We picnicked yesterday with Far Guy’s side of the family, the food was awesome, the conversation lively and full of "remember whens." The hunting "remember whens" were especially enjoyable. I never knew that my Father In Law one time threw his hat into the branch of a tree, disgusted with the outcome of a day of hunting. Said hat was then appropriately blown to bits, bits not even big enough to help a Chickadee build a nest…such was the sympathy among these hunters.
Chance made a new friend, a special little girl who was afraid, but oh so curious about dogs, Chance was his usual helpful self..he tends to pick up vibes from people rather quickly. She had never walked a dog before, so with my help, a first was accomplished. The child was thrilled, the dog was puzzled, it was no big thing for him, he will follow a kid just about anywhere. I think they both had it in their minds that now that they were walking buddies, they should go for a swim. The child was stopped just short of the water, but Chance went right on in. He loves the water!
I only had a very short time to suggest to the Mom of the special needs child, that perhaps a companion animal would make a difference in their home life. She replied "We cannot afford a companion animal." I suggested that she contact local service organizations in her area like The Lion’s and The Shriner’s, if they can’t help her, they may know of some organization that can. I wanted to suggest that perhaps the "Grandpa" to this child, take it upon himself to visit a local animal shelter and rescue a suitable pet that he in turn could share with his Granddaughter. I had a really hard time keeping my big mouth shut. So why did I? I can be silent sometimes..Far Guy would not agree, as I am hardly ever silent with him. Chance and I are only the planters of seeds, we can plant an idea, but after that someone else has to tend it and water it. Sometimes the seeds fall on fertile ground, sometimes it seems that they are scattered on a wasteland, but we keep scattering them:)