Nina let me know this morning as we were snuggling in bed. These past few weeks have seen a steep decline, and today she made it clear. “Okay,” I whispered. “I gotchu.” This is the bargain we make for the pup-human bond, and I promised her I would uphold my end of it. So this afternoon, through the snow and ice, we took one last R-I-D-E. I love you so much, my little black doggie. Thank you for 14 1/2 years of unconditional love.
I’ll be back more regularly. I’m retiring from my job at the beginning of September! In the meantime, here’s Nina in her 14-year-old glory. I do love this girl.
Taken in our backyard this morning while the frost was still on the grass.
ISO 400; 40mm; 1/80s; f 2.8
Bonnie & Nina – March 16, 2020
It’s hard to believe she’s nearly twelve years old. My little black doggie. So much white in her face!
When are you going to feed me? I’ve been very patient!
Fujifilm X100F SOC Acros-Standard
What are the odds? I was driving the pups to Baring Vet today to get their nails trimmed, and just as I was approaching Howard on Fargo, I saw a young woman walking a dog that looked just like Bonnie, but with short hair. I rolled down my window:
Me: Oh my god, your dog looks just like mine! How old?
Her: A year!
Me: Did you adopt from PetCo?
Me: Oh my goodness, they are litter mates!!!
I pulled over and she came to my window. Her little girl was yapping. Bonnie was yapping.
Her: She’s a screamer!
Me: So’s Bonnie!
No… I didn’t get a photo, but going back to March I am certain the pup on the left is the one we saw as she is the only shorthaired puppy in the litter. (Bonnie is the one standing on the right)
And a photo from Sunday laziness . . .
She had brush with cancer this year, but she’s doing well now. Grizzled and gray, but as much of a puppy as ever.