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It’s a Dog’s Life

May 19, 2008

My brother Richard’s family lives close to us. The other day his wife and daughter, Marie and Melina, came for a visit – with their three dogs. The first scene that met me was this.


Tibby, on the left, has just had a leg surgery.
“But Lucy… what’s your excuse?”


Clara set herself up for a wet dog kiss.


But on second thought…


“Is that dog breath I smell?”


“This little one seems safer!”


Marie agrees.


All this love made Lucy a very happy dog. (It doesn’t take a lot to make them happy, does it?)

I believe I have posted some serious questions on my blog, but here’s a totally irrelevant one that stuck to my head (for a few seconds): what’s it like to be a dog? I mean, a dog’s life, is it care free, or stress filled like ours? And what about this: what’s the real reason people get dogs? I always wonder about that whenever I see a dog as handbag accessory (note: not these above).

Well, if you have absolutely nothing better to do you may answer. Otherwise, get back to work! I don’t want your boss barking at you!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 29, 2008 23:43

    Flotte bilder av kjempesøte hunder🙂 Min hund er min aller beste venn (ved siden av min lille datter selvsagt). Er nok ingen andre som har fått høre så mange av mine innerste tanker som Fanta. Ingen andre kan få meg til å le når jeg sitter helt utslitt og litt småsur om kvelden etter en hektisk dag…..hun vet alltid hva hun skal gjøre for å få meg i godt humør….deilige hunden min!
    Dessuten blir hun alltid med på lydighetstrening når jeg vil (nåja hun liker ikke å bli våt på beina og i stumpen så når det regner vil hun helst være inne. Hun har ikke helt forstått at hun er en stor barsk Schäfer hihi.)

  2. May 26, 2008 13:04

    I would say that it is a “here and now” kind of life, where the one thing that matters the most is the family at any given moment. If life is calm, safe and organized, and if all members of the family are well, then there are no worries in a dogs life. Sometimes I wish that more humans could have a similar view on life…

  3. Lene Klamer permalink
    May 19, 2008 19:52

    AAAAWWWW some cute beautiful little dogs!
    And Lucy… she must be the little princess, since she is “the smallest” That is her excuse;-)
    In my next life I want to be a dog!
    I agreed on that with my mom and sis years ago;-)

  4. Jan Burnett-McKeown permalink
    May 19, 2008 11:08

    What lovely photos! If you look after them and treat them well, dogs do make incredibly loyal, loving, and protective companions. I think it’s that sense of unconditional love that these animals give, which makes them such popular pets. They can also easily be trained. I have had a number of dogs as pets in the past – though they have usually been the larger breeds. As your photos show – it certainly doesn’t take much to make them happy. There is nothing quite like coming home from work in the afternoon (especially after a difficult day) and having two dogs come out to greet you – eagerly jumping up and down because they are just excited and happy to see you.

    The English language expression “It’s a dog’s life!” usually means that it’s a pretty good and easy life. And for most dogs with good homes, I think this would probably be the case – they are fed good meals at regular intervals, are well-exercised and looked after, and are treated with affection by their owners. They probably don’t have too many worries or cares. But I have known some owners who “go overboard” with their dogs by trying to treat them too much like humans, and not training them properly. These people often think they are being extra-kind to their animals, but in reality are “killing” them with their kindness and doing them a great dis-service. Such animals often do suffer from stress, and this can usually be seen in their abnormal or unusual behaviour.

  5. Anna permalink
    May 19, 2008 08:42

    För att citera “Det är aldrig kört!”:
    “Om en hund vore din lärare, skulle du kanske kunna lära dig saker som dessa:
    – När någon du älskar kommer hem, spring alltid och möt dem.
    – Låt alltid känslan av frisk luft och vinden mot ditt ansikte vara anledning nog för extatisk lycka.
    – Om det du vill ha ligger nedgrävt, gräv tills du hittar det.”

  6. May 19, 2008 08:23

    GOODMORNING LOUIS MY FRIEND.BEFORE I GET TO WORK, I WILL SAY THANK YOU FOR THE BEAUTIFUL PICTURES OF YOUR BROTHER RICHARDS DOGS, THEY ARE CUTE. I THINK PEOPLE GET DOGS,BECAUSE THEY NOT WILL BE ALONE. MY PARENTS HAVE HAD 3 DOGS WHEN THEY HAVE THE FARM, AND WHEN THEY DIED AND, THEY MOVE TO THE CITY THEY GET THE DOG NR 4. I AND MY BOYFRIEND HAVE 2 CATS, WE LIVE IN A FLAT.BUT I HOPE THAT YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT DAY AND GIVE YOUR BROTHER RICHARD A BIG HUG FROM ME. LOVE AND HUG TO YOU FROM ME LENE

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