Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Lindsey- You'll be proud

I went to the beach twice yesterday. Once at midnight (we had to wait until it wasn't Sunday anymore) to catch crabs and then again in the afternoon. Aren't you proud? Swimming in the ocean in Malibu doesn't even compare to the ocean here. Malibu is pathetic after this!

However, I'm definitely not addicted. I'm still just as dedicated to straight "A"s as I was before. But it was fun. I might decide to go again sometime.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Just Because. . .

Since Beverly has been neglected in the recent posts about female black labs, and just because I wanted to, here is a picture of Beverly (now known as Brodie) in her career change home. This picture is kind of old, but I think she has an ageless quality anyways! She is pretty much the sweetest dog ever. I have never seen, nor seen since a dog with such awesome eye contact. It was amazing. And out of all my PITs, she was the only one that ever liked to cuddle. Unless you want her on your lap, you might as well stay off the floor.

Monday, January 14, 2008


I heard from Phantom's career change adopter today. I had never had the chance to email them before because of the timing of the career change, so I wrote him a Chrismtas letter and had GDB forward it.

This is the email I got back, along with pictures. Isn't he gorgeous?


I just received your letter and wanted to thank you for taking the time to write. It’s nice to hear a little more about Phantoms life before he became my dog.

As far as Phanotm, he has been an absolute love. We have gotten to know each other the past year and half and are still figuring each other out as he grows up. He loves to swim, hike, fetch, play with other dogs, bark, talk, cuddle and sometimes just be a big ole goofball. People will always say one of three things when they meet him 1) Wow, that’s a big dog…. 2) What a sweetheart…..3) He’s very well behaved….. I am not sure about the well behaved part, sometimes he seems to have a mind of his own but it seems more just out of being curious or strong willed. He doesn’t have a malicious bone in his body. He is very vocal and loves to talk or complain about things when he feels he is getting the short end of the stick. Another of Phantoms favorite things is to go into the woods and come out with the largest fallen tree he can find. You would not believe the size of some of the sticks he has retrieved. He almost drowned himself onetime while we were fishing together. He swam across the river and without getting out on the other side pulled this tree off the bank and tried bringing it back across the river. It was probably over 20 feet long and 3 inches thick at the base. I watched the whole thing in fascination until he started sinking about halfway back, damned if he wasn’t going to the bottom with his stick!!!! He did not want to let go, but did. Things like that just make me love him to death.

I have a number of friends who have dogs and Phantom is now good friends with them all, including my sister and her very large Doberman. We have been to and completed an obedience class together, come to find out I needed more help than my dog!! My parents have adopted him despite my mother’s fear of large dogs. She watches him when I go out of town; Phantom seems to enjoy watching over the old folks at their home. Other than that I feel so fortunate to have been able to adopt him. He makes my home complete and comfortable.

I have included some pictures for your review. Thank you again for getting in touch and your efforts in raising Phantom.

Warmest regards,

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Back in class

So, classes started yesterday. Yesterday I had Special Ed (for all of you little sisters out there who are tempted to crack up like mine did- this is a class on teaching special ed, not my "special-ed" class), cultural psychology and ICS (international cultural studies). This morning I had statistics. In 25 minutes I have religion (the second half of the Book of Mormon) and tonight (my only night class) I have ASL.

I'm really excited about my special ed class! I can't wait until we get to the unit on visual impairments! I expect to be the star pupil. I probably shouldn't- who knows what experiences others in the class have had?

ICS seems like it could be difficult but very fun; I'm honestly not too excited about cultural psych, Book of Mormon is . . . required, ASL should be fun- I already know a lot. And although I'm really super worried about my stats class, no one was lying when they said that you don't want to miss the lectures- the teacher is enthralling! He didn't say a single thing in the whole 1 1/2 today that wasn't fascinating! So, really, I expect that class to be fun too, if also amazingly difficult.

Just a side note- my birthday is tomorrow. I'm getting terribly old! (23)

Happy Birthday to me!