Its been quite an adventurous twenty-four hours! Well, actually, its been quite a week, as you all know. I hope you don’t think me fickle. I miss Oliver still. I think of him as a treasure that I only got to enjoy for a short time, if that makes sense. At first I didn’t think I would get another dog right away, but living alone, I do feel safer having a big dog in the house.
So yesterday, I was thinking I would go check out the dogs at the local humane society (to break the evil spell of ‘looking at dogs on the internet.’) And get a frozen yogurt and a couple of other little treats for the new year. I know. I’m a BIG party-er. Well, first of all I called, and the humane society was closed. Oh, well, I’ll get a copy of the local ‘Buy and Sell’ and see if there’s anything interesting in there. To make a long story short, I LEFT MY PURSE AT HOME. I never do that. Its Sophie’s fault. So the ONLY thing i could do was to get a copy of the Buy and Sell, which was free.
(BTW, since I didn’t get my frozen yogurt, I came up with a fabulous substitute! Using Dietgirl’s idea, I blended some of that ‘frozen yogurt’ that didn’t turn out right with some frozen strawberries. And topped it with a few chocolate chips, walnuts, and one crumbled cookie from the same recipe that didn’t turn out the way I wanted. F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S.)
Back to my story. After looking at THOUSANDS of dogs on the internet, there, in my own local paper, were 4 ads that definitely interested me. I looked them over, and decided that I would actually like to go with the mixed breed dog, because of that hybrid vigor that I talked about. [Oh, I guess I didn’t talk about hybrid vigor with you. Some folks think that when there is a complete outcross (like two different breeds,) the resulting animals are much healthier.] So, even though it was New Year’s Eve, I decided to call. The lady was very friendly, and said she wasn’t doing anything on New Years Day and I could come on out.
Well, what an adventure. They have a real farm with lots of animals, and like a real farm in wet weather, it was pretty darn muddy. To be honest, I almost turned around when I got there. But so glad I didn’t. As soon as the puppies came under the fence to see me, I knew I had found the right puppies. I decided to take Buddy* because he was a little less ‘demanding’ than the girls. And very beautiful, as you can see. He is 1/4 Anatolian Shepherd and 3/4 Great Pyrenees.
After I made my decision, the lady invited me into her house. All the flooring was in large tiles. I LOVED it. I have been thinking that this is the way for me to go (not that I have a problem with housebreaking dogs or anything) but this is the first time I have seen it. And it looked very nice and homey, not cold at all. We had such an interesting talk, and at some point she mentioned her cows and milk, and I said, DO YOU SELL RAW MILK? (Did I tell you that I wanted to try this?) Anyway, the way they do it to be legal is that you buy a ‘share’ of the animal, and then you can get the animal’s products legally. She brought in some yogurt for me to try and it was UNBELIEVABLE. Of course, it was made with whole milk. But it was thick and creamy and not tart at all. Then she brought in some homemade wild blackberry jam and shared that with me too. Oh brother.
So, back to home to get that farm smell off of me and Buddy. The introductions between Sophie and Buddy were the simplest doggie intros I have ever done. I think I am finally starting to get the hang of the ‘calm assertive’ attitude that Cesar has been trying to teach me for so long.
I will try really hard not to turn this into the Buddy and Sophie blog. But….squeeeee!!!! I am so happy right now.
[I decided on the name Buddy just because, well, I like that name. That’s what I called Oliver more often than not.]
On the food/exercise front. I am so happy that on the way home with Buddy I stopped at the gym to get in a good workout. And yesterday me and Sophie got in a real good run/walk. (Run when I got my way, walk when Sophie got her way.) Food choices have been great the past few days. I’ve had some treats, so I still felt like I was celebrating, but they have been healthy, low or non-sugar types, . At the gym today I tried the plie squats that Miz had demonstrated, and I really like them. And I have to say, I liked the way my legs looked while I was doing them. Somehow at that angle they looked leaner, and you didn’t see all the lumps and bumps…
And how much do I love it that he falls asleep underneath my ‘blogging chair?’