Sunny and Unhurried

There are several times a day when I catch myself thinking I need to blog about that, and yet when life gets even remotely busy, the blog gets pushed to the back of the to-do list. These dogs give me so much to reflect on, so much that I want to share with people, but I am not always as diligent about putting pen to paper as I want to be.

Today was another one of those days… I’ve been saying I need to get back on the blog for what seems like days weeks now. I promise things really have been crazy around here. The new year had inspired Ryan and I to make a few job/school changes and for a while there we were working 60+ hours each and overcommitting ourselves to a bunch of other extracurriculars.

Add to the mix a giant Lucy emergency (which she has recovered well from I promise!) and many silly blind dog antics (like the time Beamer tried to run away from Ryan and made it a block from the apartment before being safely caught), and we have crazy.

Thankfully, we came to our senses a couple of weeks ago and rearranged our schedules to acheive some kind of normal (for now anyways), so here I am on the blog again. Except that today I had every intention about reflecting on last month’s emergency vet visit (that left Lucy semi-paralyzed for a few days), but instead I am going with a picture recap of today’s sunset walk.

Can you blame me? A month ago, there was snow on the ground, making it impossible to walk the dogs, especially the one with the bum legs… But today was a happy almost-sixty degrees outside and the first time in what seems like forever that we’ve had a chance to take an easy stroll just the four of us. And there are few things I love more than sunny, unhurried, carefree walks with the family…

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Busy, with dogs

Am I the only who feels guilty when they leave the dog at home? Whether I am going to work, church or just out on a date with my hubby, I always feel a smidge of guilt when I leave the dogs home alone.

Okay, so maybe it’s more than a smidge of guilt that I experience. While I love taking the dogs on hikes and outdoor adventures, I’ve also been known to bring the dogs with me on outings and errands that dogs really don’t find entertaining. I don’t think Ryan realized what he was in for when we all moved in with him until he got to see my own version of separation anxiety up close.

A few years back, I had a big problem with my dog Molly who had some pretty difficult-to-manage-separation-anxiety. And over the years, Lucy has grown increasingly attached to me, which has probably bred a little anxiety of my own. Luckily, we’ve figured out that if left alone she does well when crated with puzzle toys, frozen treats, or even pieces of paper she can shred.

But when it came time for me to look for a job after settling in to a new city, I was pretty hesitant to take on anything more than part-time. The big reason being the dogs.

The truth is that the dogs mostly sleep all day even when I am home. But we have been increasingly in the habit of letting the dogs out several times a day to do their business. They are old and seem to prefer to pee more frequently. And with Lucy’s arthritis, Ryan and I both agree that we would love for her to have the ability to stretch her legs more often.

So when deciding whether I wanted to move to full-time employment (in addition to Ryan and I both also being part-time students), the dogs were definitely a factor we discussed at length. In fact, they were right up there with quality time together. I know that to some, this may sound a little crazy. But for us, that’s the challenge of being busy and having dogs.

So, we are constantly incorporating the dogs into our schedule (and activities when possible). And I know there are those that would dub me the crazy dog lady, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

How do you incorporate the dogs into your busy schedules?

Gassing up the car…
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Checking out a new church…
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En route to our wedding shoot…
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At the company BBQ…
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Holiday Recap in Photos

The holidays just blew by us in this house and threw us right into 2014 full speed! I know we’re not the only ones.

So here is our photo recap…

B perched perfectly between (as usual) on our road trip up to family Thanksgiving

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Lucy got in the turkey spirit!

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Beamer started gearing up for the cold early this year

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I convinced Ryan to let me splurge on handmade stockings for the dogs this year, meanwhile ours were 50 cents from Target

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My Mama sent us this Christmas tree ornament, which included the dogs, to celebrate our first Christmas as a family

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Beamer knew to park it close to the gifts under the Christmas tree at the grandparents’ house

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Lucy & Beamer waited patiently while we opened Christmas gifts

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Patience paid off as they received several giant elk antlers & stuffed animals from family & friends

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Lucy was pleased with her new giraffe

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We enjoyed one Spring-like day between Christmas & New Years, so we all squeezed onto the little balcony for sunbathing & reading

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Then we quickly returned to cold weather & bundling up!

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But the good news is that B is now back to a healthy weight & can fit into his winter coat

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And I swear I saw the love between these two grow!

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We are so lucky to have friends & family who understand my need to include the dogs in the holidays. The best part of this busy season was knowing that Lucy & Beamer were a part of the fun times. After all, dogs are family, right?

Here’s what’s up next in the new year for us: sorting out Lucy’s increasingly painful orthopedic problems with the vet. This is her I-don’t-need-to-go-to-the-vet face…

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