Indulge me a little
As I talk about love and dogs.
(This is an old photo – but one of my favourites.)
Oscar, our dog, came to us
When he was four and a half.
He has taught us so much
About love and companionship.
(My son took this picture of Oscar, 11.5, and me.)
Ruby, 5, is our foster dog and has been with us since December.
She was mated and grew larger and larger.
Towards the end of her pregnancy, she didn’t go far
But loved the coolness of the late evening light.
We thought she might have three or four pups inside her (like the first litter of pups she had last year),
But she surprised us all by giving birth to eight healthy puppies.
This is a photo the breeder sent me on the same day as the birth.
I’d say love conquers all, wouldn’t you?
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May is the time of birdsong and golden light.
A visitor dropped by – flew straight into the kitchen
And demanded coffee with a merry song.
As the sun sets later and later,
Its golden light paints everything
With honeyed tones
And is the perfect background
For a friend’s dog shaking herself dry
After an evening dip.
As for Oscar — he loves contemplating
A May sunset …
But no prizes for guessing
What he did next.
Yes – he went for a swim. After all, who could resist?
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Synchronized diving …
Oscar and Ruby show how it’s done!
Little note: I won’t be able to reply to your comments, but I do cherish each and every one of them!
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Dogs can teach us many lessons in life:
Test new waters – don’t be afraid to try new things,
Love unconditionally and be yourself,
Always always live each moment to its fullest
And don’t be afraid of silliness (it’s fun)!
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New Year’s Eve: so mild that it was warm enough for swimming
In the pink sunset.
Reminding me that it’s always good to jump into the waters of wonder.
Because once you’ve experienced new things, your mind can never go back to its old dimensions.
Only then can you really appreciate the true beauty
Of the setting sun.
For more wonders, please visit: Skywatch.
My friend Eileen has a new meme called Saturday Critters - so go visit!
Out with the old and in with the new?
Yes, out with old worries, grudges and bad habits
As long as you’re not replacing them with new ones.
As for us, we have something new for the New Year –
Meet Ruby, Oscar’s great-granddaughter.
We’re fostering her for a few months before she’s due to go off to the breeders again for another litter of puppies.
As for the old –
Well, Oscar makes life golden with his sweet, white face
And humour and grace.
He doesn’t really have white hair – these are his wisdom highlights!
Wishing you all a new year filled with light, strength, beauty, good health and laughter.
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Please indulge me as I carry on with Oscar’s birthday tribute:
He turned 11 at the weekend, which is a good age for a dog his size.
Whatever he does, he does wholeheartedly –
Seizing the moment
And filling it with joy.
A lesson we could all learn from.
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To celebrate Oscar’s 11th birthday,
I’m showing some classic summer sunsets over our lake
Decorated, of course, with an extra big helping
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The cooler weather has given Oscar a new lease of life.
He’s always ready to play a game of ball…
Look at those ears flapping in the autumn sunshine –
“We have lift off!” they seem to be saying.
Another fun game is hiding in the leaves
And hoping I won’t be able to find him.
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(We’ll be out in the autumn sun, so please excuse me if I don’t get around to visiting you all this weekend.)
If you follow a double rainbow to the very end –
You might be lucky enough to find that pot of gold!
I’m still away in England. Back next week!
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As the sun sets
Trailing behind a scarf reflected in the water –
Breathe in and out.
And pay attention to the those small golden moments.
If there is something Oscar has taught me, it is this:
The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention to the small details of life.
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Summer is short and the sun calling my name, so linking up to: Camera Critters.
There’s nowhere better to be
Than on the ranch on a hot summer’s day.
My hot dog, Oscar, and I can just hang out
And friends are always willing to give him a hug.
You can meet beautiful horses
Not afraid to roll in the mud
And, best of all, children can find
Good friends willing to share
The same hairstyle
And the same intense look of friendship.
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Summer is here with its sun, its rain
And its beauty.
Time to enjoy the present, be outside more
And smell the flowers.
(This means I might not be able to visit you at the weekend.
But, as always, your warmth and comments are always much appreciated.)
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Is there a more delightful sight
Than a happy dog
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Everyone should have a loyal friend –
With or without wispy ears –
To share a sunset with.
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The lake is now water
And the cold spring is just waiting to burst into flower and warmth (sometime soon, I hope).
But before that, I wanted to post one of my favourite photos from this winter.
The purple sunset over the iced over lake
And Oscar looking majestic.
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It’s still cold here
And there’s ice on the lake.
But Oscar took me for a walk
To find the first tentative signs
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I’m fighting a heavy cold so please excuse me if I don’t get round to visiting you.
As winter slowly slowly melts away…
It’s good to look back and see it was a good year for snow noses –
And snow moustaches.
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You never know what might be waiting for you
Over the brow of that hill you’re struggling to climb;
(Can you see Oscar waiting for me?)
Or what small delights await
Around the corner.
Please forgive me if I don’t get around to visiting you this weekend.
We’re having problems with the Internet, which makes it incredibly slow and painful to visit blogs at the moment.
In the meantime, pay a visit to: Camera Critters.
You’ve heard of pink elephants, haven’t you?
Let me introduce you to Oscar,
The pink dog!
This was taken during a very pink sunrise early one morning
When my world was … well…
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Life doesn’t get much better than this:
Freezing mornings with glitter and diamonds;
A good long walk in the thick snow
And plenty of play and smiles.
No one snows this better than Oscar.
(OK – I know I’m on thin ice here, so snow more puns!)
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Oscar may be over ten years old now,
But he never loses his joy for life –
And teaches me so much
About just living in the moment.
The only sign of spring around here
Is the spring in our steps
As we rush out to play in the snow.
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Silence falls as the snow does –
Turning the world into a peaceful place
And the lake into a snowy desert.
My dog, Oscar, is like a camel of this desert:
At one with the environment
And never too tired to enjoy the weather.
And just in case you forgot what the jetty really looks like when the snow melts,
here’s a picture from September
When we went balloon hunting!
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Please do not disturb…
I’m busy enjoying winter.
Let us love winter,
for it is the spring of genius.
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