I want to be a better person.  

I haven’t been the person lately that I know I can be.  I need to be better.  I need to be the person I used to be.  I need to learn to keep my impatience at bay and to be a more caring person and friend again.



Who and what I want to be and who and what I am are two completely different things.

Happy Birthday, Evie!

Yesterday was Evie’s birthday!  She turned two.


I’m thankful for the people in my life who encourage me to be myself.  And for the people who think that I am beautiful just the way I am.  I know that is incredibly cliché.  But it’s the truth.  I’m also grateful for the people in my life who will defend me and will stand up for me when I believe in something.

I don’t expect people to always agree with me.  But I do expect them to try to see things from my perspective.  And I expect them to not out me when they disagree with me.  I do not believe that these expectations are too high.  It’s not too much to ask for.

Or maybe it is…

Pet Store Rant

Before I was educated about pet stores, I made the decision to buy a puppy from one. Do I regret that I ended up with my sweet, sweet puppy? Absolutely not. Do I regret that I contributed to the continuance of pet stores and puppy mills? With a passion. I will NEVER purchase a pet from a pet store again. I am filled with deep regret that I contributed to pet stores and puppy mills. But I have to let that go, because it doesn’t change the love for my dog. (This is a difficult situation because I love my Evie more than life itself. I will never regret that she came into my life and owns my heart. But I hate myself for contributing to such an awful, disgusting way for people to try to make money. )

Pet stores, no matter what they say, do not get their puppies from reputable breeders. A reputable breeder would NEVER sell their puppies to a pet store. NEVER. When you purchase from a pet store, not only are you keeping the pet store alive, but you are also contributing to keeping the puppy mills alive. The puppies you purchase from a pet store tend to have health problems and also tend to be smaller or larger than what is true to the breed. This is because they are bred solely for the purpose of making money. The breeders don’t care whether they are over-breeding a bitch or are breeding lines with knee, hip, health problems. All that they care about is making a buck.

There are dogs out there that have never been inside of a house, been for a walk, or who have had the pleasure of having their belly scratched because their sole purpose in life is to give birth to puppies. And when they have become useless to the breeder, they are dumped off on the side of the road or worse.

NEVER BUY FROM A PET STORE! Find a rescue, a humane society, someone on craigslist who can’t care for their dog anymore (even if this dog came from a pet store, at least you are keeping it out of a shelter this way!), or a reputable breeder. It’s well worth the wait for a healthy puppy or a dog who really needs a home. We need to stop allowing for their to be a market in selling puppies for profit.

Wilderness weekend

Went camping over Labor Day weekend in Rampart. It was freezing cold at night! Evie went camping, too. It was her first camping trip ever! Mountain doggy!!

The Five Love Languages

The Five Love Languages: 

-words of affirmation-
-quality time-
-receiving gifts-
-acts of service-
-physical touch-
Someone very wise told me that chances are that your love language isn’t the same as your significant other’s. You have to learn to display the love language of the other person to that person. People tend to act out their own love language to the other person more strongly than the other way around.
Which are your top love languages?