Ryder Amelia, These Crazy Dogs

winds of change

There are some pretty big changes coming this week to the Harris house. I will start with the easy one first.

Ryder is starting Mother’s Day Out on Thursday! I’m so SO so excited and so SO so SO so SO anxious and worried at the same time. I have gotten the all clear from the doctor and a lot of encouragement from family and friends on it, so that has eased my anxiety so much. Ryder is just obsessively attached, like I mentioned yesterday, and we need an outlet for her to get away and be around other babies and other adults. It really helped Rory and I’m praying it’ll help Ryder too.

And the best part about it is that the teachers are the two sweetest women on earth and I don’t have to be anxious for a second about their care for her. They loved Rory like she was their own and I know they will do the same with Ryder.

I plan to get stuff done at the house, work more on the blog and other ventures I have coming soon, and nap. Oh yes, I plan to NAP.

The next big change is much harder.

We are giving Jackson, our precious dog, to a new home.

The past few years, with age, Jackson has gotten increasingly grumpy. Its mainly been with his food and mostly towards Jersey, but it has taken a turn for the worse. Last week he yanked Rory’s snack out of her hand and when she went to get it back he bit her. Then he barricaded himself into a corner and was snapping at me and showing his teeth. I had exiled him to the backyard until I could find a home for him and somehow he worked his way back into the house.

Well, yesterday, he got a ball and barricaded himself again in his kennel and when I walked past him he lurched out at me and bit my leg. Then he went and hiked his leg all over my kitchen. The only way he would stop trying to attack me and marking his territory in our house was if I opened the front door and let him run free.

Most of you know that Jackson was/is my baby and has been the best friend a girl could ever ask for. And I know this aggression stems from not having as much attention, but I barely have time to give my girls and my husband attention so I can’t start a new project trying to retrain him right now, especially when I can’t be 100% sure it will work.

More importantly, no matter how much I love that dog, he is just a DOG and my children come first. Always. So even though its such a hard, devastating decision, its one I have had to make for the sake of my family’s protection.

So, bare with me if I’m a bit of an emotional mess for a couple of days. I’m losing my first “baby” and its harder than it probably should be.

And pray for me and Ryder on Thursday. Its going to be so hard leaving her and I’m sure it’ll be a hard day for her too.

Alright, Ryder is screaming for me to hold her as per usual.

Happy Tuesday, everyone!


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5 thoughts on “winds of change

  1. Ryder will do fantastic! You totally deserve a break for a few hours! Jackson will be just fine too! He will be so happy in a peaceful environment vs the chaos of little ones running around. And he will be able to eat all he wants without sharing! You are doing the right thing!

  2. Those certainly are big, hard changes but they are definitely both for the best. I know it will be so hard giving up Jackson but I’m sure he will be happier getting the attention he needs. And I’m sure Ryder will do fine with MDO — it will take some adjusting but she’ll be a happier baby for it! I will definitely be thinking about you this week.

  3. Well you know how I feel about dogs that bite! And I agree Ryder will be fine and will actually enjoy it. Nothing like having a little “free time” to refresh yourself and accomplish the things you want to do and never have those moments to do it.

  4. I bet Ryder will love MDO with the other kids. No choice on Jackson but know it’s still hard to let go. Hope he finds a new home where there’s lots of squirrels!

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