1.11.12 16:26: “To Sit With A Dog… Is Peace”

11 Jan

To sit with a dog

To sit with a dog on a hillside

on a glorious afternoon

is to be back in Eden,

where doing nothing is not boring –

it is peace.

– Milan Kundera (Czeck novelist & poet, c.1929)

My daughter made this piece for me. It is Louise, Squash, and me down by the river.  Squash had his summer shaved coat.  He had been blind for a long time by then (due to being an insulin dependent diabetic), but as long as he had me, he was comfortable going anywhere.  Lulu had been with us about 2 months by then.  The picture of Madison taking care of Lily the blind dog (that I posted this morning) made me think about Squash.  When we got Lulu she was very attached to him.  I think he liked her too, as much as an old dog likes a puppy. She would try to cuddle with him (like I watch Sofie try to do to her). But mostly, he would go to his usual spot (taking up the whole foyer by the front door) and Lulu would be with me in the office.  He loved to be outside in the nice weather and sometimes sleep for hours under ‘his’ tree.  I would send Louise out in the yard to find him and lead him back in and she would. She actually takes other dogs leashes and will bring them back to their owners if asked.  I always joked that Lulu was Squash’s seeing-eye dog, well, now I know that could be so.

Squash & Lulu in the Snow

Louise watching over Squash

Sniffing together


I must be honest, not a day goes by that I do not think about big old Squashy.  I actually have a large picture of him (with a tuft of his hair tucked in the frame) next to my bed.  I have been blessed by many wonderful souls that have passed through my life. (Probably feeling nostalgic since tomorrow is the 11th anniversary of my Mom’s passing.)  I am glad Louise was here to play with and help him for a little while (Squash E Bear went to the Big Meadow in the Sky last February).  Just another DogDaz afternoon at our zoo. ❤


Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Dogs


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5 responses to “1.11.12 16:26: “To Sit With A Dog… Is Peace”

  1. Misty Shores Chesapeakes

    January 11, 2012 at 16:38

    What a lovely thing your daughter made for you.

    It is so hard to lose them and they are here for such a short time…too short! Very nice post 🙂

  2. colliesofthemeadow

    January 11, 2012 at 17:46

    Beautiful poem! They are here but for just a blink of a eye and it sure seems all to sudden when they are called to heaven. Great post and like you we keep a clipping of each of our collies fur when they pass away. Its not much but it is nice to hold it and think of them….

    Lots of Collie Hugs!

    The Collies and CHuck

  3. Chancy, Mumsy and Crew

    January 12, 2012 at 09:42

    Squash was a beauty. It is so hard to see them go. You have some very nice memories of him and I love the idea of his picture and tuft of hair near your bed. This was a sweet and tender post that I enjoyed reading very much. Hugs and noses

  4. onecoolgriff

    January 22, 2012 at 08:22

    My favorite quote is one you can appreciate:

    “We who choose to surround ourselves with lives even more temporary than our own, live within a fragile circle, easily and often breached. Unable to accept it’s awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan.”
    -Irving Townsend, “The Once Again Prince”

    Keep opening your heart to these wonderful creatures. You never regret it.

    • dogdaz

      January 22, 2012 at 08:45

      Thank you so much onecoolgriff, for your quote and thoughts. I figure that the animals come to this world already with perfect love, so, unlike us humans, they do not need to search for it, and therefore are only here for a short time. ❤ DogDaz


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