Today is October 17th. Three years ago to the day we moved into our house here in the country. We never thought of naming our property. But the neighboring farmer told me that it was bad luck not to. Knowing that the wife of the previous owner had died here, we took that advice. Lacking creativity, we named our new home "Golden Pines" because of the pine trees, and of course the Goldens.
But it's been three years. Where has the time gone? So much has happened and there have been so many changes, mostly with our dogs, me on the other hand, I won't admit to having changed or aged!
We moved into our new home with our dogs, Wendy, Kasey, Josh, Rudi, CarrieAnne, Sheba, Charlie, Logan, and Cubby, and of course CC, the cat. Just as a caveat I'll add that I continue to marvel that we managed to sell our house without the new owners knowing that we had any dogs at all--It was quite a feat that I do not want to go through again anytime soon! But if you'd like to know how to get rid of dog-odors, just ask, I am a 'self-proclaimed' expert!
During the three years since we moved here, we have fostered and placed Peyton, Daisy, Tucker and Patch. As you know, we are currently fostering The Chub brothers Toby and Bubba. Cowboy, Maguire, Tanner and Hamlet were also dogs that we fostered and adopted, making them permanent members of our household. Young Sam was given to us by a family at church. Did you keep up with all that?
Not including "Old Sam" from last week, in the 3 years we have sadly had to say good-bye to:
Logan who left us in March of 2008. His claim to fame is that he was the least photogenic of any dog I've ever had! Try as I did I could never get a good picture of him.
Kasey left us in October 2008. She's the only "girl" we've lost
Cubby left us in September 2009. He was only supposed to live a few months and lived 2 years
Cowboy left us in March 2010--By far, the goofiest dog I've ever had!
and Maguire left us in May 2010 such a tenderhearted soul!
In thinking about our 3 years here at Golden Pines it reminds me of the saying "Home is where the heart is." For me its truly become the place where I have around me so much life and so many things that represent me as an individual because they hold memories of my own history--This includes our dogs past and present who will always be such a big part of it.