In the side yard, in the warmth of a spring day my old dog is still, on her side, not wanting to move for any reason, except maybe if a small child showed up or a kitten.

Since February she has slowed down and almost stopped moving.

Her joints no longer listen to her brain.

She has stopped listening.

She has stopped her sled dog songs.

She has lost interest in anything but the sunshine and a kind touch.

Soon she’ll just stop.

These fur covered creatures invade our lives and clog our hearts with their soulful eyes and unlimited capacity for love. We end up with fur clogging our arteries or so it seems. I keep wondering why I take them in. I wonder why I love them. Then again, sometimes it seems everything and everyone I love is a pain in the ass. That isn’t always a bad thing.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

8 thoughts on “Soon

  1. Our animals add so much quality to our lives. Some of our cats are getting old and have to have special care, and we give them all the special care they need because they have given us so much love and comfort and happiness over the years.

  2. Pets are family. We love them, we take care of them in their old age and we grieve when they have to leave us. Give yours a special pat from me and mine.

  3. I knew I was going to get teary about this when I glimpsed the word dog and the title “Soon.”

    I totally understand this: “She has lost interest in anything but the sunshine and a kind touch.” And that’s okay.

    I suspect I’m going to be that way when I’m very old. I’d like to die in a rocking chair, on a porch, watching my descendants playing in the sunshine. With any luck, I”ll be drowsy from a nice cup of tea spiked with a touch of Bärenjäger. (Honey liquer.)

  4. It’s incredible how much I cuss and complain about my cats tearing things up, or puking on the carpet, or bothering me when I don’t want to be bothered…. only to find myself a few minutes later loving all over them. I cried more when Spilly died than I did for any person I ever knew upon their death. I can’t explain the bond between humans and animals, but it’s there, and it’s something that even the most hermit-like people seem to need.

    My thoughts are with you and your furry friend, Juliette.

  5. Aww Juliette, we just love our furkids so much! Our dog is almost 13 and peed for the first time on her bed last night. She spent much of the day chasing a squirrel up a tree and running around so excited about it and she ran around the yard a bazillion times. At that point we figured she was just too damned tired to get up and “ask” us to go out to go pee. I hope your dog passes peacefully when it’s time to go over the rainbow bridge. Huge Hugs!

  6. I don’t think we really lose our little loves. I have to believe that they will be waiting when it’s our turn to cross the rainbow bridge. 🙂

  7. Pingback: Ponderings on dog faced boys, my son’s Werewolf roommate, medical weirdness, art, and an update on my own dog. | Vampire Maman


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