A year later

Time just goes by, doesn’t it?  After posting the last update, last November, I felt a little weird about posting pictures of our new babies on Nesta’s blog, so I didn’t.  And I haven’t visited this blog since then.  But time heals and I have realized many things over the past year.  One is that I feel Nesta certainly had a hand in the picking out these two new babies that we came into our lives so soon after his passing.  While my relationship with Nesta can never be replicated, these two new dogs have helped me so much through the process of healing.  And interestingly, I have developed in my mind, connections between my new dogs and Nesta. For one, the bernese mountain dog is the dog I always wanted, even before Nesta.  My friend’s mom breeds them.  She was given to me about a month after Nesta passed, in October 2013, she was 2.5 years old, born on Christmas eve, 2010.  So she was alive when Nesta was alive, living at the farm, waiting patiently for the day I would arrive and take her home.   I think about what Nest and I were doing on her birthday, Dec. 24, 2010.  We were snowshoeing in the backcountry of beautiful Steamboat Springs, CO.  Something I just know Delilah would have LOVED!!  I only wish she and Nesta could have been friends during the 2.5 years they shared the same time on Earth.  I think they would have loved each other.  So I believe Nesta led me to my friend’s farm, to bring Delilah home from the small fenced in square she has been living in.  He knew she was my destiny.

One the other hand, while Nesta was bearing his last few days on Earth, he sensed another close-by puppy in need.  This puppy was born eight days before Nesta passed.  So they too, shared some of the same time on Earth.  He was an “accident” born under a house whose mother was a sweet and crippled Rottweiler.  Eventually these pups would need homes, as the owner of the house could not take care of mom, dad and 7 puppies.   Kyle and I took charge and found homes for 4 of them, including ours, and sent the other three away to a trustworthy rescue organization.  I hope those pups found loving homes.  I know Nesta wanted us to save one, their birthdays were 2 days apart.  I enjoy comparing what I was doing in 2004 when Nesta was a year old, compared to what I am doing 10 years later when Woody is a year old.   We were doing different things, and they have pretty different personalities.  I learned SO much from Nesta.  I am thankful everyday for that time in my life.

Then, about two weeks after we got the new dogs, a stray kitten came into our lives.  Completely unexpected, this kitten found us.  This kitten who had been looking for a home, meowing at every doorstep, saw us walking the dogs on a cold night in November.   He ran to us, rubbed against the dogs’ legs, and then followed us home.  The rest is history.   Crazy to acquire three new animals in less than a month, but that’s the way it happened.  Our hearts were wide open thanks to the love from Nesta, my first, and Tahoe and Sierra, Kyle’s firsts.   This is our first cat, he is really a sweet heart.    SO without further ado,  meet Woody the Rottweiler mix, Delilah the Bernese Mountain Girl, and Milky the cat.

November 2013
Dog days of summer
Dog days of summer
Helping Dad in the SWAT truck.  All grown up.
Helping Dad in the SWAT truck. All grown up.
One cool Cat
One cool Cat

8 thoughts on “A year later”


    You have nooooo idea how soul deep thrilled I am to hear from you and all about the “behind the scenes” energy work Nesta was doing behine the scenes!!

    My heart is just singing with joy! Really! A little out of tune perhaps, but it’s singing 🙂

    I have to run to work, but I will come back tonight when I can respond fully.

    Oh, I saw your post yesterday on Sassy’s thread and you mentioned you had made a post on one of my threads. Did I read that right? Anyway, not sure where to find it. I was just so excited to see you on here, and now to see your blog….made my day!

    Cannot tell you the voluminous number of times I think of you and the magical Sir Nesta. His wonderful banner comes up so often andnit always gives me a warm fuzzy….but a little sad because I felt like we had lost contact you.

    Love you so…be back later..


    Sally and My Eternal Light Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

  2. Welcome back, you are now an alumni like myself and Sally and we love hearing from everyone. What a wonderful story. You and Kyle are great people with a big heart.
    Love to the new members and Nesta in doggie heaven.

  3. Kassi,
    I love that you are back. Please stay & give advice on the site. I have 3 quadpaws too so they haven’t kicked me out yet LOL. I love that your Nesta helped you rescue these sweet babies. Each one needs you in their own way. Sweet sweet pictures

    Michelle & Angel Sassy

  4. What a lovely story, and beautiful new pups….my journey with my precious Polly was just starting, as your journey with sweet Nesta was coming to an end. So sorry for your loss of Nesta, I see his banner all the time here….

    Please join us here anytime you can, we have created a new forum for Tripawds Alumni to know we always still have a place here, and can share any and all life happenings with new pets, etc., and can still hopefully help newcomers into this very difficult journey. I know I am personally very thankful for all those that came before me, to help me when I needed it most along my journey. This place is amazing.

    Bonnie & Angel Polly

  5. Awwww, what wonderful photos of your new family! You are all so perfect together, that fact shines through each photo! Nesta was for sure the driver in bringing these new furbabies to you, yes indeedy!
    Thanks for sharing and don’t be a stranger!

    Codie Rae and the Oaktown Pack

  6. Oh Kassi, it’s wonderful to hear from you and see the joy and love that wandered into your lives. Congratulations!!!! Nesta is watching over your menagerie and loving every minute.

  7. I’m baaaaaack!

    I love that Sir Nesta shared earth time with Delilah and Woody! Maybe even shared a bitof time with Milky too!

    I love the fact that you and Kyle have such “elastic hearts”! Your Dad would be so honored that you remembered what he said about your heart and shared that pearl of wisdom with all of us.

    Nesta knew you had more room for love. He knew connecting you with Delilah, Woody and Milky was EXACTLY what you needed for yet more soul’s growth!

    I did see your post on Happy Hannah’s thread. It was very kind and very n heartfelt. Kassi, you and Nesta were with Happy Hannah and myself during that time…during this whole time! You and Nesta showed us all how to stay innthe moment, how to be at peace with the next dimension of Nesta’s journey as he went through another open door. You showed me how to give the “gift of release” with grace and selflessness. Nesta showed me there was nothing to fear and how content he was knowing he lived a life of meaning and he felt his earthly purpose had been fulfilled. He chose you as his Soulmate and you as his. He knew what love felt like and he exlere so much joy and happiness with you. He was ready fornp his next adventure. And he sent you Woody, Delil and Milky so you could experience a multitude of adventures all at once! He’s enjoying watching over all of you and just so darn proud of himself for orchestrating all the chaos!

    But he’s most proud of you for the loving and compassionate human being you’ve become….such a lovely bright light for all of us! And quite the woman of substance too!!

    Again. it was just WONDERFUL to hear from you…and we look forward to following the journey of this incredible trio! And more about the exploits ofnyou and Sir Nesta! He was quite the athletic outdoors pup who clearly loved nature…and you!!

    Love and Light!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle too!

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