Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Winter Wonderland

Jingle Dales, Jingle Dales,
Jingle all the way!

Hello, hello, hello!

Yes, we've missed you all, too!

Well the Griffindales did a holiday magic disappearing act - huh? We didn't really go anywhere, we were just *very* busy! As you know I have been pouring myself into my company and getting my business is paying off. I THANK GOD everyday for the growth and stability I have after only being in business these past months. I have AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL CLIENTS AND PETS in my roster and it is an absolute joy to go to work each day.

So, that being said, I do all my own marketing and design work, I visit vet offices, local supermarkets, post offices, industrial parks and pet stores to leave my brochures and flyers. I also have a pretty good website that I do myself and it has served me pretty well. I have taken classes, joined the appropriate organizations and really focused on saying 'thank you' to those that have referred me. I appreciate any and all help from my family and friends.

Meet Tucker - one of my favorite clients!
Yes, he's a Wheaton Terrier, not a dale.
Not everyone owns a dale!
Ahhhhhhh...then the holidays came and I had to shop for presents! For the family, friends and THE BUSINESS! Yikes....and plan for the family parties (yes, parties....more than one) and the food and the beverages and the desserts...yadda, yadda, yadda. And still operate my business. Insanity set in when I had to think about holiday cards for the business AND for us....TWO sets of cards, ADDRESSES AND STAMPS! Hmmmmmm, I love the holidays, I love the holidays, I love the holidays..... I will NOT become the grinch, I will NOT become the grinch, I WILL NOT BECOME THE GRINCH!

See, the kids say sledding was fun this year in ALL the snow we got!

However, in the sea of holiday "BLISS", I discovered that I love my family, my pack of dales, my business and of course....I still had my spirit of giving! It is all kind of crazy and yet we love it and we do it over and over - year after year.

Santa came for a visit and we managed a few entertaining things for ourselves. All in all, a great holiday season.

Sean and I actually got to attend things together and with the kids.....busy but FUN!

Now, we are back to "normal" - we turned the page on 2008. Ring in's gonna be just fine. I look forward to a year of wonderful and positive things. For lots of quality time spent with my dogs and being able to take one of them to work with me each day. I feel blessed to have all that in my life. I feel blessed that I found my way to "my calling" - working with animals - at age 40 and not at age 55 or 60.

Anyhow....after sharing my holiday season enlightenment with are some GREAT pictures of the dales and a friend or two.....Enjoy! AND HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Much Love and peace to you all ~


Stanley said...

Hey, Mama de Griffindales!

Happy Happy New Year to all at Casa de Griffindale! I'm so glad to hear you had a great Christmas and that your business is going so well. My hooman girl totally envies you, wishing she was at a place where she could transition into working with dogs every day. What a dream job!

THanks for the photos of Jack, Roy and Lola Dale! Looks like they are having a blast and making their friends feel at home there!

Goob smooches to all at your house! Can't wait to see what your 2009 is like!

Goober love,

Noah the Airedale said...

Pals, we've missed you.
Sounds like things are going really well up your way. Good to hear.
Look at Lola...crikey she's a big girl now lol. Love all the pics.

Happy New Year to you all and paws crossed that 2009 is great for you.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Maggie and Mitch said...

Thanks for checking in, guys!
We've sure missed you!
We hope 2009 will be the best year yet for all of you!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Penny, Poppy & Patches said...

Hey, hey, hey! We're glad to know you had great holidays and that your business is going so well! There just can't be a better job than working with dogs! Great pictures! Lola is really growing up!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Bogart said...


How could this be? :)

Missed seeing pictures of the multi-G-dales, happy to see you again!

I've got an award for you on my blog, swing by when you can...


Eric said...

Hello Grifindales. I'm wagging you had a great Christmas AND the new job is going well for Mama!!! Fab a big girlie now.

Here's to you for a brilliant 2009!!

Wiry wags, Eric xx