Old Dogs and Children and Watermelon Wine – {{or Happy Whelping Day Annie!}}


Guess what happened five years ago today at our house?

If you’ve read our little book, you know EXACTLY what happened that February night in the guest room of our home.

And that means we have some birthdays to celebrate.

It also means that our Annie, the best we can tell, is at least seven years old, and could be as old as ten.

She is spry…she is youthful.

I can’t ever imagine her old.


But I’ve been noticing that she’s a little slower to wake in the mornings.

She’s starting to get those fatty old-lady moles here and there on her svelte body.

And she sleeps through a lot of little disturbances that once would wake her.

Our old dogs…they twist our heart up in ways that only an old dog can, don’t they?

I know there will come a day when we’ll have to say goodbye to yet another furry friend, this eccentric and beautiful creature God brought into our family’s life…but until then, I’m thankful for her, for her pup, and for the lessons they both continue to teach us. I can’t imagine our world without our Annie in it.

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How old is YOUR pooch?


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He said women think about theyselves when menfolk ain’t around
And friends are hard to find when they discover that you’re down
He said I tried it all when I was young and in my natural prime
Now it’s old dogs and children and watermelon wine
Old dogs care about you even when you make mistakes
God bless little children while they’re still too young to hate
When he moved away I found my pen and copied down that line
‘Bout old dogs and children and watermelon wine

~Tom T. Hall


4 thoughts on “Old Dogs and Children and Watermelon Wine – {{or Happy Whelping Day Annie!}}

  1. Anonymous

    It’s been a year today since Tess left us. It has been an odd year without having a dog. The right time will come and we’ll know it. Love your fur babies.



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