Mondays with Missy – Changes

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Monday, July 20, 2015

I’ve gone through a lot of changes in my nearly twelve years. When my mom and dad adopted me eleven years ago in Tennessee, I had only been in the shelter for three days, but I knew I didn’t like it there. I was glad to go to a new home that day all those years ago–that was such a good change! After that, I moved a few times, and that wasn’t a big deal because my family was always there. I don’t mind living in a new place as long as I have familiar faces around me!

Over the years, I’ve had two sisters and a brother. Sometimes it took me a while to get used to them when they first came into my life, but I did love all of them. My sister Jessica died when she was very old and sick while we still lived in Tennessee. That was hard for everyone, especially my mom and dad. Still, I had my other sister and brother. I loved bossing them around and making sure they fell in line! As long as they were around, I knew everything was just fine.

Last year came the biggest change I’ve ever experienced–my whole family moved from Tennessee to Chicago, Illinois! I got a little freaked out on the long car ride up here, but once we were settled, I grew to love my new city. I still do. It’s different from anything I’ve ever experienced, and while some of the noises (like trains) are still scary, I enjoy my life here. Shortly after we moved here, my little sister Ruby died from a heart condition that we never knew she had. I was really sad to lose her because I had helped raise her from the time she was a puppy. Ruby was really my baby, even though I let my mom think she was hers. 😉 Still, I had my brother Cosmo and my mom and dad. I knew I could get through it.

Last month, Cosmo began to feel bad. He would throw up every once in a while, and he just wasn’t acting like himself. He died on June 21, and I became the only dog in my family for the first time since July 2007! What a crazy change that has been over the last month. I miss Cosmo a lot, even though he really got on my nerves. I may have barked at him every day when I was jealous over him getting attention or when I thought he had taken some of my food, but he was my buddy. I miss having him around. Shortly after he died, my mom and dad went out of town for a couple days. This made me really upset even though I had a dogsitter staying in my house 24/7 and taking care of me. (Who knows? They could have been leaving me forever!) I guess it was all too much because my stomach was messed up for about a week. The vet said I had acid reflux from stress, so I’ve been on antacids for a few days for that.

I feel a lot better now, and I guess I shouldn’t worry about my mom and dad leaving me after they’ve kept me around for eleven years. In fact, I’m getting more attention than ever now. My parents hardly ever leave me alone, which can sometimes be annoying–I enjoy my alone time–but I know they mean well! They let me boss them around all time time now too, so that makes up for them being annoying sometimes. They took me to PetSmart and bought me all sorts of new stuff and have been giving me so many treats–my favorite ones have been from a dog treat food truck here in Chicago! People may say I’m spoiled, but I say every dog should live like this. 🙂

The most recent changes in my life have been difficult for me, but I still have my mom and dad. I know they love me and will take care of me forever. Plus, I’m tough. I know how to adapt–I’ve done it my whole life. If there is anything I know how to do, it is to push through. When life gets hard, I just bark in its face.IMAG0669

Until next time,

Missy “Misdemeanor” Baud

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Changing Seasons…

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Compass RoseWhen I was eighteen years old, I got a tattoo on my left wrist of a compass rose. Its presence was meant to remind me to always “follow my heart,” and I did that for a long time–I got married when I wanted, traveled wherever I wanted, got into the career field in which I wanted to be, earned three degrees, and I did it all before I was twenty-five. However, in the past year, I’ve realized that I haven’t really been living up to the expectation I challenged myself with all those years ago. I was not truly happy.

Having my first full-time job and finishing graduate school marked a change in me. I thought to myself, “What am I going to do now?” Fortunately, it also marked a change in my lovely and wonderful husband, Sam, who thought, “We can do anything now!” With those forces combined, we set out to create our best life possible.

So that leads us to today. With the changing of the seasons from summer to fall this coming week, Sam and I will also be entering a new season of our life together. On October 1, 2014, the entire Baud Squad (Sam, me, and our three dogs–Missy, Ruby, and Cosmo) will be moving to Chicago, Illinois. We have a deep love for that city, and once the opportunity presented itself to move there, we had to take it. This is incredibly exciting–especially for me, as I have lived in Tennessee my entire life up to this point. I will absolutely miss our family and friends, but I want to step out of my comfort zone and create a fulfilling, bold, and joyful life–one at the end of which I can truly say that I followed my heart.

Chicago Skyline 2014