Semi

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Semi

In Memory of Semiramide Dorking-Dog

27th June, 1994 - 14th May, 2009

When closing down the silent house at night,

I stand there, just about to dim the light,

And see my silly hand reach for the door

To let her in the garden, just once more.

Or reading quietly, or deep in thought,

Is that the old familiar sound my ears have caught?

A gentle touch; her nails upon the tile;

The sound of well loved paws. And then I smile,

Until cruel memory turns the screw;

Reminds me of what my mind already knew.

My mind recalls, yet my poor heart shuns

How I have lost so dear a one; this one.

And then, when in my bed, I see, so briefly see

Her settling for the night; then turns her face to me.

She was the first I saw in morning light;

I, the last one that she saw at night.

My face, the first when she took first breath;

She saw me last, when closed her eyes in death.

If I could see, once more, the sweetest sight:

Her golden eyes reflect another light.

My senses are bereft; won’t understand.

Where is the warmth; her soft breath on my hand;

That magic mixture, the colours in her hair?

My eyes and heart search madly… yet she’s not there.


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Bless your heart. She was evidently a true friend to you.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I'm still editing... please come back and see when it is finished... Please!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

RTalloni, I've had a fiddle and the hub is a bit more presentable now... please come back and read it at you leisure.

Ian


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nighthag 5 years ago from Australia

this was beautiful


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Sounds like a special soul. The personalities of pets always fascinates me. Cats and dogs are just as complex and layered as humans, teeming with irregularities and nuances.

My dog, picked out by my fiance before I knew her, was an abused shelter animal. She has a good heart, this dog, but comes equipped with all of the personality disorders that would afflict a person who grew up on such mean streets. She can be a handful, but is always entertaining. It sounds as if your Semi was far less crazy and much easier to love. This homage does her justice. Peace, Ian.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, nighthag for your visit and your comment: "This was beautiful"... She was beautiful.

You will be most welcome if and when you visit again.


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H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

Pets are second souls to give a hearty touch.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Doug. She was the last of a long line of Norbury Mudhounds. Every one of them was an individual in his or her own right, but, as I had them all from birth (except for their mother) they were happy and well balanced,

(Zoki thought the world was going to end at any minute, but that's what Zokis are like).

As each "passed on", the others seemed to take on the personalties of the ones who had left, so eventually, Semi was the sum total of every one. To know Semi was to love her!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

HP, I loved her and her family so much, and miss them constantly. If God so wills it, they will be there to meet me when my life is ended.

Insh'Allah.


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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

Oh TL - heartbreaking, isn't it? She looks so lovely! I guess the only way to ease the ache in your heart is to get another one and let their love be your comfort. It did, for us :)


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Shalini, I broke my heart when Semi died, and I am seventy-one, and have difficulty walking. Would it be fair on an animal to have to miss out on walks for ages in all weathers? That's the joy of having a dog; the sharing walks etc..

Thank you so much for saying she looks lovely. She was as lovely to look at as she was in all ways.

A beautiful soul.


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Shalini Kagal 5 years ago from India

Ah, TL - maybe there's a dog out there who has had his fill of walks and is just looking for all that love you have in you :) Oh, I know it is a huge responsibility - we have two....but I do hope you get one to shower all that love on soon!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Shalini, thanks for your reassuring words, You say you have two; perhaps you would like to see some of Semi's family. They can be found here.

http://hubpages.com/animals/Norbury_Mudhounds


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

It is so healthy to care for an animal, but sad of course when that dreaded day arrives. Our five dogs keep us happy and well grounded. The shared love helps us all in so many ways. Your poem is very touching Ian, have a pleasant day my friend.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Keith, thank you for your kind words. I am beginning to regret putting this poem on HP... Every time I look at that little face, and read my words, I blub like a man who has lost his dog!

And here I go again.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

We lost our beloved yellow lab last fall and now we may be losing our black lab.

Pets should outlive us.

Sweet and thoughful Hub, Twilight Lawns.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

All the love and joy you shared is still in your heart, dear Ian. Huge hug.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Lovely sentiments, Will. They should go on forever, is my opinion, but what happens when we go? They don't even understand that we have gone, and they wait on the other side of that door, and listen for that key in the lock.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Oh Nellie. I have just answered Will's perfect comment, and the tears are just flowing. And I haven’t even started writing to you. I saved this hub so that it would be near the anniversary of her death, and was fully prepared to delete it if the comments were at all negative, but the comments are so unlike the comments on others of my hubs… they are full of anecdotes of other pets lost and owned and still so compassionate.

I have had to break off to find some tissues. I can’t continue… I miss that little girl and all her family so very, very much.

Silly old fool!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I know, sweetie. I feel such loss of our two adorable kitties, Camille and Toulouse, born in the bottom of my closet one day in August, 1985. They lived to be nearly 18, and were still feisty kittens, always healthy and such a part of our lives.

They travelled back and forth to the ranch with us and on all trips, for which we literally bought RVs for their sakes, so they would always be "at home" and never have to be frightened. The only time we were away from them was when we went to England in 1998, and we had someone from Critter Sitters come and take care of them here in our home. Even so, they had trouble forgiving us for leaving them!

The cause of their deaths was not 'natural' but was when we were caught and had to stay in a motel with them coming home from the ranch in December, 2002. One went immediately, the other rallied and survived till March, 2003 of some toxicity they got into there.

We had honestly worried what would become of them if they outlived us, they were always so healthy. There is some comfort in knowing that would not be their fate, but I think of them so frequently, even though they've been gone about 8 years. When George was in the hospital before he passed away, I literally pictured them waiting for him. It's some comfort, though I'm in tears, too. There is nothing silly about feeling, dear Ian. Even when it's painful, it proves one is fully alive.

Hugs.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you, Nellie. I just had a picture of you saying, "Good bye! For the present," to George, and the cats greeting him in that instant, and looking over his shoulder, after saying, "Welcome" and asking, "Where is she?" and George saying to them, "She's not coming yet, for quite a while, but she sends her love".

Silly me. I am swamped with emotion.


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Mark Ewbie 5 years ago from Euroland

Hi Twilight.. I read this a while ago and thought I must comment when I can find the right words. Unfortunately I don't have any right words to offer. I liked it, but like isn't right. I empathise although I am not an empathetic sort.

Twilight.. I like the thought, the sentiment, the feeling shared.. and I wish you well my friend.

edit: She's a beauty.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you for that, Mark. I know you love your dog as well, and would understand where a dog owner wouldn't to that extent. By serendipity, a friend sent me this like today, and although it is doggy, it is hysterically funny... even if you've seen it before, enjoy. I am still laughing.

She was a beauty, Mark. Being a connoisseur of Norbury Mudhounds, you are aware of that, of course.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Our black lab is suddenly unable to digest his food and is rapidly losing weight. We suspect cancer, and will confer with our vet tomorrow. If she concurs, we will have to put him down. He's almost 12 years old and has hip problems, a growth on his eyelid, and now this.

If this is what we suspect, I think we will be without a dog for the first time in years. I don't think we'll get another until we are too old to travel.

We are prepared to have our hearts broken for the second time in less than a year.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Oh Will. I am so sad to hear that awful news. Making the decision to have a dog "put to sleep" (I hate that expression) is one of the hardest things in the world. You just can't explain, and if they knew, they would most probably say, "OK, Will, I know it’s time" but it's not as easy as that.

I am desperate to have another dog; I feel my life is empty without one or two, but I am seventy-one and can hardly walk more than a few metres without great difficulty, so it would be grossly unfair of the dog.

So I understand what you mean about "being too old to travel"

For what it’s worth, my friend, my prayers are with you and yours… and of course your dog.

Ian


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Strawbeary, my pooh-bear, still looks over at George's chair, then back at me with a questioning expression. She always liked to watch George sitting there and listen when we were talking. She doesn't talk a lot, but is very attentive and expressive.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Bears are like that, Nellie. They go right across the intelligence spectrum. There are the Pooh Bears of this world; bears with very little brain. There are introspective bears, philosophical bears, every kind of bear that one could imagine. But there is one outstanding thing about bears that I have noted in my life. bears are always there at one's side in an emergency.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Ah simply a beautiful tribute.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you acaetnna. I couldn't do justice to her. No words were ever good enough or beautiful enough to describe a gentle little soul like Semi.

Thanks for coming by so many times and reading my stuff.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I have a family of bears, so I know what you mean. :-)


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Dear Ian My friend, I am feeling so much right now. Knowing you have shared with me about Semi makes me feel like I knew her too. She is precious and I remember some words you told me awhile back that I will ever hold dear..about Semi and a hub I wrote..I won't repeat them as they are very special and will ever hold dear. I share in your memory of her tonight. Sending the biggest hug to you right now. Beautiful hub.

Sunnie XOXOX


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Mark Ewbie 5 years ago from Euroland

I came back and read again. Beautiful words for your friend which have touched me. I don't get touched so often but there's a place for a dog owner, lover, where it's very hard to go. I just wanted to say a rather inadequate and slightly awkward lovely poem again Twilight.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thanks, Sunnie. It's the second anniversary tomorrow, and I think I will be thinking of her quite a lot. My friend, who also loved her as much as I did, will be away at university for the weekend, and that is good, because I will just want to talk about her and get upset, and he will too... so I will be alone with my thoughts and my memories.

Strangely enough I never took many photos of the Norbury Mudhouns separately, as they were always with me, so in every photo she is with someone else... but what the heck, she's deep in my heart, and there she will always stay, along with the rest of the family.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Good Morning Ian,

I know there are no words to help during this time but will be thinking about you today and tomorrow. Semi was such a beautiful puppie and I know you will cherish her memory. Sending a big hug and good thoughts to you.

Sunnie


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Are your bears related only to you or are they related to each other, Nellie?

My Pooh is a very solitary bear. He spends all day in my bedroom. He's a very loyal bear, though. Some years back I had to spend a week in hospital for some tests, and I took him with me and kept him in the cupboard beside my bed, However, every time a doctor or a nurse came by, he growled in a very threatening way. I've never known him to be aggressive, and I have not taken him into that sort of situation again. Now, if I need to go to hospital for any reason, and am an in patient, I tell him I'm going to the Isle of Wight to spend a few days with Judi.

Pooh has been known to suffer from Mal de Mer, so he is happy to stay at home.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thanks, Sunnie.

By the way, I'm not at all superstitious, but you do know it's Friday the Thirteenth today, don't you?

Eek!

x


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

And a grateful and somewhat awkward, "Thank you" to you Mark.

And if I have sent you this link before, please excuse me, Alzheimer's is so hard to contend with. And if I have, who cares a bugger? I have watched this clip about thirty-five times since I received less than two days ago, but if laughter is the best medicine, this should go on the National Health list of sure fire cures for all sorts of stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGeKSiCQkPw


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Mark Ewbie 5 years ago from Euroland

I excuse you. I thought it was excellent, very funny and also that interaction between dog and owner. The attentiveness... and the yawning.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Yawning? That was pure Stanislavsky, if I ever saw it. James Dean, eat your heart out.

Mind you, I've just had another look, and maybe it's more Jonathan Miller.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Oh it sure is...I guess I didn't realize..I am not superstitous either..hmmm..better stay put..:)

Sunnie


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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Ian, it is so touching - it is so hard to deal with a loss... You writing is exquisite as always...


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

My bears are related only in love. Each has a different function. One is full of literal encouragement. Pulling a string produces strong support messages, such as "You're perfect, just perfect", "You can do anything", "You can go to the top", "There is no stopping you!" - and such. It was a gift from Mary Kay Ash herself (founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics). She gave these bears to her Sales Directors one Christmas.

Then there is one just for Valentine's Day. He is decked out in a striped convict suit & hat, carrying a little heart pillow proclaiming "Prisoner of Love"…

There's the pooh bear in a London Bobby uniform, complete with helmet. It was a gift from our hosts when we visited over there - he was a former Bobby, who had become a police dog trainer. (They gave George a pair of boxer shorts made of Union Jack fabric.) My most treasured gift from them, though, is a lovely English teapot, in "Botanic Gardens", circa 1818 pattern.

There's a little brown bear who brought me red roses and chocolates on Valentine's a year ago. There are several Christmas bears who only come out during the season to liven my den. Strawbeary adores being a lovely neck pillow here on the couch and Ludwig von Bearthoven reminds me to play the piano keyboard every day. There're also a dog and two puppies, several bunnies and an octopus (he's green - very 'save the planet' type, though not as charming as some of the other animals here).

Love ya, Ian.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Svetlana, that is a word I have not heard in relation to my work. Exquisite, I like. Thank you so much.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Love you too, Nellie.

I thought you meant that your London bear had been a Bobby and retrained as a dog handler. I didn't think bears were so very easy to train; much less retrain.

Sounds a bit woosy, but I have a couple of teapots that I love. A really nice silver plate which is part of a tea pot, sugar and milk jug that belonged to my mother, a really lovely old terracotta Chinese teapot overlaid with metal dragons, that also belonged to my ma; then there are a couple of Wedgwood Etruria (blue glazed) teapots from the turn of last century. I collect Wedgwood; Jasper ware and Etruria.


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KKalmes 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

My dearest Ian, my dearest friend...

I am at such a loss to speak the words that might best be just... the love that would support the great empty spot now billowing up and tempest tossed.

I am quite sure that all my warmest and most sincere platitudes will not be sufficient to even wane the dark moon that is overhead weighing on your great loss.

But know, that if I could bring light to your grief, hope to your weighty heart, and brightness to the sadness we now share... in the time it takes to shed a tear... your burden would be lifted!

Thinking of you my dear friend... always! k


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

And just when I thought all was lost, I opened HP this evening and found KKalmes.

"Yay!" could be heard right across London SW. How lovely to see your name there Kevin.

How have you been? Where have you been? (Making life hideous for the Geriatrics?... I hope so)

Thank you for your lovely and heart-warming sentiments, my dear friend. Remember. She (and they) are missed because they made my life so wonderful. Enough said. She was wonderful and I got through yesterday, the second anniversary much better than I thought possible. The other guy who loved her so much and was there on her last afternoon; the guy who buried her for us, was here and we managed to talk about her lovely ways without me becoming emotional.

Welcome back... Don't stray too far next time.


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KKalmes 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

you make me grin from pretty far away... thank you!

I will try to be more amenable to working on my writing and less ambivalent to it... I think Gods has been trying to tell me if I want to win the lottery, I'm going to need to work for it... my writing gift if any is from Him and I am not being very grateful.

take care, my friend and I will make every effort to engage as you have in our craft!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Kevin, that is exactly my philosophy. I remember the parable of the talents when people tell me that I am talented... (I'm not being arrogant), and I think that it is very little to do with me.

I remember what happened to that bloke who buried his stuff in a hole and whistled and pretended all was OK. Then the Master sloped by and gave him such a roasting. I feel the same. When I get lazy, I think, "Woops! God gave me the capacity to scribble" and I know that if i don;t use it, He's going to , maybe, take it away, or give me a good kicking.

That goes for all of us.

Here endeth the First Lesson. Now we shall all turn to our Hymn Books and sing, Hymn Number 63: 'All Things Bright and Beautiful'. All please stand.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

Sweet TL. My daughter and I share sad looks when we see a shih tzu. Some dogs are harder to get over. I suppose because some are dogs and some are like little people.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

The shih tzu is so like a little Semi. They are so pretty. Semi was remarkably like a Tibetan Terrier. I used to be told, quite seriously, that my Dulcie, Semi and Elisabeth were perfect examples of Tibetan Terriers, and even when I said that they were, in fact, Norbury Mudhounds, they would go away grumbling and saying things like, "I'll think you'll find that they ARE Tibetan Terriers".

By the way, Randy, I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again. I loved you saying your poem the other day. I wish I had the guts.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

Thanks TL, I'm busy doing other older poems now. Let me know if you have any favorites I should record. I'm barely shaking when I do them now, lol.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Brave girl I'll have a look later and choose what I think would suit "broadcasting". I have heard recordings of poets reading their own works in the past, and they have fallen into three broad categories:

1. Crap. Get a life, mate.

2. Hmm! Quite nice; I'm sure your Mother and your Auntie Ethel would like this.

3. Yes! This works.

Yours, you may like to know, fits into the last category.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

You said you wanted me to choose a poem that I would like to hear!

Lexiphile... Dat's da 1.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

O.K. :) and happy to be a three.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

You're right about training bears. They're a lot like people in that. They respond to kindness. Regular training methods are futile.

Your teapots do sound lovely. My mother collected. . . teapots, among other things. There are some wonderful ones. Your Chinese terra-cotta one reminded me of one I have from my mother.

I was about to take pictures of it, but found an almost identical one online. I'll still take pictures, though. Mine has no nicks. The clay is fired so hard, it's almost like porcelain.

http://www.trocadero.com/meijiarts/items/639083/en...

By the way, I got a real talking-to by my MIss Piggy. She stays in my bedroom and I forgot to mention her among my menagerie. You realize, I guess, that Miss Piggy is quite a diva, so this was a horrid oversight. I promised to mention her to you. So - I am. Whew, that was a close call!!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Chocolates, Nellie. That always wins over a feisty girl like Miss Piggy. Big boxes with lots of ribbons in magenta and baby pink. She rang me up and said that when she's feeling a bit Clara Bow, that she likes milk chocolate truffles, but when she's in her dark mood, she there's nothing like getting her snout on a trough (Just an expression, I hasten to add) of dark chocolate with raisins and rum,

She's a simple girl at heart.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Wow! That teapot looks interesting. It almost looks like confectionery. I must try to send you a picture of the one I have. They are so dissimilar, but I think you will like it also.

By the way, do you know this expression: "as useless (or as useful) as a chocolate teapot"?

Ties up my last comment and this, quite nicely, doesn't it? It wasn't deliberate, though.

It's a nice one. I hadn't heard it till I came to the UK.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

That diva, Piggy. I guess in her present mood the trough is called for, though I hate to kowtow to her moods. She could become a real problem. But she'll have to abide by house rules. Dark chocolate calls for almonds, to get the best of all health values and if she expects to keep those pink cheeks, she'd better be more health conscious. We have a long-standing relationship, so I think she'll be willing to compromise.

I LOVE that expression! It is so perfect. I'm definitely keeping it! And yes - it ties with Miss Piggy well, too.

I'll enjoy seeing your teapot if you send a picture. I have some of my little porcelain doll dish sets' teapots, creamers and sugars. Many of the other pieces got broken or lost, but I have enough cups and saucers to have a little tea party. Maybe that would appease Miss Piggy! She loves to act British. hehe. As you say - she is really a simple girl at heart!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

I have been trying to work out how to save photographs, taken on my mobile, so that I could send them to you, but they save in a format that I have never used or experienced before. I loaded them onto my Facebook wall, so i think you will have to look at them there.

I know you are much cleverer with technology than I, and if you were her it would be a matter of a couple of minutes, but there you go.

To make matters worse, I have managed to load photos onto my Facebook account, BUT NOT MY IAN CLARK one, another one that I use to annoy people... I love annoying people. I will never grow up. This is Samir Khan's account. But even that isn't easy, because I have had friends staying here for a few weeks, and their stuff is in front of the cabinet that contains the Wedgwood and the Chinese teapot, so I can't even get near enough to take it out and photograph it (them).

Yipes! I have just looked at the time. It's four o'clock. No wonder I am feeling tired. I have been writing a little bit tonight, and didn't want top stop the flow.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

This is so beautiful and does remind me of my own dogs that have gone on elsewhere. Have bookmarked this as a favourite. Lovely.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you Seeker. I like the expression, "gone on somewhere". It says a lot. I have used "left without permission". But whatever words we use we always, and I mean always, miss them when they go, don't we.

Thank you for coming to have a read. I hope you stay around and try some more.


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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

What a beautiful poem. I loved it. I had 4 dogs and 7 cats and they all had their own uniquely wonderful and entertaining personalities. Over the past 2-3 years they have passed on one by one. I now have 2 dogs and 1 cat remaining, and they too are getting up there in years. I wrote a hub for each one that passed away, and 3 living tributes for the remaining ones i have, just in case i go before they do. I do expect that when i go on they will all be there waiting to greet me once again, like they did every day of their lives when i came home from work. I have to say, it would have been a long lonely existence without those little animals to love. Animals have a greater capacity for love than humans do, and forgive more easily. They know how to love without reservations, conditions, or expectations. I always say: my greatest goal in life is to be the kind of person my pets think i am.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

d.william, I would reply to your comment at length, but my eyes are so full of tears, I cannot see to type. I am not a touch typist, so will have to believe me when I say that your comment was so very beautiful.

I have tried to write a poem concerning my six dogs, and the theme is an absolute replica of your words: "when I go on they will all be there waiting to greet me once again", but every time I start to write, for some reason, I can't see the keyboard or almost anything else!!!

This is one of my favourite poems, but for some reason, it has gained little attention, so for you to visit it and comment in this way was heartbreakingly lovely.

Thank you.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

d.william, I meant to add, "Please direct me to your hubs concerning your friends who passed away."

I would love to read them,

Ian


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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Ian:

That is so very kind of you. These were a series called: things i love... --

Here is a link to one of them. There are too many to list here. I thank you for your interest. Freddie was the last one who left me.

http://dwilliam.hubpages.com/hub/Freddie-the-Freel...

David


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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

Sorry, i think i typed that last one wrong.

http://dwilliam.hubpages.com/hub/Freddie-the-Free-...


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This certain brought on the tears. You must still miss them all so much. Cemi sounds just delightful and so very special being the last one. That they each took on the character of the one that had gone is amazing, maybe a doggy thing so that part of them would still be with you and each other. There are many mysteries of nature that we don’t know.

That unconditional love and loyalty is beyond measure and it is obvious that you gave that unconditional love in return. Bless you.

Rocky was a pup I swore would never be allowed to sleep on the bed or lay on the sofa, but how can you resist when a little bundle comes and snuggle up so close and falls asleep. It is so hard getting used to being without them, How many times I would get Rocky's dish out along with the others before realising he would not be coming in for dinner. He used to lay under my desk and I would have a foot on his back stroking him as I worked, even now 4 years later I will still occasionally catch myself lifting my foot before realising there is nothing there to lay my foot on.

They come into our lives and wrap themselves around our hearts. It is going to one hell of a home coming when it is our time to go.

I wrote this for Charlie who was a rescue dog and had been badly treated.

http://hubpages.com/literature/Big-Brown-Eyes


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Rsemay, I just remembered the putting out the dinner bowls mistake. I had six, at first, as you know, and when Zoki died, I would forget there were only five and put out the six bowls...

Oh what heartache.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I just realised I commited an unforgivable sin, I spelled her name wrong, forgive me.


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Rosemay, it matters not a jot. A Semi by any other name would be as sweet. Worry not.

Ian

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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Oh, wingman, dearest ... this is just so heartbreaking! I am in tears ...

and I know only too well what this feels like.

Much love ... as always. x


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Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Angie, my dear friend, I thank you. I cannot come to this hub without breaking into tears either.

And by chance, it was exactly three years ago today, when she left us.

14th May, 2009

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

I appeciated this fine poem. Love inspires so many good poems, and this one joins their ranks.

By the way, today is midterm election day in America.


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Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. Author

Thank you for visiting this hub, Perspycacious. I appreciate you comment. "Joins the ranks" was deeply gratifying, She is still missed, and although it was so lone ago, my eyes give me away, and once more tears fill them.

I listened to the news last night, and now, apparently, the Senate and Congress are dominated by the Republicans. Poor Mr Obama. Two years of uphill struggle for him.

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