Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Incongruous.


Sophie only needs to wear one small collar to stop her licking the recently exposed wound. Not complete freedom but much better than having the big collar round her neck. Who would ever have believed that the shy little puppy who hid under her brother would turn into such a determined patient ?


The task now is to keep her from doing all the things she wants to do like savaging her brother, leaping at falling leaves and chasing audacious blackbirds. The two handled harness and a set routine have made the transition onto the second recovery much easier.


'The Font' will take Bob to the specialists in Toulouse this afternoon for the brain scan. An hour down and an hour and a half back in the dark. In the meantime he's being kept busy. Lots of long leisurely walks on soft, leaf strewn paths.


Maid afternoon. Time to stand in the middle of the little stream for a drink in between fishing for trout. Our reverie is interrupted by the strange air displacing whoop-whoop-whoop of low flying helicopters. They fly over us, circle then circle again. Through the canopy of the trees I can see faces peering down at us. They monitor us for a long five minutes. 

The Old Farmer, standing on his balcony with a pair of over sized binoculars, informs us that there is a major anti-terrorist exercise underway. An isolated backwater the perfect place for balaclava wearing men to abseil down ropes. A man standing in the middle of a stream with a shaggy dog is clearly not part of the script. An incongruous moment.


An outbreak of avian flu arrives just in time for Christmas. 3000 ducks have to be put down. Another 12000 being monitored. Department of agriculture vans pass through the village in the morning and return late in the afternoon - their work for the day done. The local poultry farmers face a tough Christmas.

Just another day in a part of deepest, deepest France profonde where nothing ever happens .

26 comments:

  1. Paws crossed for good news on Bob.
    Did he wag his tail at the commandos, being the friendly fellow he is?

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  2. Keep us posted. Bob is foremost in our minds here.
    xx

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  3. Sophie looks lovely :) You are right: who could guess this wee girl would grow to be so brave?
    Is Bob supposed to be "in & out" today or is he expected to spend the night at the hospital?
    Praying for a quick diagnosis for Bob and a speedy recovery. He is the sweetest boy...
    Pam in NH

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  4. Thinking and sending good thoughts and prayers to Bob.

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  5. Lovely pics of both Pons looking relaxed and happy.

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  6. Rooting for Bob here, too, we pray all will be well with the little fellow, and he'll soon be back to his old self.

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  7. Best to all of you. When you don't post in the morning, I wonder what has gone wrong.
    BTW, I thought dog saliva was supposed to have miraculous healing powers.

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  8. The modern world jntrudes on your corner of France prolonged. Meanwhile, across the world, fingers and paws are crossed for dear Bob and our hearts go out to the whole family.

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  9. We wonder what it would be like if something DID happen....

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  12. Bob will be in our thoughts and prayers.

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  13. Our continued prayers for dear Bob. Please tell him his friends, worldwide, love him and give him a hug from us.

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  14. Bob constantly in our thoughts and prayers....sending loving best wishes to him.....Dianne (DBH)

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  15. Perhaps this can be a two post day.....funny just the other day I was remebering how shy Sophie used to be hiding under her big brother. The girl sure has changed. Cheers.

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  16. Keeping Bob in our thoughts over here on the prairies. Much love to all.

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  17. Anxiously awaiting news of dear Bob. Sophie looks very spiff in her small blue collar. The leaf strewn path full of sunlight looks so inviting. Today on the coast of Northern California we have a chill drizzle.

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  18. I'm glad to read that the 2nd surgery is easier - I'm hopeful for that as well now Max has finished the antibiotics, and his ear infection has, I think, finally cleared up.

    I've been thinking of Bob all day and hope the answers have been found with a good/positive diagnosis.

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    1. The 2nd surgery seemed easier. Don't know if it was because we knew exactly what to expect or if Sophie was firmly established in a bad leg routine. The harness was godsend and this time round Sophie segued into a 'routine' almost straight away. Her capacity for sleep astounds us. Just what you want when you're immobile.

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  19. Thinking of Bob - and all who love him...

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  20. Sending love and good thoughts to the Rickety Farmhouse, it's people and 2 special fur friends.

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