Sunday, January 6, 2013

TAKING THE LEAD


Tony's unwell at the moment and he has asked me to step in and write this week's blog post. I know Tony through working on a novel with him (SMALL WHITE DOG) about his extraordinary friendship with a human called Anthony Rover.
Tony is a modest canine and easily embarrassed by too much attention or praise, but since I'm the one contributing my thoughts this week, I'll admit I find it hard to understand how anyone can be immune to dogs or actively dislike them. Their naturally happy, eager dispositions, their uncritical affection, make life seem immeasurably better to me. Here's Anthony Rover's perception of Tony in SMALL WHITE DOG:

His ears and eyes were alert and he was panting, his long, thin, pink tongue ending in a delicate curl. Now and again something would pique his interest and he’d close his mouth, lift his muzzle and put his wet nose to work to isolate the scent that would tell him what he wanted to know. He is white apart from delicate strokes of charcoal along the line where his ears lift and there is the vestige of a van Dyck moustache and beard. The growth patterns of his white coat are very visible, particularly to either side of his neck, where the hair sweeps backwards from the front and forwards from the back, forming crests or a semi-ruff beneath his ears, and the hair on the top of his head and ears is as soft and silky as fur. His particular smell is a combination of unwashed dog blanket, hot breath, biscuits and earth and his demeanour one of kindly common sense and gravitas. I realised that I liked Tony very much and that despite his being approximately a tenth of my size, his presence offered a comforting sense of protection.

Thought for the Week
Watch a dog - it will make you feel better.
Favourite Things
Walks:  Wimbledon Common
Food:    Showboat Kunzle Cakes [HERE]
Song of the Week
on the tree line (dogmix) by Panu/arranged by oldDog [HERE]






14 comments:

  1. There's something heartbreaking with unwell animals and children. I sincerely hope Tony recovers soon.

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    1. I'm feeling a bit better now, thank you. I'm one of the few who is pounds lighter after Christmas! It's very nice to know you are still visiting my blog.

      Warmest wishes

      Tony Russell

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  2. Je suis si heureux pour lui, pour vous .... Sincèrement.

    I'm so happy for him, for you .... Sincerely.

    Dan

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    1. Je vous remercie, Monsieur Dan. Je suis toujours à l'hôpital pour le moment mais j'espère être de retour sur mes pattes bientôt.

      Avec plus chaude amitié

      Tony Russell

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  3. Get well soon big guy! No more eating grass or worms for a while, eh?

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    1. Hello again, Mr Mark. I like sniffing worms but I prefer not to eat them. A cup of tea and a custard cream would be more acceptable.

      Thank you for your kind wishes.

      Tony Russell

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  4. Sending positive thoughts. I hope Tony will be well soon. Much love, Melissa xx

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    1. Hello Ms Melissa. What would make me feel better would be to have you by my bedside crooning to me. You have one of my favourite voices.

      With warm affection

      Tony Russell

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  5. Get well Tony x
    Best wishes from your paw pals Robbie & Delta xxx woof scratch sniff xxx

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    1. Hello Robbie and Delta. I do like getting messages from other dogs! I'm trying to get better but I'm off my food right now. I dream of running on white sands by a blue sea with my two Australian friends. I'm sure humans would think we look very sweet together.

      Woof-woof-lick

      Tony Russell

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  6. My dear pup! Get better, get better! Katie and I have been worried about ya'!

    It's so wise dog of you to ask Moira to write this weeks blog... you listen to yourself and rest! That's a trait us humans need to latch on to.

    I'm really looking forward to this novel. What an excellent line:
    "His particular smell is a combination of unwashed dog blanket, hot breath, biscuits and earth and his demeanour one of kindly common sense and gravitas."

    Biscuits! I get that! BIG hugs and love to you little one.

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  7. Dear Ms K, a message from you always warms my heart and makes me feel better. Thank you for being interested in the forthcoming book about me and Anthony Rover, and even more for sending love and biscuits!

    I am better now and almost back to my usual level of fitness.

    With affection

    Tony Russell

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  8. Dear little Tony,
    We are so happy to see that you are feeling better!! It was a pleasure and an honor to be able to assist and nurse you back to the road of good health while you were under the weather (or dog bone). Your blog is quite interesting and a joy to read!! You and your parents were a delight!! We wish ya'll nothing but good health, plenty of scones and biscuits and endless love and affection in life!!
    Sincerely,
    Beth and Nancy from AEC St. Pete

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    1. What a very nice surprise! Thank you for your heartwarming message. You and Nancy looked after me so well and were so kind and understanding, that I'm not afraid to be ill again. I know you are both just round the corner! I hope you'll visit my blog again. It makes the world seem a brighter place to me when I meet humans who care about animals.

      With many wags and licks to you both.

      Tony Russell

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