Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Christmas Snow Angels

I have been owned and loved by so many wonderful four legged children, each one holding a special place in my heart.  Of course, the Holidays always bring out that sentimental time to reflect.  On the mantel of my fireplace I always place favorite pictures of my children, each decorated in a Christmas frame. I find comfort in seeing each of them, knowing the joy and love that they brought to the house. I like to think of them as my Christmas Snow Angels.

Pictured above is precious little Attie.  Years ago when I was working at the vet. clinic a lady brought in a litter of 6 week old Pembroke Welsh Corgis for a health check and first shots.  One of the female puppies was diagonsed with a heart murmur.  The lady was concerned with placing this little girl in a home and offered her to anyone of us at the vet, knowing that this little puppy would receive the proper care for her heart murmur.  I had never owned a little dog and at the time I had a Newfie at home and 2 beagles.  But boy she sure was cute.......and she ended up being the most wonderful addition to the house!  Attie showed me the world through little legs, how to sleep comfortablely on one's back, the need to herd and nip everyone's heels, she was the best shot-gun passenger, and best of all I could just pick her up and carry her and dress her up! Gosh, I love that little girl! In the 5 short years that I had her with me she taught me that everyday is a new day and the best way to live life is by being happy each and every moment your feet touch the ground in the morning.  She is my Christmas Snow Angel because she holds the majic of the season in my heart every time I see this Santa Paws picture of her!

Lacey was my fourth Newfie.  Because she was a Landseer, a black & white Newfie, I knew I was going to have a bit of a challenge with her.  Newfie people often say the Landseers are higher strung than black and brown Newfs.  Oh, my Lacey always had something to say to me.  She was a magnet for any pond, creek, mud puddle, or even a big bucket of water that she could put her front paws in and stand.  Of course, she always did this at the most opportune times.  She was truly my big girl, she loved her quilt, loved a big bone, loved to be filthy, loved to hang out in the snow for hours, tolerated the insanity of the beagles, and made me feel safe in my home with her alert bark and keen sense of presence.  I have not had another Newfoundland since Lacey passed away.......maybe one day I will, however she is and always will be a Snow Angel that watches over me.

Wishing Everyone the Magic of the Season through a Christmas Snow Angel!

4 comments:

Barb said...

Wonderful snow angels that have blessed your life. Were would we be without them?

Karen said...

Kristi,

Thanks for sharing your story about your special four-legged snow angels. You are one of my two-legged snow angels!

Happy Holidays,
Karen

kristi said...

Barb,
Thank you for stopping by to read and share in holiday memories:)

Karen,
It seems like we have known each other for years! All of stars lined up so perfectly for the sheep to come to you and the Professor. I know George thinks you are the Peppermint Angel
and I bet he wants even more in his Christmas stocking;)

jen said...

What a perfect way to describe Attie and Lacey. Having known both of them "Snow Angels" is just perfect:)