Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Believe It Or Not



Believe It Or Not


This face can be trusted,

to keep my deepest secrets, and he knows them every one - including where the Christmas presents are hidden.

I can trust him to come to my side each and all times I call him, even when he knows there’s a cat in the garden.

He can be trusted to come face to face with an affectionate toddler who is determined to kiss him right on the lips. Forever tolerant, he allows this indignity with a sigh as his only complaint.

I trust him to accompany me to lunches and meetings - to yarn shops, to libraries, to concerts, to church. He always behaves like the most friendly gentleman.

He will guard me on dark windy evenings when The Songwriter is far out of town, standing on his furry back legs to look out each window, stopping to listen at each heavy door, before trotting off to sleep by my side.

He will gladly keep my feet toasty warm whilst I’m knitting, or reading, or writing, or dreaming. And he can always be trusted to jump up beside me in bed when it storms ... just to keep me from being scared, don’t you know.

He will cheerfully come along with me to the beach or the mountains, smiling and pleased to be there. He’ll run by the sea and climb all the hills, with the widest grin on his furry white face. But he’ll always be happiest coming up his front stairs, always so glad to be home.

If I find myself depleted - a bit less stout of heart and unsure of my spunk - he will stick closer to me than any brother, with his brown eyes watching closely, and his furry head resting on my knee.

When my thoughts become cloudy with the state of the planet - the thinning ozone, the sadness, the hate - I look down at that face and I smile in the knowledge that this one sweet, happy spirit is well cared for and loved. And it helps.

And though he might look mischievous in that photo above, I know I can trust kind Edward to take good care of my heart, for he’s owned it from the first day we met.


41 comments:

  1. "Including where the Christmas presents are hidden" made me laugh and pat our sweet lab here. I had never thought of that before. But we do trust them with our secrets, large and small. Sweet Edward is a very trustworthy looking fellow.

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  2. You make me call to mind all the wonder of our own "little edward". They are wonderful little bodies with such huge hearts. Fabulous writing.

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  3. I know exactly that kind of love! Yesterday, when I had crashed from some sort of intense reaction to chemical or something, Pasha came inside to sleep on me while I was resting. Usually, he is out all day on day that he can be - but yesterday he stayed with me, snuggled up right over my heart, making sure I felt loved...!

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  4. Your sentiments are perfect...pets are a gift from above to teach us loyalties, love and putting into perspective some of our priorities...

    I have never commented but I wanted to say I enjoy reading your blog and your thoughts. Edward is a fine chap…

    As far as pets, mine is… Winston Wiggins Warner… WWW like a web address… Yorkshire Terrier (another very fine loyal chap).

    Lee

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  5. Edward looks as if he's putting on his cutest puppy dog eye face in the hopes of getting something...a cookie maybe, or some lovin...either way, his expression is adorable.
    Your post was the most beautiful tribute to his loving nature...it's amazing how they know when we're down. I've recieved such caring attention from both my canine and feline loves and it touched me deeply whenever they offered comfort...true and pure of heart these little blessings are.
    Please give Edward (and Apple) a nice big pat or scratch from me...whichever they enjoy most.
    xo J~

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  6. Oh, darling Edward!
    You make Pamela so happy, it's a wonderful thing to see!
    I am sure she is the nicest companion to your daily adventures!
    Take good care of her!
    Her heart is in your paws!
    Canine hugs to you!
    xoxo

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  7. This makes me cry - it touches my heart. There is nothing like the boundless love of our furry friends. So nonjudgmental, full of forgiveness for any crabby moment, unconditional love always. Lucky you. Lucky Edward.

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  8. beautiful pamela!

    oh my, edward is a photographers dream, what an expressive dear face
    xo
    debra

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  9. Everyone should have an Edward - the world would be a nicer place if it was full of people who had an Edward as a friend and companion. Please give him an extra hug from me:)
    I've now opened the peach preserves and they are absolutely delicious - thank you for a taste of Georgia sunshine.

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  10. Don't know which is more beautiful. The words or those PON eyes. The Kennel Club says that PONs are family animals - they don't know the half of it ! They should read your post.

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  11. I had to smile at your sweet words, but what made me smile harder was the shadow on the carpet behind his head that looks like an "accident". I had to wonder if that, along with his expression, was what provoked your tender feelings... ; )

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  12. What a fabulous photo; your words are a wonderful tribute to Edward - that trustworthiness really does work both ways doesn't it?

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  13. How wonderful to have such a companion Pamela - I am sure he knows just how much you love him.

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  14. "a friend in need is a friend indeed."
    So wonderful that you and Edward are "in need" of each other.
    Eloquently stated.

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  15. If only the humans of this world could learn to love as Edward and Eloise do, what a wonderful world it would be. Thank you Pamela for a lovely post as always!

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  16. Lovely writing that expresses how I felt about my own lovely Gris who finally left me after 17 years of pure sweetness.

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  17. Hello Pamela

    Good friend to have!
    Love the picture

    Best
    Tracy :)

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  18. I'm sure he would be thrilled that you wrote such a splendid essay about him.
    Edward is a charmer all right.
    Woman's best friend I think!

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  19. What a sweetie! There is nothing quite like the love of and for a loyal dog.

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  20. Give Edward a big hug for me. Do you let him on the bed? I let Thor do anything he wants.. yvonne

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  21. not to play the devil's advocate or anything, but have you tried wrapping an opened can of his favorite wet dog food?
    and he still doesn't get into christmas presents?
    and if so I am curious to ask how early or late you do your shopping, because maybe you own an alien, that just looks like a dog.

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  22. What a nice piece about your fluffy little friend - mine is hogging the settee, completely on her back, arms and legs straight up in the air, three bones beside her, another underneath her and a squeaky stuffed frog. . . if I say the word, she'll be ready to go, but I'm going to just watch her sleep.

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  23. awww, i agree ten thousand percent. anyone who thinks dogs are just "animals", either has never been around a canine companion, or has no heart.

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  24. That is the most adorable photo I have seen...I would fall in love too if he looked at me that way.
    Love the connection you two have.

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  25. He's a wonderful friend ! And sweet too :)

    xo
    Anci

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  26. Edward's a heartbreaker (in a good way) :)

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  27. What a touching tribute to Edward.

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  28. What a darling friend he is.

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  29. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! If only everyone could have an Edward to make the world a better place.

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  30. His face melts my heart ♥ and makes me miss my old sheep dog Norman.

    Thank you for sharing Edward with us all. x Deb

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