Thursday, April 30, 2009

Devotional Diatribe

Unusual circumstances have consumed us for the past few weeks. I won't belabor the visitor situation - let me just say that it remains; but will likely resolve by the end of the week.

We had an interesting development with Nigel. Our vet found a growth in his mouth that needed to be removed. Once they got in for a closer look it became clear that a couple of teeth would have to come out. This pleased Sola to no end since she's borne the brunt of a number of redneck jokes around here.

Surprisingly, she did not hold this against Nigel. Instead, when he stumbled home from surgery and climbed on to his perch, she reminded us what truly matters, and I was fortunate enough to have a camera handy when she welcomed Nigel home.

I struggled briefly with my choice of posts for this Thursday. I have another long-winded, ridiculous and thoroughly offensive story to publish: and nothing gives me greater pleasure than launching such horribly written garbage in to the blogosphere and watching followers drop out of my list. But I'll save that guilty pleasure for next week - this week has reminded me that there is one story that never gets old, and that it is again time to observe; and to learn from our dogs. The last three shots look similar but are different - Sola just held her face to Nigel's for what seemed like an eternity.

I will not doctor the series of pictures below with sarcastic cracks, silly cartoon balloons, or peanut gallery comments.


Moments like these require no such accoutrements.



















A message of love and dedication this Thursday, from our family to yours.


52 comments:

  1. A lesson indeed that we should all learn from animals just BE THERE...........

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  2. Anonymous2:35 AM

    Beautiful

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  3. Anonymous2:40 AM

    Incredibly touching, In these photos Sola epitomizes what mankind SHOULD be like. God bless your pack!

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  4. Wow. Such a wonderful photo essay of love and caring between two special dogs. And such a beautifully written and poignant post. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Poor Nigel does look a little spaced out. Just as well Sola is there for him, what a sweetie she's being!

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  6. Woo made my mom all leaky...

    Tank woo fur having the flashiebeastie in your human paws at the khorrekht time fur a change!

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra
    PeeEssWoo: My new khollar is on my blog today!

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  7. Awwwww. That's what friends are for. Lovely picture essay.
    Smooches from pooches,
    BabyRD & Hootie

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  8. Ah, how sweet! I did like this a lot. Hope everyone is recovered!

    Mya Boo Boo

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  9. Those pictures say so much without the need for words - sweet and total love.

    Woos, the OP Pack

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  10. oh what sweet pics!!! thank you for sharing!

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  11. You guys are too sweet!

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  12. So very touching.....
    Quite right, no comments needed.
    Thank you for sharing special moments...

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  13. Okay, for the love of Sirius, I mean Siriusly, you brought tears to mine eyes. Sometimes the gentleness and beauty of this cracked world of ours, flies up into our faces and screams, "See the truth," and I weep in humble acknowledgment that yes, it truly is a wonderful world. Thanks, Mr. Author for such a tender few moments today. And, for adding another dimension to why Life With Dogs is a life worth following and living.

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  14. Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing.

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  15. Its what real friends do for each other, isn't it?

    Kisses,
    Stella

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  16. How sweet!!! If we only knew what they are thinking.
    Thanks for sharing such a tender moment between family.

    Pee. Ess. Chester has a question. Just how hard was it to post this without some sort of ridiculous sarcastic jargon captured in photoshop bubbles?

    Woofs and seriously bubbly slobbers,
    Chester

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  17. thanks for sharing these wonderful pics, so full of love. it's so amazing to see again and again and again how kind-hearted dogs are.
    hope nige's doin' better!
    rooo-a-rooo!
    dorothee and missy

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  18. What a heart of gold and a great example of tenderness. Our best to Nigel.

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  19. Wishing Nigel a swift recovery...Can he donate his teeth to Sola for all of her caringness?

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  20. Anonymous11:47 AM

    AWWW! That made me cry today, what sweet furbabies. Big hugs from me & my furbabies to yours. O Wouldn't it be great if we all could have such unconditional,devotional love for one another.

    Lana Furbabiesdesigns

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  21. She loves him! She really, really loves him!

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  22. Such a touching picture. Dogs are so wonderful and such great examples for us to follow.

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  23. Wishing Nigel a speedy recovery and so glad he lives in such a loving, supportive 'pack.'

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  24. Forgot to say thanks for stopping by my blog and for the nice comment. :)

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  25. I agree, poor Nigel looks a bit stoned. I bet he smells funny too. Glad Sola knows to be gentle with him.

    Slobbers,
    Mango

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  26. How sweeeeeet....thanks for stopping by you guys ...Love A+A

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  27. Awwwww that is sooo sweet!

    Hugs and Licks, Bruschi

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  28. I want whatever the vet gave Nigel -soooo relaxed...
    May we all find such unconditional LOVE in our lifetime!
    ~K

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  29. wonderful the tenderness really shows through!

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  30. I think she was just being the bestest sister she could be :)

    Good think you had that camera handy!

    Licks,
    Kylie

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  31. Way to go Sola. Plenty of time for abuse later!

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  32. aww... that is very sweet. I hope Nigel is feeling better soon.

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  33. Doze piktures need to go in a flip book!

    Wuv,
    Gus and Waldo

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  34. Moms hoping I will be that good of a sister.
    I'm working on it. the little one is getting to me...
    Morgan

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  35. Martha9:04 AM

    I cry....right now.....tears plus.
    I love dogs.......and their honesty.

    my day is made-no matter what

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  36. We can learn so much from our furry little friends. This is so precious...thank your for sharing.

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  37. sola's sweet. She really knows how to emphathize. Hope Nigel recovers soonest.

    Licks and Wags

    The Dog WOods Pack

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  38. auf auf
    loved the photos :D

    Have a nice weekend :D
    Hugs and kisses from kikos world :)

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  39. Ahhh sweet Sola! That is very precious and they really do have a way of showing us what's important. :) Hope Nigel is feeling better. :)

    Nala & Amber

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  40. It's amazing how big that simple act of 'just being around' can be. It's a huge one, I tell ya. We all just need someone around sometimes.

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  41. Poor sweet Nigel... Sola is doing what only dogs do so well. Just being there. No different than if we ourselves came home from the hospital, they are always just "there" for us. Sweet photos, thanks for sharing with all of us!

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  42. Beautifully capturing the moment between the two..the concern and love...My Jujube had a cyst on his gum removed and when he got home...our other dogs..gathered around with silent concern and stayed close...almost urging him to get better by just being there...lovely post! Hope all is well with recovery!

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  43. Aaww, that is so so very sweet of Sola. Brought a little tear to my eye. Poor Nigel. Hope he recovers well and soon.
    Gosh, your vets must love you and drive very big cars.
    Ours has moved to a wonderful farmhouse with acres of land and we are proud to be the almost sole contributors to that move. Which reminds me of a little post I could write about that.
    Anyway....all the best to poor Nigel and a very warm hug for lovely Sola. Oh okay, and for the rest of the pack, human or not, too.

    Hugs xx

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  44. High 5 to Sola for being such a sweetie. Woof, Tank

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  45. We don't give dogs credit for the empathy they have. I have a great story from when I was a kid about how much they care. Anyway, sweet pics of your dogs!

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  46. Ruby Broderick5:25 PM

    That has touched me,all he needed was a little tenderness and Sola gave it.....

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  47. SOla is such a good Momma dog!

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  48. So touching.........warming my heart....if only people knew...........

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