My daughter loves dogs, always has a dog, but has never had a puppy. She rescues senior dogs. Like older children, older dogs are among the last to be adopted, if at all. Choosing a senior dog to adopt can be a bit of a challenge. You almost never know their back story or any of their history as very often they are strays. The vet can look at their teeth to get a good idea of their age, but that and their gender are about the only things you'll really know about them. It's almost like their lives before the rescue shelter doesn't exist. They do, however, come with a mixed bag of peculiarities that come from that unknown past and every one has to adjust. One thing that is amazing though, once surrounded by love, these dogs seem to take no time at all to adapting to their new homes. God certainly loves these little creatures.
Gertie is part black lab and is about 11 years old. We think. She has been with the family for 5 years and is the perfect dog: polite, patient and loving; an old soul who is completely content and comfy with her family. Paris, who looks like she has a bit of terrier in her, is the newest family member. She is three. We think. She has been with her family for one week and is trying to find her place. She is very quiet, undemanding and prefers to stay out of the way. It will be interesting to see her personality emerge as she feels more comfortable in her new surroundings.
Gertie has been up to visit her grandparents many times and is very at ease with us, our house, and garden and makes herself at home right away. She's funny--she knows she's on vacation and plans on having a good old time! With Paris, it's been a little different. We are just two more strangers to get used to, plus another strange house to navigate. She has been laying low pretty much, observing more and not getting into the action. Enter grammy's hand knitted bread basket. When I knew she was coming I fished it out and put it on the floor and she immediately curled up inside. It's a safe place to snuggle down into and watch the activity around you and not have to be part of it, but I'm predicting it won't be long before she starts to strut around.
The bread basket pattern comes from Simple Projects for Cozy Homes by Sarah Hatton. It's one of those books where you'll want to make every project, for yourself and as gifts. The photography is beautiful and the projects are simple and fast. Below are my favorites. I knit my bread basket/dog bed with Rowan Big Wool in the color Linen. I have more yarn so I can let Paris take her bed home and I'll make a new one for me. Both the book and the yarn are widely available at your Rowan stockist and online.
By the way, I had the flu last week and it completely kicked me on my keester. I don't remember ever being that sick. I ended up getting pneumonia on top of it, and this is even though I religiously get the flu shot every year and I've had the pneumonia vaccination. Apparently the flu shot this time missed the mark, and the pneumonia shot I got does not cover this kind of pneumonia. I have spent the entire week feeling bad bad bad and sleeping sleeping sleeping. I'm getting better, but this recovery business is so slow going. I wish I could say I was knitting a lot, but before today I couldn't concentrate enough for simple garter stitch. Anyway, the good news is that I am on the mend! xo Kristen