Happy New Year!

Two dogs sleeping together in a circle.

Welcome to 2021! And good-bye to 2020. What a year! A roller coaster ride for sure, one for the history books, absolutely! Yet here we are; we made it! I would like to thank you all–for your patronage, your support, the virtual hugs, the very real love, and the laughter.

It’s been quite a year: I said good-bye to Finn after almost 13 years of companionship, walks, and games of fetch. Aoife became very ill and underwent a complicated emergency spay that shook me to the core. Had it not been for Annie Glaser and Jane Messineo Lindquist, I might have lost her; pyometra is not something veterinarians consider in a dog so young. Then, I nearly lost Enzo to a series of cluster seizures so severe, I had to administer rectal diazapam in order to get him into my Jeep for transport to an emergency clinic. Twenty-four life-time hours later, against the odds, he came home.

It’s been quite a year: Enzo and I recently celebrated Day #100 without a seizure. Even in my dreams, I had never considered such a miraculous thing possible for him. Aoife has earned her AKC Novice Trick title, her NACSW ORT title, as well as her Novice titles in Exteriors, Vehicles, and Containers from USCSS (United States Canine Scent Sports).

Yes, it’s been quite year: the ups, the downs, and all that was in between. Many of you have experienced loss and heartache as well; then you turned around to find the bright, the shining and the good in your lives. We shared our sorrow, our triumphs, and our trials. We managed and grew and learned to be patient. Yes, better things are coming; but that is fleeting too. As a very dear friend said recently, “It’s all temporary.” Life ebbs and flows.

Happy New Year friends, and thank you. I leave you with this lovely wish written by Neil Gaiman, “I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you’ll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you’ll make something that didn’t exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and to like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind.

With love, Cheryl, Enzo, & Aoife xo