Updated: thanks to Finnegan, Hazel, Scout and Emma for the birthday wishes! Ribsy totally sympathizes with poor Emma. It's so hard to keep yer eyes open during photo shoots. And Finnegan, who's trying to steal your thunder in the background? Is that Hazel?
"Girl is too distracted by her new birthday shoes (courtesy of John Fluevog) to take me and pesky Mirabel out for a walk. Yes, she treated herself to these shoes and I thought you should know. I don't believe she has disclosed this purchase to you yet. They not only affect the bank account but they also seem to be affecting our routine. We have a serious situation on our paws.
Ribsy is shocked. Girl hasn't bought a single thing in the past three days. And yesterday was Boxing Day, the biggest shopping day in Canada. Every December 26th, the local news shows are peppered with stories of people (sane people?) who line up overnight at choice stores that tantalize these bargain hunters with 10-per-store door crasher specials and the like, crazies who complain about the lack of parking, and sweaty shoppers who brag about their steals, not knowing that they could have bought the exact same item at the same price the week before.
For Boy and Girl, the previous year was the big purchase of a new television set to replace their 26-inch box with the scratch in the glass (there was a permanent fly on the screen). This year Ribsy and Mirabel realized that the things they really need in their life (eg. Boy), you can't bat your big bulbous eyes and beg for Girl to whip our her credit card to purchase. You can't buy the things that truly matter. However, if there was a 75% off sale on rawhide chews, well, they are sorely disappointed that Girl did not consider their needs.
Perhaps a tiny reason behind the non-activity has got to lay with one of Girl's Christmas presents, a most satisfying gift. She was delighted to unwrap a pin of a whippet, a whippet who is a dead ringer for Ribsy:
Thanks Linda! Girl will wear it with pride.
Winnie Tam, the Vancouver-based artist behind the pin, designs pins of other whippet colors, of other dog breeds, of even - gasp - cats.
Come on, doesn't Ribsy look like the muse for this pin or what?
But really, pins and television sets aside, nothing compares to the real thing - the love and connection between people, between people and their dogs, and between dog and dog. Mirabel will be the first to admit that she missed her brother dearly when they were separated a little while ago (although she was no doubt spoiled and coddled).
And during the past few days, Ribsy and Girl have both realized that it's painful to be apart from loved ones. As much as we are programmed to covet material things in our society, there's something priceless about a simple hug, a tender kiss, a warm snuggle.