My interpretation of sketch #239 for Nuts About Sketches. I love working with Shawn's sketches - they're edgy and fresh and so much fun to put paper and embellishments to. Check out this week's sketch at www.nutsaboutsketches.blogspot.com!
These are some of the last pictures I have of my old Australian shepherd, Bobby. He actually belonged to my friend Erica, but he spent his last year with us because her home in Wisconsin just became more than he could manage in terms of the stairs and cold weather. Bobby had been a part of my life for ten years, and I was delighted to open our home to him for the last part of his life's journey.
The white stripe you see in the photo on the right is a waterfall. I took Ashton The Wonder Colt home to his family in Arkansas in September, and on the way we stopped at the Natural Springs State Park. Tom had been, but I never had, and I wanted to see it. If I'd known how many steps it was, I probably would have left Bob in the car, but he wanted to go with us and I figured a short walk wouldn't hurt him any.
Well, it was a serious hike down for old Bobby - the whole walk was straight down, lots of steps, but he went like a trooper and we went slow and let him rest every little bit. In the long run it was good for him to stretch his muscles and get a some exercise, but the effort wore him out and we practically had to carry him back up. He was happy to be with us, and his mind and spirit were willing, but his old body just refused to cooperate with his desire to keep up. So, carry him we did - and every so often put him down to let him walk a little himself. And the next day, he was up and raring to go again.
It turned out that this was his last "real" outing with us - other than routine runs to the grocery store and helping around the farm with the chores, he pretty much stayed home after this. We sent him to Jesus the next month, but these pictures show an old dog having a great time.
When you know your old dog is winding down and thinking about Rainbow Bridge, it's always in the back of your mind, and some corner of your heart is a little sad. But on this day, we had all of us made a choice to let our hearts be light and think only of the warmth of the sun, the cool of the breeze, and the happiness of the moment.