April 30, 2009

Dancing with double trouble...

I had initially written this note and posted it on facebook. I believe it deserves a mention here since it's the perfect way to introduce Charlie to you. Read on.

'The weekend comes to an end and while it was damp and brooding outside, it was loud and colourful in my apartment. Exactly a week back, March 1st, I brought home a 9-week old puppy who needed a home from a shelter. When I went to visit the home shelter, he was one of the two rescues left along with another brother of his. His one sister and 3 other brothers had already been rescued. Charlie, as I've now named him, was the biggest of the lot and apparently he was the most timid. You would never think that now. The host family had grown quite attached to him but were glad to see him find a home to call his own.

In this week of having Charlie here, life has been in constant motion. Gone are the days when Jackie and I had our routine down pat. Jackie, for her part, is tolerating him but it's gone off better than I could have hoped for. *touchwood* I've been running home from work during every lunch break to take the dogs out and to make sure all hell hasn't broken loose. I've been bruised, nicked and bitten but when it's from a puppy that's teething, that's only to be expected. I will admit to not having been entirely confident when I first brought home Charlie. Trying to train and raise a puppy is a lot of work. Constant questions of whether I could do it, whether I had the energy and confidence to do it was at the forefront of all that self-doubt. But, as I sit here and type this out Jackie and Charlie are playing together and I realize that it's one of the reasons I wanted to get another dog.

This evening, I was happy to be able to lift up Charlie and dance around with him. It's what I do. I did that to Jackie and I'll probably keep doing that to whomever I can. We danced around to Right Now by Akon (yes I know), and Jackie chased us around the apartment. It was a riot. I, now, have the balcony door open and we're listening to the sounds of the rain and feeling the cool breeze on our faces and the dogs are panting in happiness and I'm joyful looking at them.

So, come meet Charlie and dance with us when you get the chance to. Oh, and if you wish to carry him do so before he grows in to the bear he promises to be. :)'

Continuing on from that...it's another rainy day today and I'm happy to say I'm still able to lift Charlie up and dance with him. While the sky is dark and grey outside, we're full of cheer in here. I'm learning to live in the moment thanks to these two canines and once that happens you find that you can appreciate a lot more in your life. Try it.

9 comments:

nova-san said...

Hello, Charlie!

I have always believed that animals, particularly dogs, have much to teach us humans about life and love (which is why I have two dogs myself).

lindsaylobe said...

HI Vee - Welcome back to blogging. I love the name Charlie since it reminds me of my late Father called Charlie who also loved dogs. As a youngster he was able to teach them many different tricks and they becane almost self sufficient, Growing up in the country our pet dog effectively had the “run of the town". He used to visit many shop owners every day including my fathers work place for “morning tea” and was always careful crossing the street. He became a local “celebrity” and was accepted by everyone he met on his daily travels. He would return home faithfully at the end of each each day just like everyone else. A dog reaming free like that would be impossible today.
I have included a link on my blog and look forward to hearing more about your life together.

Best wishes

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you finally got another dog, I know you were talking about it for a while. You look very happy and I know you'll have no problem taking care of Jackie AND Charlie. You know, my grandpa used to call me 'Charlie' when I was younger. Obviously he did know my name, ha, it was just his cute grandpa type thing. Oh, that and making me chop down a tree with a chainsaw when I was 9.

Charlie looks so adorable and you look great as well. I hope everything is going well.

Vee said...

Anonymous, would you mind revealing yourself? :)

Anonymous said...

let's just say that you've been in my thoughts lately and i have been kind of wishing good things and happiness for you. anonymous is a good name for now, and i mean no disrespect to you or your blog by keeping my identity secret -- it might be for the best =).

Vee said...

All right, I shall just wither away with curiosity then :p But, I guess thank you for wishing good things and happiness for me. Hope you're doing well too, whoever you are.

Anonymous said...

i think you have a feeling who it is, and that feeling would be correct. =)

Vee said...

I have some guesses... but I don't like guessing games. So email me if you don't wish to remain anonymous, else... see you around.

Vee said...

A: thanks for your email. Good luck!