Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Thomas Merton
Monday, November 24, 2008
Oh, dear. Another four-legged thing in the household. My son came home from school recently with a 9-week old Labrador puppy--a "gift" from his tech teacher who got her for her small daughters and found the girls to be a bit much for the puppy. Or something like that.
She did have several potential takers, but they all came up with various reasons why they couldn't take the pup. I also declined. It didn't do any good. And my husband said he thought our son had been needing a dog for a few years and we should keep her.
She is now about 13 weeks old. She's quite good, but forgets her manners when she is excited--which is not infrequent--and thinks that everyone wants to jump around and dance with her. She does quite well with "sit," but is not exactly making passing marks when it comes to not jumping on people. I have to admit that she has gotten much better as she has gotten a little older. She is a very good puppy and doesn't mind her kennel or the leash. She's very sweet and affectionate and smart and crazy.
I haven't had a dog since I was about sixteen years old. We've contemplated dog ownership over the years, but cats have always just been easier for us. I was not thrilled in the beginning, but all has gone quite well, so I cannot complain, except for the fact that I do not think we needed another warm furry body. I must admit that I am enjoying working with her and training her. She ensures that we each get at least one daily walk and lets us know that she loves us, loves us, loves us!
I enjoy art and like to look for it in the natural world. My craft interests include handspinning and most of the fiber arts, especially knitting, weaving, and working with paper. Other important things are my family and friends, my pets, nature, literature, poetry, music, history, birding, star gazing, museums...and the list goes on. In other times and places, I've been an archaeologist, taught anthropology, and worked in a living history museum, so I find all sorts of things to hold my interest and keep me entertained. I hope to share some of these things with you.