I wish to thank Ember the Fox Red Labrador for gifting me with my puppy and also to thank Edenshot Labradors for making all of this possible. Ember is such a great mum and now she will be glad to not have 8 puppies hanging off her feeding!
I was a very successful Graphic Design Manager working for a large corporation. I had the most amazing opportunities to which I shall be eternally grateful. One day I woke up and realised there was more to life than suits and standing in a lift where nobody talks to one another, where everyone moans about the weather, where everyone spends their days planning their next holiday and not living for the moment, making excuses as to why they won’t change their ways. They are the people that will wake up when it’s too late to travel because they have aches and pains and hip replacements.
I decided that wasn’t for me so after researching for quite some time, wanted to backpack around Australia but somehow decided to work on a cruise ship for 8 months! And so I did! Cruise ships don’t need graphic designers so I had to think of another job that I could do. Spa Receptionist was my title! I soon became Spa Assistant Manager and had the time of my life. Free spa treatments, travelling the world, free food and accommodation, my own designated cabin steward to change my sheets and clean my cabin and wash my uniform.
I kept a daily journal of my unbelievable eight months onboard The Grand Princess cruise ship which I shall share with you.
This all happened before I decided to backpack around the world for 330 days. Another story I shall share with you but I am struggling with where to begin. I thank you for your patience as I enter the blogging world.
One thing I am thoroughly enjoying in this process is digging out all my journals and looking through all my photos and I am excited to relive those moments with you. My MacBook Pro does not have a dvd drive so I have had to buy an external optical drive to view and upload my dvd data, but if you are like me, visuals are important so I needed to be able to show you the photos too.
When I arrived at Edenshot Labradors amazing plot, Angela was already outside with all eight puppies. One came running over to me and started chewing my shoes. (it had a yellow collar) I had forgotten how sharp their little teeth are. Then one came over and started biting the back of my ankle. Note to self, I should have worn my muck boots! I thought perhaps yellow collar may be the one because he ran up to me first. I kept a good eye on him.
Angela put the females back in their stable bed and between the two of us we carried two pups each into the house out of the rain. They were given treats and I knelt on the floor with them, trying to get a sign that one was to be mine. Geoff recommended interacting and playing with them, I did and yellow collar and purple collar came and sat on my knee playing. I tapped my chest and gestured for one to come closer and purple collar was determined to get the closest to me. I then thought perhaps purple collar was to be mine. Angela told me at that point that it was purple collar that had pooped on me when I first met them.
I knew it was a choice between purple and yellow collar but which one? Angela gave them a raw bone from the butchers and purple collar bounded into the group of puppies, grabbed it and tottled off with this huge bone all to himself under the table. None of the others tried to take it back from him. I knew this was to be my puppy. He made me laugh. He was confident and mischievous.
He comes to his new home in a few weeks. 🤗 Wish me luck! Do you think he looks mischievous or like an angel?! Maybe he will be like me! 😇
Taking a year out of the rat race and deciding to travel the world and tick some items off the bucket list was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
After travelling to 15 different countries in 330 days and writing a daily diary of the Upson Downs of my Travel Adventures, I would like to share my experiences with you in the hope that it may encourage you to do the same… Life changing.
My name is Flint. I am a Foreverdor; A Chocolate Labrador that has promised my mum I shall live forever. I am 12 years old. My 13th birthday is in August and I have requested we go to the seaside. Last year we went to Pets at home and I got to choose my birthday gift. I was so excited, I wet myself instore! I scavenged under every shelf finding biscuits that the humans had very kindly dropped for me, they must have known it was my birthday, thank you to all that left me biscuits for my birthday.
I like to play with my toys every day, this ball is a favourite of mine. Playing with toys and keeping active with frequent daily walks keeps me young and helps me to fulfil my breed description of Foreverdor.
I am a great believer in getting a minimum of 8 hours sleep per night, that helps me stay healthy too. You can never have enough sleep.
I shall post on my blog between naps. Follow Flint The Foreverdor to find out more.
Several years ago I decided that one day I would love to write my own book. It was a flaky, dreamy comment and at that moment it had no strength or commitment behind it. To try to add some umph to my decision I bought an Usbourne kids book titled ‘Write Your Own Story Book.’ This book, along with my dreamy idea has sat on the shelf for many years collecting dust…
Until years later, having shared snippets of my life’s stories with others many have said “you should write a book.” I have just shrugged each comment off, thinking most would say the same about their own life.
It was only many more years later after experiencing what I thought was now worth writing about, that when I heard the comment once again, it was asthough the universe were sending me a thunderbolt of word power that cleared my dusty shelf and awoke the hidden author in me!
152,000 words have flowed through me onto the computer and I am currently in the editing stage of trying to make sure it all makes sense before I dare to share.
I have heard so many people say “I would love to write a book but I can’t” They will never do so. Every author started with the same thought, then they became authors. Do not let fear stop you from achieving your dreams.
Hi, I am Sarah Upson, aged 42, trying my very best to live the best life possible, with the occasional Upson Downs. I wish to share my experiences with you and I very much hope you enjoy reading about my Upson Downs Adventures.
The dream always included two dogs. My Chocolate Labrador Flint is 12.5 years old so I decided it is time for me to finally get the second dog I have longed for, 12.5 years late!
So on my 42nd Birthday I decided that would be the perfect birthday treat, to go meet my puppy, a fox red Labrador.
Ember, the puppies mum had 8 puppies, 4 boys and 4 girls. Flint tells me he would like a brother so we are getting a boy.
They are only 3 weeks old so I shall return at 6 weeks when they are doing more than just sleeping, to choose one of four boys.
Meeting them all for the first time was magical. They are bundles of pure joy and gorgeousness. Mum Ember is such an amazing mum. We also met Bomber from another litter, he is so handsome.
Angela Ember’s mum put all 4 boys onto my lap, I was in puppy heaven… until one decided to poop all over my brand new birthday jeans! We have put a collar on the culprit and maybe that is a sign to either choose him or to not choose him!
It was a struggle to leave them all, I am counting the days until I go see them again.