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Preview of Coming Attractions

Coming soon to a cottage near here...



World, meet Belle, our not-quite-yet-but-soon-to-be new collie dog.

Above is a photo of Belle as a puppy, taken back in 2007. A FB friend sent me this photo of her. This friend was present in Belle's life from puppyhood to probably a few months ago when she moved from her one and only owner to the foster home of my other new friend, Mit.

Here is Belle now:


She currently lives in northwestern Iowa!

Needless to say, it's been a ride these last couple or three weeks since I first encountered a photo of Belle on Mit's FB page, saying how she was fostering her and was looking to find her just the right home.

Belle is 9 years old. I fell in love at first sight. I'd been looking through some rescue sites with pictures of the dogs up for adoption, and was showing them to Paul even though, at the same time, I was still saying "no more dogs for now..."

Did anyone REALLY think we could live without one?


Just look at that gorgeous face!


So anyway... I don't want to jinx this whole plan that Mit and I have going here by talking about it too much. Suffice it to say that after some deliberations which included a home visit by some collie people here in the Boston area, and after having passed the inspection, we were approved as new parents for lovely Belle. But she lives in Iowa!

So, for now I'm staying mum on the rest of the story, until she is here and settled and snuggling up to both of us lost souls who haven't had a collie hug, or even ANY doggie hug, in way too long a time! Let's just say that by the end of our next holiday, we should be a family... and I will, of course, update you then. So wish us and everyone involved in this adventure a lot of luck, please-and-thank-you.


Bex & Paul

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I think I could turn and live with animals...
They are so placid and self-contained,
I stand and look at them sometimes half the day long.

They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied... not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or industrious over the whole earth.

~ [Walt Whitman, from "Leaves of Grass, No. 32"] ~


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