Thursday, January 2, 2014

A shiny new year!

Happy New Year everyone! It's been difficult getting time to sit down and blog, but I hope that with the holidays over and done, life will settle down a bit. Did you make any resolutions for 2014? I resolve to renew my job hunt and to find a new job before the holidays roll around again! That is my biggest hope for the year. Besides making a new job happen, I'm not being overly ambitious with making resolutions. I plan to continue trying to take one day at a time when it comes to healthy habits...going for walks, drinking water instead of soda more often, eating breakfast, etc. etc. I would love to end 2014 in better shape (and healthier) than I was at the start!

The past few weeks have been rainy and messy outside, and it's made life difficult with our new dog, George. He's apparently younger than they thought at the shelter, and has so much pent-up energy that long daily walks are a necessity. When it's raining and we can't go, George becomes destructive. He chews through all the toys, rawhides, and treats we give him and then goes on to look for other things to destroy! He also hates getting wet, so instead of doing his business in the backyard when it's raining, he goes to the far side of the garage (next to the driver's door of my car) and poops and pees there! I am happy to report, however, that when we get to go for walks, he's doing much better walking on the leash. Despite being hyperactive and full of mischief, he seems intelligent and eager to please us. He's also a total love-bug. He will lick you all over and attempt to climb onto your lap, and generally just soaks up any ounce of affection you will give him. The best thing about George, though, is how quickly he has become devoted to Ginger, and she really seems to like him back. It's such a relief to us that Ginger seems mostly happy with the new addition to our family.

  Now that January is here, I'll finally have time to sit down and catch up with everyone's blogs. I hope you all had a great holiday season, and I wish for you a wonderful new year!


  1. It's a shame we don't live nearby one another. Our own sweet pup, Annie, has a nearly limitless amount of energy, too, and can walk or play for hours without showing any signs of slowing down. It sounds like her and your darling George would get on splendidly as they towed their humans along for hours. :)

    Thank you wonderful comment on today's post. I'm with you completely not seeing those kinds of things as time wasted, but they can take up a hefty bit of time and in some cases, can be scaled back a touch without (hopefully!) any negative consequences and that's what I'll aiming for in 2014.

    Tons of hugs & the very happiest of New Year's wishes!!!
    ♥ Jessica

  2. You may need to toughen-up on the discipline; it'll pay in the long term. My very first dog was given to me after his owners became tired of him eating all the shoes in their London flat. When he came to live with me he had free run of the outside, and never chewed a shoe again. Time usually heals all bad habits.