Doggy

RIP Pedro

It’s been a difficult winter as several of our good friends have crested the distribution curve for life expectancy and done what we will all do eventually — because of this it hasn’t seemed right to talk about the passing of our dog.


However Pedro was such a special individual he deserves his canine eulogy

Much of his early life is documented in my book Iolo’s Revenge where he looks out from the fly leaf to engage the potential reader just as, in life, he engaged everyone he met –he had extraordinary social skills with eloquently persuasive non-verbal powers — and verbal understanding.

“Not in front of the dog!” my husband would say as we discussed the possibilities of an outing , ” We don’t want to disappoint him.”

It was probably his idea anyway.

He had a way of fixing you with his stare and then glancing at the object of his desire (whole systems of psychoanalysis have been based in this method of communication). His glance would lead you to the path to the woods; his ball on the shelf; my crook when he wanted to look at the lambs; Wellies when he wanted to go to the stream or the beach (he loved the beach) — he knew exactly how to introduce the thought that he wanted into my head: feed the sheep; collect the eggs; walk the dog and don’t forget we are taking next-door’s dog today; it’s six o’clock (I know it is, I’ll feed you in a minute!)

Come on — time to set off!

The thing about dogs is that they communicate on an emotional level, with irresistible sadness when they don’t get their own way and uncontainable joy when they do — and joy is catching. A walk in the woods or a romp in the snow with a happy dog can elevate the meanest mood!

Retrieving a stolen ball on the Gower

Pedro was a family dog:

New Granddog

Good with sheep:

And lambs (he loved baby creatures — he’d bring them in and ask if he could keep them):

Not so good with cats

Protecting Boss from pesky cat (demonstrating sophisticated emotion) Jealous dog — they do PhDs in that.

Athlete:

Intrepid explorer:

Guard-dog:

Farm Manager:

Photo by Peter Jenkins — all rights reserved

Old Friend:

RIP Pedro 2005-2019

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6 thoughts on “RIP Pedro

  1. STEVE LACEY says:

    We just got our copy of Iolo’s Revenge. Clearly Pedro was an important part of your lives. At least you have some wonderful memories. Love Carol and Steve.

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