Friday, August 17, 2012

Rosie the Nurse

posted by my mum

It's taken me a lot of years to learn to read dogs -- their body language and their behaviors as pack animals. This photo was taken many years ago when I was still young in Airedale/dog language. I didn't read Rosie very well then. I just thought it was cute that she wanted to lay by her sister.

When I looked at this photo just recently everything fell into place. Rosie's human sister, about 3 years old, had been sick and found no comfort until she finally laid down on the floor near Rosie and slept. There was Rosie, protective, caring, gentle. I see now that Rosie might have been saying, "I've got it, Mum. I've got everything under control. I'm taking care of her and I'll guard her until you get back from making the beds."

Rosie was a character. I'll tell you more about her some other time.


This is a post for Sepia Saturday #139 which features a poster depicting a dog donating a bone for the war effort. My tie with the Sepia Saturday theme is that dogs give in many different ways. Rarely will an Airedale give up a bone but in other ways they can be completely selfless, especially when it comes to a beloved family member.

This is me, Hannah, speaking: you should to go visit Sepia Saturday and see if there are other Airedales or their mums or pops contributing photos this week. Or maybe just some other dogs.



14 comments:

  1. I always love a good dog story!

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  2. There is not much imagination needed to see that this Airdale is a philosophical dog. A priceless picture!

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  3. Dogs always seem to sense when something is wrong and when a human needs a bit of attention and canine sympathy. The look on Rosie's face says it all.

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  4. Tender and sweet - the photo says it all.

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  5. Our dogs were exactly the same. They knew instictively when someone was ill, feeling down or troubled and would just loved to be cuddled. That's why pets are so much part of the family. Thank you for sharing your story.

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  6. Great picture, wonderful memory.

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  7. That is so sweet, Nancy, and the photo is very poignant. Jo

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  8. I've always found the Airedale girls to be more protective than the boys. That's why it's good to have one of each!

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  9. What an absolutely adorable photo! Love the story!

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  10. That's a cute picture. I didn't think Airedales were that friendly a breed.

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  11. The first dog I remember was an Airdale named Punch. As a toddler I could do anything with him. If you showed him a cat that was a different story!
    By coincidence today at the local garden centre I made friends with a 9 year old Airdale - or was it the other way around.
    Pleased to see that Rosie knew what to do.

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  12. Ah lovely. Not only did I read it and thoroughly enjoy it, Amy the Dog read it too and equally enjoyed it.

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