A friend of my husband, whom he worked with many years ago, always calls in to see us at this time of year usually bringing a gift of a bottle of wine. He came this afternoon and brought Jim with him for a visit.
We once had a golden retriever. Emma was 7 when she came to us and we had her till she was 12 when she was so ill she had to be put to sleep. She too was a beautiful dog and Jim bought back such lovely memories of her.
We are far too old now to own a large dog as they do need a daily walk. I can't walk far and although MOH's heart is always in the right place I just know he'd not be able to walk day after day no matter how good his intentions were to begin with.
We are both hoping Gerard will call again, sooner rather than later, and if he brings Jim for another visit they will both be very welcome.
FOOTNOTE: Gerard will never let us give him anything but last year while visiting us he mentioned that he had to buy some tea-towels (he is a bachelor). Many years ago I used to collect tea-towels and even exchange them occasionally with penfriends. I remembered I had a very large pile of brand new tea-towels so I brought them out and chose two that had dogs on them and gave them to Gerard. This year I did the same thing and two more tea-towels have found a new home. I have had most of this tea-towel collection for over 25 years now but they are nearly all made of linen and of course are still brand new. Gerard went off happily clutching the new additions to his kitchen. It has been great to find something that he wants.