...Homemade Rainbows...

Friday, November 20, 2009

fur and feathers

There has always been a lot of animals around here. Furry and feathered.
Last count there were 3 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, numerous fish in a pair of extra large aquariums and 7 chooks. Yep 7 now.
I failed to take the time a little while back when we introduced our newest three girls to the flock to then introduce them to you. I quickly fell in love with lavender araucana's and decided to get a pair from a breeder and in a moment of weakness ended up coming home with three...only one of which is a lavender but nonetheless all are beautiful. And with green eggs now gracing our nesting boxes and all 7 girls finally getting along amicably what's not to be happy about?
So here they are....
Sophia, the lavender...

and Millie....the broody one.

and here is how pretty their eggs are.

But you know, on a much sadder note, with so many animals around they all eventually have to grow old and you're never really quite prepared for it. Kyle's dog suffered a little with dementia in his old age recently and started running away at the slightest breeze and has not returned from his last adventure.
And as I distract myself here blogging today I am preparing to say goodbye to my own best friend and longest companion this afternoon. She is 16 now and after losing an eye earlier this year and then months of me agonising over making the hardest decision one could ever make for a friend I finally knew on Tuesday that this week would be her last. It's time. And now today has come.

She's been my shadow, my cheering squad, my shoulder. She's been funny, annoying, devoted, loving and loud.
I found her at the animal shelter, quiet and husky from barking too much.
She was at the back and only little.
I didn't realise she only had three legs until I asked to give her a pat. I knew she had to come home with me and she did after the shelter gave me a 25% discount because of her missing leg! A story that always incites a giggle. But she was definitely worth the extra 25.
And so she came to live with me and I named her a variation of the Japanese word for three.
She's knows a lot about me this dog....she has seen many places and things before and after the rest of my little family now.
So I leave you with a picture of her in her prime....a long long time ago.
My dog, Sahn.
I'm going to try and be gentle with myself this afternoon and this weekend and take some more time out, but...
I will be back soon to this slightly neglected space with something much cheerier, perhaps an update on what's been happening in the patch over Spring!
Until then friends....


Stephanie said...

Aaaah, blessings to you.

And that really is humorous about the 25% for one missing leg. Just so... exact. :)

Loves to you and Pup, here and Far Away.

Inoureyes said...

Sweet Sahn!
I have never lost a pet, they all went to farms when i was little.
It was only last year that i figured out what that actually meant. I have never had anything bigger than a chook for that reason now i guess. Im not sure how i would cope with the loss of such a friend. My thoughts are with you,
Love Mel

Inoureyes said...

It will be good to have you back around the place again too

Shine a Little Light said...

Oh, I feel quite emotional. I love doggies so much. Sahn is beautiful. Have a wonderful afternoon with her. *s*
ps. those chooks eggs are superb!

Patricia said...

Saying goodbye is hard :(
The beautiful memories remain!
I love the pictures of Sahn with the cats :D

TOK TOK TOK, beautiful color eggs!

Good luck, Leanne xo

ps. Next time I like to see some spring.

Madeline said...

Oh, Leanne, I'm so very sorry. We too love our animals like family, and saying goodbye is just so incredibly difficult. Blessings to you. I hope this weekend is very gentle on your soul.

Madeline said...

P.S. Your new chickens are truly lovely. We no longer have araucanas. I miss their beautifully colored eggs!

Sabrina said...

Oh dear Leanne, I'm sorry that the time has come to say goodbye to this sweet friend of yours. Your heartfelt words had tears coming to my eyes and then later a smile at the 25% discount. So lucky you and Sahn are to have shared so many good years together.

Thinking of you...

Sabrina said...

Is that lovely lavender clad lady you? You look so well coordinated with precious Miss Sophia.

Tricia said...

So sorry to hear about Sahn. We went through a similar experience with our dog Lucy earlier in the year. It was hard, but now I remember all the good times.

Take care :-)

P.S Sophia is gorgeous.

Anne said...

Im so sorry to hear about Sahn...((HUGS))

I love the green eggs what a pretty colour..:)

5orangepotaotes said...

Leanne, I'm so sorry. 16 years is an amazing age for a dog, so lucky to share many of them with her. I'm feeling so much emotion for you that I don't quite know what to say.
Thinking of you, lisa

prashant said...

they all went to farms when i was little.

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