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Aug 1, 2012....Another Quickie Update

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

August 1 already - where oh where does the time go (especially now that I am older!)

I appreciate all the comments made on my blog about my beloved Finley. When he passed, I had no intentions of getting another dog right away. I definitely was not going to get a puppy. I'm 11 years older than when I went through all the puppy trials with Finley and did not think I had the energy. My plan was to eventually adopt a rescue dog around 3 years old.

Well, you know what they say about 'plans' LOL. My daughter Keara, who
was with me for my birthday knew that I could not be in a house without a dog for any length of time - and she was right. I ended up going back to Toronto with her for a couple of days until Paul was home. Even with our kitty, the house was just too empty and every where I looked I 'saw' Finley. Keara took several days off work and we checked out several animal shelters. I fell in love with one dog, "Johnny". He was a rescue from a reservation in Quebec and had been running wild for 3 years. In the Toronto Humane Society meeting room, this dog was wonderful and I was totally sold on him. Unfortunately, he was noted as to being very hard to handle outdoors and we
(along with THS staff) went for a practice walk. As soon as we hit the fresh air, Johnny became possessed. I definitely could not handle him and the THS staff member had problems. Johnny and I were not meant to be.

Keara had also downloaded an app for her phone that sent her updates from Petfinder and several other sources. Our new little fella, Loki, was found from a woman in Picton. He is not a rescue dog and he is also not 3 years old.
Loki is part Old English Sheepdog and part Standard Poodle, and when we got him the Saturday after saying goodbye to Finley, he was only 8 weeks old.

He is now 4.5 mos old and weighs 40 lbs. He could grow anywhere from 65 to 85 lbs and he is incredibly rambunctious. He has all the bad puppy habits rolled into one cuddly, furry mass of energy. He is so unlike Finley in looks and manners that in one aspect it is good, but I do at times compare him to Finley (who I never remember being this bad! LOL). He truly lives up to his
name, as "god of mischief" and I'm thinking I jinxed him, as hubby wanted to call him Charley.

Even though he is a brat and definitely needs some extensive training, we love him to bits and he has found his own spot in our hearts. After Finley passed, I got rid of all his toys, however I missed one. The second day we had Loki, he found Finley's favorite stuffed elephant, grungy, worn and well-loved, under our bed. It has become Loki's 'comfort' toy and I like to think that it is Finley's way of saying, "everything is good".

This is Loki a month ago.

I'll post about a few other things tomorrow and until then, sending hugs to
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    I'm so in love! I can't believe I missed this post! What an adorable little fella. I've always wanted an english sheep dog!

    I've said that if anything happens to my beloved babies, that I will not get another. I think I'd be lost tho and end up finding one to love.

    I'm excited for you and look forward to lots of funny puppy stories!

    3196 days ago
    I know, I know. Same thing happened to me. I lost my beloved Belle, my dog, my support through some of the hardest days of my life in August. When we had got her we had planned to get a mature dog for the kids as they were all very young. Then I saw a recipe card posted at the pharmacy saying they had a dog that needed a home with children. We arrived to find a 9 month old who thought she was a lap dog at 80 pounds. She was quite neglected. The owner had lost her dog and kids had bought her a puppy but she had a walker and was quite immobile so the puppy was usually tied up in the yard. She did NOT like adults especially men but she adored the kids. She had no training at all. But what could I say? The kids and she bonded right away. The rest came over time and she became a very well behaved dog. I was heartbroken when she one day went behind the shed and lay down and would not get up. Cancer. We lost her the next day. No warning. I was actually looking for a cat tree just after Christmas. Went into the pet shop and there was a puppy. A schnauzer. I do not like the idea of puppy mills or pure breds, but the owner said no on wanted her because she was too big. She was so quiet and never like a puppy. It was a spontaneous purchase for my daughter 11 years ago. My family were shocked and delighted. DD adored her and they dressed alike for every fair event. Christal is the perfect bed and breakfast dog. She barks at visiters at the front door and then is quiet and attentive. Loves children. Is very smart. She misses DD who is now at University and has become more my dog. We have walked the Rideau trail together and as I write this she is curled around my feet. You just never know what you'll get.
    3201 days ago
  • EDWARDS1411
    Indeed Sue, "everything is good"! (You brought tears to my eyes!!) Such a cutie Loki is and love the name especially now I know the meaning LOL!!!
    3201 days ago
    Awwwwwwwwwww I love your new furrylovie!!
    3201 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    emoticon I'm happy for you.
    3201 days ago
    loki is beautiful but i would not have chanced it by calling him that!!
    that was the first thing i thought of when i saw his name.

    the part about you missing the elephant really got me.
    its been a year and almost two weeks since my duncan had to be put down and its still hard.
    but i know that they still send their snout down to poke us and that was your finley's way of telling you its okay.
    3201 days ago
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