Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pug for Tally

I'm sorry to make you cry. Truth to be told, I made myself cry.
But all the stories are ought to be told, and it was time for me to tell that one:)
To cheer you up here is a pug for you!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Orbis vitae

     More than 15 years ago I bought a rubber ball for our dog.
He loved these balls. He would play with one for days very carefully, then at some point just squeeze hard and poke a hole in it. After that, the ball was doomed and destroyed in a matter of hours, and I would go and get him a new one, because I loved to see him happy. And he was always happy to see a new ball in my hands! That's the magic of a rubber ball.
     He passed before he had time to destroy this one.
Cheap rubber ball with dead dog's teeth marks traveled to Canada with me. It was hidden in a drawer all these years, and once in a while  I would take it out, roll it across the room, and think about Gin (short for Imagination - why on Earth I named my dog Imagination? I have no idea. I didn't even speak English back in Russia!).
     He was a good dog. He was part of our family. He was the friendliest and smartest dog ever. When we lost him, I thought I would never have a dog again. I kept his rubber ball.
     And then, more than 15  years later, here was Alfred. Unsure of his new situation, he was very timid and quiet at first. Didn't know how to play with the toys I got him. One day, desperately wanting to cheer him up,  I took out Gin's old rubber ball and rolled it across the floor.
     Alfred run after it and was happily chasing and bouncing it around the room. Rubber ball still have that magic inside. At this moment I cried.
     It became one of Alfred favorites. He fishes it out of his toy basket, brings it to me and smashes it into my calves, inviting me to play.
     At some point he squeezed hard and poked a hole in it. Someday  he will destroy it and I would go and get him a new one.
     The circle of life.

That's what we looked like in that other life:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hot days

Alfred follows me around the apartment and as soon as I sit down he collapses at my feet. He also learned to jump into a bathtub and whine until I pour some water in, so he could play a bit and cool himself off.I need to get him a rubber duck:)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy BD to Julia!

Julia is an inspiration for me in many - many senses. Besides from her endless creativity and restless mind, I never saw a woman more devoted to the family than her.
One of our most loyal friends, she is always here if we need support, advice or just ears to listen. 
Here is a Campanula flower for Julia.  Because it is often thought to represent gratitude and I am grateful for our friendship.
Campanulas also given as symbols of affection, as they are sometimes said to symbolize constancy and everlasting love, as well as humility and delicacy.  Pretty close association!

Happy Birthday, best wishes, and I  hope to see you soon!!!!