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Have you read Just a Dog?

So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog.” just smile, because they “just don’t understand.”

Authored by Richard A. Biby

I have read this many times and I still can not read it without crying. It just sums things up perfectly and it is comforting to know that others out there feel the same way about these wonderful creatures as I do.

This is one of my favourite photographs of just a dog, taken last spring. Such wisdom, sensitivity and pure gorgeousness!

Sno1

I have been having a bit of a play, not sure which variation I like best – what about you?

Sno2

Sno3

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As I sat and snuggled earlier with Jasper, our new old dog, who had climbed onto one of the armchairs for a sleep, I thought what a privilege it is to bring an older animal into our homes, lives and hearts.

Oldies are just such special creatures. Jasper has been with us almost a month now, which really isn’t long at all for a dog that presumably spent the first 12 years of his life in the same home, or at least with the same owner. Yet he has settled in so well with us that it feels as though he has been here so much longer. He really has become part of the family and it melts my heart and brings tears to my eyes when I see him in a relaxing on his bed, lying in front of the fire, snuggled in an armchair, or indeed trotting along beside us on a walk. I had a doze on the sofa last weekend and woke up to see he’d climbed onto the armchair opposite and was snuggled asleep 🙂

I’m sure he hasn’t forgotten those that loved him before us and I bet he has lots of wonderful memories, but I am so glad for him that he has fitted right in here and seems happy and content. He likes to be with us – which is good because we like to be with him too 🙂

In celebration of this post for the oldies I wanted to share some photographs I have taken of other dogs adopted from Oldies Club. I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting all the dogs Oldies Club has rehomed, but it’s been fantastic to meet those I have.

This is the lovely Jess, rehomed last year:

Jess

and this one sums Jess up I would say – I wonder if her mum and dad would agree?

Jess and ball

This is the very handsome Joe:

Joe

This is the lovely Sid – my heart always thuds a little faster when I see a black Labrador, I just love them! Poor Sid spent about 6 weeks in the pound before a rescue angel saved him – he then developed pneumonia, poor boy, but thankfully made it through, went into Oldies Club foster care … and stayed there, in the most wonderful forever home.

Sid

This is the very sweet Peggy, previously called Mattie.

Peggy

In order to appreciate how Peggy staffie looks now, you really need to look at the before photographs but *warning* they are upsetting. Her foster home and new mum and dad have done wonders with her and in spite of what she has been through, she’s a lovely little girl.

Trixie is a little collie x JRT who was adopted by a lovely lady last year. I went to see Trixie in her new home to see how she had settled in and she is a very sweet girl.

Trixie

Trixie and her mum came on the Oldies Club Winter Walkies which a friend organised in December and had a lovely time:

Trixie walk

Alice is a teeny terrier and another Oldies Club dog I visited in her new home, after adoption. She shares her home with a beautiful lurcher and a number of cats and she is a very sweet girl too.

Alice

Now I couldn’t post about oldies and leave out Jasper could I? So although you’ve seen it before, here is one of my favourite photos of him to date. He certainly knows how to work the camera!

Jasper

It’s been a real privilege to meet these lovely oldies and I hope to meet more in the future 🙂 If anyone reading this is thinking of getting a dog, PLEASE consider adopting from rescue. Thousands of healthy dogs are put down each year in the UK because there are not enough good homes available for all the dogs waiting.

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We’ve had more snow overnight and it’s back to looking pretty and white rather than muddy and slushy.

Took a few more photos of our new Oldies Club dog Jasper, who you can read more about further down this blog.

I’d quite like to get up now please Mum

Jasper bum

Our handsome old(er) man 🙂

Jasper handsome

Love him!

Jasper love him

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It’s still very white around here and a tad slippery when away from the main road/pavements in the village. Beautiful out in the fields though. Some more photos from the last few days …

My very handsome older Lab, nearly 11 but doesn’t believe he’s a day over 11 months and that’s how we’d like things to stay thank you 🙂

Max

A snow-clad gate which I thought was rather pretty …

gate

This photo has made me smile LOTS since I downloaded it. Just what you need to cheer you up on a cold winter’s eve …

M-M

Looking rather stunning in the snowy sunshine:

M-M snow and sunshine

I think this tree always looks beautiful with the sun behind it, whatever the weather …

tree snow

And lastly but very gorgeously, a rather thoughtful pose from the collie 🙂

collie snow

Hope you’ve enjoyed looking?

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If you’re in the UK, you’ll know all about the snow we have at the moment. I think it’s beautiful (when I’m not slipping over on it and landing on my behind!) but I know it’s making things really difficult for many people 😦

We do love the snow in this house though, partly because we were married in Canada 11 years ago today, when the country had LOTS and LOTS of snow (even for Canada I gather it was extreme!). We were married in the evening in a small ceremony with a few friends and as we left the venue it was dark with lots of snow falling. So beautiful. We went to an Irish pub for dinner and a few drinks (our wedding reception!) and the waitress very kindly bought us a pint each, our first drinks as a married couple 🙂

Anyway, enough of us, some photos of dogs in the snow, starting with Jasper, our newly adopted oldie:

Jasper snow

He has a lovely thick coat to help keep him warm. These photos were in our garden just before a walk as he has to stay on lead for the time being.

I really like this one 🙂

Jasper snow head

This photograph features my lovely husband, who rather adores Jasper and the feeling is mutual. Plus Jasper of course and our lovely collie, who apparently didn’t want to be photographed at this particular time LOL.

Jasper, Daddy, Sno

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Yesterday we went on a little group walk to celebrate a doggie birthday – as you do 😉 It was for my beautiful Minnie-Moo, my youngest rescue dog.

Our new Oldies Club foster dog, Jasper, came with us and enjoyed himself 🙂

MM Walk1

The birthday girl had great fun with her birthday ball!

MM Walk2

A number of adopted Oldies Club dogs joined us on the walk with their families ~ there’s the lovely Joe …

MM Walk6

The gorgeous Sid, a black Labrador Retriever, who survived about six weeks in the pound, was rescued by a true angel of an Oldies Club supporter and then battled pneumonia, before finding his forever home:

MM Walk7

and the fabulous Jess the collie who is rather attached to her tennis balls!

MM Walk8

Really fantastic to see four Oldies Club dogs out walking together 🙂

The Basset cunningly avoided rolling into the river (we’re not sure how!)

MM Walk3

This little Robin decided to join us as we stopped at the pub for coffee and chips 🙂

MM Walk4

and on the way back we met this lovely Cavalier who was clearly very adored 🙂

MM Walk5

A really wonderful way to spend a few hours with some lovely dogs and their very nice owners 🙂 More photos can be found HERE.

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Today we went for a walk with a friend and her dog – he’s a lovely little guy, here are a couple of photos …


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