Sunday, March 20, 2016

Welcome Lucky!

I have been looking for a new dog for over a year now, after our little Pomeranian Ivy died. She was 10 years old and diagnosed with a tumor, it was a very sad ending. It took me a long time to decide to get another dog. I checked the humane society website daily, I looked at an adorable litter of puppies from the shelter and two year old pug who needed a home, but neither seemed to be the dog that fit. I was not sure that adopting a puppy and working would work for me at this time. I kept looking. I even told everyone at work I was looking for the right dog.  

Two weeks ago a friend from work sent me a text to get down to the local shelter, saying that "There is a cute dog that would be perfect." The old owner turned him in because they traveled too much. I saw the photo, filled out my paperwork, and was the first person at the door when they opened. I was not the only one; there were a total of at least 26 others as well as several calls about this dog. I went in on Friday and saw Lucky, who was very nervous but very friendly. He is a 5 year old white Schnauzer. I left that day thinking that I would not even stand a chance with so many people interested in him. 

My daughter and I were driving by the shelter on Saturday and I said, "Lets go see Lucky. I just want you to see him." We took him out to the greeting area. He was busy marking his territory, but when I called him, he came running and jumped on my lap. I asked them when they would be deciding on who got to adopt him and she said "I just decided and it’s you!" They offered a weeklong "babysitting" trial period which we could see if he liked his new environment and we could check out his behavior to see if we fit. After two days, we knew we wanted to adopt him.

Lucky is now formally adopted, well actually it's more a "re-homing" situation. I feel very fortunate to have this dog in my life.  He has been in our home for two weeks. I'm very glad I waited to find the perfect fit and give this dog a forever home. 

Friday, March 11, 2016

"Sláinte!" (Health!/Cheers!)

In 2008 I had a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to Ireland with my Dad and my two girls, it was a trip that I will cherish forever. We saw amazing scenery, met the nicest people, ate wonderful Irish food and stayed in some truly amazing places. We were on a tour bus with a very entertaining tour guide and nice group of people. Our tour included the basics, touring routes, accommodation, and sightseeing in Dublin, Galway (including Connemara & Clare) Killarney, Waterford and Kilkenny. We enjoyed home cooked Irish breakfasts every morning, and true Irish hospitality.

Along with my great memories I brought back several souvenirs which I enjoy decorating with all year long, but especially in March. I always stop to look at Irish decorations and can't help adding to my collection. I have found some nice treasures at Cavanaugh's County Celtic shop in Butte Montana, the people are so friendly and they have a shop full of treasures. Below are some of my Irish decorations including the Belleek and Linens from Ireland.

If I ever get another opportunity to go back to Ireland I will jump at the chance. I can honestly say it was the best trip I've ever had.