Into My Own

May 25, 2010


With each day my confidence grows. Though my countenance suggests otherwise, I am in fact deeply content with my life at Asherpark. My Lady, as I call her, has become the focus of my existence. The youngsters call her mom. I prefer to call her My Lady, since she did not raise me from a pup.

She often takes me with her in the car because I behave myself. I don’t bark at dogs on the street and will ride for hours without complaint. Ash is good in the car too, but he gets restless after a time. Tess is impossible, constantly seeking attention and insisting on the front seat.

Last Saturday My Lady drove to town and took me with her. She was in need of a massage, having wrestled with the heavy lawnmower and us dogs the past week. Upon arriving at our destination, I was invited to accompany her. I was profoundly honored. While the therapist pulled and prodded her aching muscles, I lay quietly on the floor on my blanket. I didn’t make a sound. I tried to stay awake lest I snore and annoy her.

Afterwards she hugged me and told me she was very proud of me, that I was a wonderful dog and she loved me with all her heart. I felt a tear in the corner of my eye. Did she know how much her words meant to me?  I trembled with joy. I didn’t know what to say, so I very gently licked the tip of her nose. Whenever I do that she laughs and says to me, “Jack, you kissed me!”

When we got home she told everyone what I had done. Ash was really happy for me. He said it showed how much I was trusted and that I should feel proud. Tess pouted a little because she’d never been invited into an office, but she was glad I was happy. We all had a treat and took our toilet outside. I lay down for a nap and fell fast asleep. Ash said I must have been dreaming because I made happy little snortle sounds in my sleep. It wasn’t just a dream. It’s a dream come true.

2 Responses to “ Into My Own ”

  1. River on May 29, 2010 at 7:27 am

    I am new to this world. I know little, but I am learning fast. Despite my lack of years,in the few times we have met I have sensed a great pain from the past in your good heart.What caused that pain is gone now and you are blessed with a wonderful home and an amazing Mom and Dad. You are so lucky.We are all so lucky.
    Kiss your Mom every day forever. We’ll have a good walk together soon! Your pal, River

  2. Cody Burger on June 1, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Hi Jack,
    People say old dogs can’t learn new tricks. You are an inspiration. Your eyes show you have had a hard life. Life has not always been great for all dogs. You have held in there. With the help with your new parents and new dog mates you have come to feel truly loved and cared. Thank you for giving me a chance to know you and I’m sure we can become great pals.


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