Sunday, June 29, 2008

Mindy's Second Day

Well, day two with Mindy went quite well. I had a horrible migraine today, so I had to stay in bed most of the day, but Mindy was very accommodating. She was content to alternate between playing alone with her toys and snuggling with me. House-breaking is off to an excellent start. She piddled on the puppy pad three times today when I told her to, and pooped on it once, without being told. I'm really impressed with how quickly she's getting the hang of it. I'm going to start working on getting her outdoor-trained as soon as I have her completely pad-trained. That way, I don't have to worry about what to do when the weather is bad, or if I am ill and unable to take her out.

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"Passage—immediate passage! the blood burns in my veins! Away, O soul! hoist instantly the anchor!
Cut the hawsers—haul out—shake out every sail!
Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough?
Have we not grovell’d here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?
Have we not darken’d and dazed ourselves with books long enough?

Sail forth! steer for the deep waters only!
Reckless, O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me;
For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all.

O my brave soul!
O farther, farther sail!
O daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
O farther, farther, farther sail!"

~Walt Whitman, "Passage to India"