Happy National Dog Day

by / Wednesday, 27 August 2014 / Published in The Journey
Dentist visit = doggy jail

Why, hello again!

We fell off the radar with this blog for a multitude of reasons, which I may get to in coming days and weeks. But today is National Dog Day, so it is a truly appropriate day to begin anew.

Happy National Dog Day to all the furry companions who have every enriched our lives!!!

On January 1st of 2014, we welcomed another furry family member to our little rolling life. Logan is 6 or 7 years old, a Chihuahua like Jerome and was found at a shelter in Kyle, TX, just south of Austin. We went to the Austin Humane Society and they told me that they had just sent him to this other shelter. So off we went to check him out.

2014-08-24 17.19.25I allowed Jerome to pick. There were 3 small dogs at this shelter, so we put them all in the yard together. It was instant friendship between these two. They’ve since become known as the Velcro Boys and the Chi-Bros (Nacho Libros). Jerome has a bestie and I have two cuddle bugs.

Logan’s previous hu-mom had passed away and her son turned Logan into the shelter the next day. While I am curious as to the situation that would have him heading right to giving up the dog, I am also very grateful. Our little family feels very complete.

Living much of my time in solitude as a nomad, the dogs bring me companionship, consistency, a reason to explore and plenty of giggles. Yes, I get attacked with licks pretty much every morning. Wouldn’t have it any other way!

2014-08-17 09.32.58Logan is very athletic, but a bit shy and anxious. Jerome is very fast, although Logan tops him by 3 pounds. Watching them race around, wrestle and generally enjoy one another’s company is a delight. Plus, they create smiles anywhere we walk because it really is super cute to see two dogs that equal 11 pounds together.

 

 

One Year Later

Its been just over a year since I lost Purl to a tragic accident. The one year anniversary laid me out. Completely. I sobbed for hours. I cry often, but the date itself was tough, no lie.

I’ve come to find out that people thought it happened on the Vespa. It did not. Another dog was involved. It was a pure accident, but not while I was riding. I just kind of needed to get that out there, without going into details about what caused Purl’s death. It was no one’s fault, there is no blame to be placed. It just is what it is.

I miss her every single day. The Chi-bros are incredible in their own right, but no one dog replaces another. Purl was one-of-a-kind.

The Dogs We Know and Love

We lost another dog in our family earlier in the year, Simon, the Corgi I had from puppyhood until 11 years old, who then lived with my parents for his final three years. Fourteen for a Corgi is very, very good. It was a sweet and bittersweet passing.

At the end of this past year, my parents got another dog of their own, Ryan. A gorgeous Cavalier King Charles Spaniel rescue- through the Seniors for Seniors Program at North Shore Animal League. This program is hugely supported by Howard Stern’s wife, Beth. This has been a real blessing in my parents life and I am so glad they decided to get another dog. And, so is Jerome! 2014-07-28 18.29.37

Another dog I am grateful for is Lacey, who was my dog until she went to live with my friend Kelly. They are a wonderful pair and it really warms my heart that they have one another.

Last month we took a vacation with one of my closest friends and her dog. We actually met because of the tiny dogs and have stayed friends through multiple moves each. It was terrific to take a road trip together, and the dogs got along very well.

So, I am celebrating National Dog Day with a renewed intention toward this blog, a full heart from canine love and smiles of memories of these and other special dogs that have been in my life. I may travel solo, but I am never truly alone. And for that, I am so grateful!

Please enjoy some more favorite dog images from the past year. Feel free to share something about your own dog in the comments!

 

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