Sunday, 6 November 2011

A Dog-Shaped Hole

MrsM takes time
to consider her next dog...

Portrait of Wife
Boris Kustodiev (1878–1927)

Should she have an elegant setter
like Poshyarns?

Woman with Dog
Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947)

Or maybe a dachshund like Vanessa?

Woman with a Dog
Jean HonorĂ© Fragonard (1732–1806)

Only Eurolush can have
a small white dog

Self Portrait with Dog
Gustave Courbert (1819-1877)

but a loyal little black spaniel
is a possibility

It will be well behaved in boats

Elegant Woman with Her Dog
Albrogio Alciati (1878-1929)

never drop hairs
on MrsM's black skirts

Young Woman on a Striped Sofa with her Dog
Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)

and only sit on the new sofa on Sundays.

Woman with Dog
Christian Schleisner (1810-1882)

It will also keep MrsM company
when she is cooking.

(it is not happening soon
but there is no harm planning ahead...)


This post is for everyone who has a dog
but especially for Jen, Diana, Rachel and Jackie
who generously share their dogs with me.


  1. I am currently babysitting a black labrador for a friend who got a dog and then went back to full time work.

    He is so heartbreakingly pleased to see me when I arrive.

  2. I want to say thank you to all those bloggers who share their dogs with us too. I love dogs but don't want the responsibility of owning one so it nice to share some dogginess with other more committed people.

    I must say I think Poshyarns' setters are rather fabulous as is that painting at the top of your post.

  3. We have a labrador (much loved) but I often play the "what dog shall we have next" game. I favour something smaller you see. Currently a Jack Russell is top of my list.

    Feel bad writing this down with Jake sitting at my feet as I write ...

  4. Dog planning is a favourite occupation here - two labradors have just moved in next door which makes us very wistful. I rather fancy supporting the Save the Sealyham campaign or a nice cocker spaniel, but like you, it won't happen any time soon, sigh!

  5. I too love having a blog dog as I will probably never have one of my own.

  6. Hot debate rages in the house of NKK at the moment as to whether and when we can get a dog. -immediately (me) or sometime (Mr. P). I can't guarantee that there will be no blood spilled. (my wv is swears). Indeed. C.x

  7. Methinks MrsM is suited to a dog that possesses a superior sense of humour :-)

  8. A dog. Really? I could never have one but I like to see them, some dogs are really beatiful and I can read in their eyes the bond with their owners. That is something I really like.
    For you I say a small dog, somehow I "see" you with it.

  9. Your subscription to the Bracken fan club is now overdue !

  10. We had two gorgeous local terriers here the other week with some builder or other. Sealyham/Jack Russell crosses. OH! Be still my heart. We have settled on our next dog already. Pics on my blog if you are interested.

  11. I understand that one must go through a process, even a pretend one, of entertaining options other than a Cavalier Spaniel. Just for appearances.

  12. Flossie is bewildered and saddened by your lack of dog, and hopes that you won't suffer for long.

    She adds that the miserable-looking specimen in the last painting is clearly derelict in its duties; she herself wouldn't leave vegetables lying on the floor like that, but would tidy them away in the most efficient way she knows. Especially the carrots.....

  13. We adore our Sheltie Oscar (and loved his predecessor Quincy, friend of Poppy), but I'm afraid a Sheltie's coat would be the undoing of MrsM's black skirts.

  14. Thank you Alice! Walter is sitting here smiling....and as we all know he has quite a large 'Walter Fan Club'. I am besotted with my boy (obviously!) Sometime the timing will be right for another dog to grace Mr and Mrs M's hearth. I hope you don't have to wait too much longer.

  15. Now I admit to being biased here, having five of them, but I think you should consider a whippet, just as long as you aren't too worried about the sofa rule ;D They don't really shed or smell doggy and they are very well behaved in boats and kitchens (although I'd recommend you don't leave them unattended in the company of birthday cake!)

  16. Thank you. You are welcome to have a share of Hetty any time.
    (I had such fun bathing her today)


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