A place where I can come to unwind and let it all out. I'm a very quiet person and hold a lot in. This is my personal, but hardly private place to voice my opinions.
A Tornado Stole Our Hearts
This morning I went outside to feed the birds as usual and Nellie saw something outside the fence on the sidewalk. Our house sits up higher than the sidewalk so as I walked over there I saw the cutest little dog running loose. She looked absolutely terrified of the traffic and since we live between two busy streets I enticed her to come to the back gate.
What a beauty! At first Nellie wasn't very thrilled to have a young whipper snapper running around her yard but soon they began to chase each other around. Over the last 10 years I have saved so many dogs from certain death by putting them in the yard and calling animal control. Most dogs don't have collars or tags so I have no choice but to call. Most dogs I don't let in the house because they pee all over but I let her in. She ran around exploring every room and followed us everywhere. Being a young dog still she had bundles of energy; her and Nellie raced around the living room, up over the couch and everywhere in between.
My husband said she races around like a tornado so that's what we called her. She'd jump up in my lap and Nellie would get up my face to get the same attention. Finally I sat at the table to balance my checkbook and she fell asleep at my feet. Only asleep for about 5 minutes, the animal control guys came. One guy said she was a English Setter and she would surely be missed. They slipped a leash over her neck and pulled her outside and scanned her for a chip; none was found. As they started to go down the stairs, she tried to pull back inside the house. That's all it took, I started crying. How in the heck can you get attached to a dog in 90 minutes? And then when I left the house they were still parked outside and I started crying again worried about her being scared in the truck.
We don't ever talk about getting another dog, we're all pretty set in our ways and our family is fine with just one. But I'll tell ya, this girl sure stole my heart and it was so quiet when I got home this afternoon. She will leave a mark on my soul for a long time to come.
My husband just called animal control to inquire as to if her family had been found but had to leave a message. Just curious mind you; just curious.
This little guy was supposed to be our first guest but his family had to cancel their trip. He's a 13 year old Whippet who mostly sleeps. It's the first time I've ever seen a Whippet. He is one skinny boy, which is what he's supposed to look like. Because of his age though, his spine and hip bones are very noticeable. He reminded me of a 2x4 with legs. Then when he was outside one day, you could see right through his legs and just see the bones! When he's lying in bed, you can actually see his heart beating. I personally like a good sized dog you can give a hearty pat to. I was afraid I was going to break him.
When they first arrived, he was wandering around the house, went into the kitchen where the back door is, then proceeded to come into the living room to pee on the carpet. I guess he was trying to tell us all something but we were busy talking. His family was mortified. I felt worse for them. During the night he woke us up barking and running from door to do…
It's that time of year again when we plan our August vacation. You would think six months in advance could assure you of at least a choice of a few places to stay at a reasonable place. The Oregon coast is a given, no swaying from that destination.
We started at a motel that we have stayed at a few times in Manzanita. Nothing? Nothing. As much as we didn't really want to stay in Cannon Beach, I spent a lot of time looking up availability and prices. So much of their lodging is owned by large companies so when you do a search for availability, you are searching through several properties at once. Prices ranged anywhere from 200 to 600 a night; and we wanted to stay six. No can do said I, the tightwad. It's just never been this hard before. They have totally outpriced the average family in that town.
I headed back toward Manzanita and further south. As towns gets smaller, there are less places to stay, but they are cheaper. I looked at Rockaway Beach, where we have stayed be…
.......our first house guest, Gracie. She's a 5 year old Shih Tzu and is as sweet as can be. She's pretty mellow, more of a couch potato but does have some playful moments. She's used to sleeping with her people and since I am a basement dweller, The Kid took on that task. Not used to sharing her bed, she didn't sleep well and ended up on the couch with Gracie in tow. I'm not sure what tonight will bring but it's been real fun having her around.
At first I think Hubby was not too keen on the idea of pet sitting, but as Gracie sat on his lap last night I could see his resolve melting. This was just my solution to missing Nellie so much. And it's because she was such a good dog, it made this decision easier to follow through with.
My appointment calendar is filling up too. Next weekend I will start a 10 day job (in owner's home) watching over a dog and two cats. It's only about 20 minutes from home and 10 minutes from my Mom's so I'll be able t…