For transparency's sake, let me be up front about today's post. I'm writing it on Tuesday night. And it's already been a looooong week. I am SO looking forward to that extra day and I really, really, really hope I can spend it on my butt, knitting. My plan is that the most difficult task I will have is choosing a pompom for my Lofoten hat.
|Lofoten hat knit with Wool of the Andes|
I don't have a coordinating store-bought pompom in my stash so I'll need to make one. Should it be all yellow? All gray? Or a yellow/gray combo? I'm thinking all gray. What do you think?
I'm so pleased with the way this hat turned out. It was my practice project for learning to hold two yarns in one hand and well, it couldn't have been easier. Look how awesome my floats worked out! I have never in my entire knitting life been happy with my floats, much less been proud enough to show them off. Anyway, I plan to knit many more Lofotens in the future. Specially since I've finally learned how to spell Lofoten.
As for that loooong week I've been having.... We've all been having it actually.
First, there's been the dog drama. We live in a super rural area and we are the only house on a dead end road that edges the swamps of the Chickahominy River. Hunters frequently ride up and down our road looking for their lost hunting dogs. And sadly, hunters seem to love to abandon their unwanted hunting dogs on our road at the end of hunting season. This year was no exception.
Since the first week or so of February, we'd frequently seen three hound dogs running together. On Valentine's day, Animal Control set up a trap beside our property and caught one of them late at night. We hadn't called to complain about the dogs running loose, but I did call to complain about the trapped dog's howling. He was loud! And my phone call set off a chain of events.
The next day, a Saturday, the one remaining loose dog showed up at our doorstep and never left. He was so sweet! He was terrified of us, but he was also hungry, lonely and needed a place to rest. We fed him and gave him an old blanket to lay on. I let Animal Control know he was here and that we were taking care of him until they opened back up for business on Monday.
Sometime between my call to Animal Control on Saturday and their arrival on Monday, I fell head over heels in love with the dog. We named him Andy. Animal Control was happy for us to keep him. They provided us with a giant bag of food and a large box of treats and they called it a trail basis so that we didn't get jacked up for not having a rabies certificate and for allowing the dog to continue running loose.
Over the next week, we worked to gain Andy's trust. We were jubilant when he finally took food from our hand even though he still wouldn't let us touch him. Andy was an excellent walking companion. He heeled, even without a leash or collar. We all loved him and my mother-in-law particularly liked going for walks with him.
But Andy wasn't perfect. He liked to bark, or bray, as hound dogs do. He knew zero commands and no matter how many times we used his name, he didn't recognize it. He also liked to chase dark colored cars. Then one day, he became obsessed with running out into traffic on a nearby busy road. A very busy, 55 mph road. And the next day, during one of their walks, he lead my mother-in-law out into that busy, 55 mph road. It was terrifying. While my brain had known we couldn't keep him, my heart was set on loving him until the end of time. But that moment of looking out and realizing they were both out in the road.... Well, I knew at that moment Andy couldn't be ours.
On Sunday evening I made the dreaded call to Animal Control to say that we couldn't take care of him any longer and they agreed to come pick him up on Monday. About ten minutes before Animal Control arrived, Andy allowed me to touch him for the first time. I scratched his chin, then his ears, then the top of his head and he flopped himself over and presented me with his belly to rub. And then Animal Control showed up and took him away. It was horrible. Horrible! But at the same time, I know he wasn't the dog for us. The timing just wasn't right. He needed much more attention than we are able to provide at this time, not to mention a Huge fenced in area to run around in which we do not have.
Animal Control assured me that Charles City's pound is a no-kill shelter and that they would take good care of Andy. They'd give him his shots and some training and turn him into a much more adoptable dog. I sure hope they are right. I have tears in my eyes just typing this but I also know that all my interactions with Animal Control were pleasant, and there were many interactions! In fact, I spoke with Officers Wiggins and Miller so much I feel like they need to be added to the top of my Christmas card list. They were both so kind and helpful. They seemed to love and respect the animals and were nothing like the wicked people you see portrayed in the movies. They even put Andy's toys in his kennel before driving off.
I miss Andy desperately!
And if the dog ordeal wasn't enough drama for the week, my daughter is having her wisdom teeth surgically removed on Thursday. Not just pulled, but surgically removed. Surgically removed with real anesthesia, not just laughing gas and novocaine. And it's a bit concerning. The roots have wrapped around a nerve and there's a chance she may end up with some permanent numbness in her face. Not droopy, like she's had a stroke, just numb. Sarah is handling it well but I'm a nervous wreck. And, since I imagine I'll be the hovering mamma bear on Thursday and Friday, I figured I'd go ahead and type this post tonight.
And so, I plan to spend Saturday, Leap Day, sitting on my butt knitting. What will you do with your extra day?