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Thanks, dogs & fic stuff

July 1st, 2009 (11:29 pm)

where i am: listening for Kismet's ill-timed barking
how i am: blah
accompanied by: no barking... so far


Thanks to everyone who sent their sympathies over our loss of Dempsey and, to smilla02, the virtual hugging teddy-bears are much adored! The house is still feeling the adjustment; Boomer is still convinced the living-room is his at bed-time so looks so surprised and thrilled that he's getting to come up to bed at night that I feel like both grinning and crying. He's grumping at Flurry when she hops in too, which is a laugh since she used to be the one to grump at Dempsey if he hopped in after her. They settle down quickly though and sleep side-by-side. One of the biggest changes for the brood has actually come with Jess leaving. We've been dog-sitting her again – for just over 3 weeks this time – and Adam (her owner) just picked her up today. With Jess gone, we'll be shuffling the dog rounds once again and the dogs will have to get used to that. Tumble's inherited her big brother Dempsey's crate which is confusing her royally right now ("but don't I get fed in that crate?") but, it's much bigger than her own already over-sized one is so, in the end, I'm sure she'll be happier with it.

Adam's back working in China toward the end of July so Jess'll return for another 3 or 4 week stint at that time. With both Dempsey and Jess gone tonight though, the house seems weirdly barren, even though we still have 6 dogs and 2 people occupying it. Mind you, we haven't been down to this "few" since 1995 ::head shake::

Before I go on to more fic-related things, I thought I'd share some recent shots of Jess and Coop together

– one in the big x-pen Jess stays in during the day when she's here and the other of the two of them taking a break on one of the many hikes they've gone on during her stays with us. The youngest 2 terriers often join them but this particular hike included only the big dogs, hubby and me. It's almost impossible to wear these two out but the heat this particular day eventually took some of the wind out of their sails ;)


Changing topics entirely, just recently I discovered that the latest of my SPN fics – Heavenly Fathers – had been nominated for a Sensue Supernatural FanFic award and that it actually won their Round 17's episode related category, Best Daytime TV Fic. Here's the nifty award below which I've added to my profile page for posterity's sake ;)

Congrats to all the other nominees and winners (you can find them listed here). Despite the much appreciated accolades, here's hoping my muse wakes up and permits me to write much more than one measly story this coming season! {{crosses fingers and toes}}

And lastly, for any of my fellow Canucks reading this, I hope you had a terrific Canada Day! Too bad it had to fall in the middle of the week… I sooooo do not want to go back to work tomorrow!


Posted by: Julie (jackfan2)
Posted at: July 2nd, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)

OH! That is so cool about the nomination! I sure do hope it coaxes your fickle muse out to give us more great fic soon. I've long and always considered your hurt!Dean among the best out there.

Dude, since my own muse has been coaxed out lately, I'll bottle up some of her mojo and send it to you post haste.

I'm a dog lover myself! I have a Golden Retriever/Shepherd mix named Sidney, and recently we got a new puppy, Murphy. He's 7 months of yellow Lab, a true Marley but we're seeing potential. Before work and after, we take them swimming in the pool and we'd been worried Murphy wasn't gonna dig the pool. He certainly didn't at first. But he's all in now and he's a great swimmer, just like Sidney.

Take care!

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 04:04 am (UTC)
Boys Heads Together

Cooper is a water freak, unlike most of my terriers. If it's within a mile of him on our hikes, he'll disappear and come back soaked. We'll take him out in the canoe to the local lake and he'll dive in to swim and follow us which, with me being a non-swimmer, used to freak me out but now I'm used to it ;) A few of my terriers swim but more out of necessity than desire - only one of them really loves the water but Coop makes up for that in spades :)

Please do send you mojo my way though, I'm afraid if I caught it, I don't think I'd have the time to deal with it right now anyway. Come September though... I'd love to have an active muse again ::crosses fingers and toes::

Posted by: Late Night Drops of Random (moondropz)
Posted at: July 2nd, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Dean in black and white-monster movie

Congrats on the nom!
I feel so bad about Dempsey though. ;(
I hope everyone gets through the adjustment ok. It's so hard to lose a family member! Thanks for sharing these-sooo adorable!
*Hugs you*

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 03:57 am (UTC)

Jess and Coop helped keep the smiles going with Dempsey's loss. I'm going to miss her, though I expect she'll be back before month end. She's only 3 and I can use that youthfulness around here :D

Thanks for the congrats too :)

Posted by: Late Night Drops of Random (moondropz)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
Jensen at red bull derby

That's good news then! :) That won't be too long of a wait for her return-and adding to the fun!

Posted by: leelust (leelust)
Posted at: July 2nd, 2009 08:48 am (UTC)

Congrats! And *hugs* because it's so sad news about Dempsey *sobs*

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)
GIF Boys Both Hugs

Thank-you, lady. Dempsey's loss has left a big ole crater in my heart but that doesn't mean I can't be pleased about the Sensue award, right? Your sympathies are much appreciated. *Hugs* back :)

Posted by: deangirl1 (deangirl1)
Posted at: July 2nd, 2009 10:48 am (UTC)

I have to apologize because I read your post on Dempsey and meant to go back and say how very sorry I am for your loss - and then RL scooped me up and dumped me here... so...

As someone else whose animals are so, so much more than that, I am so, so sorry for your loss. Most people don't realize just how hard it can be to lose an integral part of your life like that. My mother, God bless her, never really got the "pets" thing, and I was taken aback by how hard she took it when my horse died. And she was afraid of horses her entire life. I think if my dog had not outlived her, she would have felt the same for him. Most people don't realize that the most important part of companion animal is the companion part... Again, my deepest sympathies for your loss...

And Happy Canada Day back atcha! I'm totally disoriented myself... Is it Monday? aarrggghhh!

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
Terriers - Ducky Dempsey

Thanks, girl. I really appreciate the sympathies, especially from someone who truly understands. If we open ourselves up to them, our critters can worm their way into spaces so deep in our hearts and souls that the pain of their loss is just huge. My mom was my best friend but her loss a few years ago was no greater to me than the loss of some of my pets. Though I don't consider them "my kids", I have raised, nurtured, nursed, and loved them (in some cases brought them into the world and breathed life into them) and I think that position makes the loss harder than losing someone who played that role for you growing up. At least that's how it is for me. I come by it honestly though... the family pet was always a sibling to me as I grew up and, even today, I know my dad's Sheltie comes first. And rightly so, since losing my mom, I know she's the reason he gets up every morning and carries on.

Thanks again (and I hope I haven't sent you running with these thoughts!). We can now say that VanCon is "next month" and, despite my grief over Dempsey's loss, I can't help but feel a little giddy over that fact ;)

Posted by: deangirl1 (deangirl1)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)

No worries about my running away! It is rare to find someone who does understand. For me, it is more unbelievable that someone doesn't get that attached to a living breathing creature that is so much a part of your life. And it's true that you feel their loss just as deeply as the loss of a loved person. I am still caught off guard by a sudden longing for Rocky or Hester or Maggie or my Mom or Dad. When you love someone, it doesn't matter whether they can say it back to you -- there are plenty of ways to show it...

And it really is NEXT month!!! Good heavens! I have so much to do between now and then!

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 6th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Impala Road

When you love someone, it doesn't matter whether they can say it back to you -- there are plenty of ways to show it...

That is one of the loveliest and most truthful things I've ever read. Thank you for sharing that thought with me!

And it really is NEXT month!!! Good heavens! I have so much to do between now and then!

I feel the same way and yet I've got everything booked and relatively organized. All I have to do is start thinking about transportation since I'll be there for the week but "there" is Aldergrove and Vancouver and yet I really don't want to rent a car when I'll not be needing one for so much of the trip. I'll figure it out... closer to the date ;)

Posted by: morganslady (morganslady)
Posted at: July 2nd, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the doggie update..
And Heavenly Father's is awesome!! I hope you win..

Posted by: May Robinson (may7fic)
Posted at: July 3rd, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
JDM Rust

Thank-you, hon. I have to admit I'm pretty proud of that fic so the award is icing on the cake. So glad you enjoyed it :).