Saturday, January 5, 2013

Week One of the New Year

It would seem that the New Year is off to an ominous start, given this nasty chest bug I've been battling for ten days now. But I'm getting better and besides, it's almost been worth it to experience what happened with Olivia.

I was dozing on my bed when,  even through my NyQuil-induced coma, I felt like I was being watched. Sure enough, I cracked open a heavy lid and saw Olivia standing at the foot of my bed, just staring at me. All I could see were her eyes and --as my friend Sue calls them-- "big ass ears."  Olivia looked so darned cute I snapped a quick shot with my iPhone and then resumed my nap.

But minutes later my eyes flew open when my 70-pound girl took a flying leap and joined me on the bed. Now bear in mind, this was significant because Olivia doesn't sleep on my bed. Oh, I invite her all the time, but she's made it perfectly clear that she prefers her pillow. Her nice, cushy, stinky, stained-with-god-knows-what pillow. Okay, fine.

Today was different, though. Today, her canine intuition told her that I wasn't feeling well and it seemed she wanted to comfort me. And so, planting her Oatmeal shampoo-scented body alongside mine, Olivia snuggled up against my chest and tucked her knobby little head under my chin, indeed comforting me in a way that resonated deep within my hacking, cough-ridden soul.

Again, I used my trusty iPhone to capture the moment. And then, with my arm embracing my sweet girl, we both took a nice, long nap.

On second thought, maybe the New Year isn't off to such a bad start after all.


Anonymous said...

I love how Olivia is taking care of you - and having Olivia leap on the bed reminds me of how Elvis came up the stairs to be with you. Hope you are feeling better.

Happy new year to you and Miss Olivia!

The Bunny said...

It is so hard to describe how loving greyhounds are. Hope your cold is fading and big neck scratches to Olivia who just looks absolutely precious in both pics!

Barbara Fracchia said...

I have been following your column when you got Elvis and all the wonderful times you had with him and the sorrowful times also. I still get sad when you mention his name.
In the December 19th Chronicle there was a picture of you and Olivia. It was wonderful. I would love to do a painting of that picture. I am a professional artist and love to paint people and would it be possible to do a painting from your photo. It is such a wonderful photo capturing you and Olivia madly in love with each other.

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