Sunday, January 18, 2009

More Snowy Fun

Hello Everyone! It's Mumsie here. We've been having lots of cold, snowy weather here in the Boston area.......We went for a walk in the woods today to follow some deer tracks. There were 5 deer right next to the house at 8 AM and so we all wanted to see where they went. Needless to say we did NOT find the deer. But when we came back we went sledding and we played in the snow with the dales...YIPPEE!

Yes, very handsome dales..... they love the camera. Most times they have no idea what their crazy mamma is doing with that thingy that makes clicking noises and has a bright light on it.....yes, we were taking pictures again today. My babies bring me such joy.

Look at those gorgeous dale faces and how beautiful they are! Mamma Sherry ~ you breed some fabulous looking Airedales. Mamma Sherry, Paddy, Apache, Snookie, Yalo & Tara Dales have all given us these 3 beautiful pups to share our lives with. We love you and appreciate the magic that is in our lives because of these doggies.

The Dales of course had fun and are now sleeping on the sofa RECOVERING from their big day. Ha! Spoiled babes. I did get some GREAT pictures of the furkids though. Just love the snow buddies! They are easy subjects, for sure.

Hope everyone is enjoying the cold, snowy weather. It has made my dog walks a little uncomfortable....not all doggies are made for pouncing, bounding, digging and wrassling in the snow like the Dales! Uh, guess we do have the perfect dogs....cause they also love the water and the sand and being boat babies....Who said boat? Ah, memories of sun and sand.......June and July will be here before we know it. Until then, we continue to enjoy the New England weather, go on adventure walks after the deer, and bounce and pounce to our hearts content!
Here are my 2 favorites from today.....pretty magical if you ask me. Dales just being dales but they make my heart SING!

To those that have MLK Day off, enjoy!!! For those that have to work, and I have a few walks to do myself....well, just keep smiling!
Mumsie Griffindale

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 ~