Hello and happy Wednesday!! Today is officially the last day of Winter and the weather seems one step ahead - 17 degrees and the Wattle and all it's pollens is out. So looking forward to being able to say tomorrow that Spring is finally here :-)
But in the meantime, thought I'd share the first pages in the story of Sally the Lab. You can read about our Project Life challenge at Just Add Ink this week here - that's what got me started on creating these pages, that and a nudge from a lovely friend!
Sally, was adopted in September 2010 from the Lort Smith Animal Hospital's Shelter where she had been called "Cougar". She had been there 5 weeks after being surrendered. All we knew for sure was that she was 6 years old, and had at least one litter of puppies and was very scared of people. So she became Sally (imagine calling out "'Cougar" at the park....eek!!) and it took 2 weeks to get any photos of her because as soon as she saw a camera or phone (or tv remote) raised she ran away, thinking it was going to be thrown at her...
For the first 24hours she didn't want to be touched...she would move away. But the second morning she seemed to realise she was safe and rolled over onto her back for the first of many tummy rubs....the third morning her tail wagged to greet us....and slowly but surely over the next 2 years, this sad, depressed and anxious girl blossomed into the confident, happy, cheeky and very loving girl we know today. The only time now she reverts back to being anxious and a little fearfully snappy is at the local vets. She's not keen on the idea of being left behind....she's had good experiences (though several surgeries) at the Vet Specialist's in Hallam and is much loved there - no wonder she smooches all the nurses when she's out the back :-)
Seeing her blossom a little more each week with her gentle and cheeky personality allowed to show through was such a blessing to witness. I'd had 2 dogs before but helping Sally was a huge dog behaviour learning curve. Although it's hard to think of why anyone might abuse an otherwise loving and super intelligent animal - to see her change and start going up to people looking for a pat instead of barking in fear and trying to hide as she first did - was such a delight and so worth the early moments of heartbreak on discovering that she had suffered cruelty. "Super Sally" was the name coined by Bernie and it has definitely stuck :-)
And the stamping....lol:
Hello Lovely Project Life Kit - cards and accessories
Card stock: Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White
Stamps: Alphabet Labeller
Accessories: Big Shot, Sunshine Wishes thinlits
There are a few more pages and friends to introduce in amongst the usual card posts so stay tuned!
Happy stamping until next time,