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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2500 on: April 15, 2021, 10:18:16 AM »

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2501 on: April 15, 2021, 08:01:11 PM »
Taking leftovers to work for lunch and having my coworkers comment how good my lunch looks while they eat lunches that they paid 5-8 dollars for.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2502 on: April 15, 2021, 09:26:07 PM »
This BBC headline: Mystery tree beast turns out to be croissant

Thank you! That was hilarious and brightened my day.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2503 on: April 16, 2021, 04:34:22 AM »
A classic that never gets old -- watching the sun rise.  :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2504 on: April 16, 2021, 07:31:45 AM »
Got a booklet of US Post Office stamps titled "Fruits & Vegetables."  Wow, the paintings are lush, almost like a medieval style.  Colors and lighting are fantastic. 

Yes, I still use stamps to send cards and the occasional letter, but I almost just want to keep these on my desk as artwork. 

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« Reply #2505 on: April 16, 2021, 08:39:49 AM »
A classic that never gets old -- watching the sun rise.  :)
Amen to that!  I was a few minutes early this morning to catch the sunrise, but I saw it hitting the peaks of the roofs as I got home.  To add to the sunrise, the pond by our house was mirror-smooth this morning as the pre-dawn light bloomed over the horizon.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2506 on: April 16, 2021, 08:45:51 AM »
Embroidery.  The supplies are really cheap and it takes up a good bit of time.  I love seeing the picture emerge and doing the stitches is relaxing. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2507 on: April 16, 2021, 09:10:49 AM »
Replaced a scraggly and fracturing old fence rail with  a brand new one I painted with linseed oil protectant. Fence looks a lot better now! Wasn't cheap imho, but I saved a fortune doing it myself, therefore it makes me happy.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2508 on: April 16, 2021, 09:30:05 AM »
the salad or the recipe??? ;)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2509 on: April 17, 2021, 03:44:43 AM »
My mint plant is growing very well, and today, I put a sprig of mint in my pink lemonade. Perfection!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2510 on: April 17, 2021, 03:58:06 AM »
Embroidery.  The supplies are really cheap and it takes up a good bit of time.  I love seeing the picture emerge and doing the stitches is relaxing.
It's one of my favourite forms of meditation!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2511 on: April 17, 2021, 10:17:00 AM »
Just bought some cute planner online. Today the sun is shining, it's Saturday, one of my closest friends is coming over for pizza and Disney movies, and my dogs were super cuddly this morning when we woke up.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2512 on: April 17, 2021, 11:24:26 AM »
My therapist says I need to practice more intentional gratitude so here goes:

Good coffee
Biking weather
Getting $100 worth of books for free from the library
Fresh herbs from the garden 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2513 on: April 17, 2021, 12:33:25 PM »
Good coffee

Amen to that.  That first cup of strong black coffee at the break of dawn.. that's life.  :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2514 on: April 17, 2021, 01:27:31 PM »
My therapist says I need to practice more intentional gratitude so here goes:

Good coffee
Biking weather
Getting $100 worth of books for free from the library
Fresh herbs from the garden

I have an app that prompts me to write a half dozen things I'm grateful for. I thought I was hokey bullshit until I read some of the excellent research behind the habit. So now I dutifully, although grudgingly, do it every morning.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2515 on: April 17, 2021, 02:07:10 PM »
Biking weather

All weather is biking weather, so you must be happy all the time!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2516 on: April 17, 2021, 03:29:48 PM »
Biking weather

All weather is biking weather, so you must be happy all the time!

Touché. I do take the bus when the roads are icy, but most days are biking days recently.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2517 on: April 18, 2021, 04:26:37 AM »
Cheap fleece blankets make me happy.  So soft. So cuddly.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2518 on: April 18, 2021, 10:16:43 AM »
@Trifele happy to oblige! Dressing was
1/2 fresh lime, juiced
1 tbsp minced ginger
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1.5 tbps soy sauce
1 tbps rice wine vinegar
1.5 tbsp maple syrup
2 teaspoons sriracha
Just boiled soba noodles, cooled , then chopped up avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper and spring onion (I think?) and tossed together.

Thank you @lazycow!  That sounds fabulous.  it's going to be dinner tonight.
This sounds so good I think I'll make a double batch to start. It's a bonus that I have every single ingredient on hand.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2519 on: April 28, 2021, 07:19:42 AM »
It was a beautiful bike ride this morning.   Fog was covering the hilltops, spring in the air, things are greening up,  a brisk 40 degrees.  Perfect!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2520 on: April 30, 2021, 02:03:49 PM »
My neti pot is making me cheaply happy now that the pollen counts are sky high.  :)
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2521 on: April 30, 2021, 03:02:50 PM »
My net pot is making me cheaply happy now that the pollen counts are sky high.  :)

So gross, so satisfying.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2522 on: May 01, 2021, 07:03:02 AM »
With our lovely spring weather I've been going to bed in the evening with the windows open, and listening to the wood thrushes sing.  It echoes in the woods.  Such a beautiful, ethereal song -- It makes you feel like you're in a magical place like Rivendell . . .

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7TXeou9XQk

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« Reply #2523 on: May 01, 2021, 07:48:07 AM »
yes birds :)Right now I have the hummingbird coming around, we call him Spud, and titmouse, cardinal, woodpeckers, a whole bunch of others. It is lovely.
I bought a really cheap magnetic screen thing for our back door, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ESSA9VO/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_389WP8KMGFFRX98Z84KK?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
and the feeder is right outside it. I'm drinking a cup of tea right now watching the birds - or I will be once I'm done typing.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2524 on: May 01, 2021, 08:30:39 AM »
I'll third the birds! Right now I'm watching a flicker maneuver around our small suet block on the deck. My cat is "armchair hunting" the flicker from the couch, but due to a sturdy glass door the flicker is completely safe and it knows it.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2525 on: May 01, 2021, 10:03:50 AM »
We don't have songbirds, but we have peeper frogs in the swam near our house.  I don't know what species they actually are, but they make this cool, musical peeping noise.  It's so lovely on our evening walks.

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« Reply #2526 on: May 01, 2021, 07:06:34 PM »
I love the peepers this time of year

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2527 on: May 02, 2021, 03:23:58 AM »
Spent four dollars on succulents and made a little fairy garden. DD painted a little wooden house to put in the fairy garden.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2528 on: May 02, 2021, 03:50:24 AM »
My therapist says I need to practice more intentional gratitude so here goes:

Good coffee
Biking weather
Getting $100 worth of books for free from the library
Fresh herbs from the garden

I also have to remind myself regularly to focus on positive things and experiences. It is so easy to fall into the fault-finding mental trap of negativity.
So I second the fresh herbs - and lettuces! - from the garden (or atm, our greenhouse) and the biking weather.
We started the seedlings in the beginning of March and now have already lots of chives, mint and parsley - as well as a variety of lettuces.
Basil and coriander are still a bit behind, and ofc we are still waiting for the tomatoes and zucchinis to blossom.

Add to the cheap things that make me happy: a cozy, lazy Sunday morning, sitting in my PJ just reading curious and entertaining things (not so much news, too toxic these days) with a fruity non-alcoholic cocktai or herbal infusion.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2529 on: May 02, 2021, 07:19:10 AM »
First cheap thing that makes me happy: Foraging. We spent a day in the woods and came home with plenty of spruce tips, elderflowers, and nettle (along with a few stings).

Second cheap thing that makes me happy: Cooking, preserving, and brewing with the foraged foods.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2530 on: May 02, 2021, 10:54:22 AM »
Birds birds birds!!!!

Migration is in full swing, and in our yard or neighborhood in the past two weeks we've had:

western kingbirds ('squeaky toy birds' as I call them), avocets, black-necked stilts, scissortail flycatchers...



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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2531 on: May 02, 2021, 10:56:04 AM »
...broad-winged hawks, Swainson's hawks, and Mississippi kites all arriving back. 

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« Reply #2532 on: May 02, 2021, 10:59:16 AM »
Meanwhile, the squabbly, free-loading pine siskins are still straggling around refusing to go north.

And in the past couple of days we've seen yellow warblers, breeding plumage lark buntings, and a peregrine falcon all moving through on their way north.

Side note, I'm always amazed when we are out and about how few people notice spectacular raptors flying right overhead.  Peregrines, prairie falcons, red-tailed hawks, and Swainson's hawks will regularly cruise the 'pigeon scene' at the outdoor pool on the college campus, flying RIGHT OVER the pool full of people.  I'll be rubbernecking at a peregrine and look around and no one will have noticed that the fastest bird on earth just flew right over their head about 30 feet up LOL. Years ago, I remember spending ten minutes standing in a Trader Joe's parking lot watching a pair of peregrines doing a mating display flight right overhead. Not one other person noticed, which was sad.

April and May are so fun!


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2533 on: May 02, 2021, 11:02:28 AM »
This year we have red-winged blackbirds on our property, which has never happened before.  I love listening to them.

I've also seen a few yellow-headed blackbirds for the first time, as well as a single yellow-rumped warbler.  Having our birdfeeders right outside our kitchen window is amazing.

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« Reply #2534 on: May 02, 2021, 11:18:02 AM »
This year we have red-winged blackbirds on our property, which has never happened before.  I love listening to them.

I've also seen a few yellow-headed blackbirds for the first time, as well as a single yellow-rumped warbler.  Having our birdfeeders right outside our kitchen window is amazing.

RWB calls are DELIGHTFUL.  We have curve billed thrashers in our neighborhood every year, but we finally have a pair with a territory that includes our yard and their song is also absolutely charming. Aw, look at these little trouble makers!




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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2535 on: May 02, 2021, 02:38:14 PM »
1st - @wenchsenior, did you take those pictures? They look fantastic!

2nd - I'm not sure whether this qualifies as cheap, perhaps the advanced mustachians here can reach a verdict. My local aquarium offers a single year membership for $95. They've just reopened, and I spent the morning wandering around and crying in front of the sea otter tank, I was so happy to be back. I can now go after work whenever there's a spot within under their reduced occupancy limits. There's just something about planting yourself in front of a jellyfish tank and staring for a half hour... it feels like magic.

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« Reply #2536 on: May 02, 2021, 02:51:15 PM »
I found fresh, edible mushrooms today on my walk. When I was least expecting it, with the winter just gone and no rain for many weeks. Luckily I carried an emergency foldable basket and a knife in my backpack.

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« Reply #2537 on: May 02, 2021, 05:48:36 PM »
1st - @wenchsenior, did you take those pictures? They look fantastic!

2nd - I'm not sure whether this qualifies as cheap, perhaps the advanced mustachians here can reach a verdict. My local aquarium offers a single year membership for $95. They've just reopened, and I spent the morning wandering around and crying in front of the sea otter tank, I was so happy to be back. I can now go after work whenever there's a spot within under their reduced occupancy limits. There's just something about planting yourself in front of a jellyfish tank and staring for a half hour... it feels like magic.

Hell no, I don't have that kind of patience!  It's enough trouble to chase them around with binocs.  I just cribbed the pics from various birding sites.

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« Reply #2538 on: May 02, 2021, 06:39:45 PM »
@rebel_quietude I am ALL about aquariums. The deep blue quiet is a balm for the soul, especially if you go off hours and are the only one there!

My sister got a membership to our famous-ish local aquarium so she could study in front of the big sea tank. Talk about feeling like a billionaire!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2539 on: May 06, 2021, 11:56:19 AM »
Today we went to a animal rescue shelter and adopted a sweet five year old brindle pitbull. The volunteer asked us if we were looking for anything specific breeds and we told her that we wanted a dog that we could take on long walks and who was friendly(all dogs love my wife, however a lot of dogs either react to me with fear or aggression). The first dog we looked at was a spaniel puppy(10 months). He was fine until the volunteer walked away, then he hid behind my wife and growled at me, so an obvious no go. The second spaniel puppy was more friendly but still more skittish with us when the volunteer wasn't there. Then they brought in Gemma, who they had already warned us was nervous around guys. She entered the pen, came right up to me an sat in my lap for scritchies. The volunteer immediately pulled out her phone and started taking pictures because she had never seen her act like that with a man before, especially at first meeting. Needless to say we adopted her on the spot. Gemma had been abandoned at a boarding kennel in February 2020 and then ended up in the animal rescue shelter in January of this year so she's had rough last 15 months. She is such a sweet girl and we're so happy to have been able to give her a home.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2540 on: May 06, 2021, 07:25:43 PM »
Did some youtube yoga videos today. I always forget 1. How hard yoga is 2. How great I feel afterwards. The movements are so simple, but it activates muscles that my office worker body never uses.

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« Reply #2541 on: May 07, 2021, 02:43:05 PM »
Actually knowing (and liking) our neighbors. Yesterday was gorgeous. While DD played with her friends at the playground, I kept bumping into people coming home from work. Spent a few minutes just chatting with people. It was nice.

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« Reply #2542 on: May 09, 2021, 03:20:28 PM »
A family Zoom today, with the whole crew. We looked at old photographs sharing the screen. Lots of reminiscing. :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2543 on: May 09, 2021, 03:25:24 PM »
Teaching my kid to drive. A hour in an empty parking lot is cheap fun for both of us.


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« Reply #2544 on: May 09, 2021, 08:34:38 PM »
Walking on a sunny day (seeing how much happier all the people you pass are because the sun showed up)
Light is so enriching.
Plus. Photosynthesis..the leaves are bursting out of their buds in our little mountain town, quite late compared to so many other places but it is light, bright green everywhere you look.

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« Reply #2545 on: May 10, 2021, 12:00:42 AM »
Today we went to a animal rescue shelter and adopted a sweet five year old brindle pitbull. The volunteer asked us if we were looking for anything specific breeds and we told her that we wanted a dog that we could take on long walks and who was friendly(all dogs love my wife, however a lot of dogs either react to me with fear or aggression). The first dog we looked at was a spaniel puppy(10 months). He was fine until the volunteer walked away, then he hid behind my wife and growled at me, so an obvious no go. The second spaniel puppy was more friendly but still more skittish with us when the volunteer wasn't there. Then they brought in Gemma, who they had already warned us was nervous around guys. She entered the pen, came right up to me an sat in my lap for scritchies. The volunteer immediately pulled out her phone and started taking pictures because she had never seen her act like that with a man before, especially at first meeting. Needless to say we adopted her on the spot. Gemma had been abandoned at a boarding kennel in February 2020 and then ended up in the animal rescue shelter in January of this year so she's had rough last 15 months. She is such a sweet girl and we're so happy to have been able to give her a home.
Awww, sweet. I hope she exceeds your expectations in every way.

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« Reply #2546 on: May 10, 2021, 04:21:24 AM »
Spring. I just love spring!
Approx. 20 minutes of my  bike commute take me along beautiful forests on one side of the trail with nature awakening from its hibernation these days (and weeks), birds chirping etc.
Also the other day I was just lying on my back on a park bench for an hour and a half, watching and listening to the birds, enjoying the sunshine and the mild breeze moving the leaves of the tree above just a bit. Even put on some not-too-loud relax music.
It was perfect!

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« Reply #2547 on: May 10, 2021, 06:14:05 AM »
@Dee_  @Freedomin5 @Aegishjalmur I'm so happy for all of you (and Dee's sister)!

In a sort of cross section of all of  your things, the cheap thing that's making me happy today is the new dog that I'm fostering. I thought that my dog was already a happy guy, but he's been over the moon since we brought a friend of his home from the dog park yesterday. The dog's owner needed to rehome the dog until at least March 2022, and I met the dog via a friend of the owner's who had taken the dog in for a few weeks but was unable to keep them long-term.

It makes me feel pretty good to be able to give the dog a good home while providing the owner with (covid responsible) visits, and the dogs have barely stopped playing since we all got home yesterday. My house is like a raucous tumbleweed of happy dogs. It's chaos and I love it!

How does this tie in to @Freedomin5 's fondness for their neighbours? The new pup's a barker, so it's a good thing that I get along with my neighbours, because this will surely test that relationship!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #2548 on: May 10, 2021, 05:37:10 PM »
Today we went to a animal rescue shelter and adopted a sweet five year old brindle pitbull. The volunteer asked us if we were looking for anything specific breeds and we told her that we wanted a dog that we could take on long walks and who was friendly(all dogs love my wife, however a lot of dogs either react to me with fear or aggression). The first dog we looked at was a spaniel puppy(10 months). He was fine until the volunteer walked away, then he hid behind my wife and growled at me, so an obvious no go. The second spaniel puppy was more friendly but still more skittish with us when the volunteer wasn't there. Then they brought in Gemma, who they had already warned us was nervous around guys. She entered the pen, came right up to me an sat in my lap for scritchies. The volunteer immediately pulled out her phone and started taking pictures because she had never seen her act like that with a man before, especially at first meeting. Needless to say we adopted her on the spot. Gemma had been abandoned at a boarding kennel in February 2020 and then ended up in the animal rescue shelter in January of this year so she's had rough last 15 months. She is such a sweet girl and we're so happy to have been able to give her a home.
Awww, sweet. I hope she exceeds your expectations in every way.

She is absolutely great :) Very very very loving and smart as a whip. We have a section of the North Country Trail near us so have been taking her for a walk each day. You can see how much she enjoys it. She is a little leery of gunshots so we got a thunder shirt for her and she has slready learned not to bark when delivery drivers pull in.

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« Reply #2549 on: May 11, 2021, 05:32:53 AM »
Today we went to a animal rescue shelter and adopted a sweet five year old brindle pitbull. The volunteer asked us if we were looking for anything specific breeds and we told her that we wanted a dog that we could take on long walks and who was friendly(all dogs love my wife, however a lot of dogs either react to me with fear or aggression). The first dog we looked at was a spaniel puppy(10 months). He was fine until the volunteer walked away, then he hid behind my wife and growled at me, so an obvious no go. The second spaniel puppy was more friendly but still more skittish with us when the volunteer wasn't there. Then they brought in Gemma, who they had already warned us was nervous around guys. She entered the pen, came right up to me an sat in my lap for scritchies. The volunteer immediately pulled out her phone and started taking pictures because she had never seen her act like that with a man before, especially at first meeting. Needless to say we adopted her on the spot. Gemma had been abandoned at a boarding kennel in February 2020 and then ended up in the animal rescue shelter in January of this year so she's had rough last 15 months. She is such a sweet girl and we're so happy to have been able to give her a home.
Awww, sweet. I hope she exceeds your expectations in every way.

She is absolutely great :) Very very very loving and smart as a whip. We have a section of the North Country Trail near us so have been taking her for a walk each day. You can see how much she enjoys it. She is a little leery of gunshots so we got a thunder shirt for her and she has slready learned not to bark when delivery drivers pull in.

Lucky you, lucky dog! I love happy dog adoption stories, so please continue to share  your milestones!

 

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