After having a rough day yesterday, a new day begins today.  I spent a lot of yesterday crying and questioning if I was making the right choice with Maddie.  Today, I know that I made the right choice but that doesn’t make the hurt go away any quicker.

All of the hounds seem calmer, more relaxed and not always on alert.  I was able to feed them in half the time and even little Eve ate without any help or encouragement.  I was able to do dishes, dust and check the chickens…all without having to wake Alex up to play watch dog.  It is going to be a huge change to our routine!!!

Through all of the heartbreak yesterday, we were also able to finish a deal on buying a used minivan that we have been looking at.  So now the hounds will be able to ride in comfort.  It has rear air and heat and plenty of room for crates, gear and people.  I guess I never thought I would be an owner of a minivan but I guess that is what happens when you are a dog mom!

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So, I’m going to try to not feel sorry for myself today and move on with life…I know that is what Maddie would want.  First thing on the list is to try to find a snowblower before the snow starts!

Oh yeah, and a very very Happy Birthday to my mom today!  I hope that she has a wonderful day and I wish I was there to celebrate with them!