Sunday, May 14, 2006

Happy Anniversary

We can’t believe it, how times flies. Two years ago Valley showed up from North Carolina at our home, saved by the North Carolina Malamute Rescue. Everybody knows Valley was shy when she arrived in our home. Her original assessment out of rescue scored her a 9.5 on a scale of 10. But that was then and this is now.

While today you’ll still see that shyness promptly, you’ll also find her living the good life like a malamute should. She can be found in the living room with Babe and Ganik, at the table begging during meals, bugging whomever is reading in the recliner for pets and attention even to the point of slapping them with her paw, and out on our walks sauntering up to strangers asking for attention. She even rolls over on her back for pets in the morning and sleeps next to me when I lay reading on the carpet in the living room.

That’s all great but what sends my heart soaring like a hawk is her bouncing up and down when I get home from work, greeting me at the gate with a tail wagging, a single gentle Woo (not a WooWoo) and a little lick on the face to show me her love. We’re happy to see her tail wave when we say “Good Girl” or have her plant herself against our leg with tail wagging.

She’s still a 9 and a half out of ten, but not on the shyness scale, instead now it’s the sweetness scale. A girl so sweet she’s been easy to live with. We’re happy to keep taking the little steps because we know how much they mean and how big they really are. I know we'll continue to grow our acceptance and trust because we mean so much to each other. Thanks Valley, thanks for a great two years, thanks for sharing yourself and trusting us, its only going to get better.


Blogger Aaron Ostrovsky said...

I met that guy John who you skied with at Tincan a few months ago - Andrea and I did a few runs with him - he's a solid dude. Looked like fun!

5/16/2006 09:12:00 AM  
Blogger dogsled_stacie said...

Yay, Happy Anniversary Valley! She looks soooo sweet. I love the description of her getting excited when you come home. Does't that just melt your heart?!? Woooo!

5/21/2006 11:58:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Happy Anniversary to Valley and you guys!

She is gorgeous, and sounds a sweet as can be. Rescue dogs are so rewarding, I'd never have it any other way!

Our Wilco is so happy in the new house...we can take him down to the river every day now!

New place is pretty much at 6,000 ft. I'm hoping for enough snow to XC on some of that BLM land across the road....

5/22/2006 11:00:00 AM  

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