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Murphy the Airedale on St. Patrick’s Eve

There are good things that come from taking care of Murphy.  I saw clusters of Snow Drops in bloom around the corner when we walked after school.  Sandra has a hillside of tiny pale purple crocuses interspersed throughout the grass.   This morning before school when I took Murphy out for a quick walk, I heard the birds chirping and singing for the first time, surely another sign of Spring.  I wouldn’t call it strenuous exercise but he is strong and keeps me moving along as we walk.  So for those expecting the usual Thursday view of the South Side-   No supper on the South Side tonight (sorry Bernadette)  I promise two more South Side Posts on the way to class next week.  Covering Carson Street and the side streets has been a fun self-assignment.   But today my car needed the first maintenance check (really exciting copy here)  drove from Arlington to Monroeville (for those of you not in the area, there is no good way in Pittsburgh from Point A to Point B) and driving at 4:30 PM it was the thick of traffic. Avoided the Squirrel Hill Tunnel and down Forward Ave passing the Irish Centre where Laura took Step Dancing years ago.   After dropping off the car and getting a loaner, I headed for the North Side and Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild where class starts at 6.  Tonight we did self-portraits in PhotoShop and presented a project we accomplished in class. I was able to desaturate the whole photo of Laura and James  and then use a mask to recolor just their faces. A success.   Murphy was so happy when I go home.  Such a greeting.  He is having a good time with us but misses us during the day.  Have to keep Lucy the cat cordoned off so they don’t end up like the Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat by Eugene Field. Murphy misses his family, though.

There are reasons people have dogs

Enthusiasm for your arrival home?
Can’t be beat.
Wanting to sleep by you for company?
Sweet.
You are not going to believe this
but Murphy has one of the best personalities
of anyone I know.Human or canine. Seriously.
Good natured, humorous, and companionable!
An all around good dog. He makes me smile.
I have got to read that book One Nation Under Dog.

13 responses

  1. Sandra Robinson

    What a nice looking dog..I really miss my basset hound Clio, and more than that I miss
    the walks in the morning.

    Murphy looks like a really nice dog..and I guess
    I am the Sandra with the crocus, a sure sign ofspring, but where are my lily of the Valley..
    gone..

    Sandra

    March 17, 2011 at 12:31 am

    • Yes your crocuses might have been missed if it weren’t for my walking Murphy!

      March 17, 2011 at 12:36 am

  2. Gail radley

    Unconditional love

    March 17, 2011 at 7:42 am

  3. Sue Reinfeld

    That is the cutest face, dog or human, I’ve seen in a long time.

    March 17, 2011 at 8:04 am

  4. connie

    Looks very intelligent -He appears to be giving some serious thought to his options.

    March 17, 2011 at 8:24 am

  5. erica

    Oh, too adorable!
    Of course he welcomes you !!! It runs in the family.
    Happy St Paddy’s Day to you and yours!!!1

    March 17, 2011 at 9:25 am

  6. Vincie

    I just love that face!

    March 17, 2011 at 9:34 am

  7. Erika

    What a handsome boy!! We miss him!!!

    March 17, 2011 at 10:10 am

  8. joyce

    What a beautiful dog. Love his expression; I can see his personality in the photo.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:26 am

  9. Linda K.

    I had an airdale named Lola who I loved unconditionally, and given the bossiness and stubborn nature of airdale terriers, that is a necessary condition of having one. She was also mud and water loving, never cold, always funny and died in my arms. i still miss her.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:42 am

  10. Laura

    He is such a good dog. He’s almost human.

    March 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm

  11. D. B,

    Loved seeing that adorable face…I’m still in withdrawal, more than a year after losing our good buddy. They realy are family members.

    March 17, 2011 at 11:03 pm

  12. Hootie

    I remember when he was a pup. He’s still as lovable as he was back then.

    March 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm

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