A lot of recent conversations with people have given me the feeling that most people are ready to see 2016 leave and usher in a new year. It’s true that this year seems to have carried a lot of loss, from David Bowie at the beginning to Carrie Fisher, George Michael and Debbie Reynolds at the end. It’s been a year of political and social upheaval in the United States, as well as in a lot of other countries. I’ve heard of a lot of people who suffered their own losses and disappointments, too. I think towards the end of most years, we’re ready for a new start, and this one is no different.
In looking back, though, I don’t think this year was all bad. We had a health scare with Bunny that turned out to be a false alarm, but it made me appreciate that my time with her is finite and that I need to cherish the moments we have together like the precious diamonds that they are, whether we only have another year of them together or many. Mr. Taleteller and Küster grew in their skills and branched out to get more certifications, as well as going on some real live searches. They have yet to actually find a victim, but they have been successful in pointing authorities in the right direction a few times and in ruling some things out. Morgan has grown to love us even more than before. And Flattery, bless her soul, has found even more creative ways to keep us on our toes, as well as bringing smiles to many wherever she goes whether it’s the nursing home or the pet store.
I found myself traveling to Phoenix for Blogpaws again, thanks to a wonderful sponsor, Smart Bones. It was a whirlwind trip, but it was very worthwhile for me. It was my first visit to Phoenix and the first time I encountered heat that could threaten your life, but it was a fabulous experience and one that I’m glad I had.
We had a new addition to Mr. Taleteller’s family just before Valentine’s Day who is possibly the cutest dog lover ever. She lives with two dogs and is growing up really fast. I love that her parents are teaching her to be a responsible dog owner through example and that her two dog “brothers” think she hung the moon. It makes me think that dogs will be loved for generations to come and that future generations are not as bad as some people think.
Some of our friends lost dogs this year, but now we’re seeing them start to adopt new dogs. I can’t help it, when friends of ours add a new dog to their families, it makes me smile inside. I love that period when you bring a new dog home and are getting to know him or her while they are getting to know you. While I don’t wish the loss of a dog on anyone, I love that it means a new start for another dog somewhere. I love that it means a new beginning for both sides.
All in all, I feel that this year wasn’t all bad. It had its ups and downs for sure, but I enjoyed at least part of it. I’m definitely ready to look forward to a new year for us and the dogs, but we’ll think back on some of this year fondly. Here’s hoping that you have some happy memories of your own to take into 2017 with you, and that it turns out to be one of prosperity, hope and good health for all.