Anyway, Dave's mom was a nurse for many years and when she retired she was Head Surgical Nurse at Penticton Hospital. She took great pride in her job and did it well and was highly respected by her colleagues. She used to garden, cook, bake, and make jams and preserves. She loves word games like Boggle, Scrabble, etc. Above all she loves her family and is very forgiving of their foibles and faults. I am afraid I am not such a forgiving sort!!! She is the best mother-in-law that I could have hoped for and we have always got along wonderfully well. She is one of the 3 surviving offspring of her mother's 2 marriages which produced a total of 6 children. One of her twin sisters, Gwen is still alive, as is Jack, her half-brother. She is now the eldest, as Uncle Bill passed away almost 2 years ago.
One of the highlights of being able to take Duffy with us, was that Mom was at last going to be able to meet Duffy. She has seen lots of pictures and heard all about him, but never met him. I was excited about it too! Well, Dave had taken along his laptop. but we couldn't get a connection in Blue River, so it was Sunday before he could check his emails. And there was one from his sister. She said that because the 2 Spaniels that her and Bob have, are not well socialized with other dogs, that it would be better if we did not bring Duffy over to the house, and she hoped this wouldn't be a problem!! HA!! Dave and I were both incensed and I fumed for hours about how to handle this. The nerve!! Just because she hasn't bothered to train her dogs, Duffy is supposed to pay the price and be exiled while her bratty dogs raise havoc?? Dave had met them before and said one was friendly and the other not, and that they were not well behaved. And how was Mom supposed to meet Duffy--at the motel room?? Right! We decided the next day, when we went over, that we would just ignore the email--like we hadn't got it!! Joan was out, but Boob, er I mean Bob had to keep the dogs in the house, as we were sitting outside. Now was that so hard to figure out? Duffy was good as gold, wandered around, knew there were dogs there and peered in the screen door, trying to see where they were. Aww, poor Duffy--no fun for him after all!! Duffy and Mom got along fine and he really liked her. He ignored Bob---hahahahahah!! Do I have a smart dog or what???!!! And he ignored Joan too, until we were leaving for home, then she patted him and thumped him on the side--kinda hard I thought. He wasn't too keen on her. We also brought him over to the open house that was the celebration for Mom's birthday. There was a thunderstorm and downpour, so everyone had to be in the house for awhile. He wandered around, but then they wanted to take their brats out, so I was told round him up. I took him back outside. While in the house he kept looking for the dogs--he wanted to play. The 2 spaniels were not very nice dogs. One jumped up all the time--by the way, they are 2 years old, not puppies-- and they barked incessantly. You could think that you were making friends with them and pat and scratch them, and then all of a sudden, one would turn and be growling at you, while the other jumped up and barked all the time. Joan's "excuse" for them was that there are no off-leash parks in Penticton, or ones easy to get to, or something. Yeah, well, off-leash parks are highly over-rated and are not the place to 'socialize' dogs. If the dogs are not already well behaved, all you get is a bunch of wild running around, badly behaved dogs and there are the risks of fights and biting. As well, these kind of parks are breeding grounds for diseases, as many owners don't bother to pick up after their dogs. Duffy has never been to an off-leash park in his life. We have had doggy play dates with neighbor dogs, I walk him with a dachshund, he plays with some of the dogs we meet up with on walks, like Ranger the Bernier and that's sufficient. I'm sure Joan and Bob complained bitterly to their golfing friends about how rude we were to bring our lovely, friendly collie over to THEIR house!! Who cares!! The rest of Dave's family loved Duffy, and Uncle Jack said that it's been years since he has seen such a well-behaved dog. Oh, and he said that Joan's dogs aren't socialized with people, never mind other dogs!! Hahahahahaha!!
|Mom and Duffy getting acquainted|
|Off to see the garden|
|Duffy making himself at home on the upper patio.|
|At the birthday open house. Left to right: Dave, Al Larsen, Mom, a friend of Joan's and Bob's behind the flowers, Val Larsen--she one of Dave's cousins, Auntie Gwen is her mom, and Uncle Jack.|
|Uncle Jack, emphasizing his point!! Haha! He loves to talk and tell stories. Another of Dave's cousins, Lorraine, sits to his right.She's one of Auntie Gwen's daughters.|
|Aunt Gwen and Dave|
|Lorraine and Dave--and Duffy! And yes his ear has popped up again!! It was staying down and I thought we had it licked, but no. So it's back to the glue!|
|The "boys"!! We had a good time, ordered in pizza, had a lot of laughs.Too bad Mom wasn't there.|
|Happy Birthday Mom!! May you have many more!! We love you!! ♥♥♥♥|