Laci is all legs!
The puppies are doing amazingly well, growing strong and beautiful, and are turning into loyal, fun, want-so-much-to-please puppies. They have enriched my life beyond anything I could have thought possible and I cannot imagine my life without them.
I spend an enormous amount of time with these girls (like all day, every day except Tuesday) and I've been working so very hard to get them trained into well behaved dogs. And I couldn't be happier with their progress. We walk at least 7 miles a day (as an aside...I've lost 8 pounds thank you very much :), train on basic commands at least twice a day and usually ongoing throughout the day, get out and about in the car running errands (curing their fear of the car), walk around town a couple of times a week, go to doggie day care once a week (Tuesday) to help with socialization (and give me a break so I can get things done!) and romp and play in the yard the rest of the time. And we still have our bonding time every night and it's wonderful.
Gretchen's attempt to dominate other dogs has subsided dramatically. She's not where I want her to be, but she has made tremendous progress and I'll continue to work with her. She wants so much to please me and she will be an incredible watch dog. And Laci is just a little love-bug who loves to wrap herself around my ankles, nibble on my toes, and have her neck itched. They have totally bonded with me and I love it.
Maybe I'm too much of a Mother Earth/nurturer, but it's who I am and I can't change that. And yes, I know, they are dogs, not babies (as someone pointed out to me and kind of hurt my feelings). But when these pups came into my life, they gave me a sense of purpose that I guess was missing. Please don't get me wrong...I love my life and I'm blessed in so many ways. But I'm a care taker by nature and I guess I was feeling a little lost, like what’s next in my life. My sons are grown with families of their own and they all live out of state; my husband is wonderful and I adore him, but he’s very busy, travels, and is gone a lot. My sister was about to move out into her own apartment and after her living with us for nearly five months, I knew I would miss her terribly. Yes, I guess I was feeling lost. Then these two starving, tiny beings came into my life and suddenly, I had a job to do. I embraced it and I’ve not looked back. They are amazing, loving animals who have given me more joy than I can express.
Anyway, enough rambling. These thoughts and feelings have been percolating in my head for quite some time and I needed to write them down and get them out of my head. The good Lord knew what he was doing when my sister and I stumbled upon these tiny girls and I thank Him from the bottom of my heart for bringing Gretchen and Laci into my life.