dog lover

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

long before I knew him - Doug with his dog Bo Sweetie at Lake of the Woods Manitoba, he's always been a dog lover

You can usually tell that a man is good if he has a dog who loves him. W. Bruce Cameron A Dogs Journey

Those of you who've been visiting this blog for awhile will remember that Doug and I met over a dog. First   when he commented in the grocery store parking lot, and then again another time at the hardware store, about Miss Winnie Dixon sitting regally in the driver's seat of my teal wagon (a 1994 Ford Escort station wagon). If he had spoken to me about anything else I likely would've ignored him - thought to myself ew why is that strange man speaking to me ? but he spoke to me about my one true love, my constant companion. Miss Dee loved to travel in the car with me while I did my errands. She loved just to be with me, no matter what, no matter where. 

Doug understood the relationship I had with my dog Winnie because he'd always shared his life with a dog. He and I met again in a bigger way one fateful day in September 2009 I was walking Miss D in the park near my house and he was walking a little brown puppy named Bess. I love that he's a dog lover.

Thank you for the comments on my recent post about grief & guilt and Winnie's death. Just writing that post and pressing publish made me feel better. It's funny how blogging has always felt very therapeutic to me, I've always been fairly heart on sleeve in my writing. You are my friends and it's as if we're sitting down early in the morning together with a cup of tea and I tell you how I'm feeling, I describe the thing that's most occupying my mind. Sometimes it's something exciting & new (like moving to lovely Lunenburg), sometimes it's the triumph of a recent creative project finished & finished well. Sometimes it's about struggle, process & the journey I'm on, that we're on - together. Other times it's about beauty, joy & nature.

I like this place, this blog, this safe place ... where I can always be me. Thanks for visiting me ;-)

Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives. John Galsworthy


  1. It is always lovely to spend time here with you dear Susan, I consider you one of my closest friends as you make us all feel so welcome, it is like having a virtual chat over a cup of coffee or tea. You are one of the most honest and decent people I have ever encountered in my life, sincere and thoughtful, I could share any secret with you. I am so pleased that you and Doug met, you are both wonderful people, the best and have made a happy home together over the years with your beautiful cats and dogs.
    Love to all, Dianne
    xoxoxo ♡

  2. Hi Susan,
    Still here, I visit every day although not commenting (sorry).
    Doug has a Gary Cole thing going on or should I say Gary Cole has a Doug thing going on! Handsome, both Doug and Bo.
    Think of you every AM when I saddle up with coffee. You are the first I read.
    xxxxxxxxooooooooo Kitty

  3. I don't know why, but I'm having big problems trying to leave a comment on your blog. I have been reading and commenting, but I must be doing something wrong. Hopefully I'll figure it out.
    It's always a very difficult time to go through, but the pain will get easier to deal with (but never goes away completely). Thinking of you.

  4. So ... your fella is Tom Selleck ??!!

  5. A seriously handsome guy there in that photo! He funnily enough looks like the Marboro man--rugged and strong. Crazy! You mean, he's real and he loves dogs? Who woudl have ever guessed that one day you;d meet this chap and that fateful day with Bess in the park. I remember that post soooooo well.

    "I've always been fairly heart on sleeve in my writing. You are my friends and it's as if we're sitting down early in the morning together with a cup of tea and I tell you how I'm feeling"
    --Yes, true, true. Love that and that is one of the reasons we keep coming back here. thank you Susan. you are creating a beautiful life here in blogland too. I hope this time the blog never goes back down through some crash. So glad you are still here too. So happy you are happy. I really mean that. :)


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