July 12, 2014 – Swimming with the pack

Oreo swims with her pack

These two gorgeous girls are about six years younger than Oreo is and have endless energy, so I’m still quite protective of Oreo when they play together. She can’t go up on those rocks with them because that’s where I think she hurt her foot the other day (which is mended now, yay). They’re so cute when they come up to the cabin door and look in the windows as if to say, “Can Oreo come out and play?”

Yesterday I went in the water with her and she was quite concerned, swimming in circles around me, but didn’t try to herd me to shore. I got her back up the drive to the cabin by dangling her toy in front of her the whole way. Then I had to give her a shower, because I’m going to have to rename her Cremesicle since the red clay is tinging her coat orange, ha ha! Today we’re sitting in the meadow office working, and she’s happy as a clam (although she really wants to get back to that lake; maybe tomorrow morning).

Moving here was more costly than I had planned, what with the one-way U-haul rental, the new phone because AT&T doesn’t work out here, the Sprint Zing hotspot which doesn’t have unlimited data (three viewings of a YouTube video and I was at my limit), purchasing a satellite Dish for Internet, which still doesn’t have unlimited data (although the rate is reduced from 2am-6am…). I really am out in the woods here. Thank God my landlord set up this patio table within a 2-bar range of his unlimited data. The video above took over an hour to upload. When they finally run cable out here, I’ll be first in line!


Spoiled City Girl, but worth it all because my dog is smiling


July 3, 2014 – Finally an update from Tennessee

The move went well. We still have to go back to NH for one more load. Had I known, I would have hired movers.

Oreo did really well in every hotel. Of course everyone just loves her. I forgot to put her Therapy Dog in Training vest in the car and it was packed in the U-Haul for part of the trip, but once I got it and put it on her she had no trouble whatsoever going anywhere with me. Now I just need to find a certification course here in Tennessee so she can complete her training and upgrade to Therapy Dog proper.

She gets along so well with my landlord’s two German Shepherds. They’re puppies though, and play a little too rough for her, so she stays attached to me for now. I still need to find a better plan for grocery shopping, since there’s no delivery service here and I don’t have a regular sitter/daycare yet. So far we put on her jacket and go to Walmart’s food section in through the garden section, quick as we can. I’ve left her in the cabin for a few minutes at a time and so far she hasn’t chewed the doorknob to get out.

Gotta run, going to pick some blackberries.

Oreo in the cabin.
Oreo in the cabin.