It´s been a hectic 3 weeks with lots to do, meeting friends and family that I hadn´t seen in about 5 years, lunch and dinner get-togethers...
As I woke up after 5 hours sleep, it was raining and will be raining for the next 3 days...at least the days will be cooler.
I just checked my blog to realize that my readers had gone above the 5000 mark, but because I have been away I didn´t do anything special to commemorate. What a pity, I´ll have to wait for the 10 thousand mark now.
I read my emails and was sad to find out that my sister and brother in law had to make the difficult decision to put their dog to sleep yesterday. "Rocky" was a Portuguese Water Dog, 13 years old, he had been a Christmas present to my nieces when they were young. He was suffering with kidney failure, arthritis...the last couple of weeks he had been having daily treatments with intravenous drips as he was very weak, not wanting to eat, his back legs were hardly holding him.
This photo of him was taken last week sitting close to the family as we watched TV. He liked to be close to people, and on this occasion he had to be helped up into this bean bag.
I still remember how mischievous he was when young: one day my sister left out a whole fish to defrost on the kitchen counter and when she returned from dropping the kids at school, the fish was gone, Rocky had eaten it. Well, he was a fishing dog after all! Another time because he got hold of my brother in law´s mobile phone and chewed it up, beyond repair!
|Rocky, days before he was put down|
Thank you all xxx
|29 Nov - dinner with friends at Pátio das Conversas restaurant, Carregal do Sal|
|A most delicious Prawn curry|
|Broa (Corn bread) filled with Cod fish|
|3rd Dec - Lunch with Lisbon friends and family at Kaia Kahina Restaurant, Carcavelos|