Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The holidays were good overall, and we’re pretty certain that Duchess enjoyed (what we believe was) her first real Christmas in a home where dogs have stockings and get treats from Santa.

Let’s start with Christmas morning:

I want ALL of the antlers.

I want ALL of the antlers.

Santa brought the dogs new antlers and bully sticks. Now, Duchess is a little afraid of stuffed toys which is fine because we can’t really have them in the house due to Godzilla Gus’ propensity to actually ingest squeaky toys. But boy oh boy does she love a good antler.

The quietest they were all morning.

The quietest they were all morning.

They were quiet for about two hours. It was amazing. And my parents came over and Duchess got to lay in her bed in front of the fire pretty much all day.

Since July, we have had multiple moments where we look at this sweet dog and can’t understand how anyone could mistreat her. She is funny. She is cute. She is playful. She never growls, or even barks. We’ve never heard her bark, except in her sleep (she has wild dreams!). But here she is in our home, looking forward to the day when she has her own family to lavish attention and love on her.

Moving on to New Year’s Eve, we were supposed to go to Florida but The Nice Man came down with shingles so the trip was cancelled and Duchess didn’t have to go stay at the vet’s boarding facility. Which is good because even though the people are really nice there, I hated the idea of her being by herself in a crate.

So we stayed in and watched TV and Duchess got to ring in the New Year with her foster sister Libby, who we’re pretty certain is her favorite pack member in the house.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

On behalf of all of us caring for Duchess, thank you to everyone who reads this blog, talks about Duchess and everyone who made financial contributions to her care in 2012! We are very grateful to have you on this journey with us.

Here’s is to a bright 2013 for Duchess and all of you! Happy New Year!