Tuesday, December 14, 2010

WHEN IN DOUBT, . . . (3)

The day dawned grey and cold,
sunless,
hoar frosted trees barely visible
in the ice fog;
- 10°C, with a wind chill
almost double that.
"Socked in" as 
the old tyme flyers would say.

By lunch time
Miss Sadie was vocally bored,
and insisted on playing
in the fresh winter air.

And so we did.

Her frozen toy
stung my hands.
Even Her Ladyship
found it cold in her mouth.
Undeterred,
she ran to wherever it landed,
and galloped it back —
a flowing keyboard
of black on white
in the frigid yard.

While overhead,
the gutter ravens,
having moved south for the winter,
cried to one another.

Now, Sadie calmly sleeps
in her favourite chair,
by the warm stove,
awaiting another run,
latter on, perhaps,
not knowing the forecast
is for freezing rain,
which will make everything
treacherous,
for travel,
or even play
in our sanctuary.



20 comments:

Tattie Weasle said...

Miss Sadie looks so beautifully at peace lying there, the sleep of the innocent and ever optimistic, it's why I love dogs!

Nancy said...

She appears well-loved.

lakeviewer said...

She'll keep you moving and exploring. Happy Holidays, my friend.

The Bipolar Diva said...

There's just something special about standards.

The Bodhi Chicklet said...

Ah yes, Canadian winters. We are a tough bunch though, aren't we? Freezing rain is my least favorite. The wind was biting here too, it feels like winter.

Rob-bear said...

® TW: Dog-lovers are always such wise and observant contributors. Which is also why I have trouble viewing Sassy as the Wickedest Whippet. I think she's just adorable. And thoughtful, in terms of helping you lose weight.

® Nancy: Sadie is, indeed, well loved. Does she have me wrapped around her tail? I'd decline comment on that matter.
Hope you have a grand anniversary in Hawaii!

® lakeviewer: Being with Sadie is, indeed, a moving experience.
Hope you have a grand time this year-end.

Rob-bear said...

® Diva: Standards are "the standard" when it comes to dogs. Without question.

® Bodhi Chicklet: Welcome to the Bear blog; so glad you dropped by. Please Bear with us!
Winters in Canada are "interesting." (I think that's the best way to describe it.) Having grown up in Toronto, I remember "Eastern" winters. Western winters are similar, with a bit less snow, more wind, and colder temperatures. This winter, however, you've been getting more of a western winter. Good luck!

Natalie said...

Sounds odious, Bear.
The girl? She is beautiful.x

Lori said...

I know this cold and greyness all too well...such love here with your special friend...keep warm and safe. XX

Teacher's Pet said...

Rob....Enjoy the weather. I know. I know. It is miserably cold there....BUT...I would trade you for a week (or two of it). We don't get to see the snow...or feel this cold air. Your Sadie looks soooo snuggly warm...and I hope that it warms up enough that you and Sadie will be able to play outside real soon.
Warmes hugs,
Jackie

Jean said...

Sadie is a beautiful dog. Like Lulu, that curly coat will keep her warm but I suspect that indoors is always best !!

Diana said...

Just like a little kid, how cute!
Love Di ♥

Gaston Studio said...

So agree with lakeviewer, Sadie will keep you young!

dana said...

I had no idea Miss Sadie was so grand and regal!

I have that same afghan. Bought it at JCPenney's when we were in Hernando.

Beau has a new responsibility now.

He's figured out I'm getting forgetful. I forgot to close the back door and the wind was blowing snow inside.

I heard Beau bark and when I went to look, he was standing "point" and staring at the hole where a door should be.

Just another service he offers.

Anonymous said...

J'ai appris des choses interessantes grace a vous, et vous m'avez aide a resoudre un probleme, merci.

- Daniel

Rob-bear said...

® Daniel's comment reads: "I learned from the interesting things grace has you, and you have me assistance has to solve a problem, thank you."

Thank you, Daniel

Amanda said...

keep braving that -10 wind chill my friend and give sadie a pat for me. sending you much love and wishes for a happy holiday, and a most joyous and prosperous New Year.

♡♡

amanda

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Aww, Miss Sadie knows how to spend a day!! Just stopping by to wish you and yours the Merriest of Christmases, dear Bear! Warmest wishes from your sis'~Janine

Chris Stovell said...

Ah, great photo of Miss Sadie. Best wishes to you and yours this Christmas and wishing you a happy and healthy New Year.

cheshire wife said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. The weather is no better here in the UK. For once we are having a white Christmas.

Happy Christmas to you!