Thursday, October 21, 2010

Unrecorded treasures.

In the small hours I find him pacing round and round and round the circular table in the dressing room. As soon as he sees me he trots over for a tickle and a chat and is soon sound and contentedly asleep in his bed. Confusion or a side effect of the Cortisone ?

One of those timelessly quiet days that wouldn't usually deserve a footnote in a diary. Sleeping longer than usual and wanting to walk and play less. Quickly and uncharacteristically ignoring the hoardes of workmen who have suddenly descended on the house to repair the hole in the roof and the larger of the myriad cracks in the walls. In the late afternoon an hours walk, off his lead, across the fields and through the walnut groves. A red and gold carpet of leaves to be rolled in, pounced on and shuffled through. Completely lost to us in a world of simple enjoyment. Scents, perfumes, sights and memories ; stumpy tail wagging twenty to the dozen.

That tender, priceless joy all dog owners share when he would look up, find we'd gone on ahead, and then come charging after us with a ' Hold on a minute - Where do you think you're going ?' look - canine forbearance. A bark at the post lady in her little yellow van . In the evening pure delight when he gets a little pork with his rice and kibbles. Finally asleep, across my feet, while I read in the drawing room. Transferred warmth .

A happy, happy day full of laughter and love. When you know the destination such simple moments become treasures.


  1. I hope you're able to capture some of these days on video. The ones I have are almost always good for a smile.

  2. Savour each moment.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  3. we think you nailed it when you wrote the words 'transferred love' - unconditional love is the most precious thing dogs seem to be so easy in giving it... the warmth is what we miss.

  4. And readers thereof. I'm remembering a day just about a year ago when my girl alerted her younger brothers to the presence of an intruder; and then engaged everyone, myself included, in the important sport of ridding the property of an unwanted coyote. Brilliant!

  5. In that first photo he looks like "Oh shoot another bad hair day!" too cute.

    sending you warm woos for Wilf's continued carefree days.

  6. i am always caught between whether it is better to know the outcome or bathe in ignorance of the future....that first photo of wilf is just brilliant...xx

  7. Have a beautiful day sweet boy. Cuddles to you.

  8. Thinking of you all, and sending our love and woofs to Wilf.

  9. I'm glad he's getting these moments and that you are, too. It's too bad that it takes knowing time is short to truly appreciate every moment, but that's just natural. Although I think, going by this blog, you've been appreciating them more than most all along.

    lotsa licks and love, Lola

  10. Cancer offers us the best of times, the worst of times. Time to gently, slowly say our goodbyes and to treasure every moment. And in later years to look back with love. Thinking of you all constantly. Sue

  11. Wilf is a treasure. :)

    Blessings and Love,
    Janelle and Maggie Mae

  12. Angus, I know the apprehension you may feel at the start of the day, and the toast you make at the end of it when it has been one that you will always treasure! I hope this day is equally memorable and enjoyable!!

  13. The best comfort you can give Wilf is your love, something he already knows he has, unconditionally. Just imagine what your life and his would have been like if you had not crossed paths! Our destinations are mapped out, it is the journey there that is important.

  14. Oh 11, is it?

    Yes, we become tranfixed in time...our senses are primed to each millisecond - as we absorb every remaining moonbeam!
    I understand this'here where we appreciate our most tender lessons...Carpe Diem!

    Sending love and warmth and hugs to Wilf

  15. We echo Maggie Mae: blessings and love.


  16. Transferred warmth indeed.
    Thinking of you, Angus.

  17. Love, laughter, and warmth - I'm glad that you are absorbing every nuance of these wonderful days together.

    That first photo is priceless. What a look!

  18. What a beautiful day. Wilf's destination is no different than any of us. The blessing is that he doesn't know and the curse is that we do know.

  19. I LOVE that expression on Wilf's face in the first picture! What a clown he is!

    I don't know about cortizone specifically, but I've been on prednisone and it does make you feel like you could fly to the moon and back, so he may be feeling like he just has bursts of extra energy.

  20. We treasure you, Wilf! We are thankful for the happy day you are having. Another day of grace and we pray for more. Your first photo is such a cutie and your smile brings warmth to us.

    We love you!

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

  21. it's always the destination and all of those moments are treasures. thank you for that reminder.

    we are keeping you in our thoughts.

  22. "When you know the destination such simple moments become treasures". What a fabulous quote!
    Maggie Mae is right - Wilf is a treasure!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  23. We have been away from blogland and have only just read about dear Wilf. We are so sorry. Your time with him is so precious.

    the Leuradales

  24. "When you know the destination, such simple moments become treasures."

    ^^^ So true! Sadly, it seems we don't usually truly appreciate something until it's either gone or going.

    I love that top picture, those eyes say it all!

    I think of you all often and continue to keep Wilf in my prayers.

  25. Presuming his medication levels are in line and he is not distressed by his confusion , just go with it. . Confusion doesn't mean unhappiness in any way.

    We haven't been lurking for long and wonder why we always find the sweetness so late.

  26. Hey there Wilfie: I love your picture at the top, what were you telling Angus or the Font?
    So, you're walking in circles and getting up in the middle of the nite and napping more? Sounds just like me..I love to walk in circles and I always get up in the middle of the night--well, almost always. Moms say it because I'm OLD..ha, just do it to keep them on their toes !!! Pork, rice and kibble, yum..I'll share my sweet potato with you !!!
    Thinking of you daily.

  27. Enjoy those special moments and capture as much as you can on video and in photos. Cherish your time together.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  28. another wonderful day with wilf to treasure!
    i have such a vivid picture in my mind of him bounding through the fall leaves with reckless abandon!
    transferred warmth -- one of my favorite things about being a dog owner. :)
    blessings and love to you all.

    the booker man and asa's mama

  29. You are in our thoughts ...

    love from us all
    Clive and Murray

  30. His stories are treasures to all of us readers here too. Thank you for sharing your moments with dear Wilf with us.

  31. And through your words, you make them treasures for us. Thank you so much for sharing these VerySpecialTimes.

    Jake and Fergi and Family

  32. Take lots of pictures - of everything and everywhere. Make sure you get some with you and him together. I cheerish the last photos I have with Cisco.


  33. I will have to go home from work tonight and hug my dogs. Ypu have reminded me that our lives together are much too brief!

    My thoughts are with Wilf, the Font and you.