Another birthday

Photo taken at Christmas

Today is Finbar’s official birthday. A guesstimate by the vet when he was brought to the shelter, since nobody knows when he was born. For lunch he had his usual ‘soup’ of rice, lentils, carrots, tomatoes and potatoes with a portion of minced beef. Today, his soup had an added chicken stock cube, and as a birthday treat his meal was garnished with a boiled egg and a slice of Cantal cheese. You’re not fourteen every day.

Time flows in concentric circles or parallel tracks running at different speeds, the stars we see, the stars we don’t, light issuing from present darkness. For dogs, time races in the fast lane.

gloomy day
of false summer—leaves hang
waiting for the rain

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Jane Dougherty

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35 thoughts on “Another birthday”

    1. Thank you 🙂 He enjoys his food and homemade is better than anything out of a packet 🙂
      It seems so unfair that lovely dogs have to get old and die while so many awful people seem to live forever.

    1. Dogs will eat almost anything so it’s easy to throw a soup together. I put in anything that’s past its best, or if husband has bought more vegetables than we can eat. I’d like to do the same for the cats but they’re carnivores and ours won’t eat vegetables or rice. Trixie likes mashed potato and tomato sauce, but love has its limits 🙂
      It seems to unfair, but probably dogs don’t have ambitions to live longer.

      1. Daughter’s pit bull will literally eat anything–socks, mattress stuffing. . .🤣 She’s been at the animal ER several times. Their old man dog is pickier, so they do sometimes cook chicken for him.

      1. Pepper is our first puppy, technically my daughter Bethan’s . All our other dogs over the years have been rescues of various breeds . We still have a cocker spaniel too .

      2. I love galgos but they’re hard work. Wild. I wouldn’t dare do it again knowing what they’re like. We’ve been lucky Finbar was exceptionally obedient. He isn’t now. He’s deaf so he does what he likes.

  1. Fourteen already. Time flies. Happy birthday Finbar. My Skooby will be thirteen this September. I cook his meal but never thought of adding tomatoes or potatoes though I add sweet potatoes ( oy yams as they call it here). No beef but chicken always. Skooby loves cheese.

    1. Thank you 🙂 He enjoyed his lunch even if the weather’s been wet. You’d better check that your dog is allowed potatoes and tomatoes, it’s possible they’re not advised for all breeds, but if he likes sweet potato he should be okay with ordinary ones.

  2. What a wonderful observation about time. The different life circles for humans and animals are a source of much sorrow.
    Happy birthday and many more, hopefully. (K)

    1. Thanks Kerfe. It does seem arbitrary, doesn’t it? Why do turtles get to live so long? It might sound heartless, but I don’t want him to have many more birthdays. He’s gone from being a hurricane to stumbling just getting out of his bed in the course of the last few months. He’s not adjusting to aging well. He still thinks he’s a puppy.

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