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Friday, September 13, 2013

Keep dogs safe with lighted leashes

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My younger children don’t know this, but I’ve really been wanting to get a dog lately. When my oldest daughter was young she wanted a dog and I told her she could have one when she got her own home because taking care of someone else is costly.

That is, of course, what I have been telling my younger children ages 9, 8 and 6. Adding a pet to our home would increase costs for their food, care and health. Not to mention abiding by the leash laws and keeping him safe when we are out of the home.

Lighted LED Leash -Customer's Top ChoiceBuying a leash is probably one of the easiest things to do to maintain the dog’s safety and when I found out about lighted dog leashes I was pretty excited. Since most dog owners walk their pets in the early-morning hours and after dark, having a leash that is illuminated is a good idea.

When visibility is poor then those operating motor vehicles will be able to see you and your pet clearly. You can also get a lighted dog collar or harness to go along with it. KeepDoggieSafe.com has quite a few choices and right now is a good time to get their top customer choice of lighted dog leashes because it’s on sale for $24.99 (that’s $5 off regular price).

Now I know what type of leash I’d like my dog to have… Maybe in the near future the leash will have a pet attached to it.

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What I learned my first year as grandmother

My little Sweet Potato Autumn is already 1 year old. And this past year has been a whirlwind – moving swiftly and strongly – of… well, life. Surprisingly, having a life that includes a grandchild has been (mostly) easier than I anticipated.

IMG_20120912_111044-1I’m not a grandmother whose child is married and they’re celebrating the birth of their planned pregnancy. I’m the mother of a young college student who is a busy, intelligent and well-rounded person who frequently – or occasionally  – needs her mother’s help. So the news of aforementioned baby didn’t come with all of the bells and whistles right away.

What I’ve learned:

imagejpeg_2_8My daughter is an even better mommy than I anticipated. Amber has always had a special way with children. Ever since she was in elementary school younger children seemed drawn to her. She has turned out to be the “best big sister ever.”

IMG_20121006_193932-1The love from a grandchild is magical. The first time Amber reached for her daughter and she snuggled closer to me instead of going to her mommy gave me such a beautiful and love-tingly feeling. With her little head up against my neck and her arms and legs wrapped as tightly as she can make them… Ahhh is the only thing left to say.

2012-05-16 22.00.00-2-1The ability to return her to her mother is otherworldly. ‘Whew,’ is normally my first thought. Even before she was walking Autumn was a busy baby. Now it’s just a matter of who can get to whatever it is she’s trying to get faster or if she’ll come to you when you call.

Maintaining my relationship with my daughter is more important than disagreeing with her about her decisions or injecting myself where I’m not needed. It’d be one thing if it were just my daughter’s decisions, but it’s hers and her boyfriend’s – Autumn’s daddy. It’s nothing horrid, but at this point in life mommy often still knows best.

Healing my heart as I watch Amber struggle (mostly financially) is an ongoing process. It has been, especially in the beginning, painful to view through her what my life was like when she was a baby.

I am a grandmother, but I will never want to be called grandmother, grandma, nana, granny or any other variation. I’m Gigi.

I’m looking forward to watching the growth of my granddaughter over the next year and for years to come.

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