And now the Wilf the PON blog comes to an end.
A special thank you to all those who commented yesterday . The dog blog world is a place of great kindness and high civility.
Madame Bay arrives to say goodbye to Wilf. She's just too late. The vet is getting into his car as she comes through the gate. Our old housekeeper informs us, eyes brimming with tears, that she suffers from allergies. '' Very bad allergies ". We agree that the pollen count is very high this year. Dabbing her eyes Madame Bay says adieu to 'her boy', tousles his head one last time and quickly leaves.
At the cafe under the arcades the waitress asks after Wilf. When I tell her there's no more need for a half croissant she too bursts into tears. Seeing her rush tearfully inside a Dutch couple at a table by the window glare at me as if I'm some sort of monster .
In the afternoon one of the young vets stops by with some flowers and a card. On it a quote addressed to the PONs : " We are not saints but we have kept our appointment . How many people can say as much ? ". A sweet thought and a fine epitaph.
The family fellow finally sleeping next to his brother on top of the ridge. The old floor tiles from the barn laid above him. Last night a huge lightning storm. As the thunder roars and the rain pelts down ' the font ' turns to me and says " Wilfs warm and safe".
This morning a trip to the vets with a case of champagne. Without their kindness this blog would have run a shorter course.
Now we have family and friends to see. France to explore . A trip to Maine and Nantucket next month. Then to India. A school for blind girls and a saintly woman who runs a home for stray dogs in Delhi. Maybe California in the early fall. A Cost Centre graduation. A full house through the summer . Then, perhaps next Spring,two more PON brothers ?
We'll carry on blogging, less frequently and on different subjects at a new blog www.thericketyoldfarmhouse.blogspot.com
And so , with thanks and best wishes to all who've followed Wilf through his ups and downs, farewell .