Tuesday, August 26, 2008

~ erosions (eros i ons)


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When I was a baby my father snuck home a little dog, slipped it into my crib and called my mother to "come see something cute." Me, blowing bubbles or doing something drool-ish.

She looked at the puppy and said, No Way!
Already she had three children (plus my father) and later my brother on his way. The dog became my older sister's dog. :)

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There was a small lake in walking distance to the house and this dog loved to dash out to explore. He had to cross a street to get there and was hit by a car. He broke his leg, and had to stay overnight at the Vet. That evening, bad lightening thunder and rain came over our town. Our dog, alone and maybe scared jumped out a window (I don't know how). In the down-pour, all bandaged up he crawled across town, by scent or knowing--nobody knows how long it took; it was at least a 20 min ride by car. My mother, who is very intuitive heard something late, went to the door in her nightgown and there ... drenched and crying exhausted, the dog. He wanted to heal with his family.

Dogs are amazing; we don't give them enough credit.
My beagle bunny.
He's been a bit sick. Ever try to sneak medicine in dog food? He gobbles everything; I look in the bottom of his bowl, a tiny licked clean purple pill. How do they do that?
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It hurts me too: Elmore James & version 2 by Keb' Mo'.
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Talking Heads: Wild Wild Life. ... Because we're under Tornado warnings. I am going to bake Peanut Butter cookies; so to have something to clutch if I get a wind trip to Oz. A Tornado did touch down in Clemson SC near this college which is great at spying on students. But all looks well so far. : ) Except there is a problem out of Atlanta with airplanes and flights are all grounded. Stopped.
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Artist James Hampton, a janitor who collected tinfoil and trash to make this visionary work; Zoom in here . I was reminded of this when smosch (see these) linked to M. Tichy who reminded me of a ravaged genius Whitman. :)
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Bob Marley live in Boston 1979 No Woman No Cry
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Peace and health to all, smile breath, smile, breath;: )
Link to Tumbleword 2 site.
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33 comments:

mary said...

Oh my gosh. That story about your dog just made me choke up. Amazing!

Hope your beagle gets better soon...

mansuetude said...

Thanks Mary. Mr. Beagle bunny sends you well wishes too. Lets hope he eats his medicine. :)

Disa said...

i used to hide my peas under my mashed potatoes- thought i was so sneaky ;) we all find ways....

i just acquired a dog, or step dog. havent had one around since i was your age in your story. the company is wonderful to have something follow you with devoted attention while doing something as mundane as scour the shower, or take a poo! and the weight of a sleeping canine on your feet as your dropping off is wonderful too :)

lynne h said...

oh mansuetude, m. tichy... wow... his photos. him!! and james hampton's work... so much is created in this world by genius humans...

thank you as always for a wonderful breath of fresh air.

(i think as a rule we should just always give animals more credit than we're initially inclined to)

Maria said...

Your story reminds me of my own childhood dog! A collie named King. He was such a sweetheart and loved all of us so much. One day he was hit by a motorcycle and broke his leg too:(( He had to eat a lot of medicine which he hated. So we had to crush it and mix with his food, then it slipped in:)
Maybe that could work for your dog too. I hope he's feeling better soon!!

andrea tachezy said...

What a touching story. The dogs are incredible. I was thinking about them today, when I met a young homeless man with his ( wonderful) dog. This dog was so heedful, you could see how much he loves his owner.They love us whether we are rich or poor, clever or stupid...

andrea tachezy said...

We have no problems to give any medicine to Frodo. The pill wrapped in a peace of ham - and that´s it!He eats really everything!

Quark said...

Sometimes I rather be with dogs than with anyone.
Maybe it's just me, I'm a little crazy.

I really have to get a dog.

bookbabie said...

Cool dog story, hope yours feels better soon:)

mansuetude said...

Disa~ I would imagine you doing worst things with your peas; my sisters used to put theirs in my mother's coffee pot. :)

Can't wait till that dog enters your writing!

Lynne~ Wouldn't you just love to make a camera like that. I think i might try.

Maria~ We had a dog named King too; a German Shepherd and he was so smart. Crushing medicine is like poisoning his food, it rarely works. He was so finicky eating as a puppy.

Andrea~ Love the story about the man's dog. Yes, they love us, and I think they are clever--but hopefully we can spare a hunk of food. : ) Lastnight after midnight he ate a pill wrapped in beef. But he's never been a gulper... sniffs and nibbles like a bunny rabbit. I swear he's a bunny rabbit. :)

Quark~ You do need a dog then. Lots of people feel that way--your dog would have to love music, be soulful. My dog loves to dance. :)

Bookbabie~ Thanks. And for your visit while you're so busy. :)

omami said...

Lovely photos, I have a beagle mix with labrador, hope you dog is better!!My dog is Bella so sensitive and caring!!

Roxana said...

I so love the erosions pictures, especially the last one. but the dog is also amazing!

Jo Horswill said...

Hope your precious friend, gets well soon...
Oh I love Elmore, he is a dear old friend of mine!...have many of his LPs!!!
So much to see and listen too here!

Jo Horswill said...

Yes, I said LPs!!! Proudly:)

Jeane said...

I loved the dog story and your images are gorgeous

Mary-Laure said...

I love your dog story...

Alexa Johnson said...

"to come home and heal with his family" ...that's a wish so many of us share. Love to the Bunnyman.

Gwen Buchanan said...

The tin foil man, James Hampton, was amazing... What perseverance...

The little dog stories were so Sweet.. Dogs are very attuned to humans... We have one little dog that is so sensitive, I feel as if he knows everything we say...of course we have another that just likes to bark loud and jump on people...but her best feature is climbing down holes under trees and freaking me out thinking that she will never be able to get out...

I liked that Elmore James!!!

janie said...

I had an Old English Sheepdog, Joshua, a complete darling with no sense of direction, in fact he was kidnapped and ended up on the stage of the Cork Opera house in some play or other that needed a large shaggy dog!he loved people, all people , not a selective bone in his body, and if he came across an open car door he was in like a shot! And no, although it might sound like he was trying to get away, he just hated the thought that he might be left behind:)
Thanks for the Bob Marley, he always touches a nerve, the power of his music and the power of memories.

gracia said...

Dogs are amazing, aren't they? All animals are, and I so enjoyed reading your words on this today. A little dog tucked up in your cribb - such a visual delight.
Wishing your Beagle Bunny a swift recovery.
be well, g xx

gracia said...

(An extra 'b' seems to have snuck in... a friend of mine is G.Cribb and as a result I put an extra 'b' on the word whenever I type it.)

Katrina said...

oh my goodness that dog story is absolutely heartbreaking... and amazing.

Jo Horswill said...

I have passed on an award to you...if you have the time, come by and see...

Christine said...

Hi M. I hope the tornados went outside your area, and decided to take roads less travelled, so to speak.

Your story about your dog was amazing and very moving.

Thank you - as always - for wonderful links. You open worlds to me each and every time I visit, in your words and your sharings. Thank you

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hrsj said...

animals are amazing and so smart. i hope your doggy takes his medicine so he can get well.

Arnold Layne said...

That's an amazing story - so inspiring, and touching. I love your photos as well, they bring back a sense of childhood along with the story. They fit perfectly.

Ritva said...

So much caring and sharing,
you have a fascinating blog!!!
....(there was a time when i was literally a mixture of Talking Heads and Billie Holiday)Thanks for reminding me of that:)
And special thanks for your kind comment in my blog!

kate said...

You have such abundance of wonderful stuff it's hard to know what to comment upon. I think I will just say that I love your opening and closing photographs (and the blurry one of beagle bunny of course!). I don't know what they are but I find them quite wonderful. Thank you for your generous posts.

Esti said...

Superb story, and moving too.
I hope your dog gets better soon.

Bibbi said...

Hope beagle friend is better! Thank you for story, they have strong senses, and strong connections, the dogs.

You asked about camera; thought I should pop by and say something. I have a Canon Powershot, there seems to be a new version of them every week. This is my second and I'm still happy with it. It's a bit larger than most digital cameras, because of four batteries. Advantage is you don't need to worry about charging batteries all the time and it feels steady when taking photos. Good quality lenses, easy to operate and both automatic and manual settings. This summer I bought a new camera, a larger Canon, it's like a new luxurious toy, I'm so happy about it! But too big for everyday use. Hope you find yourself a nice camera friend!
Bibbi

Christine said...

your thoughts certainly are :)