If the Fates decree — 13 Comments

  1. Aren’t the fates 3 scantily clad Greacian birds from antiquity? What do they know about GD’s need for a dog?

  2. Lurchers are lovely, have friends who have adopted. We rescued two greyhounds, (amongst) many dogs and cats we gave homes to, young and old.
    If it happens, you know what to do, introduce gradually, see how it goes.

    • Welcome Yve! I am now a convert when it comes to Lurchers, Whippets and Greyhounds. Penny [Lurcher/Collie Cross] is the most loyal and trusting dog I have ever known [and I’ve known a few].

      By the way – I did notice your icon!

  3. OK this is not going to be a feel good comment but it’s just my opinion. Please don’t block me Grandad because I’m not trying to be malicious and I would miss you terribly. Getting another dog before Penny crosses the rainbow bridge is like getting engaged to someone before your husband passes away. I’ve had, and lost dogs, and I needed a period of grieving before I could even consider getting another one. Anyhow, any dog would be lucky to be chosen to be a part of your family.

    • Why on earth would I block you? I only block trolls and you are definitely not in that category.

      Yes, that had crossed my mind. I have been going through all the pros and cons and that one certainly is in the list. However it might be nice, and indeed good, for Penny to have a companion. It could give her a whole new lease of life. I have no doubt that she would feel a little jealous at times but that would be up to me to reassure her and to teach her to share. When Daughter’s dogs visit she gets on well with them until she gets bored of them, whereupon she takes to her bed and watches from a distance.

      • Some years ago a cat found me. It was a few month’s old kitten. My neighbour’s elderly cat brightened up no end. Our cat flaps opened and closed faster than the door to number Ten as they scurried from house to house. The pair of them scrapped like sugared up kids and hunted together as well as haunting me.

  4. Yes, lurchers, greyhounds and whippets are great. Staffies too. Best of all that I’ve known have been the “half terrier, half fox, half something else” types ๐Ÿ™‚

    And of course, guinea pigs too, esp for kids: they don’t bite, don’t scratch and don’t last too long. And, like groundhogs, they can predict climate ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Guinea Pigs are great fun apart from them shitting all the time. Snails leave a trail of slime; Guinea Pigs leave a trail of shit. The best fun we had was with two Guinea Pigs and a Rough Collie. The latter used to herd then neatly into a corner and then wash them until all their hear stuck up.

  5. “I donโ€™t want another dog.”

    Maybe a time of rest without a dog is appropriate, if & when Penny dies.

    Just humans, for a while.

    • There is something very empty about a house without a dog. For as long as I can remember there has always been at least one in the house. The longest ‘dry’ period was after our last Sandy died when we had two weeks of mourning. Penny lifted us out of that immediately. I often think of Sandy but don’t love Penny any the less.

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