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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.

the patient

the patient 2

the patient 3

the patient 4

the patient 5

the patient 6

the patient 7

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

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52 thoughts on “Devotional Diatribe”

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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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