The Last Battle

single flower

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then will you do what must be done,
For this — the last battle — can’t be won.
You will be sad I understand,
But don’t let grief then stay your hand,
For on this day, more than the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.
We have had so many happy years,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer so.
When the time comes, please. let me go.
Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only, stay with me till the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see,
I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me.
Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering I have been saved.
Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do;
We’ve been so close — we two — these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.


Wednesday Wisdom from Daughter # 3

bentley baby


Bentley Baby is visiting again, and Daughter #3 is helping to teach him the rules and show him the way to being a good dog. 😀

Bentley is a really big puppy.  His size tells you he should behave like an older dog, his brain tells you otherwise. 😀

The two of them had been outside playing in the snow last night and when they came in he had a hard time settling down.  He didn’t want the fun to end so he started to antagonize the other animals, trying to coax them into playing.  This wasn’t going over so well. 😀

Daughter #3 finally got him to settle down and had him sit in front of her and then the reprimand began.

In a very sweet soft voice she began, “You just don’t think do you?  You can’t just run around the house like a crazy dog, you’ve got to use your head and think, what do you think is going to happen when you behave this way?  You’ve got to use your head Bentley ”  “Do you understand what I’m telling you?,” you’ve got to be a good boy.”

I couldn’t contain myself, I started laughing so hard when I heard this, she looked over at me with a very serious face, and I thought I was going to get a talking to when she started laughing,   she realized who she was talking to, but it must have worked, because he finally settled down.

I’ve often told my friends that I talk to our dogs like kids, I never use the “proper” words like off, down, drop it, my words are more like get down, give me that, ready, I’m not kidding and off you go.  When I’m getting dinner ready and the dogs are hovering in the kitchen many would say “out” I say “c’mon you guys, get out of the kitchen, I can’t move in here”, it works just as well as out, just takes a little longer to get to the point 😀

Cesar Millan should stop by sometime, Daughter #3 and I could teach him a few things about how to talk so dogs will listen.

😀 😀 😀

≈Laugh loudly, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly≈

Tuesday Totally useless bit of information – Cool Cat Facts

Murphy a.k.a The Murph

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear, we only have 6 muscles each.

A cat can rotate its ears independently 180 degrees and can turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog.

Blue eyed,pure white cats are frequently deaf.

Cats can judge within 3 inches the precise location of a sound being made 1 yard away. A cat has a total of 24 whiskers, 4 rows of whiskers on each side.  The upper tow rows can move independently of the bottom two rows.

Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine, about 26 cycles per second.

Cats walk on their toes.  Cats can be right-pawed or left-pawed.

Six – toed kittens are so common in Boston and surrounding areas of Massachusetts that experts consider it an established mutation. 

The cat appears to be the only domestic companion animal not mentioned in the Bible.

However…..That depends on the Bible one uses.  The word “cats” does appear in the Catholic Bible.

A Catholic Bible has 73 books:  46 in the Old Testament and  7 in the New Testament,
The seven books that are in the Catholic Old Testament “the deuterocanonical books”.
Some refer to them as “apocryphal books”. One of these seven is BARUCH.
The one and only verse that refers to cats in the Catholic Bible is to be found in Baruch
It reads as follows:
“Bats and swallows alight on their bodies and on their heads; and cats as well as birds.” (Baruch 6,21)


Tuesday Morning

One of my co workers is a beautiful 1 year old golden retriever, I have “worked” with him since I could hold him in one hand.

Almost every month for the last year and a bit for a week at a time he comes and has a “holiday” at my house, I already have 2 dogs and 2 cats and various other little critters and the girls 🙂

Usually BMR Beemer sleeps in Hayleighs room when he visits and the other two sleep with me. 

Last night however was a little different.

ALL three were with me, Simba usually snuggles in in front of me and Scampie behind my legs which still happened last night with a little twist: BMR was lying lengthwise against my back,head on pillow, give new meaning to “snug as a bug in a rug”!!  As I was lying there all I could do was smile, many people do not allow dogs,cats on the bed and here I was surrounded by 3,  snoring, heavily breathing doggies.

Our usual morning routine is to let the dogs out and have a coffee while they use the facilities, I have their leashes outside attached to longer ropes, I don’t like tying them up but it is so dark out that I can’t see the deer,raccoons and whoever may be wandering around, I’m often in a zombie state first thing in the morning so it’s just easier this way and not to mention safer.  When BMR is here I let Simba out with him first, Scampie and BMR play too much and don’t focus on the task at hand.  This morning was no different from any other I let them out grabbed my coffee and told Scampie to wait, he sat on the other side of the front door fussing so I spoke to him through the door saying “just wait a minute” and again “wait”,  I laughed thinking it’s like the girls in the morning yelling at each other to hurry up in the bathroom. 

When everyone is ready to come in the cats are often lying in wait for us on the other side of the door along with one of the dogs held hostage afraid to move, they both block the stairway  to the rest of the house, I go first all three follow as I move the cats along, Murphy is the worst, he’s like a medium-sized dog nearing 20 pounds, he presses all his weight down to the floor it’s like moving furniture with your foot!  They all go straight to the kitchen and sit like show dogs in front of the “biscuit” cupboard waiting for their treats.

So there you have it, my early morning  routine….and then…the teen and pre teen morning routine!!

note to self :

It is not wise to give dogs broccoli and cauliflower…..I had added some veggies to their food two nights in a row, Bmr was very gassy all day yesterday and into the night while I woke up this morning to the fragrance of not one but possibly three.

Simba a.k.a Mona

Murphy a.k.a The Murph

Scamps a.k.a Peanut

 Gordo a.k.a Gordo

BMR a.k.a Boo