Thursday, November 14

the best alarm clock, ever

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I don't have an alarm clock -- not since I worked in the land of the corporate giants .. .  which is to say for better than seven years!

Oh my word-- has it been that long?  Yes, it has.  And you know who my little time marker is?

Yep.  November 12, 2006 Daisy came home.  All 3.5 pounds of her at the ripe old age of six weeks.

We were all smitten

Daisy's first snow

Butter cake

On her spiritual path

She was the absolute most perfect dog ever invented on the planet. 

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No, seriously, I know your dog is wonderful, but this little ball of fluff was amazing.  Perfect.

Until I had to begin leaving her at home for long stretches of time and she developed some low-grade anxiety.  Today, her only annoying (okay sometimes it makes me Keee-RAY-zee) behavior is that she barks (and barks and barks and barks barks barks.  She is MUCH with the barking!)

Barks.  FOR. NO. REASON.

We will be at the park.  Everything is fine until I start to talk with someone-- and then?  OMG.  I guess it must be akin to a kid with colic-- there is nothing to be done.  Nothing will stop the barking.

But hey--- other than that?  A most amazing companion.

At Henry's bench

And?  THE best alarm clock.

If I tell her, hey I want to be up by 5:30 -- hand to god, 5:30 rolls around and there she is ever so gently licking my hand or putting her nose on my leg and breathing with a bit more intention than usual.

Is there a better way to wake up?  Perhaps--- the world is vast.  But this morning, it was heaven.  She got us out the door by 6am---- big pink sunrise sky.  Long, fat walk along the river -- no rush, had the city to ourselves.

And then, I remembered.  Her birthday!  Was Tuesday---- oh well. 

Good thing she had some sweet potato and steak in her dry food this morning. 

Sort of like cake for dogs, I am thinking.
 
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Happy Birthday, bunny!* 

bisous, e

*A little late, sure . . but then, you have dog breath.  I'm thinking we're even.

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29 comments:

  1. I do absolutely love the colour of her, I must say. She's amazingly photogenic ... How considerate of her! We (okay, I mean my father, I was still a child) only had black dogs, with the exception of a dalmation, and they were awful to photograph. Exposure, y'know ... ;-)

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    1. ha. well, I will admit something truly absurd . .. I always choose golden dogs because I have cherry wood floors and when they shed it doesn't bother me that much. .. if I had chocolate brown floors, I would get a chocolate lab. now you can hate me for my superficial ways . . .

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    2. Practical, Elizabeth, PRACTICAL. ;-)

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  2. Oh! I've been meaning to ask this for AGES. What breed of dog was Henry, please? Not sure why, but for some odd reason I seem to refer to him in my head as "the honourable Henry". There's a bit of useless information for you!

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    1. oh, he was SO honorable-- that handsome guy was one of a kind. he was a rescue so there is no way to know what was in his mix and I never had his DNA done---- alas. but for sure he has some yellow lab, some sharpei and some mastiff --- after that we just don't know---- some thing part lion, I always felt he was part horse . .. xoxoox

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    2. Ahhhhh . Sharpei. That expains it. There was something niggling me about his look, and that's what it was. And lion, of course. The lovely boy!

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  3. Happy Birthday, Miss D. That was a sweet walk down memory lane.

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  4. OMG I remember when you got Daisy and posted those pictures, the Butterscotch Gang as you called the three of them. She was, is, adorable, just as a golden should be.

    Happy Birthday little Daisy girl.

    Oh that last pic is priceless.

    Bridgemor

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    1. he heeeee -- yeah-- love catching her with that eyes shut laughing thing she does!

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  5. Sneezing and snorts at 5:30 a.m. are my cues to wake with Linus, and if I don't respond to that (by lying very still hoping he doesn't know I'm awake, but he knows better) he shakes his head by flopping his ears making a muffled clapping sound and then resorts to jumping up on the bed standing atop me looking for any sign of life. But the sneezy snorts get me from the start, he has an excess of snort communication. And as for barking, oh boy, he also barks way too much. Much love to Daisy, she is a beauty. Viewing her pictures I would never guess she barks, she always looks serene and lady like.

    ~ sherry

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    1. ha. she is a total tomboy! loves nothing more than swimming and getting as mucked up as possible. But she does have a gentle grace around her for sure. I know EXACTLY what you mean by the "sneezing snorts" I know that sound well . .. . :)

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  6. A paw closing off my nose is the way Emma (the cat) wakes me at 5:00 a.m. every.single.day. I loved reading the posts about Daisy's early days. They all three seem to be very special pups.

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  7. I am honored that I share a birthday with Daisy. She is a bit of heaven. Love those sweet pictures. Sending you both BIG love tonight.

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  8. my little guy is NOT a morning dog at all. as much as I try to get him out of bed, he curls up into a tighter ball, then retreats under the covers - unreachable. when he finally does decide to arise, little king that he is, it takes quite a few minutes of stretching and yawning before he's ready to be carried downstairs and out the door. luckily he's afraid to jump off the bed, or there would be all manner of havoc to clean up every morning. (he will jump up onto the bed - and eat through the memory foam mattress top, however). puppies.

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  9. Squeee! LOVE. Happy Birthday beautiful D! xoxo Kelly H.

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  10. I remember when you got that little ball o' fluff! Happy birthday (a little late), Daisy girl! XOXO

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  11. Hello! I came across you blog from Susana Conway's site and she is right! Your blog is amazing, and Daisy seems to be the best big dog ever. I have a little guy - all 13 pounds of him - that is a perfect alarm clock for 6:15AM every day too!

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    1. hello Sanibel!!! as in down by Siesta Key? . . ohhh I bet your guy is adorable!!! best alarm clocks for sure-- I am so glad you stopped by-- Susannah ROCKS. xoxo, e

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  12. Oh my, that vintage pic of Henry towering over teensy baby Daisy is amazing.
    Happy birthday, girlie! Doggie breath and all, you're my favorite Internet Doggie Darling! :)

    XOXOX

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  13. Hey, I couldn’t find an email on your page, but really want to ask you a question about your dog. Can you email me?
    –Shaye
    shayewalsh1@gmail.com

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