One of my favourite things to do is take my dog, Indie, to the pub with me. It’s very sociable. A lot of people will approach you and start conversations. She also enjoys being by my side while I sip on a gin and tonic.
Well, that’s summer gone. We didn’t have many good days. With being a wedding photographer it felt like I was always working on the sunny days we did get. Nic and I managed to finish work early one Friday in September, however, and take our dogs up Conic Hill.
Indie had an operation this year to remove a lump, so I’m wary of what she’s capable of now she’s getting old. I said to Nic, “Let’s keep an eye on Indie and only walk as far as she wants”. Well, Indie pulled us right to the top. She’s a trooper!
Why haven’t I been to Conic Hill before?!
On Friday I finished work early and took Indie up Conic Hill. Correction; Indie pulled me up Conic Hill.
If you’ve been following along you may remember Indie had a cancerous tumour removed from her leg. There was a point this year I thought she may not be OK. I couldn’t have been more wrong. She still has a lot of pep!
Not bad for an 11 year old dog. We enjoyed the views together before spending the rest of the evening playing video games and eating takeaway. Perfect start to the weekend.
Glasgow Coffee Festival returned for another year. Rab and I went on the Sunday as we had a wedding on Saturday. I’m always tired the day after a wedding as it’s both physically and mentally demanding, so coffee was definitely needed!
We complimented our flat white with cakes from CakeSmiths, then washed it down with #rawsoda. We also saw a lot of cute dogs.
Happy birthday, Indie. Although I’m not 100% sure when her birthday is, I got Indie from the SSPCA in November 2006. I was told she was around 6 months old at that point, which means her birthday is some time around now.
This year has been tough. Indie had a tumour cut out and got pancreatitis in the space of 4 weeks. She’s definitely back to her normal self now, which I’m relieved about. Love you, girl!
The past few weeks have been tough. The uncertainty of the outcome of Indie’s operation, getting the results back and it not being what I wanted to hear. And now we’re going through it again as another lump has appeared (praying it’s scar tissue or inflammation).
The hardest part about being an adult is—despite all of this going on—still having to function. I still have to run a business, handle client demands, deal with people chasing up their unanswered emails. All I want to do is press pause and give Indie my full attention.
This weekend we did press pause. We went long walks in the sunshine and relaxed on the terrace. Today we’re back at the vet. Hopefully Indie gets her stitches out and they’ll take a sample of the lump to get tested.
Maybe some of you are thinking, “It’s just a dog”. Indie has been my dog since I was 19. Now I’m 30. We’ve been together for a long time and experienced many ups and downs. Hopefully this is a temporary down before many more ups. Get well soon, Indie!
Indie and I are wishing you all a happy new year from Glasgow in Scotland. I promise to take more photos in 2017. My blog is feeling a little neglected, but it’s purely because I’ve been focusing on building Jack. Photography is still important to me. I hope you have a creative year ahead!