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Clover Clementine

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Today our family of seven (two humans, two cats, one dog and two chickens) became a family of eight! The newest addition is Miss Clover Clementine. Reuben and I had been talking about adopting a second dog for quite some time. Up until recently my mum was living just around the corner from us and I was taking Daisy over to have play dates with her dogs most days. My mum recently moved out of town and though she is still close, she’s no longer within walking distance. Since Daisy hasn’t been seeing my mum’s dogs every day she’s seemed a bit glum. I think she became quite accustomed to being part of a pack.

We’ve been checking shelter websites and animal rescue facebook pages, waiting for the right little doggie to catch our eye and join our family. Daisy is still very frightened of people and dogs she doesn’t know, so though we would have been happy to adopt an older dog, we thought a pup (that Daisy would be less likely to feel intimidated by) would be easier on Dais. We figured a puppy would have a better chance of bonding with Daisy too.

This morning, while we were eating pancakes, I checked the Lost Dogs Home website and was struck by a funny, whiskery little face. The description said she was three months old, sweet and a little bit timid. Perfect! Reubs called to see if the pup was still available and, much to our delight, she was. The shelter was closing early so we had just half an hour to make it there before closing, and we live precisely half an hour away, so we scrambled to the car and made it just as they closed. The moment we laid eyes on little Clover wiggling at us through the gate, we were certain she was destined to be a part of our family.

The lady who processed the paperwork for Clover’s adoption didn’t have any information about how she came to be there, but we know she was one of three puppies. Her siblings had already been adopted out and Clover was the last one to find a home. We think she might be a bull arab cross wolfhound, but just as with Daisy, we’ll never really know her heritage.

Clover is settling in wonderfully. She is such a sweet and affectionate little scrap. As to be expected, Daisy is a bit jealous, but they are getting along well. I’m confident they’ll be the best of friends in no time!

Not a day goes by when I am not glad we have chosen to adopt cats and dogs in need. I truly believe they understand and that they are grateful for the happy life we have given them. We in turn are so grateful for the joy they bring us every day. We love our ragtag flock of rescue babies with all our hearts!

Katie x

PS Remember when Daisy came into our lives?! On one hand that seems like only yesterday, but on the other hand I can’t remember life without her!

PPS We have decided that in 2014 we will try to follow a blog post schedule. From now on we will be posting every Sunday, rather than at random.  We’ve come to realise we need structure in place to do things consistently, but we don’t want to commit to posting so frequently that it becomes a chore. This feels like a good balance.

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Then and Now: Daisy Turns One

The day we found Daisy and took her home to my mum’s place, after a big feed she napped under the lemon tree in the backyard. To this day whenever we visit mum Daisy likes to sit under that tree, and last time we were there I took some pictures. It’s amazing looking at photos of Daisy in the same spot 8 months on. My, how she’s grown!

Under the tree, December 2011.

Under the tree, August 2012.

Daisy Delilah, December 2011.

Daisy Delilah, August 2012.

When we first found Daisy, the vet estimated she was around 4 months old. We found her on December 26 so we’ve decided to celebrate her birthday on August 26, which is tomorrow!

When we adopted Daisy she had a nasty case of pneumonia, fleas, worms and mites. She was severely underweight, extremely timid and very wary of people. Today, Daisy is a completely different dog. She’s strong and healthy and happy. Those droopy little ears perked up within a couple of days of her coming home with us and they haven’t drooped once since!

Though we are still fighting the mites (they are very almost gone now but it’s been a saga!) and she’s still afraid of strangers, Daisy has come such a long way since joining our family. Dear Daisy is such a sweet and affectionate girl. She thinks she is a lap dog and insists on lying all over us. She’s very playful and we’ve lost many shoes this year (and our two cats have been rather traumatised!) She doesn’t like squeaky toys but loves playing tug of war and is obsessed with chasing the vacuum cleaner. She likes sneaking hot chips and pieces of cheese. She is bestest friends with Molly and whenever we visit my mum they are utterly insperable. She is the spottiest, silliest, snuggliest, smelliest dog there is!

We will never know what awful things happened to Daisy at the beginning of her life, but we do know that she will never be cold, hungry or lonely again. We truly believe that she understands we rescued her and is grateful for it, and in turn we are so thankful for all the joy that Daisy has bought to our lives. She has completed our little family and stolen our hearts.

So Happy Birthday, Miss Daisy! We love you.

Katie x

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Goodbye Dear Schnoog

First out of focus photo, taken by me as an 11 year old in 1998. Second two shots of me and Schnoog in 2008. Last four photos of old lady Schnoog in 2011 and 2012.

Yesterday was a sad day. A day that we hoped would never come but eventually had to. Yesterday was the day we said goodbye. At the grand old age of 16, my family’s dear little dog Honey (affectionately known as Schnoog) passed away.

I wondered whether or not to write this post. I wasn’t sure this was something I should share here as none of you (or at least very few of you) knew Schnoog, so her passing bares little significance to you. It’s also not a very cheery subject and we do try to keep things positive in this space, but this little dog was such an important part of my life, it felt wrong to say nothing. This blog follows our journey, so it seems only right for me share this part of our story. It also felt important for me to honour her here in some small way.

Honey became a part of our family when I was 9 years old. We adopted her just a short time after my parents separated, at the beginning of a new chapter for our family. In the 16 years that we shared with Schnoog, we all grew and changed and our lives evolved, many times over. Through some extremely difficult times (particularly during my teen years) Schnoog was one of the few constants in my life. When I left home I looked forward to seeing her as much as looked forward to catching up with my mum and brother. She was fiercely loyal, adorably affectionate and unhealthily obsessed with anything sweet. She was also fond of rummaging through the rubbish for tasty scraps (we lovingly dubbed her “the bin rat”) and she felt the cold terribly. In the cooler months you rarely saw Schnoog without one of her little jackets on (my mum sewed all her rugs and some were four layers thick!) She was such a sweet and funny little character. We will all miss her so much.

I know not everyone is an “animal person” so some people might struggle to understand the grief of losing a fur baby, but in our animal-loving world, dogs and cats (and all other pets) are family. We love them to pieces. It’s still quite hard for me to comprehend that she is gone, but I am so grateful to have had so many years with Honey. She is a part of so many treasured memories.

Rest in peace dear Schnoogie. You will always hold a very special place in my heart.

Today we are holding Daisy, Poppy and Sebby extra close. I hope you are having a nice week and getting plenty of time with those you love most. Don’t forget to give your furry little ones a squeeze.

Katie x

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Lately…

… We have been thinking a lot about our dreams and how we can make them happen sooner.

We have been considering the way we handle our money and how we can budget better.

We have not had much time for op-shopping (which has been good for the point above!)

We have fallen in love with Katie’s mum’s baby bunnies.

We have noticed our cats getting cuddlier now that the evenings are a bit chilly.

We have taught Daisy to sit and to high five!

We have eaten a lot of cake and drunk a lot of tea.

We have not been very good at keeping our house tidy.

We have taken a lot more photos outdoors than indoors (probably due to the lack of tidiness!)

We have been very much looking forward to the Easter long weekend…

What have you been up to lately?

Katie and Reuben x

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10 Good Things Right Now

Watching the BCC’s latest version of Great Expectations.

Buttery fudge.

Trying to teach Daisy to play fetch (she’s getting better!)

Hints of autumn yellow appearing in the trees.

Seeing Bon Iver live in Melbourne (technically that was two weeks ago but we are still talking about it, so that counts as “now”, right?)

Op-shopping for cardigans and coats for the coming cooler months.

Pumpkins and zucchinis from our garden!

Impromptu pizza parties with friends.

Knitting in the car.

Reading books (Katie) and doing sudoku puzzles (Reuben) before bed time.

What’s making you smile right now? We’d like to know!

Katie and Reuben x

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