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God And Dog

Today Greg found this wonderful video by Wendy Francisco.  This darling song has also been made into a children’s book by the same title, “God and Dog”.  You can purchase it on Amazon by clicking here.

If you have and love dogs like I do – then this is for you today.  Watch it and smile 🙂

 

God Bless

What’s The Deal?

Yesterday we visited a couple of animal shelters on the east side of Seattle.  They are impressively run – have informed and knowledgeable staff on hand.  The website is up to date and colorful.  Many animals pictured in need of fostering or adoption.  Because we too want to do our part – “save a life” and all that, we first turned to those places when thinking about a companion dog for our year old Bichon Frise puppy.

The choice to get a dog in the first place is a hard one.  We took our time.  We researched and researched.  We were appalled at the price of puppies.  Even more shocked at the price of adoption from a shelter!  We decided on a Bichon Frise puppy from a breeder some 150 miles from our home – got to meet both parents on site – was happy with the breeder who LOVES these dogs and owns 3 adult dogs herself.  The temperament fit with our lifestyle.  And we knew what we were getting and could train her to be used to music students coming and going out of our house.

Choosing to get a 2nd dog is even worse than deciding on the first one.  When visiting the shelters it became apparent to us that not just any dog was going to fit the bill for us.  We found a few cute little dogs – but upon further inspection, there was something about them that we knew would be an issue.  One poor little thing was what Greg called “street smart” or “kennel smart” and had all her defensive’s on HIGH ALERT.  Who can blame her?  It’s a “dog eat dog” (no pun intended) world out there – calling for growling and barking at all the other cell mates.  Most of them did this incessantly – something we are not used to.

I’ve searched on-line like Ebay Classified for pets (this is where we found Daisy) and Craig’s List in our area.  There are MANY dogs and puppies on there.  Problem?  Most want an obscene amount of money.  It doesn’t surprise me when they are purebred, even though we did NOT spend very much on our pure bred (and she has papers too) because our breeder believed that even people who don’t have much money should have the awesome opportunity to own a Bichon.  I have really appreciated that.  Especially now.  But what really surprises me are those that sell mixed breed puppies for $400 and up!  Good grief.

The adoption fee at animal shelters for a small dog or mixed breed is MORE than what we paid for our pure bred puppy over a year ago!  We just can’t justify it.  It seems to me that we would have more people adopting animals if people could AFFORD it.  I mentioned this to one of the workers who was helping us at the shelter.  I don’t think she appreciated it.  They should interview families and care more about the care and love that these dogs will receive than recovering their “fees” for boarding these dogs.

The bottom line is this:  We would like a companion puppy for our Bichon Frise.  Even though my husband and I work from home and have plenty of time with her – I think she might appreciate another dog to wrestle and play with.  I think it must get lonely for her.  We were told that a male small dog would be the best playmate for our female.  Also a consideration would be a similar temperament dog – like another Bichon, a miniature poodle or a mix of either of these two with other small breeds.  A low maintenance dog will be best because of the high cost of grooming.  But we simply can’t afford the high costs that everyone is asking.  We would have liked to “rescue” a dog – but to rescue a dog who is already an adult and set in their ways is a risk to bring into our home.  It is simply not an option for our dog and for our home and even if it was – we cannot afford the adoption fee.  What we are really looking for is another puppy we can train and who will be raised to fit into our lifestyle and our other dog.  An owner who cares more about that puppy getting an excellent loving and attentive family – then making $500-$1000 on each pup.

I know that many animal activists are not going to like my opinion on this.  But the only way my opinion will change on this is to lower the cost for people to adopt and more people could enjoy having a their first dog or would maybe be willing to adopt a second one.   We cry out “save a life” – “save a dog or cat” and then make it so difficult to own one.  Dogs are expensive – need grooming, shots, good food and a lot of time and energy.  Why make them SO expensive to purchase, knowing how expensive they will be to own?

We were lucky.  We never thought we would be able to own a pure bred like our Daisy.  She is a gift and a little miracle to our family.  We need another miracle puppy to take into our home and love.

Do your research – there are breeders out there not looking to make money – just looking for loving families to take care of their animals.  The right one will care more about you than your money.

Just something to think about.

God Bless

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




Moments With Baxter

I saw this dog on facebook several month ago.  And I may have even seen it on some blog sites as well.  Today it was once again brought to my attention and I thought I would dig a little more into the background story on this special dog.

Baxter was part Golden Retriever and part Chow. He lived to be 19 1/2 – and the last 4 years of his life as a certified therapy dog. Please enjoy watching the story of how he came to be a therapy dog, in the first video (and watch for the cute Bichon dog close to the end) and in the second one – see him making his rounds with his owner at the hospital – bringing love and comfort.

There are some things that are unexplainable in this life – and there is a mystery surrounding the touch of animals – but no one can dispute that they have a special ability to touch the heart and soothe the soul. I’m sure you will be touched by hearing and seeing how an elderly dog can bring joy to so many hurting and dying patients.

God Bless


What Are You Waiting For?

richard  gere and hachi in Hachi

Image by WorthingTheatres via Flickr

Last night I re-watched a true story about a dog named ‘Hachiko – a dog’s tale’ with Richard Gere.  A special bred of dog who bonds so uniquely with one person his whole life.

Such was the story of this dog and his master.  A dog that would wait for his master to come home each night on a train – sometimes waiting hours in the same spot across from the doors of the train station – just waiting until he saw him come out.

The dog even sensed something bad was about to happen and acted strangely the day that his master left for work one day on the train.  It was the day his master had a fatal heart attack – and never came home.

Undaunted, Hachi spent the rest of his life waiting for him to come off the train – sitting and waiting everyday for him to appear and walk out of the train station.  He waited – and his master never came.

Such fierce loyalty and devotion.  He would not be dissuaded.  Dogs do not understand death – or absence of someone they love.  Others tried to get him to go on with life, take him away – but he would always run away when he had the chance and continue to wait, day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year.

This was based on a true story – and made into a movie – the real ‘Hachi’ waited for 9 years for his master and died in 1934.  It was so unusual that a monument was made with a likeness of the dog – waiting outside the train station for all to see.

Do we have the same fierce loyalty to other people in our lives, or to what we believe in – or to God himself?  If someone observed us – would they say of us that we were eternally optimistic about life – waiting for the day?  Not allowing other events, people or circumstances to sway us from our faith – our life?

I’m almost embarrassed to admit it – I HATE waiting for anything.  I can not just ‘wait it out’ when I’m in a terrible spot emotionally – or physically.  It is very difficult.  I pout and rant and rave – and claim, ‘UNFAIR’ – when I know deep down inside that waiting for things I don’t understand will produce things in my character and help me become more like Jesus.  But I am unwilling to do it – at least with a good attitude.  And wait in silence?  Never.  Patience and waiting for things – like the reasons and answers for the questions – never comes easy to me.  I want so badly to be more understanding in my ‘waiting’ – to know God more – to let go of myself and my limited perception and just….trust.  But like you – it is a struggle for me.

What are you waiting for?  Do you have the courage to hang on – when you may never get the answer you seek? Can you just…..wait?

 

I am praying for you

God Bless

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