HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010!
Helen has not written notes for us since January 2009. So a brief update is in order. Lady and were thinking about things as we rested on the futon last evening, enjoying the fireplace (and, no, we did not stay up until mid-night).
--Lady has been here for a year last fall, and Jenny has been with Dan for a year. Another shelter dawg (a beagle) has been with Helen's friends for almost a year and has just finished Dog School. Helen is still walking dawgs 3-4 times a week, so the ups and downs of shelter life is part of our lives....as well as the smells when she comes home from walking.
--The catz are really crazy. Shadow decided to stay outside during the fall. She lost lots of weight, and Helen set a live trap to get her in. She has gone to Ocean Park to live with Erik and Patches. From what I hear, she is doing well. The catz here - Bear, Maggie and Morgan - have developed several places for doing business, like upstairs bathroom and front hall, and downstairs in the cat room. Real pain to watch out for.
--As for the byrd, Dick got Kira a noise-activated parrot that responds twice to a sound. Kira makes all sorts of noises trying to get the parrot to sing. Kira still likes the byrd sounds CD at least twice a day, and tolerates classical music other times. He particularly likes to dance to a piece called "Bolero". He and the peeple carry on various whistling conversations. No way do peeple sound like byrds, but Kira still tries.
--As for me, Mahler, I am doing well. Lady and I actually get along pretty well. But sometimes I really wish that I did not have to share so much. My right front leg does ache a bit with the cold, but it's manageable. One sadness, though. About a month ago, my friend Buddy died. He was a golden retriever a year younger than me. I had visited him summers when his family was in Maine, but had not seen him for several years. Will ask Erik to put a picture of me and Buddy on the website.
--Peeplewise, things are generally fine. Dick was in the hospital for a few days for observation after fainting early last year but has been doing well since. Helen had surgery on her left wrist (carpel tunnel) early December and it limited her for a week or so.
And for those of you who are not here to share in this update:
--Donovan, I trust that you are enjoying your vacation week with Krista and Erik. Look forward to your returning. (We have all had some separate time in Ocean Park over the last year. Thanks to Erik - and to the catz, begrudgingly - for the hospitality.)
--Tess, I know that you were in Ocean Park a couple of weeks ago while your peeple had a new baby. We understand that a baby is a small peeple, but we have never seen one. How is that for you? Tell us about what it is like. I know that Helen will be trying to see you all regularly, so maybe you can get her to tell us your story. Maybe Christy and Mike can e-mail notes for you.
Anyway, from us to you, have a good New Year!
Happy Birthday to Dick!
Dick, Thanks for
*Sharing your snacks with us. We know that sometimes you try to get to your room without us following you, and that we try not to let you succeed. You just make good snacks (not like Helen who gives us veggies from her salads!). You make sure that we all get things, even when Lady is not right there. We have seen you go over and give her a snack.
*Loving all of us in our own way. You let us be different. Like Don getting you up: that's his job! And letting Mahler just sitting outside meditating for ages: he's a philosopher. And noticing how content Lady is here. You treat us as beings with our personalities.
*Letting us in and out of the door to the yard that just happens to be in your room. We know that we interrupt things, and that sometimes Mahler goes out, comes right back in and goes out again. You are so patient with us.
So, thanks, and have a good lunch, even though you are going out. Please live up to your reputation for being generous and remember a doggy bag for us.
In other news,
TESS visited Erik again this month because her new baby was taken to the hospital in Portland for about a week. We understand that Tess had a hard time. It was too quiet there and she needs things going on around her. Tess is home now. Helen has seen her several times and says she is doing OK in dealing with the baby getting attention. It is hard when she has been the main one for so long.
Think this is all for now.
We are sad today. Lady died this morning. She came to live with us from the Shelter in September 2008. We never did know how old she was, but we think that she was older than either of us, or at least 13years old. She had a certain dignity about her, like she had seen the world. But she rarely pushed herself on us.
We know that she was not feeling well. Helen was giving her extra attention in a way that showed that she was concerned. Helen even told us that Lady was quite sick and that she would not be coming back from the doctor's this morning. We gave Helen extra attention when she came home without Lady. It is hard on people, too.
Lady, we will miss you. Glad that you were part of our lives. We cannot imitate your dignity - it is just not part of our nature. But it was nice to see. Thanks.
Mahler and Donovan
Dawg Notes Morph
There were strange smells. I could smell Lady everywhere. Mahler and Donovan assured me that Lady would not be coming back. They told me about how she had lost her home and that this became her home, just as it had been my home, and would be again - forever, now. Don and Mahler said that we both were welcome for who we are as individuals. That is truly a welcome.
I was puzzled by all the smells on Helen's clothes. Mahler and Donovan said that she walked dogs because we meant so much to her, and she wanted to help dogs get ready for their new homes. It did not mean that she loved us any less.
We have decided not continue Dawg Notes. They were started 10 years ago to our people to let them know how we were doing. But Krista is here now and Tess is not going back to Mike or Christy, although she may see them sometime. Mahler was the primary writer, anyway. So this will be our last note. Helen has asked us to be consultants her new series, Ministry With Dawgs. We may not be speaking directly, but we will still be part of her stories.
Thanks for being our readers. Donavan and Tess