Wednesday, April 8, 2015

So. Kasta, huh?


So one day in November I had an idea. I breached this idea in early December. By the end of December the idea was being looked into. By the 5th of January the idea was settled on. By the 20somethingth of January, having been off crutches for a whole 2 days after my accident a week earlier, I went with my mother and niece to the airport an hours drive away and picked up this gorgeous little creature.



In true Romi fashion, I named her Kasta after the head character in Graceling, a book I read and adored the summer before, and thus my summer holidays ended with a slight limp, a very narrow choice in the kind of shoes I could wear (I cannot wait for the return of converses, as still they are out *weeps*), and a puppy.
She is an English Staffy and I have found, via this beastie, that taking a dog for a walk is an incredible social thing to do. Getting stopped multiple times can turn a ten minute walk into a 20 minute trip, during which many people ooh, call her a “man eater”, comment on her colour (I need to do a poll on the amount of times each of these things come up and see what tops), call her a boy (I’m wondering if it’s because she’s got a blue name tag… only twice has she ever been called a girl right off, which is rather interesting and odd) and murmur about her utter gorgeousness. I, meanwhile, stand beside my queen and nod like an obedient servant who occasionally offers puppy milk, meat and vegan pigs ears (do not even ask).
And I could ask for very little more.




I'm making an exception just for you, just today, breaking my rule set out in the About Me page. Keep it secret, okay?



Now I don’t believe in the idea of “perfection”, but Kasta is the perfect dog for me, in that she is imperfectly perfect. She is ratty and playful and sleeps whenever I need to do work, gets me to have a lower procrastination level, is keeping me well exercised, and got me out of what was a very miserable time after I sliced open my foot on what I have decided was a… no, probably shouldn’t voice that on the interwebs. Something in a river. Probably a log. Queue pain. And she’s only destroyed the corner of one book! (Any guesses which one it was?)



So this is my news. What's yours? Do you find yourself making weirder than usual faces when people take pictures of you with animal in tow- do you generally *make* weird faces?- or is it all very regular and not like the above?

Romi.xx

16 comments:

  1. AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW Kasta is adorably cute!!! Congratulations on getting your lovely puppy! I know how it feels... my boston terrier is a year and 5 months old now, but I can still remember the time when I picked him up from a litter of playful of boston terriers and how it changed my life. He is pretty much my best friend and I just completely adore him. You know how you get annoyed at them one minute for being a dog and doing what dogs do, then absolutely adore them for being a dog and doing what dogs do?! HAHA. I swear, they are unconditionally loving, and you will find yourself adoring every bit of them. :) I HOPE YOU AND KASTA MAKE MANY BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES!!!!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. I KNOW! I mean, she really is adorable, it's ridiculous how sweet she is, but Thank you! xx
      You are so right. It is life changing, and so... nice. She came at the perfect time for me and I feel so bright now. Oh yes! I'm just like, why am I annoyed at you? You are supposed to be doing this! I'm so fortunate that she likes sleeping when I work- like now!
      Thank you for such fantastic words, Faye! xx

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  2. Your doggie is so cute!! I need to get a dog someday - when I get my own place hopefully. And I love that you included pictures with you in them - they are so much fun and it's nice to 'see' you! :D I think I would make funny faces with my dog too (one day!) It's too hard to resist when they have such cute faces! And I'm going to guess that she destroyed the corner of Graceling??? (Good thing it was only one book!)

    I have a question though - I thought it was Katsa in Graceling? It's been a while though since I read the book!

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    1. Thank you! I've always had dogs in my life, well since I've been about 3, and having another after the one I grew up with died last year is emotional and beautiful and quite fantastic! I'm planning on getting a greyhound in about 7 years, when I have my own place, too! They're such a beautiful breed... I just hope Kasta won't be jealous of me sharing my affection. And she does seem to verge on jealousy sometimes, so...!
      It was actually a really beautiful big picture book- I mentioned it briefly in the review, that something had chewed it!

      OH. MY. STARS. Charlene! I named my dog after a character who doesn't exist by that name! The entire time I loved and read Graceling I always read her name wrong! And pronounced it wrong. Golly. Though I do adore the name Kasta, so... but still. HOW!? xx

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    2. Aww, I would like to own a greyhound too! I've heard they are gentle, laid back dogs, and I am not very active, so a dog that doesn't mind lying around is good with me. It's so sad when you lose a pet (mostly my experience though is my friend's dog passing away) but I'm glad that you got another one to love.

      Oops, I see! I should have read back a post! :) And I like Kasta too - it rolls off the tongue prettily! :)

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    3. They're just so very gorgeous. I've volunteered at animal shelters before and walking them is a dream. Seriously beautiful- though since I plan to adpot an older one, or a retired one, I will have to make sure I don't have a rabbit then!

      It was kind of a "did you spot this" thing. Seeing as I apparently think I'm Wally from the Where's Wally books. xx

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  3. Kasta is ADORABLE! I've always loved dogs of her breed but I can never have a dog because I have three cats and I'm sure you can imagine how that would go down!
    I love her name! I really like it when people name animals after book characters (I don't know why)
    I'm glad you found your perfect dog!!

    -Lily x

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    1. Thank you, Lily! xxx Well some dogs and cats do seem to be okay together, and I do plan to get a cat in a few years, but there can certainly be a lot of tension there, especially with more than one!
      I do, too- I have a rabbit called Hugo, from the book Huge Cabret, and plan to name my cat Serafina, from His Dark Materials. I mean, I plan these things before they even happen! xx

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  4. PUPPY. She's ADORABLE. I'm glad she's making you feel better; I can see why!

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    1. Isn't she just the cutest pile of cute? Ahh. I am a mess of oohs and aahs over her adorability. I can not pull off quietly proud, not at all. xxx

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  5. AWW ROMI YOUR PUPPY IS JUST GORGEOUS!!! I want to reach through the screen and pet her. Please give her a pat for me, and maybe a hug too. :3 :3
    For some reason I thought the girl's name in Graceling was Katsa haha, I read it so long ago I must been going crazy. I hope your doggy gives you lots of snuggles tonight xx

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    1. THANK YOU! She very much appreciated (sleepily, mind, since it's way past her bedtime!) the hug and pat. xx

      It is! I actually always read it as Kasta and never once checked, so only when Charlene said the same thing did I look and... I named my puppy after a character who doesn't exist! You are in completely your right mind, Joy, it is I who incorrectly read and reviewed and researched this book I so adore. Though I love the name Kasta, still- it is a bit weird, though, to know of my mistake. x

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  6. AHHHH Kasta is so completely adorable, and I love her colouring. I only ever had dogs when I was a kid so I have missed out on this unique experience of being spoken to when walking said dog. Although apparently I have a resting bitch face so perhaps I would not be as approachable as other dog owners.

    I can't believe you're not allowed to wear Converses. I have no idea what would even be on my feet since they are all I wear XD Although my favourite pair are getting so old they're giving me blisters which makes NO SENSE to me because I thought new shows gave you blisters, not ones you've worn and worn and worn. But hey, you learn something new every day, right? ;P

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    1. Thank you Chiara! I've had so many comments on her colour from when I've taken her walking- apparently she is the "wrong" colour, but I scoff at such labels! Well I'll be interested to see if it happens when I walk her alone, because I, too, generally look like I'm extremely annoyed at everyone and everything. My sister's always saying "why are you annoyed, annoyed one" and I am just like "please know by now that this is just my face".

      The day this post went up I could wear them again! The seam-line went right along the area that I cut, so I couldn't wear it until it wasn't sore anymore, and then it rubbed, but finally I am back in my most adored shoes. Here's to converses! YAY! The most comfortable shoes- though I'm sorry yours are giving you blisters! I think that happened towards the end of my first pair, which was so weird. I wondered if they were letting me down, but maybe it just happens at the end of their life?

      xx

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  7. :):):):) Ohhh, puppies!! Is there anything more delightful?! Very few things bring me as much joy as the animals I've had in my life - I'm glad Kasta is changing your life for the better, as well. I mean look at your smile, girl! You and Kasta are just so adorable together - really makes me miss having a dog in my life!

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    1. Once I might have said yes, because remember books, but... well Kasta's making me turn away from that answer!
      Aw, thank you Aylee! You made me so very happy with your comment. I'm smiling right now, and that is because of your sweetness! THAN YOU. Have an enormous pie.
      She is seriously the most wonderful thing. Each animal I've had a personal connection with, and do have personal connections with... they make me feel so much. They make me love and cherish and feel in ways I didn't know I could. xxx

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