This weeks photo challenge: Beloved
This weeks photo challenge: Beloved
Wow! What a year we have had!
Looking back, there were so many fun times and new milestones.
In January, Maisie and I started down the path to become a certified therapy team. Even though we had to put our training on hold a couple of times, she got her Canine Good Citizen title in June which was the first major step for us to accomplish before going on to therapy certification.Also in January, I had my first conversation with Winn’s breeder and made the decision that we would open our home to a very special puppy. Since my preference was for a brown girl, we had to wait until she was born to know for sure if there would be a puppy for us.
Pink girl was the first one born on March 6th and I waited with fingers crossed for several days before I was assured that there would be a brown girl for me. Eight weeks later, on the day that I went with my husband and daughter to meet the litter I learned that pink girl would be mine and that was certainly one of the best days of the year!On May 13th, the day before Mother’s Day, we made our second trip to Wisconsin and brought Winn home. It was a lovely day, a little emotional as she left her first home in order to join our family, but I hugged and snuggled her as we made our way back to Illinois. We stopped for lunch and then pulled over for another potty break, found a nursery with gorgeous hanging baskets and we purchased some for our front porch. All summer, as I sat on the porch and admired those baskets I would remember that happy day and how much fun it was bringing her home.
In June, we celebrated Annie’s 11th birthday! It was also the one year anniversary of this blog. I started the blog to tell Annie’s Story. At that time I wanted to give it year and then reevaluate since I wasn’t sure what else I might include, how it would evolve, or even if I could continue to find things about which to write. While I’m still finding my “blogging voice”, I have discovered that I really enjoy the process and that there is always something that inspires a story. We met with a professional photographer to document the time that we became a three dog family. I wanted to do it while Winn was still small, she was already growing so fast! We got the most beautiful pictures out of that photo shoot and the perfect image for our main pageThere was a flurry of activity over the summer. We took Winn for her first road trip to Colorado. This was where she developed her skill of getting into anything possible and she discovered her love of paint.
Winn graduated from puppy class and quickly advanced through multiple levels of training. Annie and I had a very special day when she got her new rabies certificate listing me as her owner. We no longer had any reminder of her previous, difficult life. That blog post was shared and viewed many times on Facebook and is my favorite one of the year.In the fall, I volunteered at several events for our local Newfoundland Club and learned so much about water and draft work as well as the test requirements to achieve those working titles.
All three were good sports when I dressed them up for Halloween. With a nod to my New England roots, they were a fisherman with a fresh catch. I wish I had a lobster trap or marker but they looked pretty cute.Time quickly passed with Thanksgiving and Christmas activities with friends and family. It’s hard to believe that the year is coming to a close but I am very excited about all that we might do in the upcoming months.
I’m not one for resolutions, but I do have several goals set:
Whew, that was lot so I guess all that is left to say is that we wish everyone a Happy New Year!
A year ago I started this blog primarily as a way to tell Annie’s story. I didn’t know what more I would add, if I would have much more to say or even what other direction it might take. I figured I would give it a try and then re-evaluate in a year, if I was even still posting.
Much to my surprise, I still find things to write about since as probably any pet owner will tell you, there are always funny moments and observations when you share your life with animals. I’m enjoying this process of discovering my “voice” on the blog and decided I’d like to have a better picture on the main page that would represent who we are. I also wanted to capture this special time of Winn being added to our family. Newfoundland Dogs grow so quickly I knew it would seem like I blinked and her puppyness would be gone forever.
I loaded everyone into the car for the first time (they all fit, hooray) and we headed into the city to meet Liz Wallace a pet photographer. I had met her last summer at a Newfoundland get together and I loved the pictures she had taken of Annie and Maisie.
It was a beautiful day, there weren’t too many people at the park and Liz was so patient and gave each of them her undivided attention. Maisie has always been easy to photograph, Annie and Winn were more of a challenge because Annie stays close to my side when we are away from home and I had only just begun to train Winn on the basic commands.
We did some walking:
We found a shady spot to rest where Winn gave everybody kisses (she also did clean up duty bringing me a straw, a paper cup and a dead bird):
We had a few breaks for slobber maintenance:
We watched Winn play in the grass:
Then we finished up close to the water:
I didn’t know what to expect and gave Liz very little direction. I really didn’t want to be in the pictures and wanted a group shot of the three of them. She took some more pictures as we were walking back to the car, and I knew when I saw it that this was the one. I’m so glad I trusted her to just keep shooting!