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Thursday, July 12, 2012

A precious day

Our morning routine has completely changed because K doesn't want to walk very much in the morning. We've had extra time to watch the Flycatcher couple who have a nest full of babies under our deck.

The parents work so hard, catching flies and delivering them to the nestlings, all day long.
I occasionally saw the couple together this morning. I know from the past dozen years of watching flycatcher parents that the nestlings usually fledge soon after I start seeing the parents away from the nest together.
After a slow-moving morning on the deck watching the Flycatchers, one of K's favorite people, smrp, came to visit her in the afternoon. K had been subdued all day until the three of us sat in the pine needles and played. K lit up, her eyes sparkled, and she seemed truly happy. I didn't take any photos because the time was too precious. But, here's K's serene face after our little get-together.
K's energy was buoyed for the rest of the day, and our little family had a peaceful sunset walk in the meadow near our house. K's spirit amazes me - she loves life with all her heart.
During that sunset hike, I managed to negotiate with R's agent to let me take a photo of him in the sunset light. He's a handsome dude, in my humble opinion.
As the sun dropped lower in the sky, the world and K were embued with a deep red. It felt as if K was being swaddled in the soft warm rays of the sun.
It was another precious day in our journey. As a person who always like to try to take control of life events, it's so hard for me to stand by and let nature take its course. Alas, aside from pain management, that's all that I can do. But, I'll stand by K until the end of the journey, watching over her and showering her with love.


  1. Hi Y'all,

    K is a very special dog with a wonderful and very special family. God bless y'all.

    BrownDog's Human

  2. How lucky to have the flycatchers nesting so close by. Great photographs! I'm glad K had another good day. She knows you are standing by watching her back just as surely as she watched yours for so long.

  3. K is always beautiful, but that last photo is just stunning! The lighting is so lush on her. I'm glad she had visitor today to cheer her up!

    And Kuster also wanted me to mention that R is a very handsome dude -- almost as handsome as he is! He said it must be the shiny black fur! *sigh* The boy is adorable, but he is not humble.

  4. Please do not feel your are on the sideline,your love, your care and all your time you give to K are so valuable,precious and heartfelt, she will know all of this.The visit from smrp would be extra special, friends who care and share in sad times have values that cannot be measured,hold K's love in your heart. Fond greetings from Jean.

  5. And we'll all stand by you.

  6. I'm sure Dexter is in TOTAL agreement about R!

    Of course, K's pics AND the telling of her precious day makes US smile!

  7. Yes R is very handsome, in my MOM's opinion too.
    K is of course beautiful as ever. I'm glad her visitor came and helped per her day up.

  8. How nice to be able to sit and watch the family of Flycatchers with your girl. K really does has a special spirit about her. It must be so hard as that is the one thing that hurts so much when loved ones are ill is the feeling of loss of control over the situation or the outcome. K has such a deep zest for life and so much dignity that I am always in awe of her. She too, is so lucky to have such a special person in you to see her through this. :)

  9. Couldn't ask for better tenants than flycatchers in summer - unless it were bats to eat the mosquitos. So glad smrp was able to vist and cheer K; we thought they were on the road already.

    Gentle hugs,

    Jed & Abby

  10. take in all the love you can during this difficult time, and give all the love you have for K.....with animals we don't have to explain...we just have to be...

  11. We would love to see those fly catchers. We hear birds that we never see because of the thickness of greenery around us.
    I am glad you and K enjoyed the visit from your friend. Just being together in spirit comforts the heart.
    The glow on K from the sun- looks like Mother Earth has wrapped her arms around K.
    nitey nite my friends.

  12. How great that K had such a special visit! Wish we could all be there to perk everyone up. Wouldn't that be awesome if all of your Blogville furends could pop in to say hello in person... Now that's sure to get a smile out of you :)

    Lily Belle

  13. The bottom picture of K is really a beauty . . .I love it!

    I also loved the dignified picture of R, with the small toothy smile, HE is a classy guy, even Stella says so.

    Heres to a good tomorrow,

    Jo, Stella and Zkhat

  14. You must be enjoying every minute with K and your family
    Benny & Lily

  15. Ann..from ..THE OUTER BANKS OF NC..said ...Just looking at the sweet faces of K and R.... makes you appreciate every day...sending hugs and prayers.....

  16. And we will stay by your side offering love and understanding every step of the way.

  17. Beautiful words for a beautiful day. I understand the control thing! I know she loved her day with you :)

  18. K is so beautiful! Know that you both are in our hearts.


  19. K is a wonderful dog, very special. R is really handsome. He´s looking very clever too.
    Enjoy your time together as long as you can...dont think of the day when we all be sad and tears are falling...
    Warm hugs to you all!!

  20. Thank you for sharing that precious day. I hope there are many more to come.

    Anne and Sasha

  21. Anne and Sasha are right. We hope there are many more precious days to come.

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  22. My heart goes out to you. We always read your posts with hope. Take care all.
    Best wishes Molly

  23. Oh KB,
    Like your other readers, my heart continues to go out to you as you ride the path of this difficult journey. I so understand the emotion you felt with "K wrapped in the sunlight"... the beauty that prevails at a time like this is beyond understanding.
    Yes, I also agree with you that R is one handsome dude. He will have lessons to teach you too - like Tam did with Max. He, too, can be a guide.
    Sending you lots of ((Hugs)) and warm wishes, special friend.

  24. What beautiful fotos...of course, they always are.
    As you stand by K, we will stand by you as you go through dis. It takes alot to let nature take it's heartbreaking as it is.

    We are here for ya'll.


  25. I can't think of a better thing to do that watch over her, KB - and she is doing the same for you, R, and the runner.

  26. What an honor to take this special journey with you and K. Gorgeous photos.
    ♥hugs for you♥

  27. Your journey with K is so Precious. My heart goes out to you as I check in to find out has K is everyday. I feel like Iam taking the journey with you.

    Somebody who cares.

    Puggles & Marge

  28. I feel like your posts are almost like prayers. They bring tears to my eyes. Tears of happiness because they are so filled with love and adoration between you and K and life and nature.

    Give her a hug for us.

    mamma heartbeat

  29. We've seen so many lovely photos of K in the sunlight we thought she is a red dog for so long. We're sorry she's not wanting to walk as much but glad you're able to spend time together in other ways.

  30. I'm sorry K is starting to slow. She is still living life to the fullest and happy though. I know it's hard, but it's wonderful that you and K are able to go through the journey together and that you are always there for her. I'm sure it helps her stay in peace. I hope I can do the same for mine when the time comes.

  31. Love that last photo of K in the rays of the sun. Almost as if she is being born out of it. Her courage and zest for life in the face of adversity is inspiring. Our paws are crossed for many more days of precious togetherness.

  32. Amazing pics - as always. K does look so content. Hugs from me - licks from Blueberry.

  33. The love your feel for your wonderful dog can be felt all over the world - in this journey of so much uncertainty, I hope that that makes you feel just a little bit good. We are ALL right along there with you.

  34. Hi KB, beautiful photos of the little Flycatcher. Enjoy your special days. Thinking of you all and sending special hugs. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

  35. I love what Sam and others have said in their comments. I hope you feel all the love and support wrapping around you.


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