Having said that, I have been tardy, and must apologise for having neglected what I shall call my blogging duties towards those kind enough to follow my musings. It sometimes gets quite difficult to fit in the time. Because as you know if you blog yourself, the writing bit is the easy part. What takes the time is keeping up with others blogs and reacting to them, and of course the more one follows the more there is to do. To be honest I sometimes find it a chore keeping up. This is not to do with the actual effort involved but more to do with a state of mind.
I tend to take things too seriously at times, and I also have a tendency to let things get on top of me. Take Mia the German Shepherd for instance. I find myself worrying all the time about her well being and as to whether I am giving her enough of my time. Which seems strange, because since she arrived in my life we have been together almost every minute of every day. But having taken her into my life and my heart I feel this constant need to make her life the best it can be. And of course this is as it should be. But I don't really believe it should be the 'be all and end all'. She does need training though because she has had very little of it in her life so far and due to her size and age now this is hard work. It is definitely not the same as training a dog from a pup. She has developed ways of her own and I need her to see things my way sometimes. And we are at that stage too where she thinks I should not do anything that does not include her. She gets into a right panic if I leave her alone in the paddock for even a minute, although she seems to settle if she is indoors, and she is also content to sit in the van watching the world go by. Having said that I should point out that we are progressing very well. When we go out for walks now I feel safe to let her off the lead. She now always comes back when I call her and she has even answered my call a few days ago when chasing rabbits. And there is even good positive progress when we meet other dogs. She has shown herself not to be aggressive, but due to her size and strength, her enthusiastic and boisterous behaviour can be misconstrued. Tomorrow and for the next few days I have some work to do. She cannot come with me and this is giving me cause for concern. We shall get through it though and I will make sure she is not alone for too long.
I don't know where that last paragraph came from, except to say that it shows the effect she has had on my life lately. Perhaps I should consider myself lucky that I have so much time to share with her.
Anyway where was I? Oh yes blogging. To be a successful blogger does require time and commitment, and the commitment has been somewhat lacking recently. I am sorry about that. However I am sure it will come back soon. Thanks for sticking around, I appreciate that so much. The fact that I still get many readers even when I am quiet means a lot to me.
|Jodie's husband Lee with Mia.|
|My extremely beautiful daughter Jodie.|
|Still a lot of shoveling to do.|
|Mia loves the van and finds it most relaxing.|