Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Long Time, no Posting

It's been quite a while since I've posted - I was in heavy grief over Teddy. It's been getting a little bit different every day - as it goes with grief - you can't say it's better - just different. You have new "first's" everyday. Today at my parent's house I took my first nap on their floor without him between my legs. But everyday the "first's" become less and less and things become easier. I think that is one of the universal things about grief, don't you agree?

But certainly life has gone on - other than taking to my bed for about 4 days after his death - life has to carry on - and so it has. It just hasn't been so carefully documented by me! haha!

Last Sunday though - MAN! It was like -30 here in Halifax - but the dogs still needed a good run, so I had the bright idea to go to the beach! So over we went to Conrad's beach. We were the only one's there. We were the only one's silly enough to be there I suppose - these pictures are from that excursion. I also made a little video too - which is linked at the bottom of this post.

My letter to the editor that I wrote in about Rufus not having to die in a trap made it into the Chronicle Herald last Tuesday. So that was good - I'm still 100% in my letters to the Editor.

What I'm currently gearing up for though, and preparing to become obsessed with is the city's "Off-leash Strategy Plan" workshops and sessions that start tomorrow in Tantallon and have meetings set up throughout the HRM in the coming week. When the emails went out I sent out my own mass email about it - stand up now and be counted or keep your mouth shut forever! haha! And it's the truth! People complain all the time about the city not having enough off-leash parks - well now is the time to say it to people who can effect change. We'll see what happens. The city's website that they've set up is at http://www.halifax.ca/real_property/Off-LeashDogStrategy.html

Now I think this is the NEATEST thing! I was a website called Font Garden - and they had a section that said "make a font of your own handwriting" - I'd seen that on other websites in the past, and this time I decided to click on the link and have it done! And I love it! There is now a font in this world called "Dogkisser" - and I get to use it. I think it's the neatest thing. Have I said before how easily amused I am? You can choose to have your font available for sale - but I chose not to have mine available - I thought that was slightly creepy to have my handwriting available for other people to use. I don't know why, I just do.

Here's the video - entitled - "Frozen Wrestling"


  1. Anonymous2:39 PM

    Welcome back Joan! You've been missed. How are the dynamics in with the dogs in the house now?

  2. Anonymous2:39 PM

    whoops - forgot to sign my message, lol!

    Lisa, Delta, Duncan, Oscar

  3. Marjorie11:57 PM

    Glad to hear you're making your way through it all.

    Just a couple of days ago, a dog that is close to me had to be euthanized, after she became acutely ill. In reality, she'd been in pretty bad shape for the past year or so. But her spirits remained good that whole time.

    She was a Doberman Pinscher owned by a close friend I've known since grade 8. Luckily, my friend is also a veterinarian, so she was able to take care of things at home, where it was quiet, respectful, and familiar.

    She was 14, and I'd known her over 13 of those years.

    It's sad. But unlike a sudden illness or accident, her age and declining health allowed us all to prepare a bit.

    It's always sad to see them go.