Thursday, March 19, 2009
  Color me proud!

Buddies., originally uploaded by estacey.

I was walking Maggie a week or so ago. She loves to go to the beach... She bounces around and jumps on me and all sorts of stuff. It's really cute, and worth risking getting in trouble for bringing a dog on the beach. :D

Anyway, when we were almost home we came upon a couple walking their puppy. A Great Dane / Boxer mix. He was ADORABLE and HUGE. Only three months old and he was already bigger than Maggie... with the paws of a tiger!

I let Maggie sniff him, and he started doing the play/crouch thing. He jumped up and put his paws on Maggie's shoulders.

The amazing part? She played back!

The people made their dog stop, and we carried on with our walk... I was so so so so proud of her, though. I have always been nervous with her and other dogs on the street, so for her to be okay to be jumped on by a bigger-than-her dog was HUGE.

Then yesterday she bit our friend Lally.
No, really, though, it's not really a BAD thing... I had gone outside to greet him, then came back in so he came in on his own.. So as far as Maggie knew, he was just some 6'4" intruder. She bit his hand. But, like I said, I don't consider that a bad thing.. From now on, we just have to make sure we escort people in so she realizes that we want them there. But if someone is busting in our house without us there, it's probably a good thing that she'll go a little crazy on them.

you actually might get in trouble for that. We got in trouble just for our dog LOOKING vicious. Apparently according to animal control, dogs shouldn't look vicious, let alone be vicious, and i would think biting an intruder would be vicious.
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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!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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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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