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

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Out and About in Oxford

You might remember wee Jack's sadness at not being to go out and play or walk the streets of Oxford.  Until his vaccinations kicked in and he was fully protected, he was confined to our back terrace and our garden. But those days are officially over, and Jack has now bounded onto the wider world.

At first Jack was very, very unhappy with his collar, and extremely unhappy to be confined to a leash. But it's a process, teaching a pup to get used to leads and collars and being reigned in, and patience is key.  Luckily, with those big, brown, puppy dog eyes, patience with Jack comes easily.

We chose Holywell Cemetery as his first real walk, since it's far from traffic, not many people around, and there's lots to explore and smell.  As we slowly wound our way around the paths, Jack would do OK for a bit and then decide enough was enough, lay down, and look at me with eyes that said,"Why have you brought me to this strange and scary wilderness?"

There was a lot of stopping and starting, whining and crying, but we persevered.

 By the time we left Holywell Cemetery and reached Jowett Walk, Jack was feeling more comfortable and curious.  Then when he realized there were people about who would talk to him, pat him, and tell him how cute he was, he really hit his stride.  He pranced down the street like he'd been on walkies for years.  There's absolutely no doubt that Jack is utterly and completely a people dog. He even made friends with two lovely first-year Biology students, who had just finished their first exam.  His career as a Goodwill Ambassador for Oxford had begun.

Max has been with Grandad in Bicester until Jack was a little older, but he returned home last night, so now Jack has someone to keep up with on our walks. He's taking to it all much better and doesn't look up at me as though I've betrayed him. It didn't take long last night and again this morning, before Jack was running along to keep up with Max, and was brave enough to start exploring a little more on his own.

Once we're back home, we have one tired puppy.

Max had a tough time adjusting to Jack at first, but again, patience is key, and they seem to have reach a tentative detente.  Our next step?  Getting two dogs adjusted to a Lady Catherine de Bourgh and a Mrs. Havisham, our Burford Brown hens set to move into their luxury suite next month.  Stay tuned................

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I always appreciate hearing from you.  Jack and Max would love to hear about your furry loved ones in the comments below.........

1 comment:

  1. Love your animal stories! You seem to be a natural "mother" to all of your "children"! It will be interesting to see what happens when the hens arrive! Definitely staying tuned!! :-)