Maggie doesn’t just live life, she attacks it. Why jog to fetch the ball when you can race full-speed? Why wag your tail when Papa comes home when you can spin in circles and yip with joy? Why leave Mama alone when she’s soaking in the bath when you can sit pretty and beg to get your hair shampooed? (Seriously.)
I recognize there are many things I do with and for my dogs that are patently ridiculous. Jim reminds me of this often. But some of what seems ridiculous at first glance is driven by necessity; if nothing else, a necessity for my own mental health.
Last weekend, I learned a new style of digital art that’s all distressed and texture and blending deliciousness.
When my mom asked me to create several pieces of art she could frame and hang above the dogs’ pen, she knew she wanted a compilation of all the Flinn dogs. This piece encompasses all the furry ones, from our first rescue in 1984 to their “grandpups”, that they’ve cared for, loved, or helped to raise.
“A dog is the only creature on earth who loves you more than he loves himself.”
Let’s get to know each other a little better, shall we? My parents named me Angela Michele Flinn. Since my marriage in 2008, I’m Angie Flinn Key (not hyphenated, please; “Flinn” is now legally my middle name). I’m Angie, never Angela, since hearing that name instantly makes me feel like a naughty child. (“Angela Michele Flinn, GET IN HERE NOW!”) So call me Angie, please. 🙂
Certain phrases work their way into our family vernacular and, over time, I forget where they originated. Any time we leave the house without them, Maggie and Jack will give us such a plaintive look that my husband will inevitably say, “Why you want to leave me?” That’s what immediately came to mind when I discovered this scene in V’s bedroom a few weeks ago:
My female Morkie, Maggie, will be 10 months old on January 10th. We are in full-fledged puppy mode. I find kleenex shredded, stuffed toys eviscerated, and electronics chewed to bits. (She’s especially partial to headphones. Maggie has destroyed 3 sets …