Sunday, April 18, 2010

The day behind

Road trip! Yes indeedy, the two grannies were at it yesterday. Dear S2 offered to chauffeur me down to Happy Valley to pick up the Nugget pup. I was delighted beyond words since I hadn't slept more than a couple of hours a night for three nights. I was more delighted when we encountered the crazy storm cells all the way home. Sadly, there were no tomatoes, but those will come later. We are a bit early in the season yet.

We arrived shortly after the breeder's. Carbon, Nugget's sire, was laid to rest yesterday. Perhaps the reason the heaven's had opened and shed tears for the Cardigan world. It was difficult to feel the excitement on picking up the pup to its fullest. I really hated taking one more off that property. She insisted. I couldn't say no. I was glad that S2 was there to help me balance my emotions. It was a very good thing.

The papers sit addressed in front of me. I will drop them in the mail this afternoon as I leave. Coedwig's Alchemist. My dog. To anyone else he is just a cute puppy with a masking tape crown. To me he is more than I can explain. More than I care to explain. There is such sadness that I know will become pride and joy. I can't explain all the feelings I am experiencing right now. I am not sure I have ever been so impacted by the passing of someone else's dog. It is quite strange. In an odd way I am glad it is over and behind us all. He deserved to go with dignity and without any more deterioration. At almost 15, and with 90 champion offspring he more than deserved that. So now the healing begins for all, and the work begins for me.

Little Nugget, I love you. Just remember that, OK?


1 comment:

Shep said...

I was so sorry to hear of his passing. I'm not sure if it's quite sunk in for me yet -- I have been sitting here picking through a lot of pedigrees lately, and seeing his name on a lot of dogs I truly love.

That said... Nugget is beautiful. Love him! It's a grand thing when your breed of heart just comes to you and moves in after so long, isn't it? This will be a fun year -- so many new things to do, so many places to go!