Welcoming Millie

I have spent so much time caring for animals that I haven’t written in a while. We’ve also been able to get some work done on the house recently. Fortunately, there’s a lot to report, including the recent addition of a puppy!

In early September, I welcomed an eight-week-old golden retriever puppy into my life. My world hasn’t been the same since. It’s been one of the best experiences of my life, but also challenging.

After returning from Alaska in June one of my priorities was finding a puppy. I searched for a long time before I found a woman with a litter of golden retriever puppies in Jackman. When I reached out she still had three females available. I brought Millie home on Sept. 8, and have been in love ever since.

Millie is so sweet and cute. I could not imagine life without her at this point. However, it’s challenging working full-time and raising a puppy. It’s also been an expensive venture! Luckily my parents have fallen in love with her too. They come over and spend time with her almost every day.  I’m also typically able to run home and check on her during my lunch breaks, so she’s rarely alone for more than a couple of hours.

We’ve also recently made progress on the house. My sister, brother-in-law, and their children came over on Thanksgiving Day. My Dad had made all the kitchen cabinet drawers so my brother-in-law was able to help get them installed. Kevin also helped finished the stairs. I am so happy with how they look. I appreciate their help so much. There are things that my Dad and I are just unable to do. Kevin has been so much help!

Just yesterday we put molding up in the loft.  It looks great! Hopefully, in the next couple of days, I will be able to get the new molding stained.

This time of year, continues to be a struggle. During the week, I typically feed my sheep in the morning and the evening in the dark. That makes chores harder. I’m so glad that we are finally starting to get more daylight. I am also hoping to have lambs in just over two months, and I’m certainly looking forward to that.

Laura Reed

About Laura Reed

After 15 years in college athletics, the last seven as an assistant athletics director, I was burned out with 70-hour work weeks and extensive travel. I resigned my position and accepted a position in marketing at a small, vibrant college in my hometown of Unity, Maine. In the process I wanted to go back to my childhood where we raised polled Herefords, had a Christmas Tree Farm and spent many hours outside. I decided I wanted to build my own home on beautiful farmland that my family owns. With help from my Dad, the most talented person I’ve ever met, we are building my home together. I have decided to blog my experience – the ups and downs, the joys and frustrations. What was once an open field will one day be my home! The dream in my head is becoming reality. I can just see the lambs frolicking in the field, chickens in the barnyard and going running with my Alaskan Malamute!