Opetuary

A month ago we said goodbye to Tess. Our beloved Italian-born lab, 15 years of age, now rests in peace at the bottom of our garden. I like to think she’s reunited with Weaver, her foster mother and sister-in-tomfoolery.

Tessie-Belle

Tessie-Belle

Yesterday it was another beloved pet who left us – this time most unexpectedly and very suddenly. Bob (previously featured here) seemed a bit under the weather on Saturday, and yesterday went from sickly to going to gone, in just a few hours. Claire was with him the whole time. The vet came, and Henry was there for his last breaths. Julie, the young woman who rides Bob and Inco, came to give him a last hug in the evening. Poor Bob. Poor Inco.

Necking

Necking

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Majestic Bob

Thank you Tess, you were a guddog. We will miss you Bob, you left too soon. Your brother neighs for you.

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5k on the edge

Hello friends,

In case you missed my VERY last fffing posting, here you go : I had a great morning run on the edge of the Apennines today.  The dogs (Papi and her new bff, Cookie, came along).  We scared up a deer, a pheasant, 2 partridge, a snake and a cloud of Polyommatus icarus (crap – so disappointingly aka Common Blue).   Yes, the pheasant and the snake scared us, too, even though the snake was basking in the same spot 2 days ago and I should have been prepared.

Polyommatus Icarus photo credit and thanks to : Matt Rowlings

Polyommatus Icarus photo credit and thanks to : Matt Rowlings

Papi and Cookie, my photo

Papi and Cookie, my photo

My fffing blog is officially transferring over to be incorporated into As the Crew Flew today.  So here I am.

xxx   ma   cho

Mama runs, Joe swims

Image source: Sara Sanger

Image source: Sara Sanger

OMG morning run through vines and fertile fields with the Apennines ahead.  Uphill return with heart pounding hard and happy, warm as the sun.  My waggy tailed dogs good company.  Following Joe in the British Championship 50m breaststroke final tonight.  YeeeeHa!

xxx   ma   rzipan