crysania4: (dahlia-love)

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If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.

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Created on 2011-04-05 23:40:46 (#718770), last updated 2017-09-20 (4 days ago)

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Birthdate:Oct 23
Location:Syracuse, New York, United States of America
Website:Crysania's Worlds

Announcement: This journal is somewhat friends only. Public posts are about my dogs, Dahlia and Ben, and my dog transporting endeavors. If you want to read the rest of my journal, please e-mail me or comment on a public entry to be added!

For more information on me, see this post.

Note: All images in my icons and my photo album are the sole property of me, unless where otherwise noted. Please do not use these icons and images without asking my permission. If permission is NOT granted, then refrain from using them.

Meet Dahlia, the wonderful light of our lives (adopted 5/17/08):

And meet Ben, the other wonderful light of our lives (adopted 6/27/15):

Who am I?
~I'm an Irish whistle and bodhran player living in the Syracuse, NY area.
~I have a wonderful husband, David, another Irish traditional musician (fiddle, banjo, bouzouki, and guitar, among other instruments).
~I am owned by one lovely Border Collie/Golden Retriever mix named Dahlia and one amazing Border Collie (mix?) named Ben. Some pictures of them can be found here.
~In 2009, I was diagnosed with Otosclerosis. This means I'm slowly losing my hearing. As a musician, this is frightening.
~I work with dogs in a variety of ways
~I am heavily involved in agility. Dahlia is now retired from agility due to vestibular disease, but we competed for some time. She has taken home a bunch of ribbons so far and has gotten her level 1 title and a level 2 title as well. She's now known as Dahlia CTL1, CTL2-H, NTD, CGC (She also has her Novice Trick Dog and Canine good Citizen titles! She's a good dog is my girly!). Ben has just begun his journey!
~I teach courses in Music theory, composition, history, and appreciation
~I'm a classically trained musician and have played clarinet for 30+ years
~I have also played recorders, crumhorns, and various other Renaissance instruments
~I am a composer
~I enjoy taking photos, not just of Dahlia and Ben, but of nature as well. Some of my favourite photos can be found here.
~I love to write stories, especially fanfiction based on Phantom of the Opera (also called Phanfic), Pirates of the Caribbean, and Once Upon a Time
~In November 2007, I "won" NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) by writing over 50,000 words in the month...a couple weeks later I completed the piece, a Pirates of the Caribbean fanfic called Retribution.
~I "won" NaNoWriMo in 2008 and 2009 with original pieces, neither of which is remotely ready to be shared with anyone.
~I also "won" NaNoWriMo in 2013 and 2014 with two Once Upon a Time fanfics I wrote: Fate Loves the Fearless (2013) and Away to Me (2014).

Lovely Jack/Elizabeth mood theme by wapiti_baris

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