Is the Litt Palace of Puppy Love closed? Not at all…but things certainly have changed for us. I’ve taken time out of the blog world to lick my wounds and get back to a manageable mental status after the death of my husband. I was (and still am) the move forward and ask for forgiveness later person. He was the guy that researched everything before making a move. We were a good combo together. But now I feel like I did when I first moved out of my parents home.
Remember the first time you had that dirty little pleasure of eating ice cream before dinner…or better yet eating ice cream as dinner? And guess what? There was no one to tell you that is not right. You were your own boss and you could do whatever you wanted.
I had my share of ice cream for dinner this past year…several puppy fosters of really difficult puppies and finally found their forever homes. I also adopted a puppy who has become my heart and soul, Bubba. Bubba is the ice cream, the hot fudge and the cherry on top!
From a business perspective, you may recall I compromised with my husband and was going to take a job out in Kanab, UT with Best Friends as a trainer in Dogtown. I was very excited about the opportunity to work for this great organization but I really wanted to open my own training center. Andy knew me as a great technical consultant (I was an IT consultant for 15 years of our 22-year marriage), but he just couldn’t see me giving up that career to run my own business so our compromise was to work for a few years at a non-profit as a trainer and then open my business with that experience under my belt.
Well, needless to say, I couldn’t leave my framily in GA after his death — I needed all the support I could get living on my own. So I focused on expanding Kritter Keepers. We now have two great Kritter Keepers in addition to myself – Jessica and Mel. Angela has joined the team and will be working on marketing and other business-y stuff. The biggest thing for Kritter Keepers is that we’ve purchased a property and are working to make our dream come true of having a dog sports – oriented training center, doggie daycare and boarding facility. We are converting a human daycare. Designs have been finalized and we are hoping to start the remodel very soon. That has to be a banana split for dinner! It is both the scariest and the most exciting move I’ve made in my career. I believe in myself and I know that Kritter Keepers Club will be a success!
I also bought a brand-spanking-new, six-miles on the odometer, Chevy Colorado. This is a two scoops of the fudgiest, most indulgent ice-cream ever. Andy didn’t think a pick up was practical especially for a girl! And he hated General Motors because they cancelled our GM reward card when we built our first house — not because we didn’t use and pay promptly but because we had too many credit inquiries (first home buys suck up credit report scores due to the number of inquiries!). He never forgave and forbid anyone in our family from purchasing GM products. So this is a first for me and I LOVE my truck. It is the perfect vehicle to express my personality!
The year has not just been about eating ice cream for dinner. It’s been emotional and really could have been so easy to fall down that rabbit hole of depression. I think being a little naughty and rebellious helped me. When Andy and I used to argue, my favorite thing to fight back with was the “You’re not my father!” battle cry of the rebel-without-a-clue that I am! So each little step forward, each scoop of ice cream, is not without an internal conversation with Andy. In his own way, I think he would be proud of what I’ve done this year even if he didn’t agree with some of events.