Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Photos of the Week


My favourite photo this week was the one below of my father.
On Monday we were in Halifax and decided to pop in to visit Dad.
We are usually there on Friday but thought let's surprise him.
Sophie was very keen to do this because it meant TONS of treats from Pops!
And much to her's and our surprise, my sister Mim and her partner Michael
were there too with their dog, Maggie! And to complete the picture my brother Laurie showed up as well.......a full house in a small room.

As can be seen by the expression on Dad's face, he was overjoyed to see his two
favourite dogs.

His face says it all. Dad is content to be at this veterans hospital.

The next photo is one taken of Sophie on the way back to the car after her visit.
Usually when she visits she is the only dog there, so today with a little competition
in her midst, aka Maggie, Sophie 'played herself out'!

Still wearing her ID around her neck she dragged herself back to the car. It's a lot of responsibility you know to have to be careful around a 96 year old person!!






34 comments:

  1. Love that image of your dad! He looks so happy. What a great family you are; looking out for each other.

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    1. He is more content than I've seen him in a while, Martha. I think he feels safer.

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    1. Thanks so much. It is great to see Dad being happy. It's been a while.

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  3. The look on your dad's face says it all. Dogs bring such joy don't they?

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    1. Chania, he turns into another person when a dog is around....he is in another world.

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  4. I'm glad your Dad is settling in so nicely in his new home! I'm sure they did up Remembrance Day very nicely there for all the vets.

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    1. There were two services/ceremonies that day Debra. The place was swarming with dignitaries I hear. Dad stayed up in his room where it was quieter.

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  5. Oh Jim! Your Dad looks great and so happy! This must do your heart good! Sophie on the other hand does look a little tuckered out. LOL!

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    1. Janet, you are so correct! It is so good to see him settle in so well. I think Sophie finds it all to exciting and emotional and she tires out every time.

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  6. Hi Jim,
    What a happy smile, so nice to see.
    Ivan

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  7. What a wonderful picture of your dad and the two dogs. And what a great family your dad has, no wonder he's got a big smile on his face. How funny that Sophie wore herself out for the treats. I've never seen her tired after running around on the beach, I guess this was a different kind of workout.

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    1. It takes a lot of self control to be around Dad because she knows she must be gentle around him. We didn't teach her this, she knew from day one that he was frail and she 'stepped up'. It is really quite sweet to watch her around him and he so appreciates her attention. But it does exhaust her!

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  8. A parent is happy for their children, when all is going well, and they are happy ,at whetever stage of their life, but when a child is happy for their parent, it means so very much more. the other side of the wheel of life, and your Dad shows in his smile his happiness, and I am sure he is enjoying his new life there.A doggy visit in plenty, he will talk of this for days. Greetings from Jean.

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    1. Hi Jean. you are very wise. dad knows when his kids are happy and content. He's always had good instincts.

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  9. What a beautiful image this is, Jim! Your dad looks so happy to see Sophie and Maggie. Isn't it amazing to see that dogs can sense when it's necessary to be extra gentle or patient?

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    1. Thanks Pat. Initially I was concerned when we got Sophie because she is such a high energy dog, but from the moment she met Dad she sensed something was needed and she has acted accordingly. Whew!

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  10. I enjoyed seeing the look of happiness and pleasure on your dad's face! It looks like he has had tons of practice passing out treats. Dogs are amazing in their ability to sense how the people in their lives are doing and in their ability to adjust to changing situations. It's hard to believe your dad is 96! He doesn't look anywhere near that age. May you be blessed with the same good genes!

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    1. Yes one would think that having 9 kids would have aged him!!! I guess there is something in keeping things uncomplicated.

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    2. I was curious to see what you posted the day before your procedure. I know the drill! How life-affirming that you shared these wonderful photos of your dad and Sophie! Enjoy the relief! And again: May you be blessed with the same good genes! (Of all the mornings for me to make that comment!) Cheers!

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    3. Actually Louise I remember reading your comment and thinking that there is no way I will see 96!! I have had more health related things than Dad ever had! But who knows, guess I'll keep that door open for a bit!! lol

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  11. These are great!
    The pack of crackers reminds me of my mother and the way she interacted with Pugsley. Good memories. And great to see the delight in your fathers eyes.

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    1. Thanks Stew. He chose the crackers over the jar of dog treats he had. Variety guess.

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  12. Jim, what a great picture from a day that I know became a treasured one!!

    What Dad doesn't enjoy seeing his grand-dogs? :-)

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    1. Thanks Kim. dad is so funny to watch around dogs.....he 'becomes' someone else! In a good way!!

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  13. That is a great picture of your Dad. It's so good to see him happy, and to hear that he's content after such a big change in his life.

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    1. Terry, thanks. He is one strong individual who has learned to cope with change from an early age.

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  14. I can well see why your dad's picture is your favourite of the week. It would have been my selection as well :) From the first time I happened on your blog (I think it was through the Leontien posts), that sense of caring for each other that is a part of who you are came through with such clarity, I knew I would be coming back for more. The world is full of good people, but there's something neat about having the opportunity to share thoughts with a few who just happen to pop into our lives like a surprise gift out of the blue.

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    1. Blush....thanks. I learned a lot of that caring from my parents Carol. And Dad still cares about his adult kids as much as he did when we were children.

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  15. fantastic! You must frame it.......he looks well, content, and happy.

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    1. Good idea Joanne! With the exception of a really bad knee, he is doing very well.

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