Sunday, December 11, 2011

If I Was My Camera, Where Would I Be?,,,

Well, well. It seems that the location of my camera is super top secret. So top secret that it seems that I have hidden it from myself. I spent the last 45 minutes hunting for its whereabouts to no avail. Alas and alack, I can not take photos of my stitching to share. I am so proud of it, too. I will say prayers to Saint Anthony, patron saint of lost objects and hope it turns up before the holiday parties get into full swing this week.

Today was a super awesome day. I started off at church and got to see many of the people that I love. My closest friends are the people that I have met at church and have known for years. It is a joy to be in worship with them on Sunday mornings. One of my best friends came up to me and said that she had my Christmas present because she could not wait to give it to me. It was a smaller calendar with Schnauzer puppies!!!! They are so cute with their little mustaches. We both have schnauzers, although hers is a standard. Many of our phone calls include discussions about the love of our furbabies. They are a special breed. As I was talking with her and her husband, we were looking at the pictures of the schnauzer babies, all with floppy ears. I told them that it bothers me to think that someone docked Liesl's ears and tail and that I wish the practice would be stopped. They said that they heard that the practice had become against the law, which I totally support. I just do not think it is necessary to do that to a dog and it hurts my heart to think that Liesl may have been in pain so early in her life.

I had decided that today was the day and I was going to start my Christmas shopping. After church I had to do my weekly drive through of Home Depot. I picked up paint samples, and I am happy to say that I have found the color gold that I am going to paint my kitchen. Plus, it totally matches the pumpkin color that I intend to paint the accent wall. Awesome!

Off I went to Costco after that. I told myself that I was going to go in with a sense of humor, patience and open to just looking around and not hoping to find the perfect gift. I had a great time, and got several things. Then I went to Target and found some great items. Afterwards, I came home and checked out Amazon. I am happy to say that I am almost done and I have found some great presents. I have to make a couple of stops on the way home from work, but I think I should be done this week and ready to just have fun at my parties. What a relief.

I spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing with Liesl. It is cold and rainy right now and she was more than happy to just nap. I curled up on the sofa with her. It makes me happy to think that I have a couple of three day weekends with her this month. I love rainy afternoons with Liesl.

So, it was a great weekend and I feel really good going back to work that I am ahead on things that I needed to take care of. The Christmas shopping being out of the way is a huge relief. I feel like I can just enjoy the holiday now!


Rachel S-H said...

Are you sure they docked her ears? my Schips started out with ears with just the tips pointed down and they straightened out. Chancey was one up, one down, when we picked her out, but they both stood up by the time we got her home. It's one of the hardest things to deal with when you love a breed--Schips get their tails docked, and it's hard to think of them being in pain, but it was done by a vet. my pit had his ears retrained, not cropped, and I'm glad for that.

Patti said...

Hi Rachel,

BTW, I always love the stories you tell about your dogs! I feel like I have known them for years!

Yes, I am afraid it has been a common practice in the US to dock the tail and ears. It is the standard in the dog shows, however, the standard in Germany is floppy eared. Since schnauzer were bred primarily to be watchdogs, (they sound a shrill alarm!) it was thought that the pointy ears made them look meaner. (Which is totally funny because they are total goofballs.)

Yes, Liesl's ears were docked,as she has the thicker scar tissue on the ends. It was done by the breeder or the vet, and a professional job was done. She is so cute no matter what. I just love her to bits.

I just hope that she did not have any pain or suffering. I want her life to be sunshine and biscuits.

Thank you so much for your comment!