"Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are."

Friday, January 30, 2015


Casey-Pig is a sweet little thing.  

I say "little" in jest.  

At 85lbs she is a force to be reckoned with when she wants to be.  SM calls her "Big Mama" as she pushes aside the other dogs and even SM himself on her way to her ultimate goal.


Now we've been gone on vacations before and other than the initial "gang-bang" of puppy kisses, jumping, crying and whining when we get home, everyone seems to settle back into their routines fairly quickly.

Not this time.

Casey has become a cling-on.  

Like little fuzzballs on your black pants that you try to pick off, she's there.

I can feel her eyes following me if I so much as twitch.

This week, she's been waking me up in the middle of the night simply by placing her front paws on the bed beside me.  The bed then starts to sway with the rhythm of her bodacious behind wagging slowly.

"Lay down."  I say, my eyes closed and my voice muffled into my pillow.

The bed starts vibrating faster, back and forth.  I roll over and pat her back down onto her bed until she sighs and falls back asleep.

"Why is she doing this?" I asked SM the other day.

"I think she's really happy to see you."  He told me.  "She missed her Mama."

"So she wakes up in the middle of the night and wants to make sure I'm still here?"  I asked.

"She'll settle in.  Give it time."  SM advised. 

Like I said...She's so sweet.  You can't be annoyed by her behavior.  

Single minded devotion.  Amazing.


  1. Oh my goodness . . . what a beauty. At least you haven't ruined her by allowing her to jump up in your bed. Imagine that 85 pounds laying on you! Trust me ~ no bueno. I've ruined my Bones and my back. :-)

    1. She came up when she was a small puppy but out grew that situation pretty quick. ;)

  2. How old is your darling Casey piglet? I have found that, as they get older, they have a harder and harder time adjusting to change - especially the kind of changes that involve their mama disappearing for a while. My boy, Scrappy, is like that. He used to not mind, but now he Velcros himself to me for weeks after. Which is why I never go anywhere. The guilt would kill me.

    1. She's 7 this year and you're right about the guilt. We've taken a long weekend here and there but a full week? Hard to do from the guilt.

  3. She just doesn't want her Mama to leave again & is making sure you're still there. Just plain old unconditional love. Can't ask for much more than that!

    1. Makes me NEVER want to leave. Or at least take her with me...

  4. When I come home from work my dogs happy dance and smile. They hate it when I leave. Casey looks like a big love. :o)

  5. Love the Happy Dance and the smiley faces!!!