Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dogs and Other Milestones

The beginning of this month features some milestones with my pups.

First of all, March 1 was the fourth anniversary of the date Mystie came into our life. She’s my younger Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, our nutcase who chases sunbeams and reflections, and creates her own by licking walls. We adore our perpetual puppy!

Tomorrow, March 8, will be Lexie’s ninth birthday. Despite her health issues a couple of years ago, she’s also a puppy in her own way. She can communicate with us without language amazingly well. She, too, is greatly adored!

Of course I’m proud of my dogs, even though they’ve trained me better than I’ve trained them. I do know some of the tricks about training. I use them sometimes in my books. I’ve got a good imagination, and it’s fun to write about what I can’t do myself!

We have some other milestones to celebrate in March, too. The 9th is the anniversary of when my husband and I met. Later in the month is our older son’s birthday--and mine.

Things have been busy around here and will only get busier, I think. Lots to do this month. I have an April deadline for the fourth Pet Rescue Mystery, and April is also the publication month for the third one, HOUNDS ABOUND.

By the way, I blogged a couple of weeks ago about the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as the La Brea Tar Pits. Earlier this week, I happened to be in the area after dark, and the nighttime lighting at the tar pits helps to spotlight both the mammoth models and the bubbling waters. And in case you haven’t heard, a giant rock is slowly making its way by truck to LACMA to be used in a piece of art. I’ll be interested in seeing it, especially considering the millions of dollars it’s costing to bring it in and use it as a sculpture that will be called “Levitated Mass.” We’ll apparently be able to walk under it. It’ll certainly be an unusual kind of art!

Do you celebrate milestones with your pets?


Betty Hechtman said...

I have been hearing about that rock, but don't quite get the point of why it is traveling around.

Since we adopted all our pets as adults, I have no idea when their birthdays are.

Linda O. Johnston said...

It's art, Betty! So far I've adopted my dogs from breeders but am much more into rescue now. The wonderful shelter where I volunteer, Pet Orphans of Southern California, puts an estimated birthdate on the kennel cards of each dog so I'd imagine I would pretend it was real so we could still celebrate birthdays.

Janie Emaus said...

My grandpuppy turned 4 the other day and he's still a crazy boxer!

Linda O. Johnston said...

Happy Birthday to him, Janie!

Monica Ferris said...

When we adopted Panzi as a kitten from our local Humane Society we learned she was born on or around January 14, 1998. Snaps came to us via a moving neighbor who didn't know when he was born, so we gave him the same birthday, and estimated he was born in 2003 - though our vet thinks he is older than that. Snaps likes anything we give him, but Panzi is particularly fond of roses, so she gets one on her birthday.

Mollie Cox Bryan said...

We have celebrated my dog's "anniversary date" of when we adopted her a few times, which was fun. She even seemed to enjoy herself!

Linda O. Johnston said...

Deciding on a date that works is a great way to celebrate a birthday, Monica. Our dogs' birthdates are easy to remember. Lexie's is the same day as my mother's, who's no longer with us. Mystie's is Christmas Day.

And how cute that Panzi likes roses!

Linda O. Johnston said...

A birthday is an anniversary date of sorts, Mollie, and an adoption anniversary is also perfect date to celebrate.

Robena Grant said...

Yes, that rock was featured on our local news, and they explained the cicuitus route they're taking to get it to L.A. without causing traffic jams on the freeways.

Congratulations on all of your March happenings, the furry and the human kind.

Linda O. Johnston said...

Thanks, Robena.

I think the moving of the rock has itself has become a cultural event. Wish I'd get to see it, but at least I'll visit it at LACMA someday.