Sunday, May 29, 2011

Zara - My New Doggy

I've been wanting to get another dog since 'Ulysses' died in 2005. Sometimes things fall into place when you're not trying... I've called my new doggy 'Zara' - Arabic for "bright as the dawn". When we first saw each other, there was an uncanny feeling we'd be together. A neighbour of mine had been given her by a near stranger, who'd obviously mistreated her...she was extremely shy. My neighbour then proceded to lose her, but not before he'd offered her to me. After three days on her own in our back paddock, I found her, but it took me two hours to coax her to me...I gardened under some eucalypts, letting her know I was there if she needed me, and wasn't out to hurt her. Gradually she circled closer, until, as night was coming on, and rain beginning to fall, there she was, a metre away, curled up on a bed of grass clippings. Very gently I picked her up and stowed her away. Since then, she has been flowering beautifully. I hope you can see what I can see:

21 comments:

  1. Hello Faisal:
    Zara is adorable! What a happy ending to a rather miserable start in life. We are sure that you both give each other much pleasure over the years to come.

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  2. Hello Jane and Lance,
    Yes, I need her as much as she needs me! They're always such chums, dogs. Thankyou.

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  3. faisal, zara has the most beautiful face. i have had many dogs, but only fell in love twice. the others have been good friends, but those two, oh, my.

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  4. I know exactly what you mean Velma. An unforgettable bond can occur.

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  5. fais!
    a worried face
    but a sweet one!

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  6. Yes, John, there's been loads of worry, from whatever the situation she was brought up in was like, but it's washing away. I'm glad you see a sweet face there too!

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  7. Zara is beautiful! We have had two dogs and since our las tone had to be put down we have been very reluctant to have him replaced... It was a very painful experience, like losing a human member of the family.

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  8. It's taken me five and a half years, Nicholas, and mostly, I hadn't wanted to 'replace' the memory. But in this case, Zara fell into my lap...if I hadn't gone and got her, she would have died, I'm sure. The funny thing is, she looks quite alot like 'Ulysses', only with finer features.

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  9. Yes, Scott, and whatever dog-handlers of repute say, she's already engineered her way to my bed where she practises the fine art of doing almost nothing!

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  10. She has a such a sweet face. I would have scooped her up myself, so glad that you did.

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  11. Zara has beautiful eyes, my little doggie Bella had the same background and still flinches when I bend down suddenly to pat her. She is my best friend and I will give her as much time as she needs. Even a walk in the rain this morning in her pink cable-knit turtle neck jumper that matched my pink spotted umbrella. Cheers Sue. PS thank you for putting me on your blog roll I'm in some wonderful company there.

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  12. Andrea - hi. You can't just let them get away, knowing they've got nowhere to go, can you?

    Sue, I'm hoping Zara can be kitted out in something fairly fetching in the colder months. Looking at your work, and your blog, I'd say you belonged in excellent company. I especially like your colours. Faisal.

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  13. She is lovely! You know from reading my blog I definitely think there is a soul bond with animal companions.
    Wonderful!

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  14. Hello, CR. I feel there is more inter-connectedness and association than we guess at. For an animal, a good relationship with a human must be beneficial. For a human, that duty of care can unlock positive capacities.

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  15. She is lovely, and I love the story. I too felt an instant bond when I found my dog at the pound 10 years ago. She has been a wonderful companion... in the garden, and on the couch.

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  16. Cheers, Zoe. I get the feeling Zara would prefer to spend a large part of the day recumbent, but there are growing signs of zest...

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  17. She's gorgeous! And I'm sure she'll get braver as time goes on.

    I found your blog while I was browsing so I've no idea how I got here. Nice to meet you though! AJ

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  18. Hi AJ, nice to have you visit. I can't believe how already Zara's become visibly more perky, tail up in the air, lots of rolling around, and I get outstanding welcomes. Thankyou for your comment. Dogs are pretty groovy, aren't they?

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  19. I'm another who stumbled across your blog in my wanderings. Zara is beautiful - the eyes have it !! She reminds me a little of my Otter, in her colouring. But the ageless look in her eyes reminds me of my Keeper, who often seems like an old soul to me. We've always had dogs, and someone previously said special bonds only come along every so often. Keeper is such a bond for me. I wish you much happiness with Zara.

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  20. Hi Lynne, and thankyou. Yes, it works like that, between humans and animals sometimes, that there's a 'destiny' quality in the friendship.

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