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.