The Quotable

May you have:
A world of wishes at your command.
God and his angels close to hand.
Friends and family their love impart,
and Irish blessings in your heart!

~~Irish Blessing~~

Monday, March 31, 2008


The Duke

Belle, Wally and Duchess.

Yes, just imagine 4 dogs and 3 adults. I realized this weekend that having that many dogs in one space at the same time, well...leaves me speechless. You might say, "Why do you have that many dogs?" This weekend was Ron's birthday, and though three of the kids and their families had some distance to come, Marianne came from INDY.

Let me explain. We have two dogs, The Duke and Duchess of Keller. Duke the patriarch, being 15 years old, really is not interested in play and the antics of his young friend, Duchess. Marianne has Wally, the Earl of Keller and his friend, Belle, and were coming for the weekend to celebrate Dad's birthday. Well, if you can imagine the barking, posturing, and rivalry of three of the dogs with the Master simply looking on. (Oh! and Sam, the Secretary of State--the cat, who is the epitome of diplomacy, merely avoiding the entire group.)

This was a tremendous learning experience for us and in all honesty, except for the first 30 minutes after their arrival, Duchess and Belle got on pretty well. Except when Belle, woke up in the middle of the night lost and frightened in a new environment with a blood-curdling howl. The girls especially liked running in the muddy backyard together. (Yuck!!!)

Blackberry Pie Birthday Desert

The party was grand and after dinner we played party games. We played Rummiekub and Clue and it was late enough that the decision-making during Clue became laughable at best. We had so much fun and really hated to see it end.

All in all it was a grand weekend.


Thanks be to God!


  1. ysYour family and ways of being together make me want to be adopted! :) The pie looks yummy and I think if I try really hard, I can smell the distant remains, ah . . . Have a grand day, Cathy! Lots of false starts to our Spring in these parts . . . today Pikes Peak is absolutely covered in white icing . . . there is a dusting of snow under foot but Oh my what a blue sky canopies our life.

  2. Sounds lovely! And the pie looks scrumptious! Isn't it funny to watch how cats and dogs relate to one another, almost like people? Our dear Bichon, Brigid (7 in dog years, almost 50 in people years) just barely tolerates Lab-Pyrennes puppy, Bella (almost twice her size already!), and struggles to make her mind her manners!

  3. My idea of a good time Cathy. That pie does look very delicious!
    Happy Feast of the Annunciation!

  4. Laure, for the first time today it actually smelled like spring. And again it rained. Nothing like a clear Colorado sky! It's been gloomy IN here.

    Lisa, Duchess is border collie, as is Belle, and she and Belle got along just great eventually. They could nip at each others heels

    Esther, A grand feast day to you, too

    Thank you all!

  5. How wonderful! What beautiful doggies. And that pie looks scrumptious!

  6. Glad you had a great weekend:)

    We also have 4 dogs including our new puppy, Sheba. So far she has chewed up one of my Dad's spectacles, his sandals, a book he was reading, the morning paper, she stole his phone and hid it under his bed. Who knows what she will tomorrow LOL!..But she is SO cute and her ears are so large they fold over one another..Aweeeeeeee lol.

    Peace & fun to you

    Marie heehee

  7. What a great weekend! I love playing games with friends and family!

  8. Sounds like you had a lovely time all in all, Cathy, and the pie looks like a feast in itself....any left?


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