But I digress. Marie came to visit today - her brother lives just a couple of blocks away, and when I bumped into him the other evening and he mentioned she was in town, I jumped at the chance to see her. Sparkle didn't come this time - Sparkle is happily herding horses and chasing chickens on her favourite dog-sitter's farm back home. But Marie and I had a lovely visit, and Maggie decided she was an okay person (I think the treats had something to do with that - bribery, sheer bribery! 😄). In the course of our conversation, Marie mentioned how much she missed my blog when I go for long stretches of time without a word or a photo.
Marie is one of about three followers of this blog who have not yet been dragged into Facebook. And therefore she, and the other two followers, don't get to see the photos I post there. So I promised her I would post something either tonight or tomorrow night.
All you facebook people can move along now - you've seen these photos already. This is for Marie.
About three weeks ago, on May 25th, my friend Pat and I took Maggie and the Poms to the beach at Parksville, Given how much they loved our recent trip to Saratoga Beach, we figured that was a good outing for a beach addicted sheltie, a water-addicted pom, and a pom who hates to hike. It also happened to be Maggie's Gotcha Day (one year since the day I adopted Maggie home from the shelter), and when I asked Maggie what she wanted to do for her 1st Gotcha Day, she said 'BEACH'.
Or maybe she said 'TREAT'. Or 'SLEEP'. Who knows? I'm not fluent in dog. But I'm guessing it was one of her three favourite things.
We had a wonderful day, but I never really processed the photos for the blog, because while I was thinking about it that evening, I received a message from Pat with sad news - her third and oldest pom, Chrissy, had passed away. Chrissy was sixteen and was Pat's husband's constant companion. I seldom saw him without Chrissy in the crook of his arm.
She was also my very favourite pom ever, as Pat well knows. She was feisty and funny, a girl with attitude and a Phyllis Diller hairdo. I just couldn't post about a fun day at the beach after hearing that sad news.
|Bye, Chrissy. Have fun at the Rainbow Bridge!|
And that news was followed three days later by the news of my nephew's sudden death......so Maggie's Gotcha Day blog got sidelined by more somber things in my life.
Last week, we took the dogs back to Parksville Beach for another fabulous day, and this time I did get around to editing the photos. They aren't as spectacular as the Saratoga ones, but they capture the joy two poms and a sheltie have on a sandy beach with oodles of sand and very few people.
|Maggie goes from sedate to exuberant the minute her feet touch the sand! |
|Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy!|
|Pat and the Poms - she really did have two with her - one is out of the frame!|
(I chose this image because I liked the reflection).
|I took this photo because I liked the couple's|
brightly coloured jackets against the blue sea and sky.
|Eagle and two young, who are learning to hunt and fly|
|Young eagle - possibly his/her first hunting lesson, judging by the fuzzy head|
|Trio of eagles|
And there you have it - the missing entries (or some of them) that Facebook friends got to see and you missed out on. I'll try to do better. Really.
And I'm already working on my annual July 1 Canada Day blog post.
Have a safe trip back home, Marie. And give Sparkle a gentle hug from me.