Another Sunday with Nelson

You may remember that every other Sunday, my grand dog, Nelson, spends the afternoon with me while his human, John, goes to Almost Home, our local Humane Society, and walks dogs who are waiting for their forever people to come to claim them.

Nelson appeared at the back door as usual, knowing that a treat (or two, or three…) waited for him inside, along with a hug and a warm welcome. He wagged his tail excitedly as John and my daughter, Polly, came inside. Polly carried a plastic bag filled with colorful pieces of fabric, which turned out to be a bag of doggie ties she ordered from Amazon, apparently one for each dog in her life who is attending her marriage to Chris Deppmann this coming Sunday.

She selected one tie, a pretty green that complimented Nelson’s beautiful brindle coloring, and slipped it around his neck, as he seemed to not notice. Polly and John left then to walk the shelter dogs, while Nelson and I did our usual Sunday activities, which included a nice long walk outside beneath warm sunshine. I was surprised that he never seemed to notice his new formal accessory, even when it slipped askew several times.

Doesn’t he look ever so handsome? Just as he will next Sunday, tie or not. This beautiful dog with such an amazing story to tell never ceases to fill me with admiration for his remarkable spirit, his intelligence, and his deep affection for those in his world. IMG_20160424_144814784

About Mary Jo Doig

Mary Jo Doig was the first in her family to attend college and graduated from the State University at Oneonta in New York’s Catskill Mountains with a degree in Secondary English Education/Educational Psychology. There she fell in love with rural life, remained, and eventually transitioned from city girl to country woman when she married a dairy farmer and raised their three children on their small family farm. A life-long lover of reading and writing, Mary Jo has for nearly twenty years been a member of the Story Circle Network. There she has been an editor, a women’s writing circle facilitator, a book reviewer, and life-writing enthusiast, working extensively with women writing their life-stories while writing her own memoir. Presently, she is a three-time Program Chair for SCNs national Stories from the Heart conference and a board member. She also facilitates Older Women’s Legacy workshops and a women’s life-writing circle in her area communities. Her stories have appeared in Kitchen Table Stories anthology, Story Circle Annual Anthologies, and most recently her story “I Can’t Breathe” was published in the Anthology, Inside and Out: Women’s Truths, Women’s Stories. Her work also appears in varied blogs and periodicals, on her blog Musings from a Patchwork Quilt Life (, Facebook, and Twitter. Her son and two daughters grown, Mary Jo presently treasures her country life in Virginia’s Central Shenandoah Valley. She loves cooking (and eating!) healthy food, reading, writing, quilting, hiking, and spending quality time with her rescue cats, Button and Xena, and beagle, Addie, who each dream of being only children. Her first book, Patchwork: A Memoir of Love and Loss, will be published in October, 2018 by She Writes Press.
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4 Responses to Another Sunday with Nelson

  1. Nelson is lucky to visit you as you are to have him.


  2. Elaine Ercolano says:

    Congratulations on Polly’s wedding. Much happiness to the couple!

    Liked by 1 person

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