Just a little over a month ago, my husband and I became the proud owners of an 8-week old Mini Schnauzer, that we named Ahyoka (she who brings happiness).

Baby Ahyoka

Baby Ahyoka


Since we lost our beloved bunnies last fall, we have felt the emptiness in our home deeply, and we knew it was time to fill it up again.What a sweet and cuddly little girl!  It’s been awhile since either of us were around a little puppy, but it didn’t take long to be reminded of the long nights, the crying and whining, the potty accidents everywhere in the house, the chewed socks, the chewed fingers, toes, feet, arms, legs, etc.  She is an “only”, having had no siblings to help her out with her puppy manners.

Fast forward to this Friday morning.  She is 3 months old now.  And full of sass and vinegar, as my Gramma used to say!

Three-month old Ahyoka

Three-month old Ahyoka

She is stubborn to the nth degree, and talk about biting!  Stephen and I are covered with owies.  All of the “experts” talk about mouthing.  I never knew mouthing could be so painful!

We have scoured the internet, picked our friends’ brains, prayed … you name it, to find some solution to this problem.  And there is none, really, except time.  And patience.  Lots and lots and lots and lots of patience.  Which brings me to this morning, right after our walk around the block.  When we got back into the house, I reached down to take off her leash.  She was so revved up and excited that she grabbed my thumb and bit.  Hard.  It brought tears to my eyes, and I yelled at her.  Really loud.  I know that she just got carried away in the moment and did not intentionally hurt me.  I was so upset I couldn’t talk to her.  She just sat there and looked at me, with those beautiful brown, knowing eyes.  I was pretty sure she understood that something was wrong and it involved her.

After I calmed down, cleaned up my thumb and put Ahyoka in her house, I got to thinking about the patience thing.  And my paper crafting.  And all of the hours and hours that I spend thinking about, creating and sharing my craft.  And how long it takes me, sometimes, to get it “just right”.  And that made me think about what my friends and I always say about our creations:  “There are no mistakes.  Just a chance to make it your own and add the human factor.”  Well, if I can have that much patience, and spend all of those hours creating a card or layout, or whatever else pops into my head, then I guess I can have at least that much patience to create our companion and friend, who will hopefully be with us a really long time.  And if I listen to the voices of my friends in my head right now, then I guess I can forgive myself this “mistake” in the world of doggies, and remember that I am human.

Thanks for staying with me to the end of my ponderings!

If you have ever related your experiences in the real world to your crafting, leave a comment telling me about it.  I’d love to hear from you!

Have a loving and patient day!


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