Instead of financial wisdom today, I thought I’d give everyone a little time off from personal finance to reflect. Looking back on 2015, I’m very blessed and happy to have great family and friends, our health, a safe home, the ability to earn income that provides for our needs, and the freedom to live in a country where we have so many choices and opportunities.
Change in Holiday Plans
The big news at our house this week is that my parents, who were coming for Christmas for the first time ever, won’t able to make it due to some lingering health issues. While we are all disappointed, it was probably for the best. Southwest Colorado is getting pounded with snow that isn’t expected to let up until after Christmas. I’m not sure how happy anyone’s holidays would have been with family stuck somewhere in an airport!
To make up for the lack of company, we decided to foster a dog. Originally, we were going to wait until after the new year, but when we saw Hazel, we knew she needed to spend the holidays with us.
Hazel is probably about a year old and some sort of rez dog mix. Our newest family member came from the Navajo reservation and had a really rough start in life. She was surrendered to her first foster home after losing a litter of puppies. There were ingrained chain marks around her neck at intake.
A couple of weeks into her new life as a foster dog, Hazel came down with Parvo and almost died. She pulled through the illness but did not thrive in her temporary home that also included other fosters plus seven permanent dogs. She is timid and was picked on by the rest of the crew.
Foster Failures Yet Again
We stopped by an adoption event to say hi to the members of the rescue group we planned on fostering for and decided to take Hazel home if she was not adopted that day. To say she was shell shocked the first night at our house would be a great understatement, but the next day, she was a new dog.
Like other rez dogs we’ve had in the past, she has effortlessly worked her way into our daily routine. After two days, we knew she was never going anywhere. Yet again, we are foster failures, but we couldn’t be happier.
If you are considering a pet, I strongly encourage adoption through shelters or rescue groups. There are soooo many homeless pets of every breed, age, size, and personality. Fostering is a great alternative for those who aren’t ready to take on the full commitment of pet ownership. Even though we are foster failures, that doesn’t mean we don’t highly recommend other people giving it a shot.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
We are definitely having a white Christmas this year and plan on resting, sledding, and maybe a little cross country skiing for the rest of the week.
After Chistmas, we will take our last trip of the year to Scottsdale. I won’t be posting until after the holidays, so I sincerely wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We’ll get back to money in 2016!
Are you expecting a white Christmas? Any last minute holiday plan changes?