Lucy Graduates!

Last Thanksgiving, I shared with you my personal story (and journey) about our rescue dog, Lucy.  Here’s the original post if you missed it.  Today, Lucy finished her advanced dog obedience class (after completing beginner and intermediate) and we are doing a “puppy paw” high five.  

My family will admire her graduation certificate and reflect on how far she has come from being abandoned and a shelter dog almost her entire life.  We were her first “real” home and will be her forever family.  We have witnessed such strength, courage and confidence – and many hours watching Animal Planet (a nightly routine) while she cuddles up with us (plus our two rescue cats, Boris and Sasha).  It warms our hearts and is truly a lesson for all.  

What’s next for Lucy?  After 7 months in our home, she is still building confidence and trust.  The next doggie milestone for her would be passing her Good Canine test – but, honestly, she is not quite ready.  She “nails” 90% of the requirements but “neutral dog” (passing other dogs) is still hit and miss (but improving).  She is fearful and it breaks her attention.  We recently learned from one of the shelters where she stayed that she was routinely attacked by other dogs (she was very ill) and there’s no question this is a good part of what fuels her fear.

However, we are determined.  We have seen progress in her “neutral dog” behavior and she has a few good doggie (rescue) pals that she trusts and can hang out with.  That makes us optimistic.  Passing the Good Canine test is still on our radar and we have a game plan on how to create more opportunities for “dog play time” in the mean time. 

Patience.  Lots of liver treats.  More baby steps.   I promise to keep you posted!

Hug your fur babies today . . . they bring so much happiness to our lives.

Mary

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Designer Series Paper Palooza Candy Winner!

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I have chosen a Stampin’ Pretty winner for my “Designer Series Paper Palooza” Blog Candy Giveaway. Nearly 550 readers left comments sharing their favorite Occasions & Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper.  

Thanks for sharing.  I loved seeing all your favorites.  Painted with Love and Petal Passion Designer Series Paper were the clear frontrunners!  You can see the original blog candy post and comments here.

MY RANDOMLY SELECTED BLOG CANDY WINNER IS: Mary Ellen Ryan

Mary Ellen said:  Love them all, but my favorite is Painted with Love. Just love ❤️ the gold in the paper as no two cards are alike.

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Sale-A-Bration 2018 Blog Candy Winner!

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I have chosen a Stampin’ Pretty winner for my “Sale-A-Bration 2018” Blog Candy Giveaway. Nearly 400 readers left comments sharing their #1 paper crafting resolution for 2018.  You can see the original blog candy post and comments here.

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MY RANDOMLY SELECTED BLOG CANDY WINNER IS: Elise Abbott

Elise said: What a cool blog candy 🙂 My resolution is to go through my old stamps and get rid of the ones I no longer use to make room for all the good new stuff 🙂

 

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