Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Mr.Affable and Monsieur Bays mangy truffle.





Wilf put up with all the prodding and poking at the specialists without a murmur of complaint. He remains Mr. Affable. The good news is that he is not in any pain. It seems that the Cortisone treatment has, for the moment, arrested the growth of the large tumour on the spleen and halted the metastasizing spread from the lung .

The specialist has recommended that we come again in ten days time for another check up. The agitation and barking at invisible intruders that kept him awake until four on Saturday morning is just one of those neurological side effects of the carcinomas . The promise of another ten days, or more, is a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving gift. Maybe he will get some Turkey and gravy after all.

Come seven o'clock the wine was opened and Wilf followed a glass wielding 'font' into the kitchen. For the next two hours he sat patiently in the middle of the floor watching dinner being prepared. Wide eyes moved first this way then that as ingredients were brought out of the fridge, packets opened, seasoning measured and gas rings turned on and off. Everything was of interest. Last night a special treat was in store. Monsieur Bay and his band of septaguenarian hunters had somehow stumbled across a truffle on one of their expeditions . It wasn't a big truffle, nor a particularly marketable one, in fact it was decidedly mangy, but it was a truffle and very gratefully received. As 'the font' sliced it into tiny slivers Wilf suddenly came completely alive. He closed his eyes, inhaled deeply, threw his head back and let his tongue prescribe a 360 degree muzzle lick. Ecstasy.

I've heard of truffle hunting dogs but we've now developed a truffle eating one. Kibbles, tagliatelli and truffle shavings. Happy cook, happy dog, happy night.

41 comments:

  1. No wonder Wilf was happy with a dinner like that! We're very happy to hear that the medicine has bought Wilf a little extra time - enjoy every precious moment ....

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  2. Happy reader...

    So glad to read Wilf is still able to enjoy and get the maximum out of life. Long may it continue!

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  3. Happy days! What wonderful news to greet us today. I am so happy we are dancing here!
    Our love to Wilf and to the awesome cook the font.

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  4. Perhaps Wilf will unearth a truffle on one of his walks. 'See you in ten days' sounds promising!

    XXXOOO Daisy, kendra & Bella

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  5. Darn it, I'm starving now. and it's only 9:30 am.

    Love those shots of him. I can feel the wind through his coat from here.

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  6. Oh this is lovely to read Wilf had a good trip to the Vet.

    We love the top photo of Wilf with his "stuffie"

    Molly, Taffy and MOnty

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  7. I am so happy with those good news from the vet sweet Wilf. I said you rock, and yes you do. Have a wonderful day beloved boy.

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  8. So glad for the good news. I know you will all take the max of these 10 days.
    Are you going to write a Wilf's recipes book?
    I too am starving now :-)

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  9. Happy indeed Angus!! And how thoughtful of Monsieur Bay.

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  10. What a wonderful post, Wilf sure is a very special guy please give him a huge hug from us here

    Love
    Momma Tea
    xx xx

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  11. so glad you have a glimmer of good news....truffles...mmmm...lucky you and wilf!!

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  12. Oh, my goodness! I have never eaten a truffle! It's no wonder Wilf has the will to keep going after all that amazing food he's eating. I absolutely love how happy he looks in today's pictures! If only you could have caught that tongue lick!

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  13. This is great news, Angus!!!...may each and every day be painfree and full of the wonders of life.
    Lotsaluv
    MAXMOM AND THE GANG IN SOUTH AFRICA

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  14. We are so happy that Wilf had a good visit with the Vet & that he is loving his special treats...

    We think about you everyday & send our love & prayers...

    Abby & her Mom xxxxxxoooooo

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  15. Happiness all around...doing the happy dance !!
    (well, as much as a 15 yr old can )
    Zach

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  16. So glad to hear Wilf is still enjoying being Wilf. I hope there is plenty of turkey and gravy on the menu for him.

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  17. Excellent news from the specialist! Fight on, Wilfee!

    For once we were on parallel culinary paths last night. While no one recovered a truffle, mangy or otherwise, on the streets of the West Village, we too had taglitelle with a white truffle butter and cream sauce. And after dinner, a blessed out Petey got to lick the plate clean!

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  18. WOWZA! Wilf, truffles? That is pretty high falootin' stuff fur a doggie! You sure are gettin' spoiled. Our momma is droolin' over the thought of a truffle!

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  19. I love the third photo of Wilf with his fur windblown and green fields behind him. He looks like a happy and completely loved dog.

    Such encouraging words from the specialist. I know that you'll make the most of each day.

    Truffles! My mushroom eating dogs are drooling! Many people have suggested that we train them to find truffles. No way - I'm not doing anything to encourage their mushroom habits!

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  20. Vilfee, that big black nose is now a truffle-snout? Mon Dieu!!

    What a wonderful evening you all enjoyed :-)

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  21. I echo Pamela - I'm a very happy Reader today to hear all this.

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  22. good news all around. we're so happy that Wilf is doing well and living the good life. he's such a cutie!

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  23. Wonderful news from the vet, a reprieve of sorts. Truffles you go for it Wilf !!

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  24. Happy post! :)

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle and Tony

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  25. Oh wow! Truffles! Those are really yummy, Wilf. We are happy to hear good news about you. We send you hugs and kisses and we look forward to your next meal!

    Hang in there, buddy!

    Love,
    Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai & Wai-Max

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  26. Good news. I think you are doing things right. Take each day as a gift and enjoy to the max!

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  27. I am so very happy for you, your family and Wilf!
    What good news from the vet. Carolyn in NC

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  28. It's great to hear that Wilf is enjoying life to the full. I wonder if he wonders why his dinners are so good. Long may he sniff the truffles of life.

    (I hope my own demise is the same, painfree, full of truffles, love and ice-cream and surrounded by devoted friends. I hope.)

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  29. Thanks for the great news! Oh, I can just see Wilf's ecstasy at the smell and taste of the truffle. Every day I look for him and his 'do of the moment. I so enjoy seeing that tousled head :).

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  30. A new header picture!

    I'm very happy to hear that the medicine has bought Wilf a little extra time. And the vet saying to come back in 10 days is very hopeful too!

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  31. Truffles??? I thought they were rooted out by large pigs?? Oh, EXCUS M WA...Wilfie, dear...I didn't mean to imply you were piglike, dear boy....

    We just caught up on your last several posts....
    we terriers are more than willing to come and guard against invisible intruders if needed, dear laddie if you need to rest...

    We are so happy you are able to give and receive joy in this your fourth week of Grace...

    Love you so much,

    Lacie et al!

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  32. How wonderful that at every stage of your journey, you are still finding new things to savor, Wilf. Living life to the fullest to the very end: what more could any of us want.

    Jed & Abby

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  33. Happy huskies,kitties and mom to read your post! Love the picture of Wilf with the stuffie toy..I love my toys too. Our mouths are watering hearing all the wonderful things you are sharing with Wilf. He is truly a blessed dog to have such wonderful pawrents. Hugs, kisses, prayers and healing energy to you all. Truffles--woooo hoooo!
    Skye, the Moondance Huskies, kitties and mom Joan

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  34. Great news for today and more time to savor.

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  35. Happy DAY!
    Oh I will cwoss my paws fow the pwomised tuwkey day, but the mostest impawtant is the evewyday that he is loving and enjoying wif evewy sense he has..I could just smell and taste the twuffle fwagwance on that pasta
    huwway fow Wilf
    smoochie kisses
    ASTA

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  36. Lots of purrs from a kitty friend.
    Mandu

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  37. so glad to hear that wilf had a good report at the specialist! i'm looking forward to seeing his reaction at a thanksgiving dinner. :)

    the booker man and asa's mama

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