Posted in Animals, Pets

The heart of a lion

It’s always a great honor when a fellow blogger believes in what you have to say, and asks you to do a guest post on his/her blog. It’s exactly what happened when notdonner from a dogtown.blog asked me to do so. I was so humbled and happy, yet it has taking me eons to respond back and finally write my contribution. I could blame it on a number of things but I won’t. There simply is no excuse as to why it has taken me so long, and a huge thanks goes out to notdonner for inviting me. It means a lot, and here it finally is. I hope you enjoy this little story.

I want to talk about Nikki and the special bond that we shared. This story is about overcoming challenges and the things we can learn from each other. I’m sure these lines on here will find nothing but dog lovers, although I’m aware that somewhere else she might appear as just a dog, or a pet. But Nikki was so much more than that, she was my fur baby, and over the years she taught me a thing or two.

Her life started very rough, coming from an abused background, which took years of rehabilitation to regain her trust. Humans had done her wrong in the worst way during her short one and a half year old life. What was left were broken bones and a malnourished, scared, little soul that was nothing but skin and bones after an initial brushing.

It was no wonder that she was food aggressive in the beginning, and would inhale anything she was given. Despite of being the second to come into the family, she quickly put my same age Akita Pit mix in his place by making it known that she was the boss now. After a few weeks and a few flesh wounds, biting him, I was near the unwanted decision of having to give her up to a shelter. I knew it couldn’t continue the way it was, and my loyalty had to be with my first dog which I had raised from little on. He could have easily hurt her, but he grew up as a gentle giant and without aggression. It was as if he already knew about her painful past and therefore never bite her. He simply showed patience and endured. Even if it meant gaining painful wounds from her razor sharp fangs. He too taught me that sometimes we have to endure the storms and it’s not always wise to fight back.

I remember sitting with Nikki, holding her, and telling her that she needed to stop. As if she could understand, I talked to her as if she was a person. “I can’t keep you if you keep this up” I told her, while pleading with her. Miraculously she stopped shortly after our talk, and now took on a motherly role. The flesh wounds turned into loving licks and kisses and it was the end of all the fighting. She replaced her food aggression with daily grooming sessions that Sparky had to endure. She wouldn’t stop until he was properly groomed, and if he turned his head away from her, she simply walked around to the other side to continue her task. Much had changed from fighting for scraps, defending herself, and being on her own. She had adapted to her new role full of compassion and harmony. The transition was quite remarkable, she had found her forever home and was loved in a way to make up for all the bad she has encountered before. I’m sure she never forget, but the gratefulness in her eyes is something I will never forget.

Eventually she wasn’t afraid of the hand reaching down to pet her, and stopped ducking. It became play, and years later she turned into her true self, a compassionate, but feisty and playful little pup. It was the first time I got to see the “Shiba 500”. If you don’t know what that is, it’s when your dog all of a sudden takes off running as being chased by the devil, from one end of the house to the other, around in circles, flying and leaping through the air, with ears back, smiling like crazy, bowing their front legs with their bottoms up in the air, only to take off running again. It’s the funniest thing you will see as you take cover to get out of the way.

Nikki was heartbroken and went into extreme mourning as my other dog passed. He had become everything to her and she stopped eating and lost all joy of life. I had to intervene and it was then that Nikki took up hiking, late in life, but not too late. She eventually found purpose again and a passion for Mother Nature. She loved her time outside and we helped each other get past our loss. She was the best dog anyone could ever have and lived for nearly another two years. Looking back, I’m not sure who saved who, and our bond and relationship was very special. So special indeed that I became a lifelong fan of her breed.

What I learned from her is that sometimes you have to stand up in life and defend yourself. That sometimes you just have to be the boss and take ownership, but you can just as quick lay down the role when it no longer serves the situation. She demonstrated so beautifully what a big heart she had and that it is possible to forgive those that harm us and move on. We all get hurt along the way, and it’s par for the course. It shapes us into who we are ultimately meant to be.

Nikki reminded me that there will be moments where you have to adapt and compromise. Not necessarily because you have to fit in, but to hold on to your uniqueness while respecting others to live and let live. To love unconditionally, and to never take a day for granted. She had the heart of lion and never gave up, despite her health challenges along the way. Her frail bones ached as she struggled to adjust to her age, but her heart remained full of adventure and spirit. She was a fighter and showed me that it is possible to overcome great loss, although I never managed to get over losing her. There are days I find little consolidation knowing that I alleviated the suffering for her in the end. It’s something I constantly have to remind myself of when my heart aches because I miss her. I wish that I could hold her and see that crazy smile, running through the house again. Nikki was a special family member and I know you understand. I’m sure you also have a beautiful story to tell about your special relationship with your four legged child.

I’m sending a giant hug to you and yours tonight with a reminder to hug tight and love like no tomorrow.

Thank you so much for letting me share this story and for your time. And please don’t forget to stop by at notdonner if you haven’t already and pay a visit. ❤️

#dogtown.blog #notdonner

Posted in Animals, Humor, Pets

“Bember” and the “Fairy Garden”

“Bember” has become a regular and visits each day. Although she lives outside, she spends much of her time just hanging out whenever I’m on the patio. I have gone as far as feeding her occasionally, but not on a regular basis. I don’t want her to forget her hunting skills and be dependent when I return to the states.

Bember has found herself a “Ruling Rock” (a place from where she seems to oversee and rule the garden) near the fairy section, and the magical mushroom forest. It is also where I feed her and where her dish is.

Bember was sick a few days ago and she had been sneezing for awhile. But the other day, a discharge was draining from her right eye and it was nearly closed. Only a slit remained open and I felt so sad for her. I fed her right away in the hopes to provide nourishment for a quick healing. It helped and the next day her eye was nearly back to normal. Today, two days later, it is completely healed and she brought me a thank you present. A dead mouse… 😳. To her dismay, I was not so thankful and had a talk with her. I told her that I appreciate her gratitude, but that she doesn’t have to do this in the future again. Like….EVER, EVER, EVER again. Yikes…

Posted in Pets

Critter connection

It’s Monday and critter connection day. It’s a fun weekly post to share some sort of critter you might have encountered during the week. My dear Fairy Sister Roda at Growingself.blog is behind the creation of this fun time and we surely share a love for critters big and small.

I’ve been working a lot lately and the critters are falling a bit short in my part of the world. I haven’t been out much and although a squirrel jumped in me the other day while I was napping at Sardine lake, he was a fast and mischievous little critter and I didn’t get to snap a picture quick enough. I was rather unprepared and never actually saw it coming. And yes it downright startled me a little haha. People at work call me the animal whisperer and more times than none, there is some sort of a special connection with an animal and they feel perfectly at ease in my presence. I think he was just checking things out and perhaps wanted my sandwich. 😉

So with no critter to share, this one flashed back as a memory on Facebook and I miss that special girl. Nikki was one of a kind and anybody that ever had a fur baby of some sort and has embraced it as a family member instead of just a pet, will understand. She has been gone for nearly four years and one day her soul will return back to me in the form of another Shiba Inu. 🐕

Silly me thought, given the girl she was, she would enjoy a bow in her hair, but instead she just got bored with me and this was taken at the onset of a big yawn.

Posted in Pets, Writing

Progress…

The hectic at work kicked up a notch and it’s been busy. My brain is spent by the end of the day and all I can do is take care of myself and relax as I prepare to do it all over again the next day. I’ve been trying, but I have not managed to post extensively, answer any of your kind comments or read your blogs. I know you understand, and I don’t want to go through the motions and just rush through it. You deserve the best, and my full attention is what I want to give you. Monday night or Tuesday should be a good time for me to catch back up again and I’m grateful for your patience.

You might wonder if the idea of Luna having a voice here on the blog fell to the wayside, and I’m happy to say that the negotiations are coming to an end. She is opinionated and knows what she wants. We think that finally a catchy title has been found that will present the first step in her adventures. There will be more collaborations for what will hopefully branch out into distant future projects. The blog is only the beginning and currently big dreams are manifesting within the universe. There is also a logo that is currently in the making and Luna will present herself in the form of photography, drawings and a cartoon likeness.

The main title for her will be called “Luna’s Landing” (kind of like lunar landing…Luna = Moon…you get it)

On the blog her main posts will branch out into rotating categories depending on what her followers want to hear. She loved the suggestion of a “Dear Luna”column where readers can call/write in to ask her questions.

Other times she may rant or talk about her spoiled life from the view of her face that is two inches off the ground. She may be wise and smart, but I know she also has questions of mysteries herself.

Madame Luna is a physic that loves Tarot and oracle cards. She might have some advice for you if you seek it.

The cartoon version of her is mainly for the distant projects, but you will also see them here until the secret is lifted and if those projects come to terms. Here is a sneak peak of what I’m talking about and I would love to hear what you think.

Luna’s cartoon version….

Posted in Humor, Pets

Negotiations

A few days ago I patronized you for feedback to an idea I clearly didn’t think through all the way. Lol. Or perhaps, I didn’t recognize the potential that this could have. Since asking what I thought was an innocent question, my mind has worked overtime as I remember an idea I had a long time ago. It would link to the possibility of what could happen here, and therefore it has to be perfect. At least in my mind it does and I have to know that I gave the best possible shot to turn into success. Can you hear the perfectionist coming through?Ahhh, life is tough when you have high standards about your creative ideas like this.

Many of you liked Luna and wanted to see more of her. Sure, I could easily post a picture or two, but the idea was to give you an insight look into her spoiled life by getting to know her better. What better way than to let her personality speak for itself in regular blog posts. There are a few ideas floating around and the negotiations have started with the little critter to see what kind of voice she wants to have. I can’t rush this and it has to be right. Future projects and ideas might depend on this initial first effort.

If you have any ideas of what you would like to see, you can comment on here or email me at Rhapsodyboheme@yahoo.com. This all has to remain a top secret….for now and I hope to share more soon. Ha, have you noticed that I’m putting more pressure onto myself without even trying? Here is a little insight without giving too much away about Luna and the life she lives.

She is the boss

She is pig-headed and independent

She has her routines

She is very smart given that she is such a little critter

She knows what she likes and everything has to be on her terms

She is very vocal

She is sassy and feisty to say the least

So if those personality traits spark an idea, I would love to consider all of them before the final decision is made. 😉 Thank you xoxoxo

Posted in Pets

Feedback, please….

Without a doubt, pets have long been our extended family. Just like us, they come in various shapes and sizes and often have a huge personality packed into a tiny body. They are known to soothe our restless soul and calm us down by merely petting them. Pets bring joy and laughter to our lives and they are often so much more than just a pet. We are their pack leader and bonds/friendships of a lifetime are formed. The memories made, stay with us forever as we cherish the moments spent together.

I recently introduced Luna and without a doubt she is a character with a capital C. She might already has found her way into the hearts of some of you and that’s why I’m asking for your feedback. She is a small little piggy, that comes with a big, big attitude and she definitely thinks that she is the boss. At least she believes it.

A few month back we talked about sharing the adventures of Luna through illustrations and stories, perhaps a…..pssst…..hold on, not so fast. I can’t reveal it all just yet, but her popularity has me wondering if she could have a start here on the blog? Perhaps on Sundays – Fundays such as….gee here I go again, ready to spill it all, as I’m reminding myself to leave some elements to surprise. So if could please, share your thoughts. Just wondered if her adventures would be of interest, and if anyone would care to read and see?

Thank you for your insight…😉

Posted in Pets

Weekend-Critter-Greeting

Just a quick weekend critter greeting from me, Luna. Hopefully everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving and many fond memories. As for me, just make sure you give me a delicious meal and I’m pretty much set. I do admit that I’m kinda food motivated and I eat a lot. I always hear them say “Where do you put it all”? Hehehe….

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Baby Pictures

She was such a tiny little fur ball and here is one of her Baby Pictures. That leftover remnant of material which ultimately became her blanket was the best thing ever that I could give her. It’s her favorite and probably her most treasured possession. She loves her blanket and she is grateful each time it returns from the wash. It’s always the same ritual as it undergoes careful inspection. New tunnels need to be burrowed and it has to be exactly how she sees it fit. As mentioned before she thinks she is a little person and sometimes it’s hard not to think that she is miming you. You go to bed, she goes to bed. At night she is fully submerged and wrapped up in her blanket. All you see is a little lump underneath. You wake up, she gets up. You eat, you better believe that she will want a snack. She even knows what the bathroom is for. While you do your business, she most likely will sit on the floor next to the toilet, trying to do her thing if you let her in. She is without a doubt a little character.