Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye to 2011!!!

Happy new Year!!  

2011 was a year full of ups and downs!  But today I want to focus on the ups!

The Painter Pack grew in 2011!  Here's a recap of our new family members!

In March, we agreed to foster Bella through MUSH Rescue in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Within 2 weeks, she had wowed us with those husky skills and we decided to become her forever home!

A couple months later, I decided to get a kitty sister for Sophia Belle.  I had no trouble finding a sweet girl!  So at 6 weeks of age, Salem Marie came home!  It took Sophia and Mya a few days but they eventually fell for the beauty.  Salem has become my little adventurer!  Sophia is much more calm, but Salem gets into everything...usually while Sophie watches, but disavows any knowledge of wrongdoing.

I thought our family was complete.  But in August, a routine trip to the grocery store changed our family dynamic yet again!  In the parking lot we found a young pup running free.  Of course we brought her home. She was wearing a collar but try as we could, we never found her previous owners.  We named her Bailey and decided we could not let her down.  She's such a sweetheart and gets along with everyone!
Just a few weeks later, again while on a trip to the grocery store, I ran into a man giving away puppies from the back of his truck.  They were about 5 weeks old, full of fleas and parasites.  I would have taken them all, but I couldn't. I took one little chocolate lab girl, which had always been a dream to have, and Reesie Cup has been such a good girl!  It took about 6 weeks for me to get her parasite free, but now she is fat and healthy!  

 The rest of the year has been difficult for me.  I've had a lot of back and other health problems, but you know what?  I am still blessed!  Nothing will steal my joy at the life God has given me.  It gets overwhelming sometimes with so many doggies, especially now that my son is working full time.  But they are so worth it.  I love each and every one so much.  They are like my babies.  My children.  

So, I say goodbye to 2011.  And if I am around for another year, I will take everything that life throws...good and bad.  I have faith and know that my Heavenly Father is there for me.  Nothing happens unless it passes through His hands.  I may not understand His reasons, but who am I to question the love He has for me.  

To all my wonderful friends in DWB land, I thank you.  You have listened to and prayed for me so many times (thanks to Facebook).  This world of doggies AND kitties has shown me that a true family doesn't necessarily share blood, but they share heart.  And as far as I'm concerned, you are all my family.  I wish you all nothing but happiness and health in the new year.  To those dealing with illness, either human or pet, I pray for peace in your heart and life.  We never know what lies ahead, but part of the joy in life is that journey.

I look forward to sharing that journey with all of you in 2012.

God bless to all.

Sherri (Pack mom)


♥ Sallie said...

Happy New Year!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a beautiful post of faith. Happy New Year to you and your pack!

24 Paws of Love said...

You've been through some changes this year, but the cute and furry changes are the best ones to have!

Happy New Year Painter's Pack!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Happy New Year from all of us at The OP Pack!

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

JackDaddy said...

I love the name Reecie Cup!! I hope you have a great new year!

FiveSibesMom said...

Happy New Year! Love your header!

Gypsy Ju said...

To the fabulous Painter Pack,

Happiest of New Years to you! We look forward to sharing more adventures through blogging ;-)


Gypsy ;-)

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

oh that was such a lovely and very heartfelt and bittersweet post.

Happy New Year to youse all.

I am sure with your love for rescued animals, and your faith, you and your wonderful family will do fine.

Loved all the rescue stories and the successes too.

All good and wonderful thoughts to you, and the Pups and Kitties for 2012

your friends, Jeannie and Marv xxxxxxxx

Suka said...

Beautiful, lovely post! Such beautiful pets! Happy New Year! May 2012 bring you and yours much love, happiness, health, success, laughter, and blessings.

Suka and K

River said...

We hope and pray that 2012 will be a wonderful year for you all.

love & wags,

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