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22 September 2017

Red At The Mansion: With Olive and Morgan

Red Has Many Friends

Red has many friends and admirers at the Mansion, he went up to the second floor today to sit with Olive and her Mother Morgan, the Mansion's case manager and a good friend.

Olive asked if she could keep Red and take him home, Morgan said Red would probably miss the farm and I told her she is welcome to come to the farm anytime, take a children's book from the Little Free Library, and see Red work with the sheep.

I told Olive she might also like to cuddle with a donkey. I think she would.

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18 September 2017

Secrets Of The Old Red Barn

Secrets Of The Old Red Barn

I pass this old barn on County Route 313 all the time, it is the road out of town that leads to Vermont, and there are several beautiful old barns on the road. This one speaks to e, it looks as if it has many secrets behind those doors, it is beautiful and fused to the land, it looks as if it grew right out of a garden. If you wish to buy it as an 8 1/2 by 11 print – lots of people say they want barn photos – Maria will sell it –  info at [email protected] – for $75 plus $10 shipping – $85 total. This barn has some magic in it, at least for me.

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The Mansion: Diane And Red

Diane And Bill

Diane is always happy to see Red, she puts her walker to the side, sits down holds him close. "I will never hurt you," she says to him, over and again. "I promise you, I will never hurt you,  you will be safe with me." I think he knows that is so.

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12 September 2017

Watching Sheep With Dogs. Red Is My Dog…It’s Best To Be Open.

Watching Sheep With Dogs: Photo By Maria Wulf

Sometimes, Red and I watch the sheep together in the morning, he always remains still and focused, I can stand right over him. Lately, a pesky and inquisitive puppy has been joining us, he also likes to watch the sheep, he seems to be trying hard to figure out what the other dogs are doing. Red is my dog, once and forever.

A long-time reader of my blog wrote Maria to say I used to be invisible before she came, she is glad to see me once in awhile. Before, she said,  it was just the dogs and the farm. Maria takes pictures of me, which made me squirm at first, but I got used to it. It's what we do, and I feel less invisible myself.

I have a lot more readers now than I ever had before, but some people have left the blog, saying they miss the days when the blog was only about dogs. They don't like all this other stuff. I'm sorry they feel that way, but it also tells me I have grown and changed.

I do not miss those days, they were hard and often empty for me, and my head was a mess.

It's best to be open, my life feels like it was let out of a stuffy and dark closet.

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10 September 2017

Video: A First: Gus Gets Red To Play (With Dignity)

After weeks of persistence, Gus got Red to play this morning. I have never seen Red play with any dog in any way. Gus is persistent he kept teasing and enticing Red, Red studiously ignored him, as if he was much too dignified to play with a little dog.

This morning, Gus climbed onto Red's head and started chewing on him, Red responded (with dignity) but it was definitely a breakthrough for Gus. Red will not run around like a mad dog the way Fate will, but he had his few moments of playing. It was kind of remarkable to see.

Gus does not quit. Come and see.

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