Wednesday, November 14, 2007
  yay! - and a magnolia update

Kelli & Kidney Bean belly, originally uploaded by estacey.

kelli and i talked tonight.. it turns out she be pregnant again! yay! she's due in late june.. so summertime will be the perfect time for a visit! that was good news, and very unexpected.. for her too. :) but in a good way!

all is going well here. little miss magnolia is setlling in quite well. sadly, we are thinking now that someone mistreated her in the past.

she's so darn sweet that she tends to leave her meal to follow you around.. which she did this morning. this is a big mistake around our dogs since they will go and polish off the rest of her food. this morning she followed me over to the outdoor shower when i went to fill their water dishes. i turned around and saw that sebastian was eating her food. i yelled, "sebastian!" and started to run back over to the food. maggie COWERED down, like i was running over to hit her or something. i'm like, no, no, no!

then tonight, chris tried to chase her around the house like we do with the other dogs all the time.. flailing his arms in the air. oh my god, she got so scared. she cowered down like he was going to hurt her. it took a while for her to recover from that one. she had her tail between her legs and everything. we did LOTS of reassuring and petting and beggin-strip-givin' to assure her that we're nice folks and are not going to hurt her.

so yeah, it's happened a few times that she has gotten scared over nothing.. and not just, like, a little scared.. but cowering-on-the-ground scared, which i don't think is normal. it's very sad.

it's going to take a little while.. we're used to being able to be a little rough-playful with our guys, and i don't think that'll fly with maggie, at least not at first.

later, i brought her over to say goodnight to chris before we ran out to finish a few more things in the kitchen. she's just so darn cute... she was like three feet away from him. sitting on the ground, wagging her tail, wanting so much to get close to him but.. scared? so she scooted along on the ground towards him. hunkered down a little. wagging her tail. apprehensive, but wanting the love.. so it's good. she'll be okay. she trusts us.. she's just a little worried. :)

i guess she was four or so months old by the time she got to the shelter, so it's very possible she was abused by the time she got there. can i reiterate how fucking happy i am that we have her here? she deserves a good home. plus, i think she and gretchey will be friends - they're already licking each other's faces here and there.. :)

we had a potty accident in the bathroom this morning.. two actually. but that was good. i was RIGHT THERE to say no and lift her outside. and then i was there when she did go outside so i could say YAY MAGGIE. two potty accidents in four days is damn good!

okay, whoa, tired.. rambling.. night!

Congrats to Kelli!!

Poor Maggie! She'll learn that she's in a safe place where she's loved. And 2 accidents in 4 days is REALLY good!!!
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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