|Karma born ~27 June 2014|
1. I got really busy with [paid] editing jobs.
2. We went away on vacation.
3. Our basement was destroyed by a blocked septic pipe while we were away. The workers just arrived this morning to pack everything and put it in our garage. Insurance is covering - whew!
4. I was depressed about #3 - lost a good friend of 28 years. She wouldn't admit she knew what happened. Let's leave it at that. This after losing my best friend in the spring. Loss of trust is a deal breaker for me.
5. We adopted a gorgeous puppy who is full of energy and keeps us both hopping from about 5 a.m. until bedtime (around 9 p.m. now).
Life with Karma is very different from life with Mikka, who passed away in June at 10.5 years. Karma is the incredible growing puppy from a native community on Hudson Bay. She was brought south by a nurse who works in the community part-time. Nurse Karine has rescued several puppies and is bringing two more to Quebec City this week. Jacques may have already found homes for both.
|Mikka (2003 - 2014)|
Karma is most definitely not alpha. She plops onto her back for other dogs or if I 'bark' at her for nipping too hard. She's getting many tummy rubs and learning to nibble more gently. She will likely top out at 50-70 pounds of Husky mix.
Karma has brought puppy joy into our home. Since we brought her home from Montreal on Sept. 14 weighing a grand 12.2 pounds, she has doubled her weight to 24 pounds. At 13 weeks she loves all her squeaky toys (although we don't at 5 a.m.), soup bones and home-cooked dog food. Her favourite food is canned tuna. That's probably what her ancestors lived on. She also eats twigs, leaves, pebbles, cat poo (we're working on that) and just about anything a young pup can fit in its mouth, which is just about everything.
|Sushi, Taco and Cleo|
Our three cats tolerate her now but she still doesn't realize cats don't play with dogs no matter how many toys you offer them. And there was frequent hissing for the first week or so. We didn't even know Cleo could growl ... she was definitely not amused. But, things have settled down.
I try to work in some recreational reading every day. Karma has decided she is a lap dog. Karma and Kindle - interesting combo. Definite logistics managing both on one lap.
So, there you have it. We are puppy parents. I'll try to get back to the blog when life settles down a bit!