and heart-felt recognition.  Peace and comfort from just being together.  He wants to be first.

When was the last time that I gave that kind of un-distracted kind of attention to my maker, Saviour, brother and friend?  He deserves my full attention and more.  Clearly I am too busy if I do not have time each day to bask in His presence.

Help me Lord to stay focused on what is the most important.  Giving you first place in my schedule.  Every day.  With my full attention.  Help me to listen and learn.  Respond and act clearly.  Seeing the most important.  Change my heart.  Make my heart break with what breaks yours.  Keep me in tune.  Amen

The Real Protector

We have a puppy.  A little dog who will never be much more than 10 or 11 pounds.  She is a lot of fun – and to be sure, so much more than I ever thought possible because she seems so human.  But I will never feel protection from her.  Just a lot of love.

This is our 10 month old Bichon Frise named Daisy. 
She is a wonderful dog.  She likes to cuddle and play, be silly – and loves to make us laugh by dragging a shoe or slipper off and then turning to see our reaction.  She is not destructive like I’ve heard so many breeds of dogs can be – especially when left alone for long periods of time.  When we come home from being gone – nothing is disturbed – and we know she just runs upstairs to our bed and sleeps.  She is gentle and LOVES people – sometimes too much and gets TOO excited when first greeting them, but then soon calms down and enjoys just being near anyone.  She follows me everywhere – my little shadow, hanging on my every word.

But Daisy is NOT a watch dog.  I’m glad I was somewhat prepared for this before deciding on the right breed for us.  I wanted a companion dog – Greg works a lot at night and knew it would be important to have the right kind of dog to keep me company.  And having a dog around I just knew I would be safer as the dog would alert me,  bark or growl and scare away prowlers and the like – at least I thought.  

However, Bichons are lovers not fighters.  Alas – that sweet cottony white angel is too gently and timid to be much of a menacing presence to scare anyone.  But they like to think they are.  For example:  she will be out in the yard playing, something will spook her, like the dogs barking next door and she will run in the doggie door and look through the french doors to the backyard and BARK AND BARK her head off.  Even occasionally HOWL and GROWL with such LOUD DETERMINATION – all the while safe in her own home.  It is quite humorous and this can go on for a very long time – until she feels the danger has passed – or that she has exerted herself for long enough to tell “them” a thing or two.

Unfortunately for me – she also feels the need to “alert” me – or “them” of her superiority in the “wee” hours while Greg is out and I am trying to sleep.  It can be very alarming to be awakened out of a deep sleep with Daisy barking before even raising her head and then flying off the bed to tell “whomever’ or ‘whatever’ that she is the boss of this house.   This behavior puts me in such a state of panic – I actually think there really is someone in the house – especially when she won’t stop growling standing firmly on the upstairs banister – staring straight down into the dark downstairs.   Yikes.  The first time it happened, several weeks ago, I was quite alarmed, thinking there really was someone in the house.  I turned on my iPhone and called Greg.  He said it was probably nothing – and sure enough – it was.  It did freak me out a little though, if I’m honest.  It does not happen every night – just enough to throw me off, keep me a little off-balance and really mess with me!

Last night it happened again.  But by now I have realized what makes her jump thinking the neighbors have probably just come home and opened up their garage door, which sounds a great deal like ours when it opens.  Daisy is waiting for “Daddy” to get home and is always sleeping with one eye open – waiting for that glorious moment when she can fly down the stairs to meet him 🙂  We both know the real protector of our home –

It’s Greg.

God Bless

Driving Miss “Daisy”

Many of you know that my husband and I became parents again – and at our age too!  No – it’s not a human baby, although we have raised two children and they now have homes of their own.  No – this time we took on a puppy – and not just any puppy.  A very special Bichon Frise puppy – all curly white, pink tummy and joyful bundle of happiness  🙂

We’ve been waiting since July for the day where we would go pick her up and drive her home.  There have been a few twists and turns along the way – which made the waiting harder – but wait we did.  Two weeks ago we went to visit and pick out just which special puppy would be “Daisy”.  And  at the right time where she was old enough to leave home – we took the journey to go and get her – this past Sunday.

Now I have not been the parent of a “baby”  human or otherwise – in 20 years.  So this was no easy task – I can assure you.  And although she is very good – and really smart – she is still a baby and very needy – more for attention than anything.  She does not like me out of her sight – so when she is “passed out” after eating, doing her business outside and playing hard – I have a few minutes to myself to shower, dress or anything else that needs doing without a puppy in tow.

Daisy is a sweet bundle of love.  Well worth the inconvenience for a few nights of adjustment without the usual amount of sleep,  to make sure she is comfortable and safe.  And since Bichon’s prefer human company over anything else – she not only sleeps with us at night – but stretches out and takes up most of the bed too!

For those of you that have had a puppy – or a Bichon Frise dog of any age – I think you’ll agree that they are worth the effort and give lots of humorous moments, love and sweetness – all the while looking adorable and cuddly.

I’ve met many new friends online who also have one of these special dogs and have discovered a bond of friendship with them, sharing our love of puppies and experiences with them.  And I’ve had countless support from many of my friends who have either a dog or cat – and think of them very much as their own children.  The love and encouragement have been priceless over the past several months and I feel as if I look at things in a strange new way, like a whole new world has opened up to me.

And I think – what a creative God we have!   He even cares about little puppies and made each of them with love and care – attention to detail that bring out a very special tugging at our heartstrings when we see them.  Recently I saw a program about puppies.  There is a chemical released in our brain when we are around a puppy – bringing out pure joy and happiness.  How many have said they love “puppy breath” and wish they could bottle it?   Me too.  Yes – there’s something about a puppy.

Below is a picture of our little Miss “Daisy” and a video too.

You know the saying, “puppy dogs, rainbows and ice cream”?  Well now I say it with new meaning and understanding.  There’s nothing better than a puppy 🙂

God Bless

Deferring To The One Not Sleep Challenged

My assignment today was to write about a recent event hosted at my home with fellow blogging buddies (and personal friends) from the West Coast, AKA – West Coast Ninja’s. However – I am WAY to tired and over stimulated due to our recent trip to the Tri-Cities yesterday to pick up our new addition – 6 1/2 week old Daisy, a Bichon Frise puppy.  And although she is mostly very good – she DOES take up the WHOLE bed and I did not have my usual amount of sleep for the last two night – the first in anticipation of going to get her – and last night – her first time home with us.

However, while I may have no brain cells left to write coherently on the subject of our wild and wonderful adventure – my good friend, Deanna has written about it in the following article. Egg timers, Oreo Castles and Twitter…with Cindy’s delicious cheese dip.  I thought it was so clever – so I invite you to check it out. In the article – please find links to the other fellow bloggers from this great event and see what they have to say about the AWESOME West Coast Ninja’s!

God Bless!

Oh – and “Hi” from Daisy 🙂

Meeting A Certain Miss “Daisy”

Daisy is the name of a certain Bichon Frise puppy that we are adopting in two weeks.  We went to meet her yesterday where she lives with her mom, dad and brothers and sisters – almost 4 hours from our home.

When we arrived we were greeted by the breeder, Monica and all the adult Bichons, Tara, Meggie (the mom) and Gig (the dad).  They were warm, loving and embracing upon first meeting us in the yard and followed us into the house with kisses and hugs.  Monica then took us downstairs to where the puppies were and they have to be the cutest and sweetest puppies I have EVER SEEN.  All fluffy white little clouds of “puff” with big black eyes and noses.  They all wanted to be picked up and held and we tried to hold all of them.

When “Daisy” the tiniest one of the bunch was handed to me, she was shaky and not too sure about the strange new people – but after a few minutes we were great friends.  Her sister really seemed to like me too – and is only a little bigger than Daisy.  It took me a few minutes to see how they both would react to me – or “choose me”.  And once Daisy was back in my arms again and began licking and chewing on my fingers – the choice seemed pretty clear.  When a puppy does this and looks you right in the eye as if to say, “you’re mine” – it’s all over.

Needless to say we took many videos and many pictures too.  And we have such wonderful memories we were able to take back home that will always be with us.

I would say that this puppy got into our hearts – and we feel very blessed.

Enjoy the following videos from our adventure with “Daisy”.

God Bless




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