Those erect ears were the thing, well, maybe it was the quizzical tilt of that massive head attached to them, but no, they were inseparable: the ears that were now taking in and calculating this sensorial ambush, together with the eyes and the nose—that long, long nose which, just before its terminus, sloped downward ever so slightly—each part working independently but all of them in communion, to understand this human person. Let me tilt my head to understand you better: yes, I must tilt my head. Because I must ascertain what it is you need, and then do it. Come over here and jump up next to me, you urge, patting the sofa. (That compliance is so commendable.) Linger here with me for a while, before we retire. There: is that the spot? Yes, I believe so, or you would not so willingly have stretched your slightly smelly foot into my face. And look here, now that foot is pumping, pumping, in upside-down motion. I believe I’ve found the spot. Are you aware of those loose tufts of hair on your rump? Here, let me just get these little clumps of hair for you. Your sable hair. Remember the woman behind the counter who looked at us over her glasses when we called your hair sable? And how you rolled your eyes at me? People are helpless and silly, I know, but dogs are smart and useful. And you, miraculous creature who’s proved your worth to me so many times, are love. What am I to do without you?
4 thoughts on “Morning Miniature 3.19.19”
You are so extremely talented! I love reading your stories and the miniatures are wonderful.
This one truly captures the best feeling ,the very real understanding between a dog and one who lovingly cares for him.
What a joy!
Hi Ann! Thank you sooooo much! I love my Scoutie to the moon and back, but I really, really miss my shepherds, most recently my Clarence, who followed me on this sometimes-terrifying and risky mid-life reboot in Vermont. I truly believe dogs make us better people. ~Deb
Another winner!! I love the way this is presented from the dog’s point of view interspersed with the owner’s observations… Brava!
Thank you and thank you! I so love writing these little things, even if I *do* have to get up at 4:30 am to write them 🙂