Richard Hawley

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Author:  helenwatson [ Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:36 am ]
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Soooooo... what?

Author:  Myra [ Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:40 am ]
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helenwatson wrote:
Soooooo... what?

It ain't 2016. So far, just because of that fact alone, I'd say it's off to a running start!

I just jinxed it, didn't I.



Author:  Poppy Dog [ Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:39 pm ]
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Well Lemmy died again.

Although Lemmy died in 2015 - we picked up a rescue dog in February 16 and named him Lemmy - he had had a pretty miserable existence when we adopted him he was about 20 kilos so about 2/3rds of what he should have weighed - for months we walked him wearing a dog coat as the rescue folks told us that open display of an emaciated dog was asking for trouble - at this time we had him visit a hydro therapy centre to build up his muscles - for a similar period he wouldn't look me in the eye, his head was always bowed to the ground - Samantha was 'looked at' after a few days, so I presume his history with blokes was not good - he was always a quiet loving dog and with the passage of time he became more confident with both other dogs and folks.

Last weekend he was not himself - and we figured he may need some dental work [half of his teeth were taken out when we picked him up as they were so rotten] - so the Vet put him on pain killers pending an appointment yesterday - sadly other tests revealed failing kidneys and tumors / clouding around his lungs so he was put to sleep - after the event the Vet said he probably had less than a month to live and he was amazed he had walked into the surgery unaided.

So a brief but happy period of almost a year with us - God bless the little bugger.


Author:  loftyeric2 [ Sat Jan 14, 2017 5:07 am ]
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So sorry to hear this, Andrew. x

Author:  Josie [ Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:21 am ]
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That's very touching, Poppy Dog. I'm sorry Lemmy's gone, but the cockles of my heart are warmed by your tale. ..>

Author:  lynne [ Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:01 pm ]
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Sad news. So sorry x

Author:  Prudence [ Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:23 pm ]
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Ah Poppy Dog, you made a vulnerable dog very happy for the last year of his life. Well done. x

Author:  Richard Hawley [ Thu Jan 19, 2017 9:24 am ]
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You and your Mrs are fab, you lovely long as I can walk I'm having a dog for the rest of my life they make me a much better and calmer human being and they ask for so little in return

How anyone could be cruel to a dog is beyond me, I don't understand it and in fact the law really doesn't do enough to protect the dog or punish the bastards who are cruel enough by a long chalk

Anyway well done sir I salute you ..>

Author:  Poppy Dog [ Thu Jan 19, 2017 3:18 pm ]
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Thank you Richard for your comments....appreciated

Mrs PoppyDog

Author:  Myra [ Thu Jan 19, 2017 4:31 pm ]
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If Feeling Isn't In It

You can take it away, as far as I'm concerned—I'd rather spend the afternoon with a nice dog. I'm not kidding. Dogs have what a lot of poems lack: excitements and responses, a sense of play, the ability to impart warmth, elation ... —Harold Ross

Dogs will also lick your face if you let them.
Their bodies will shiver with happiness.
A simple walk in the park is just about
the height of contentment for them, followed
by a bowl of food, a bowl of water,
a place to curl up and sleep. Someone
to scratch them where they can't reach
and smooth their foreheads and talk to them.
Dogs also have a natural dislike of mailmen
and other bringers of bad news and will
bite them on your behalf. Dogs can smell
fear and also love with perfect accuracy.
There is no use pretending with them.
Nor do they pretend. If a dog is happy
or sad or nervous or bored or ashamed
or sunk in contemplation, everybody knows it.
They make no secret of themselves.
You can even tell what they're dreaming about
by the way their legs jerk and try to run
on the slippery ground of sleep.
Nor are they given to pretentious self-importance.
They don't try to impress you with how serious
or sensitive they are. They just feel everything
full blast. Everything is off the charts
with them. More than once I've seen a dog
waiting for its owner outside a café
practically implode with worry. “Oh, God,
what if she doesn't come back this time?
What will I do? Who will take care of me?
I loved her so much and now she's gone
and I'm tied to a post surrounded by people
who don't look or smell or sound like her at all.”
And when she does come, what a flurry
of commotion, what a chorus of yelping
and cooing and leaps straight up into the air!
It's almost unbearable, this sudden
fullness after such total loss, to see
the world made whole again by a hand
on the shoulder and a voice like no other.

—John Brehm

I'm so sorry, Poppy. He was a lucky dog to have had you. ..>

Author:  Richard Hawley [ Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:57 am ]
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Poppy Dog wrote:
Thank you Richard for your comments....appreciated

Mrs PoppyDog

Hope you two can move forward, grief is a fucker I'm terrible with it it crippled me but I do believe in people and things of worth despite all the bollocks, we are all here,I am here,you are there's a really good chance it's going to be ok I our is better living with other species you have to care for that aren't fish.....I will leave it there as I'm a bit pissed :BEEEER

Author:  helenwatson [ Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:31 pm ]
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Pops and Sam. You are such good people. Didn't mean this thread to be about dying, thought we might escape it this year and talk bollocks! It's the order of things but then some people can take the inevitable and cover it in optimism and kindness. Hugs to you both and know that the world's a better place with yous in it. Xxx

Author:  gary#2 [ Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:18 pm ]
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Well done to you & your Missus PD, as much as I'd like to rant on about animal welfare, I'll leave it for another time.

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