I don’t typically get too personal on my blog because I don’t believe that most of you visit me to hear what’s going on in my life. However, today is a difficult day for me and I wanted to share a bit of my heart with you. February 28th marks the anniversary of my dad’s death. He was a truly amazing man and even though it’s been three years since he died, I still can’t believe he is permanently gone. I miss him terribly and this time of year is always challenging. The profile picture I use on my blog and facebook page is the one you see below. It comforts me to know that my dad is right here with me in all of my creative pursuits. He was an avid DIY’er and he would be so proud to see all I have accomplished over the last several years!
Nearly to the day, one year after my dad’s passing, we lost our 6 year old Keeshond, Gandalf, to diabetes. He was a beautiful and fun dog and we had him for much too short of a time. I never even blogged about his death because it was just all too depressing for me to talk about at the time. The day we brought Gandalf home as a pup was the day I learned I was pregnant with my firstborn, Asher. Gandalf was a high maintenance dog and really gave us a crash course in parenting during those 9 months and helped prepare us to become parents. He was a precious member of the family and we still miss him very much.
A few weeks after Gandalf died, I brought Eowyn home to help fill the void we were all feeling. Eowyn looked so much like Gandalf did as a pup but was tinier and sweeter…but still sassy! She has been the best impulse buy that I ever made. We adore her. (And if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you already know how much we adore her :).)
Two weeks ago, I was feeling very blue so innocently began looking online at Pomeranian puppies to cheer myself up.
Well, looking somehow turned into a visit to the breeder…
…And a visit of course sealed the deal! I fell in love with Pippin immediately and decided that I couldn’t live without him. With my husband’s
reluctant blessing, I brought Pippin home to be the newest member of our family. He is so incredibly precious! He is feisty, sassy, adorable, and smart. He is everything I look for in a pup and more:). And he has blue eyes, white whiskers, and pink paws which just make him all the more lovable.
Eowyn is still adjusting to Pippin but they play nicely together and occasionally snuggle. They fight over the same toys and Pippin bullies his big sister into giving him her rawhides. I think they will be inseparable in another week or so!
My husband sent me the following cartoon yesterday and said, “Honey, I love you but we can’t buy a puppy every February.” I think he’s a bit concerned that I might be developing a pattern here. I assured him that as long as no one else dies in my life, I should be good with two pups. If I experience another big loss, all bets are off though!
Puppy kisses are the best form of daily therapy that I can ever imagine. I feel so blessed to have these two furry creatures in our lives and appreciate all they teach me about unconditional love and the silver lining to every difficult day.