Wednesday, November 18, 2009

King Shiloh

I am happy, but very sad to say that I found my buddy Shiloh a new home last weekend. It all happened so fast and while I was in the midst of my third sinus infection this pregnancy. My head was in a fog, I had company, my house was being painted and I was out of sorts when I got the phone call on Sunday. A nice lady named Rollis wanted to come and take a look at my dog. I cried briefly when I got off the phone with her, but reality hadn't sunk in yet. Rollis' granddaughter had found Shiloh's ad on Craigslist while viewing the Arizona listings. Rollis just lost her Bloodhound only a week before. She was considering a new canine friend and she was especially interested in a German Shorthair Pointer. Her granddaughter found Shiloh (he's an English Pointer) and thought that he might just be the one for her grandma. I guess she was right. Rollis came over on Sunday and seemed to really take to Shiloh. So Shi Shi went home with her and I sent along a few of his things. I cried after they left, but again only briefly.

What was wrong with me??? Here's this dog that I rescued from the Humane Society. I searched and searched for the perfect companion after my previous dog Pachelbel was put to rest. When I found Shiloh... I couldn't resist adopting him. Shiloh was my buddy for three years. I worked so hard to train him... he is obedient, he doesn't smell like dog, he hardly ever barks, his coat is beautiful and he loves, loves, loves people. Why wasn't I more upset? Well... now I feel the pain and now I am sad. I went through his things tonight because I want to give Rollis more of his stuff. I cried really hard when I folded the handkerchief he wore around his neck after his first bath from the groomer. I continued to cry when I saw his motorized Spiderman toothbrush and the collar with his name engraved on the tag. I cried when I went upstairs and saw that his body mold is still on the dog cot that sits at the foot of our bed and I am crying now thinking about how much more sadness is yet to come.

So why did I do it? Well... there are a lot of reasons, but mainly because I feel overwhelmed and I feel like I don't have the time to give Shiloh like I use to. Life was much different three years ago when I was single, living in an apartment, without a spouse and without children. Now I have a toddler, a five bedroom house to maintain, a full time job and a baby on the way. I did this for Shiloh, even though he loved Aiyana. I wanted him to have more walks and less time spent alone in a house. We travel so much and we are so busy. Shiloh no longer got the attention he needed and deserved. So I decided it was best to find him a home.

I love him very much and I will miss him dearly, but I know Rollis really appreciates his company and it sounds like he has it made with her. I couldn't have asked for a better home for him. She takes him for walks twice a day, sleeps next to him in the living room at night and takes him on many of her outings. She is home most of the day and when she does leave the house it is only for short periods of time. It's all too perfect for Shiloh.

King Shiloh was found battered and abused, left on the city streets to fend for himself. He was rescued and given a second chance and I am proud to say that I made a difference in his life. I hope Rollis will give him even more and he will live a happy canine life for the rest of his years.

Here are a few of the many pictures I took of King Shiloh throughout the years.

This picture was taken right after I adopted Shiloh

He is a handsome English Pointer

Yes... I took him to visit Santa, but he was sort of my child at the time.

This picture makes my heart sink the most... he loved Aiyana and she loved him. Her first word was "dog" and it was quickly followed by his name "Hi, Hi (i.e. Shi Shi)"

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mason Robert Timmerman

Welcome little Mason Robert Timmerman!
7lbs 6 ozs
20 1/2 inches
blonde hair & big hands

This is my brother's baby boy ;o). Congratulations Zach and Mary... he's a cutie and I can't wait to meet him.

My Mom's Visit

Oh my gosh... Do I really have time to blog? The truth of the matter is that I don't, but I'm making time, squeezing it in when I should be doing other things like, getting Aiyana up, eating breakfast, doing laundry and visiting with family that is here from out of town. Sigh.... so this too will be a short post because I have another one that I have been wanting to create in addition to this one.

My mom left earlier this week for Novato California to see my new nephew, her new grandson. My mom was here for about three weeks looking for a house. Yay!!! My mom is going to live near me and I couldn't be happier about it. I really have dreamed about this since I moved to Arizona three years ago. I can't believe it is actually going to happen. My mom put an offer on a house that was on short sale, but because the lenders are slow around here she may not hear anything back for months. So she will continue to search in the meantime. I guess that means that her move here is not official, but I know she wants to. When she does, I will have both my mom and dad in the same city as me... Who would have ever thunk it?

I really enjoyed my mom's stay, but like always the time flew by quickly. This time it wasn't as hard to see her go because I know I will see her in a week for Thanksgiving. Dana, Aiyana and I will be making the drive up to Novato again for the holiday so Aiyana can see her new baby cousin, Mason. I also know that my mom will be back for the next Timmerman baby to be born in January. Then she will be back to officially move here at some point.

We didn't take as many pictures during this visit, but my mom captured this video of Aiyana listening to the card that she got for her on her first birthday. I have been meaning to turn on the video camera and record this because Aiyana just loves this card. She will wake up and immediately point to the shelf that it sits on and she says "was that?" It has become a routine to listen to it every morning. I typically sing along with the song part and it seems that Aiyana has started to copy my moves while I am singing ;o). Too cute.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween 2009

Aiyana trick-or-treats like an old pro. That little stinker would grab huge handfuls of candy. We are so proud ;o). I'd like to say that we taught her well, but this was her first time ever trick-or-treating. I dressed her as Tinkerbell and I put her hair in a bun. Right after I fixed her hair she would look at her reflection in the mirror with the biggest grin and tilt her head from side to side as if she were admiring herself. What a cutie pie.