Sunday, August 8, 2010

The dog owners gift.



Out for our early morning walk with Wilf. No sooner had we crossed the green and passed the war memorial than we were joined by Jerome, the old farmers dog . There's no ploughing on a Sunday so Jerome had been sitting patiently on the doorstep of the church waiting for excitement to come to him. Both Wilf and Jerome enjoy wandering along the lane together, heads down in the succulent scent ridden grass, happy as kings. They act like long lost boyhood friends. Both have now reached that solaced age where the fluttery activity of the quail and partridge chicks in the roadside verges barely impinges on their quiet reverie. There is something deeply rewarding about the happiness of a senior dog - content with life, secure in his family and wholly at peace with himself. A gift of life as it should be - for dog and owner.

17 comments:

  1. oh how i love my morning visit to your world....i now feel completely peaceful after my little wander down the french lanes with jerome and wilf..thanks.x

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  2. Angus, you know that I totally agree with you about the senior dogs--This is why I take them in. While I know we're not the family that they were devoted to their whole lives, I try to make their lives whole again after they've lost all they knew.

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  3. lovely, and i agree about seniors! same thing happens to us humans, but hopefully before we are seniors!!
    xoxo

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  4. Yes, my previous dog Jessie was a darling as she aged. I could walk with her anywhere off leash and never have a worry that she'd dart off or get nicked by a car or such. She was my dearest companion and so missed. Now,my 3 year old Sophie is/has learned the ropes and each day lately she shows a new found learning of the ways of the world. Snuggles everyday from my dearest friend...I love that feeling!

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  5. Well Angus I beg to differ. Whenever I meet so-called 'senior' dogs in the park, they're usually all grumpy and boring and don't want to play, no matter how much I try bouncing all over them and barking.
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.

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  6. I think that's the reward of surviving puppyhood with them! I love the pictures of them today!

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  7. Although I sometimes miss the puppy, it's still nice for a relative period of calmness :)

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  8. How sweetly written about the two dogs.

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  9. Oh, so right you are. Nothing much sweeter than an old, contented dog.
    And Jerome? That name! My heart melts.

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  10. What a lovely post, M'ongoose!

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  11. Wonderful observations...and a great way to start the week.

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  12. I don't have an old dog but I do have an old husband. I feel the same of him as you do of Wilf.

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  13. "Old friends
    Winter companions
    The old men...."

    Being seniorish isn't always such a bad thing. It can be quite peaceful.

    lotsa licks, Lola

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  14. Jerome looks a sweety too!
    Each age brings its unique rewards!
    Sending lotsaluv
    MM IN SA

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  15. jerome is a handsome fellow. you really have a gift for writing, btw. this is a beautiful post...so succinct but evokes such a vivid picture in my mind. :)

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  16. my favorite post. Wilf and Jerome , makes me smile.

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