I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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A Brand New Rusty

Yes, Rusty got a makeover today. Mostly a haircut, but he looks completely different! This is his second haircut since we got him and I’m still shocked when I see him afterwards. He’s still so handsome, but I prefer his shaggy locks. :)

Since I wrote yesterday that I would be writing more about my life, I’ll write a little about my Rusty. Random fact: for some reason we call him “Rusties”…ever since we got him we talk in plural form a lot. For example, “Rusties, come get your foods!” I have no idea why, but whatever! People do weird things when it comes to their pets.

I saw this quote yesterday on Pinterest when I was going through my boards (yes, you can follow me on Pinterest! I LOVE Pinterest and following new people – so many good ideas out there!) and thought I would share it. For you people who have beloved pets, you’ll love this one. For those of you who don’t, you’ll still like this one (hopefully, if not just bear with me)……

“He might be only part of your life. For him, you are his everything, the only person in his whole life.”

Doesn’t your heart melt? It’s so true! I also saw this quote on Shana Rae’s blog about her new horse yesterday (she quoted from Black Beauty)……..

“We don’t get to choose the people in our lives.  For us it’s all chance…”

Again, so true! And then I began to think, would Rusty choose me if he could? (I know, a little dramatic, but it’s good for reflecting! :)) So, today I’ve been trying to be an extra good Momma to him, for example, taking him to get a haircut because as you can see from the first photo on the right (don’t judge the non-made bed! Notice the newly-made bed in the second photo! :)) the poor love could barely see. Maybe that makes me a bad Mom for neglecting his lack of sight….either way, I’m going to start making Rusty’s life extra wonderful because it’s true; Paul and I are his whole life and he is only a part of ours.

I am going to make more time to take him for those walks he enjoys so much.

I am going to join him in the backyard more often when he plays.

I am going to give him a carrot treat for no specific reason; just because he is my little love.

I am going to actually take the ball when he nudges it into my hands when I’m working.

I’ll learn to put work aside to play more.

For those of you who are reading this thinking “My goodness. Nikki is talking about Rusty like he’s her child”….he really is! I never understood how people could feel like this, for example, my aunt. She has had two, beautiful, white husky dogs for as long as I can remember. She does my hair and every time I go over there she’s always telling me where her and the “boys” went yesterday or where she’s taking them today…she truly does everything she can to make the “boys'” lives wonderful. And why shouldn’t she or anyone else who has pets? Dogs are probably the most loyal animals in the world (which brings me to this link my Nana and Gramps sent me yesterday – was yesterday pet day??).

So, if you have a pet, love them up today and every day! Try to remember that they are empathetic (have you ever noticed that when you yawn your dog yawns right after you? Rusty does this all the time), loving, loyal, and are able to feel happy or, unfortunately, sad.

Cheers to the loving animals in our lives!

PS. I just LOVE that I can see his big, beautiful eyes now! :)