"It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." A.Holmes

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Just An Old Dog

Just an old dog following me around as I tend my flocks and gardens . My Beatrix loves me so much. She is an old dog now and has always lived here. Beatrix was born here at Cedar Pond in our kitchen, as was her sister Willow who is older than Beatrix. Beatrix and Willow are easy dogs to have around and because of that I sometimes forget what amazing dogs they are. Right now Beatrix is snoring as she sleeps at my feet but if I were to move from this chair she'd be up and ready to follow me even if her aching bones protest.

I remind myself that my dogs live to follow me around and please me. Their life is short compared to ours and it is so easy to make them happy. They want my praise. A nod and a pat and simply saying "good girl, I love you " to my dogs causes ecstatic tail-wagging and happiness . Food treats I give my dogs are a bonus , but I can tell when I feed them and walk away while they're eating and my dogs leave their dish of food still half full to follow me, it is me they desire most. I am humbled.

17 comments:

Mildred said...

Such a sweet picture. Nothing like the love and devotion of a dog. We sure miss Harriet. We are just now (8 mos) "thinking" of adopting another rescue.

Deb said...

Hi Kathy - Such a nice photo of your dog.I can't say Kane would leave his dinner to follow me, lol, but he does love us unconditionally. It is hard to see them grow old as they do not live long enough for me but I am thankful for our time together.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a sweet old dog Beatrix is. Love and joy for both of you for each other and with Willow too.

Happy November ~ FlowerLady

LeeAnn at Mrs Black's said...

A beautiful post. I love old animals, they seem to show a dignity and age gracefully and nobly. Your gratitude for their love is lovely. x

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Dogs certainly live up to their name of faithful friend Kathy and how nice it is to have two that were born in your kitchen.
I'm struggling with my old boy right now as he's started to have seizures and the medication is causing unpleasant side effects which should even out in another week or so. Our furbabies are by our side when we're feeling low and I keep reassuring Topaz how special he still is.

Daisy said...

It's amazing how devoted and loyal our dogs are to us. They ask for so little and give so much in return.

Stella Jones said...

That's lovely Kathy. I think that dogs make us better people!

Nib's End said...

As I was reading this post, I kept thinking that is the kind of faithful I want to be toward my Master until my last moment on earth. Dogs are such a good example of that.

joanne said...

Your sweet dogs remind me of my own. He just wants to be with me wherever that may be, he asks for nothing more but to be loved and fed and kept safe. Isn't that all we really want? I have often thought that I will never, in this life, be loved in the same way as that I am by my dog. Have a good week my friend.

Theresa said...

So sweet:) I know that you enjoy having loyal dogs, always by your side! Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

Debbie said...

Your post was so lovely it made me cry. Our Aussie Beau turned 11 this year. He has a slight limp now, and when we play with his beloved frisbee he chooses to lie down after a few fetches. He look rather apologetic, but I tell him "it's ok". His faithfulness amazes me, as does his intellect. He was there to see me through 2 daughters' weddings, empty nest and some other not too fun experiences. He just lays his head on my knee and studies me. :D My companion and friend. I thank God for Beau.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Dogs are faithful friends, I know. We always had dogs when I was growing up. My sons have dogs and they both bring a lot of joy in the home.

I just thought I would let you know that your posting last week about Prudence has been featured this week at my No Place Like Home party. Have a beautiful day, Kathy.

Autumn blessings,
Sandi

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I got a little lump in my throat reading your post, Kathy. Dogs are the sweetest, most loyal friends there are. Lovely photo of your dear old Beatrix. Mine are sleeping at my feet right now while my hubby is out of town :) x Karen

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a very sweet post. And I agree with Nib's End's comment.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Kathy, a good dog can humble a wise person; one who sees the similarities between a dog and a human and a human and God. There have been many dogs at Thistle Cove Farm; there are only two now but, like Beatrix, they live to love me. It's a joy and privilege to tend to their old bones.

Deanna said...

Sweet pets to adore and be loved back.
You are so blessed,
d

LesleyAnn said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. My dog, Samson, was exactly that loyal and loving. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on November 5, 2015 at the age of 12 years. I'm still not "over it" and am not sure I ever will be. He took a part of me when he left.

I hope Beatrix and all your furry babies lives long and healthy lives.