It was a cold and dark morning when we went out the front lobby doors of the apartment complex. I could sense something was “up.” To my utter shock my mom handed me over to her sister while she got in another car that sped away,–without me. I went to another house while my mom went to the hospital for out patient surgery.
Now, I did have fun at where I went. I got to play, play, play with a little dog named Roxy. We had a blast out running in the fence in back yard. The snow was fresh and cold and it was just a great time. But in my heart of hearts I missed my mom and didn’t understand why we were apart. Later that day I got to go home and reunited with my mom. Boy, was I happy and so was she. We are not made to be apart. It is difficult on both of us.
The next day one of my mom’s friend came over. She ask my mom if she could take me for a walk. I like walks. So I left my mom and go with her friend. We walk and walk and then I saw the car parked out in the road. We walk over there and my mom’s friend opened up the door, dropped the leash and said “load up!” Not on your life! In a split second I took off towards home, through the woods and across the parking lot. I zoom up to the apartment complex double doors and bark to let my mom know a “dognapping was in progress” and I was the dog who didn’t want to be “napped.!”I wasn’t going to leave my mom again. My mom’s friend drove up and parked and let me in. I was sooooo glad to be home. (Turns out my mom’s friend was just moving her car from the road to the parking lot but how’s a dog to know?)s
The saying is “there’s no place like home.” Home for this Service Dog is not a certain building. Home is with my person, wherever she is -that’s Home to me. No matter where I am in this world, I am not Home unless I am by my Master’s feet. There’s no place like Home!
Life is full of temptations. When I am out working I meet little kids who want to pet me, adults who try to pet me, and some people want to feed me people food! My mom usually handles these kinds of temptations for me with a simple, courtesy but firm, “No, she is working.”
Lately, this strong inner dog comes out and boy, do I get in trouble. I love people and when my mom friend’s come over and I am not in harness~ well, I can be so bad. I whine, I bark and….Yes, I jump. YIKES! It just happens! As soon as it happens my mom tells be to go straight to the “kennel,” or she steps on my leash and puts me in a “down-stay” position. And she gives me a look that hurts me to the heart. I see how I disappointed her. My mom is dead serious about crucifying my inner dog instincts. She says it is not who I am anymore. The old dog has to die in order to fulfill my true calling as a Service Dog.
I am “the Shadow”
Some people defend me and say, “That’s just natural.” Or “let her be a dog.” While it is true that I have natural dog instincts, I am not just a dog. I have a higher calling on my life. My mom gives me “dog time” which is like people’s “Miller Time,” where I relax or sometimes we go to the field to play. It is clear though that the things that “just happen” are unacceptable in defining who I really am. When my harness goes on, my mindset is to serve. My mom is disciplining me to have that mindset all the time, even when those old dog instincts kick in full throttle. I am more than just a dog. I am a Service Dog. I live for my mom- to serve. I love to serve. Is there anything Greater than serving the Master?
Me (Shadow) and my mom.
We all know dogs cannot talk but dogs do communicate. It is my hope to capture the essence of the life lessons from being a Service dog. My mom says I am an expressive character. I help her 24/7 and she tells me I am a great blessing to her. My hope is that you enjoy this blog and hopefully take with you a smile or an AHA moment from Shadow’s Short Tales.
Thank you for your interest. It is my intent to publish new posts often. This is my third blog…even dogs goof up a lot. Once again I am starting from the scratch. Never, never give up…you can always start over again…again and again. Just ask me “the Shadow” – I know!