Tuesday, August 20, 2013

To Dog or not to Dog


If the people don't change their minds, the question has been answered. To dog.

It took me this long to be ready to dog again. It's been hard the last few years watching one old dog after another decline into their dotage and pass into the beyond.

They were great dogs, all three of them, I was truly privileged to own them and work with them. 

But when Nick passed on I needed a break. A break from nursing, carrying in and out of doors, cleaning up, attempting to tempt with succulent foods. Old dogs are wonderful, beloved, precious shells of their young and vibrant selves, but I won't pretend that watching them shrink and fail was fun.

The past few weeks I have itched for a dog. Oh, there are dogs here at the farm, Gil the mad-man-about-town English shepherd, and the ancient blue heeler, Wally, who is losing ground himself, but they are very much not my dogs.

In fact this is probably the first time in forty years or more that I have been dogless. The empty crate in the office has been staring at me, accusing......A dog could sleep here....it could lie in the kitchen, wag its tail, be a pal.....it could perhaps smell better than Gil and not knock me out of my chair when I stroke its head.

Hmmmmm.......

Then a dog known well to family members put itself in disgrace for (allegedly) killing three valuable turkey poults. It needs an alternate venue. I need a dog.

It is of all things a long haired dachshund, perhaps the least likely dog in the world for me. It may arrive this week. 

If the people don't change their minds. 

12 comments:

The Dancing Donkey said...

Ah, that age-old philosophical question: If a life is lived without a dog, is it really any life at all? Sounds like you have answered it:)

thepoodleanddogblog said...

Once you've had the sort of relationship you (and I) have had with dogs we are never dogless for long.

If you're taking a vote, I vote for the Doxie. What adventures...

Rev. Paul said...

I understand the appeal, and the emotional hole that forms when a beloved dog is gone. Will the new one fill it? I suspect the answer is "yes". :)

TenMile said...

I don't think you'll regret it. I've had two, 14 and 16 years. Wonderful creatures - and fearless, once grown.

lisa said...

I can't see you with that kind of dog, will be interesting ;-)

Cathy said...

I'm just lying here enjoying the comment section.

Can't be objective. And who can disagree with that first comment :)

Terry and Linda said...

Of YES!!! You must have a dog. I can't imagine life without one. I have NEVER had a spell without a dog ever! From Crib to I hope grave! I can hardly wait for the photos of your new friend!

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Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Dog!

The other day a dog I always grumble at "helped" me build a new electric fence for the cows. Now this dog from down the road is a PITA when I only look at his owner and how she lets him behave. But the other day, when he showed up in the woods to "help" as she walked down the road with her other two dogs, and her music blaring in her ears, I came back to my thoughts of neighbor dogs that bother our stock or just in general misbehave. It's the owners I don't care for, and not ever really the dog. We had a good time, and I could see just what a sweetie this dog really was, now that his hearing is going, and his eyes glassy, he will for sure be found in the ditch somewhere because she lets him chase cars. I was glad to get to "meet" him on somewhat neutral ground, and see yep, he's just a sweet pup someone should be loving on.

Can't wait to see the pics of the newest dog at Northview!

Throwback at Trapper Creek said...

Dog!

The other day a dog I always grumble at "helped" me build a new electric fence for the cows. Now this dog from down the road is a PITA when I only look at his owner and how she lets him behave. But the other day, when he showed up in the woods to "help" as she walked down the road with her other two dogs, and her music blaring in her ears, I came back to my thoughts of neighbor dogs that bother our stock or just in general misbehave. It's the owners I don't care for, and not ever really the dog. We had a good time, and I could see just what a sweetie this dog really was, now that his hearing is going, and his eyes glassy, he will for sure be found in the ditch somewhere because she lets him chase cars. I was glad to get to "meet" him on somewhat neutral ground, and see yep, he's just a sweet pup someone should be loving on.

Can't wait to see the pics of the newest dog at Northview!

Dani said...

Go for it girl!

Ruth said...

Dog!

If the Doxie falls through let me know, I might know of a few other dogs that might suit you.

threecollie said...

DD, I never thought I would be dogless even for a minute, but after Nick I needed a rest. Rest over. Now I need a dog. lol

Jan, dachshunds are one of the few breeds I would consider, outside of a border collie. Just because. lol

Lisa, hoping it works out for both of us....Daisy and me

Rev. Paul, I am hoping. She is supposed to arrive today.

Ten Mile, Daisy is a fluffy little brown and white long haired girl. I haven't actually met her yet, but she sure looks like she has that badger dog thing going on inside though.

Lisa, probably interesting will describe the experience perfectly. lol

Cathy, I am hoping she is happy here...and fits in....

Linda, it's been weird. Of course I could pet and fool with Gil, but it is not quite the same.

Nita, you just never know do you? With this dog, I heard the story, know of the owners who are good folks, and felt really bad at the thought of the pretty little dog going somewhere that might not be the best, when here I am, with a large dog-shaped hole in my life. Hope it all turns out okay.

Dani, it appears that I will be. lol

Ruth, thanks, I will hold that thought. I may still get a BC pup in the future.