Grateful For Life’s Messy Moments

Apologies, friends, from my weeks long absence.  You have no idea how activity-packed my heavenly life is!  And mama’s had her hands full with puppy Timmy Elijah and exciting work projects.  But no excuses, as I have missed you all terribly!

Today is a very special day on earth and in heaven.  It’s Easter, of course.   A day of rebirth and release from earthly attachments.  And, it’s also Buddha’s birthday… did you know that?  To celebrate, mama and her grandma (my GG) attended a special rose-petal ceremony at the Spiritual Center for Positive Living.  90 minutes of music, meditation and a ceremony of light and love left mama and GG in a state of blissful joy.

Following service, the humans joined more family for a relaxing brunch full of good stories, giggles and more love.  And, I must say, that mama’s aunt & uncle asked about me and wondered when they would hear from me again.  Overseeing their conversation, I was moved to make time in my schedule to put paws to the keyboard and reconnect.

While my human family was enjoying each other and good grub, Wilbur and Timmy were waiting at home.  Since Timmy is still a wee pup and can’t be completely trusted, mama crates him when she leaves the house.

Sadly for Timmy, he had a poopy accident in his crate and sat in his mess.  Laid in his mess. And, in a desperate attempt to escape his soiled crate, Timmy flung poopy pieces out of his crate and all over the room!

post poopy-puppy bath

Luckily, mama was floating in a fog of blissful contentment when she returned to a very messy, smelly puppy and house.  Mama immediately stripped down to her skivvies (no need to dirty her Sunday best) and scooped a very anxious Timmy into a warm bubble bath.  It took nearly an hour for mama to clean Timmy, the crate, his bedding, the floor and the walls.  And two sticks of incense barely made a dent in the stench!

I would like to think it’s my influence on mama that she handled this situation with love, laughter and gratitude.  Grateful that she has a wonderful companion in Timmy and no amount of stinky dung can dim that gratitude and love.

As my readers know, I had my fair share of accidents and naughtiness in my earthly carnation, and

mama & her Easter boys... I so wish I was still in her arms too...

today’s mess made mama smile with memories of me.

It’s been a blessed Easter for my family and I wish the same for you and yours.  What did you do to celebrate Easter?  Passover?  Buddha’s birthday?  The rebirth of spring?



  1. Jamie Leigh Himmelstein says:

    Hi Atti! Nice to hear your glowing voice :) . We sort of celebrate Passover mainly, though Tim’s family celebrates Easter…I like to celebrate spring; lighter later, birdies singing, flowers (even though they may bother my allergies) blooming…and just the plain lightness in the air and people that spring brings with it :) .

    I’m sorry to hear of little Timmy E’s accident today; however I believe that it’s in those moments of
    “Oh my G-D!! Is this really happening?” that we find out just how much empathy and compassion we have to give to our loves, whether they have opposable thumbs or not :) .

    So for Easter for your family tonight Atti, I wish all good things and maybe a little bit of fresh air (lol).

    I love you!

  2. I don’t think any puppy owner doesn’t know this story! It is the same story I like to share with adopters. Smile! Pups will be pups! LOL!


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  3. Lisa N Valero says:

    What a treat to hear from you today Atti! :-) I’m so glad you’re keeping yourself busy ♥
    A beautiful celebration today I’m sure. As Austin says, the chuckle was there with Timmy’s accident – poor tyke! But your mama’s big heart and loving arms made everything better!
    How lovely for your mama to have the memories that Timmy and Wilbur are creating now!
    Love to you Atti and also to your whole family ♥♥♥

  4. Atticus says:

    Lol, Jamie! :) yes, a little fresh air was needed last night, but you’re right — these little mishaps bring empathy & love to the surface, so all is good… & we like celebrating spring too :) xxxooo

  5. Atticus says:

    I think you’re right, Bill… messes & pups go together!

  6. Atticus says:

    Thank you Lisa — it feels good to reconnect with my earthly buddies :) Timmy was mortified to have soiled his crate, but puppies have short memories :) Appreciate your comment & hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend

  7. Atticus, You have given me a hearty laugh for today in your description of poor Timmy’s tribulations in his crate. I hope he knows that all of us have our embarrassing moments as we grow up in this world–and growing up takes a long time for many of us!

    Lovely to hear your voice, Atticus, and this was a fine weekend for you to return for a blogging chat. The confluence of Easter, Passover, and Buddha’s birthday (no, I didn’t know that!) definitely make the energy feel big. Spring weather finally blossomed for us this weekend, adding to the feeling of renewal.

    I know you and mama have been busy, but I take pleasure in that. I, too, am involved in projects that keep me busy and away from some other pastimes, but it is wonderful to “come up for air” and find you here.

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  8. chrislwagner says:

    i know your mamma’s pain Atti!!

  9. Donna McCord says:

    Have missed hearing from you, too, Atticus! I feel for my Mom having to come home to such a mess, but as a mom myself, I know that our love for our children (human, canine, feline or otherwise) always transcends the ugly, messy stuff! That so touched my heart to read the photo caption where you say you wish you could still be in your Mom’s arms…someday, Atti, you will. We had a very quiet Easter this year just me and my hubbie…I missed having Taylor at home but it was still a lovely day. Our church service was so uplifting, the music inspirational and moving, the pastor’s words as though they were directed specifically to us. Then I enjoyed cooking a nice breakfast for us at home and we spent the rest of the day talking and planning and enjoying. Loved hearing from you Atticus, and hope you write again soon!

  10. Oh my! So refreshing (!) that you were in such uplifted spirits that you could get on with down-to-earth clean up with such positivity! Poor Timmy – I’m sure he was very happy to be released! And isn’t fun that even messy occurrences can bring back happy memories!
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  11. Atticus says:

    ok, so I thought I replied to these wonderful comments, but I must have dreamed it! lol!

    You’re right Judy — Easter was a big energy day (in all senses). Mama desperately needs some of my calming energy these days and she needs to take the time to commune with me more often. I think she’d be less stressed if she did… Wags & hugs to you!

  12. Atticus says:

    What a wonderful Easter for you & hubby, Donna! I do wish I was still in mama’s arms… I’m certainly fulfilled up here, but there’s no replacement for mama!
    I’ll try to stop more often… I miss all of you!

  13. Atticus says:

    Thanks for stopping by Imogen! Apologies for not getting to your comment sooner — heaven’s a busy place for important pups like myself :)

    when you’re filled with love (as mama is towards little Timmy), even the grossest moments can be fun, funny and memorable! Thankfully, Timmy’s explosion was a one-time thing!

  14. Hahaha, are you sure that Timmy’s mess made Mama smile?
    You are too funny! But I know she’s been thinking of you and smiled for that.

    Tell her that I am sorry, it still hasn’t worked out with talking but we’ll get it figured out. It’s been crazy busy (but you know that Atti, since I know on which cloud you sit and watch me, lol)
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  15. That’s a lot of work for an Easter! “)

    But the great thing is Timmy has your mama’s patience. I would have totally freaked out and grumbled the whole way through. God bless people like Heidi!
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  16. Oh, my, you gave me a good laugh. Poor Timmy , yet I was grinning and groaning at the picture of the poop flying around the room. I remember that puppies need to be released quite often to relieve themselves when they are young. We too had accidents when I didn’t pay attention to Ginger telling me she needed to go out!

    How wonderful that you were so patient, loving, kind and laughing! Thank you, Atticus for a fun, although smelly post!

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  17. Mellisa Roberts says:

    Me loving them puppies big time. I mean, they look so cute. The one resting its head on the pillow looks amazing when it’s sleeping.
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  18. Thank you for sharing your wonderful story. I want to share this story for my friends. You have a wonderful heart for taking care of these cute dogs.
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  19. Stephanie Risse says:

    I’m really late to catch up with your post. Hope you had a good Easter.
    I loved your story here.
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