Monday, January 6, 2014

Baseboards, long boards and a job well done

Baseboards you will be the death of me. About half of the upstairs has wood baseboards, including the fireplace and a little open shelving. Painting these things were a must and they definitely took more time then I thought, but isn't that always the case.

First we had to rough them up a bit with sand paper to get the primer to stick. After we did 2 nights of this, we then used a rag with a little TSP to wipe them down. After letting that dry we got right in to priming. We primed, then painted 2 coats of just basic white. While putting the final coat Deek came up with this genius idea.
Sit on the long board with the paint and you can just scoot along... genius I tell ya.

Then me and Mahz had a staring contest

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year

I can't believe it is already 2014, seriously where has the time gone. I mentioned last year that I like to sum up my year in one word. 2013 was the year of change. I don't think any other year can compare to what changes we faced in 2013. And just as a warning I don't generally like change. If I am comfortable I usually want it to stay that way. But so it was 2013 was crazy.
Derrik got a new job, I also got a new job (it was more like a promotion but it was my first big girl job, guys I'm growing up) and we bought our second home. 2013 was good to us, bring on 2014 it is going to be fabulous I already know it!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Je t'aime Paris

Paris left us for her forever home on Friday the 27th. She was definitely the hardest one to let go so far. Paris was with us the longest of all the fosters, just over 2 months. That is more then enough time to fall hard for such a lover like Paris.

Derrik and I received an email on Christmas Eve telling us to call a potential home for her and see if they were a good match. After Derrik got off the phone he knew they would be perfect for each other. This family lived in Nebraska, they have a 14 year old lab, 10 year old great dane, and a kitty.
Christmas eve night we got another email saying that it was official and Paris had a forever home. It is so hard to say goodbye but I know that Paris will be so happy with her new family. The couple works opposite schedules so the doggies are rarely left alone.

On Friday morning the 27th Derrik had to drop her off in echo to another transport. I had to go to work so I had to say my goodbyes at the house. Lets just say there were tears and lots of them. She was such a sweetie and I will miss her more then I can express.

Fostering is hard, emotionally. People always ask us why we do it. Isn't is hard? Poor Mahzy, it must be so hard for him. Why would you do that to yourself? Yes it is hard on all of us including Mahzy, but is also so rewarding.

I see stories like this and it breaks my heart that these pups have no where to go. Then I get updates from pages like this that tell us how shelters are overcrowded and there are so many animals in need of homes. Then I also get sent this type of link and I see how happy and grateful these angels are for a second chance. While we can't adopt all these dogs, we can bring them into our home just for a little while, show them what love is (in some cases for the first time) and let them know that not all humans are bad, or give them a chance for a better life.

So, yes, yes it is hard to fall in love with these gentle giants just to say goodbye to them in a few weeks but we also get to see them grow. We see them learn new tricks, to trust humans, and to have an instant furry best friend in Mahzy.  Saying good bye to them is the hardest part but also the most rewarding. In Paris's case she was very skittish around humans when meeting them for the first time but after many nights of having friends over she learned to not be so scared. I was so worried she would be scared of the person transferring her but Derrik said that she got right in her car and was so excited. phew.