So, you prolly don’t know this but before we started this bloggie, my mom had a bloggie of her own
that nobuddy ever read where she used to write about me and my progress after I came to live here. Well, this time last year she wrote something that we thought we’d share with you. Now, you gotta keep in mind that she wrote this one whole year ago and lots of things have changed for me and I’ve come a long way since then. But mom says her feelings and thoughts about everything are still pretty much the same. Hope you like it!
Originally written January 1, 2010
The new year is always an exciting – and somewhat unnerving – time for me. 12 whole months spread out before me, filled with so much potential and so many things that might happen that I’d never expect.
This time last year, the thought of adding another dog to our family hadn’t even crossed my mind. My husband and I had talked occasionally of the type of dog we would get when the time came. Some sort of sporting dog that he could hunt with. A dog that loved to experience new things and new places. A confident, outgoing dog that would allow me to perhaps get its therapy dog certification someday. A dog that could go anywhere, do anything that we wanted to do.
Not a brindle, bully breed dog with crazy big bat ears. Not a dog that had such a terrible start to life that she was terrified of ceiling fans and the doormat and her reflection in the oven door and, well, anything different. Not a dog that slinks into a new setting looking around like something is going to swoop out of the sky and gobble her up. In other words, not Mayzie.
Now, this is something you must know about me. I’m a planner. I don’t make big decisions hastily. I research. I talk to people. I look at all angles and break it down into small steps that will help me reach the final goal. I think it over a long time before finally “pulling the trigger.” I do not take leaps of faith.
Yet when Mayzie first sat in my lap and looked into my eyes, I went flying off the cliff. And when I landed, what I found was that no, I hadn’t gotten the perfect dog. Instead, I had gotten the perfect dog for me.
Because for all her fears and quirks, she is the sweetest, gentlest, most loving soul I have ever encountered. She has a wacky sense of humor and makes me laugh every single day with her goofiness. And when she cuddles up to me and sighs a little sigh of contentment and lets me know how much she trusts me, it makes me so happy I could cry.
Just a few of the many things she has taught me in the time we’ve had her…
1. The world is big and scary but infinitely interesting.
2. Anything that appears big and scary can be brought down to size if you just walk up and bop it with your nose.
3. Learning new things is fun and gives you confidence.
4. The best way to make friends is to wag your tail and smile.
5. Cheese can get you through a lot of tough times.
6. Patience really is a virtue, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
7. Greet the ones you love with absolute reckless abandon, even if you just saw them 5 minutes before.
8. Play at least once each day.
9. Forgive, forgive, forgive.
10. Judge others for who they are, not on what they look like or on others’ opinions of them.
And of course, the most important thing Mayzie has taught me is that when life takes you to unexpected places, sometimes the best decision you can make is to take a leap of faith.
Happy New Year! And Happy Leaping!