Wednesday, May 31, 2023

She'll dictate the pace.

Thank you for all your comments yesterday. What a kind place the dog blogging  world is. We're surprised at the speed with which the cancer is metastasizing and Sophie is shrinking. She's now all flesh and bones. Her fur hanging off her like a sweater two sizes too big. Last night there was a special dinner of warm roast salmon and pasta followed by trifle. This was wolfed down with the gusto of a puppy and the lick smacking delight of a gourmand. Nothing like cold trifle to boost a girls zest for life. 

The night largely peaceful. Under the moonlight Sophie and Angus were out walking along the cliff tops at one thirty in the morning. Sophie seemed to think this was the time she always goes out for a comfort break. She was equally sure that the cliff top route was the one she wanted to take. She leads me straight there. Angus follows on behind wearing hastily thrown on clothes and slippers. This is the dog and tramp look.


This morning at six she's ready for the off again. It seems the family diva is determined to ignore her prognosis and revisit old haunts. She is proving to be one feisty lady.


The chapel cloister is our first port of call. This is purposefully examined  from one end to the other. Seagulls and pigeons are glared at. She then heads through the old iron gate to look at the sun rising behind the cathedral. This familiar sight meets with her unconditional approval. She stops here for a full five minutes.


In the walled garden she considers chasing a crow but thinks better of it. Then the confusion and tiredness return. The rest of the journey completed in her companions arms. After the shock of yesterday we've decided that while she can relish her meals we will delay the trip to the vets.  When she loses the passion for roast salmon or trifle we'll know the time has come. This is a test that's worked well for our previous generations of PONs. We'll let her dictate the pace and set the menu. It won't be long now but some journeys simply don't need to be rushed. We'll drift rather than paddle down this next stretch of the river.



38 comments:

jabblog said...

Very wise. She'll let you know.

Virginia said...

Hugs and ear tickles.

Coppa's girl said...

How I can relate to your comments this morning, a time for our precious babies to be spoiled and every whim catered for. Hugs and ear tickles from me too.

Anonymous said...

So sorry!!!! We lost our Scottie Winston, two months ago from cancer. Sophie is a wonderful stop in many people’s day! Wishing her peace and adventure till the end. And healing Grace for Angus and The Font!

paphosmuseum said...

Ah. You made me cry again

Ruth said...

Love and pats and hugs to you all from another leaky-eyed Sophie lover.

Ruth S said...

So sorry,Angus and The Font.I'm sure Sophie would be amazed if she knew how many people care about her. I always enjoy your quiet observations of everyday life. Thinking of you all x

suej said...

Oh Angus, so, so sorry to hear your news. And how tough to see the speed with which this is happening. Sophie has been such a wonderful companion, not just for you and The Font but also those of us round the world who have been following your/her story. My thoughts are with you all.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
And we can see, too, from these shots how Sophie is changing. Continuing Love, Hugs and Wags from this wild-haired old lady to yours. YAM xx

Fi from Four Paws and Whiskers said...

I miss four days and return to this progressively sadder news…devastating as we go through this with you for the fourth time. So much love… we know there will be no pain. How we will miss darling Sophie.. a life well lived and loved all over the world.

Michele said...

My heart goes out to you and the Font. Sophie (and Bob and Wilf) have brought great joy to my life and I am crying as I type this. I lost both of my dogs in the past 6 mos, and reading Sophie's adventures have helped get me through. I did not see the second post yesterday and just went and read it, and the comments, and am now full-out ugly crying... for Sophie and for my Atticus and Tebow. I am so glad that you both will continue to give her 'the best day ever' until she tells you that she is through. Thank you Sophie, for showing us how to live life with gusto!

Travel said...

Sending love and comfort your way,

EAS said...

Echoing Travel’s sentiment and adding thoughts of more Jaffa cakes too. Extra hugs to all in the Wee House.

Swan said...

I recently went through this with my beloved horse. Handling this with love will bring you peace..Sophie is loved by so many people all over the world. My heart goes out to you all.

Jake of Florida said...

I woke frequently last night...each time with you and Sophie right there on my mind. Along with these lines from the Garth Brooks song that have accompanied me each time one of our dogs has told me it's time: "I could have missed the pain, but I've have had to miss the dance." Darling Sophie, we've shared the dance and now the pain. With so much love. Joan

Anonymous said...

That menu sounds perfect. Ear scritches and tummy rubs too!

Pam in NH said...

Love to Sophie, her wonderful people and those of us who adore her. XXX

Stephanie said...

So thankful for each day. Sophie, I love you.

10NISNE1 said...

More tears to start my day. Miss Sophie is giving Bob and the boys suitable time to arrange the fanfare required for the arrival of a Diva who is loved around the world.

Anonymous said...

https://youtu.be/sQ3J9YnXmUI Maggie’s song by Chris Stapleton

marci said...

I don't check the blog every day and i am not a commenter, but i am so teary as i read this today. Having followed since the early days of Wilf and Digby. The hardest thing about loving our four footed friends is knowing their journey will end before ours most likely. But as I have been told often, it only hurts so much because we loved so much and oh for the love! I am praying for you both as you watch and wait on this hard, hard road. How much love Sophie has brought to your lives and to those you have shared your journey with.

Anonymous said...

Diva to the end! Sweet Sophie will not be rushed to start her next journey. You’ll know, as always. ❤️Liz in Oregon

Jim Davis said...

Sophie continues to show her indomitable spirit, what a trooper. You are wise to let her set the pace, she'll tell you when it is time. We are thinking of you all.

Diaday said...

What is the hardest part about having a dog?
Having to say good bye.
Sending love and comfort to all of you.

rottrover said...

Beautiful photos of our Diva this morning. Sending love...

Barbara Anne said...

So true. Lost interest in food, especially delicious treats like salmon, was the final signal from our pets, too, but what a heartbreak.
Sophie is a lucky dog, indeed, to have had the love and care of you and the Font.

Hugs!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

My fingers are poised over the keyboard, but there are just no words. Please know we are so familiar with this road, and wish you didn't have to walk it now.

Diaday said...

The photo of Sophie looking out at the old cathedral is so beautiful, so poignant.

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Anonymous said...

Sending tickles to Sophie and hugs to Angus and the Font. You will know when it is time. A whole community is thinking of you all during this difficult time. I have been reading your wonderful posts since Sophie was a baby. She is a very special lady and is loved all over the world.

kippy said...

She’s still the boss! A friend said he’d never get a dog because he couldn’t handle the emotions when they age and pass. I told him that yes it is something you never get over but you have those wonderful memories of the dog in the good times. Thank you for sharing Sophie and Company with us. I hope you continue writing about life in last house before Sweden.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry. I will miss her more than you can know.

WFT Nobby said...

Sweet Sophie, we are not ready to lose you yet, but we are confident that decisions on your future will be made with love and wisdom.
Nobby and Gail xx

Lisa in France said...

I'm so sorry, Angus, this is terrible news, but I am glad you have decided to let Sophie set the pace. You've given her a wonderful life - seeing her dance through the surf on those hard-earned titanium knees has been especially lovely these past few months. I am sure the time that remains to her will be just as wonderful for her, although painful for you and the Font. Our thoughts are with you.

Anonymous said...

Sad news. Thoughts and prayers with all of you during this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

Crushing news. And her decline so quick. Terrible. But still the plucky girl we’ve always loved. She’s obviously decided to live her life to the last moment. God bless her.

B-Kat said...

I am so sad that the lovely Diva has arrived at this prognosis. I have been following your blog for 4 years. Here in Canada I look forward every morning to see what adventures Sophie has enjoyed. My heart goes out to you and the font, loving your old girl and caring for her these days.

Iza said...

This is so sad and unexpected. She's loved by so many people. I will miss reading about her adventures. I hope the extra time gives you some comfort.