Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Easily Pleased

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Chris always accuses me of being bulldog biased.
I don't think that is true, but I do have to concede that looking after a " rehomed bulldog bitch" does have  specific pleasures that are unique to the breed.
The terriers were loved and spoilt right from the start.
Winnie was a veteran of two litters in a busy breeding household when she arrived
The terriers were trained in car travel, lead walking and social etiquette when they were barely out of their puppy hoods .
Winnie, although sociable, had non of these milestones.
She had to learn all of these puppy skills aged five.

And so I always find her ability to find pleasure in the smallest of day to day activities incredibly moving.
I was thinking only this when were were out for a walk in torrential rain yesterday afternoon.
The terriers were walking dutifully by my side...Heads down, eyes tight against the wind
In their centre was Winnie with her head up, piggy eyes bright with a big stupid grin on her chops.

A simple walk in the pouring rain and she looked liked the cat who had got the cream.




74 comments:

  1. I love her cute little squishy bulldog face :-)

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    1. What about my huge squishy face?

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  2. Dammit - reduced to tears again!
    Love to you all :-)

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  3. Simple pleasures are always the most satisfying, and I'm sure that Winnie finds as much pleasure in her training of you Mr Gray.

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  4. You are so fortunate for having found one another. (And she is so cute!)

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  5. Dogs just do it so well don't they, find the sunshine in the most mundane of moments. If only we could follow suit a bit more easily.

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    1. Mind you, I doubt I could get THAT excited at the arrival of the postman

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    2. you haven't seen my postman ;)

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  6. So glad she found you. What a face! How can you not fall in love?!? (Oh... Winnie's face, too.)

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    1. We have similar coloring don't you think?

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  7. What a sweet story to begin my day.

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  8. Because she has found her heaven and is "livin the dream"! Can't get enough of her...

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  9. Sweet gigantic thing she is. That head! :)

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    1. She has a fat arse to go with it!

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  10. I'm sure she is extremely happy....pure bliss for her to be free.

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  11. I never thought I could love a bulldog - all those wrinkles and snuffly breathing. But I'm starting to think otherwise...

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    1. They are such sweet characters.... Not a bad bone in their body

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  12. How could you not love a face like that?

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  13. The photo looks like Churchill and Stalin at Versailles.

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    1. Have a 'recommend'.

      U

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    2. Jo brand and Margaret Rutherford

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  14. You Mr Gray have made my day....once again.
    I do believe rescue dogs know when the have found a 'home'. I consider myself to be a lab person...but I can see the appeal of a bulldog.....and what a magnificent bulldog she is!!

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    1. Well making a mad woman's day!
      What could be better than that?

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  15. What a great picture :O). It has always seemed to me that rescue dogs seem rather the same way in enjoying life. Or the three rescue dogs we have had were like this. Just tickled pink to be in a loving home.

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  16. Hear hear for big stupid grins!

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  17. A match made in heaven...I do think rescue dogs enjoy life more...rescue cats just think "it's about time"...

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  18. This makes my breath catch in my throat. One of our cats came from the street, dropped in our neighbourhood as far as we can tell because a door to door canvass did not locate her home. She had a grim look to her at first and it took a long time before she learned how to play. It is lovely now to see her chasing toys, head butting us, and sleeping fully relaxed. I love to hear good stories about rescued animals; it helps to balance the bad things in the world.

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    1. Dogs and cats are like people who have troubled pasts...... Mind you they trend to forget their troubles whereas many people cannot

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  19. She's such a sweetie that no one with a heart could have left her waiting for a home where she's valued - and, boy, has she got one - and with ALL the frills!

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  20. Awww...I want to squish that face!

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    1. Oops.

      I am referring to the dog.

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  21. I agree with Texan. Our little rescue dog Mickey finds joy in every little thing. Every trip to the barn (4 times a day, at least) is the best thing ever to him.

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    1. Their happiness is often catching

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  22. Our rescue Cairn lives only to eat. But, she's not breeding puppies any more, and she wants a lap when there is a thunder storm. I know she lived in an Amish breeding barn in an open field, taking care of puppies, and I wonder what she did in storms there.

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    1. Shivered all the way through them........and then she found your lap

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  23. She sure does love her daddy. :))

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  24. Oh My Goodness !

    cheers, parsnip

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  25. Am pondering that long-established suggestion that people and their dogs grow to resemble each other...

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    1. Good job I didn't get a house pig andrew!

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    2. Hmm... How long would Brad Pitt have to hang his head over your shoulder for the similarities to develop, I wonder?

      An experiment Mr Pitt may not wish to participate in, however.

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  26. She is queenly as well as gorgeous. I am quite jealous.

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  27. Well she has got the cream John hasn't she - landing on those big fat feet into a household of dogs and dog-lovers who love them all to bits just for being who they are.

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  28. I'm so happy you two found each other. She's living the life she deserves to live!

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  29. The caption to this picture could be 'Oh no, I don't have to pose for a picture again, do I ?.
    Briony
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    1. Briony,
      She LOVES to pose

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  30. The two of you are beautiful together. I'm so happy for Winnie that I wish I could be an adopted-by-you bulldog.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. As long as you didn't rub me with your fanny, that would be fine

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    2. Hahaha! Brilliant.

      Jo in Auckland, NZ

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    3. What's wrong with my fanny? It's perfectly acceptable, according to Willy Dunne Wooters.

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  31. Bulldogs are so special. I know.

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    1. Yours is a more manageable size Yael!

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  32. How could you not love her to bits!?!

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  33. A touching image, yes...but I still agree with Chris!

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  34. She has the look of pure happiness...I am guessing you do too.

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  35. Glad your fair lady is learning a thing or two!

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  36. Maybe she was hot. I was glad when it rained today.

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  37. Pure Love and so sweet! Her head looks so big! Bigger than yours!!

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  38. That is a brilliant pic... she's like "Dadddd let me see"

    Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  39. Appears she's mastered the art of low expectations; a usefull skill in many of life's circumstances.

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  40. Love that photo! She looks like she is just daring Chris to tell her to move. :-)

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  41. She looks pretty much attached to you, and for good reason.

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  42. She's beautiful...I'm sure Chris knows it's a case of 'love me, love my dog'!

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  43. All of our cats except Phoebe were rescues (Jim was a bit of both as he was born a feral barn cat and taken as a kitten to be rehomed). They all seem to savour the little things. Phoebe has always been a diva, complaining about this and that. First world cat problems. The others put up with her and i'm sure wondered why she complains as much as she does.

    I hope the Meg, William, and George know that Winnie didn't have the same kind of love they've always known and give her some slack.

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