Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Wonderful Winnie

So far the adjustment for Winnie has been a smooth transition. We love her so much and she is loving us right back with even more hutzpah. Leave it to a Boston to one up everyone.

Things Winnie loves:
- snuggling as close as possible
- snoring really loudly
- lots of healthy raw meat
- walks (her once pristine country paws are now dingy from the city)
- sleeping in her doggie bed by my feet at work
- riding in the car
- fuzzy toys
- tug of war

Things Winnie doesn't love:
- being alone at my desk for even 1 minute
- hip hop music
- rain

Look at that little face:

A rough day at the office, what with all of the naps and constant attention:

We're so grateful to have Winnikins in our life. She is a treasure.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Winnie's World is About to Change

We're picking up our new Boston Terrier, Winnie, this Saturday. She's a 3-year old BT who was looking for a forever home. Looks like we're it!

Here she is proudly sporting her "Good Canine Citizen" ribbon:

In Memory of Quincy & Sadie

My first Boston Terriers were Quincy and Sadie. They were the loves of my life. Sadie got sick during her 9th year, and due to a congenital spinal disorder she lost movement in her back legs. I carted her around in a stroller, did acupuncture, gave her special medication and kept her going for almost 2 more years. I was never going to be ready to let her go. But when I finally lifted the veil of denial I saw she was not comfortable anymore. I had to make the horrible decision to put her down.

The day before Thanksgiving 2008, I howled to the heavens, praying for comfort. In that desolately peaceful moment when Sadie passed, I felt my soul lift up with her. Letting go was so difficult. But I had to stay present for her older brother, Quincy. That day I saw her face in the clouds, looking down - as if letting me know she will always be watching over me. My little guy, Quincy, stayed loyally by my side for another 14 months until his kidneys got really bad. In complete and utter defeat, I had to put him down on Valentine's Day 2010.

I promised to give myself a year before I would even consider another dog. Fortunately where I was working at the time, they allowed dogs at the office. And there "coincidentally" happened to be FIVE people with Boston Terriers... All of the wonderful owners and doggies helped my heart heal as I mourned the loss of my Bostons.

In January 2011, one of my colleague's had a puppy named Major, and I swear he is Quincy reincarnated. Naturally, I fell in love. My heart was full again. I knew it was time to start looking for another Boston, and so a mellow search began. Through Major's contacts, I found a woman up in Redding, CA who had a 3-year old female available. After about 5 weeks of email exchanges and screenings, she decided to let me be Winnie's forever mommy.

I'm looking forward to this new chapter in my life, and promise to shower my new Winnie with so much love. Thank you, Sadie and Quincy, for showing me how to open my heart and let love in, and more importantly - how to share love freely.

Here they are at Runyon Canyon, Los Angeles 2006:

Quincy April 28, 1996 - February 14, 2010
Sadie May 1, 1998 - November 26, 2008