Sunday, October 13, 2019

Meet our new baby Hazel

The past six weeks have been very, very hard. Our beloved dog Chowder died unexpectedly... I broke my tail bone... Our car got broken into and our computer and a bunch of cash stolen, including my green card, driver's license, credit cards, social security cards... Our oldest son left to attend Skagit Valley College one and a half hours away...

Life's a bitch, and then you get a puppy.

We’ve had our fur ball for a couple of weeks, and she has already wiggled and sqeezed her tiny little self into all our hearts. It’s very easy to love her, what with that face:

Her name is Hazel, she is currently 10 weeks old, and she’s a Shi Tzu like our sweet Chowder was.

Our dog Raka is warming up to her, which is a miracle because Hazel has very, very sharp little teeth, and she likes to grab Raka’s ears with them.

What has exponentially increased since we’ve had Hazel:

- Pee stains on our carpet

- Laughter in our house

- Hysterical shrieking from people when they pass her and notice me carrying her in a front pack

- The time spent knitting warm little sweaters for her

- Likes and thumbs-ups on Facebook and Instagram

- My anxious looks into the sky and heart rate when I watch for predators when she goes potty outside

- Girls in Eva's class asking for playdates

We picked her up in Wenatchee, a three hour ride over a mountain pass. On the ride home she bonded with various family members on our laps.  The kids got to skip school for the event.  

School, schmool… Picking up a new family member is much better education than anything, don’t you agree?

Hazel has participated in all of our lives like a pro: excursions to the beach,
apple cider pressing, hikes in the mountains… She’s a trooper, and has to be in order to fit into our family. 

I'll leave you with something puppy-unrelated. In the midst of all the hard stuff that happened, I managed to escape to our friends' yurt in Port Townsend, a lovely seaside town.  It was my intention to relax, rejuvenate, and nourish myself.  On the way there, I got a huge ticket because our truck tabs were expired...

Sigh... It can only get better from here, right?

Let me go hug my puppy.



  1. Hazel is soooo cute!!! I feel your pain with the loss of your last dog. I lost mine in July and 2 weeks later I found another one to fill the empty spot in my heart. Hazel will do the same for you. Love your pictures where you live - it's so beautiful there!

    1. I'm so sorry for your loss. It's heart wrenching. I'm so glad you found another doggie to help you heal!

  2. A loss of a family member and that is what a dog is, a family member, it is quite painful. You never quit loving and missing the one who has gone on, but your little Hazel will help stop the bleeding of your heart. Bright blessings to you all.

  3. Woah! You've been busy!! Hope all is well?
    I am truly sorry reading about your loss. I know how it feels.

    I also saw that you visited Germany. Ohhh, I could do with some continental European culture right now! I loved looking at the pictures, remembering my many visits there, although I never went that far south.

    1. Hey Ron, yes, some continental European culture can't hurt! Steve and I are leading a retreat to Germany next year!


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