Monday, 2 June 2014

Albert's Stiffy

I was just about to go to bed tonight.
( BBC's " Crimewatch" had sufficiently depressed me so)
When I watched Albert walking in to the darkened living room after an energetic burst through the catflap
His gammy leg must have been bothering him and he was limping, and after his usual head rubbing with each of the dogs in turn, he sat in front of the fire next to Meg, and stretched his right rear leg out stiffly before him in the heat of the stove.
Gently Meg picked her head up, leant forward, and started to lick his obviously hot knee as Albert shut his eyes peacefully.
They sat like that for some minutes
It's the nicest thing I've seen all day

Albert showing his stiff right back leg a few nights ago



55 comments:

  1. get better soon, albert! and how nice of meg to help her brother!

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    1. It's an old break of the leg AM
      he had an accident several years ago......and was hit by a car in the lane
      The vet mismanaged his injury

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    2. Not George Clooney I hope!

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  2. Poor Albert. Harper is getting old. Yesterday he sat down next to Franklin and rested his head on Frank's shoulder. It was so sweet. The two have been best friends since the moment they met.

    Love,
    Janie

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  3. Poor Albert. And how nice to hear that Meg comforted him. Nicest thing I have heard all day. Thank you - and Meg.

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  4. Another misleading title - I should have learnt by now.

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    1. You have taught me everything I know
      You are Yoda to my luke

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  5. So sweet...first the head bumps and then dear Meg offering comfort.

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  6. The title caught my attention!! Lost in translation I guess. Amazing what a 'big pond' can do to a language!! lol
    Sweet image of those two looking after one another, John. Sweet indeed.

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    1. Jimbo
      You dirty minded Canadian

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  7. Awww....soothing to the leg and soul.

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  8. Albert warming his leg and Meg licking it, warmed my heart. I can always come to your posts, John, for something, funny, kind or sweet.

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  9. You are a seriously entertaining guy....I check your blog everyday for my morning dose of humour....thanks !!

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  10. Nice of Meg to doctor Albert that way.

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  11. I for one adore your misleading titles. I should have you write the ones for my food articles. What could you come up with for an article about squash blossoms used for eating?

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  12. How very sweet.

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  13. awwwwwwwwwww !
    I am so to to the blogs today. I have been busy.
    I love the little head bump to his family. And Meg lurves him.
    Hope the mean cat was not chasing him again.

    cheers, parsnip

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  14. So sweet. (And cracking up at the title...)

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  15. Lucky Albert!!!! Sweet meg...and a belated Happy Birthday!!!

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  16. My little Doodlebug cat showed up on the doorstep about 13 years ago filthy and limping. I took her to the vet and he said her back leg had been broken at some point. She's still with us, happily gimping along.
    Sweet Meg. :)

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  17. Aw, that's just the sweetest story ever. I'm sure this cheered you up after the depressing "Crimewatch." xx

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  18. One of my dogs is developing a strange relationship with the chicken. Any advice?

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    1. Don't eat the eggs, comes to mind

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    2. Jenny….that made me laugh!

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  19. I never watch 'Crimewatch'. My imagination is running overtime as it is.

    What I did watch, and the Angel joined me, was the "Silent Life of Cats". Brilliant. And never anyone tell me that cats and dogs don't get on, look after each other. A blind dog (I think it was a Labrador) the resident Moggy being his guide"cat".

    That one hour reminded me of why I miss a cat in my current life (my fantasy - being early June - a garden to mess with and a cat following me around). Greetings to good old Albert, my cat in lieu.

    U

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    1. I watched that too and it reinforced how much we miss having Sheba around. In the three months since we lost her, the squirrels have got bolder and bolder, and the wood mice have had a lemming like population explosion. We are hoping that Dylan the lovable wimp of a tabby from two doors down gets a taste for them soon.

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  20. One of our cats has a leg that looks just like that when she sits. She came to us via our vet, a stray hit by a car, fixed up and looking for a new home. In her case, the strange look to the leg was because of the technique used to fix her injuries; the tendon was reattached on the exterior of the joint because it's still functional but less trauma for the cat. It's so very lovely to hear of dogs and cats getting along ... and more than that, enjoying each other and showing caring behavior to each other.

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    1. Not sure if my description of that medical procedure is correct but it's the best I can do :)

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  21. I immediately thought of a sore leg when I read the title. Of course I did...
    It is heartwarming when cats and dogs take care of one another; my daughter's cat, Connelly, regularly bathes our latest rescue pup. The Great Scot insists, however, that Connelly is just checking to see if San Geraldo (said pup) is done yet.

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  22. When words are not available a gentle lick on a sensitive part can be the closest thing to comfort between two beings (I find).

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  23. My cat was always desperate to get close to the old dog, who would have nowt to do with him….when the cat crept across the carpet to within 6 inches the dog got up and left! The pup ( nearly 1 now) is much more accommodating and lets the cat lie on his bed, sometimes licking the cat's ear. I have a recent photo of them lying side by side, and the dog's front paw over the cat's shoulders…..not quite sure how that happened. Having said that, the dog often wants to play and head butts the cat until the cat starts swiping him, at which point I have to step in! Lovely story John.

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  24. Ah Bless them!
    I too watched that program about cats,the best bit was, the cat in a Scottish town who thought he owned the whole town!

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  25. For some reason I was alerted to this post by Google + which makes me wonder if they're just scanning for smut. Still unpacking from our Scotland trip so I shouldn't really be on the computer at all......Hope Albert loosens up soon. x

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  26. Lovely image conjured up!

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  27. Get better soon Albert

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  28. You sentimental man you! I hope Albert's leg feels better soon.

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  29. Sometimes a kiss really does make everything feel better.

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  30. Poor Albert, but I admit to being relieved his leg was the..ahem..stiffy.

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  31. Nothing like having a friend to help with a painful stiffy! LOL

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  32. Oh I loved the part about the headrubs, my alfiedog is too, ahem, 'sensitive' for affection from molliethecat, and certainly wouldn't care less about her physical wellbeing except to clean her ears out (yech).
    You have a lovely life and I am well jel.
    susan x
    Ditto crimewatch, normally avoid like the plague!

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    1. Need to add Alfiedog is getting old and flies through the catflap (he's little) forgetting his rheumatiz, then walks around 'dot and carry one' stylee for an hour or two!!!
      x

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  33. I love it that animals know to help each other out when necessary.

    Oh and if you ever have to go away and need to put Winnie in kennels you should have a look at this :-)

    http://www.reshareworthy.com/igor-bulldog-gets-special-gift-from-family/

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  34. There is a commercial on television that warns that if you use their product and have a stiffy longer than four hours to consult your Doctor…..well it’s just not the same Albert now is it? Sure got my attention though....clever John.

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  35. So nice when one's stiffy gets such tender loving care.

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  36. Animals can be so caring to one another - I have a dog and a cat who adore one another (unless milk on a saucer is involved).

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  37. Bait and switch! I thought we were going to get some kitty porn!

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  38. I read quite a few blogs, mostly cookery, country life, all nicely titled with such delights as "Elderflower wine" and "picnics in the meadow" and suchlike. Then I find yours........Alberts Stiffy. I was going along all nicey, nicey, bake my own bread, make my own jamlike and then nearly wet myself.

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  39. You dirty man ;-) Or is it I with the filthy mind... oh heavens!
    That is a very sweet story.

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  40. I do so enjoy reading your musings.

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  41. can't watch Crimewatch... just so depressing and also I start to think I fit the description for most of the criminals they want to find!!! Lol

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    1. Most on the " most wanted" seem to be Albanian
      The daily mail would have a field day

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  42. Your titles often don't deliver.

    Thankfully

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