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September, Stew and Dog Stories

September is here ~ I’m delighted because it’s one of my favorite months!

I’m leaning in for:

  • A steady stream of sunny days
  • A significant drop in humidity (my hair approves!)
  • Stew simmering in the Crock pot
    • This morning the kitchen smells of savory meat, root vegetables and pepper
      • No fall candle can top that!
  • The start of College Football
  • Windows open, A/C off
  • Sweater weather returns
    • But we may need shorts & a hoodie in the same day!

Tracking Hurricane Dorian and scrolling through other news stories, this caught my attention:

When I was a girl, we ended up with a Pit Bull at our farm ~ one of Dad’s jockeys brought him to Canada from Louisiana, probably illegally.  He was skinny and jumpy, tied up all day in the city.   Brian brought him out in the spring when they broke horses and when he left, Butkus stayed.  Filled out. Bulked up.  He followed Dad everywhere ~ he snorted and  drooled and intimidated everyone who pulled into the farm yard.  But he was a big baby ~ a cuddle bear, he loved to play tug-o-war and lie on his back for belly scratches.   The irony of his ruff & tuff exterior was that it was two “safe” dog breeds – an idiot neighbor’s Labrador & Dalmatian, who got to him.  They fought, he lost; he crawled home where he died in my Dad’s arms.     #therearenobaddogs

Now, I don’t want to end this post with you upset and sad, so I offer you this —

Ha Ha!

  • Any dog stories to share?
  • What do you love about September?
  • Are you craving stew now?

 

 

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Random 5 Friday ~ TV dinners, road trips, community and common sense

Random Five Friday pic

It’s Friday and here are 5 random happenings and thoughts from this week:

1.  Hubbs and I talked about this a couple of days ago but who else remembers when TV dinners were good and something to look forward to?   I remember, on special occasions, Mom coming home from town with some of these.  Our excitement was palpable as we placed our foil trays into the oven and, later, peeled back the cover and attacked the fried chicken, potatoes, vegetables and little apple or cherry dessert.  It was even better if Mom and Dad were going out for the night and my cousin and I had an Elvis movie coming on at 8!   Haven’t had one of these in 35 years but I still smile at the memory.

tv dinner

Oh yes!

2.  Road trip Wednesday crossing three counties and at least 3 weather bands.  Several times I drove through freezing rain or flurries.  On my way to my last appointment, I rounded the bend on a country road, and spotted something odd.  It took me a few moments to realize what I was looking at: newly shorn sheep shivering in the snow.  (Say that seven times – ha!)

sheep-thumb

Dude! It’s way too early for us to be naked!! Google.images.com

3.  Stopping for gas yesterday morning, an older gentleman was filling his van up just ahead of me.  As the wind blew my hair sideways I looked up, his eyes met mine, I smiled and commented, “So much for Spring, hey?”  He laughed and replied, “I know, we just got home from Florida yesterday, and I told the wife next time we’re staying there!”  He chatted a bit more about their trip there and the snow on the ground at his home here and what a crazy year it’s been weather-wise.  He paid his tab, wished me a good day, and off he went.  And as I left the gas station, there he was at the next intersection, giving me a hearty wave good-bye.  I smiled, waved back, and gave thanks for living in a place where weather is always a safe topic and more people than not are friendly and nice.

4.  I’ve been out of the office a lot lately and something I’ve had reinforced again is a simple rule of business etiquette.  When I’m away, I put the “out of office” message on ~ I let internal employees know how to reach me and my team and external contacts know I am away until X time or date.  I do the same with voice mail.  This helps manage the influx of requests, keeps inquiries and tasks moving, and lessens the “Hi it’s so and so; call me back please” messages — simple, effective, and irritating when others don’t do it, too.   Yes I know we live in a 24/7 society and instant everything but there are times I’m in meetings or out of range.  I’m not a Fireman and managing expectations has become as important as meeting deadlines.

out-of-office

5.  Saw this recently and laughed out loud.  I’m pretty sure our dog Frankie would have answered to these names, too!

stop that dog

Do you remember having TV dinners on special occasions as a kid?  What’s the most interesting thing you’ve seen on a recent road trip?  Does it make you happy when random people comment on the weather to you?  What rules of business etiquette work for – or annoy – you?  And what other names do your pets answer to?

Happy Friday, peeps!

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Respect for the dimming

** update 10/22 .. thank you to you  –  my kind-hearted and fur-loving blogging friends – for your sweet words of encouragement and understanding.  Frankie had his appointment tonight and his Vet wants to try long-term pain meds and an antibiotic for his raw old skin.  He’s currently resting comfortably in his condo.  We shared a few tears, as she’s loved and cared for him since he was 9 weeks old. 

Her parting words to me were, “Remember .. they love more than us so they age faster than us.”     Frankie sends a smooch to all of you!

when both the boy and the dog were little

* * *

Frankie, our furry friend, is a Senior Citizen now.  He’s still hilarious, still loyal, and still sweet.  But he’s also a dog who moans more than he barks, sleeps more than he’s awake, and struggles to get up and around.

He still shows up at lunch-time, still greets us at the door, but, lately, we’ve seen a change in him.

A dimming.

Being a Lab-mix, he has always had skin issues; he’s worked “hot spots” so hard they were bleeding. Yesterday morning he lost control and left “presents” down the stairs.  He’s never done that, never had an accident in the house, even as a pup.

I always said that when his time came, that I’d know what to do.  When his time came, I’d not make him stick around just for us.  That we’d do the right thing by him, as hard as it would be to let him go.

It’s coming and I can feel it.

Frankie before he be-headed the monkey; Christmas 2010

We’re seeing the Vet on Monday. I hope and pray that she pats him on the head like she always has and tells me he’s looking good. But, somehow, somehow my heart doesn’t believe that’s the case this time.

 * * *

“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.”– Author Unknown

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Senor Doggus & the Vet

Frankie had his physical Monday night.

Old dog survived the traumatic two mile car trip to the Vet’s office, interactions with other jumpy, barky types, and being poked, prodded, and touched.

Here’s how it went down:

“Oh Frankie, you’re such a gentleman, if only all of our patients were as good as you,” said the Vet to our Rooney-eye-browed dog.

Andy Rooney: a striking similarity, eyebrows-wise; google images.com

Yes?

As expected, Frank took it all in stride.

In fact, his reactions to the Veterinary Inquiry are shown in italics below:

“He looks so good for his age, I can’t believe he will be 12 this year!”  Thank you; I’ve been doing downward-facing dog a lot lately. 😉

“He’s even lost weight!”  I’ve been walking with Mom every day. It’s nearly the best part of my day, ‘cept when the kid gets home from school. And lunch with Dad. I love lunch. Who doesn’t love lunch?

me and my boy; I can't believe he's about to Graduate!

“His ticker sounds so strong!”  Duh!! Walks with Mom every day. And if you visited my house you’d notice that the squirrels and I have an agreement; they stay on the fence or behind it. Grrr. 

“How does he do getting up and down all the stairs in your house?” Sometimes getting up onto my boy’s bed hurts a little, and, truth be told, I moan an awful lot.  But, more often than not, it’s a sigh.  It’s the the happy kind you make when your belly is full and your boy is near and the sun is streaming through the window. Sometimes I ache but I’ll never, ever complain.  Mom bought me a new bed recently, and it’s so big and fluffy, they call it the “Condo” because I can disappear in it. And I do.

Frankie's condo; it's the least an old dog deserves

“Let’s get him on some glucosamine, it will really help his joints feel better. And they’re liver flavored; dogs love them!”  Clearly we’ve just met; I’m not a typical dog: I don’t eat anything shaped like that without Peanut Butter or a little cheese.  Skippy and Sharp cheddar, that’s where it’s at.

“Flea and tick season is here; we’ll need to start him on that plus heartworm medicine, right?”   Great, more liver flavored stuff.   That’s OK, Mom will hide them in a peanut butter sandwich and I’ll play along. (It’s our secret.)  And when she puts that oily stuff on my shoulders, I’ll strut and channel Billy Idol.

Nice day for a White Wedding yeah! (google.images.com)

“His coat looks great! What are you feeding him?”  Pedigree.  You know … the food for dogs born without one?  Don’t forget chicken broth and a little pizza crust.  I’m pretty diversified, now that I think of it. Hey, is that a grill I smell?

“Have you ever thought of having his teeth cleaned?  We can do that, but you need to know it does involve anesthesia and such.”  My mom’s a farm girl. She loves me but I’m not seeing doggie dentures in my future.  Besides, that’s what Milk Bones are for. Speaking of, when’s lunch?

At least I don't have an overbite! google.images.com

And there you have it. A day in the life of old dog.  Traumatic two mile car ride and all.

I hope we have many, many more.

“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” — Unknown

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Ghost Dog

Ghost dog .. what’s your story?

  Why do you come so near?

Ghost dog, what’s your story?

What have you to fear?


You trod uphill and you stop in time

to sit and face my house.

You sniff the air, you look at me,

but still you won’t come close.


Ghost dog, what’s your story?

To whom do you belong?

We see your collar,

we see the belly,

we know you’re not alone.


Ghost dog, what’s your story?

Who do you come to see?

Spring and Winter, Summer and Fall

we find you close at hand.


Ghost dog .. what’s your story?

What can’t we understand?

Ghost Dog across the street; always near but never closer than this ... What's his story?

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on Joy

The funny thing about Joy is that you only really find it when you’re too busy having fun to go looking for it.

photo from tinywhitedaisies.tumblr.com

Today, I’m joyful because it’s Friday. It’s Friday and I have several projects to wrap up and then I get to skip out into the sunshine and enjoy the glorious “Indian Summer” weather we’re having.

I’m joyful because my office is closer to orchards than it is the mall.

I’m joyful because I have Honeycrisp apples in my house and on my desk.

I’m joyful because Autumn’s beauty is starting to emerge and boy is she spectacular!

I’m joyful because 15 years ago I declared that I wanted to live in the four seasons again, with a screen door, a dog and have the boys know our families better. And we do.

I’m joyful because tomorrow brings the Vision Board class I organized … for others but just as much for me.

I’m joyful because our Tigers won last night and, in our excitement, the person we immediately called was my 81 year old mother.  Why? Because we knew she’d be up watching it, too, out of solidarity to us here in Tigers-land. She cheered, we cheered and that win was sweeter because we could share it.

I’m joyful …  because I am.

What’s brought you joy of late?

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My dog is an Accountant

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If you think your dog can’t count, try putting 3 treats in your pocket and only giving him 2.

Not only can our dog count, we’re pretty sure he’s an accountant. He keeps careful inventory of the Scooby Snacks, the chipmunk and squirrel population and exactly how many bratwurst remain on the grill.  He’s impeccably mannered, and has his timing thoughtfully planned out: when we sit down to eat, he hops into his bed and crosses his paws.  Usually this is accompanied by a small sigh, or a “look away.”  He does this knowing full well that, at the end of the meal, he will get a bite of something mixed in with his kibbles.  All he wants is a little of what we’re having as he is, after all, a pack animal.  He’s learned by experience, and with 10+ years of it, this dog has our habits down pat.

 

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