There is an emanation from the heart

which cannot be described,

but is immediately felt and puts

the stranger at his ease.

~Washington Irving

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough...

.........and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

~Melody Beattie

Don't be satisfied with stories,

how things have gone with others.

Unfold your own myth.

May my life be like a great

hospitable tree, and may

weary wanderers find in

me a rest.

~John Henry Jowett

Friday, 12 June 2015

A Photo Album of Wee Jack's First Month in Oxford

"Happiness is a warm puppy."
~ Charles M. Schulz

Our Jack has been with us for a month now, and as with anything 
wonderful that comes into your life, we don't know how we ever 
 lived without him. He is pure joy on four legs and covered in fur.

Jack came with two settings--'Sleep' and 'Reckless Abandon'.
It's difficult to get a clear photo of him because, 
"how do you hold a moonbeam in your hand"?

He does try and help out around the B&B, but 
then I turn around and he's asleep on the job.

 Sometimes it's difficult for us to get any work done,
with all his busy, puppy antics........

......but then he has us completely wrapped around his little paw,
with those big brown eyes, so we don't mind.

Jack is so very smart and figures out routines quickly. Every 
morning, just before the guests come down to breakfast, 
we put on a CD.  Now as soon as Jack hears the New College 
choir sing, he jumps into his bed, curls up with his friends,
and goes to sleep--knowing  it can be a hectic time and it's 
best to stay out of the way of busy feet.

He loves all his friends, but bunny is his favourite.

Jack's favourite place in the world is our garden, the lawn awash
with daisies, "helping" me dig and plant flowers, investigating 
new smells and sounds.  It's all a wonder to him.

His favourite thing to do in the garden is to be chased round
and round in circles, around the bird bath--by me.  Puppies
and daisies and running in circles--it's like being a kid again.

We go round and round until one of us is too dizzy.

He also thinks digging is a pretty good idea.

"Come on mummy! Hurry up!!"

Stuart, Jack, and I quickly formed a strong little pack
and Jack sometimes has a hard time when we're 
not all three together.  Here he is, laying on my
gardening shoes, patiently waiting for my return........... 

...........and waiting for Stuart to return home from his evening ghost tour.

It didn't take Jack long to discover where the bacon hangs out..............

..........and he thought he'd move his bed closer to it for convenience.

Jack can't go for walks yet, until all his vaccinations have kicked in
and he's fully protected, so sometimes he's a little sad that he's stuck indoors.

He does get lots of playtime and sun though......

......and he even had a sweet little playmate come and stay.  She was
on a girlie trip to England with her mummy, but she was able to
spend lots of time in our garden, playing with Jack.

Jack is a doll, whether he's asleep.......

.....or awake.

But above all,  we think he's an angel with fur, our Jack.

"Whoever said you can't buy 
happiness forgot little puppies."
~ Gene Hill

A word about our Max......

Max is just fine, but he had a hard time adjusting to a new pup around the house--which at 13 he's entitled to.  He has severe arthritis, especially in his hind legs, and a little puppy jumping all over his made him very miserable and snappy.  So, until Jack is a little older, bigger, and can defend himself, Max is happily ensconced with Stuart's dad in Bicester.  He's very happy with Grandad and they keep one another company.  In a few weeks, once Jack is all done with his puppy vaccinations and can be out and about for walks like a big dog, Max will return home and we'll continue the process of Jack and Max getting to know one another.  Until then he's happy at Grandad's, being over-fed, under-exercised, and cuddled while they watch the footie together.

And you can read about how Jack came to live in Oxford here...........

Thanks for stopping by and meeting Jack! Tell us about your furry loved ones below, we love to hear from you.


  1. So delightful!! He is just such a cutie. I know how happy you are you found him!! If only they could clone him, we'd all what one, too!! I be he is a big hit with the B&B guests!! I'm glad Max is getting some TLC. I was wondering about him. Great idea to send him to Granddad. The perfect spoiling person for kids and pets!! We'll be eager to hear new adventures as Max and Jack get acquainted. I'll bet they grow to love one another!! xo

    1. Thank you and I wish we could clone him--the world would be a much happier place if there were lots of wee Jacks in it. But then we get to share him with the world which is good too. Our guests absolutely adore him and he has to make an appearance at every breakfast now. One more week and he'll get to experience Holywell Cemetery and Christ Church meadow too--can't wait. xxxooo