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Hi All: I know so much about your dogs- Curious about you. We know that Melissa is a wonderful photographer. I work for the Documentary Series "Frontline" on PBS- I do the on-air promotion for the show. I am fortunate that I get to work from home quite a bit to care for my furbabies.

I know a lot of you have many human children- that is certainly 2 full time jobs combined.
 

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Hi - besides being a Mommy to my 3 Havs, I have a 17 year old boy, and a 19 year old boy in college. My husband & I own our own Insurance Agency and work together 1/8 of a mile from home. Which is exactly why he could not argue getting the dogs, as we run home all day when they need to go out. My spring/summer passion is my gardens, which I work on for months on end, I hate the cold winters (unless on the couch with fire going), and cleaning is not really my thing :rolleyes: - so I guess my winter passion is my puppies & making sure they get enough exercise inside. I do try to leave work around 2pm so my afternoons are wonderful spent with the pups.
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I am primarily a stay at home mom to 5 children, 3 boys, ages 14, 11 & 2½ and 2 girls, ages 9 & 4. I also watch my 2 nieces, ages 10 & 4, full time while their mom works.

My family owns a business, so I do work occasionally, but rarely... normally at tax time, when they need me to translate, or when we put out new catalogs. On occasion I work from home. (try not to though!)

My oldest son is homeschooled (along with my youngest 2), and I spend a lot of time 'teaching' him... then all his friends come over a few days to practice their Spanish.. supposedly with him, but I normally end up doing it. We have 2 that we claim as ours, because their here so much.

My kids are my world, my oldest 2 boys play tournament soccer, so we run a lot with that... the girls have just decided they both want to play soccer too, so this season will be particularly crazy.

Let's see, I think that's about it for me. I'm pretty much a soccer mom, jeans and all. ;)
 

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Good thread, Missy!

I'm a SAHM with 3 kids (2 boys - 17 and 15 and 1 girl - 12). We have two cats, Gigi and Shadow, Ricky our Hav who is 8 mths. old and #2 Hav on the way at 7 1/2 mths. I was a pastel artist, painting with dry pastels, exhibiting and selling my work. Due to a busy family life and health problems, I stopped painting, but then got into a bit of computer graphic art. I've left that because sitting at the computer too long isn't good for my neck/shoulders and back.

I've done rubberstamping and card-making and I started scrapbooking a year ago and love it!! Guess I have to be doing something creative! lol
I haven't done any s/booking since the fall because I got very busy raising our new pup, and we reorganized the garage that I was/am using as my studio - still lots to do in there, but when it's all done I'll send pics. I am on the way to recovering from back/sciatica problems that have plagued me for years so am looking forward to doing more with Ricky and the new guy. I'd love to attend obedience/agility classes!

I, too, am a soccer mom of one of our boys, Alex the oldest. He's been in regional competitive soccer since he was 10, playing since he was 6. At 17 this year, he says this might be the last season, so we'll see. We love it!! Our plan is to attend the games with our pooches which should be fun. :)

I am perfectly bilingual which is pretty much necessary in this very French province, Quebec, and am married to an Italian. Our kids speak French a lot, as well as English so we're often gabbing in a mix of both languages. We have a huge family, esp. on my side, so gatherings are loud, food is plentiful and there is a lot of fun.

O.k....... now I'm just rambling........ :rolleyes:
 

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Marj, do you and your kids speak Italian also?
 

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keep em coming! I am loving reading about you all. although, I feel a little lazy after reading what you have on yoru plate- Jodi, 5 children and a business? marj, 3 kids, 2 cats, almost 2 dogs and 3 languages? Laurie, 2 boys, 3 havs and a business? Lynn, you are about to get very busy...

I love gardening too. hate new england winters , but alas we both have good jobs here.
 

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Here we go....I'm married (almost 28 years) and have 4 married step children. My husband didn't want any more children...we have two. :) A son, 24, who STILL lives at home and a daughter (23) who graduated with honors:) and works in Ohio. She owns Zoey, the Havanese that we bought for her when she discovered how lonely she was 7 hours from home. (Jackie is a member of this forum) Jim and Jackie were both three sport atheletes so I can relate to you "soccer" mom's out there. :eek:
My husband didn't want any animals when we got married....we've had 4 dogs and two cats during our marriage...and now have just two dogs. Do you see a pattern? My poor husband....
Anyway, I am a teacher aide right now and have been either teaching or aiding in Special Education for 26 years. My husband is a retired State Trooper. He still works a full time job to support all of the "things" he didn't want when he married me!!!! ;) Oh, we have 13 grandchildren as well. I love them all...
My hobbies are golf, photography, working with my church youth group, and volunteering with our local Rainbow Riders, a theraputic riding center. I'm hoping to use Izzy as a therapy dog in conjunction with the theraputic riding. She LOVES kids!:) I guess that's the main points!
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My husband and I own a gym on Long Island. We have 2/2 legged children, both married. We have our 2 Hav babies, and 3 cats (2 Maine ***** and one all american black cat). My Mom also lives with us.

I'm lucky - I only work part time and able to take Kodi and Shelby with me. They love getting to the gym and running around greeting everybody. Lately, I have been trying to leave them home alone at short intervals. We are up to an hour so maybe we can got out to dinner now. And my Mom is home a lot and stays with them. She really loves them, too.

I am really totally in love with these dogs and have started reading about showing and breeding. I am truly considering this sometime down the road and have already been hinting about Hav #3 (but not for a few years yet).
PS - I am a hobby orchid grower and quilt (when I can find the time)
 

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Its funny you say that, hubby & I have been saying that once both kids are out of college & on their own, that we want to sell our business. he says "so what are we doing to do" - my response:D :D Breed Havanese :D :D
Not sure if he liked the idea, but he didnt say NO WAY!
 

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I left my executive job (and do miss it sometimes) to be home with the dogs and be available to my daughter, who will be graduating from high school this year. I spend a couple hours a day helping out at her school during the year, but this is my last year doing that. I only have a few weeks left and then I'll be home (sorta) full-time.

Even when I'm home, I don't seem to be there often. Last year, I spent 2-3 weekends a month on the road for dog shows. During the week, we do a lot of other doggy visits (socializing, training, etc.) so we seem to be on the go all the time. My dogs know that when I open the front door, they get to run straight out to the car door or to the motorhome because it means we are going for a ride somewhere!

This year, I'll be home a lot more, but next year, I plan to be on the road often again.
 

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Missy,
I love gardening too. My favorite thing is a sunny day, planting flowers with my dog beside me:) :) Nothing makes me happier.
I am going to get busy in April, May for sure depends on the weather. When it is hot here everyone wants to swim:)
I am enjoying this thread too, good idea. Gives us a chance to get to know each other better.:)
 

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Ah yes, as Martha would say, "Gardening; it's a good thing!"

Last weekend was fabulous weather and I spent two whole days outdoors gardening. Now I'm a bit sore and all my green waste bins are full (and the neighbor's bins too). Gotta love being out in the fresh air with the dogs doing their run around your feet and the dirt in your fingers!
 

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We just got an estimate for a fence this morning. OMG! $6500 for chain link! First of all I swore I would never,ever,ever get a chain link fence--- but then a funny thing happened- I woke up one day with 2 havanese and we realized that the boundary fence we have that is behind all this beautiful but hard to get behind shrubbery has holes in it big enough for a little Hav to get through.

So in addition to my work for FRONTLINE I guess I am going to have to get busy doing some free-lance writing. Or maybe my husband, Michael can sell some more paintings. Working for the dogs.
 

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No, Jodi, I don't really speak Italian. I can understand my inlaws' Italian very well because they throw some French and English in there and so I thought I was fine to visit Italy with hubby two springs ago. I learned more from a CD-rom before we left and was all ready, but then reality sunk in and I realized that I didn't have enough knowledge to actually speak it much over there! It was very challenging and I felt like a total foreigner - well, duh, I was! :rolleyes: :eek:

Visiting Ralph's family for a few days made me feel totally like an outsider, although they were incredibly welcoming, joyful and loving! I was talking like a cavewoman - "me want water" - as opposed to "I'd love a glass of water, please. Thank you." LMBO Me, the very talkative Marj could only talk in very simple language, but luckily I'm great with visual aid (hands flying all over the place) and Ralph would translate when I couldn't get what they were saying.

Missy, what kind of painting does Michael do? Ouch - that's a high price to pay for a fence! I've heard any fence can be quite costly. We're hoping to simply reinforce the wood one we have and add a bit at the back of the yard.
 

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Marj, I know what you mean about becoming cave man like in another country. When we went to Paris in 2000, I had studied and listened to tapes, and thought I had a few phrases down pat- certainly better than my husband- but when I got off the plane - I was just mute- I was so afraid I would butcher the language all I could think to say was "parle vous englese?" and what came out was "do you speak english?" But my un-abashed husband took out the little pocket book of terms and tried and they really appreciated it.

His paintings are very ecclectic. We are excited because he is having a show in the fall. I of course think they are wonderful- but i am biased.

I wonder if we could re-inforce the fence we have. It's really only a step or two above chicken wire.
 

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I have 2 kids, Brooklyn who is 9 1/2 and Carter who is 6 1/2. Between homework/baseball/volunteering in the classroom ect they keep me busy.
I also work 2x a week in Assisted Care homes for the elderly with Alzheimers/Dementia. They love it when I am able to bring a dog to work with me!
Last year we purchased a Coffee House which ended up being a big mistake.
It was very financially/emotionally draining. We just sold it a couple of weeks ago.
I am struggling with some health issues right now, but hope with the stress of the Coffee House gone that I can start taking care of myself. I actually find out the beginning of April if I have to have shoulder surgery or not. That will be fun with 5 dogs! Yikes! :eek:
 

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I am an accountant for an order of religious sisters. They are great people to work for very compasionate and caring. Now if I can only convince them to let me bring Houston to work. LOL
 

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Hi Everyone,

I am now a SAHM (Thanks to another tread I know know what that is) Anthony 2 1/2 Anna 5 1/2. I also have an older son who is turning 27 yrs. in 2 weeks. :eek: My husband owns two retail stores which I try not to work at.:p I have shown German Shepherds and a Lab in obedience and conformation. Sam is my first "little" dog. I have worked as a vet tech, dog groomer and I tried to run my own Pet Store with out success. :( I refused to sell puppies and kittens, because of impluse buying and the puppy mill trade. I was told that is why I failed. I can happily say that no pets ended up in shelters because of me.:) I also love to garden and spend as much time as possible enjoying our 5 acres. We also have 2 cats , 2 parakeets, and 4 goldfish. The only thing we need to complete our home is another puppy.:)
 

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Rita,
I hope you get to take Houston to work with you! Houston would get exposed to more people it would be good for him. Is there some place for him to potty there?
 

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"Yikes" is right, Katie! I understand shoulder pain, and I do mean pain. Not sure what your history is, of course, but hopefully you can avoid the surgery. More often than not, it doesn't clear up the entire problem. :( I will PM you with some info on The Egoscue Method in case you're interested.

Debbie wrote: "I can happily say that no pets ended up in shelters because of me. "
*** Good for you, girl!! I cringe when I hear people say they got their pet in a pet store! :eek: :( I wish I could put up signs everywhere letting people know that these pets come from mills and/or backyard breeders that don't breed for the best interest in the dog, but for their pocketbook with no regard to their health history. GRRRRRrrrr!

"The only thing we need to complete our home is another puppy"

*** LOL - she's not giving up!! Way to go, Debbie!! ;)
 
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