Wednesday, January 18, 2012

In Dog I Trust!

About eight years ago I called on an ad for a Rottweiler puppy.  Without meeting her or even seeing a photo I spent a lot of money on a spur of the moment birthday present for myself. There are things in life if you could do over knowing what you know now, you’d do different.  If I knew then, what I know now, I would pay thousands if not millions for that little puppy again and again.
Nikoya has not only become the best friend anyone could ask for, she is loyal, funny, entertaining, and is one of the smartest dogs I have EVER encountered. I constantly get praised for training her, but in all honesty – It’s all her. I’m no dog trainer, whisperer, expert – I’m just her dog mom.  She makes me look good.
Yesterday we got news that she has diabetes and while this instantly brought tears to my eyes thinking about not having her in my life anymore, I’ve come to see that dogs/cats can live with diabetes just as humans do for the rest of their lives. With the right food combinations, exercise and medication she shouldn’t have to worry about it. I on the other hand will and am very thankful that for now, nothing else is wrong that can’t be treated.  
Yesterday I stopped feeding her store bought treats and made her some good for her health nummy nummies! Depending on the next few weeks, I may even start making her dinner every night. Because to me she’s worth every extra cent I may have to spend on her.

This dog is my heart and she melts it every times she looks at with her curious non judgmental eyes.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Just Do It!

A few weeks ago I had a wild idea that I wanted to try cross country skiing so I asked around to see what I could expect and was bombarded with a ton of negative responses.
“it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done”
“I couldn’t walk for days afterwards”
“Sounds like a miserable activity and I hate being cold”
“Thanks, but NO thanks!”
I could go on and on, on the responses I got, but fortunately I am the kind of gal who needs to figure things out for herself. So, I went home and asked my husband – (it’s still weird to say husband) how he felt about trying it out.
Side note: The past 3 months of being married, has had its challenges. As we are still learning how to live with each other, figure out who we are together as well as individually, and while we struggle at some things more than others, I am very blessed to know I have found someone who is adventurous as I am and to be open to trying something new without giving much thought to it.
So, I researched some ski rental places and found a place that had 3 day rentals for 16 bucks each. How could we not try it for 16 bucks? 16 BUCKS! Come on now people… anything is worth trying for 16 bucks!
 And so we did. Norman and I drove to Snoqualmie Pass – where I have spent a lot of time at my friend Erin’s cabin over the years.  We started out at the road and skied to the cabin. We were a little shaky at first, but as time went on we got better.  And I must say, Cross Country Skiing is a BLAST! Now I know I haven’t tried downhill skiing or snowboarding, but as a snow coinsure I must say this was a lot of fun.
I encourage all ya’ll to get up and try it, and if it’s not XC Skiing, and it’s something else your interested in GO do it! Don’t listen to the naysayers, it just may not of been for them. And who knows, it may not be for you either, but how will you know if you don’t TRY IT yourself!
That’s my two cents!