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At least if you are safe aboard Hermione you will not be troubled by sharks. (They have not yet started ringing the doorbell and mumbling 'landshark.') Please, if you find yourselves off of Cape Hatteras or Cape Fear or Assateuge island, or such a place, stay out of the water. I had a mom who taught me never to swim where fish were schooling, and to watch the behavier of gulls. If you see them hunting bait fish you can be pretty sure that they are not alone. There may be a big fish down there, hunting too.


This is unprecedented, at least in my lifetime. It is not so glaring up here as down south, but there are more here too. Eventually, if there are enough sharks people are going to get bitten.

Today has been a weary troubled day for me. My mind keeps returning to yesterday, plodding in circles of memory. I can feel it making me vauge. I have not done anything useful today. I know this will pass though. I will come to miss her cleanly. But not yet. All her things are still here, her dogbed, her femur bone, her leashes, her food. I cannot decide what to do with them. I figure there is no harm leaving them here for now.

***** I should clarify-- the femur is a cow femur she had for gnawing. It is not her leg


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Jul. 2nd, 2015 05:49 am (UTC)
I visited the Hermione when she was nothing more than the skeeton of her hull in dry dock; no sharks there :D
Grit your teeth and clear away the stuff; give yourself mourning time then maybe get another dog. Things heal with time.
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
I will do these things. And I know that someday there will be another dog. Not soon though.
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:23 am (UTC)
Sending much love to you today. I've just read & commented on your sad post from yesterday. I'm on the train on the way to work and I shed a wee tear for Hazel. Clearing away their things is hard, take your time, there's no rush. My thoughts are with you and all the family today. A x
Jul. 2nd, 2015 03:45 pm (UTC)
She was the best dog ever. I am not yet ready to clear away her things. I am still feeling as if she is just in the other room asleep.

Thank you for your kind words in both locations.
Jul. 2nd, 2015 04:07 pm (UTC)
I cried too. Give yourself time to mourn, and remember the good times. I'm glad it happened quickly.
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:04 pm (UTC)
Yes. It could have been worse. They took her pain away before they even examined her. And she left without difficulty. She was way too stoned to wonder why we were crying. I am grateful for that.
Jul. 2nd, 2015 05:06 pm (UTC)
I reread your post about Hazel last night as when I began to read it on the bus yesteday morning I knew straight away what it was going to be and could only bring myself to skim it. I was struck by how nice a last day it seems she had. A walk to the beach and a roll in the grass.

My mum kept our dog's bowls for years after she went to sleep. I wouldnt be surprised if she still had them somewhere.
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:08 pm (UTC)
She did have a good day. She even got to do the thing where my son says 'you can pick what you want from the fridge.' (Liverwurst.) And she rolled in the grass and went nearly all the way to the beach, and had a splendid nap.

No, it is me I am sad for.
Jul. 2nd, 2015 09:29 pm (UTC)
Sudden as it was, I'm so glad you all had a good day together. You couldn't wish for more than that. I'm so glad I had the pleasure of meeting Hazel during our Skype calls. I'll never forget her beautifully woeful expression. I don't think she approved of Skype! She was a real character and a good friend.
Jul. 2nd, 2015 05:15 pm (UTC)
When you're ready, maybe donating all her old stuff to a shelter might help? That's what I did when my previous cat died, and it made me feel a little better knowing some other cat would enjoy her stuff.
Jul. 2nd, 2015 07:11 pm (UTC)
I thought of that. I may well do that. There are a couple of dog sweaters too. If I am going to give her things away I will want to wash them and make them nice first.
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