Sean took these photos of our terriers, Pippa (tan) and Tango (black), some years ago … there is another batch of them playing together that I will post when I find it.
We have lost a lot this year. First and foremost, we have lost Sean. We have also lost several friends and people with whom we had a connection. The line ‘Good friends we had, and good friends we lost/Along the way’ in ‘No Woman No Cry’ always brings tears to my eyes, though I managed to sing it in the pub the other night without breaking down.
We lost our cat (which Sean disliked strongly), on purpose. (Don’t worry … it has a good home.) We lost various possessions … a tooth, a valued necklace (the latter on the same day as Sean). We almost lost Tango, and he seemed to lose part of himself (his mojo, so to speak). He was a happy-go-lucky little fellow, who sometimes did a kind of crazy howling that sounded like talking. He doesn’t do that anymore.
He ran out on the road and was hit by a trailer. I thought he was as good as dead, and called the vet thinking he would have to be put down. I gave up on him. After lying prone, he got up and ran around erratically, screaming horribly. He went under the hedge; Sean sat near him and talked to him quietly for ages while we waited for the vet. Tango’s leg was broken, but he survived, as a more subdued dog.
We lost a huge part of our world this year.