Sunday, March 19, 2017

What the heart wants.


Under strict warning from the vet to limit Durango's activity and NO wild rabbit chasing, we headed up to the mesa to deal with our new way of life. Mr Sage and I fussed and worried, (Is he warm enough? Is he cool enough? How do his back legs look? Did Lucky steal his rawhide?), and Durango had the time of his life. 
He adapted to the short on-leash walks about the mesa with no problem at all. He laid on a soft blanket and chewed rawhides. He smiled and enjoyed begging at every picnic.
All in all, Durango fared much better that we could have hoped for. He even managed to wring every last scrap of sympathy from us during his short, on-leash hikes....not that we minded spoiling him every minute. 

He's quite a guy, our big, black, Durangobear.

Durango has accepted his limitations with such.....dignity and.....grace. He struggles but never complains. He seems happy, content.

We hold our breath, waiting, wondering when change will come and what it will bring.

But for today, the Sage clan gives you....the mesa.



 The perfect spot for a picnic.



 Rawhide time.


 Durango and Pinto help with metal detecting.




 Favorite place number 2.





Lots of petroglyphs.
 Part of an exposed prehistoric wall. Always an exciting find!
 These are tool-sharpening marks made when the ancient souls created petroglyphs.





 Lost on the mesa....spring 2014. Found....two weeks ago!

14 comments:

  1. hey. wait a doggone minute. is there still PEANUT BUTTER in that jar??

    so glad to hear [and see!] durango is still active and enjoying the mesa with the rest of the crew. i was worried about him......

    and you found the glass slipper!!

    thinking about you. muchly. xx

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    1. Yes, that was the last of the 50 year old peanut butter! It struck me as so sweet to see that scraped-clean jar. What a luxury that peanut butter must have been!

      Our Durango did well on this trip. He took his limitations far, far better than we did! (We worried about him the whole time.)
      He accepts things the way they are now and he is just so happy. If only we could stay suspended in this place in time....
      xx

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  2. Sweet Durango. He could not be in more loving hands.
    xx, sweet woman.

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    1. It does my heart good to see you stop by. Thank you.
      Durango sends his love.
      xx

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  3. We should all live life so joyously as Durango Bear....one day at at a time. In the moment. That is key.
    He's so adorable, Sagey. That trip to the mesa meant the world to him!
    Hey you saw horses and sheep? I've seen those sharpening marks on cliffs out here before. I never knew what they meant.
    There's even water in the Indian bathtubs! And for Pete's sake, I can't believe you found that renegade dog boot! LMAO.
    Love you, woman.

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    1. We could all learn something about life from our pets! And you are sooo right.....one day at a time.
      And yes! We saw Navajo ponies and Navajo sheep....sheepdogs too! The far south side of the mesa just grazes Navajo land, so if we're out that way we usually see the ponies.
      You know what they say about dog boots and such....leave nothing but footprints!
      xx

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  4. Cool shots. Looks like a great place to see some interesting things. Love the doggies.

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    1. Thanks, Pam. We are head over heels in love with our mesa....and our doggies too!

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  5. Breathtaking vista and I'm drooling over the petroglyphs and prehistoric wall!! Sweet Durangobear… I'm in a similar boat sweet Sage, with my Zody. One day at a time - precious moments to cherish and I am also amazed at the grace dogs have to bare their infirmities. I pray the days are peaceful into summer… and then more and more. Kindest greetings and love.
    x
    oh, and funny about the doggy shoe! I once found my camera lens a couple of years later. LOL

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    1. All our love to your sweet little Zody. I know you're taking the best care of your little guy. Our dogs are so brave.....we really can learn so much from them. And Durango....he seems to do well on the daily Rimadyl. We had no choice as the pain becomes too much for him if he doesn't get it every day.
      As long as he's happy, we're all happy. ;)
      All our love to you and Zody.
      xx

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  6. Glad Durango is doing well! Love those petroglyphs, and the tool-sharpening marks! What a cool find!!

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    1. We're always thrilled to find petroglyphs! Makes you wonder just what they were trying to communicate....
      And Durango says thanks! He's doing well these days.

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  7. I've found that I ALWAYS stress the restrictions that come with aging dogs much more than the dogs. do The dogs exist and enjoy. I truly believe they know. We just have to be the voice of reason and they go along with it. At least that's been my experience.
    Your Mesa is so amazing. I know I wouldn't want to leave. I love everything about it, but especially those mountains. I love the mountains. Could stare at those mountains forever:-)
    Love that big boy of yours! He is such a handsome devil!
    xxSheree

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  8. You are so right....the dogs DO know....and they accept things far better than we do. With a little guidance and special care, Durango was happy as could be. (Of course, we did cheat a little and let him off leash when we knew we'd be hanging out as opposed to hiking.)

    Once the snow melts on the mountains, I'll get up there and take some photos. It's absolutely beautiful in the summertime!
    xx

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