Monday, March 28, 2011
I am such a lucky dog. I have a soft bed, a safe and secure home and plenty of food, water, and treats. Bonus is a human that loves to walk. It wasn't always like that. When I was a young pup, I was separated from my humans and I had to take care of myself, forage for food, find shelter where I could and eat and drink from places that did not always smell the best. Humans chased me and there were loud, scary noises, and these things still haunt me. I was caught and taken to a place filled with nothing but other animals. We were all kept in cages and given food and water, but we had no place to run and humans would use these THINGS that shot water to clean out the cages. I am still haunted by them also. I was there for what seemed like a long time until my humans came in. I wagged my tail as hard as I could, looked as cute as I could and shared as much love as I could.......I am not a stupid dog, I knew how to get adopted! I had a good life with my humans. A large yard to play in, but every day they both left. This frightened me, I was always afraid they would not come back. Then one day the male didn't. The female did, but still she went away every day, sometimes longer, but she always same back. I still live in the fear that one day she won't. She is the one that walks. She has special shoes that she wears when we walk, and when I see her get them, I am so excited! I dance all over the house, and she is just SO slow in getting ready! Finally we are out the door, and I run to the machine that takes us across the spot that beeps and zaps me. The smells are wonderful.........I can smell other dogs, and I have keen eyesight and hearing.........I would just love to chase that squirrel that ran up that tree, but I am connected to my human and she just won't go! What can be more important than chasing something? Sometimes I see other dogs, and we bark at each other. They tell me that I am getting a little to close to their territory, but that's okay. I don't like them near my turf either. Sometimes we spend some time in the machine and walk where there isn't much grass, and there are many machines. We pass places that scare me, and even though I know I am safe with my human I am still frightened and want to get away from them. Sometimes we meet other dogs, and I let them know that I am the alpha dog, and I don't care HOW big they are! Walking with my human is one of my favorite things in the whole world. I used to love to run, but my joints ache; same thing with chasing a ball. Every time I wake up I am hoping we will go for a walk, and I look at my human, pick up my eras..........it seems to have some strange effect on her and many times we will walk after I do it. It never hurts to try. Sometimes she gets on this funny looking thing............she walks and never gets anywhere! She always does it in front of the box that animals sometimes live in, but this walking and going nowhere I just don't understand. I take a nap. When it is dark I like to check out my territory to make sure nothing invades it. There are other dogs where we live, and I need to make sure they know that this is MY turf.
I love my human. She gives great belly rubs and butt scratches, she makes sure I always have food and water. She keeps me safe, but I keep her safe too. I guess we are a good match. She says we are 'old broads,' but we are just one human and one canine, partners and best buds.