Yesterday we said goodbye to a dear old friend. We never knew exactly how old Maisie was - she came with the farm when we bought it in 2006. By all accounts she had had a hard life up until the previous owners had taken her in a few years previously. A Walker hound, she had deformed paws and claws, which may have been due to early days kept in a cage. A road accident had left Maisie with a permanently injured back and leg, which never stopped her outrunning on three legs, the other dogs on four! For all her troubled past, Maisie was the eternal optimist, grinning from ear to ear her lopsided dog smile accompanied by the ever swishing tail whenever dog cookies were mentioned. Evenings, after supper when the other dogs went out, were her special time and "first dessert" was called! Especially good were those times we reached fourth and even fifth dessert as she conned Jorg and I into believing we hadn't reached her limit! There is a big hole in the evening routine now, and although time will heal it, Maisie's particular enthusiasm for life, despite its setbacks, will always be remembered. She is free now to run unfettered by a gammy leg and enjoy time in the sun with old friends Jack, Shandy and Brigitte. RIP Maisie.
“There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally of course, there are times that are cold, and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. Those rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are.” ( Chogyam Trungpa, 1939 – 1987, Buddhist meditation master and Supreme Abbot of the Surmang monasteries, scholar, teacher, poet, and artist.)
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