Sunday, July 27, 2014
Happy day 44, Saturday, was an interesting day.
Started off with a good breakfast for myself and for the dog, and then after a 45 minute wait (as per dog-feeding instructions from the SPCA), we went off for our morning walk.
First five minutes in, some bimbo woman with her dog off the leash lets her dog charge my dog, and of course, I got stuck in the middle of what could have been a mauling -- her dog attacked my dog. My dog managed to get a grip on her dog's neck, and her dog submitted to him. I was holding on for dear life, so my dog wouldn't get away from me, and in the midst of the dogs pawing and snapping at each other, I ended up getting scratched on my side.
Once that was broken up, we continued our walk, and then headed home to rest.
Afternoon walk didn't go so well. My dog was hyper the whole time, looking back and forth and behind him for any possible ambushes. Not pleasant at all. so we went for another walk around the neighbourhood, and he was relaxed. Tried the park again in the evening and he was still nervous about it.
I think his previous owners may have beaten him, because he cringed when I reached down to pick something up at his feet yesterday. He was bracing himself for a hit. It made me sad to see that.
I am convinced, though, that he is actually a very good dog. He follows me around and sleeps at my feet, which I think means he's bonded with me.
Happy day 45, today was much better for the dog. We went for our morning walk, but I took him in the opposite direction in the park, and he was not so hyper. We went for another walk in the afternoon, finding a new path to take through a different park, and then our after dinner walk was in the park across the street again, and he was not at all hyper this time.
Tomorrow will be the true test. I go back to work, after being home with him since he came back. I went for groceries on Friday, and had plans to go out on Saturday, but I worried that leaving him alone after he was attacked might make him more hyper. Today I went out for about an hour, and my neighbour said he barked for about five minutes, and then stopped. Nothing was destroyed! YAY!
After spending the last few days with him, I came to the conclusion that Winston was not a suitable name for him. He is a Zeus. So that's what I've been calling him all day, and he has responded to the new name well.
Have a fantastic day!
Zeus relaxing on my bed after a great walk:
Friday, July 25, 2014
Happy day 43:
Yesterday was a great day.
I picked up Winston from the SPCA, and brought him home. He had the look of wonder in his eyes, a bit worried, and a bit excited at the same time.
When we approached the front door, he moved ahead of me and put his nose right next to the door handle. He spent about twenty minutes scoping out the house, and then came into the living room where I was sitting, stretched, and then lay down on the long floor mat there... and let out a HUGE sigh. Then he came over and cuddled with me!
He's so thin. He was at the shelter for two months, and apparently had the runs the whole time. They gave me special food for him, and some medication to give him. His stools have been solid, though, so I guess it was just stress that was making him sick.
Checking out the kitchen:
He is just a sweetheart! I have a feeling that he'll be sticking around after the foster period is over.
I was so excited about having him with me that I actually forgot to eat lunch and dinner! I was getting ready for bed when I realized it! I made a small chicken wrap from leftovers, and then slept like a baby.
Happy day 44...
Today, I stayed home with him, and we hung out. Took him for three walks - one was to the office building where I work, so I could show my co-workers.
When we arrived at the building, he kind of freaked out when he saw a statue ... he growled at it, and wouldn't go near it, but he stood and watched it, maybe waiting for it to move? LOL. It was comical.
When we left, he got a little closer, but he was still about six feet away! LOL.
He's a lot more relaxed today, and he even left some of his dinner in his dish, so I guess he feels like he's at home!
He dreams a lot, his feet are running in his sleep. And he's goofy. Definitely has a sense of humour. He also snores. And he farts. A lot. Not sure how my house is going to smell after a week of him farting like that. I may need to get an air cleaner... LOL!
I'm happy. I think having him around will be beneficial to me in many ways -- not only with all the walks that we'll be taking, but everything else that he'll give me.
I even remembered to eat today! LOL.
Life is good!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
So I’ve been slacking when it comes to blogging.
Here’s how my week has been so far:
Happy Day 39, Sunday:
I spent the morning relaxing. I slept in, after an amazing night’s sleep thanks to the hike on Saturday, then I made breakfast, and watched a movie. Realized how late it was and rushed to get out of the house to meet my crochet friends. Went for a ride on my motorcycle afterwards, and then headed over to my middle son’s new apartment to have dinner. It was a great day!
Happy Day 40, Monday:
Ended up sleeping in and taking the motorcycle to work, so I wouldn’t be too late. I got a lot of work done, and then left early to go the local SPCA to meet a dog that I’ve been looking at on their website for the last few weeks. I figured if we clicked, then I would consider taking him.
Well, he was a little bit hyper, which is understandable, because he’s been cooped up in a cage for nearly two months. I took him for a walk, and he was perfectly calm, but he tended to pull a bit. I was thinking there was some potential, so I asked some questions. It turns out that they would be willing to foster him to me for two weeks, to see if it would work out. I immediately said yes, but I had to make arrangements to get a ride, because I only have a motorcycle. Everyone conjured up images of this dog sitting on the back seat of my bike, and we all had a good chuckle.
Called my sister-in-law, and asked her if she could drive me, and then had the whole conversation about how much work owning a dog is, etc, etc… She said she would drive me! YAY!
Happy Day 41, Tuesday:
Another busy day at the office, but I was feeling restless – excited about the dog. I left the office an hour early and went to visit the dog again. He was much less hyper this time, and walked well with me, with little tugging. The dog is very likable. I talk with the staff and they say that he’s a little stand-offish with me because he’s seen so many people come in and they never come back for him. They all tell me what a good dog he is. I tell them I’ll be back to walk him on Wednesday, and that I’ll be picking him up on Thursday. They seem pleased.
Happy Day 42, today, Wednesday:
Got a call from my sister-in-law, to tell me she will be out of town tomorrow, but I can borrow her truck for the weekend, so I can still go get the dog.
I am excited! I’m going to leave an hour early again today to go walk him, and to make arrangements to pick him up earlier tomorrow.
I’ll go pick the truck up tonight, and then tomorrow I’ll bring him home for the two weeks and see how it goes.
Here's a picture from the website:
I'm not fond of the name he was given, so I'm thinking of calling him Winston.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Happy Day 36, Thursday:
Was glad that I got the day off.
Went dancing the night before and had a fantastic time.
Baked a whole pile of stuff for the United Way fundraiser at work.
Proud of myself for only trying ONE piece of one of the eight different items that I baked!
Happy Day 37, Friday:
Back to work again, delivered the goodies for the bake sale, which ended up taking in 82 dollars, thanks to the generosity of my colleagues. They loved my baking!!
Got home, and chatted with my friend Justy, and made arrangements to meet up to go on a hike on Saturday.
Happy Day 38, Saturday (Today!)
Before I even left the house, I told Justy that I was going to be in a whiny mood all day... LOL. Fair warning!
Started TOM at 8:28 this morning. UGH!!!
Cut up some veggies, packed up a bag, and headed off on the motorcycle to pick up Justy.
What a fantastic ride! We rode up to the Champlain Lookout in the Gatineau Hills.
We hiked the Champlain Trail, which took us about an hour and 10 minutes, (yes, I whined as often as possible), and then we sat on the wall at the lookout and had our lunch.
Took some pictures along the trail. Justy spotted a chipmunk eating a mushroom! Pictures I took were all blurry! LOL.
The ride back into town was awesome.
Justy took me to go see her studio. Love it! She's got some pretty awesome art going on there, too!
After dropping Justy off, I headed home, read for a bit, and then got caught up on my sparking and on my emails. I made a nice healthy dinner, and I am going to head out to the porch to read some more.
What a truly fantastic day, and all thanks to Justy, who suggested we go hiking (and she even put up with my whining! The woman is a saint!)
Some pictures from our hike:
Selfie near the beginning of the trail.
Justy climbing up the stairs on the trail, way ahead of me, while I whined away about having to climb the stairs, and about bears being attracted to me...
One of many hollowed-out, or fallen trees we saw along the way (I have discovered that I have a "thing" for taking photos of dead trees).
One of the many streams on the trail:
It was a fantastic day!
Life is good!
**** ARGHHHH!! My apologies for the sideways photos, I don't know why it does that to some of my pictures!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Back to work today. I’ve been off since Friday afternoon, had a great two days off. Woke up at my usual time, and actually got out of bed right away instead of lounging about for two hours.
Did some toning exercises, did some sparking, checked email and then had breakfast. Had a brisk walk to the office, 19 minutes, and sat down at my desk.
I had to remind myself that I am working on being complaint-free, but I just couldn’t help myself as I sat at my desk, in front of my computer, trying to log into a learning site that I haven’t used in years – because it was nearly impossible to access the last time I tried to use it. Me, sitting at my desk: “Stupid, stupid, stupid program.” I did manage to find my password, and to log in, and then I attempted to take the mandatory training (that I had been putting off – my manager forwarded an email to me, reminding our boss that there were still “people” who hadn’t completed the training. The list had one name on it... mine. Good way to make an impression! LOL). URGH!
After sitting there, listening to the narrator drone on for a good five minutes, the sound went off – completely disappeared. I spent the next five minutes asking people if they remember if there’s supposed to be audio through the WHOLE thing, or just parts of it. Most people couldn’t remember, and finally someone said they seemed to recall that there was only audio at certain points in the training. And, then, right on cue, there is Mr. Droning Narrator. I listen for another few minutes and decide that the narrator is putting me to sleep, and then I do what someone suggested – I skip the course and go straight to the mandatory test. Hmmm. I passed with a 90% score. BINGO. Oh wait, in order for my completion to be forwarded to the powers that be, I now have to complete a questionnaire about the course, so I answer “neither yes or no” to ALL the questions. *** SHRUG ***
I am exhausted. I feel like I was put through an ordeal. So I ask for tomorrow off. Manager says yes! YAY!!!!! Now if I can wangle my way to get out of here early today, I’ll be in heaven!
Have a fantastic day!
Life is GOOD!
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