Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Waiting For His Day



George (left) wanting to play
sometimes George has the capacity to break your heart.
He's a sweet little soul, that much is undeniable, but when the two Welsh terriers roughhouse together, he is always over looked by them, like the fat kid always was before the fit kids chose their own teams for games
For years Meg and William have chased and played and fought together like puppies and for years George has stood all eager and hopeful on the sidelines desperate to be able to join in and never quite obtaining the permission to do so.
Such are the odd rules of the home pack.
From the second George arrived he has never ever been promoted from the lowest rung of the pecking order ladder ...which must be a huge bummer as even the hens have a higher status and more confidence than he has.
He cannot be fed before the others, he seldom is allowed to sit on your knee without being turfed off by the alphas and even when he lines up to have his lead attached, he has to wait until the others go first.

If Bwthyn-y- llan. was Downton Abbey....unfortunately George would be lumpy old Daisy, the scullery maid.



51 comments:

  1. Poor George. Bandit would take the backseat if the younger ones were around. Good thing he is the top dog safe from them in the higher level of the house.

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  2. Poor George. This brings to mind the last line of a poem by Milton....."they also serve who only stand and wait". His patience and sweetness is something you will always remember.

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  3. Oh poor George but he's still number one dog when it comes to eating voles! Hope you're feeling better John.
    Jo xx

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  4. I am sure that you somehow show sufficient lovingness towards George so that he does not feel too left out, and I am sure that in his way he is happy.

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  5. There should be a special name for that sort of heartbreak...

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  6. Dogs have an expression for it 'Two dogs are company; three dogs are a crowd'.

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  7. Unfortunately, that is the way it is in most species, both four legged and 2 legged.

    The good thing is that George has you.

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  8. Ah, he's happier with the stability of knowing his status than he would be with an owner who spoiled him and confused him about who was in charge.

    Does that apply to Daisy as well? Is that why she hesitates about taking over the farm tenancy? (Don't spoil Series 4 for us Yanks, please!)

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    1. They did a good job of keeping Matthew Crawley's death from us!! I was in shock, but I've got some ideas on the rest of the story!

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  9. Surely George must get some one on one human time to make up for it.
    Hope you are getting better!

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  10. Now I've gone all teary-eyed, my only consolation knowing that you'll always be there for him.

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  11. Poor old George - now you have broken my heart.

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  12. Oh George! You poor old thing...perhaps he looks on as a parent would....

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  13. That bloody pecking order!!!

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  14. and I was always picked last in sport at school too.

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  15. Oh, George's day is coming! It's called karma.

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  16. Hard to be the low man on the totem pole...and it's hard not to try and *correct* that!

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  17. Dear sweet George -- I hope you think of lovely little 'extras' to spoil him...

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  18. Poor George! He does do his best to console himself by stealing eggs, and the occasional Scotch egg at that ;-)

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  19. Poor little George..He needs a day all to himself. I hope that you are feeling much better today. You are very fortunate to have such wonderful neighbors and they are very fortunate to have you. Besides...I don't think anyone would want to open your door and find a pile of bones next to the toilet and smiling dog faces at the door.

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  20. All George has to do is outlive one of them. Then a whole new world will open up for him! By the way, Daisy was promoted to second cook and a new, more comely girl is the scullery maid.

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  21. O George, I know exactly how you feel, huge cyber hugs for you x x

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  22. George should play chase games with Albert, much more fun :)
    ~Jo

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  23. This made me sad for George. I hope you make it up to him with lots of extra love and attention. I'll bet he's the sweetest dog of the bunch.

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  24. Awww poor George! I just wanna give him a big hug and some special attention.

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  25. Having been "George" in all my childhood days, I know just how he feels. I hope you give him some special time just for him. Unless (like Ms Sparrow says) one of the others pass on before he does, he'll always be the "underdog". I love him... sight unseen!

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  26. Aw, bless 'im! Well little George is welcome to come and play with Finley anytime :)

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  27. Someday you should just take George out for a walk and leave the others behind... He deserves to be the first once in awhile.. Gotta Love George~!
    Have a great day~! Big snow storm here in Iowa... It's really pretty coming down.. Makes one feel like they are in a snow globe...
    ta ta for now from Iowa:)

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  28. Aw that makes me sad and he's so sweet - his day will come.

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  29. I want to give him a hug and take him for a long walk, and buy him ice-cream.

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  30. He needs another Scottie pup to keep him company???

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  31. My Scotties and I do not like this post at all it breaks our hearts.
    And let me tell you Hamish would not stand for it. He would be in there playing even if bloodied but he would join in. He is tenacious !
    I can't believe you let them push him off your lap ! But
    I find male Scotties to be much more mellow than females. Females Scotties seem to not put up with any garbage.
    George can come live with us in the Sonoran Desert. I would give his treats first ! My Boys would let him as they are very good cousins.
    And as for Daisy, I think she will do better than most of the staff. She will run the farm and start a business selling her jams.

    cheers, parsnip
    unhappy , Watson and Hamish

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    1. George does have a charmed life despite his low pecking order...
      His one major treat is going to bed with Chris every night.....BEFORE anyone one else is allowed. the two of them run up the stairs then cuddle up in bed where he " aroooooos" like mad.......
      It's very funny to watch

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  32. He is all the more lovable for his position in the scheme of things.....

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  33. Funnily enough, long ago in a galaxy far,far away, I had a boyfriend called George who also had the capacity for breaking hearts. He shipped off to Denmark with a blonde cutesy-pie who had an accent to die for and legs up to her armpits! I do however love your George.x

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  34. Aw, bless his little cotton socks!

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  35. Oh how sad...Love that George...his day will come. Just keep loving him!

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  36. Every dog has his day! Keep hoping, little George!

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  37. He's plotting his revenge.

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  38. Oh John ..... poor George. I actually said an ' Ahhhhh" out loud when I saw the photo and read the text.
    But, such is the way of the world of animals and they have to have some sort of sort of pecking order, otherwise, it just doesn't work. Even though he's last in that pecking order, he lives in such a loving home that he's probably just fine with it. XXXX

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  39. Well, even if he is low in the pack pecking order, it sounds like he gets the best spot in the bed.

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  40. Poor, poor George. Here Jazz is undeniably top cat - so Jewel claims my lap while Jazz ensonces himself in that of my partner. (Which doesn't stop him coming over, biting Jewel and going back to his lap of choice.) At least George doesn't seem to be victimised...

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  41. Some days I feel like poor George.

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  42. That is cute about George and Chris.
    Hope you're feeling better, John. ♥

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  43. He's gorgeous. Glad he gets first go in the bedtime routine!

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  44. But George is the clever one who knows when to bide his time. Remember the duck egg and the scotch egg incidents!

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  45. Buy a playmate for George. What's one more .... He'd be so happy.
    When I read your blog, I want more animals. I still miss Winston.

    Cindy Bee

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  46. Ohhhhhhhh...these are the stories that make me cry!!! George........

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  47. I've no doubt that George gets the extra treats and the most cuddly of cuddles, the saddest of eyes and lowliest of stances brings out the soft side in all of us, perhaps George is just the cleverest :-)

    We on the other hand have a Jack Russell and a Pug who BOTH think they rule the roost and fight like whirling dervishes over any small injustice. They do cuddle up like little angels later of course leaving their human owners completely baffled by these ever changing doggy rules.

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  48. Every dog has his day. :)

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