Does your dog ever sigh?
One of our favorite stories to tell is after Nova is released from her crate when we get home from somewhere, once she says a quick hello to the Huz, brother + sister...when she finally gets to me and I pick her up, she lets out this huge exhale! 🥰🥰🥰 We would tell people that it was her way of telling me what a hard day she’s had or like she was telling on the fam (as if they didn’t understand her woes)!! 🙄😑😜
Or sometimes she would let out a big sigh at perfect times (like when we pick her up or when she lays down beside me), as if she was saying “finally 😓” or “my life is so hard 🥺”! We’d get a kick out of thinking what she was feeling!
Welp- while brother + I were standing at the checkout counter yesterday, there was some magazine about what’s on different animals’ minds. Of course, we flipped real quick to the dog section! There was a part on “signs that your dog loves you”. And lo and behold: SIGHING was one of them!!?! It means that they are so relaxed with us!! 😩😍🤗
Wanna feel really good about yourself?? Go ahead and Google those signs!! Nova got ✔️s on all of em!! 🐶♥️👨👩👧👦
How do you react when someone you love gets hurt?
We went to the park yesterday and met my old tea girlfriends + their families for my kids’ last day of spring break. [shameless plug: check out our California tea house tour www.parTEAwithme.wordpress.com] Nova was her usual self- welcoming committee to all the humans, played with brother Ryder for a minute, then wanted to be with Momma the rest of the time.
Toward the end of our time there, I finally took her off my lap to run around a bit before we got home. She chased me around and all her hair fluttered everywhere! All of a sudden- she was crying UNCONTROLLABLY. 😱😱😱😳😳😳💔💔💔😓😓😓😭😭😭
What I didn’t see behind me was my sweet animal-loving nephew joining us + accidentally stepping on her leash, which pulled on her collar and choked her. [be nice, that collar was a last minute buy before her first Beach Day and I still haven’t picked up a harness] I just never heard a dog cry for that long, like she didn’t stop!! 😩😭💔 While the Huz assessed the situation (cuz I can’t deal with anything sick + broken, that’s his department in parenting!), I locked eyes on Ryder’s mom while my other girlfriend kept me calm...since I was over there thinking her foot was detached! 🤦🏻♀️ (she cried forever okay!!)
It was a traumatizing experience, and I couldn’t get over it for the rest of the night. I kept looking at her and telling her I was sorry and feeling like I disappointed her cuz I wasn’t there to protect her or I didn’t know what happened to her or that it was my fault cuz she was chasing ME or feeling so sorry cuz it took me forever to finally hold her after she was hurt cuz I was so scared. 😔 She is fine now (and I made sure my nephew was good too), and I’m so happy to have my little Nova Richmond. 💝 She is such a gift.
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5 3027 April, 2019
We all need to have some of this...the more I look, the more I see that some are losing hope and some have lost it. I can see it in their eyes, and hear it in the voice...and it pains me...I can identify with this...you see, I was there...was that person with that head full of doubts, afraid to open up, afraid to dream and to trust...this life we, live will do that to you. It will tear you apart, and leave you feeling broken in a million pieces, and have you contemplating the unthinkable...but here’s the good news, it doesn’t have to be that way! Hope can be found in your today’s and your tomorrows...the same God that met me at my lowest, who helped me walk through those dark places will do the same for you too. A set of faith, a walk of faith, a life of hope, a future that’s good! #jermiah2911#godcentered#alifeonpurpose@novachurchhfx#novameansnew#restored
This girl gave me her first emergency scare. 😱💔😓
We just got back from our weekend getaway. Everyone got a bath, including Miss Nova, and we just chilled the rest of the evening. You could tell she was happy in familiar surroundings (i.e. home!).
Out of a deep sleep, I woke up to her excessively panting!! 😳 [Now something to note about our Nova, she don’t drink water!!?! 🙄 We literally have to force it down her throat sometimes. I don’t know 🤷🏻♀️ if that’s a normal shih tzu puppy thing or not, but only when we’ve ran around the house with her (okay, when my kids have!) does she stop for some hydration. 😒]
It was a hot 🥵 day for us yesterday. On the way home from where we vacationed at, we stopped by a little town where the kids like to have these amazing breadsticks... It’s was 84-degrees over there, and I was even apprehensive about putting Nova on the hot concrete. Her poor little toesies!! 😩
Back to my story- I immediately took her to our bathroom sink and started giving her some palm-fulls of water. After 4 of em, I tried to take her back to the bed and calm her down. I stupidly Googled her symptoms, then read “heatstroke” and “poisoning” and “excessively overheated”. 😭😭😭 By this time, she was heavily gnawing on my hand...which I have learned is her way of telling me: ‘Momma, I need you’ or ‘Momma, I need something’. My baby!!
I don’t like to wake the Huz unless it’s an ultra emergency, but I felt like his assistance was needed cuz I couldn’t calm her and research at the same time. He tried giving her more water and taking her to the bathroom.
Called the emergency vet hotline, answered a few questions, and was told by the Dr. “we think this is excitement”. 🙄😲😵😤😖😑🤦🏻♀️
This girl was just SO HAPPY TO BE HOOOOOOME!!! Ay Nova. 🙈 Now she here next to me- SLEEP. Grateful it wasn’t as bad as Google told me... 😜