Christmas has been bittersweet for me since Mom died in 2010. Last year was especially difficult as my husband's beautiful sister died from cancer. This year we said goodbye to our sweet yellow Labrador, Aunt Baby ...
Today is the 20th anniversary of my Dad's death...1994, on New Year's Eve, hard to believe that many years have passed. In October, 1995, we bid a sad farewell to my dear mother-in-law.
Yet our family grows as nieces and nephews have their own children. We take in new family as our youngest nephew announces wedding plans for 2016. And we adopted a loving black Labrador, 'Andy Jordan', who has turned a sad home into giggles, antics and in general, utter mayhem.
Every since I was a little girl, I have spoken for my pets. Looking back, so did my sweet Momma and my family never really looked at me twice when I did my Peppi - speak. Peppi was our beloved family kitty cat who lived to be twenty years of age, so I had quite a long time to speak Peppi, so to speak....!
I'll admit my husband was shocked when our cats, Katie, Jake, Ninny and Scottie developed their unique voices. By the time, our Labradors entered the scene, Geoff simply asked that their voices not be so squeaky and if they might mature in sound over time ...
Whatever the heck that means, you can be sure that Andy Jordan has a voice, and a mind, of his own ... and it seems he has developed a pet motto that gets him out of quite a bit of trouble...! It goes a little something like this:
"This is gonna be the best day ever..."
And trust me, Andy milks this expression for all he is worth...through the nice times and the naughty... I figured out of the mouths of babes (puppies)... and have adopted it as my own mantra, sharing this card of our beautiful boy whenever I can, thanks to the talents of my friend, Sannel Larson.
It thrills me that Andy has the ability to spread joy and cheer just as his sister Aunt Baby did before him. I received this validating e-mail from a dear friend:
"Thank you so much for the beautiful Christmas card. It arrived yesterday, and I was glad because I sometimes feel a bit down the day after Christmas when the weather is dreary, and it has been.
"Andy's card made for a perfect spirit-lifter."
Wishing you peace and a happy New Year,
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