You are never given the dog you want, but the dog you need.

About the Author

A little about me~

I am an Alumni of Washington State University and I received my degree in English with a focus in medieval literature and literature in general, as well as Cultural Anthropology. I know, I know. What in the world am I going to do with a degree in that? Honestly, I don’t know. But I would rather get a degree in something that I am genuinely passionate about instead of something I studied just to earn a big paycheck. After graduation, I plan on studying to receive my certificate in animal training with a focus on dogs. Job wise, I would love to do anything in the field of writing or editing, or even start my own training business, but we’ll see what I find!

A bit more back history on myself now. My first show dog was a Smooth Fox Terrier named Disney and together, we had a wonderful 9 or 10 year stint in 4-H. I had to make the hard decision to say that final goodbye last July when the cough that we though was allergies turned out to be the onset of congestive heart failure, but I treasure those memories I have of him. Although his tags clink  like they always used to, they now rest on my keychain and his collar and paw print hang on my wall with his ribbons and medallions. After Disney came Liberty Bell, my mother’s beautiful, but rather bossy Aussie. I know, surprise, surprise. A bossy Aussie! Those never come around… Bella and I had a few good years of showing together before I left for college, but the bond that was there with my boy and I just didn’t click between her and I. She was definitely my mom’s dog. So, for the last 4 years, I’ve been on a bit of a showing haitus. Last June, I welcomed a new little ball of fluff into my life- the infamous Miss Xeva (also known as Morning Mist’s Wicked Woman).

My passion in showing has always rested in Agility and Obedience. Rally was fun, but I never enjoyed it quite as much as the other two. Showmanship, while Disney and I did excel at it, never felt very challenging. Then again, Disney was a bit of a push button dog in that ring. I was fortunate enough to have found a breeder who wanted her retired 3 year old champ to go to a 4-H home, so the Showmanship ring was nothing he didn’t know! Now, this isn’t to say that Disney and I breezed through the rings and won every ribbon there was in sight. Oh no. Quite the opposite really. That little old man challenged me every step of the way, and I will never stop thanking that stubborn little terrier as long as I have a furry friend in my life.

Anastasia and Disney~ 2008


10 responses

  1. itsa5doglife

    I’m jealous, I would love to go back to school, even at this late date, and study anthropology, astronomy, archeology or something equally fascinating. I’m on the other end of the working spectrum, I recently left a law firm I had worked at for nearly 30 years to see what’s next. Just haven’t quite figured it out yet. Good blog page! I will add you to my blogroll.

    January 21, 2012 at 11:42 am

    • Thank you very much! It’s never too late to go back to school or study something new, just so long as you’re passionate about what you’re doing. Having that passion makes it that much easier to stand up to the doubters who say “What in the world are you going to do with that?” Best of luck in your future endeavors and I hope you find a path that makes you happy!

      January 21, 2012 at 11:51 am

  2. Cowboy

    Howdy Anastasia –

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m glad you did, I can see I’m going to enjoy yours !

    February 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    • Hey Cowboy-

      Thanks for the comment! I’m glad you’re liking the blog. I look forward to reading more wonderful posts from you!

      February 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm

  3. nanawithtwodogs

    Very nice blog. Best of luck completing your degree and I hope you do follow up with something in the animal world, there is always room for more animal lovers.

    February 22, 2012 at 10:36 am

  4. I can picture myself being your regular reader 🙂
    Hello there!

    March 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    • Mymissah- Glad to hear it! I look forward to reading and hearing more from you 🙂

      March 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm

  5. Hello!

    I was following your blog and I think it may fit to the topics that I am writing about in my blog. I would like to invite you to see my website .
    Would you be interested in trading links or maybe guest authoring a blog post or vice-versa? My blog covers a lot of the same subjects as yours and I believe we could greatly benefit from each other. If you happen to be interested feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I look forward to hearing from you! Fantastic blog by the way!



    May 13, 2013 at 10:47 am

    • Hi Natalia!

      I’ve never done anything of the sort before, but I’m willing to give it a go! I’ve stopped by your site and our topics seem to overlap, so I’m sure we would be able to exchange posts and help each other out. My little blog and I are delighted that you stopped by and enjoyed your stay!

      ~ Anastasia

      May 14, 2013 at 10:47 pm

  6. Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Liebster Award. Please see my blog for more details. Here is your list of questions:

    1. What is your favorite food?
    2. Where were you born?
    3. What is your most inspirational quote?
    4. Who is your favorite writer?
    5. Who is the person you would like to be most like?
    6. When did you start blogging?
    7. What place would you most like to visit?
    8. Who is your favorite cartoon character?
    9. What is the name of your first pet?
    10. If you celebrate Christmas, when do you put your tree up?
    11. Do you feel inspired when you write your blog?

    October 11, 2013 at 7:45 am

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