I live in Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C. with two lovely Black Labrador Retrievers. It will become obvious to any readers of this blog that I spend way too much time with my dogs. I live here because of my job, not because I want to. If I had my choice, I would be in Florida (Treasure Coast) during the winter, and in the hills of North Carolina during the summer. I have lived abroad for many years, having spent time in Ireland, Hong Kong, Nigeria, and Benin.
Clover was born June 2001 in Dublin, Ireland where I lived at the time. I got her as a 10-week old puppy. The first year we were together, I doubted my decision to get a dog every single day, especially on the days that she was destroying my house. If I had only crate-trained her! But, back then I thought it was cruel, and after-all we never crated any of our other dogs! But then, none of them were as nuts as Clover.
Cosmo was my own rescue from a stupid woman on Craigs List in Virginia. She decided to get her kid a puppy at Christmas and then was about to dump him at the pound at New Year’s. Her loss is my gain. He is the sweetest dog I have ever known.
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2009, and am dealing with my new reality with as much humor as possible. I imagine I will write about it from time-to-time, but I don’t intend to turn this blog into a pity party.
My sweet Clover crossed the rainbow bridge July 31, 2012. Life is quieter around here, and Cosmo and I miss her every day. I have given some thought to adding another dog to the mix, but to tell you the truth, I don’t think I have the energy to do so right now.
It was kind of boring and quiet around the house — Cosmo and I were turning into couch potatoes. And, I lost my mind. All good reasons for adding to the household, right?
Auggie is supposed to be part Black Lab and part Golden Retriever. I doubt this sincerely. I do know he is cute, full of piss and vinegar, and Cosmo’s nemesis. He is learning very fast and both Cosmo and I will like him a whole lot more if he’d stop chewing on us. Welcome, Auggie!
Auggie has been here a year, and I finally think I like him! He has been a great companion to have while we both get used to life without Cosmo who went to the Rainbow Bridge in June. I hope that he is there with Clover. Gosh, I miss both of those dogs!
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