Thursday, January 04, 2007

Going for my Goals, Chasing my Dreams

I have been longing to get a dog for quite some time now. Before we moved, I used to walk the neighbor's dog and I had a serious crush on that puppy. Okay, puppy isn't the right term. Monster was a 90lb boxer. He looked like a brute, but he was a snuggle-bum who loved his walks. I'd take him out to the big open spaces, let him off his lead, and he'd run laps around me with a smile on his face.

I studied up on the boxer breed and learned that Monster was pretty typical. Boxers are strong, energetic dogs that keep their playful puppy nature right up into adulthood. They have a short, hard coat that is easy to maintain, and they are good with children, plus they don't bark much. Perfect for me!

So yesterday I applied to Boxer Rescue Ontario. There is a screening process that we have to go through first and I understand it can take some time, which is why I applied now. Needless to say, I'm both hopeful and a little nervous. I firmly believe in adoption programs, as evidenced by my guinea pigs, and I'd love to be able to give a good dog a second home, but I am realistic that taking on a dog with a lot of problems would not be good for my family. We'll just have to see how the screening process goes.

Out of my entire gang of Monday night knit-buds, I'm the only one without a dog. Who says knitters love cats best?

Thanks to all for the advice on the knitting bag. I've decided to go to the new Farmer's market in London to check out the merchandise of Diane of Sew Divine Designs. Diane made my sock knitting bag and it has all the required features: sturdy fabric, lots of pockets, no zippers or Velcro and a nice long strap and she uses recycled materials. Now if I can just get one bigger! I'd like to support a local artist if I can.

Here's a treat, another pair of Fiber Fish mittens:

These are by Rachel Young and she used Trekking #107. They look like candy fish, good enough to eat!

5 comments:

  1. Oh, I love Boxers! They are such sweet dogs. Good luck with the adoption! I'm a firm proponent of adopting pets as well. Our cats are all rescues. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. Good luck on the adoption. Did you mention to them you're a knitter? Everyone knows knitters are good folk.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Those fish mittens just kill me! LOL and so pretty too =)

    ReplyDelete
  4. Hey good for you! Glad you found a rescue that sounds pretty good (good process for both dog & people).

    Lots of work, lots of walks. . .and lots of fun!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I think it's very cool that London has a farmers' market! I hope enough people support it that it survives.

    ReplyDelete