Monday, December 17, 2007

Talk about cute!!!

Wyanne with Rose's English Springer spaniel, Liberty.
They're two weeks apart and can't wait to watch them grow up together.
And another friend, Kodi, a beautiful Greater Swiss.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

She's ours!

Bless you, Cath, for giving Wyanne such a good start in the world.
She's beautiful, sweet, curious, smart, loving and right now chewing on our kitchen table leg. More soon!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Puppy raising adjectives

Gathered by Madison W.

*Puppy Raising teaches you:*
To be Loving

*Being a puppy raiser is: *
A Roller Coaster
Life Changing
Breath taking

We raise puppies to give back to others for being so blessed ourselves.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Mama Breezey and pups plus a sweet tribute

Here are the pups.
I think ours will be Wyanne (Cork), up in the right hand corner.
Hope she can transfer that mother love to her new mom - me!

Here's a description of a graduation from a first-timer, Finnegan's mom, Suzanne:

What can I say about the graduation? I knew at
least in my mind what it was all about-- dogs
being placed with children and adults (or as I
found out in facilities) after being raised by
selfless volunteers then carefully trained by the
dedicated staff of CCI. But my heart had no clue
what true miracles are created by CCI and all the
people that make up this wonderful organization.
The depth of emotion in that room, seeing
people's lives change before my eyes-- well, I
never could have imagined it or how moved I would

The speeches given by a chosen member of each
class were especially powerful, but the image
that will stay in my mind is of a boy who has
what I assume is AS or autism, whose entire body
changed when his new service dog was brought up
on stage by his puppy raisers and the leash put
into his hand. What seemed blank and withdrawn to
observers like me filled with life and feeling
once connected with that dog. Right before our
eyes we could see that this boy's life would be
forever changed, for the better!

So when I had to say farewell to Pearl's 9
adorable pups a little while later, I was
comforted by the hope that on me day one or more
of these pups might also change a person's life
like I had just witnessed. I know that whatever
happens to them, lives WILL be changed, just as
my two beloved golden retrievers have enriched
our lives. When that day comes, all other
accomplishments of my own or my dogs will pale in

Monday, November 19, 2007

A commission

I'm flattered that my sweet mail lady likes my mail art so I made a couple for her. She said she's been trying to describe them to her friends, now she can show them.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Be Happy, Dammit

Karen Salmonsohn is one of my favorite podcasters.
One of her topics on the show I listened to this morning was how we can learn from everyone including jerks.
She's not a gardener, but related a lesson learned from a man who loved to garden that was sitting next to her on an airplane, and it's a good one:
My number one gardening tip," said the man, "is to recognize that some plants and flowers are only meant to live a certain amount of time -- for a certain season -- and if you try to make them live longer, you will be a bad gardener.

Here's some more of her philosophy.
"When you feel good, you're more likely to show goodwill ... Yes, you have more to give to others when you allow yourself to give guiltlessly to yourself. Meaning? The pursuit of pleasure is not entirely a selfish act ... but a benefit to society!"
I highly recommend you check her out; her writing is full of humor and almost always touches a nerve.

Also loved her post about the Theory of Happiness...

Greater anticipation???

Whose is greater - the w's waiting for their dinner or me waiting for my pup???

A wonderful dog day!

Here are three pics from CCI graduation.
Laurie holding her big beautiful Pryde. He's definitely ready for his next step in the journey, but Laurie's going to have a hard time giving him up. To ease her pain, she's already raising darling sergei. What a cutie.
Then there's sweet Vanessa, so ready, with Bill by her side.
Once again I was overcome with emotion at the commitment of everyone connected with CCI. I'm so blessed to be a tiny part of such a wonderful organization.

On another note, here's precious Liberty with Jacqueline, ready to fill Rose's life with lots of love.