Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Grandpuppy, Bentley

We had Christmas with my oldest daughter, April, and her family yesterday. (We ate black-eyed peas, cabbage, cornbread and brisket. We always eat the peas and cabbage for luck and prosperity---an old Southern tradition that goes back to the Civil War and beyond). April is making me this fabulous quilt. She was almost finished, bless her heart. She did a lot of embroidery and hand work so it took her longer than she thought it would. It's got flowers, a dragonfly, a cat and even a spider web (I like garden spiders) on it. What a fabulous gift of love. The backing is a soft, furry, pink fabric. I can't wait to curl up under it!

This is Bentley, Taylor's new Chocolate Lab puppy (my grandpuppy). Taylor's old dog, Clover, got hit by a car last month and he was very sad. April and Brian found this puppy in a newspaper ad and got him the weekend before Christmas. He was a bargain ($25) because the owners didn't have papers on him. Cody (our Golden Retriever) stayed with them while we were out of town and April said he was jealous of Bentley.

His squeaky chew-toy is a chicken. He likes to sleep with his head on Brian's old boots. April said he's afraid of their chickens and turkeys, thank goodness! She said he's also afraid of the mule, the pig and the goose (they're a tribe of three....long, funny story for later).

Every dog needs a boy to harass him, right? I told Taylor he was used to having cats to play with, not heavy puppies! Bentley wasn't complaining, though.

He is so cute! If only they'd stay little puppies longer. Look at those eyes. I never really cared much for dogs until we got Cody about 7 years ago. That dog is so sweet....he's really a compassionate man in a fur coat. If ever I cry (which is often, and no, I don't need a reason) and he's in the room, he comes up to me and lays his head in my lap. I told Ray the dog would be a great grief counselor.

"One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why." ~Author Unknown

"Happiness is a warm puppy." ~Charles Schulz

Love & Blessings,



Karen said...

What a beautiful pup! Oh, and the quilt - wonderful! Every time you use it or see it, you'll think of the love that went into the making.

Marion said...

Yes, he's a cutie, Karen. I can't wait to get the quilt. She told me she'd deliver it to me next week. (She had Taylor lie down on it to make sure it was long enough....he's my height now.) Thanks for stopping by. Love & Blessings!

RNSANE said...

Such a lovely gift from your daughter. I know you will treasure it.

Your grandpuppy is a sweetheart. Very sad for the family to lose their old dog in such a tragic way but I know Bentley will ease their pain.

Happy New Year.

Elaine Jarvis said...

What a wonderful quilt and what a cute puppy! Your post makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Such love and warmth and gift in our lives...too often we don't realize how much we have to be grateful for. The quilt is a true labor of love, isn't it?


"L" said...

Marion, he's adorable now. Beautiful creature.

Marion said...

Thanks, Carmen, for stopping by. I appreciate you! Blessings!

Elaine, yes, it was a real labor of love. (She has buckets of patience!) She's such an amazing artist and I get such fabulous homemade gifts each year. Blessings!

Thanks, "L". He's definitely a keeper. Blessings!

Kelly said...

Before I gush over Bentley, let me say I think that quilt is absolutely gorgeous!!! What a gift of love!

Now on to Bentley. If he isn't just the cutest thing!!! I hope Cody will spend some more time with him and realize that the puppy isn't really a threat to him. After all...he should know he has your heart. I hope you'll post more pix of Bentley as he grows. Ah.... a boy and his dog.

Marion said...

Thanks, Kelly. I knew you'd love Bentley because you're such a loving, dog person. I told April that she needs to bring Bentley over for some play dates with Cody. Cody's getting crotchety in his old age. He's got this huge chew bone and if the cats come within 5 feet of him while he's chewing it, he grows and barks. This from a dog who's never barked until this year!! I think he's jealous because we have so many cats. And the cat that Ray likes best (Catfish, with no tail), Cody seeem to intuitively despise. He can't come in the room without Cody growling. It's funny because Catfish totally ignores him. (The stumpy-tailed feline even got a studded Harley collar for Christmas. He knows he's hot stuff, too.) LOL! It's hilarious around here, a regular circus, but fun. Thanks for stopping by. Love & Blessings!!

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Thank you for your lovely message. Your puppy is just adorable. We have a dog called Alfie, he is three years old now. Follows me everywhere even outside to loo. I love having him so much.
You doggy looks a tru beauty!



Marion said...

You're welcome, Julie-ann. Thanks for visiting and commenting. I bet your puppy is adorable! I just love your painting of Renee and her family. Blessings!

Char said...

Awe...he's so cute...those eyes! And, the quilt is wonderful!


Angie Muresan said...

Such a beautiful puppy! My kids are wanting a puppy badly, yet I fear that at 3 and 9 they are too young to care for one.
That quilt isn't bad either. Always wanted to take up quilting.

Wine and Words said...

Bently looks like a bat hanging upside down. What a cutie. Oh Marion, I am excited about your short red hair! When we finally meet we will walk arm and arm down town streets, like two flames of the same roaring fire.

Marion said...

Char, he's a charmer, no? There's nothing like a puppy or kitten for cuteness! Blessings!

Angie, yes, if you get them a puppy now it'll be Mom who takes care of it! Taylor is 13 and it's still his Mom who does the work. But they are good for teaching responsibility. You should definitely take up quilting. It's fun. (I make small things like throw pillows and placemats, but still enjoy it). Blessings!

Annie, I'm freaking out because I haven't been to a hairdresser in over 2 years (I've been cutting my own ugly 'bowl' cut.) And my pyschiatrist/hairdresser of over 20 years, Patti, has retired, so I'm desperately hunting through magazines to find a picture of the cut I want since I'll be going to someone new. Sigh. I just hate breaking in a new hairdresser! I may call Patti and ask her to come out of retirement for me for a day...she still owns the shop. Yes, we are most definitely going to meet, hopefully this year. I still have my "Annie Fund" goind and add to it often. Love & Blessings, dear friend!

Renee said...

Marion that dog is gorgeous. I love the quilt you are getting, nothing better than love made into more love.

Love Renee xoxo

SarahA said...

With a face like that, how could he be otherwise, than one hundred percent gorgeous when he grows up? I'm talking about Bentley here not Taylor BTW! Give me a dog over a man any day. Ha!
Your Daughter clever, gifted and her labour of love; beautiful.Beautiful quilt.

Marion said...

Thanks, Renee. Yes, love begats love, doesn't it!? Love & Blessings, my friend.

Saraha, I have to agree with you about men and dogs. I think dogs can teach us all how to love unconditionally. Thanks for stopping in. I'm so glad you're back, my poet-friend. Love & Blessings!!

Ces said...

Happy new year Marion! AAAW! AAAW! A puppy! I love puppies. The quilt looks good and I like your floor.

We used to eat blackeyed peas but the kids don't eat them. We decided to eat crabs, lobsters and shrimp and invite our friends, so we had fun. We eat noodles and round pastries for long life and prosperity.

quid said...

What a beautiful little boy. The quilt is gorgeous.


Marion said...

Thanks, Ces. Happy New Year to you, too. I wish that was my floor, but it's my daughter's floor. She and her husband built that house, board by board. They had the floor boards cut at a mill, nailed them down, then stained them, one by one. It's a house of love, to be sure! Your seafood feast sounds awesome!! Love & Blessings!

Thanks, Quid. I appreciate you. Hugs & Blessings!

Serena said...

The quilt is an absolute treasure, and that puppy is adorable! Was it hard for you to not stick him in your suitcase and puppynap him?:)

Marion said...

Oh, SJ, I really wanted to keep him until he peed on her floor! LOL! I love my old Cody. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings!

Marion said...

I'm enjoying your blog, Marion. I wonder if people with the same name just generally love the same things in life? Your blog feels very familiar to me, lol!

Did you know that tears give off a scent which dogs recognize as distress?

A chocolate lucky you are to have him as a grandpup! I love the colour...I have had two black labs and love them to bits. I'm glad they are no longer pups, however!

Marion said...

Oh, no, Marion, I didn't know that about dogs. My poor Cody!!! He's had to work overtime since I hit MENopause with my water faucet tears. LOL! I'm so glad us 'Marion's' found each other. My awesome young friend Phoenix's middle name is Marion. So there's now three of us. Look out blogland! Blessings and Welcome!