Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Dog and Cat Tail

"Come on, Huckleberry.  Let's play!"

"See!  It's fun!"

"OW!! What did you do that for???"

"Can't we just be friends?"

Friday, April 29, 2011

Meet and Greet Party Blog Hop

What's  happening, dawg?  Well, I'm so excited to be part of this blog hop hosted by Dogtipper that I can't stop chasing my tail!

I'm Boondocks.  I live with my mom, dad, their four little people, three other golden retrievers, two morkies, and three cats in a happy home in Mississippi.  (Gasping to catch my breath - that's a mouth full, ya'll!)



I am 11 weeks old as of today - Happy Barkday to ME!  I'm a Golden Retriever.  And I'm very excited that I'm training to be a therapy dog.  I love people!!  This is going to be fun.  AROOOF!

So I hope you all will follow my blog and come back to watch me grow up and my tails along the way!!  You can sign up for the blog hop below.  Won't you join me??

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Only Child? Not Hardly!

Now what fun would it be if there was nothing but a couple of old folks around here for me to hang with.  My family consists of:  six humans - Mom and Dad and their four little people, six dogs including myself - four goldens and two "morkies" (whatever that is!), and three cats - I see no point in them but they do provide me with a bit of entertainment when I'm feeling especially mischievious! 


I make these guys look good!

(Back row: Cosmo, Isaac, Jaden, Dacey, Rose Bud.  In the wagon: Connor and me.  Front: Scarlet - mom calls her the one that started it all!)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Golden Retrievers


"Golden retrievers are not bred to be guard dogs, and considering the size of their hearts and their irrepressible joy in life, they are less likely to bite than to bark, less likely to bark than to lick a hand in greeting. In spite of their size, they think they are lap dogs, and in spite of being dogs, they think they are also human, and nearly every human they meet is judged to have the potential to be a boon companion who might, at many moment, cry, "Let's go!" and lead them on a great adventure."
— Dean Koontz

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter, Y'all!


May all your eggs be filled with sweet treats that bring you and others much joy! 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Boondocks

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words, huh?  Well, my life with my new family started with this picture. 

You see my mom was surfing the internet like any other day when she stumbled upon the website: Golden Miracles.  Mom is always looking at Golden Retriever sites but usually doesn't have an overwhelming impulse to "go get that puppy".  When she saw me, she couldn't help herself. 

Mom had been wanting a new puppy to train to follow in the paw-prints of my big sister, Scarlet.  Scarlet is a TDI therapy dog and just turned seven earlier this month.  However, she'd planned to wait another year or so before getting a new puppy.  But then she saw me. 

A phone call was quickly made and my "soon to be" family hopped in the car a few minutes later to make the hundred mile trek to "check me out".  They arrived.  I knew my moment had come.  I strutted my stuff in true "prancer" fashion.  Hook, line, and sinker.  I rode the entire trip home in mom's lap. 

Home.  My home.  My family.  I am part of a family.  My dreams were all coming true.

There is more to the story than that though.  Just further proof that God cares about ALL living things, including me!

A couple of days after coming home Mom found out that the lady who bred me had prayed specifically that I would one day become a therapy dog.  She had seen my potential from birth.  She knew I was special and meant to fulfill a specific purpose.  And now God had brought things full circle and sent me to a home where I would be trained to do exactly what my first human mom wanted for me. 

This life thing is pretty exciting.  I can't wait to see what will happen next!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Introducing: ME!!

Hey y'all!  I'm Boondocks.  I am a ten week old, Golden Retriever puppy.


"Cute, ain't I?"

I came to my new furr-ever home this week.  There are lots of things to do here.  We have six humans, six dogs, and three cats which means life is never boring! 

My human mom and dad have big plans for me as I grow older.  They are hoping I will follow in the paw-prints of my big sister, Scarlet, and become a registered therapy dog.  I hope I do too. I sure do enjoy loving on folks.

Oh yeah, and if you're wondering where I lived before joining my new family, visit: Golden Miracles

Well, I hope y'all will come back and watch me as I grow up! It's sure to be an exciting adventure!!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Meet Boondocks

Boondocks is our newest family member, and we are excited for him to join our therapy dog team.  "Doc" is a ten week old, English Creme Golden Retriever.  We will be introducing him to residents of the nursing home this afternoon.  He is a rambunctious, hand full whom we all have quickly fallen head over heels for!

Here are some pictures of our first outing together:







Ain't he gorgeous, y'all?? 

You can become a fan and follow his progress on his facebook page by clicking  here.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

This is the Stuff

Last Monday evening as my husband and  I waited in an after hours emergency clinic with our four year old son who was running a fever of a hundred and four, a friend called.  Upon informing her of our whereabouts, she replied, "God is really building character in you, huh?"  I laughed and asked her if she was for real - since I already ooze with character

But one would have to wonder....

Our year started with my mom's neurologist admitting her to the hospital because an MRI had shown swelling on the lining of her brain and a mass that appeared tumorous.  Once admitted and retested our suspicions were confirmed:  there was nothing up there!  (I'd been telling her that since my teen years.)  Truth is:  God had performed a miracle and Momma was healed!! 

Within a couple of weeks of returning home from my stay with her, I began experiencing a debilitating pain in my lower back that rendered me unable to walk for weeks.  After seeing my doctor and beginning a new medication regimen, I was well again. 

But then...  Connor broke his leg.

And then... my husband reinjured his shoulder (that he's already had surgery on twice) at work.

And now... Connor was running a fever of 104. 

Would it ever end?

I told a friend in conversation yesterday, "It's always something.  It's just always something different."

The circumstances in my life remind me of Francesca Battistelli's newest, catchy lil diddy, "This is the Stuff".  Have you heard it?  The lyrics say:

"This is the stuff that drives me crazy
This is the stuff that's getting to me lately
In the middle of my little mess
I forget how big I'm blessed
This is the stuff that gets under my skin
But I gotta trust You know exactly what You're doing
It might not be what I would choose
But this is the stuff You use."
God is always at work in our lives.  We may not understand His methods but must remember that He is working things together for our good (Romans 8:28). 

We are told in 1st Peter, "In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."

God is still doing a work in my life that will not be completed until Jesus returns.  Praise Him cause He ain't finished with me yet, and this side of Heaven, He never will be! 



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Our Awards

We appreciate each and every person (and canine) who visits our site, leaves comments, sends suggestions, and shares love.  We are humbled by the awards we've received and thank each one of you from the bottom of our hearts!  **AROOOF!**




Our first blog award:

Thanks, All Things Dog Blog!!


From the lovely, Miss. Stella over at 'Just Ramblin'.

We got this one twice!  Once from Hawk and again from The Rowdy Retriever Girls.  Thanks, y'all!

This one came from our good buddy, Bert!  That makes it extra sweet don't ya know!


Another one from Miss. Stella.  She's just too sweet, y'all!!







The Village People

Everyone has heard the quote, "It takes a village to raise a child." Opponents of the homeschool community are quick to use this as an argument that all children should attend public school. I for one whole-heartedly agree that it takes more than a child's immediate family to adequately raise a child to become an informed and useful member of society. The benefit in homeschooling is that we are able to choose the residents of the village that take part in the molding of our offspring.

A few of our village citizens include: Sunday school teachers, youth pastors, guitar instructors, piano teachers, dance instructors, our homeschool group, family friends, and grand-parents. Each "resident" has been carefully chosen to be part of our children's lives with the intent of teaching our children responsibility and discipline, helping build character, participate in the nurturing of their individual personalities and therefore enriching our children's lives. With the exclusion of "village idiots", we are blessed to be able to raise our children in a healthy atmosphere where they are allowed to grow into their full potential.

The Village Idiots
As Christian parents it is our obligation to ensure our children's well being in any given situation - not to shelter them, but to protect them. When our children are given the attention, love, and stability that they need in order to thrive, they become healthy, well adjusted adults. But if their spirit is broken by "well-meaning", yet harsh teachers, peers, or others, they will spend the rest of their lives looking for something to fill the void in their life. They will lack confidence, and they will suffer for it.

Paul tells us in Ephesians that we are to "bring our children up in the training and instruction of the Lord". And we are promised in Proverbs that if we "start our children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it". And we are instructed in Deuteronomy 6:6-8 - "These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads."

When the people we allow into our children's lives share our same basic beliefs and truly care for our child, our children are able to become all that God intends. Is there anything better?

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Adventures in Homeschool: Lessons in Anatomy 101

(The following blog is rated: MA for Mature.  Those lacking a sense of humor should turn back now!)

Having gained my first knowledge of the reproduction process on the elementary school playground at a very tender age, it was important to me that my children learn the truth about sex from my husband and me rather than their mis-informed peers.  I was excited to find the "God's Design for Sex" series to lead us through the education process.  I also was thankful that a friend was willing to loan us her copy of the series.

Upon obtaining the material, I read over it a time or two before sharing it with the kids.  I wanted to seem comfortable rather than embarrassed while discussing it with the kids.  I have to admit that I was rather surprised that the second book (recommended for ages 6-9) was so 'upfront' regarding anatomy.  It suggested using the scientific names for body parts.  I understood the point in doing this but felt challenged as such things had always been referred to as "privates" in our home. 

After a couple of weeks, I finally worked up the nerve to read the books to the kids.  I took my daughter aside and shared with her first.  Then my husband and I sat our then seven and nine year old sons down to read it with them.

After the initial disgust and horrified realization wore off of our oldest sons face, he asked with the pure innocence only a child can demonstrate, "So, if boy's have a penis, do girls have a venus?"

Once we regained our composure, we told our son that indeed they do.  Why else do they say Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus???

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Our Darling, Dancing, Diva


I do so wish the horrible thief known as time would slow down. 




First birthday


Age 12 - Dance picture