23 November 2009

A new garden 'helper'

There is a big thing that's changed here at the Grackle that I haven't been able to bring myself to write about: we lost our sweet Libby. She was our beautiful creature, part-time gardener (many things in our garden reflect that it was designed to house a blind black lab inhabitant) and sometimes crazy companion. We miss her terribly, and will for some time.

We've had about a month now to heal a bit and both had become ever restless with the silence and lack of four paws prancing. So we recently began to look for another dog. There are just so many out there that need good homes. Places like P.A.W.S. in Kyle and Austin Pets Alive! are good places to find animals in need of good homes.

And this past weekend we met our newest crush when visiting Austin Pets Alive at Petsmart: Mr. Bodi.


I snapped this photo of Bodi patiently waiting for me as I toodled around the garden with a camera taking photos for this blog the other morning. What a sweet little guy! We're going through some "wait, this Bodi is nothing like Libby" adjustments at the moment, but I think we'll all emerge just fine. (I mean, it's really weird to have a dog that can watch what I'm doing!)

It feels a bit strange or sacrilegious or something to talk about Libby and Bodi in just one blog post, but I can't think of a different way to go about it.

And on another subject, I feel that I've been neglecting the garden a bit lately, and largely, they've been taking care of themselves with this milder weather. Translation: there are weeds EVERYWHERE! I'm going to be taking some time this holiday weekend being thankful for mulch, and thankful (or is it hopeful) that my hands won't get too sore from pulling weeds...

9 comments:

luksky said...

My condolences on your pet loss...and my congrats on your new member of the family. :-)

I empathize about the weeds. I have blisters on my fingers from pulling up tons of sprouting broadleafs last week.

Tina Poe said...

I'm sorry for your loss, but happy that you now have a new companion! Love to see more photos of the new four-legged friend in the garden :)

Iris said...

So sorry for your loss. I don't think it's disrespectful to talk about both dogs in the same post. Bodi looks so calm and wise!

Sue said...

He is very handsome, so serious!

So sorry to hear that Libby passed away.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Sorry to hear about your loss of Libby. Bodi though is one elegant dog.

Diana said...

Lee -- I'm so sorry to hear about Libby. She was such a special girl and I know you'll always have a hole in your heart from missing her. But her spirit will live on as you make a new forever home for Bodi, who looks like a fine young man. May he help you heal.

Bob said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. My last dog was named Libby. I laid her to rest a couple years ago. We still miss her.

Mary said...

I'm so sorry to hear about Libby, but it's to her honor that you felt the desire to give another needy dog a good home. I'm sure that she would approve!

Lancashire rose said...

How sad it is to lose a pet, but a you found another to love and to enjoy your garden with you. Bodi looks very well behaved and a gardener does need to have a well behaved dog!