Brilliant

A brilliant sunrise introduces a new day, another good day to be alive.

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At home

Faye brought Lucy home today. Things have gone well – she and Fitzi played and pranced, and postured with sticks. Senior Achilles joined in; we were inclined to limit his exuberance because of recent back troubles which he is recovering well from.

Feeding time went well. Right now, each dog is resting or sleeping on a bed. At one point Lucy settled on the couch. Rather than fiddle with exposures and settings I went with the ambient light.

I think she is at home. We are blessed and pleased to have her.

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Moonpie

While sorting through photos this rainy evening I came across this photo of years-ago-let-go-of Moonpie, a Labx. She was a sweet girl. Ready for an adventure. By owning her I continued learning about the love of and for dogs, continued learning about letting go, sometimes earlier than you would like.

I’m blessed to have owned her.

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Advantage

Beyond a bare already harvested soybean field, a combine chews its way through another soybean crop.

Living and working in a rural area has its advantages and drawbacks, as does living anywhere. I count as an advantage – a blessing – seeing this clear evidence of the changing seasons, of seeing where food comes from, of who harvests it and how.

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Smile

Someone mentioned today that they really miss their dog that’s gone on ahead and are still sad he is no longer here.

While I miss all the dogs that have gone on ahead, am sometimes for a few moments sad (for me) about letting go of Stella last May, I generally look back with gratitude and contentment that I shared life and time with so many dogs, different dogs.

How can I not smile when I look at this photo of sweet Corndog spotlighted by a sunbeam, snoozing on his couch?

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I have been blessed.