Ruby’s previous owner trained her to jump up
On very tall rocks for treats. She seems to enjoy it.
Last week, the mornings were cold (minus temperatures)
But Ruby decided to break through the ice for a swim anyway.
She then scaled a tall rock
And decided to share a spring shower with me.
Once out of the water,
She started to steam in the cold air.
No matter how hard he tried,
Simson just wasn’t agile enough to jump onto the top of that tall tall rock!
In the meantime, Ruby remained at the top,
Enjoying the sunshine in majestic solitude.
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Today, I woke up to minus temperatures
A frosted blue sky,
And two furry posers down by the lake.
At last – a glorious dawn
Singing its golden promises
Of melting ice and beauty.
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Indulge me as I revel in the joy of dogs.
(This is our dear Oscar – gone but not forgotten.)
They know how to live life
So fully and happily and goofily
(Life is better with a bit of silliness in it and Simson is our little goofball.)
They know how to greet friends
With open paws and make them feel appreciated
(This is Alba, a friend’s dog.)
And they know that a smile and some snow
Is the best cosmetic in the world,
(Just like our Ruby).
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A little piece of Oscar was returned to us
In the shape of this furry boy – Simson, who is 16 months old.
He’s living with us for a while (hopefully, forever)
And is in constant motion.
(Long-time friends of this blog will know that I took lots of pictures of Oscar like this…)
When he does slow down,
He is adorably goofy.
(Picture taken with the anklebiters on his Christmas visit with us.)
Ruby enjoys his company –
In fact, I’d say that best friends stick together. (Excuse the pun!)
And when I asked them to pose and say cheese, I got this!
(Someone always closes their eyes just as the shutter clicks, don’t they?)
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It was a lovely day for a walk:
The rising sun cast a pink glow on the thousand-year-old rune stone.
Ruby enjoyed the wooden throne
Carved out of an old tree trunk.
Winter made berries luscious
With a sugar-coating of ice,
And turned a tarpaulin
Into a work of art.
Someone with a sense of humour
Wrote ‘sign’ on a snow-covered sign!
It was a lovely day for a walk —
And I think Ruby enjoyed it too.
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Maybe I’ve lived in Sweden for too long —
But that first ice on the lake always gets a shout of joy from me!
It’s fun to explore
And find icy eyelashes on leaves
And diamond-studded benches.
Later on that afternoon,
I found the heart of winter
In the purple of the setting sun.
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These are pictures of Ruby’s puppies when they were only five weeks’ old this August.
But I thought it would be nice to kick off 2015 with some doggie wisdom.
A smile is the best make-up in the world;
Appreciate the friends and family you have;
Life might throw us a bad hair day every now and then,
But it’s how we handle life’s challenges that matter;
And, finally, be kind to yourself.
Wishing you all a kind and compassionate new year!
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It was the end of October
And the frosted jetty floated in the rising sun.
A glowing Ruby
Was ready to play in the golden light.
The frost turned her breath
Into a white beard.
Grass crunched underfoot —
And the diamond-studded earth
Made a lovely canvas for a meeting with friends.
After all, happiness is a frosted dog!
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I found a jewel in the early morning mist.
(Ruby takes her role as model very seriously.)
To the right of the jetty,
A pink panorama opened up;
And to the left, an Impressionist painting
Of trees floating in the dawn.
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Many many thanks for all your wonderful messages of sympathy on Oscar’s passing. It has meant a lot to me.
This week I went down to Oscar’s favourite place, the jetty on our lake,
And threw some rose petals into the water as a way of honouring my furry friend.
Ruby, who is Oscar’s great-granddaughter, and who we have been fostering for the past nine months,
Decided to honour Oscar in his favourite activity: diving into the lake.
She carefully retrieved one of the roses
And placed it on the jetty.
We sat for a while
Enjoying the autumn scenery and good memories of Oscar.
I’d say that a part of him lives on in Ruby, who is now our own dog.
Be warned: you might see more pictures of wet (and dry) dogs here on my blog after all!
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