Archives for January 2010

What Would You Do?


Last night my husband and I watched 8 Below. It is a movie about a dog sled team in the Antarctic (I think) who is left to fend for themselves for over 5 months. There is a big storm coming into the area so the team’s handler as well as the other humans in the group have to flee in order to get urgent medical care. The handler doesn’t want to leave his dogs, but in order to save his hands he needs to go and is told the dogs will be rescued right after everyone is dropped to safety. While watching this movie I got thinking about what I would do in a life or death situation – would I be able to leave my dogs, not knowing when or if I would ever see them again…

I posed this question to my husband and he said it would be an extremely hard decision, but didn’t go any further than that. I thought about this throughout the night and came to the conclusion that I would rather stay with my dogs and die trying to save them. I don’t think I could even consider leaving them behind – I had enough trouble deciding not to adopt my last foster puppy who was disqualified for an elbow issue. I cried for over an hour getting his stuff ready the night before we headed south to drop him off for his assessment. Then I cried a bit more after I realized that there was no way we could adopt him – his personality just doesn’t mix with our pack.

Over the years I have watched numerous sad movies and it always seems to be the ones with animals that pulls at my heart strings. My absolute favourite movie is Homeward Bound – a movie about a cat and two dogs who are convinced that their owners have left them by mistake and need them to save them. My husband laughs everytime we watch it because I don’t even need to see the movie, I just need to hear the music which coincides with the part where the older boy is calling Shadow (the older dog) and is convinced he just couldn’t make the long trip when he doesn’t come right away, and I start to cry. I guess I see Shadow as a representation of Phoenix and it illustrates the loyalty a dog has for their owner. I know Phoenix and the others would do anything to get to us if they thought we were in trouble.

“There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog.”

Update

We have now had Canyon for almost 4 weeks and he has learned so much. He can sit and lie down on command, unless of course he isn’t interested in listening – which seems to be a theme in this house!! His house training is coming along, he has begun to sit at the door when he needs out – we are going on day 3 of no accidents!!

Our other dogs are still getting used to him. Phoenix ignores him for the most part, but Cessna enjoys wrestling and running around with him outside. Aspen gets along with him most of the time, but there are those odd moments when Canyon decides to bark at her, which causes stress…hopefully this behaviour will stop soon.

On another note, we finally got a new vehicle! We got a 2000 Ford Expedition and the dogs are absolutely loving all the space. We got it on Saturday and have already set up the back for ultimate doggie comfort by removing the very back bench and putting down foam along with a blanket.

In order to keep them safe and keep the passengers from complaining about dog hair, we bought a barrier which goes along the back of the seats and blocks the dogs from jumping up front. We had them out for a test drive yesterday and from the picture we took, I think you’d agree that they are loving their new ride!

Before I sign off, here’s a quick update on Reece. He’s almost been adopted, the potential family is just doing some last minute research on his elbow issue in order to make sure that they will be able to meet his needs in the future. I am really excited about this possible home because we will get to see him often and maybe even dog sit sometimes  I know it has taken a long time for a home to be found, but if this one goes through then I think the wait was worth it. Good luck Reecey Piecey, Mommy misses you and hopes to see you really soon. I have avoided seeing him thus far, so that he does not get confused as to why we are not taking him home. I want him to be well bonded to his family before we begin visiting – thus lessening the stress on both him and I. It would be too heart breaking to see him and then leave him again knowing he still doesn’t have a forever home.

Questionnaire

Below are some answers to a thought provoking questionnaire. Even though it doesn’t really apply to this blog’s topics, I still thought I’d post it here for people to see.

1) Name ten simple things that give you pleasure

My dogs
Snuggling with my husband
Spending time with friends
Drinking a warm mug of hot chocolate
Reading a book
Hearing news about my foster puppies – Aiden & Reece
Having a pajama day
Reading about someone overcoming an obstacle
Watching a sappy movie
Cuddling with a puppy

2) Name two trivial annoyances

Having someone comment on dog hair that I missed when lint brushing my clothes – I have 4 dogs, a little hair is no big deal!
Listening to someone talk about another person’s disability as if theirs is so much worse – we’re not comparing!

3) Name the best book you’ve read in the last 3 months

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

4) What’s the best movie you’ve seen in the last 3 months

The Ugly Truth

5) When you were 12 what did you think you’d be at your age now

A lawyer with a husband and kids

6) What message would you like to send to the 12 year old that you were

Money doesn’t fix everything

7) If you could see into the future would you want to

No, not at all

8) If you could meet a fictional character who would it be?

Gregory House (from the popular TV show)

9) If you could meet a living famous person who would it be?

There really isn’t anybody famous I’d want to meet

10) What is your most valuable possession?

My dogs – especially my guide dog Cessna

11) If there is a heaven what do you want to find there?

My mom and granny

12) What food do you wish had no sugar, no fat and no calories?

Reese Peanut Butter Cups

13) What three non essential things do you always take when you travel?

My pillow, my laptop and a book (even though I don’t think I’ve ever had time to read one while gone)

14) What do you miss most when you are away from home.

Not having a schedule to follow

15) Last thoughts?

This was a thought provoking questionnaire. Others should post their answers and then leave their blog address in the comments section.