Sit, Down, Stand, Stay, Heel, Come


I am your dog

                                                    Author J.D. Ellis 

I am your dog, and I have a little something I’d like to whisper in your ear.

I know that you humans lead busy lives.  Some have to work, some have children to raise. It always seems like you are running here and running there, often much too fast, often never noticing the truly grand things in life.

Look down at me now, while you sit there at your computer.  See the way my dark brown eyes look at yours? They are slightly cloudy now.  That comes with age.  The grey hairs are beginning to ring my soft muzzle.  You smile at me; I see love in your eyes.  What do you see in mine?  Do you see a sprit? A soul inside, who loves you as no other could in the world? A spirit that would forgive all trespasses of prior wrong doing for just a simple moment of your time? 

That is all I ask: To slow down, if even for a few minutes, to be with me.

So many times you have been saddened by the words you read on that screen, of others of my kind, passing.  Sometimes we die young and oh so quickly, sometimes so suddenly it wrenches your heart out of your throat.  Sometimes, we age so slowly before your eyes that you may not even seem to know until the very end, when we look at you with grizzled muzzles and cataract clouded eyes.  Still the love is always there, even when we must take that long sleep, to run free in a distant land. 

I may not be here tomorrow; I may not be here next week.  Someday you will shed the water from your eyes that humans have when deep grief fills their souls, and you will be angry at yourself that you did not have just “one more day” with me.  Because I love you so, your sorrow touches my spirit and grieves me. 

We have NOW, together. So come, sit down here next to me on the floor, and look deep into my eyes.  What do you see? If you look hard and deep enough we will talk, you and I, heart to heart.  Come to me not as “alpha” or as “trainer” or even “Mom or Dad,” come to me as a living soul and stroke my fur and let us look deep into one another’s eyes and talk.  I may tell you something about the fun of chasing a tennis ball, or I may tell you something profound about myself or even life in general. 

You decided to have me in your life because you wanted a soul to share such things with.  Someone very different from you, and here I am.  I am a dog, but I am alive.  I feel emotion, I feel physical senses, and I can revel in the differences of our spirits and souls.  I do not think of you as a “Dog on two feet”- I know what you are and who you are.  You are human, in all your quirkiness, and I love you still.  Now, come; sit with me on the floor.  Enter my world, and let time slow down if only for 15 minutes.  Look deep into my eyes, and whisper into my ears.  Speak with your heart, with your joy, and I will know your true self. 

We may not have tomorrow, but we do have today, and life is oh so very short.  So please- come sit with me now and let us share these precious moments we have together.

Footnote – not by the author:  We are all guilty of everything said above. That puppy you have will grow so quickly that you won’t know how fast he became an adult dog.  That 2 year old, five year old, 10 year old dog by your side could be gone suddenly, or have a disease or be of old age where you have to make that final, brave and humane decision to put your dog to “sleep”. 

When that time comes, remember that you were there through all the rough times of puppyhood, adolescence, illnesses, and watching your puppy become a senior citizen. Be there for him/her at those last moments.  No, they aren’t easy and it doesn’t get easier with each dog.  But take consolation in that we are able to end their suffering humanely.  It is such a fast process that you may not even realize that your dog has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge to run freely with his/her friends.

  So until then, take a few minutes each day to enjoy your dog. Walk them, pet them, talk to them (they hold all your confidences), play with them and by all means train them.  They will bond closer to you, respect you and give you the unconditional love that only a dog can do.

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