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A few blogs back was one titled "We make plans, God laughs". No truer words when you have an 18 month old rescue puppy who has had no training!! Indy has been with me 2 weeks and he has come a long way in those 2 weeks. However......God is rolling on the floor of heaven laughing out loud!! Any plans I've had to get projects done have totally gone down the tubes with my Indy around!!!

Everytime I think I'm going to sit down and sew the binding to my granddaughter's quilt and watch a movie in the process, a ball of fur lands in my lap! Next my face is showered with a little wet tongue...so are my glasses. Playtime...again! Throw toys and Indy runs and runs and runs. Maybe he will loose a couple pounds since he arrived a little chunky. Next he has found his tail in the past 2 days. It is hilarious watching him chase his tail. I'm laughing so hard that I can't take a photo of the action. It's even funnier when he stands still...or tries to!!

After 1 week, a light bulb went off and Indy figured out that he should do his business outside and not on mom's carpeting. He also realized if he went outside, he got a treat when he came inside. The little stinker also figured out he could go outside and fake it and he could get a treat. Ha! Ha! I caught onto that trick rather quickly. I know some other furry friends who tried that one!!!

Well, the joke is on Indy. Tomorrow he goes to obedience school for 3 days a week...that is 3 days and nights. Then he comes home for a week for me to work with him. The cycle continues until he graduates from obedience school. Indy will continue onto service dog training. Guess when I'm going to get my granddaughter's quilt done and watch a movie or two?? Of course, God may still be laughing at me. He may still have other plans for me. Hanna's birthday is Saturday, God.

This was the year that I was going to get a lot of UFOs done. So much for my plans. I came home from AZ with a bunch of other projects for church and friends. I also promised I would do more charity quilts this year. OK, I get the message. One of those projects (an embellished vest) is done and shipped. I heard she wore it to church last week. Today I finished my first Round Robin and I'm ready to mail to the next person on the list. The lesson here is I get things done for others, but not myself. I think it wise I follow God's plan for me.

Thank you Lord God for Your plan is better than mine.  Amen.

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Comment by Sarah/NC on March 27, 2012 at 4:04pm

Hi Linda, I'm glad you were able to catch enough of an image that we can tell what Indy looks like!  He looks like a load of fun:o) Good for you!  Congrats on the finishes too even if it isn't all that you would have planned.

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on March 20, 2012 at 6:57pm

What a cutie!

Comment by Sunshine/Mi on March 20, 2012 at 3:54pm

Indy sure is one adorable pup! 

Comment by Linda Koller on March 18, 2012 at 5:23pm

Oh don't worry I'll be sewing night and day till Indy comes home!!! I'll be looking for him at my feet too. I almost run him over every time I get up! You should see him now...laying on his back with all 4 paws in the air. Looks so funny!

Comment by Shannon, ON on March 18, 2012 at 5:15pm

At least you are used to dogs then. Taffy is my first ever! I love her so much! Make use of your 3 days by sewing and doing whatever else you love. Treat it as a positive, then when Indy returns you will love and enjoy him even more!

Comment by Linda Koller on March 18, 2012 at 3:37pm

Hi Shannon,

Yes, I grew up with dogs and have trained a few. I use to teach Daddy's hunting dogs tricks!! So Daddy gave me my own dog...a beagle named Pansy (my favorite flower). She's the only one who didn't learn the tricks!! Indy has already brought me a lot of joy and I'm going to miss him unbearably the 3 days he is gone this week. I'm already crying just thinking about it. I had to pack his food earlier and I was crying. He knows something is going on. The trainer comes for him in the morning. Boo hoo! I still miss my Shadow (a Keeshond) and she passed the Rainbow Bridge 15 years ago. It's taken me a long time to allow another pooch into my life. But the moment I saw Indy's photo on the rescue site, I knew he was mine. We are bonding quite well in such a short time. It's going to be a loooong 3 days!!!!

Comment by Shannon, ON on March 18, 2012 at 2:50pm

Indy will bring you great joy. Try giving him the treat IMMEDIATELY when you are outside and he does his "business". That way he associates the treat with being outside after "the business". Dogs have a short memory for these things. Say "good boy" and ruffle his fur and then give him the treat. Eventually just the praise and affection will be enough. Savour those licks and kisses and jumps in your lap. My baby is almost 6 now and she still makes me laugh. You will not know how you survived without those loving moments.

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