I seem not to have many words within me at the moment, and sharing all the turmoils that are going on isn’t quite what I feel like putting any energy on, but I do miss 43Things, and hope to find a way to fall in love with it again now that I have a bit more energy to be on the computer. I miss the ever-so-wonderful 43Thingers so much, but somehow the spirit of this site feels stagnant and even quite dead, in a way. It’s just not the same as it was in the past, but there’s no use missing how things were, so perhaps it’s just time I found new ways to use 43Things.
I haven’t shared too much about how crazy I am about dogs here, but having a dog is actually one of my biggest dreams. Especially during the past ten years I’ve read hundreds of books on different training philosophies, hobbies and nutrition, and spent hundreds of hours online reading pretty much everything I’ve been able to find. I’ve gone to several dog shows and agility competitions to get a better picture of different breeds, discussed with breeders and professional trainers, and just kept my fingers crossed that one day, some way, I’d finally get the opportunity to adopt a dog of my own. Now I think is the time – not because the timing would be absolutely perfect, but because I see now that it will never be. This moment is just as good as any other, and I can say that I’ve done everything that has been possible to do to prepare myself to be the best possible pack leader and owner to a dog.
The biggest issue in the past were my allergies, but according to the tests and my own experiences it seems I’m only allergic to cats and not dogs anymore. My health generally though is still a big issue, but I’m feeling confident that I can handle having a dog of the breed I’ve chosen. Is this an absolutely amazing moment to get a dog? No, for sure it isn’t. But sometimes you just know when it’s time to take action and simply do something you’ve always wanted to do. Everything has been pointing to this direction. Plus my friends think I’m being ridiculous and take getting a dog more seriously than most people take having a baby. They’re probably right :-)
After a lot of searching, I’ve found a breeder I love (which isn’t quite as simple as it is in the US as breeding is very small-scale in Finland and we don’t really have kennels; good and reliable breeders only have one to two litters a year, often less), and if everything goes as planned, I might have a puppy within a few weeks. I’m thinking about trying to rekindle my love for 43Things by using it as a photo journal to document the life and adventures of the puppy, which I realise probably only interests me, but oh well. :D Not really sure if I’ll have much else to share during the next few months because they’ll most likely revolve around trying to grow my puppy into a balanced, healthy, happy dog. As usual, I’m also trying to improve my health, improve as a reiki healer, and generally focus on inner growth, but I don’t seem to have much to say about anything else than dogs at the moment. :-)