Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sausages ?

The rickety old farmhouse is divided in two by a corridor sixty feet long and twelve feet wide. In the old days the area where wood would be stored and the business of the day transacted. Now a place where Wilf can rug surf across the shiney old floor tiles to his hearts delight. Last night he was at his comedic best. He has perfected a routine where he walks, head held insouciantly high, to the end of the corridor . Then in a flash he turns, head down and charges at full speed for forty feet before leaping, full force, onto a rug . Wilf and rug then go sailing past in best surfer dude fashion. The look on his face is priceless. 'Bet you weren't expecting that !'. " Maybe not the first twenty times " we reply.

To the vets for some more Cortisone. A slight misunderstanding about the purpose of our visit. " I'll drive out and be with you in half an hour " he says. A smile and a gallic shrug of the shoulders when I explain that all we need is some more of this marvellous life affirming medication. Time enough for him to make that special house call later - hopefully much later.

Pasta for dinner and roast chicken for lunch. The bowl licked, spotlessly, clean. Another day of long walks. Five of them yesterday. In the afternoon he heads out, yours truly in tow, to a lane we've often walked past but never been down before. He ploughs on determined to use the time that's left to explore new sights and places. Boundless energy and a new found zest for life. A burning desire to just see over the brow of that hill or round that next corner.

Day 5. We're already 66% over the initial three days alloted to us. Man proposes, God disposes. Wilf's happy and mercifully pain free. There's no greater gift. Tonight the village is having a party on the petanque court. In readiness a mobile discotheque has already appeared . Wilf christened each of its tyres on his first walk of the new day. Fun and frolics are in store. If Madame Bay is in the kitchen there may be sausages.

Amazing. A year ago to the day since we left Italy.


  1. How amazing, this late burst of energy. Wishing Wilf all the sausages he can eat!
    Cheers, Gail and Bertie.

  2. Your fluffy face greets me with your big big smile. Aha... a new wubba i see. A sure promise of a wonderful day ahead.
    You made my day dear Wilf... smiles are free but yours are priceless.

  3. Enjoy this day and sausages and walks sweet Wilf, i love you so much since i discover you 3 days ago.

  4. I will count each and every "Day of Grace" with you!!!
    I don't think you saw my 'Live Strong' post? might find it interesting..perhaps uplifting (I hope so!)
    Sending lotsaluv
    ps...If this is a repeat comment, please forgive me...blogger playing up!

  5. Hello Wilf!

    That sound like a fun ride on the surf rug! We should try to learn that some time. Keep the energy and enjoy to your heart's content. We are here for you and for the moments of blessings.

    LiveStrong and we are here to aid you with our prayers and love. All the piappies have our paws crossed for you.

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

  6. Clowning about is what us PONS do best,isn't that right Wilfy!
    I 'bottom surf' down our hallway (especially after the postman)
    I am sure Madame Bay will some have garlic sausages for you Wilf.
    Have a great day.
    Furry Pon bottom wiggles
    ROO xx

  7. You've adapted my motto Wilf -- " everyone's happy to see me and there may be sausages!"

    Your pal,


  8. PON doggies don't seem to do what the Vet expects of them. That's a great thing. And Wilf being pain-free and thoroughly enjoying these days, however many of them there may be, is the absolute greatest.

    lotsa licks, Lola

  9. You have such a gift for description. So pleased Wilf is pain free, receiving culinary delights, and still surfing his heart out too. Holding you close in our thoughts. Thanks for the morning smile.

    Yankee Gal

  10. What a perfect set up for Wilf to catch the wave! With his 'long-haired' coat, maybe he really was a surfer-dude in another life! :-))

    Today is a day for both of us to reminisce--We bought our house 3 years ago today.

  11. Another day, another gift. :) Thank you for allowing us to come along with you and Wilf.

    Love and Blessings to all,
    Janelle and Maggie Mae

  12. Someone forgot to tell Wilf about the time schedule - enjoy every day as a special gift.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  13. So please Wilf is making every second count and enjoy each and every one of them. Our Pets never cease to amaze me even when we hear the worst they just look up at us and proceed to foozle those predictions.
    Much love to Wilf, you and the font you are all in our thoughts and prayers
    with love
    Mollys Momma Tea
    xx xx

  14. Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry to hear this news. I'm not sure if your familiar with my big love (from early days of blogging), my big red dog Jake who had the same (I think) hemangiosarcoma - bleeding cancer.

    We're all so happy that Wilf is having lots of good days, long walks, sausages and tons of love, much of it sent from far away places. It continually astounds me how much love I feel for each dog that I share my life and home with. It frightens me and it also lifts me up, way up ...

    Winnie D sends Wilf many sweet dog kisses
    xo Susan

  15. a ps. something I just remembered

    the first time Jake had these horrible spells was in April. Suddenly and completely out of no where it seemed he was a very sick dog. I remember that horrible weekend we were at the vets Saturday, Sunday and again on Monday when finally I was told he likely had a week or so to live. We arrived home with Prednisone, hope & prayers.

    He got better, he got better !!! and we didn't say our goodbyes until the end of January the following year. That 1 week turned into 9 glorious months of a happy, healthy, hungry his old goofy self dog. Hoping & praying for you & Wilf

  16. You have just made my day!! Sending Wilf some good ole scritches!!

  17. So thrilled at another carefree day for Wilf.

    Your description of rug surfing is priceless! I think that Wilf should teach this technique to my dogs all around the world. At my house, we have expanses of hardwood floors that would be perfect for it - and I can visualize R surfing in style.

    I love your description of Wilf thinking that he surprised you with his "surfer dude" routine :)

  18. Hi. I am so sorry for the difficult times you are going through. I wish there was something I could do to help. I hope you still have many good days left with Wilf.

    One of my PONs was diagnosed with serious illness autumn 2009. She had multiple problems. She was put on heavy medications, no need to care about the long-term effects anymore. She got the best year of her life. And she is still here with us, happy and seems to not suffer. I consider every day we have together as "extra time".

    I hope you will have lots of that extra time, too. You are in my mind.

    Majka, Finland

  19. Wilf and Maxdog have a great deal to teach to the medical profession - for humans and canines! Often science does not take into account the life-force within all of us.

    My prayer is that Wilf lives his life to the absolute fullest and that no call needs to be made - that he makes his way to Heaven in the middle of a wonderful dream with his little feet wriggling and little barks coming from his lips as he sees his brother, Digby, in the distance and begins to run at top speed to play once again.

  20. Sending blessings for more happy days with your puppy-boy. What a joy Wilf is and what a lot you have learned from him.

  21. I like Wilf's diet! Yummy food! Bon Appetit and enjoy the surf conditions! xo

  22. Oh dear, Angus so sorry to read the last few comments - Poor Wilf, it's so unfair. Sue x

  23. woofs, came in here this morning expecting the worse, but found wonderful news...what was it Maxdog's mom use to call it..Days of Grace...mayb Wilf with have lots and lots of days of grace...i hope so, and the pups have their paws crossed..

    b safe,
    ~rocky n mama

  24. I see Wilf is doing things in his own fashion again! I'm so glad to see it. I look forward to his fuzzy little smiling face every morning!

    Sounds like Wilfee has his own plans! Perhaps he's just determined to finish his bucket list before he goes. Whatever it is, it warms my heart to see him doing what makes him happy!

  25. Wilfy: can you teach me to rug surf? I'll be there on the next flight--if those French boys aren't on strike !!! When I was 4 the vets told moms that they'd be lucky if I saw 10...I'll be 15 next week and acting like I'm 10 these days. Lots of walks, sausages, cakes and people time !!!


  26. I wish Edward and I could join you two on a few of those walks. I know our boys would be fast friends. What is their fascination about tyres??
    Thinking of you all, Angus. So happy he's having so much fun!

  27. I am glad he is feeling better now! I hope for many more walks for you together!

  28. Rug surfing sounds like something we should include in our next Paw-Olympics -- Wilf has invented a unique sport. Lots of us have rugs. And a hall -- but need the professor to teach us how to play the game.

    Wirey love to you all,

    Joan and the Barkalots

  29. Wishing you all every blessing and good wish on this most unhappy of journeys. x

  30. ...heres hoping there are countless more surfing and sausage days wilfie!!

  31. Another GOOD day - thank you for sharing....

    Please if you can - would you share Wilf rug surfing?????


  32. Hang ten little surfer dude! The Alaskan pack will be thinking about you today on Petey's birthday hike.

  33. If only we could all live life following Wilf's example.

    Much love
    Jake and Fergi

  34. So wonderful that Wilf is enjoying each moment to the full. I hope he got to enjoy sausages for dinner too! I can't recall if you have ever posted photos of Wilf rug surfing, but I would love to see an old (or one taken this week) photo to see if the image of fur flying and the expression of joy on his face matces what I imagine when I read your words.

    Sending love to Wilf, for lots more pain free and happy time with his family,
    Riley's mum and Riley

  35. i'm encouraged that wilf has such a hearty appetite! i think he's eating better than i do. :)
    the last photo of wilf in the grass with the wubba is one to be framed for sure!

    the booker man and asa's mama

  36. Wilf, Angus and The Font,

    CARPE DIEM, there will be time enough for the rest later. We wish you joy for as long as the Fates will allow.

    You all are in our thoughts and prayers.
    BB and The Maman.

  37. Make sure you and Wilf enjoy every second of every minute or every hour of every day!

    Precious time together.

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  38. What I would give to see that rug surf. man... something special.

  39. we're happy to see Wilf happy and pain free. he looks good in those photos. he does know how to enjoy his life. we're keeping you in our thoughts.

  40. Delighted to read Wilf is playing and eating with such obvious enjoyment.

    Molly, Taffy and Monty

  41. Sounds pain, you go Wilf!! Good job
    Benny & Lily

  42. Cheers, Vilfy! We love to see your smiling face!

  43. My comment above about seeing action photos of Wilf rug surfing should have read "matches" - mum is all paws and no fingers when she types.


  44. Each day since the bad news, I hold my breath when I click on a new post. And each day I'm relieved Wilf's still with us!

    I've never met Wilf and will never have that honor or priviledge but I truly do love him.

    It's so good to know that he's enjoying every last bit of life left in him to the fullest! I hope he's able to continue to and to remain pain free.

  45. All sweetness and light, that beloved Wilf. You all remain in my prayers, for God's comfort and never ending grace. I have smiled a thousand times at his (& Digby's) treasured antics. I hold
    those memories in my heart forever.

  46. WILF enjoy each and everyday with an abundant amount of sausages, leaps and endless bounds. Me and Lala are crossing our paws for you to continue to have elated days pain free!!! LIVE STRONG our dear WILF!

    Hugs & smoochies! XOXO
    Hailey and Lala