An e-mail from Lufthansa in the inbox this morning. 'Angus - Allow us to fill you with joyful anticipation '. This offer turns out to be, rather pedestrianly, a chance to buy a selection of cabin luggage at 25% off. Not the joyful anticipation hoped for.
Bright but cold. The air so clear you can see forever. A Norwegian wind making me add not one, but two, additional layers to the three I've already got on. It is bobble hat weather. Sophie is in her element. At the cafe in town we take our place at the table on the pavement by the window. While we're waiting for our Jaffa Cake and bacon roll a man from the University Security Response Team arrives. No doubting he's from the Security Response Team because he has a van that says this in large letters along the side. He greets Sophie with the words ' You're a sweetheart '. He's told that he's a bad judge of canine character. We laugh. I ask him if he sees much violence in his job. He looks at me in a ' Are you mad ?' sort of way. It seems that the greatest security threat he deals with is students losing their keys and locking themselves out of their dorms. This is distantly followed by students who try to make chips for the first time and set their kitchens on fire. In a world gone mad the mundanity of these risks is strangely reassuring. The generation born in the 2000's will almost certainly make a better job of running things than their grandparents.
On the way home a detour to the farm shop. They have something called Chicken Orchid. This turns out to be chicken stuffed with haggis. Who knew there was such a thing ? No temptation there. The Peking Duck Seaweed Chips are also given a wide berth.
Sophie has had a small growth on the side of her muzzle for some time. The vet in France looked at it and told us to not worry. Over the last ten days it's grown - as in a threefold increase. There will be a trip to the vets this morning to make sure it's benign. It is well protected by the fur on her cheek. Wilf and Digby both had these same type of growths as they got into 'older' age. They proved to be alarming but harmless. Must be a PON thing.
When I started working at Edinburgh University in 1987 there was no such thing as university security. Only a team of retired gents in grey warehouse coats who trundled the post around and dealt with any "incidents".
On yesterday's shipping container theme, here is our nearest (very plush one), at the beach at Hopeman: https://www.facebook.com/BootleggersBothy/
Not a bad start to the morning then. I assume that the café/coffee shop provided something tasty for our girl? There doesn't seem to be quite the same selection of "delectables" on your morning walk, that you found in France.
A visit to the vet is in order today here, too. Yesterday I took over ownership of a lovely old girl of 12 years. Her owner died earlier this year and the poor soul has been pushed from pillar to post, passed round, and sadly neglected. She is the sweetest girl, but the family of her owner didn't want her and wanted to put her down. Her mother must have had a passing acquaintance with a Golden Retriever and her appetite for all things edible is pure Labrador. She resembles a barrel on four sticks! But my, what energy she has - we don't just step it out on our walks - we run!
Coppa Girl - That is wonderful news. From everyone here at the wee seaside cottage a hearty welcome to the new arrival !
Joyful anticipation is not the feeling I experience when receiving an email from Air France. I am now into the third rescheduling of an early January flight from Aberdeen to Cuba (via Schiphol and Paris CDG). At one point they had my itinerary as Aberdeen to Amsterdam and Amsterdam to Paris on 3rd January and Paris to Havana on 2nd January...
Rant over, sending best wishes to Sophie and her owner for a benign vet report.
Oh and isn't chicken stuffed with haggis 'Balmoral chicken'? Or is that just a Deeside thing?
PS Coppa's girl - fabulous news. Can't wait to hear more!
Hoping the visit to the vet goes easily for all involved. Should I try haggis someday?
Coppa's Girl, congratulations. We rescued Joey, a 13-year old foxie in September 2019, and have enjoyed these three years with our sweet loving old man. Older dogs are a special blessing.
Sophie's last photo look , says to me. I'm tired, but it's a PON's delight tired. :)
Travel - Haggis is best eaten once a year .... or decade.
I hope Sophie has a positive vet visit. Our Dukey is prone to small growths as well but so far, to our great relief, the vet has declared each one of them as "nothing to worry about". I'm sure Sophie's growth will get the same diagnosis.
I agree, nothing appealing at the farm shop today...
Hope Sophie's vet visit goes well.
I add my congratulations to Coppa's Girl. She sounds like a special dog and we hope you have a long time together.
Many thanks for all the kind comments about Lindy.
May Sophie’s vet visit remove all fears.
Coppa’s girl, how exciting for you and your new girl! What is her name?
Hope vet has reassuring news. I have a standard poodle and is getting lumps as she gets older. We monitor them. Apparently quite common in the breed.
Coopa’s Girl-congratulations on Lindy adopting you. Sounds like she has added a lot of joy and enthusiasm to your home.
My muttoodle gets growth things. I forget the proper name, it's a weird one.
Our vet says they are common amongst long haired and fluffy dogs
Edward had the same thing in his later years. Indeed, a PON thing? They never bothered him, and we let them be. xx
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