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Loss

We had to say goodbye last night to our 13 year old golden retriever, Chance. We first met Chance when he was a year and a half old. We adopted him from a family going through divorce, and the young boy who had to give him up to move into an apartment that didn’t allow dogs was heartbroken. We let him visit with Chance for a few months to ease the transition for both of them.

Chance adjusted well and enjoyed his new home with us, even our cat Sammy,and we eventually added other pets to the family.  We lost Sammy and added new cats Willis and Selena. We adopted a new old dog, Roxie, whose family was moving to Texas. She was thirty pounds overweight and as we took weight off her, would get so hungry she would steal bread off the counter. We added a cute puppy, Darwin, who turned into a wonderful therapy dog. We lost Selena, probably to a coyote, her body was never found. We lost Roxie to cancer, and she died in my arms. We added another cute puppy, Edison, at the suggestion of the breeder we got Darwin from, to keep Darwin company when Chance was gone.

And so last night, be lost Chance, who had ruptured discs in his neck, couldn’t walk, and was in a lot of pain. When the pain became too much for him and for us, we let him go.

And now there are Darwin, and Edison, and our old cat, Willis.

But losing Chance has been the hardest loss of all of our pets. We was a wonderful dog and friend, and I’ll miss him terribly.

Peaceful

It’s always great when things that were going wrong with your world begin to go right again. I’m feeling really peaceful and enjoying the quiet of the moment and the peace I am feeling. In about a minute I’ll get up to feed the dogs, and they will fill the space with their energy. But this moment, just now, is peaceful and calm.

Hope all is well in your world, too.

Spontaneous Treats

“Dogs come to quantum physics in a better position than most humans. They approach the world with fewer preconceptions than humans, and always expect the unexpected…If dog treats appeared out of empty space in the middle of a kitchen, a human would freak out, but a dog would take it in stride. indeed, for most dogs, the spontaneous generation of treats would be vindication — they always expect treats to appear at any moment for no obvious reason.”

— “How to Teach Physics to Your Dog” by Chad Orzel

Well, of course — if dogs ruled the world, bones would rain from the sky! And the world might be a better place..

New Puppy, New Toys

It always amuses me to see how new technology plays into our lives, and the things that we end up focusing on using different tools. With a new puppy in the house, I’ve had less time for my more serious contemplative thinking and blogging, and have turned to the lightweight tools of Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook which I can enjoy and play with in a few moments of time rather than long uninterrupted blocks of thought time. And I use Google Reader to keep up with all the hundreds of blogs I read.

You would think I might do similar things with all these tools, but no, they end up being very different sorts of creatures. On Tumblr, I’m enjoying a mix of gorgeous photography, humorous posts, and short inspirational quotes and writings. On Twitter, I’ve ended up following neighborhood restaurants that feature organic and local foods, and my favorite craft brewers, as well as friends around the world, news personalities abd news aggregators, and also some inspirational quotes and writings. On Facebook it’s a mix of high school and political friends and blog friends. My blog posts feed into my Tumblr account, my Tumblr feeds my Twitter account, and it all flows into Facebook eventually. So I guess I maintain some sense of connection. My Google Reader shared posts are available from a tab on my blog or in the Google Reader share that my friends read.

And all of this fits into the theme I developed for this year of being open to change, open to new things, and opening up myself to new media, new experiences, new circumstances. My deepest communications this year have been reconnections with old friends, bringing these long term relationships into new arrangements. I’ll be spending a week in Hawaii soon with one of my oldest and dearest girlfriends from high school and our husbands, But the new is here as well — with the new puppy, new toys, new ways of talking with old friends. We’re redoing our front yard, making it more drought-tolerant, upgrading the landscaping with new walls and steps, more structure but using less of more precious resources like water, and restoring native plants to the space.

Restructuring and repurposing our own lives has become ever more important in a world of rapidly changing communication and technology. Finding the balance of the new and making room for it with the old seems to be the major focus of my life right now.

Surf Dog Ricochet Raises Over $8200 for Quadriplegic Surfer

Go Ricochet!!

San Diego, Calif. — Ricochet, the “Surfin’ for Paws-abilities” surf dog, exceeded her fund raising goals, and won 2nd place in the large dog category at the Surf City Surf Dog event on October 11th in Huntington Beach.

Ricochet has been leading a fund raising campaign for Patrick Ivison, a 15-year-old quadriplegic adaptive surfer for the last several months. As part of these efforts, she and Patrick performed a tandem surf demonstration at the Surf City Surf Dog event last Sunday with the goal of raising funds, as hundreds of onlookers enjoyed the tandem pair.

Ricochet’s fund raising goals were twofold: Raise enough money to cover the $2000 cost of Patrick’s new service dog, Kona from Pawsitive Teams, a local service dog organization. And, raise at least $5000 for Patrick’s intense physical therapy at Project Walk.

The WebMD Health Foundation, who is thrilled to help Patrick reach his goals, made a kick off donation of $3600, which helped Ricochet raise a total of $8200. Donations are still being accepted — to donate, click here.

Despite injuring her paw two days before the event, Ricochet was determined to do her job for Patrick, and competed in the large dog category of the surf dog competition, where she placed first. Ricochet then went on to the finals where she won 2nd place in the large dog category, and Patrick happily accepted her prize. But, Ricochet says “The best prize was raising more than $8200 for Patrick, and doing our tandem rides, which put a huge smile on Patrick’s face!”

Patrick suffered a C4/5 spinal cord injury as a result of an un-insured driver backing a car over him when he was a child. Patrick was diagnosed quadriplegic, and has used a wheelchair ever since, but uses an adaptive board to surf.

Ricochet was slated to be a service dog for people with disabilities, but had to be released from that role due to her strong drive to chase birds and other small animals, which could be dangerous to a person with a disability. She went from service dog to SURFice dog, and is now fundraising for charitable causes.

via CityDog Blog: Surf Dog Ricochet Raises Over $8200 for Quadriplegic Surfer.

Regrets… I've had a few…

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“Oh, Lord, it is not the sins I have committed that I regret, but those which I have had no opportunity to commit” — Ghalib

“Nowadays most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes” — Oscar Wilde

“Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart”
— Basil Rathbone

“I have no regrets. I wouldn’t have lived my life the way I did if I was going to worry about what people were going to say.” — Ingrid Bergman

Diggin' It

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VIa I has a hotdog

This pup reminds me of mine today — they have a golden-sized hole about a foot deep dug on the side of the house right now to keep cool. Fortunately the dirt is dry and fine enough not to stick to them. Hubby had to put pavers down next to the gate so they couldn’t dig there anymore, but their new spot is in the planter area next to the house. I suppose we could fill it again, but then they’ll pick another spot. May as well leave them this one to enjoy during the hot months, I suppose.

Hey, sometimes you just gotta get down and dirty!