He's Neurotic, He's Anxious but he's so FULL OF LOVE! We adopted LEO 8 years ago from NEBHR, Life with LEO requires a great deal of patience due to his chronic anxiety & multiple phobias, but in the end, he may be the MOST LOVED BASSET OF ALL TIME! (at least by me anyway)
We adopted LEO in 2005 from NEBHR click on the link below to learn more about them!
Took my Basset Brat out for what I thought was going to be a glorious evening walk tonight! It was the most perfect summer evening. The air was cool and the full moon was AMAZING up over the tall trees. He looked so bored that I figured a nice walk down to the end of the road and back would do him some good. I guess he had something different in mind because after only half way to the end, he sat down and refused to MOVE! I pulled and pulled on his leash and he was having none of it. Finally I had to let my husband give the leash a yank, low and behold, he was able to get LEO to stand up. We walked a few minutes more, when that bratty basset sauntered right on over into somebody's yard. I'll admit the grass did look plush and cozy, but I was surprised to see LEO make a nice bed for himself right there on their front lawn. He stretched out, yawned and started a power nap. I know his stubborness all too well, and unless I had a firecracker in my pocket, I wasn't getting him to move! So, we waited it out....Eventually, when he was good and ready, he got up and managed to make the journey back home. He didn't seem thrilled at all to have been out enjoying this beautiful night with us, but he IS very happily snoring under my feet right now.( LOUDLY SNORING I might add!)
I was honored to attend the "Following Atticus" book signing and Author talk by Tom Ryan at Kennebooks in Kennebunk, Maine this past Thursday. It was amazing to hear Tom speak of his heartfelt life changing adventures in person. Since this book is my all time favorite book, it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet Tom and Atticus in person. I was also so excited to meet Will, Tom's new yet very old rescue schnauzzer. I was so touched by the way each of these dogs would cuddle into Tom's neck when he held them. One could actually feel the love between them. Tom's talk was so captivating that my 9 and 12 year old children sat quietly and attentive throughout the entire event. Listening to Tom speak about his life journey was so emotional that I found myself continually wiping away the tears that were streaming down my face. It was a true honor to attend this event and anybody who reads this incredibly moving memoir will find themselves SO happy they did. For those readers who may shy away because they are not into dog stories, I promise you this is more a tale of the human soul aspiring to uncover itself against all odds. This book will not only inspire you to take stalk of your own life, but it may even leave you feeling like you can uncover your own greatest potentials and reach for what you may have previously thought unattainable! And, I promise, when you finish the book, you will find yourself telling everybody you know to read it!!!
Sometimes the most simple solutions have a way of eluding me...who would have thought I could simply mix Leo's meds into his breakfast & dinner! I've killed myself trying every other possible scenario and finally I decided to throw the stupid pills into his food and mix it around with the wet & dry (of course I didn't let him see me do it) he ate them without ever knowing he did ...I guess I was trying way too hard! This method has worked perfectly for the past five days! Guess I need to remember to Keep it Simple! Another Life Lesson from a Neurotic Basset!