Gary, Natalie and I recently attended a Lunar New Year celebration to ring in the Year of the Snake. It was a multi-cultural event for adopted children from all countries. Everyone brought ethnic food inspired by their child's birth place. There was an amazing Tae Kwon Do demonstration, beautiful African dancing, the traditional dragon dance, the parade of nations, a snake toss and lots of other activities. As usual, Natalie was clinging to us at first, but she quickly loosened up and had a good time.
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"Welcome home to the Happy Haus" is the greeting I used to receive from Gary when we arrived home from work each day. Gary and I brought our daughter Natalie home from China in November 2011 to live with us in our cozy cottage. In October of 2013, we unexpectedly lost Gary, our dear husband, father and friend.
Our family includes our two sweet Newfoundland dogs, Katie and Louie. Newfoundlands are working dogs, so we make sure our two always have a job to do. Katie and Louie are both certified therapy dogs and bring lots of joy to people who are in need of some Newfie love. They have also competed in Rally Obedience. Katie has earned a Rally Advanced title and Louie has earned a Rally Excellent title. In keeping with Newf tradition, Katie has become a proficient draft dog while Louie prefers practicing water rescue whenever he gets an opportunity. They are also both protectors of their little sister, Natalie.