Isn't that one with Santa the best? I just KNOW she believes!
Well, one of our long-time residents died in June. He and Sophie had been very close. She would go to his room if she needed something (like going potty when she couldn't find any staff). Although it shouldn't happen, we relied on him more than we knew. During the day, when I was at work, Sophie was with me. But when I went home, no other staff stepped forward consistently to watch out for her. So, about 2 weeks ago, enough was enough. I wanted to bring her home with me at night and on weekends, and bring her to work with me when I was there. It was time for her to become an 8-5 dog. (OK, a 7:30-5:30 or 6 dog most days). The problem was my 2 Goldens at home. My male, Sammy, isn't always good with other dogs. This is where the special person comes in. A local dog trainer who worked with Sophie last Spring (donating 6 weeks of training), willingly volunteered to help me introduce our 2 families. It was a little tricky because Sammy and Molly think I'm their "mom", and Sophie thinks I'm her "mom". My husband brought our 2 dogs to the training center on a Saturday morning, I picked up Sophie and we all met there. After a long walk, some time off-leash in the big training room, it was time to bring the new family home. The trainer answered all kinds of questions, spent the entire morning with us, and NEVER charged anything. She knows how special Sophie is, and wants the best for this dog.
The new family is meshing beautifully. Sophie is joining me at work each day, spreading love and harvesting treats, then comes home to her brother and sister. Sammy is so accepting of her it brings tears to my eyes. I'm so proud of my Golden boy! And Molly at almost 12, is taking it all in stride in her own quirky way. I just have to make sure and share my affection evenly between the 3 of them.
So, that's the story and the reason for the card. We put a gift card inside, and sent it out. It was sent with MUCH gratitude.
I used Echo Park For The Record 2 (6x6) purchased at cropchocolate.com for this card.
And here's where the blog candy comes in. I'm so excited about having Sophie, Molly, and Sammy melding into one Golden family, I want to share with you, my FWF peeps and CC friends. To win this blog candy (it's got some Unity, some cropchocolate.com, and some Close To My Heart goodness in it), please follow my blog, and leave me a comment telling me your favorite pet story. You have all weekend to comment. I will choose a winner using random.org on Monday. Also, please leave me a way to notify you. Bears and Vikings fans are not eligible for this blog candy ;)
(I'm from Wisconsin -- there's some stiff rivalries going on and a lot of smack talk -- but I'm only kidding). Thanks for your stories -- I love to hear them.