It was time for our latest rounds of booster shots and check up with the vet. Miss Stella headed off to see her “Doc” and discovered we would be taking a car ride. She does well in the car, but her last ride left her falling a little short of the typical “window dog view” ride that most pups love. Not being able to see what was going on was a little nerveracking so we usually distracted her with her favorite duck. But in the rush to get to her appointment on time, we left beloved Duckie at home.
*Note to self: There are going to be times that we do not have that safety net to help us feel safe and secure.
She settled in for her brief road trip, looking a little unsure of this adventure without her squeaking Duckie.
True to her “Goofy-Newfiness” and curious nature, she decided to take a peek.
A new discovery! Miss Stella is tall enough to sit upright without standing on armrests or any other such boost enabler (she has enough boost of her own!). Notice the “windblown hair”… a new model look for her. The sniffing and snorting coming from the back seat had us nearly in tears. Surprisingly enough, not too much drool…especially for a Newfie! Maggie Mae left drool and nose prints EVERYWHERE when letting her ears flap in the wind! (We secretly think Miss Stella may have had a little angel nudging her along to stick her nose into that wind. We miss our Maggie Mae and are glad that she seems to show up often around here.)
*Note to self: Being curious and brave enough to see what may be just around the corner is often worth the risk.
Once we got to the vet, she was ever so patient. She sat and stared at the Doc’s door…waiting. We have discovered Miss Stella pretty much ALWAYS wants to know what is on the other side of any closed door.
She realized it might be a while, so she decided to relax a little. Ever on the alert she remained.
She was unsure of the noises coming through the wall to the next exam room. This created a slight and momentary distraction as well as many curious sniffs and glances into the corner where the rooms met.
*Note to self: Even when distracted from the task at hand, the task will still need to get done. And if you wait paitently enough, someone is probably on the other side ready to help.
At a little past 17 weeks, Miss Stella is pushing 50 pounds. Miss Stella is strong, growing well, healthy, and getting ready for the big…surgery in about two weeks. If you look at her profile picture and this picture…you will see that in about 8 weeks she has moved from below my kneecaps to close to the top of my leg! Without having to bend much, it is easy to reach her sweet head and pet her “Einstein” doo.
Getting her good bill of health, onward we went to ride back home. Getting into the car, she realized that it was going to be another window ride. Howling, literally, with joy (or maybe realizing she was going to have to have her surgery soon therefore, howling in protest), she ventured to put her nose back into that blissful wind.
*Note to self: Whether it be good or bad remembering to stick your nose into the wind will make the ride more enjoyable.
Back home and ready to chill, Miss Stella gathered her pals, and proceeded to take a short rest until the next adventure, which of course was just around the corner.
Sometimes you just have to jump and dive in even when you are not sure what is up ahead or around the corner. Answers are not always a given, but discoveries are. Taking that risk opens new doors and if your lucky enough to have the wind blowing, you may even enjoy the ride.