My new little five year old Shih Tzu retired from having pups. Her AKC name is Gardens Heavenly Spoonful, her nickname is Doodle Smooch. She is adorable, right? I loved her from the moment I saw her and I believe she took to me right away too, curling her head into me as I held her. Now two weeks together it’s apparent she has adopted me and keeps very good care of me. And of course I pamper her to all her desires. I am so grateful to have found her and grateful Karen her owner was willing and ready to part with her as she has other mother Shih Tzu’s she is breeding. It wasn’t easy for her to let go but I am so so happy with Doodle. She will go everywhere I go that’s for sure. Already she loves to sit in my shoulder bag and she is the darling of all who see her. Give Doodle a “hello” won’t you?
A reader of this blog sent in a comment about the hawk who has been visiting her family home daily for about a week. She then sent me a photograph she took of the hawk to share. We see it perched on the roof. She said it would look steadily in the house at her and her children playing. Her husband began to put food out for it daily.
It looks to me to be a female Rough-legged Hawk. It doesn’t have the black banded belly that Peterson’s Book on Birds says the male often has. However, the feathered legs, the small feet and the coloring identify it as the Rough-legged Hawk. Similar to this hawk is the Red-tailed Hawk, and the Northern Harrier. Notice though this hawk doesn’t have the red feathers a Red-tailed Hawk. So I decided to identify it as a female Rough-legged Hawk.
This is a wonderful photograph and I appreciate Carol sharing this with us. To see more details of the Hawk I cropped the photo (see top of the page). Isn’t she a beauty! What a blessing for this family to have a hawk visitor for a week! Thank you Carol for sharing.
My dearest companion doggie, Suzi, a Shih Tzu of eleven years has ended. She has departed this life and her loving spirit is now in the Eternal Grace of Love. I miss her deeply. Every step is without her now where before we were every step together. It has rocked my life more than I had ever experienced. Maybe all the deaths especially family deaths and other pets have culminated in this departure and it has become overwhelming. It’s been eight days and I’m now able to write about it and talk more reasonably. Don’t let anyone tell you, “well, it’s only a pet.” Sorry folks, you haven’t experienced unconditional love if you speak that way. A loss of a dear friend is deep and cuts to the core of our hearts. I will adjust of course, we all do in time. I have found that those people who express sympathy, know the truth of the loss as they no doubt have experienced the same kind of break in a relationship, yes, even with a pet. Here is a photo of Suzi in June. You see her one eye is blue clouded as she had the decline of vision due to the epidermal cells not working. She was the most adorable, loving, sweet, mellow spirited dog ever. She made hundreds of people happy, brought smiles to the faces of suffering rehab and dying people in her Therapy Pet ministry. There wasn’t a place we walked, any place, where she didn’t bring a smile to people walking toward us. Many would stop just to talk to her. She won the hearts of all that knew her in anyway. She was a very special precious gift to me and to many. May she continue to live in the Holy Spirit of Love for ever and ever.
BTW: Hawks haven’t been visiting me for ages now. But daily I have the crows or the ravens who come for feeding three times a day. The babies cry out for feeding even though they look to be the same size as the adult birds. I enjoy their company as they have become quite friendly and pet like. They are very smart and sometimes they don’t squawk they actually make garbled sounds that sound like talk. Very entertaining.
This past year we have had many conversations and stories that have been so encouraging to us all. I want to thank you all. Let’s keep on looking and watching for our hawks while staying positive in all we endeavor. Talk to ya’ later.