LAST Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving 2016 was the first time my mom showed me how to “do” Thanksgiving.  Her little boy, Ralph, a Tennessee rescue, and Gerry were also VERY interested! Look at Gerry’s tail in the last photograph!  This year we’re RI bound.

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one of the few things I miss….

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..just browsing through photos…

…and I found this picture from the first trip Gerry took to RI.  He’d never experienced a screened in porch and l-0-v-E-d, loved it.

The yellow birdbath was also near bird feeders, which brought SQUIRRELS! Gerry sat, mesmerized at the lawn full of critters, and this moment is when he finally stood up, as if to say, “Mom, can we go out there?” which is why I’m smiling.

My dad, Gerry, and me in Westerly, Rhode Island.  My home state, and home which I lived in since I was ten years old.  Those are my dad’s sexy knees to the right which I’ve proudly inherited!

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I have a strong feeling…

..that Gerry has ruined me for any other breed.  David confessed he felt similarly…I just Can’t let myself expect that similarities will be rediscovered….and remind myself that each dog is an individual.  However, I just can’t see myself with another breed of dog, if it’s not a Lab…Let life play a trick on me,  I’m ready for that too, are you kidding me?!

I’m a realist.  I  loved some of Gerry’s gentle ways despite his size…the way he would act like a cat and bat a tennis ball around with his front paw(s), while lying on his back….or how he would LOVE to catch tennis balls down the hall and in the kitchen when it was too rainy or snowy to go outside.   All this being said..I just love dogs.

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Dog sitting

My next door neighbors are the kind that money can’t buy and only if you get lucky.  I was more than blessed when I found this house, was able to afford it and then met my neighbors.  Jeanine had four children and a live in boyfriend, now husband, Mike.  I’ve written about the girls before, and showed you photos, but they have two brothers as well.  Long story short, I love that family as my own.  ANY time I needed them to, they let Gerry out, fed him, let him sleep over.  They loved him.  Who couldn’t?

This summer, the oldest daughter Caitlin adopted a shepherd mix rescue at 8 months.  Arley is her name.  She was very barky at first, and so Gerry didn’t even want to try to get to know her…his gentle soul would have loved too, but even though she was much smaller, she barked, and he showed no interest in her (smart boy).

Well, tonight, I am returning one of many favors, and am having Arley sleep over.  When I tell you that I woke up in a bad mood about this, will you understand?  When I tell you that it feels like a betrayal to touch another dog, or let it snuggle up to you, does that make sense?  I couldn’t say “no” to them, because I love them, and I know my brain and heart are in conflict…..but do you think Gerry will understand, looking down at me?  I feel nervous, and guilty, and a little bit excited.  It’s not a replacement AT ALL, my BOY….just a kindness I owe them, because they took care of you and loved YOU as their own.  I won’t apologize, but YOU will be in my heart the whole time.

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