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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Transition Update

Lord have mercy, I have a complicated life!

I'm packed, out of my house, living with family & ready to leave town and....

There's a slight hold-up. Stuck here for a few more days than I plannned.

Dang it.

BUT - there is good news: while I'm held up, I had a beautiful thing happen. My niece has two pit bulls. Belle & Beast. I've always been a little timid around dogs, and ever since a pit chewed through a door to try having me for a noon-time snack... Well, let's just say, I was terrified of pit bulls. Until. My niece once had a pit named Bonnie. Sweetest & most lovable animal I ever saw. For some reason, she was very protective of me, so I fell in love with her. Bonnie died a couple of years ago. My niece then got a brother and sister (Beast & Belle). I'm not crazy about Beast - I don't know why - but Belle reminds me of Bonnie. The dog has always been a sweetie pie.

I was feeling a little down when I found out I was going to be stuck here in limbo for a while longer & while I was commiserating with my niece & nephew, Belle came over and tried to comfort me. I mentioned to my niece that it would be nice to have such a sweet but protective dog when I get to Arizona. Because my niece is worried about me transitioning to a new environment, she said she'd feel better if I had a good guard dog. But I'm not good with most guard type dogs & I suck at training and bonding with animals. While we were talking, Belle was watching us and we all looked at each other and had a "aha" moment.

Belle is 2 years old, trained, and she loves me already, so..

Belle is going to Arizona with me & my sis. I have a guard dog, a friend, and a part of my Alaska memories all wrapped up in one. I'm SO happy. Belle and I have been bonding a lot the past few days. She's going to miss her brother & I know she's going to have to adjust to being away from my niece, but I think it's going to be good for all of us. (You have to understand how much my niece loves this dog to know how much she has to love me to give Belle to me.)

I think that God works not only in mysterious ways, but in wonderful ones too. I was all upset about having my move schedule thrown off & here I get the best gift in the world out of it. Happy, happy, happy!

At any rate, I have internet access most of the time, so maybe I'll get to tell about being attacked by a dog named Jake. Meanwhile, I have to go make some calls to the vet and pet store. I'm getting geared up to spoil my new dog!


P.S.: No words or music for now. I have my recently deceased friend, Marie, on my mind. I've been watching her family deal with the process of funeral-planning & it's just complicated. Matter of fact, if I were to have any words today, it would be that death and funerals bring out the best and worst in people. I thank God that, with Marie's family, I'm seeing more of the best & just a little bit of the worst.


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Marie. My heart goes out to you and her family.

    That was so nice of your niece to let you take her dog. Just when we think things are going wrong something good happens.

  2. Oh, Belle sounds like exactly what you need! How wonderful. Animals have such beautiful spirits. That unconditional love is unparalleled!!

    Sorry to hear about your friend Marie. :( Hits close to home, I just buried a dear friend last Sat. Such a difficult time. My prayers go out to you, and her friends, and fam..

  3. Hey Free,

    First and foremost, I'm sorry to hear about your friend Marie.

    I just found your blog after some extended surfing and I wish I had known about it earlier! I think I'm gonna fish through your archives and learn a little more about Alaska - and Arizona for that matter!

  4. Sorry to hear about your friend Marie. My prayers are with you.

    That's great you are getting a dog to take with you so you have a memory of Alaska.

    Good luck with the move. :)

  5. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, Free. My thoughts and prayers are with you...

  6. Sorry about your friend.I know what you are going through.PS,I posted pics on my blog so come on over and see me

  7. Hi All!!! I'm going to use my Tag Board to keep up with the comments y'all leave me.

    Dang - you guys make a sista feel all luvved!