For The Love Of A Small Dog…

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”
~ Charles M. Schulz

 

This small red bundle of energy who we now know as Rufous Dog only came into our lives on Monday, but what a difference his presence has already made.

Harry hasn’t stopped smiling. He now has a playmate, a buddy, a brother. They play together for hours each morning and afternoon, wrestling and playing chasey.

My husband Ben’s happy too. Rufous is a lovely boy, he’s easy to train, and Harry (who in the way of cattle dogs bonding to one person is truly Ben’s dog) is also finally happy again after weeks of awful fretting and grieving for the loss of our precious Bert.

Rufous has even come on a Cafe outing and managed to behave reasonably well. Here they are at a cafe yesterday morning. Harry is staring at Ben. Rufous at me.

I’m feeling slightly overwhelmed, truth be told. This small dog has made me his important person. This has never happened before. All of our dogs have been Ben’s dogs. All Daddy’s boys, although I know they loved me too. But Rufous has decided he is mine.

When we go somewhere as a family Rufous checks to see if I am coming. If I’m slow he comes back and waits for me. If I don’t go he doesn’t either. He parks himself at my feet and stares up at me with these big soft eyes. Everywhere I go, apart from morning and afternoon dog playtime, Rufous is right behind me.

He even sleeps between my office chair and the wall or under my desk while I am working, one paw always touching me if he can.

It’s a love explosion in our house right now. Which kind of makes up for the newly chewed shoes… 🙂

13 thoughts on “For The Love Of A Small Dog…

  1. Thanks Nicole, love reading your blog, cooking up your recipes (I made a pot of your Nan’s marvellous soup last night).
    Just a word of big gratitude – quite a few years ago – maybe 8 – I had a session with you, and what you said then still resonates with me. At times it’s been like a distant horn sounding from the hills I had to follow! Other times, almost too muffled to hear clearly. But there. Lots of ups and downs.

    In two days, I take a really big step after a lot of small steps, into the life we talked about in that session. And it wasn’t until I read your blog this morning that the awareness ‘popped’ – I’m actually doing it, I’m going! A month travelling and teaching in Europe, followed by more trips later in the year for my business. Lots of fun, laughter and lovely hard work.
    So thank you, for seeing what you saw in me, about me. Thanks for your clarity, when I surely didn’t have it!
    Much love, Shauna

  2. Too gorgeous for words – and yet you captured it! Thrilled he has a human and Harry is a happy boy. They’re both beautiful boys. So happy for you, Nicole. oxoxoxxo

  3. He knows you need someone (other than Ben) just for you. Funny how the Universe gives us exactly what we need when we need it.

  4. Dearest Nicole,

    So heartwarming to see both dogs have such a good time.. A lot of love is required for one to heal, and Rufous is bringing you all heap loads….

    Lots of Love

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