A CONVERSATION WITH “M” THE DOG…

When we first moved here, going on six years ago… I remember the day when I picked up the keys after ‘closing’ on our new home, and heading to see our new house… upon arrival the first thing I noticed was a beautiful black dog poised perfectly in our driveway…she was striking a Sphynx like pose… like I said she had beautiful black long hair, and looked like she was half shepherd and half labrador… anyway we met each other for the first time on that day, and she would come by almost daily and I would give her treats… she would stay in the front yard as we had another dog that lived inside with us, and he was kind of aggressive so I couldn’t let her in at that time.

Fast forward up until about one year ago when we lost our dog Rupert… as you can imagine it was heartbreaking, my Japanese wife, myself, and our wonderful son were heartbroken and devastated… so we buried Rupert in the backyard of our beautiful mountain home, and as life has a way of doing.. life kept on going with or without Rupert…

So ‘M’ continued to come around and we eventually welcomed her into our home… and as she became more comfortable she began to spend the night… at this point in time she would return home to her original house which was just minutes away for quick visits… and I would run into her family, while walking…( quite often with ‘M’ by my side)… her family being a younger couple in their late twenties, I would say, with two young daughters… and they were very nice in our conversations…

So a couple of times while walking with ‘M’, as their original owners truck would approach ‘M’ and I on our mountain walk… I noticed that as I was talking to her family sitting in the truck, ‘M’ would stand off in the distance and cower a little bit… I thought this was peculiar.

So on a walk one day the same thing happened as I spoke to her original owners sitting in their truck, with ‘M’ standing off a bit… I said, “Look at that, why is she standing off like that?”… they went on to tell me that they had gone on many trips and ‘M’ didn’t like sitting in the back of the truck with the cap on it…(from the looks of it, I think she got bounced around a lot)… so that seemed like a reasonable answer…

As time went on and different conversations took place, I began to feel very peculiar about ‘M’ being with us and her original owners not seeming to be overly concerned… so as I felt what I thought was a guilt complex of mine, I spoke to the owners one day, same situation with the truck on the mountain going for a walk…I said.” I’ve been wanting to talk to you about ‘M’… I want you to understand that I know she is not my / our dog, and that she comes and goes as she pleases, we give her food and treats and let her in and out as she desires, we do not hold her here at our house…. they seemed to be okay with that… but the wife had some weird body language as if she herself felt guilty, and I wasn’t sure about what…

So one evening I decided to have a talk with ‘M’…I quite frankly asked her…” What is going on with your original owner, and why did you decide to leave them and come live with us?…’M’ replied, “When my owners had the first girl child they still paid attention to me… then when the second girl came, it seemed they didn’t have much time for me… or very little time… and the older girl about 3 at the time, was very mean to me, she would hit me in the head and kick me, and spill my water out on purpose”….

Maddie went on to say… “That’s when I started coming to your house regular, and you were always so nice to me, and you would let me in when it was hot or cold, and you would give me food and speak nice to me, and it seemed like you, your wife and son really, genuinely, sincerely loved / love me”…. and as you know that’s all a dog really needs & wants… so as of this day ‘M’ stays 95% of the time with us… we love her so much and she gives her unconditional love in return… also her family… seems to be okay with it.. although I will probably never know their true feelings…

NOTE: Some parts of the conversation between M & I as to why she left her original owner, I believe to be true, and some parts are only speculation… speculation that comes from my experience with dogs and them being around younger kids… and I am in no way trying to say or claim that the original owners abused ‘M’ in any way whatsoever… dogs are a lot like people they just make choices… so that’s the story of ‘M’…. for further reading… Please visit my blog…littleraventhepoet.blog…………..Sincerely, Frank Payton.

M…. helped us through the loss of our dog… we love her so much…

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