i have finally popped

Third Trimester Photography - 3I was a little apprehensive about this title, only because ‘popped’ is so easily mistaken for another word. But it’s true. My stomach has finally popped. It happened somewhere around 25 weeks. I truly do look pregnant now! Well, maybe not in a black dress. But I do swear that it’s evident. :-)))

Third Trimester Photography - 2Holly and I are so excited to breeze through the remaining 13 weeks. Can’t you tell?

Third Trimester Photography - 1See y’all tomorrow!

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Emory

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holly golightly, this one is for you

Holly01This is a piece that I had composed for Holly on Instagram. I’ve hinted at her recent health issues in several blog posts, but have yet to fully explain just what is the matter. Rather than rewriting it for you today and having to relive the same raw emotions once again, I’ve made the decision to post it here. Nothing has yet changed, and I feel as if I can say no more about the situation. This is what I wrote one week ago.

Holly02Holly03Holly05“We’ve been through a lot with our dog, Holly. Four years ago, we rescued her from the SPCA in Edmonton, Alberta. She was found wandering the streets, heavily pregnant, and in the middle of winter. No one ever claimed her. We went into the shelter not expecting to fall in love, but after seeing Holly shivering in the corner of a room, while being kept away from her litter of puppies, we knew that our lives would never be the same. She was losing her hair and was severely underweight, but within a few months she was a fit and healthy dog, or so we thought. Soon after adopting her, we noticed an ulcer in her eye. It turns out that Holly’s eyes cannot produce tears. After four years of different medications, numerous vet visits, and most recently a surgery to correct the problem, it appeared as if she would finally be able to lead a ‘normal’ life. Holly will be 10 years old. However, life will not let her catch a break. Last week we were told that Holly has cancer. Now, we must weigh our options and ultimately decide how many more surgeries and procedures we will subject her to. The line between preserving your pet’s life for yourself or for them is thin. If only they could speak and tell us exactly what to do. If nothing else, we know that Holly is a fighter, and that eventually she will help us come to the right decision, if not through human words, but through her own form of language that only dog owners grow to understand. While owning her has never been easy, if I didn’t have her love or the privilege of ever knowing her, the last four years of my own life would have been so much more meaningless. So, Holly Golightly, this one is for you.”

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Emory

in the store // prairie dogs and wild foxes

14.jpgWelcome you devoted Hump-Day readers! You might have noticed that my post today has two titles. TWO!! Or you might still be half asleep and not understanding why I’m shouting numbers at you. It’s because not only did my husband and I stage a photo shoot with our beloved pets, but I also took the opportunity to combine it with what is new in my store Potomac Trading Post, Ltd. Huzzah! How’s that for smart blogging and marketing? (Actually, not very. It’s been done before.)

4.jpg10.jpgAbove are a few of our snapshots. To see the shoot in its entirety, click <<< here >>>. If you like what I’m wearing, make sure to visit the links below!

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetWILDFOX Heart Destroyed Sweater

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetEvil Twin Tie-Dye Dress

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Emory

P.S. I’ll offer you an additional 25% discount if you purchase either item with the code “PTP”! 

1095 Days With Holly.

PHOTO_1.jpgPHOTO_3.jpgPHOTO_2.jpgPHOTO_4.jpg PHOTO_6.jpg PHOTO_5.jpgThis is Holly Golightly.

Holly was heavily pregnant and wandering the snowy streets in Alberta, Canada before she was found and taken to the SPCA. She came in wearing a collar that read Suzy, yet no one had ever come to claim her. The shelter kept Holly long enough to deliver her litter of eight before weaning them off of her milk and putting them up for adoption. They chose to separate Holly from her puppies, and to our knowledge, she never saw any of them again. My husband and I went into the shelter just before Christmas. We weren’t looking to go home with a dog that night, but we read Holly’s story and noticed how everyone was fawning over the puppies. Holly was alone, underweight, shivering, and yet, still so beautiful. There was no question in our minds that it was her that we would be taking home, and that she would become our best present to one another that year.

We do not know Holly’s exact age, but we assume that she is around nine years old. We have had her for three of those wonderful years, and have chosen to treat her adoption day as her birthday. Even though it turns out that Holly was born with chronic health problems, we love her more for being our special girl. In true Audrey Hepburn form, happy birthday, dahling. We love you more than anything.

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  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife, mother of two (one earthside and one heavenside), and an animal rescuer. This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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