Thursday, February 9, 2012

Into town.




Minus twelve at night. Minus six during the day. The snow turned to ice under cloudless blue skies .

Into the little market town in the big 4x4. ' The font ' carries a shopping list . Bottled water for the district nurse, diapers for the young mother , milk for the old widow, and chocolate for the very old farmer. A journey that usually takes ten minutes takes forever . The impassable ' S ' bend traversed at a stately five miles an hour . The Land Rover justifies it purchase price .

Wilf gets taken to the cafe under the arcades. The beer and absinthe crowd notable by their absence . Too cold for them to be out . The family fellow gratefully receives half a croissant.


A bad night with Wilf. Up and out every forty five minutes . This morning he's lying wrapped in a blanket, trembling constantly . The cold ? The absence of pain killers ? The inner mischief ? A journey with an old, blind, dog is all about change. Sometimes its painful. Sometimes its beautiful. But most of the time it's both . He though, never , ever, complains .

27 comments:

  1. Brrr....We might not be having a great summer here but glad I am not there. Mother Nature likes to remind us all who is in charge.

    and dear Wilf - I hope the trembling stops and he has a better night tonight.
    :)

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  2. Wilfster, we are hoping you have a better nights rest tonight. Sweet dreams my fluffy friend.

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  3. We see that the very old farmer has his nutritional priorities sorted out.
    But poor Wilfy. I hope it's just the cold weather. Stay close to the fire dear chap, our thoughts are with you.
    PS We note that is currently 8ºC in Ullapool!

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  4. We hope Wilf has a better night tonight. Give him a hug from us.

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  5. Keep warm Wilf. We've never even had a -6 at night in winter. Glad you can get to the cafe.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & roxy

    Paws crossed for a better night, tonight.

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  6. Stay warm today Wlfie Pon. And..banishments to any inner mischiefs, they are not welcome! Perhaps a small dose of the pain killer today might be a little easing. Or even better another half croissant hey fluffy. Kisses on the nose and wishing you a comfortable day xxx

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  7. Maybe withdrawl symptoms from pain killers - what about stomach protection instead. So sorry for my favourite ice bear. Hope to have better news tomorrow - love from Susanne, Daisy, Foxiie and Kiri (distinct appetite for cables - especially for the hot air heating... so its a bit cooler until the electrician comes!)

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  8. Hope you have a better night Wilf :)

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  9. Thinking of you, Wilf, and hoping with all our might you will warm up and feel better. x

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  10. Aww, poor Wilf! Do you have a heating pad he could lay on while he's in his blanket? It might help ease those aches and pains. I know there are dog beds you can get now that are heated, but who knows how long that would take to find its way to your house. Stay warm and safe!

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  11. Hope Wilfee is better this afternoon. May did he get some cold with the snow.
    Keep warm sweety ! I send you all my love.

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  12. Wilf is always of an heroic nature; an example to us all..Hope he can snuggle up and keep warm..DBH

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  13. Sending as much love as will fit into our cyberspace channels.

    Joan

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  14. I'm praying it's just the cold and he'll warm up soon!

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  15. I will second the use of a heating pad on the tummy. It may give him some comfort and it won't hurt anything. We all love you, Wilfee,and would wish feeling better soon.

    Kisses,
    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

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  16. Hugs Wilf! Just keep keeping on!

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  17. Perhaps a blanket warmed up in the dryer will do the trick? We do that sometimes for Tucker after his haircuts, he trembles constant. Fingers crossed its just the cold! It can't be his 6 week mark already? Let's hope the sunshine warms instead of makes things slippery. Keep on going Wilf!

    With love from your Canadian pals,
    Dianna along with Tor, Willow and Tucker

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  18. oh i know he loves the snow. but i hope your cold, cold weather breaks soon.
    my heart is with you wilfee... as are all the others... keep on dear little fellow. keep on. we need you in our lives. you're such a courageous wee chap.
    and you, angus... well you are a wonderful man. i won't gush. but you are amazing. your patience and love are exemplary.
    cheers to the dearest three in frigid france profonde,

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  19. Hello Angus! Just as you've been sending good thoughts for Lucas, we're sending them back to you for Wilf. I hope whatever has caused his shivering has passed and all is well.

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  20. dear wilfee.....wrap up warm in your blanket and hope you feel better soon...angus and the font you must be the best,best friend a polar bear dog could wish for...x

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  21. Perhapse the weaning from the pain medications has been going too quickly. Maybe a dose so he can find comfort for sleep. Please given our special love. He is in our prayers.

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  22. I am keeping my fingers crossed that tonight it easier for Wilf.

    I am sending my best wishes,warm thoughts and hugs !

    Susan

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  23. I second everything Tammy J just said! Sending prayers for comfort and ease your way! Wishing for a restful night with lots of good, restorative sleep!

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  24. Aw, I wish that Wilf didn't have these bad spells. However, your last few sentences said it perfectly.

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  25. I hope Wilf is feeling better and warmer today. It's good to know you can get out if necessary. Take care Wilf and family.

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