'If you have a dog, you will most likely outlive it; to get a dog is to open yourself to profound joy and, prospectively, to equally profound sadness.' Marjorie Garber

Monday, 14 November 2011

Happy Anniversary

One Year Ago Today
I can hardly believe it, but it is a year since we adopted Rosie and brought her home. The day we collected her seems just a short while ago but on the other hand, it feels as though Rosie has been a part of our family forever.

In her sixteen months of life she has seen many changes; some for the best and some sadly not. She was the 'product' of a money-making breeding exercise at one of those infamous Welsh puppy farms, a Labrador Husky cross. Puppy Rosie, or Nica as she was known then, was bought by a young couple with a baby living in a flat. Surprise, surprise, they couldn't cope and she was given up for adoption to the Four Paws Charity based in South Wales. Thankfully, her original owners did the right thing by giving her to the charity and not simply abandoning her. Hundreds of dogs are abandoned in the UK and Ireland every year. Our dear departed dog, Misha, was abandoned as a puppy. When will some people realise that they cannot treat these lovely animals as little more than trash? It makes me so angry.

But the amazing thing about Rosie is that she never loses her enthusiasm for everything. I guess that is true of all dogs, thats why we love them so much. She learns new things every day and is so smart. My husband thought she was trying to open the car door herself the other day. And when we said our 'goodbyes' to Mowgli, Rosie sat by his grave looking at the spot where he was as if to say her 'goodbye' too.
"Goodnight, Rosie." "Goodnight, Mowgli."

Remembering Her Dearest Friend

I wouldn't say that life with Rosie has been without its ups and downs, but it certainly has been homelier, healthier and most definitely, happier. Thank you, Rosie, for being my friend. 
"Nice view from here, Rosie." "Yes, Sue, very nice!"


  1. Big hug for lovely Rosie. They say rescue dogs love you more xx

  2. She's a gorgeous girl is Rosie and I just love the photo of you looking out the window together. What a friend to have! :)
    Anne xx

  3. Rosie is a gorgeous dog. We rescued a dog many years ago who was being forced to breed every six months. She was a lovely dog but due to her abuse as a youngster she did not have a longish life. She did have a good home in the end though and that's what is important. My home is crazy some days with animals but I wouldn't change it either xx

  4. oh.. how adorable. I can well appreciate the ups and downs of pet ownership.. but oh what joys.. and you depict them here so beautifully. I love the dog and cat bed share. My cat, Bella insisted on siting in my dogs bed who wasn't so sure... they sorted it out in the end to mutual satisfaction. We all loved the final shot on your post of you both at the window. Terrific. Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

  5. That photo of you and Rosie looking out the window is wonderful. And your little "conversation" made me smile - my husband does that with all dogs he sees - tells me what they are thinking. It's very sweet and very funny.

  6. Oh Rosie is so lovey. A friend went to buy a black lab ( in Wales I seem to remember ) & told me there were barns full of golden, black & brown labradors - er.... DOG FARM !!! Sadly her black lab died last year aged about six.
    Lovely photo x