Watching the Watchers

Eye Spy

Weekly Photo Challenge: Eye Spy

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One evening last Christmas there was a space of about 20 minutes when I spied our two collies, Abbey (left) and her mom, Sass, watching my husband clear mountains of snow from our driveway.

It was a lovely moment at the time, and a special memory now as Sass has since left to be with our family of pets on the other side.

Memories are made of this.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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The Farm Dog

LookoutMonochrome Madness 2-28

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This past summer was filled with both tension and excitement as we took an extreme leap of faith and acquired a 100-acre horse property in south central Ontario.

Naturally this has meant a huge adjustment on many levels. Change is never easy but if we don’t take a chance on change how can we ever expect to achieve our dreams and grow?

A property such as this has been a long-held dream for both my husband and I. For him a chance to build his dream home and live in the country. For me this fulfills my deepest wish to live surrounded by nature and horses, to be a part of the country culture and to have a place to build my FEEL (Facilitated Equine Experiential Learning) practice.

Still, everything takes time. We’ve been on the farm just over a month ~ a time of exploration and settling in which will continue for a little while yet as we get acquainted with its nuances and understand its needs. I find this both exciting and a tad intimidating, but am confident we can manage the challenges that lay ahead with all the good people around us who are sharing in this adventure.

A more complete telling of how this dream manifested will appear soon in my blog Musings of a Horse Mom.

One of many happy outcomes so far is that Abbey, our rough collie, who lost her mom two months ago, has come into her own as a farm dog. She lives in such anticipation of a day at the farm (we don’t live on it yet as we still need to build a house) that she won’t eat her breakfast and she starts getting after me if I delay our departure. She’s been quick to find her legs there and is gradually learning that to herd the horses is not advisable. Fortunately, all of the horses have demonstrated great patience with her as she rounds this learning curve.

I am so happy for Abbey to have this distraction and new way of being while she moves on from having her mother constantly by her side. Abbey has come into her own; become more confident. It has been an amazing transition to witness. Change has been good for her. Change is good for all of us if we just allow ourselves a chance to grow.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2015

In Memorium

Monochrome Madness: 2-24

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Smiles

Sass
(Ch. Ennismoor Element of Time)
April 17, 2002 – August 14, 2015

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Sass, our four-legged shadow for 13 years, will be remembered as a loyal companion, cookie hound, guard dog and fine mother to 26 puppies (three litters), including several champions and at least one therapy dog.

Sass was frequently, and lovingly, underfoot in the kitchen, loved to give dirty towels a pre-wash and was fond of peanut butter on toast.

She relished long walks in the forest or through the fields; herding back to the fold (whether we were in the forest, in the house, or in the back garden) all who unwittingly strayed, and roughhousing with her beautiful daughter, Abbey.

What a joy it was to watch the fur fly!!!

Autumn's Girl

Sass’ legacy is love …

Sass

Rest peacefully, sweet girlie.

We miss you …

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Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2015

A Perfect Day

Tuscan Heaven

On day one at the villa we all stuck around. Sure, there were all kinds of sights we wanted to see, but first we wanted to relax and enjoy the amazing location and its ambiance.

First thing in the morning I went for a walk with a friend (in the interest of getting some exercise, don’t you know 😉 …) down the long, rolling driveway (pictured). It’s the sort of one-lane gravel road you drive once and wonder if you dare do it again. I believe we all collectively held our breath every time we started and ended a day trip, wondering if the cars would make it up and down those acute hills and around the sharp bends. We also prayed we would never have to negotiate it in the rain. (Fortunately we didn’t.)

The lane is longer than it looks, too, and under the heat of even the early morning sun can pose quite a challenging walk. But it was worth it. The views were amazing, and it was fun to inspect the plant life.

For the balance of the day everyone lazed by the amazing pool (pictured yesterday) ~ the guys barbecuing for lunch and the ladies on clean-up duty.

In the evening we dared negotiate the perilous driveway (where we frequently bottomed out!) and headed into tiny Iano for pizza.

Ristorante

Our first full day at the villa could not have been more perfect.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Nicholas

Nicholas

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A sad time for our extended family as we grieve the loss of Nicholas who passed away unexpectedly in my mother’s arms at the veterinary clinic yesterday.

He hadn’t been doing well. Old age, and its maladies, had crept upon him and finally taken its toll.

Given to my mother as a four-month-old pup, Nicholas brought a puppy energy both enjoyable and challenging. In the end, he proved to be a wonderful companion for my mother and will be remembered for his quiet presence during possibly thousands of piano and voice lessons in her studio. And, of course, for loving his walks.

Rest in peace, little Nicholas.
(1999-2015)

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015