After a long period of radio silence, I thought it might be time to give you all an update. For those who’ve been reading for awhile, you know it was a rough last few months in Florida as I adjusted to Avery’s declining quality of life, and eventually had to let him go. I’m so thankful I spent the winter in FL (for a myriad of reasons), but in the end, I really needed to come home to Vermont, breathe the fresh air, and start to feel grounded again.

Of course, as soon as we went north, we hit the ground running and haven’t stopped since. At some point, I’ll give you an update on HM and her progress, as well as my perfect Crumble pony and his plans. But I’ve also decided that – due to trying to keep a better life/work balance (what?! hahaha…but seriously) – I’m not going to put pressure on myself to stick to a schedule with blogging anymore. I do it for fun, and I love updating you all. However, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last few years of maintaining this site, it’s that I’m never going to be able to keep up with weekly posting for very long. So, I’ll update whenever I have the chance. (Meanwhile, if you need more, I do tend to be a little more active on Facebook/Instagram, so keep checking there.)

Speaking of social media – if you’ve been following me, you’ve seen some serious puppy spam over the last few weeks. It’s time to formally introduce the new little boy.

Everyone, please meet Theodore; “Theo”, a brindle and white, rolly polly ball of adorableness. Born March 8th, he’s about 3 months old right now, and he is bossy, playful, constantly squeaking, snuggly, a lovebug, outgoing, and thoughtful.

Theo is my first puppy, and my first AKC dog. He’s a Cardigan Welsh Corgi (whereas Avery was a Pembroke), from Blackdale Kennel here in Vermont, and I feel SO lucky that he is mine. <3 For me, it was out of the question to spend too much time without a dog in my life, and I began the search early. I’m so, so happy with how everything turned out. Theo gave me something to look forward to when I was making the trip north, and has made my life feel more complete.

Of course, the transition to life with a puppy has presented its own challenges as I had to get used to waking up a few times per night (last night was five consecutive nights of sleeping straight through, though – yay!), taking him out early in the morning to walk, etc. Theo and I are extra lucky also, in that he has several human aunts who are ready and willing to take care of him as needed when I’m busy riding or leading horses. Plus, he has three built-in Corgi siblings who he gets to play with every day, and his favorite Uncle Bo and Aunt Ruth who babysit and support us in so, so many ways.

I’ve loved getting to know this little guy and watch as his personality develops and grows. He’s proving to be a great match for me – I think he’ll grow up to be a good barn dog and perfect partner for life.

Someday, he’ll get to join me on hacks with Crumble and go hiking with me up through the mountains. I’d love to try agility with him, and maybe do some competitions.

Until then, however, I’m just gonna snuggle his sweet face.

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