Truthful Tuesday 29th December

Frank has asked us to write about something positive in 2020 rather than more doom and gloom from a year that has been cruel, heartbreaking and uncertain.
You can read his own response here
We thought 2019 was bad enough for us, but 2020 knocked that well into the shade, so to be asked to write about something positive in such a terrible year is a wonderful idea.
Death, be it human or pets, has raised its head on too many occasions on our estate, but the support given to those bereaved has been amazing. People stood on the pavement to pay their last respects to neighbours and friends who have passed away as they made their final journey as funeral services limited numbers. Those now alone have had permanent contact from others locally in respect of shopping or dog walking. No-one has turned away offers of help, and safety measures have been put in place by all for contact, deliveries and collections. Community spirit here has soared.
There are still good people in the world, they are amongst us but go unnoticed as they go about their daily routines. One such person is a neighbour who promised to look after a dog walking friend’s dog when she went into hospital. She wouldn’t have gone otherwise. Sadly, she passed away on December 23rd, but her dog will continue to be cared for in her now forever home, and that warms my heart.

About pensitivity101

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! We have recently lost our beloved dog 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, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. 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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24 Responses to Truthful Tuesday 29th December

  1. John Holton says:

    Nice of your friend to adopt the woman’s dog. People tend to forget those members of the family. When Mom died, none of us could tak her dog, but a couple of my aunts did. They live down the street from each other, and he’d spend time at both houses. Don’t know what I would have done otherwise.

    • It is difficult John, and animals grieve too. Jade has settled into their routine and still gets her 3 or 4 walks every day, just at a different time. We had already decided that should our friends not be able to keep her, we would.

  2. I remember when you wrote about the neighbor and the dog, and it warmed my heart then. It warms it again today. Thanks Di!

  3. So many dogs and pets have been orphaned in the pandemic. A collateral most don’t think about.

  4. There have been so many losses this year. Losing a pet at this time is extra difficult because they are such an unending source of love and comfort.

  5. murisopsis says:

    Adversity either brings out the best or the worst in people. I’ve not kept a tally but I think this last year has brought out a majority of the best…

    • The community spirit here was good, but this year has seen it shine. People have come together, talked to each other from a distance, and the unity we felt when we were clapping for the NHS was wonderful with neighbours waving at each other to let everyone know they were still about.

  6. Carol anne says:

    sorry to hear of that neighbours passing, but glad the ladys dog has a forever home to go to!

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