July 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm (Life, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

A little monster has been tearing through the house for the last three weeks. The hurricane is not expected to stop raging for years to come. She’s got a bit of Lena in her, stubborn and sweet and extremely clever. She sleeps a lot, is mostly housebroken and willful. She enjoys food, mischief, harassing the resident 13-year-old Jack Russell and is an avid fetcher.

Paul falling in love when first meeting her.

She’s grown quite a bit since this was taken.

She’s accompanied by the usual problems: Her defecating and urination habits are getting better, but not quite there yet. Bite inhibition is making slow progress because she’s a retriever and she’ll start teething soon. She knows sit, but is still confused by her own name, “Gwen.” She pulls on the leash and tries to lead you home when taken outdoors. Sleeping through the night is a recent development. She’s not quite grasped the concept of being a “floor dog,” i.e. a critter that doesn’t jump on people to greet them. She howls and whines and cries when I leave the room. She has a radar for trouble.

I wonder if I’m doing a good job raising her a lot. However, I’m convinced I lucked out and was paired up with an extremely sweet, forgiving animal. She’s a good girl.

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Hey, Mom

March 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s immature to play one of your children against the other. Your son said some nasty, shitty things he could only have heard through you. Until you’ve given my boyfriend a fair chance by actually meeting him, I’m done. Until you’ve seen how we interact, I’m done. Until you realize that you’re pushing for some really unreasonable things and have made me cry and have nervous breakdowns over academics every couple of weeks, we’re done.

This is why we don’t talk anymore.

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July 23, 2009 at 2:38 pm (Uncategorized)

Tomorrow at eleven, we have an appointment with the vet. Lena will be put down, she’s not getting better and she permanently has to be administered pain killers. That is no way for a dog to live.

In other news, there is no justice in this world.

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