We have a lot of thanks to share today! We won a lot of great things from some of our blogger friends, we were given some nice awards, and we want to give special thanks for the wonderful support we got when losing Kobi.
M.K. Clinton’s Barking from the Bayou blog passed along the award of excellence to us. Melissa said the nicest things, and when another blogger uses the words “impress, motivate, and inspire” to describe me, well, that just more than makes my day. It makes me feel like what I am doing is all worthwhile. Thank you so much, Melissa. If you are not familiar with her blog, click on her name and visit her. She is also an author and has two adorable dogs living with her.
Ku and his Mom from “Haiku by Ku” shared several awards which they have received and passed on to many other blogs. We were allowed to choose whichever one we wanted to share, so we chose the Liebster award. We are going to gratefully accept it but not follow the rules….there are too many other blogs that I enjoy and I couldn’t possibly narrow it down. Ku has mostly retired from blogging but you can still visit his site and enjoy his haiku!
The cats are so excited that I finally won something for them! Samantha wanted to give her personal thanks to Ann from Pawsitively Pets and Hill’s Science Diet for this great prize pack seen below. They are enjoying everything in it! In the below photo they’re chowing down on some of the kibble. They also love the treats and the canned food. Sam can be fussy about canned food and she wasn’t crazy about the first one I opened, but after that she has loved them all.
Of course, the dogs are not going to be outdone, and they won these treats, also from Hill’s (Ideal Balance) from Dolly the Doxie. Thank you so much, Dolly! So far we have tried the Duck/Pumpkin ones and they LOVE them. I have no doubt they are going to love the others also.
And last, but definitely not least, we won The Petter from Emma at MyGBGVLife. The Petter is a daily planner for your pet’s schedule! It not only has a yearly calendar and daily pages, but a notepad and sticky notes, plus page markers. There is place to record all of your pet’s information, which will be great to leave for a pet sitter. With multiple pets, I have a lot to keep track of, and this is really going to help keep me organized, which I desperately need! You can check out The Petter for yourself by following them on Facebook or Twitter.
Luke has a very busy puppy life to keep track of! There is play time, meal time and treat time, and soon he will be starting obedience/training classes! We can also track when it’s time to groom them….baths, nail clipping, and ear cleaning all have to be done periodically and it’s easy for time to get away from us. We are also tracking Luke’s weight….he has gone from 11 pounds to 31 in the two months he has been with us….gaining an average of 2-3 pounds per week! Yikes, he’s going to be a big boy!
You may have noticed the “52 Week Money Challenge” badge on my sidebar. If you click on that it takes you to “Nikitaland“, where you can read about this great idea. It is a savings plan of sorts….for whatever week you are in, you put that amount of money into a jar (i.e. Week 1 – $1, Week 2 – $2). If you start the first week of January, at the end of the year you will have $1378! I am so bad at saving money, and I thought this would be a fun way to try to save for something special at the end of the year. You can still start and just catch up, I started late and that’s what I did. Go by Nikita’s blog if you want more details.
I know I have already done so, but I just wanted to say thank you again to everyone who expressed their condolences, thoughts, prayers and kind words when Kobi was ill and then passed away. Each and every word on all my posts has been read and cherished. I was unable to respond to every comment but I read and appreciated them all. Thank you for also sharing in my memories in subsequent posts.
I want to give a special thanks to JoAnn from Sand Spring Chesapeakes for making this sweet photo of Kobi and sharing his passing with her own readers. Every Saturday JoAnn writes her posts “Nothing but Norman” where she shares photos, memories and stories of her own angel Norman. It meant a lot to me that she shared about Kobi in one of those special posts. She also shared this poem, which I love:
When God made the Earth and sky, the flowers and the trees,
He then made all the animals, and all the birds & bees.
And when his work was finished, not one was quite the same,
He said, “I’ll walk this earth of mine, and give each one a name.”
And so he traveled land & sea, and everywhere he went,
A little creature followed him, until its strength was spent.
When all were named upon the earth, and in the sky & sea,
The little creature said, “Dear Lord, there’s not one left for me.”
The father sniffed and softly said, “I’ve left you till the end,
I’ve turned my own name back to front, and called you Dog,
JoAnn has inspired me to share more memories of Kobi. When our golden retriever Moses died last summer, I didn’t write or share much about him after the first couple of posts after he first died. I felt like sharing my grief would make me dwell on it more. But through JoAnn’s memories of Norman I’ve come to realize that sharing more is a good way to work through it. Sharing stories and photos of Kobi has been therapeutic for me. I will continue to do so, and I will share memories of Moses from time to time also. There are so many happy memories of all of our angel dogs, and that’s what I want to focus on.
So in that spirit I want to leave you with a photo of Kobi and his siblings (taken by my hubby) shortly before he passed on. They were all taking great care of him, staying close and keeping him comfortable and loved.