This picture was taken there a few years back. Forgive me, I don't remember the exact year but know it was the same trip that she fell in love with butter after stealing two balls of it from the room service table at breakfast and where she had to have emergency surgery to remove her gall bladder. That is a story in itself. I guess the little stinker was having so much fun that she decided to wait until her gall bladder was about to rupture before showing any signs of distress. Oh, I can't tell you how relieved we were to already be near Dr. Podell when she started acting funny. Actually we were blessed at how many times that happened. Payton certainly had a connection with that city.
Ok, without further delay, here is Payton's last Deep Thought.
When I was younger, there wasn't even a black bird that would dare to enter the confines of my yard. I used to always ask to go outside anytime I saw a flock land and would chase them barking my head off. But now, I guess my softer side has emerged. My mom says it's my lack of sight and hearing. No comment. Since I am not outside in the winter time, the rabbits have taken a liking to our property. But since I'm not a "pellet" eater, mom doesn't care and lets them be. And really, they don't bother me either.
So would you just let the rabbit be, or would you chase it?
You may have to click on the photos to biggify in order to see the rabbit but it's there in all 4 shots. It was interesting over the years watching Payton turn into a pacifist of sorts. I'm sure a bit of it did have to do with her hearing and sight loss, but I know she still smelled the animals and could even sense their presence. She would stop in her tracks and her eyes would move right at them. But I think as Payton got older she was more content in enjoying all of nature outside. One of her favorite pastimes besides eating or eating during adventures was just laying in the grass soaking up the sun and smelling all the scents carried to her nose by the wind. I'm so glad I was home with Payton these last years to allow her every opportunity to do just that. Here is a listing of some past posts where she demonstrated her fondness for the sun, http://pugnaciousp.blogspot.com/search/label/sun. I particularly like the earlier posts with pics of her sprawled in the grass. Enjoy!