Tuesday, January 27, 2009

puppy love

... a dog can never tell you what she knows from the
smell of the world, but you know, watching her, that you know
almost nothing...
— Mary Oliver
from the poem "her grave"

I love our two dogs.  Freja, the labrador, steals food, doesn't come when called, and can't walk properly on a leash. Kajsa, the hound mix, is terrified of everything, especially fireworks, thunder, and hot air balloons. With all their faults, there is something honest and unconditional about dogs, their devotion, endearment, and companionship. I can't imagine life without them. Charlottesville is covered in ice and snow today. School is closed and we are all, including the pups, setting up camp in front of the wood stove. Lovely...


  1. Absolutely lovely photos of the dogs. I love the final one the most!

  2. ooo, i want to give them a huge bear hug. love the dogs! what a perfect way to spend a day indoors. snowed-in here as well, wrangling a toddler and 10 month old retriever. laughter but not a lot of peace.

    just saw your 'self-portrait' on red otter. delightful.

  3. I agree. So lovely. Both dogs and the having to stay in because of weather. We have received almost a foot, so we are in and looking forward to a warm evening here with hot drinks and board games.

    Love your blog, by the way.

  4. What a fun day for you all! I love these images of your dog, Lotta, they seem like they would be GREAT friends! :)

    PS you were a favorite of mine today!

  5. Dogs are God's greatest invention, I am fond of saying. And you are a wonderful writer. :)



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