Thursday, 5 January 2017

My New Co Pilot

Eighteen months ago Meg died.
I spent more time with her than I did with my husband and her absence literally broke my heart as we all know that hearts can so easily be damaged by the all encompassing love only a dog can give a master.
The Prof saw the void that Meg left and like all concerned husbands who wanted to heal an awful situation, he was galvanised in the attempt to fill it with the impulse purchase of a new puppy.
Mary subsequently arrived with a bang.
A year later, I now have a new co pilot.
When I sit in a chair, she is by my side in a heartbeat. When I have a bath, she stands guard at the bathroom door and when she gets the chance, after the first dog walk at dawn, she curls up into the lie-in bed, her face tucked up under my chin like a baby rabbit with it's mother.
Of course all this says more about me, than it does about her.
For I am never alone, even when I am enjoying a satisfying number two with the paper.




46 comments:

  1. I can't believe that you've had her a year already. She is so precious. xx

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  2. Thank goodness that photo is in your lounge and not when you're enjoying your No.2! ;-)

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  3. Mary is such a cute girl, you are lucky to have such a devoted darling by your side. My family is not yet ready for a dog, but hopefully one day will be. No one wants to walk a dog on a rainy day yet, I'm afraid.

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  4. 18 months since Meg died???? Unbelievable. I know exactly that 'broken heart' experience - I lost my 14 year-old Border Collie, Zac in August and my world crashed. He was my sole companion, my best friend, my everything and I still have a solid brick where my heart used to be. Walks are horrible, because it's just not enjoyable without him; I cry as I stand on a lonely beach and every time I look at his beloved face in a friend's beautiful painting of him.
    Since losing Zac, I have had a total knee replacement (put off until there was no dog to walk) and can't wait to get back to full fitness and the chance to find another dog - yet, I don't want another dog; I want Zac. Nothing can replace him and I am scared of not bonding with a different companion. It's good to hear that you and Mary have such a strong bond and I pray I can find the same thing.

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    1. It truly is devastating to loose a companion. My way of dealing with getting another dog is that there are so many rescue dogs alive out there right now that need good homes and you can give a dog a wonderful life. Good luck

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  5. People shouldn't worry about toilet training their new puppy. They should jus read this blog.

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  6. Oh, as I scrolled down to the photo I was so relieved to NOT find you having a number two with the paper!

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  7. The best gift that Chris could have given you - apart from an extra large canister of bathroom air freshener.

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    1. bwhahahahahahahaha! oh YP, it's almost 7a here and you have me laughing so hard!

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  8. John I cannot believe its been that long since Meg passed, I can remember shedding a tear for you both when I read how you had gone for one last drive around with your co pilot before the dreaded deed. I am happy that Mary has filled the void that lovely faithful Meg left. X

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  9. Mary is the same breed as Meg I think? A pretty good recommendation for that breed, I think.

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  10. steady on, mary; that's a good girl.

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  11. Good that she's got you trained to do your stinkies in the place where you should.

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  12. I didn't understand what you meant by "enjoying the number two". I looked it up and it gave me numerology or biblical meanings...
    I did eventually find its actual meaning for it here - oh John, - he he - I should've guessed it in the first place!
    Greetings Maria x

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  13. Noting salves the grief of a lost pet better than a warm puppy nose.

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    1. This is so true. You never forget or replace your dearest companion with a replacement pet.. your heart just seems to expand with love to embrace the newcomer and you literally feel your heart healing.

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  14. Bonded forever!

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  15. Everytime I have lost a beloved pet, I tell myself, "no more" because the pain is so deep. Then, mostly unexpectedly, my heart tells me to bring another into my life, and love again starts and I am healed. Loving and being loved by an animal is one of life's greatest joys.

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  16. Mary has settled in nicely. It is like she has been with you always. x

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  17. Sweet company. Dillon is ageing fast now e is ten. He's like a shadow & wanting a lot of our company. I will miss him terribly when he does go but hopefully not for a few years. I would want another dog but Dillon has been such a huge part of our lives as Sam was before him.

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  18. I am continually stunned by how fast Time goes by.

    My grandmother was a cat lover. She always had a Siamese cat and loved them so. They loved her, they hated me :)

    I was always the dog lover ... so here I am .. living alone, with 3 cats lol
    I can't wait to get a dog ... A Mary sort of dog. I thought I would never get over the loss of Pup, my dog Tate .. but I think I am ready for a new one.
    It sure would have been nice if he had been here with me when my husband died so suddenly.
    There is nothing like being able to cry on your dog's shoulder ..

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  19. yes, this little dog that showed up a year and a half ago as a three month old puppy is constantly by my side or in my lap. I'm already dreading the heartbreak.

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  20. 18 months, sigh, I'm sure that time didn't fly for you as it has the rest of us. Mary seems to be a real sweetheart, such a wonderful gift to ease your pain. She does have a big job to do - to fill Meg's paw-prints.

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  21. The loss of Meg was your saddest post. I'm so glad that Mary now fills the void that Meg left.

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  22. What a sweet-looking pooch.

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  23. Bless her little heart. He has grown on you hasn't she John.

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  24. She has filled the void with love and you have responded with opening your heart even more.

    cheers, parsnip

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  25. Did not start reading your fine blog until after Meg died. I know how hard it is to lose a pet. Happy you were able to fill the void.

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    1. The saddest post I had to write
      http://disasterfilm.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/my-co-pilot.html

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  26. We have always had at least two dogs, and sometimes three at a time. Being pack animals, they are company for one another. On the occasions when we've lost one, the grief is no less, but there is another dog there to comfort you.

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  27. It's so hard when you lose a furry soulmate. The time has flown since Meg died hasn't it!! I really had no idea that it was already eighteen months.

    Of course it's just a couple of weeks for us since we lost Rosy and it's heart breaking at the moment. The other two are just about finding a level playing field without their bossy and barky companion.

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  28. I just lost a pet in November and her companion and I are both still adjusting. Mary has been a beautiful balm for your heart.

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    1. As I did. I am glad that Mary found a home in your heart. And knew she would.

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  29. That's very touching. I'm glad Mary has successfully transferred your affections.

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  30. She's found her own true love. Good girl, Mary!

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  31. My sisyer Wendy cant go anywhere without Demon Puss close at her side, i on the other hand cant walk past the cat without her slapping me.

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  32. I can't believe it's been so long since you lost Meg. It seems much less than 18 months. I'm glad Mary is calming down and that you have succumbed to her button eyes.

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  33. So glad she wanted the job. I have found that not every dog wants to be in your life in the same way, which is fine of course since they are different characters just like humans, but oh you do miss the ones that were right there all the time. I have two nice enough dogs currently and they have their own qualities, but they aren't touchy-feely types, so there is a BIG hole beside me where my snugglers used to always be.

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  34. I can' t believe it's been that long. I shed tears for you then John, I'm happy for you now.

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  35. My sisyer Wendy cant go anywhere without Demon Puss close at her side, i on the other hand cant walk past the cat without her slapping me.

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  36. glad you have a wonderful new sweetie pie, and I too am glad that the last photo didn't include you and said #2 effort. LOL

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  37. I can safely say that I haven't gone to the bathroom alone in over 40 years! First I was accompanied by small children and puppies and now I am accompanied by 5 cats and a dog. They cannot stand to have a closed door between me and them. I assure them that I'm not about to fall in but it falls on deaf ears.

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  38. John I empathize totally..my husband did the same for me. You never leave your lost pal behind as you know. The pup ( or rescue dog) is a great salve to a broken heart and distraction till they fill that space. Bless our husbands for knowing and caring for us so much..we are fortunate to have both beloved partner & pets in our lives

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  39. It is totally heart breaking to lose a pet as they are members of your family. We lost our dogs 8 years ago (15 and 17 years old) and I could still break down. We have cats and chickens now and I have been distraught at even losing chickens. It's so hard, but how could we live without them and the wonderful memories they leave us with. Just read Sue's post on here and they have obviously recently lost Rosy - my heart goes out to her.

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  40. I am sure Meg is quite pleased that you have Mary to look after you.

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