Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Do You See the Butterflies?


Today is March 14th and what many of you probably didn’t know is that it is “Learn About Butterflies Day".

I love butterflies because they are so pretty.  I like the way they fly….they seem to go about getting to their destination in such a carefree way. They dance and float and are like aerial acrobats that delicately step through the air. 

I learned that butterflies are very tough in spite of their appearance and many of them travel thousands of miles just to reproduce.

Butterflies come in hundreds of thousands of varieties and sizes.  They serve many purposes but probably one of the most well known is to pollinate plants.

On warm days I like to chase butterflies through the yard. Their pretty colors make me happy.

Dad told me something interesting about butterflies. He told me that they don’t start off pretty; in fact he said they are quite ugly. They have a life cycle and when the first start out they are just a squishy little egg.  Next they progress into a nasty little caterpillar. I have eaten those before and eww it was gross! The next phase is when they cocoon themselves in a leaf-looking case. The last stage is when they come out of their cocoon as a beautiful butterfly.

I was thinking about this life cycle and it made me thing of shelter dogs. Often times these rejected doggies are not very cute or lovable when people first see them. They may be curled up in a little ball like an egg. They may be dirty or smelly like a caterpillar. Some shelter dogs have been abused and neglected and they may be reserved and scared similar to the cocoon phase of a butterflies life. The good news is that when given love, time and patience shelter dogs will emerge as beautiful as a butterfly. 

I once was abandoned in a scary shelter. I was skinny, dirty, sick and pitiful. Most people could not see beyond my bald, infected skin and sunken eyes. Fortunately for me, a group of people could see the beauty I had inside. They loved me, helped me, saved me.

Now I have blossomed out of my cocoon and have developed into a beautiful butterfly.

May God Bless all of you who see the butterflies instead of the eggs.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

My Song

Sunday was a gorgeous day here in Chesapeake, Virginia.  Just as soon as mom was able to lather me up in sunscreen I bounded out the back door and down the deck step. I was zooming around the yard and sniffing the damp grass. So many smells...and the warm sunshine; a perfect combination.  Sometimes when I am really happy, I sing. I like to just make up songs as I go. Today my song went something like this. "I am sooooo happy because it is warm. I like to smell the grasss!! It is sooo green. Thank you God for giving me such a nice place to peeee!!! You made the flowers and you made me!!!"

It is sort of impromptu singing. My melodies and words are not poetic or beautiful but my body just wiggles and my snoot sniffs the air and I just sing. 

Mom told me when I climbed back up on the deck and snuggled in her lap that I was doing a good job praising God.  I asked her what she meant and she said that every creature was created to give honor and praise to God.  She said many people have a hard time doing that because sometimes they think it is too hard. Sometimes they think about their problems and do not feel that He deserves to be praised. Sometimes they see their own failures and do not feel worthy to praise Him.  Still others miss the point completely and instead chose to praise themselves instead.

"How did I praise God mom?", I asked. And she explained that I was praising God just by being myself. I noticed the lovely day and I danced and sang with thankful glee.  That was it.  It seemed so natural to me.

We should remind our humans that praise is easy. Just look around and notice the beauty in the world. Then wag your tail and sing. Hmmmm....that could be the problem; no tail.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dizzying Details of a Doxie's Big Day!

Yip Yap Friends!

Do you remember me? It's Karli! I know I have been neglecting my blogging lately. Whew! Things have just been a whirlwind around here. 

My wedding is only 6 weeks from today! EEEEEEEKKKKK!! I am so excited but the tiny details of our big day is really starting to make my tummy flutter. 

Today I received my gorgeous wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses and the groomsmens bow ties.  They were specially designed by Cheryl Keninger at Down Under Dog Designs  and I couldn't be more pleased with them.

On Friday I am going to Chantilly, Virginia with mom, hoo-sister Penelope, Maddie Mathews and Angela Mathews. We will be attending the Super Pet Expo! If you are planning on attending be sure to use the coupon code "BELLA" to get discounted tickets. We are going to have a pawesome time and also be finalizing all of the wedding details.  Maddie has so many good ideas and she is going to be my Maid of Honor!

As if the wedding wasn't enough to have to plan for...mom and dad also told us that we will be moving this summer. Dad is a Marine and we have to move one final time before he can retire.  Mom and all of us doxies will be spending most of our summer in Michigan at Long Dog Retreat but when summer is over we are going to be moving to Jacksonville, North Carolina. Mom and dad have lived there before and they own a house there so we already have a place to go.

I am sad to leave all my furfwends in Chesapeake, Virginia but I am super excited about making new friends in North Carolina.  Mom said that we will live very close to the beach so that sounds fun. 

I hope if any of you ever travel near Camp Lejeune, NC you will come to visit me.

Oh dear! I have to go workout now. Trying to lose a few more ounces before the big day.

Kisses to all!

Karli