Monday, January 28, 2013

Mountain Bliss



I have a new writing partner. Her name is Sasha. Her full, AKC certified pedigree name is Mountain Bliss Sasha. We adopted her this weekend. She is a 4 1/2 year old Bernese Mountain dog. We love this breed and Sasha is a sweet, gentle girl.


She was shaking when we first met her. She is not used to being away from home. You can tell that she has been loved and well cared for. Her coat is gorgeous, all curly and shiny. Her eyes are bright. She doesn't just wag her tail, she wags her whole body. And she smiles.


We were introduced to her at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York. It's a dog friendly hotel next to historic, Congress Park. We stay here often in the summer--go up for a jazz festival in June and then for the horse races in July and August.


Sasha has freckles! 

We haven't heard her bark yet but she had a bad dream her first night and she yelped and whimpered which is why we helped her onto the bed.


That was okay while we were at the hotel, in a king sized bed, but here, back home, a queen sized bed is way too small so we bought Sasha her very own, extra soft and fluffy bed.


But she prefers ours so Phoebe and Lucy have claimed Sasha's bed.


Sasha is learning how to walk on a leash and go to the bathroom while on a leash. If she has an accident inside the house it will be disastrous.


On our first walk back home, I was afraid she'd jump in the river that runs behind our house. I imagined what I'd do. After calling for help would I jump in? Of course. I don't know if Sasha knows how to swim.


This whole "new family" thing must be very confusing for her. I've explained that she will be pampered and adored. That she will be by my side most days and nights. That she'll come to work with me, and travel with me, and go for long walks with me.


I also explained that Lucy is the boss, of all of us, and that Phoebe is a bit of a bully but not to feel intimidated by either one. They will grow to love her just as much as we do.


Special thanks to Sandy at Windy Mountain Kennels for allowing us to adopt her.



Our first walk in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, New York


28 comments:

  1. Oh, Shannon!! What a doll baby she is!! And....Mountain BLISS?! Perfect!!
    I'm so happy for you!!

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    1. Thank you Becky! we are THRILLED with her. She's extra special :)

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  2. It makes me so very happy when families grow in this way. Yayyyyyy for all of you!!!
    Damn, it's cold there.

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    1. It sure is cold and Sasha seems to be the only one who enjoys it. :)

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  3. Life post catster looks good on you Shannon!

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  4. Sasha looks much, much too adorable and friendly to be an effective editor. I suspect the cat would have the hard-nosed skills needed for that job.

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  5. I love Sasha already. What great pics too!!! Dogs/pups are the best. The absolute best.

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    1. Thank you Stormy, I am in love with her :)

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  6. Cannot wait to meet her!!!!


    xoxoxoox


    MG

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    1. she's extra sweet and ...as it turns out, a Citizen Cope fan! WHO KNEW !!! :)

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  7. She's beautiful! And so big! :)

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    1. We've never had a big dog before, so its a bit of an adjustment. Her tail smacked me in the face this morning and boy did that sting. She saw a black lab yesterday and it frightened her so she "hid" between my legs. :))))

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  8. Oh how fun! Thanks for sharing. She's lovely.
    ~Just Jill

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  9. What a GREAT dog!!! She looks SO happy already!!!
    I can't imagine a better place for her!!

    Arf Arf...

    ~shoes~

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    1. SHOES!!! She's all about being in the bed :) such a sweetie. Now, I just have to help build her confidence. :)

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    2. If anyone can do that, it's got to be YOU!

      She looks adorable!!!

      I hope things are going well for you...

      ~shoes~

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  10. What a wonderful and beautiful dog! Congratulations on bringing her into your family :) And muy, muy kudos on adopting--I adopted a middle aged lab and its one of the best things I ever did!

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    1. Thank you Randi Lee...I don't think she's entirely grateful yet but I know she'll come around.

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  11. I love when they shake their whole bodies and not just their tails. Congratulations on your forever furry baby!

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    1. Thank you Elsie :)))) she's in bed beside me now. the whole bed is shaking as she pants.

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  12. That is so kind of you! And is she not beautiful? Have a happy weekend Shannon :)

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  13. She's HUGE!! I'm sure she is happy in her new home..

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  14. I came over for IWSG, but loved your article on Sasha. I LOVE dogs. Not just like, but LOVE them. They are the best writing partners in the world. She is beautiful!

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  15. Congrats on the new addition!!
    xoxo

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