Friday, 27 January 2017

A Parenting Moment- Without A Child

Quintin with the nameless architect 

Friday night tv watching is enhanced by a regular " buddy" documentary where the actress Caroline Quentin and some faceless architect visit some amazing houses across the globe.
I love this programme.
I love voyeuristically exploring other peoples' spaces ( ohhh errr)- for sure but I also adore Quentin  who just bursts with mischievous good humour and warmth!
It's a great watch.
We had just been introduced to a subterranean dwelling in rural New Zealand when William, who had been soundly asleep in the armchair next to me started to gag and thrash in his sleep.
He does this sometimes, it's something to do with a narrowing of his airways, and there is nothing to be done except making sure he's placed in a position where breathing is made easier.
It's a bit like positioning an epileptic during a fit.
Winnie, from her bed next to the fire, got up and with the worried face, only a bulldog could pull,  hurried over to sniff William carefully as I rubbed his back and he fell back to sleep like a puppy in his mother's care.
Winnie then took a long look at William , then turned to me carefully, watching my reaction with all of the seriousness of a toddler.
" It's all fine" I told her and I kissed her forehead gently saying
" Go back to sleep!" 
She sniffed loudly, processing the information I gave her and then heaved herself back to her previous position next to the fire where she lay down watching William anxiously
She only closed her eyes again when I nodded that things were then ok

A little family moment for sure........and not a child in sight...

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  1. A precious family moment.

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    1. Strange as it would seem......it was!

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  2. Sweet story. I've long been a fan of Quintin.

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    1. I just know we would be friends if i met her in real life

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  3. Dogs don't need words, do they? Lovely, motherly Winnie. xx

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  4. John Caroline's last name is Quentin and I cannot stand her so haven't watched that prog ! Love hearing about your dogs though x

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  5. Poor William, I hope this doesn't occur often. (They are our children, btw.)

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  6. As long as you are always there to offer warmth and comfort. Greetings!

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  7. That's really sweet. It seems like you just gave us a little voyeuristic glimpse into your own life.

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  8. That made me fill up John. x

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  9. "all the seriousness of a toddler"

    Great line, it tells me all I need to know and i had never thought about toddlers having this quality but now that you point it out, it's such a very good fit.

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  10. My dogs are like human children, only better. :)

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    1. RAMEN! and furkids are super smart too!

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  11. Love Winnie, fussing over William! So maternal!
    The nameless architect by the way is Piers Taylor, you may have seen him in "The house that 100K built". Love Caroline too, only just getting the show "Restoration Home" up here in the frozen NW Canada.

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  12. Winnie is a very special girl. X

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  13. Beautiful. True. Wise.
    Goodness.

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  14. The nameless architect is called Piers Taylor.

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  15. Our demeanor has meaning not just for other humans but for our pets, too. I think it's very sweet that Winnie was concerned, and that she felt at ease again by seeing your calm reaction.

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  16. What a sweet domestic moment (even if William had to choke and gag to make it possible.)
    Funny - just finished an article in The New Yorker about mega-millionaires and their quiet stockpiling of weapons, food, and real estate in preparation for Armageddon. Apparently New Zealand is one of the preferred destinations. Subterranean dwelling, huh?

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    1. The show sounds fun.
      How sweet is Miss Winnie!
      I just read that as well!!!! Now I know why Peter Thiel, jerk extraordinnaire, bought a house there!

      MissFifi

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  17. Oh John, there were children in sight just not the human variety!

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  18. What a lovely story. Our pets are just amazing. Winnie is a Mum and this is her family now.
    In the morning when we got up Watson would alway run (later hobble) over to thehamish and touch his nose and bounce. Just like a good morning, hello. It was always the same to right before he died it was always a moring greeting to thehamish.
    When the vet would take thehamish in the other room for an xray or blood test, Watson was "talking" at the door till thehamish came back. Then he got the sniff over and a lick in one ear. Making sure he was OK.
    God I miss him.

    cheers, parsnip

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  19. I can just picture Winnnie doing that. Making sure William was OK by your reaction. Dogs are so precious. Our 4 are definitely family...our furry children. I love them so much!

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  20. Tues night I had a post-op puppy child on my lap all evening-only place she wanted to be. They ask for so little really. We have just got Escape to the Country on Canadian TV. I'm getting seriously homesick and wondering if I could possibly afford a one room, rose covered, shack.

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  21. That was very sweet. Poor William! Why does he have airway problems? -Jenn (to add to Susan's comment above, I love watching Escape to the Country, but it drives me batty that they never actually purchase any of the properties and are always still "investigating the area".

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    1. Same here, they just want to be on TV, and impress the neighbours !
      Susan, a rose covered shack anywhere in the UK will cost megabucks these days !

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  22. When I still had two dogs, they showed no concern for each other whatsoever (other than loving each other). I remember on one occasion Bok coming out from the woods with blood pouring from one ear; Monty simply ignored him.

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    1. Yes the other terriers did just that
      It must be a bulldog thing

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  23. Oh Winnie, bless you, you gorgeous girl - they are your babies, aren't they?

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  24. Moments like this are part of why I love animals...

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  25. I can just imagine Winnie doing that, how sweet. Love the programme and Quintin's excitement and exuberance. Piers just spouts a load of architect bosh.

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  26. Of course, John. They care about each other as they are family. We always refer to our son's dog as our grand-dog, and see her as the child they practiced their parenting on. The dog is incredibly caring and close to their 21 month son.

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    1. I. Think it's a bulldog thing. The other terriers didn't batter an eye

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  27. What a sweet dog Winnie is.

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  28. Lovely story about the dogs. We watched that programme too, but Piers annoyed us when he remarked on the sturdy mountains of NZ, saying it was a " fragile landscape" !!

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  29. Poor old Winnie. Carrying the weight of the World on her shoulders. Not watched the programme but I too love having a nose around properties!

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  30. I had my great grand daughter here last weekend (six weeks old) and each time she cried Tess got very worried, looking at me, looking at Ula, walking round her. I think they have far more feelings than people think.

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  31. You are such a good mother, and what cute kids.

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  32. I picture peaceful atmosphere in your home.
    Greetings Maria x

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  33. Pets add that extra dimension to our lives don't they. Can't get rid of Humphrey our cat if I'm poorly or upset..he's on sentry duty.
    Arilx

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  34. Mrs P is a big fan of these house programmes but she baulked at this particular programme when it was trailed as being about subterranean living - she has enough trouble through lack of sunshine in winter without wanting to go underground!

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  35. These moments are so enlightening. Dumb animals, my foot. Winnie is a sweetheart.

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  36. Winnie being Mum, bless her.

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  37. Sweet . . , Precious . . .

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  38. A lovely family moment. Mavis gets very concerned if either Ginger or Suky have a problem. She does a worried look very well.

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  39. So beautiful, and they say they are only animals..
    Briony
    x

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  40. I'd better stay home today, this made me weep .. the sweetness of it all <3

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  41. They are your children John...just children that are a bit furry. Reminds me of a story with my Dad who's eyesight and memory were on the wane.

    I had one of my small dogs sitting up in my lap. Plus we were sitting directly opposite my Dad in the living room. Just the three of us. Dad asked me who was in my lap. I told him, one of my dogs. Looking quite relieved, he replied ..."Thank God, I thought one of the grandchildren had grown a beard."

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  42. I love Winnie and I've never met her!

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  43. My dog knows what "it's okay" means. We tell him that multiple times a day as he is a worrier :)

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