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Comment by Daniel W on December 5, 2017 at 11:27am

Kathy, I know when I've gone through grief, and after cancer surgery, my dog Charlie made a big difference to me.  More than people did. 

Today I took Charlie for a walk.  At 17, he doesn't actually walk on his walks.  I put him into a wagon and pull him around the neighborhood.  It frosted last night, so we only went for 6 blocks this time.

When I started giving Charlie an anti-inflammatory pill last year, I mixed it into canned dog food, which is a treat for him.  I would ask him, "Can you say please?" and after a while he barked out of frustration, then I praised him and gave it to him.  Gradually, he started barking immediately when I asked him to say please.  Now, when it's 8am or 6 pm, he just starts barking at me, without waiting for me to go into the kitchen. 

Lately, when I eat popcorn, he barks at me until I give him some.  One bite for me, one for him.  One for me, one for him.  If I lag behind, he barks.

Spud, Randy, I think it's winter! 

Mushrooms today.  Same Alice-In-Wonderland Amanita muscari, as before.  The roots of that fir tree is colonized with their mycelium.  I moved some caps to another fir tree to see if, in a few years, some come up there too.

Comment by Patricia on December 4, 2017 at 2:48pm

Our pets have a lot to teach us, & training us is a must!

Sad news Kathy.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2017 at 1:16pm

Kathy, how are you doing?  May comfort and peace come from memories of your shared life.

Your description of your Boston Terrier's behavior confirms its feelings of loss and grief.


Comment by Idaho Spud on December 4, 2017 at 11:13am

I shoveled 2 inches of heavy snow off the sidewalk this morning.  Predictions are for 20 F degrees below freezing 2 days from now.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 4, 2017 at 11:11am

Daniel, I like both your watercolor paintings.  I saved all the paintings at the place you found them.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 4, 2017 at 11:09am

Joan, I love your stories about that smart Dominic.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 4, 2017 at 11:08am

Kathy, I didn't know about your husband, and am sad for you.

Sounds like you have a mushroom paradise. 

Comment by kathy: ky on December 4, 2017 at 10:26am

On dog's. Our Boston terrier took to sleeping with my husband during his final days. When she thought I should check on him I would hear her jump down from the bed. She would come to the living room where I was sitting and look at me. Walk back to the bedroom door, turn and look at me. She would continue the same thing until I soothed her by going into the bedroom and checking on him. I believe she was just confused about why he wasn't getting up as early as usual. 

During the final day she went under his bed and wouldn't come out. I had to pull her out at the end. 

For those who don't know he died of liver cancer on Nov 19 at home with us. I know I have everyone's sympathy so thanks in advance. 

Comment by kathy: ky on December 4, 2017 at 10:18am

My gson and I were walking over the property and we saw about twenty different types of mushroom. One was a brilliant blue. They grow where old trees were standing at one time. I took a lot of photos but can't post them from this POS. 

Comment by Randall Smith on December 4, 2017 at 7:20am

Daniel, I studied your "Watercolours" picture for a long time. Very interesting, not that I understand what I'm seeing.

Joan, I loved your dog partner story. With my dog (Dot), I can relate. I've had her for over 3 years and have become quite attached.

Today will be the last day of nice, warm (50's) temps for the foreseeable future. The garden is ready for a long dormancy except for some carrots and B sprouts. Nighty night.


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