Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mischief undimmed .

Life with an old blind diabetic dog is rather like life with a toddler . Rule #1 : Wherever you go he goes . Rule #2 : Always remember to allow an hour and a half between pitstops .

We've now got into a routine where every afternoon , when its not raining, thirty minutes is set aside to take Wilf somewhere new and different for a walk . Although he can't see anything the opportunity to discover fresh scents and smells keeps him busy and his mind occupied . Yesterday he was lifted into the back of the car and driven five hundred yards to the old farmers vineyard . For a full forty five minutes he wandered down the rows of vines head down , remaining nostril working overtime . The onset of selective deafness when called to get back in the car . It's good to see him like this . Aches and pains forgotten , mischief in play again . Finally home he settled down on my gardening shoes and slept , immovable , for an hour . Happy exhaustion.

Into the local market town with Wilf and ' the font ' to do some shopping . In the small kitchen store a display of rather stylish etched glass bowls. . The owner of the store seemed surprised , and then disbelieving, when the ' font ' points out they were made in England by the Emma Bridgewater company . Style and English apparently incompatible .


  1. What a wonderfully happy image you've given me of Wilf sniffing his way through the vineyards!

  2. Why is it that selective deafness is a trait treated with tolerance in an older dog, but strongly disapproved of in a young one?
    It's not fair.
    Toodle pip!

  3. Wilf is still enjoying a quality life!

    XXXOOO Daisy, kendra & Bella

  4. Good morning from Eurodog.
    Mais enfin, Angus! How can beautiful glassware not be French!

  5. Happy exhaustion from whatever you've been doing is the best way to end any day!

  6. We love Emma Bridgewater, it is one of our all time fave designs, and all our dinner plates are hers.

    Mr Wilfie, you enjoy all of your little trips.

    Julie and Poppy Q

  7. Happy Wonderdog Wilf and family - wishing you a great "smelly" day - love and bacetti sul nasino per l'orsachiotto piu bello - Susanne, Daisy and Foxiie

  8. what a joyous post!
    two of my favorite type photos of wilfee...
    that little paw raised in a walk and the laugh of happiness on his face... and the sight of him totally relaxed with his nose near your shoes. heaven!
    give him a special wee hug from me. he'll know!
    tammy j
    ps... i love your new routine. we all need to sniff out new places!

  9. I immediately oooed and aahed over that etched glassware!

    I love hearing that Wilf has such great outings, and enjoys them so much. I learned earlier this year with Morgan that it's not enough to just wear her out physically, we have to exercise her Shepherd brain, too! It makes for much better rest for all when we get home!

  10. It warms my heart to hear of your afternoon outings with Wilf. He is so well loved and so happy about it.

  11. I am consistently amazed at that canine sense of smell. It trumps all the others by far.

  12. Another rule that sounds like living with a toddler, selective deafness!!! :) Wilf sounds like he had a wonderful, scentful day! Keep on going Wilf!

    Love your once again snowy Canadian pals,
    Dianna along with Tor (who is loving this weather), Willow and Tucker

  13. Before going to bed, i need to say, bonne nuit Wilfee !

  14. Nothing like the odor of old shoes to serve as a dessert to that smorgasbord of scents in the vineyard. No wonder Wilf was so content!

    And after the year 1066, there's always been a bit of French style in English design. :)

  15. wilf
    I can pictoowe you , nose to the gwound delighting in all those wondewful smells
    I'm so glad you awe getting all these outings..hyou have a wondewful family
    smoochie kisses

  16. Wonderful pictures. Wilf has a great family. Thanks again for sharing.

  17. What thoughtful planning to give Wilf pleasant outings and a well-earned rest afterwards.

    Can't tell whether the fruit is real or fake, but France either has the biggest strawberries or the smallest citrus we've ever seen. We're guessing it's fake fruit; no one in their right mind would put citrus fruit on top of strawberries. On the other hand, it all looks luscious.

    Jed & Abby

  18. EB loves her labels...maybe she should try them in French?