It's 12:42 AM and I'm up with my sweet puggy baby, Ruby. Best dog in the world. We adopted her almost 3 years ago- at the age of (approx.) 9 years. I never thought to ask her age when planning a home visit, I only knew that we had fallen in love with her.
Senior Pugs are amazing little balls of love.
Sadly, Ruby is in the midst of heart failure & kidney failure and to add to the vicious cocktail she has a collapsed trachea. She coughs and struggles to breathe and my heart aches for her.
Ruby is resting comfortably at the moment, so I thought I'd show you pictures from Katie's Nutcracker performance. Only 2 months late. It's still winter.:)
Spasiba means "thank you" in Russian. The dancers only spoke Russian but it was beyond cool to hear their accents. It's not a particularly warm language but one spoken with authority and purpose. It could be a bit intimidating.
The dancers were charming and friendly even with the language barrier. My heart went out to them since they were so far from home during Christmas.
The night before the final performance, Katie and I went home and baked. and baked some more. And a bit more. We wanted to show the dancers we were so thankful for them. You can do that without speaking.:)
Loaded up with cookies, cupcakes, breads, granola and the knowledge of a new word (spasiba) we went in search of the dancers.
We passed costumes. We carefully checked dressing rooms. Didn't want any unwelcome surprises.
Then we found them! All the children cheered, "Spasiba!" and the dancers clapped for them.:) It was lovely to watch and see smiles all around.
The lady in pink was the "Mom" of some of the dancers during the party scene. She came out in search of the children and asked for a picture. What lovely young lady. My daughter was beyond charmed.
It was such an amazing experience being on the same stage with such talented dancers! The bridging of two countries and cultures was the cherry on top.:)
Off to check on little Miss Ruby and maybe even get a bit of sleep. Night night.