It's been a little longer than I thought since the last post back in August. Not a lot has happened since then other than us making a long-awaited visit to the cabin where it all began in Eagle Nest, NM. We had the opportunity to take our foster-fail, Tobi, with us and she absolutely LOVED it out there. The endless views and open spaces for her to run and play with Sadie and Sawyer, Ellie's dogs. Oh yeah, Ellie and her boyfriend Britt (i suppose he needs to be referred to as 'fiance' now) met us at the cabin mid-week and brought their pups. They decided that they would have their wedding right there at the church in Idlewild, where the cabin is located in Eagle Nest. But I'm going off on a tangent now.....
Our trip to NM was very therapeutic for both of us. Lots of hikes in Angle Fire and Eagle Nest kept us busy. Bird watching and chipmunk feeding kept us busy the rest of the time if we weren't inside cooking. I did get an opportunity to take a beautiful road ride from Eagle Nest to Red River and back with JB Hager, a longtime friend of ours. It was my celebration of turning 50 on the 22nd of September. No better way to spend the day. I did manage one mountain bike ride in Angel Fire. I hadn't been on the trails there since June 17, 2018. I definitely stopped and reflected many times about our life since then. I'm sure we'll be back soon and hopefully Dani will progress to the point where she can ride simple trails on her own.
When we returned to Austin from NM, we picked up another foster pup for Tobi to play with back home. McKinley was part of a family of 4 mange puppies rescued from S. Austin. They were in such bad shape when they were rescued that Central Texas Ruffugees had to give them at least 3 medicated baths each week to get their skin and hair back into normal condition. The before and after pics are amazing. McKinley is the pup that Dani is holding in this journal's main photo. I'll be honest.....if we didn't already have Tobi, we would be lobbying with Marla to adopt McKinley. She made such an impact in our lives in such a short period of time. After only about 3 short weeks with McKinley, she made her Adventure ride to the northeast and was adopted by a family in New Jersey. We wish you well, McKinley!
Our latest foster is named Autumn. We only have her for a short week, but in that time she has had a fantastic time with Tobi visiting the dog park at McCallum High School where she could socialize with about a dozen other dogs. We also took her out to her father's land out on Old Spicewood Springs road where she could romp around and chase Tobi through the creek and woods. She started out as a very shy and timid 7-month old and turned into a part of the family in just a few short days. Her transport is on Thursday (in 2 days). If the transport fails for some reason, then Dani said she's going to try and have her father adopt Autumn :)
That basically catches y'all up on our Adventures in Fostering as well as our short visit to New Mexico. The holidays are coming up and we're tossing around the idea of getting out of town, whether it be back to NM or the other direction toward Tennessee. We'll figure something out.
As for Dani's progress, it's slowly coming along. She walks Tobi (and/or Autumn) daily to help with her balanced walking. JJ and I have noticed that her very noticeable limp when she walks is all but gone when she is holding a leash attached to a Tobi. For some reason she gives equal weight to both legs and it really evens out her walking. We'll keep up with that! Back home she helps maintain the backyard gardens with her mother, JJ. The amount of okra they harvest on a weekly basis could start our own festival. On weekends we'll try to get Tobi out to the dog park or to her father's land.
Today is Election Day. It may be a special day for many citizens, but it's just another day to me. My family's future prosperity does not lay in the hands of a politician but rather in the hands of God. I'm sure y'all know that by now, I've said it often enough.
Anyhow, I thought this song was perfect for both those that believe and those that may not.
Edit: Added thanks to Debbie GH! The story behind "Even If..." referencing Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who wouldn't bow to the king.