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Saturday, March 24, 2007

"But, will there always be an England?"

This is our beloved Havanese pup, CoCo. She has been following me around the house this morning, freting and worried about the things she's overheard concerning The Anglican Communion in general and The Episcopal Church in particular.

Poor darling. She is a very sensitive creature, this one. Very bright, as well. She's particularly concerned whenever her "pack" is not all together in the same room. When I'm upstairs in the office and Ms. Conroy is in the family room, she absolutely wears herself out running upstairs and down, checking in on us.

So, this notion of some of our flock claiming that we have "walked apart" while they "walk away" is very upsetting to her.


She's especially upset by what's happening to the Archbishop of Canterbury, of whom she is quite fond. She rather fancies his hair and his eyebrows, as well as his whole demeanor. She thinks it makes him look more stately, more dignified, more . . .well . . . "canine" - which for her is a HUGE compliment.

While she laments the prospect that her entire Anglican pack won't forever be in the same room, she deeply grieves that her Rowan seems to have taken up with a "very bad man". She fears that Rowan has lost the "dogfight" as it were, and remembers what her blessed mother whispered in her ear before she left her home pack: "Take care what dogs with whom you make your bed, 'lest you get up with fleas."

Yes, CoCo, there will always be an England. There will always be a Church of England. There will always be an Archbishop of Canterbury. He may just be located in Lagos, Nigeria.



11 comments:

Mike in Texas said...

Your beloved Coco is a rather smart little thing.

Ozzie said...

My dearest CoCo,

I always yield to the judgement of a lady, and will respect your thoughts in this matter, but he has always looked a bit like an overly excitable Poodle which has gone to the local school for grooming and been used as a teaching aid for new students to me... perhaps the pictures do not do him justice, or perhaps I am just an old dog.

clumber

David Charles Walker said...

My dear little guy, Josh (a Shih Tzu), hopes that care is being taken to have Coco avoid that tainted wet dog food that is making the rounds of the country. Indications in the news are that many more fatalities are going to be coming to light in the days ahead. Josh says, "Yap, yap! Eat only the dry stuff, honey. The wet stuff (in cans or pouches) may be like a bad AB... thoroughly poison. Beware. Yap, yap!"

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

CoCo is delighted that Josh sends her a message. Her brother Lenny is a Shih Tzu, as well, so she knows how they are.

She says, "Yap Yap - We only eat dry food in this house, sometimes laced with a few shreds of left over chicken and/or steamed veggies that the two-leggeds add for a special treat. Yum Yum."

Meanwhile, CoCo and Lenny join Josh in a Vigil of Prayer that no other four-leggeds die of this horrible poisoning.

There. Now everyone will think we are totally bonkers. Which, of course, we are.

Grandmère Mimi said...

CoCo's adopted mama, Liza with a "Z", is wikkid, I tell ya, wikkid.

Bill said...

Ok,now I know I've lost it. I'm scanning down through the posts to see what Coco said last. I must need sleep.

Eileen said...

(((CoCo)))) ((((Lizabeth))))

We could all use more of these in these days and times.

Allen said...

Liz's and my granddogger Kia, an aging mostly Golden haired Retriever, sends her hugs too.

Jon said...

While CoCo is fretting about the state of affairs across the Anglican Communion, I can't help but wonder how Lenny is handling this state of crisis in which we find ourselves.

I would imagine that he is not overly troubled. Knowing him as I do, I would imagine that his response is much like that of most of the people who fill our pews on Sundays - he's probably just mostly concerned about whether or not he will get his next bowl of (dry) food and whether or not he will get some time to feel love from the priest.

I suppose there are some who would argue that this thinking on his part results from his reality as a "Shortbus" occupant - that he's just not smart enough to see the big picture. I, on the other hand, am tempted to consider that perhaps he is the wisest member of the Conroy-Kaeton home. Perhaps he recognizes that despite whatever happens in the bigger picture of the Anglican Communion, he will continue to enjoy his current community, that it will continue to be a community based on sharing and experiencing love, and that all of his basic needs will continue to be met.

And I think both CoCo and Lenny have it right. Perhaps they can work together to find a middle way that both respects their place in the larger community of Anglican puppies and maintains an attitude of non-anxiety while these latest tensions get worked out.


Offer them both my fondest wishes as they seek that ever elusive answer! And make them promise to share it with the rest of us when they find it!!

JimMollo said...

Ok, I'm behind in posts again... but doesn't anyone else think that Coco and 'that guy' (sorry, my anger is making me refer to him as that right now... I'll get over it and move into forgiveness soon... well sooner than the conservatives can forgive me anyway).... don't you think that Coco and 'that guy' look a little too much alike? It's creepy.

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Jim, Which is why she fancies him, I think.