I know a lot of people who are feeling despondent just now.
They can see no change to what has become the norm, are afraid to go out of their homes, afraid to visit friends, unable to visit family or have family visit due to distance, and many live alone. Their health is deteriorating, and support is being withdrawn due to cutbacks and illness in the ranks.
Some have dogs, and we see them out on our walks, always glad to stop and chat, keeping socially distant of course, sometimes being the only contact with another person for days.
They say that after the storm there is always a rainbow. It’s just taking a long time for this particular storm to pass and one to come.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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29 Responses to Despondent

  1. Sadje says:

    This is sadly too true.

  2. True. We’ll have to wait for this to pass. A very uplifting post.

  3. I feel this. I’m not afraid of the virus, but I am afraid of what our society has become and may become as this drags on and on…

  4. This is a great thought friend. It’ll help a lot of people.

    • I hope so Mason. The residents in our road are mainly elderly and we chat to everyone we see. Sometimes we are the only ones they see for days. I remember my days in High Street banking when pensioners would come to my till on a Monday and again on a Thursday as it was the only time they went out or saw anyone. I always tried not to rush them with their business because I knew many lived alone.

      • I know that feels. There are lots of elderly in out village who are lonely. I often stop whilst walking with Lucy dog and they’re so happy just to chat for ten minutes. Its a really pleasure to be a friendly ear for a while.

      • It is. People have always found it easy to talk to me, and I’m a good listener.
        What breed is Lucy? I had a dog called Lucy in the early 80s and she was a collie x red setter. I had to rehome her though as my circumstances changed and she was of working stock, not really a house pet. My Dad found her a new home on a farm, so she would have been in her element.

      • Lucy is a husky cross Alsatian. SHe’s the dog pictured in the this story.

        Setters are magnificent dogs aren’t they. Glad your dog found a perfect new home though.

        I worked as a cleaner in a shelter for the elderly once. I got in trouble for chatting with the residents at least once a week lol

      • She’s lovely. I’ve had a couple of GSDs, though not together. I’ve always loved the breed. Some visitors I got chatting with have a holiday flat here and have a huskador (husky x labrador) called Milo. He’s cream and smooth coated…. big too, as he’s twice the size of Maggie.
        My Lucy had a stubborn streak but pretty good temperament and a fantastic ‘fan tail’ from her setter heritage. She was black and white like Maggie, but I don’t have any photos of her.

      • Alsatian traits make the dog very protective. My Lucy doesn’t like anyone near me. I cant shake hands. And lucky I never had a girlfriend, she could never kiss me lol. That said she wouldn’t hurt but she’d get between and stop.

        Your Lucy sounds stunning with fantail. Pity you don’t have photos.

        Milo seems a big beastie!

        Loving talking dogs with you. Thanks for commenting.

      • There are loads of doggy posts here Mason, not just Maggie but dogs in the neighbourhood. Kizzy, my last GSD only barked at Hubby! She was 5 when I got her, and I lost her to mammary cancer in 1990 when she was 10.

  5. murisopsis says:

    I’m holding onto hope…

  6. willowdot21 says:

    You can say that again Di 💜.

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  8. Nima Mohan says:

    So true Di..
    hope this storm gets fed up quickly and will pave way for the most beautiful rainbow !!

  9. willowdot21 says:

    I reblogged this and it got a good response 😁

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