Tough Decision

0ES2We made a very tough decision to find a new home for our dog, Bear, several weeks ago. We asked around to see if anyone knew of a family who might be interested in having him. Having no luck, a friend recommended that we should contact Shooke Unleashed Animal Rescue facebook page to see if they could help. While they do not have an actual rescue shelter, the page owner goes to the local animal control shelter, which is a kill shelter, almost daily and takes photos of the dogs and cats that are there. She then posts the photos on her facebook page and tries to network and find homes for the animals. She often arranges transportation for the animals to other towns and she also makes an effort to help raise funds for military families who can’t afford to take their pets when they move overseas. The page owner posted Bear’s information and photo on the page and after a few days a family said they were interested in him! The problem was that they live in Albuquerque which is 3 three hours away from us. It turned out that the page owner had a friend who was going to ABQ and she was able to take Bear with her to meet the new family. After a couple of hours of him interacting with the family and their pets, they decided to keep Bear! We were in constant communication with them over the whole process and felt really good about Bear staying with them. From the photos I have seen, Bear seems to be very happy!

We rescued Bear when he was 7 weeks old from the Animal Control Shelter. We understood the work involved with owning a puppy. Shane has always been good at training dogs (ours and friends’). We made sure he was healthy and up to date on all vaccines and we had him fixed when he was 6 months old. At the end of July, Shane’s schedule started changing when he moved to a new squadron and he was away from home more frequently. In August and September, my schedule changed drastically because of all of the activities and events the girls and I participate in during the school year. Bear was always kenneled at night and now because of our schedules was kenneled most of the day as well. He was not getting much attention and when he was not kenneled he was being destructive (indoors and outdoors) as a way to let out his pent up energy. When we found out that Shane was going overseas, we made the decision to find Bear a new home.

Surprisingly, we were met with a lot of criticism for making this decision by people who don’t even know us (or the page owner). Comments on Bear’s photo included… “Sad this family is willing to just let him go after they rescued him. When will people quit treating their pets like disposable trash? If your child was hyper, would you rehome him or her??? Hope they never consider getting another dog!” I saw similar comments on other photos of dogs who needed to be re-homed for various reasons. Honestly, I was offended by the rude comments on Bear’s photo and other photos. I love animals and would never do anything to intentionally harm them. We felt that we were doing what was best for Bear and us. While taking him back to the shelter we rescued him from could have been an option, we did our best to find a good family who would love him and care for him so that wouldn’t happen. We didn’t ask for money and we gave everything we had that belonged to Bear to the new family. It is not unusual for people to just dump their unwanted pets on the side of the road or in a field. It is also not uncommon for someone to shoot an unwanted pet. We did neither of those things. We rescued him and gave him a good home for the many months that he was with us. I have a hard time with the fact that we were basically being called bad parents because we found a new home for our pet. Yes, we treat our pets as members of the family but they are not equal to our children. And sometimes finding a new home is what is best for the pet.

This was a decision we made over a period of time and after many tears the process of finding Bear a new home is over. We will miss Bear but we are still okay with the decision we made because it is what was best for everyone and Bear. We hope the new family and Bear will be happy together for a long time.

The new owner posted this photo on the rescue page with the following message:

“Nyla and Bear are bff’s now!

I really can’t thank you enough for helping us out and bringing him to us!”

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We are very happy that Bear has found a good home.

Thank you Shooke Unleashed and volunteers for helping us!

 

Pre-School Homeschooling-WEEK 2

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My Themes For The Week:

LETTER: E                           NUMBER: 2

CHARACTER: Being Respectful

BIBLE STORY(S): Elijah & Elisha

BIBLE VERSE: Proverbs 20:11 “Even a child is known by his actions, by whether his conduct is pure and right.”

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DAY 1:

DAY 2:

DAY 3:

DAY 4:

DAY 5:

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My Thoughts For The Week:

This week did not at all go as planned. I pretty much had no motivation and really slacked off. We didn’t do any homeschooling on Monday (for this post Day 1 = Tuesday and so on). Day 5 is what I plan to do today (Sat) to make up for the rest of the week. I also didn’t start science yet. Please pray that God gives me the motivation. I really want to do this but I am just not in the routine yet. I also need prayer for time management. Between my business, blogging (if you noticed I didn’t blog at all this week), church ministries, etc. I will have a lot going on soon. I want to use my time wisely and be able to make sure that my priorities are in order. A big Thank You to those of you who have offered your encouragement!

My Plans For Next Week:

My mom, sister, & niece are coming to town so, I plan to do a review week. We will review everything from homeschooling weeks 1 & 2. Also, on Sunday-Monday we will be going to Montana to a friend’s farm. I will count that trip as Field Trip #1!

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You can find links to all posts in this series on the Pre-School (Home) Index page.

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Pre-School Homeschooling-WEEK 1

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My Themes For The Week:

LETTER: K                           NUMBER: 1

COLOR: Black                     CHARACTER: Kindness

BIBLE STORY(S): King David

BIBLE VERSE: Psalm 34:13 “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.”

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DAY 1:

  • Kendal already can recognize her name (usually); so now I am trying to teach her how the letters work together by sounding them out and spelling.
  • We read “My K Book” from the My First Steps to Learning series.
  • We read about David & Goliath in The Beginner’s Bible (pages 173-180).
  • She colored a picture of David & Goliath from the My Bible Coloring Book.
  • We watched Veggie Tales: Dave & the Giant Pickle.
  • We watched Your Baby Can Read: Volume 1
  • I showed her several flash cards that had 1 item on them and she counted them.
  • We counted links.
  • We read and worked on memorizing Psalm 34:13.

DAY 2:

DAY 3:

DAY 4:

DAY 5:

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My Thoughts For The Week:

Considering that we have never done a homeschooling routine before, I think that we did okay this week. Our schedule was thrown off because our shipment came on Thursday and I had to unpack it today. I did not do everything I planned to do this week (science activities, King Solomon, shapes, and a craft). But that is one of the reasons homeschooling is nice. It allows you to have some flexibility (especially for this age). I will plan to start science next week, do the craft on our review week, and will probably just skip King Solomon for now. Today when we did tracing, Kendal’s attention span was pretty much non-existent. So I plan to try to do tracing a little each day so that I don’t get frustrated with her by trying to do it all in one day.

My Project For The Week:

I made a bulletin board display for colors! Everyone loves ice cream–I found the templates here. I colored, laminated, & cut out each of the pieces. In the top left corner, you will see a pocket which holds each of the color words spelled out. I plan to use them for an activity in the near future.

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My Plans For Next Week:

LETTER: E   NUMBER: 2                              SCIENCE: Creation-Day 1

COLOR: Grey   CHARACTER: Respect   SHAPE: Circle

BIBLE STORY(S): Elijah & Elisha

BIBLE VERSE: Proverbs 20:11

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You can find links to all posts in this series on the Pre-School (Home) Index page.

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Day At The Zoo

Kendal and Audrey have never been to a zoo. We were shocked that Minot actually has one since we were expecting to find a town with nothing in it. I am considering this as a homeschooling field trip. We covered animals, colors, counting, etc. while were there. Kendal really liked the Zebras and the Donkeys! Audrey really liked the Monkeys and all of the Big Cats! We all had a lot of fun!

So here are some of my favorite pics of the day!

“How many are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.” Psalm 104:24