Sunday, September 27, 2009

Baby Hog!

My neighbors two doors down just had a baby. I don't really know them very well. But a few days after they had the baby boy, I saw the father walking around outside. I went out to say hi. He was telling me about the labor and how he has 10 days off of work since he's a soldier. The mom came out and started telling me more. At one point she tried to reach over and take the baby. Dad made a face and didn't give the baby up. In the best straight face ever, mom whined, "You are such a baby hog!" I couldn't stop from laughing. She said that he needed to be fed and probably changed. And the dad said okay and walked back inside with the baby boy. Being married to a man that says he doesn't want kids, this is a very foreign sight to me! It's very refreshing to see a man that not only wants kids, but then whole heartedly wants to be a baby hog!

I always ask new parents if the pain of pregnancy and labor was worth the reward. They ALWAYS say yes! This mom started telling me how the epidural only worked on the right side of her body and she could feel everything on the left. OUCH!! But she said that after it was all said and done, it was totally worth it. I guess it cant be that bad or there would be many more only children.

Did you hear the bird??

Rigel, did you hear that? Is there a bird?

Maybe it's a terrier thing, but Rigel hates birds. Well, I guess he hates anything "up there;" planes, helicopters, butterflies, falling leaves, etc. But birds are our favorite thing. We go for walks and these huge crows start to circle us. Rigel starts barking like mad. The birds just circle lower. I'm sure one of them will eventually swoop down and try to pick him up. He's only 6lbs, I'm sure he looks like a tasty snack to these huge birds! So I pull him in close on his flexy leash and watch the birds close. I have only had to throw a rock at two birds. I hit one. So anyone that knows me at all knows that this bird had to be REALLY CLOSE because I throw like a girl! I was yelling and throwing rocks, but this bird just didnt care. I had to protect my little man! He is always getting himself in situations that I have to save him from. Must also be a terrier trait. He just doesnt realize that he's only 6lbs! Honestly, I think he thinks he's a GSD!

Looking on Amazon for this book right now!

A friend of mine who knows how much my little man means to me sent me a link to this book. There's an excerpt from chapter 1. Sounds really good.

'Inside of a Dog' Explores What a Canine's Life is Really Like - Paw Nation

Saturday, September 26, 2009


Here are just a few of my favorite pics of Rigel. He's staring at a rabbit in the backyard in that first pic. He wasn't sure he liked the bunny in "his yard." He gets so serious about some things.

I love the sleeping baby pics! This one was taken at my parents' house in Paris, AR. That's my dad in the background.

I love the bed head he has early in the morning. He's my sanity. I wake up in the morning and give him a big puppy kiss.


Two good friends and I went to see Fame tonight. It's really cool to be able to go watch a movie in a theater where things arent blowing up. I go to the movies with Joe occasionally, but they are all guy movies. He just refuses to go see anything that doesnt have guns in it.

We had great conversation afterwards too. I've always had girl friends. But I've never really had such great friends as these people. I can be *me* around these people. I can be completely honest about myself and my thoughts. And they understand. I am SO lucky I have such great friends. And even better - I work with them!! Things happen, people come and go, especially since we're all with Army soldiers. But I will seriously miss some people here in Junction City!

What's in a name?

Rigel Orion Wallace

Rigel is pronounced like Nigel with a R. He's named after a star in the Orion constellation. Rigel is the brightest star as seen from Earth. It's actually only the second brightest star in the constellation though. His name means "foot of the great hunter."

He gets the Wallace surname from my brother. As young boys, my brother Stephen and his buddies made up fake British names to prank call people. Stephen was Nigel Wallace. Since Rigel is a Yorkshire Terrier, I thought this was a fairly fitting name. Stephen agreed.

Puppy Love

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.

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