Friendship and grief

The world of blogging adds an entire other layer to connections.

There are bloggers I have followed since I began blogging six years ago. These bloggers have pets. Sometimes it’s actually their pets who blog! These people and their pets share their lives on a daily, weekly, monthly or whenever-the-mood-strikes basis.

The one thing I feel about all of them {3 of the first 4 blogs I ever subscribed to in 2011 are dogs and dog-related!} is that they are friends. We are connected. I feel their happiness. I giggle at their fun. I share their joy. I feel their pain. I mourn their losses.

Just like in person friends, if they are going through tough times, you wait holding your breath for news. You don’t want to bombard them with messages asking how they are because you know they’ll let you know as soon as they can. Whether that is as soon as they know, or as soon as they have processed their news is up to them. Either way, once that news arrives you feel yourself physically breathe out. Unaware you had been holding your breath.

Sometimes, though, when that news arrives {even if you may have been anticipating} it knocks the breath right out of you and tears flood your eyes.

Please keep our friends Jen and Rumpy in your thoughts and hearts as they face the last chapter of this life together. However long that will be for them, I wanted to let them know how much love and happiness they have brought to us over the past years.

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So many gorgeous Rumpster photos – this one’s from his Facebook

Being connected via blogs, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, there is little that goes on in the other’s lives that we don’t know about.

We have laughed, oohed and aahed at cute photos, giggled at mischief, mourned with them when their DeDe passed over the Rainbow Bridge and generally just ridden the waves of life with them for the past 6 years or so.

Rumpy, for a dog I’ve never had the joy of cuddling, you have got a chunk of my heart buddy. Your goofy smile, your love of cookies and your general happy-go-lucky nature continue to bring much joy to Love Bug and I.

I know you’re not a super snuggly pup, but I’m going to ask Jen to give you the biggest squeeze from us and wish you no pain, much peace, endless love and an unlimited supply of cookies for however long you have left with her. Oh, and if you could give her {and the feline loves} and a cuddle from us too that would be pawsome.

We love you Rumpy.

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When this photo popped up on my Facebook memories feed this morning, I wondered if I could ever have imagined the love I felt in that moment would come to feel infinitesimal compared to the love I feel today?

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I’ve been blogging for six years. Six! I know I haven’t written as much in the past 12 months as the preceding years, but when I write I realise how much I truly love to write!

If you’re a newbie to our blog, here’s the first one {of the 1,571 I have published!} which I wrote on, quite aptly, Valentine’s Day.


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The most amazing thing your body can do

Love Bug and I were talking about growing a bubba in my tummy. No, no, no – not another one, we were talking about her as a bubba! I said to her isn’t it amazing what your body can do?

Her response?

Mumma, do you know what the most amazing thing your body can do is? This.

As she flung herself at me and wrapped her arms around my neck and squeezed me in with all her might. I love you my darling mumma.

Yep, she’s got a point there. That really is the most amazing thing your body can do.



this is not the cuggle. obviously.


Please keep our friend Rumpy in your thoughts. He {and Jen} could do with all the happy, healing thoughts and virtual puppy love there is right now.

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Approximately 84 seconds

Is it just me or does it feel like approximately 84 seconds since Love Bug started school?

As happy as she was to be going to school this morning to see her friends, she was a little apprehensive about starting Grade 1. Knowing that she won’t necessarily be in class with her closest friends, getting to know a new teacher, not being with me quite so much.

It’s a lot for a {just} six year old to think about. So we talked about it again … at 5am. We’ve been talking about it for a couple of weeks, but reality hit today.

While I know she will be totally fine and happy and thrive in school this year, I also love that she wants and needs her mumma. The feeling is totally mutual!

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One more

Around 8:30 every evening Beary stands in front of me if I’m sitting down … or follows me around nudging me if I’m not sitting down. He gives me the look. If I don’t pick up on the look, he talks to me, suggesting it is time for his pre-bedtime snack.

Sometimes, one is just not enough for this hungry boy … here he is telling me he wants one more!

How boring life would be without this funny puppy.


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Dogs die in hot cars

You would probably need to be living on Mars to not know how hot it is in Sydney today. Either that or have no access to news or social media. It was 35*C by 8am {95*F for our US friends}. By 8am.

Pets, even if they are usually outdoors pets {but don’t get me started on that!} should be inside today. As always, they should have access to cold, fresh water – always best to make sure their bowls are full and even top them up just before you leave the house. I put some extra ice cubes in Bella and Beary’s bowls this morning before I left. Related image

I also left the air conditioning on and shut the doors. There are puppy training pee mats on the floor in the laundry. I’d rather go home and have to clean up a mess than go home to a dog with heat stroke.

Which brings me to dogs left in cars. Any day, but in particular days like today. Do not do it. Not even ‘just for a minute’. A dog can die in 6 minutes in a car. Six. Minutes. And it’s a horrid death. So if you see a dog in a hot car, do all you can to get that dog out. If you are in NSW, call RSPCA NSW immediately on 1300 278 3589 (1300 CRUELTY).

If you think your dog is suffering heat stress, it needs to see a vet as an emergency.
From the RSPCA:

Emergency treatment is aimed at bringing the body temperature down at a steady rate; spray cool water onto your dog’s body and use a fan. Don’t use ice or ice-cold water as this may cool your dog down too rapidly.

Wildlife also suffer in this heat. If you have a balcony or a back yard, please leave out a bowl of water for any critters who may stop by your place for a drink!

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Again, I wish you enough 

I have shared this story before, but it is – to me – the perfect New Year wish. 

There’s a story, although I’m not sure where I read it the first time, that tells of a mother and daughter {father and son?} parting at an airport and saying I wish you enough

The story goes on to explain that phrase to mean wishing the other person enough happiness/good things to sustain them through life’s tougher moments, to have had enough good to deal with the bad. 

So, my friends, as 2017 dawns, I wish you enough. 

I wish you courage. Courage to live the life you want to live, and not be constrained by the expectation of others. I am going to really focus on that this year: to live boldly and with courage. 

Have courage to fight for those you love. And don’t be afraid of showing that love and conviction to the world. 

I am also going to play more and embrace my inner child. Enamoured with life. Amazed by th  littlest things.  Giving of my love with every fibre of my being. 

I’m going to pet more dogs. And try to embrace each day in the manner of this goat. 

For 2017: I wish you enough.

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