Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Abby's first hike

I've been working with Abby to walk on her leash in our back fields. Monday we put her to the test and took her to Damariscotta for her first official "hike". After stopping to smell everything in sight, she finally got her rhythm and we were crusing along the trails.
I haven't spoken much of this, but we have lost the last of our "old" four-legged family. A few weeks back our beautiful Bella kitty was hit by a car. I couldn't even say it out loud, let alone write it here. Then we had to say goodbye to our old Weezie cat. In July our 14 year old yellow lab, Rudy was ready to go. Last summer, we had to let our 14 year old Dakaota (dog) go. The three oldest animals lived a long and happy life here at The Plenty To Do Farm. Losing Bella to the road was a horrible shock though.
Now it's just Abigail, me and Big Daddy. I think that's the way we'll keep it for now. Perhaps you can see in her eyes that she is Princess of this castle? LOL!
She has breathed new life into our everyday lives. It is funny, you do not realize how heavy your everyday life feels like when you are living with animals that you know will be ready to leave this world soon. It was almost like being depressed but not really knowing it.
Abby makes us laugh everyday (several times a day)! This morning she discovered what frost feels like. From the slippery deck to the cold and crunchy grass under her toes, everything is new and different. She makes me feel inspired.


  1. Oh Jes, I am so sorry to hear of all your losses. I know how you feel because we had to say good-bye to both of our sweet cats this year. Both were old but having that hang over us was dreadful and depressing.They are in a better place now.
    I'm glad Abby is so much fun for you. She looks like a charmer.


  2. Oh Man! Jess.. you know how I feel about this subject. Terry & I have a hard time looking at anything with dogs.. or even talking about it sometimes. We HAVE been through the fire with our Cat mates too! I know just how you feel lady. We are VERY SORRY to hear about Bella. It just hurts too much to think of.. But it looks like your puppy is doing a good job of keeping you distracted.. What a sweetie! She has a mission to take care of her people, as I am sure you are great people in her puppy eyes! Our hearts are with you...