We have experienced so many adventures together in Poesy’s second year of life!

She made new puppy friends.


She celebrated the holidays.

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She graduated from her puppy class and won a third place medal in her agility competition.

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She gave a lot of snuggles.
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And she took lots and lots of naps.

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Happy second birthday to our little Poesy!



a year of poesy

poesy-curtains A year ago we adopted our little Poesy.  Watching the video from that day reminds me not only of how tiny she was, but also of how unprepared we were for how much work she would be and how much love and joy such a tiny puppy could bring.  I am so grateful we made the most spontaneous decision of our lives that day and brought her home!

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Happy first birthday to my little Poesy!


poesy_bed poesy_lap sleeping_poesy poesy In her first year of life, Poesy has become such a sweet addition to our little family.  As hard as it is to believe she is a whole year old, she also doesn’t seem like the little baby she was when we first got her.  She has grown and matured, both physically and mentally – although she is still definitely a puppy, and anyone who knows her knows that she still has a lot to learn!  I can’t wait for this next year of fun, challenges, and adventures.

the small things

sleepy_poesy I’ve come to realize more and more that it’s the small things each day that make life enjoyable…

finding your puppy peeking out of the covers of your bed in the morning,

reading the words of someone wiser than yourself,

seeing a student’s face light up when you tell them you’re proud of them,

opening the windows on a beautiful day,

having time to prepare a nice meal for dinner,

getting butterflies when your husband walks in the door at the end of the day,

finding two clean, matching socks in your sock drawer,

going to sleep, knowing that you don’t have to wake up to an alarm the next day.

What are some of the small things that you enjoyed in your life this week?

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Several weeks ago Tanner and I discovered a local dog park that we visited with Poesy, and we fell in love!


It’s very clean and very popular, so there are plenty of dogs and people for Poesy to play with. We love that it also separates large and small dogs, so that we can make sure Poesy is safe.

It has been so interesting to learn more about dog behavior and body language, and it’s really funny to watch Poesy learn how to interact with other dogs.  When we first got to the park , she stayed really close by our side as she watched the other dogs mingle.  We felt like parents taking their child to kindergarten for the first day of school.  After some encouragement, she finally mustered up the courage to approach other dogs – even one clique that formed.  She eventually had so much fun, running and playing with the other dogs.

We have also enjoyed a small agility course that we have been using to train Poesy.  She’s a fast learner – especially anytime treats are involved!

And the best part is that it’s the only thing we’ve found that actually wears her out for more than five minutes.  As soon as we get in the car after an hour at the park, she immediately falls asleep in my lap, and she usually stays very calm and sleepy for the rest of the day!


The only downside is that after several days of back-to-back park visits, she becomes in desperate need of a bath, which is one of her least favorite things.  But I love giving them to her!!


We have quickly become addicted to dog parks and make trips to the few we’ve discovered so far whenever we get a chance.  Here’s to many more dog park adventures!