Back to the dog park.

August 31, 2012
Taking Riley back to the dog park, any dog park, has been weighing heavily on my mind for the past 2 weeks, ever since she was attacked. All I have been able to think about is the "what ifs." What if I take her back and she gets attacked? What if I take her back and she freaks out and gets scared? What if I take her back and something, anything happens to her? 

But then I started to think about Riley and what she would be missing out on, because of my fears, because let's face it- the only one scared because of all of this is me, not her. Riley has been amazing throughout this whole ordeal. She's shown no fear or aggression towards any dogs- she's spent time with my dad's 3 dogs without any problems and had fun playing with her Vizsla friend Attila at Petco the other night. Seeing her play with Attila the other night, confirmed what I'd been thinking about for the past week- she misses her friends. She misses being around other dogs. She misses playing. No amount of walks I take her on (off leash), no amount of playing fetch with her, will make up for going to the park. Her stitches came out on Tuesday so I really had no other reason than my fear, to take her to the park. I decided I had to conquer my fears and take her back.

Last night after work, I took Riley back to the dog park. I did NOT take her back to "the" dog park, however. I am definitely not comfortable with taking her back to the "scene of the crime." I took her to a small, neighborhood park- a few miles away from our house. (The original dog park is less than a mile away from our house, so I'll definitely miss the convenience of it, but oh well!) It's a lesser-known park, which from what I can tell is mostly used by the people that live within walking distance of the park. It's a small park, cleaner, nicer and I love the neighborhood that it's in. I've already told Mike that when it's time for us to start apartment/house hunting- if we could live near this dog park, it would be perfect for us.

Once we arrived at the dog park, it was more than clear to me that Riley doesn't bear any emotional scars/trauma from her attack. She ran around and played with all the dogs and had the time of her life- just like she always does. I was very relieved and happy, to see her so happy. Because this dog park is not as close to us as the other one, I'm not sure if I'll take her every single day like I used to, but I will definitely be bringing her back.

Friday Favorites.

Happy Friday everyone! I'm especially glad for this Friday- it's the start of Labor Day weekend and also my sister's birthday weekend :) I've got a busy weekend ahead- a newborn photo shoot, a Vizsla play date and a beach birthday BBQ! I hope that everyone has a nice long, holiday weekend as well. As always- I hope you enjoy my favorite internet finds of the week:

This awesome photo (found on Tumblr)

This great article on "15 ways to stay married" by Lydia Netzer. I'm not married, but all of these ideas are pretty good ones, if you ask me. (via Huffington Post)

This great flash art by Quyen Dinh

This awesome, custom-made wedding cake topper. I totally need one of these for when Mike and I get married. (via MollyJoon)

I'm sure by now, most of you have seen this, but I still can't get over it. An elderly woman in Spain took it upon herself to "restore" an 19th century fresco of Jesus. As you can see...she ruined it. (via Huffington Post)

These two new beautiful prints by Kelli Murray

This pretty drawing, made with a ballpoint pen, on a vintage handkerchief by Mary Joy

This really crazy "Lost" themed baby nursery

These beautiful tattoos by the amazingly talented Annie Frenzel

This hilariously true e-card

This beautiful photograph of Cinque Terre, Italy- this place is on my bucket list!

These beautiful "code rings" by Lulu Frost- I'd love to get a 5 (my favorite number) or i'd even get my anniversary...or Riley's birthday...or Mike's birthday... or something ;) But they're expensive, so these rings will stay in my "when I win the lotto wishlist."

Wordless Wednesday.

August 29, 2012
This week's Wordless Wednesday is brought to you by a tiny handful of photos I shot the day we experienced Tropical Storm Isaac. I still haven't been taking many pictures (since Riley's accident), so unfortunately I don't have much to show you all.

 You can tell she's wriggling her nose around, smelling the air.

 Shaking off the raindrops...and looking funny while doing so ;)

 She's like a goat- forever chewing on grass!

Sniffing all the tropical storm air, with raindrops covering her back.

Friday Favorites.

August 24, 2012
YAY IT'S FRIDAY!! Another Friday is upon us...and with this Friday comes almost the end of August...which means almost the end of summer! I am a little sad that summer is almost over (even though I live in Miami and it's summer all the time here). As always, here are the things that have caught my eye on the internet recently:
This print, from The Black Apple

This sweet print from Kelli Murray

This image from Tumblr. Wherever/whatever this is- I want it in my life!

This interesting idea for using Kool-Aid as a lip stain, from The Beauty Department.

Jamie Beck's beautiful wedding- I am in love with her dress! (via Ann Street Studio)

This great print from TheLoveShop (via A Beautiful Mess)

This image from Tumblr.

This image/idea from Pinterest.

This beautiful tattoo

This print from IAmProject

More great embroidery from Lucky Jackson- as always, I can't resist Margot Tenenbaum.

This graffiti that Naomi snapped, while walking around NYC (via Rockstar Diaries)

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