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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©Dorothy Chiotti

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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Favourite Images … 2014

 

The year 2014 was a year of ups and downs and highs and lows, but all in all I’d say it was a good year for me.

I have a lot for which to be grateful and I’m mindful of this every day.

Herewith a review of some of my favourite images posted to this blog last year.

A reminder to me of the beauty there is to be enjoyed in our amazing world.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!!

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Salisbury Juxtaposition

Salisbury Cathedral
Taken from Old Sarum, Wiltshire

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Swans

Swans
The Thames at Windsor, Berkshire

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Which way?

Snowed In
Mount Albert, Ontario

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Winter

 Snow Day
King Township, Ontario

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Isle of Wight

Sunset
Isle of Wight

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Abbey

Abbey ~ the most beautiful girlie in the world … to me.

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Man on Snow Hill

On Snow Hill
Windsor Great Park

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Between

Burning sky
Firenze

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Tuscan Sunrise

Morning Mist
Near Iano, Tuscany

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Leaving Pitti

Exiting the Pitti Palace
Firenze

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Radiant

Sunset
Near Iano, Tuscany

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Grand Canal

Classic Venizia

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Muzzle

The softest nose

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The Master Arrives

The Riding Master

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Walking the Dog

Walking the dog
Venizia

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Concert Master

The Maestro
Firenze

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Chillin'

Shakespeare

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What light?

Dawn
Near Iano, Tuscany

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Descent

The rainbow
Niagara Falls, Ontario

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When I'm tired. I rest. Growing up is hard work and such an adventure. ... Aren't I cute?

Spirit Dancer born August 2014
Symbolic of a new lease on life as we enter the new year.

Wishing you much peace, joy, abundance and happiness in 2015.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015