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Hi Everyone:

Remember my post about Bamboo, our little foster dog?  Well he was officially adopted yesterday and is now in his new “forever” home.  I am so relieved he is now settled for good.  He was such a good and sweet dog.

Also something else newsworthy.  I had submitted my post, My Home for Foster Dogs, and it was published in the carnival blog “Lynn’s Views”.  Go on over and have a look at all of the other great pet stories there – http://lynnsviews.net/2010/09/24/carnival-of-dogs-and-cats-september-25-2010/

It’s shopping day today so I’ll let you know tomorrow if I found any great deals.

I think that most followers know my sidekick, Buck the beagle.  Where ever I am in the house is where you will find him.  He is 7 years old and was rescued from a pound just before he was to be euthanized (more like a bullet in the head, it’s cheaper).  He was our first foster dog and just never left.  He is just my speed when we walk and I can always count on him to cheer me up when the day is cold and gray.  We did adopt him and we all couldn’t be happier.

We have an adoptee in temporary residence with us now.  This is Bamboo!

He is the most loveable Pug mix with tons of personality.  I don’t know if he was abandoned or owner surrendered, all I know is that he has an abundance of love for whoever adopts him.

Don’t let the docile look fool you.  When it comes to going out for a walk you must deal with a whirlwind.  It is like trying to harness Tigger.  He gets so excited and just can’t wait for you to get ready.  Buck, on the other hand, is more like Eeyore and sits patiently.  What a pair.

I think nearly every adult has had a pet at some point in their lives.  I have always been a cat lover and have owned many.   There was the white cat named  Charlie Brown by my daughter.  Then there was Taurus the tortoise shell, and Miss Fluff our very prissy black and white longhair and finally Mischief, my black shorthaired ball of mischief.  All of the cats survived to old age with the exception of Mischief who died at age 3.

I was devastated and cried for days.  Mischief was everything to me.  I could always count on him to get into”mischief”, hence the name.  I was very hesitant to go with another cat as I felt so responsible for Mischief’s passing and could not bear to think I may kill another one.  It was just way to hard for me.  Our son had been hinting about owning a dog, so, since he was old enough I thought it would maybe be a good time to try one out.  I was so lonely during the day and desperately needed another companion, and that is when Buck came to us.

None of these pets were purebred and they all just needed a forever home for one reason or another.  I guess I have been rescuing for most of my life and have always had a companion around.   Each one has been a joy and blessing wrapped in fur.   There is nothing like the comfort of a pet.   They play many roles in your life, therapist,  psychologist, entertainer, friend, bodyguard, nursemaid, you name it.

Now I am surrounded with all of this and more.  Luckily my hubby is the same and enjoys these dogs as much as I do.  They can be a lot of work but I have the time now and can devote it to my family and furbabies.  What a wonderful life I have.

I know this is a very dumb question but please forgive me as I am a Canadian.

I live in an area that is not bothered by floods, tornadoes, hurricanes or other similar weather.     But I do remember vividly watching all about the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  I also remember all of the animals who were forced to survive as best they could alone.  Many did survive and many did not.

As I read the information on the website of the ASPCA –  I learned just how horrible it was.   My own dog, Buck the beagle, is a rescue from a shelter in Ontario, but his story is nowhere near as heart wrenching as the animals after Katrina.   They also have a slide show of some of the rescues and it went straight to my heart.  If you look at each face, you will see looks of fear, relief, gratefulness, sadness, anticipation, confusion or loneliness.   This was the biggest animal rescue in history.  So many animal lovers helped save many of those animals with their search efforts, adoptions, temporary care, and donations.    But it doesn’t stop there.

The ASPCA is still out there helping animals with legislation, education, and caring.  As the IndieSmiles Charity Birthday Bash continues all month, please take the time to visit them and donate.  There are still so many cats, dogs, horses, birds and numerous other pets out there needing help.   There is never a need to great, never a donation too small and never an animal not worth the time.  Just look at your own pet(s) and you will understand.

I sometimes think that I am not the brightest crayon in the box. 

 I have spent several days joining groups, adding links, networking, flickr, tweeting, and heaven knows what else.   I was speaking with a friend today and was telling her all about Zibbet and my shop Jillys Stuff.  She said that she must have a look when she gets home and could I give her a business card.   Well you should have seen the look on my face!

I have done just about everything except create and print business cards.  How could I have forgotten that?  Where is my brain?  Certainly not in my head!   Now I have one more project on my “to create list” to add to all of the crafts and crochet patterns and ideas I have.  

   Sigh……….I am running out of hours in the day to do everything.

It amazes me how someone, even after death, can continue to inspire you.  We just said goodbye for the final time to my best friend last Wednesday.  Since then, I have been creating like crazy.

I seem to have found more patterns, books, ideas, and hints for my crafts lately.  It is like being with Marge and bouncing ideas off of her.  I am now writing down or saving these inspirations as there are so many that I want to do.  I can’t seem to convince myself to do one at a time. 

I am grateful to be able to do what I do without pain or disability.  I am truly blessed to be somewhat healthy and only suffer the little aches and pains of growing older.   Marge taught me many things with her actions, but the one thing that stands out most is her cheerfulness during even the worst of times.   Her wonderful sense of humour and love of life is what kept her going. 

I have a “happy place” that Marge and I shared and I know I can go there at any time and see her.  I always come away content, smiling and calm.  What more could I ask for.

I am so excited!  My very first tutorial has been published on IndieSmiles.

This is my first attempt at making homemade dyes from berries.  What a fun experience.  With the guidance and encouragement from Barbra of All About The Buttons , I ventured into the world of writing. 

I love this site and am constantly browsing through the many shops from all kinds of venues.   I love handmade, both making and purchasing.   I get the greatest satisfaction from giving one of my handmade items to family and friends.  Everyone knows how much effort I have put into my creations and that many are geared especially for them.

Drop by IndieSmiles and All About The Buttons today!  If you love handmade then you will be glad you did!


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