Friday, July 11, 2014

My Life Model - Part 2

Ansa calculating the years in her life and the life in her years.

You couldn't make this stuff up. Here was I writing yesterday about my dog Ansa and the beginning of her life with me and......

I was out and about with Ansa later on yesterday when a truck pulled up beside me with a couple in it.

"OMG!!" the couple shrieked in unison. They pulled over to the side of the road and clambered out of the truck.

Yes, it was the couple from way back - 9 years ago now - who had been ordered to surrender all their dogs due to neglect and a form of benign indifference to the needs of their 12 animals.

"She should be dead by now!" was the next enlightening comment as they surrounded Ansa who clung to my ankle bones and winced when S, the male of the couple, put out his hand to touch her.

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"Well," said K, the female of the couple, "We got her when we met, she was 6 weeks hold back in March of 1999."

Back in the day, S hadn't a clue as to how old Ansa was when he dropped her off on that dark and stormy night of May 2004. My vet had estimated she was two or three years old at the time. S is not, by even the wildest stretch of the imagination, a guy with the elevator running all the way up to the top of the building. K, on the other hand (he is her fourth husband) is fairly alert and together.

So that makes my lovely girl 15 which is not very likely for a mainly border collie mix, the average life span being 12. The rare ones have lived to be 15.

We left the KS couple rather quickly, Ansa and I. In unseemly haste you might say.

"She's a bloody miracle!" they shouted after me. Well, yes.

But when I look at her now, my heart flutters a bit.

How many more days, will I have her?

I don't even think in years anymore.

And maybe that's another life lesson from my girl.

A day at a time.

That's all any of us have.



Blogger Molly said...

She looks like a sweetie. Lucky her and lucky you!

Fri Jul 11, 12:42:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Victoria Howell said...

Her number of years don't really matter - it's the Life in those years that is important. Bless you for giving her that.

Fri Jul 11, 03:07:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger mxtodis123 said...

We sound so much alike. I find myself saying and asking the same things about my Miss Minga. I try hard to be strong about it, but there are times that I cannot hold back the tears. It took me awhile before I had to admit there weren't 'years' left anymore so I now count our time together in weeks. I don't know how old she is in feline years, but 22 years is a true miracle.

Fri Jul 11, 06:18:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Hattie said...

She certainly looks wonderful and as if she has a few more years. A friend of mine has a similar kind of dog who lived to be 19.

Fri Jul 11, 07:06:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Stubblejumpin Gal said...

Our girl, who looks much like Ansa, is 13.

Sat Jul 12, 12:55:00 AM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Unknown said...

Beautiful and loyal Ansa and your very special relationship. It brought a tear to my eye to remember my special companions and the rescue tomcat I now have. I've enjoyed all your posts involving lovely Ansa and hope there are many more to come.

Sat Jul 12, 01:36:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


I can't begin to tell you how much she means to me!


Sat Jul 12, 01:48:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


So very true. For all of us, yeah?


Sat Jul 12, 01:49:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


Oh my goodness! 22 years! That is something. None of our cats lived that long. My Walter who was more of a panther lived to 12 only. But I've never forgotten him, he was one special "biker boy".

Long may your days be with your beloved Minga.


Sat Jul 12, 01:50:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...

Oh Hattie - you made my day!! who knews. She can do about 5k right now and the first 1k is a run, so fingers crossed.


Sat Jul 12, 01:51:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


Excellent news. Ansa is about 45lbs in weight.


Sat Jul 12, 01:52:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


Well thank you!! And welcome to my world.


Sat Jul 12, 01:53:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Anonymous Verna Wilder said...

A lovely tribute to a lovely companion. Yes, they teach us so much, not the least of which is to appreciate every single moment. Thanks for the beautiful photos, too.

Sat Jul 12, 05:28:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Betty Bishop said...

Somehow I think they will give us advance notice Mary. My Josie [my sidekick] will be 13 Aug 8th. OK so far ... she runs like a pup but also sleeps far more than she used to and she crawls into bed with me as if she was a person! She is small and could live to be 20 but who knows? I feel I can't leave her even for a weekend as I know she suffers so much. I think Ansa will tell you and you will be okay.

Sat Jul 12, 06:04:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think taking long walks with Ansa not only makes her happy but probably will extend her lifetime.
I would have been afraid that couple you met on the road would try to take Ansa back. Eek. People are so strange. Ansa is lucky to have you and vice versa.

Sat Jul 12, 06:53:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


Thank you so much! And yes they so keep us in the moment. Bless them.


Sun Jul 13, 12:25:00 AM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


I hate leaving Ansa too, she gets so upset. But I have words (and an old sweatshirt) that comforts her when I'm gone. It's nearly worth going away to see her so ecstatic when I get back :)

I love your Josie :)


Sun Jul 13, 12:26:00 AM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


Yes S of the couple has a nasty edge to him. After 9-1/2 years I don't think they would want her back. But I am careful. They have moved back to the area as his mother died and he was left the house.

So vigilant. :)


Sun Jul 13, 12:28:00 AM GMT-2:30  
Anonymous nick said...

The bloody miracle is that Ansa met up with you and got away from such irresponsible owners. How telling that she clung to you and shied away from S. Still terrified of him after all these years.

Sun Jul 13, 10:25:00 AM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Secret Agent Woman said...

I just read both posts - sounds like you're both lucky to have the other in your lives.

Tue Jul 15, 12:07:00 AM GMT-2:30  
Anonymous Rummuser said...

Absolutely a day at a time.

Tue Jul 15, 11:53:00 AM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


Animals have incredible memories.


Tue Jul 15, 04:33:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


We are equally fortunate alright :)


Tue Jul 15, 04:34:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Wisewebwoman said...


An hour at times :)


Tue Jul 15, 04:34:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Blogger Debstar said...

My border collie x was almost 17 when she died. If it wasn't for a cancerous growth on hew leg I think she would have lived for another year or two.

Sat Jul 19, 03:17:00 PM GMT-2:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Sun Jul 20, 04:07:00 AM GMT-2:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your reviews on Internet Movie Database. You saved me from seeing the Grand Seduction. It's good to see another smart woman reviewing movies on there. Ansa is a beautiful dog.

Sun Jul 20, 04:09:00 AM GMT-2:30  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last comment was from me too.


Sun Jul 20, 04:09:00 AM GMT-2:30  

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